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

Blueberry Vodka

On my list of things to do before I celebrate my 30th birthday is learn to make martinis. Considering that I love fresh fruit and that I love to make things from scratch, it’s not far-fetched that I’d attempt making my own blueberry-infused vodka to use in blueberry cocktails (martinis … Continue reading

Your Forgiven

At the end of a family’s driveway on a stretch of rural highway in Washington County, Missouri is a square white sign that reads, “YOUR FORGIVEN” on one side and “THINK GOD” on the other. Immediately across the road, the neighbor flies a Confederate flag. Sometimes I intentionally take a different route … Continue reading

Missouri Farms and Adorable Cows

One of my close childhood friends is now a large animal veterinarian assistant, working with cows, horses and other large animals. She lives on her family’s farm, where she’s recently begun bottle feeding a one-month-old, 200-pound calf named Bessie. Farmers don’t usually name cattle, but Bessie’s destiny is greater. Cows have to … Continue reading

Robust Wine Bar in Historic Webster Groves

Last night some very fun St. Louis twitter ladies gathered at Robust Wine Bar in Historic Webster Groves, Missouri, and I can’t rave enough about the restaurant, the wine or the service. Robust is only one of two restaurants I’ve found in St. Louis that transported me back to New … Continue reading

Race to the Rocker Recap

March 27th was the “Race to the Rocker”, a four-mile roadrace from downtown Cuba to Fanning, Missouri, home of the World’s Tallest Rocking Chair. My Mom was there to watch and take pictures, so this race was a particularly well-documented one. As a case in point, here I am lacing … Continue reading

Sunny Sunday in Southeast Missouri

Easter Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day in the far reaches of Southeast Missouri. I sat in a riverside park in New Madrid, Missouri watching barges move down the Mississippi by tug boat, feeling the wind against my skin and the quiet calm my soul. When’s the last time you … Continue reading

Grassy Hollow Southern Baptist Church

It seems that on every hike I take and in every new town I explore I find several lovely old churches to photograph. This Sunday’s church is Grassy Hollow Southern Baptist Church, located in Washington County, Missouri. Grassy Hollow is a quaint, white, frame church not far off of Missouri … Continue reading

Villa Ridge Christian Church

One of the things I love most about my wanderings in rural Missouri is the moment when I happen accidentally upon a beautiful, old, country church. Missouri’s churches have stories to tell; stories of weddings, funerals, and stories of community. I’m always amazed that the people of these tiny, probably … Continue reading

A “Green” Bathroom

One of my smaller goals lately was to paint and decorate my new bathroom in all “green” or repurposed materials. It turns out that “green” is pricey (read: $99 for a hemp shower curtain), so I did a lot more repurposing than I did buying “green”. The bathroom has dated … Continue reading

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