My husband and I enjoyed a trip to wine country this past weekend. The location was a bit north/west of St. Louis. The Hermann Wine Trail located in Missouri Wine Country features 7 Local Family-Owned Missouri Wineries and Vineyards. We tasted wine at each location and purchased a bottle of raspberry wine. We tend to like the wines that taste like Kool-aide.
Each location served a small amount of food and by the time we went to all seven wineries, I was stuffed. Each winery did an awesome job with what they chose to serve and how it was prepared. Each winery also offered entertainment. Most had taped music but one had contrabassoon at wwbw guitarist who sounded amazing.
We did a fair amount of walking around each venue and some of the tasting rooms required us to walk up stairways to reach the wine areas. I wouldn’t recommend a wine tour for someone who has trouble walking.
The weather was fantastic. Not too hot and not too cold. We had a great time.
What a whirlwind weekend we had! Hubby and I left on Thursday to attend our son’s hooding ceremony that evening. Yes! Our son has graduated from law school!
We celebrated all weekend by eating at various restaurants on The Hill. There are so many from which to choose. I need to get a map and use push pins to remember all we have tried. Thursday night, we ate at Connectico’s. I had so much food that, of course, I brought some back to the kid’s house to put in their refrigerator. Never did eat it. On Friday, our son grilled out brats and black and blue burgers. Yummy!
Saturday was graduation day. Afterwards, we brought home Pappy’s barbeque. It was wonderful, as usual.
Sunday we ate crepes, waffles and french toast at the Crepe restaurant. We headed home that afternoon and my stomach is mad at me. We don’t eat fancy stuff at our house!
A fellow blogger had a picture of gelato on her blog and it reminded me of the time we went to The Hill in St. Louis and had gelato. It seems that everyone has had gelato except me!
Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert similar to ice cream. Well, I wasn’t impressed. Nothing can hold a candle to Atz’s Moose Tracks. For those of you who are interested in how gelato is made, I did find the following recipe from Allrecipes.com.
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1. In a medium saucepan, mix milk and cream. Warm until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until frothy. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately.
3. Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Cover, and chill for several hours or overnight.
4. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a sealed container, and freeze until firm. If the gelato is too firm, place it in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired consistency.
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I wrote on my other blog about discovering that our sweet Boston Terrier, Elsie, will be seven years old next month. I find that hard to believe! She runs around like a race horse or sleeps most of the time. She is more like a cat than a dog. She only wants attention when it is her idea. I love to scratch her forehead wrinkles because they feel like velvet. She puts up with that but really doesn’t care to be pet the way most dogs do.
This weekend, my husband and I plan to visit our son and daughter in-law and visit the Transport Museum. The museum opened 7 days a week in 1957! I cannot wait to report back about this interesting place.
I hope our plans don’t have to change. My husband is on the couch with tendinitis in his foot and ankle. This condition is so frustrating. It is brought on by the way he crosses his ankles when installing floor covering. He tries not to cross his ankles but 30 years of habit is hard to break. He just started a steroid pack so, hopefully it kicks in and he feels better right away.
Wow! What a whirlwind weekend we had. We visited the kids in St. Louis and picked up a mattress and box spring that was in their way. It meant unloading some truck accessories from hubby’s truck to make room but that was alright. I had been chomping at the bit to visit the newlyweds.
We met our new granddog. He is a cutie and extra smart too! I think he is going to be a fine addition to the family. Our daughter in-law already has him minding very well. She has been teaching him a few manners. He has to sit, lay down and roll over if he wants a special treat. I think a few more days and he will have it down. I volunteered to take him for a walk this morning and that was when he decided to do his business, of course. Good thing I had instructions for how to use the whole poop in the bag trick. Eeew!
The kids have their apartment looking very nice. It is cozy and comfortable. I love how they have put their wall hangings and painted a few walls to make the apartment “their own”. I’ll bet this first year of marriage will fly by for them. It was nice to visit them and see that they are settling in just fine.
When we were driving through St. Louis a few weeks ago, I saw a sign for the Laumeier Sculpture Park. I was curious to find out about this park and now I cannot wait to go back to St. Louis to visit.
Because of the generosity of Mrs. Henry Laumeier and the cooperation of many of St. Louis’ leaders and generous corporations, the Laumeier has developed into what it is today – an internationally-recognized open-air museum. The ninety-six acre outdoor museum is designed to encourage creative thinking through exhibitions, educational programs and contemporary art.
Take a look at just a few of the park’s past exhibits.
Tony Tasset-All Things Must Pass
The park is located at 12580 Rott Rd, St Louis, MO. The park sponsors many events like the Music + Movies series. Music + Movies pairs performances from local musicians with popular movies. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Laumeier Outdoor Music Amphitheatre, followed by the night’s featured movie at 8:30 p.m. You are going to love the price: FREE! There is also free parking available next to the park.
I am exhausted. We started out on Friday morning and got our son’s things packed up from his apartment at grad school. Why do kids always rent apartments that have stairs? Greg’s couch is so heavy!
We filled the truck we rented and then headed to Illinois to pick up his fiance’s things. I wish I would have had my camera ready when we opened the door on the truck. Taryn’s dad had this stunned look on his face. LOL He could not believe how full the truck was and we had not even loaded Taryn’s things. After some re-arranging, we got all of her things loaded and headed to St. Louis. The kids had a 3 pm appointment with the leasing agent and we got there at 2:45.
We had a beautiful day for a move. The sun was shining and it was quite warm but there was a nice breeze to make it bearable. I think I got my exercise in that day. Did I mention their apartment is up two flights of stairs? Yes, we moved in a couch, futon, dining room table, and a bed. We moved in countless numbers of totes that held everything from Ramen noodle soup to pads that aid in treatment for acne. I am jealous of all the nice cookware and bake ware the kids have. They both enjoy cooking.
It took us three hours to unload everything but we did it. We were all very sweaty but starving. We decided that hunger won out to taking showers. We might need to be seated outdoors but we went looking for a steak house! LOL
The area where their apartment is is full of restaurants. We had our choice of Italian, Mexican, Chinese and burgers. We found a great sports bar where we had a nice dinner.
We had to make a run for supplies to get the apartment set up and so we did some driving around. I WANT TO LIVE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD! There is every kind of store you could ever want. From electronics to clothing and everything in between, they will have accessibility. The area is well kept too. Nice neighborhoods, schools and parks that are close by. I think they will be very happy.
Last night, while visiting in St. Louis, we visited an interesting restaurant. The Jazz Bistro is noted for the jazz musicians who perform every weekend. We weren’t there long enough to enjoy the music but it looked like it was going to be a lot of fun. The Bistro hosts nationally recognized musicians from September to June.
I don’t know if the hostess was new or not but she was a bubble brain! When she directed us to our table, she told us to wait as she folded the sides of the table down. Folding the sides made a large round table into a small square table that was more fitting for us. She didn’t move any of the plates and when she put the sides down, each table setting fell to the floor! It was comical.
The antics of the hostess didn’t act as an appetite suppressant for us at all. We ate a wonderfully prepared meal. I had chicken madeira and my husband had New York strip steak. The flavor of both entrees was amazing.
If you are ever in St. Louis, I recommend the Jazz Bistro. The Bistro at Grand Center is located just East of the Fox Theater overlooking beautiful Strauss Park, perfect for dining prior to a show at the Fox.
The Fabulous Fox Theater looked like a place to check out in the future. Last night, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy was being performed. Cirque Dream are enhanced with over 150 spectacular costumes and set in a fantastical jungle ignited by striking visual effects. It was fun to see everyone dressed up, eating their dinner, and preparing to go to the theater. Fun!