Cycling in Small Town Missouri

Guest post by Jennifer Wassenaar Growing up in Farmington, Missouri, my older sister and I would ride our bikes up and down the street, to the park that was behind our home and to our grandparents’ houses.  I even remember mastering the art of riding with no hands. As I … Continue reading

A Small Town Girl’s Guide in Insider573 Magazine

Tom Smugala, editor of Insider573 Magazine, contacted me in November to ask if I’d be interested in having Insider do a story about me, my return to Missouri, and A Small Town Girl’s Guide. I jumped at the opportunity to write for Insider again (I’ve written for the last two … Continue reading

Cowboy Coffee – A Madison County Mercantile

Thursday was my last vacation day of the 2010 work year, and I spent the majority of it in Fredericktown, Missouri. After a visit to the family farm where I had a photo shoot for a story in a Missouri magazine about A Small Town Girl’s Guide and my family’s … Continue reading

Eating Local in Small Town MO

Two things that I value are healthy eating and trying local foods. When my family showed interest in trying bison from Sayersbrook Bison Ranch one night this week for dinner, I went shopping at Boo’s Market in Potosi, Missouri. From there, my mom took over, making a fantastic meatloaf from … Continue reading

Crown Valley’s Home Brewer’s Contest

Somewhere amidst the beautiful, rolling hillsides of rural Missouri in between Ste. Genevieve and Farmington is a tiny community called Kaufman. Kaufman used to have a school house, but that school house is now a brewery. That brewery held a home brewer’s contest on Saturday afternoon from noon to 4:00 … Continue reading

Farmington Turkey Trot 5K/10K Walk/Run

This year’s Turkey Trot was the first post-Thanksgiving race of its kind in Farmington, Missouri as far as I can tell. I was impressed that there was a race in town at all on the weekend of Thanksgiving, but I was even more impressed that a 5K and a 10K … Continue reading

Small Town Girls Like Fords

Ford Bronco

This small town girl grew up in a Ford family. From my Dad’s Ford F350 work to my brother’s first sports car (a Ford Probe) to the Ford Aerostar that I learned to drive in, my family has always driven Fords. It’s been said that you can take the person … Continue reading

The Farmer’s Story

Author Kathryn Simpson and I share two things; our hometown and our passion for words.  Her first novel, The Farmer’s Story, was published earlier this year. When Insider 573 Magazine asked me if I’d like to cover Kathryn’s Farmington, Missouri book signing at Bauhaus Kaffee, I was thrilled. She and I … Continue reading

Mountain Biking Council Bluff Lake

Who knew that “one of the most beautiful mountain bike trails in the state of Missouri” (source) was right in my backyard in the Mark Twain National Forest? Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area offers a 440-acre lake – the largest in this particular forest – that’s surrounded by a twelve-mile … Continue reading

Camping Food

While camping this weekend at Council Bluff Recreation Area in Iron County, Missouri, I noticed something. When the girls and I sat down for our lunch on Saturday, here’s what was on our side of the table: By contrast, here’s what was on the men’s side of the table: Have … Continue reading

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