Labor Day Love

Labor Day Love

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Hello everyone!  Long time no post.  I really haven’t done any wandering at all lately, with the exception of wandering downtown Springfield.  My partner and I moved downtown and it’s been pretty nice to be able to walk to restaurants, coffee shops, bars, venues — even a bakery!  There’s a little bakery called European Cafe that’s pretty nice.  We also like going to the tiki bar Golden Girl Rum Club; they have lots of fun, tropical tiki drinks.  Oh, and there’s a library just down the street as well.  Although, I haven’t done much reading at all lately, except textbook reading.

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I’m continuing the endless school journey and have another full schedule this semester.  I also have a new job at a travel agency so that’s been fun, although a bit stressful when combining it with school.  Lots to learn.  Perhaps there will be more travel for me in the future!  I know certain I’ll be wandering somewhere in January so stay tuned for that.

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How have you all been?  I hope you’re having a relaxing Labor Day weekend!  I thought I’d just pop in and say hello and post a few pictures I took downtown.  You can also find me on the gram where I waste way too much time.

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KC Day Trip

KC Day Trip

Kansas City is only a 2 1/2 hour drive away from Springfield, MO, so it’s slightly closer to us than St. Louis.  My companion and I drove there on a Saturday morning and do you know where our first stop was?  Whenever we visit a larger city we always have to make a Trader Joe’s run.  I mean, I don’t haaave to, but how else am I going to buy mini-hedgehog cookies, Orangina, and Italian truffle cheese?  Do you have any recent TJ favorites?  The next stop was somewhere I’ve never been before: IKEA.

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Joanna Gaine’s Banana Bread

Joanna Gaine’s Banana Bread

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I’ve thumbed through Joanna Gaine’s Magnolia Table cookbook a few times when I’ve been at Target (their line Hearth & Hand is so cute!) and the banana bread recipe always calls out to me.  It’s so simple, but it looks so good!  The recipe for “After School Banana Bread” is slightly different from most banana breads because it’s baked in an 8×8-inch baking dish instead of a loaf pan, and it’s dusted with granulated sugar before baking.  Read more

MO Food Truck Fest

MO Food Truck Fest

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 4th annual MO Food Truck Fest.  The festival was held downtown Springfield in a field next to the Springfield Expo Center.  We got there about noon and it was HOT – like ninety degree-sunny hot.  I don’t know about you, but when it gets that hot I don’t have the biggest appetite.  Or the only thing that sounds good is ice cream or cold beer….

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O Pioneer Woman!

O Pioneer Woman!


Springfield Missouri is only a little over three hours from Pawhuska, Oklahoma – AKA home of the Pioneer Woman. QUEEEN. My mom and I took a day and drove to Pawhuska to visit Ree’s Mercantile; the Mercantile is a restaurant, bakery and store. Ree and Ladd Drummond spent years renovating the hundred-year-old Osage Mercantile building on Main Street so that they could welcome visitors from near and far. Read more