Juneteenth, Cathy’s Kitchen, and Cupcake Fetish

Juneteenth is an official holiday!  Our house wasn’t that aware of the holiday until Blackish made a fantastic episode about this celebration of the end of slavery.  We were very inspired and I am thrilled to see it recognized nationally.  We decided the best way we could celebrate would be traditional red drinks (symbolizing perseverance and the blood of the African Americans who suffered) and … Continue reading Juneteenth, Cathy’s Kitchen, and Cupcake Fetish

Missouri Botanical Gardens

I’ll admit when I first heard of the Botanical Gardens, I pictured my grandparents wandering around talking about crocuses.  Now that I have visited several times, I can say it’s way more exciting than that!   Whether you are a huge flower lover, like beautiful walks, or are looking for a fun play area for the kids, the gardens offer a little something for everybody! … Continue reading Missouri Botanical Gardens

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