Park Avenue Gooey Butter Cake

In much the same way as in New York, New York style cheesecake is just cheesecake, I grew up not knowing gooey butter cake was a “St. Louis” thing. In fact gooey butter cake was a Great Aunt Ruth thing (people always talk about grandma’s homecooking, but for me it was Aunt Ruth’s cooking) .  Whenever she said, “Do you want something to eat hun?” … Continue reading Park Avenue Gooey Butter Cake

Sheltering in Place STL Dining

So during quarantine, I have the time to cook, but I want to support local businesses and I just want to switch it up sometimes!  Birthdays and just now Mother’s day have encouraged my family to bring some restaurant meals home.   There are a couple of good lists of restaurants now offering curbside or delivery included in the links here:   https://www.kmov.com/news/list-st-louis-area-restaurants-open-for-carryout-curbside-service/article_fa68b1d0-6dfc-11ea-a332-13cbfa6220b6.html https://www.stlmag.com/dining/st-louis-restaurants-carryout-curbside-delivery-coronavirus/ Recommendations Now … Continue reading Sheltering in Place STL Dining

Independent Bookstore Tour

So things have changed since I first started this article.  Right now we’re all on stay at home orders and going to visit these bookstores is out of the question.  However, I’m publishing this post now, because we all need books right now and all of these stores offer curbside pick-up and shipping.  Some have even done well at keeping up with online content! This … Continue reading Independent Bookstore Tour

Nostalgic Southern Illinois Eats

In this post we’re going to take a little detour about 40 minutes from downtown, to Southern Illinois!  I now live close to St. Louis proper, but I grew up on the Southern Illinois side with the wonders of Sacred Grounds, Lotawata Creek, and King Louie’s.  All of these establishments are worth a jaunt across the river. SACRED GROUNDS Sacred Grounds, true to it’s name, … Continue reading Nostalgic Southern Illinois Eats

Ice Carnival in the Loop

St. Louis winters usually have me huddling inside on days when the temperature drops below zero, but in January the Delmar Loop draws me out into the cold for the annual Ice Carnival. As a kid, the cold never bothered me if there was fun to be had (very Elsa like I know) and every year the eccentric Loop embraces the freezing temperatures to bring … Continue reading Ice Carnival in the Loop

Eckert’s

Every year around mid-September my family starts thinking about Eckert’s.  If you’re not from St. Louis, the name Eckert’s might not mean much, but for my family it means fall, apple crisp, and hayrides!  Eckert’s is a family owned orchard with several locations.  My family most often visits the Belleville, Illinois location, about 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, but there  also locations in Grafton, … Continue reading Eckert’s

St. Louis Science Center Pompeii Exhibit

Pompeii Until November the St. Louis Science Center gives you the opportunity to travel to ancient Pompeii, Italy.  Italy is the top of my bucket list, so I take any chance to get closer to the country, plus who doesn’t have a fascination with this city that was wiped out in a day!  While my grandfather was in town we took the whole family to … Continue reading St. Louis Science Center Pompeii Exhibit

St. Louis Scavenger Hunt, 3 Quest

This summer going away for vacation wasn’t really an option, but the girls and I had a weekend while dad was on a business trip that I wanted to make special.  We do the usual children’s spots like the zoo and magic house over the summer, so I decided to really make it feel like we were out-of-towners getting to know St. Louis.  We would … Continue reading St. Louis Scavenger Hunt, 3 Quest