Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Meet Me In St. Louis

A friend recently spent the weekend in St. Louis.
It reminded me of a short conference trip I took to St. Louis with my husband in 2008.

It was BITTER cold but we braved the elements and visited The Arch.
There is an interesting museum located at The Arch.
My husband talked me into going up in The Arch.
The ride up was NOT my cup of tea, however, there was a good view of the city and I can mark it off my bucket list. (Not that it was ever really on the list!)

A visit to Union Station is a must.
The architecture and design is worth the trip. 

Beautiful stained glass at Union Station

We paid a visit to Anheiser-Bush for a tour.
Yes, there is tasting at the end of the tour.

The Clydesdales live a pampered life.

Product display

We attended a reception at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.
The reception was in the evening so we really didn't see much of the gardens.

I did find a wonderful Chihuly! 

I spent one afternoon at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
 If there is a museum in town, you will find me there!

Lunch in the museum restaurant, Puck's Restaurant (as in Wolfgang Puck).
The food was wonderful and the restaurant overlooked the Sculpture Garden.

Look I found another Chihuly!

We were invited to see Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill.

Mr. Berry provided a fun night of entertainment.
Amazing performance for his age.
Yes, he sang My Dingaling.

His daughter was a singer in the band.

There is so much to see and do (and eat) in St. Louis.


P.S. Hopefully with the weather clearing and Spring just around the corner I'll be getting out with my camera for some "new" blog material.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spicy Potato Soup

Once again it was "Soup Saturday" at our house.
Spicy Potato Soup is a great recipe for a meal from the pantry.

The recipe came from "Taste of Home" magazine years ago.

1 lb. ground beef
4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
1 small onion diced
3 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
4 cups water (I don't use that much water.
I usually just fill the tomato sauce cans.)
*2 tsp salt (I don't add this much)
*1 1/2 tsp pepper (Adjust to taste)
1/2 - 1 tsp hot pepper sauce

In Dutch oven brown beef and drain.  

Add potatoes, onion & tomato sauce.
Stir in water, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. 

I add Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.
*As the seasoning is loaded with salt and spices,
 I cut back on the salt and pepper called for in the recipe.
Tabasco is my favorite pepper sauce.
Love the flavor. 

Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour or until potatoes are tender and the sauce thickens. Enjoy with crackers or corn bread.

I tried a new "mix" Saturday.
Carnation Lemon Bread.
It had this cute little can of Carnation milk in the box.

Some time back I had bought these cute little mini loaf pans at TJ Maxx.

Included in the package was a yummy lemon glaze.
I thought the bread looked really pretty on my new 75% off Rosanna Botanical Holiday plates that I picked up at Tuesday Morning last week.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

For all my blog friends - Have I told you lately that I love you?