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

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

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

St. Louis City Museum

Pay no attention to the name, this is not your typical museum or about the city.  They couldn’t name it, “Concrete Jungle Gym/Aquarium/Pedestrian Skate Park/Art Creativity Center,” so I guess City Museum just had to do.  This is my children’s all time favorite St. Louis destination and one that can’t help but make me smile! So what is it? Well it used to be a … Continue reading St. Louis City Museum

Art Hill Film Series

Art hill has been one of the most beautiful, scenic spots in St. Louis for over 100 years, as it looks down on three sky-high fountains and palace balustrades.    Now imagine sitting on this beautiful hill with food from amazing food trucks, live music, and a favorite movie and you have the Art Hill Film series. On Friday nights throughout the summer, films catering … Continue reading Art Hill Film Series