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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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

Raleigh Restaurant Recommendations

Raleigh Restaurant Recommendations

I always love a little alliteration, don’t you? 🙂

One of my longtime readers, Jessica, (HI JESS!) inspired this latest post.  She’ll be in Raleigh this summer and was wanting a few restaurant and bakery recommendations.  I only lived in Raleigh a year and a half, but definitely ate my fair share of Rise Donuts and Goodberry’s Frozen Custard.  I miss Raleigh so much!  It was a great place to live and work, and it would be a great place to come back and visit.   Read more