Friday, July 30, 2010 |
Picking my own fruits or veggies was on my list of things to do this summer and I was finally able to check it off! My parents and I went to Pick and Pick, a farm just outside Columbia city limits. You may either pick your own food right off the vine or have the owners pick it for you. Of course, we wanted to pick our own!
First, you choose your bucket and walk a short distance to where the berries grow. You are free to pick however many you want/need. There were more than enough to choose from.
We found the biggest, juciest blackberries I've ever seen. And there were tons of them! My cousin's wife went a few days after us. We are all planning to go back again in August for the red raspberries!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | Labels: Decorating
We also picked up these shelves from Target to complete the new look. I had purchased this picture during one of our rough months this year, but I'm not sure what else to put on these shelves!! Any suggestions??
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 |
I found this amazing recipe for Herbal Citrus Syrup and I just had to try it right away. I modified the recipe slightly to suit the herbs I could find. I made Lemon Spearmint and Orange Mango Rosemary. The final product is perfect for mixing with water, lemonade, soda water, or even vodka.
Herb Citrus Cordial (makes 4-5 pints)
- 6 cup sugar
- Zest of 6 citrus, in large pieces of peel
- 4 cups fresh citrus juice
- 2 cup water
- 8 cups loosely packed fresh basil or 2 cups lavender or 20 stalks of rosemary or some other herb you want to cordialize.
- In a large pot bring sugar, zest, juice, and water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add the herbs and let the syrup infuse for at least 15 minutes.
- Meantime prepare your canning jars.
- Strain syrup through a fine sieve, squeezing out as much syrup as possible from the herb leaves before discarding them.
- Boiling water process for 10 minutes.
I found the recipe here.
Monday, July 26, 2010 |
Friday, July 23, 2010 |
On our last day in St. Louis we went to a Cardinals baseball game - my dad surprised us with tickets in the air-conditioned VIP suite with all the food and drink you want! It was quite the luxury!
Overall, we had a pretty fabulous trip to St. Louis. We learned a lot about the various neighborhoods in case we end up moving there next year. We ate at a lot of great places (we are quite the foodies in my family.) And certainly not least, we had some quality family time!
Thursday, July 22, 2010 |
Our fourth day began at the Soulard Market, which is a farmer's market on some serious steroids. We ate breakfast here - they have the best doughnuts I've ever had...better than Krispie Kreme and I love my Krispie Kremes! We strolled around the market a bit but since we were staying in a hotel it was pretty pointless for us to purchase much. I can definitely see us frequenting the Soulard Market if we ever move to St. Louis.
Next to the Soulard Market was an art festival held monthly. Mom and I found this adorable place that makes flower bouquets out of buttons! Isn't that the cutest idea?? Needless to say, we bought a bouquet and I have them in a milk glass vase by my front door (pictures to come in the future.) Anyway, I also bought a cute hair barrette made out of yellow buttons that perfectly suited the yellow dress I was wearing that day. Check out The Button Florist.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 |
Day three began at Uncle Bill's Pancakes. Yes, all four of us ordered pancakes. Mom had the original buttermilk, Dad had the Panama Banana Pancakes, Eric ordered Apple Pancakes, and I had buckwheat pancakes! We decided Dad's order was the best. This restaurant is open 24 hours a day and serves the entire menu all 24 hours! I can definitely see Eric and I coming here for breakfast at all hours. Yum!
I love beautiful gardens. I go to Shelter Gardens in Columbia whenever I can but they don't hold a candle to the Botanical Gardens. Dad and I leisurely strolled through the quiet and shaded pathways of the gardens snapping pictures of the beautiful blooms and chatting about life. Dad remembered that he spent several days sitting on the benches tucked away in these gardens studying for his comprehensive exams which, unfortunately, reminded me that my comps are quickly approaching! But I tucked that thought into the back of my mind and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery around me.
When the heat became too much to bear, we headed back to the car to explore a new neighborhood! This time we drove around the Ladue and Clayton area admiring the multi-million dollar homes and checking out the shops and restaurants in the area. Later we returned to the hotel to meet Mom and Eric for dinner. We ate at Brasserie by Niche which my Dad and Eric have been raving about since they ate there while visiting me in the hospital last month. I ordered gnocchi, Eric had trout, Dad had house-made sausage...but Mom ordered the croque madame, by far the most delicious meal I've ever tasted. I can't wait to go back and order it myself! For dessert, my order won. I had honey and lavender ice cream with a meringue cookie and an almond flour cake. YUM!