Showing posts from September, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding and P.E.O.

Tonight's meeting was the first meeting of our new year.  I co-hosted the meeting with Peggy Grote, who was the chapter president when I moved to St. Charles.  Such a welcoming lady!  We met at the First Christian Church and had our social hour first.  I served up the warm cinnamon roll bread pudding and poured a little of Deb Othic's Warm Vanilla Sauce and the combination was magical!  So many compliments on the dessert! P.E.O. is so very important to me.  I joined in Jefferson City (Chapter FS) and instantly became friends with all the members.  Attending meetings and sharing programs and memories were some of the highlights of my time in Jefferson City.  When I was recuperating from my double mastectomies, P.E.O. was a godsend to Bob and my family during that time as they supplied meals, cards, did errands, cleaned house, made phone calls, whatever they could think of to do to help out. When Ashley moved to Indiana, I made sure she found a P.E.O. chapter in her new
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Updated News for New Town Residents

New Town Residents, please read the following updates on the rezoning issue between the City of St. Charles and TR Hughes.  Please come to a meeting Sunday at the Town Hall to learn more about the next City Council meeting.  See you at 7:00!  Thank you, Sheila, for getting this in print! Good day Newts! The day is almost here, September 23 rd , when the City of St Charles council members will vote on the rezoning of the 92 acres next to Boschertown Road and Island Harbor Drive.   This vote changes the property from mixed-use zoning to single family zoning.   Come to the Town Hall on Sunday, the 21st, at 7 p.m., to hear progress reports and ask your questions.     Here’s a brief synopsis on the progress to date: 1.        Created a petition to encourage the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to vote against the zoning changes.   Signed by almost 900 resident Newts as well as the UCBA businesses in New Town!    Filled the auditorium at Lindenwood with
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Cookie Cutter Swap

I participated in a cute swap hosted by Deb at the Garage Sale Gal blog.  We were to take an antique cookie cutter and make it into a cute Fall or Halloween decorative item.  I found my cookie cutter at Artichoke Annie's Antique Mal l.  Such a great place to find all kinds of fun things!  Check it out if you are in Columbia, Missouri, anytime soon! Deb sent the cutest box.  Even the colors were fallish and the label was decorated with fall stickers.  The box was lined with orange tissue paper.  After you opened the tissue, you saw.... This cute subway art for fall!  Then there was a card, a beautiful homemade card! and loads of goodies to unwrap and savor.  This was what the swap was all about... these darling cookie cutters transformed into tiny works of art.  Here is the one Deb made for me.  I love it!  Here are other wonderful goodies found in the box, these cute tissues...  Scented pin, alphabet stickers, fall stickers, a cute hanging flower

Naturescaping Open House

Today Bob and I enjoyed going to an Open House for naturescaping.  This is a landscaping project using mostly native Missouri plants.  The intent is to educate citizens about what native plants do for conservation of butterflies and birds.  The gardens on tour belong to Sue and Andy Leahy of Brentwood.  Sue happens to be an advisor for the Columbia College campus where Bob is the director. The St. Louis Audubon Society had tour guides to walk you through the garden and explain the various species of flowers and to answer questions.  It was a wonderful tour and we both learned a lot about native Missouri flowers. I took photos of my favorites, hoping someday to include these plants in my own garden. This is Cardinal Flower.  What a fun flower to have in the garden!! This is American Beauty berry.  Those purple berries really show up! This is trumpet vine.  My grandmother had this growing in her backyard. This is goldenrod and butterfly bush together.  What a

New Town: Bash at the Farm

For the last month New Town residents have been taking up the cause of asking the City of Saint Charles to vote against allowing a popular developer to rezone land that is already zoned for the higher density homes like New Town.  Unbeknownst to the residents, the Founder, WBI, has sold acreage out of New Town and asked the developer not to connect it to New Town, which is against all principles of a New Urbanist design.  What the motive is for WBI to do this is unknown, but what is for certain is the Founder does not represent New Town residents' best interests. The New Urbanist design, walkable neighborhoods of mixed use areas, many public spaces, community institutions framed with lovely architecture, designed landscaped areas, shops and offices within walking distance of home, playgrounds, sustainable living right in your neighborhood, isn't a lifestyle but a quality of life issue. says that "taken together, these add up to a high quality of lif
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Waste Not: Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Our garden is literally overran with cherry tomatoes!  This is a good thing but keeping up is getting challenging!  I had ten cherry tomatoes with my lunch, five scrambled with my breakfast eggs and tonight we are having roasted cherry tomatoes! The tomatoes are so good roasted!  The roasting process intensifies their sweetness and they make a great addition to soups, pasta, sandwiches, and eggs!  It also adds time to your tomatoes, a batch of roasted tomatoes will last up to five days in your refrig! Here is my recipe for roasted tomatoes 1-3 cups of cherry tomatoes, left uncut olive oil salt pepper Destem tomatoes, place tomatoes on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Drizzle with the oil, salt and pepper.  Place in a 425 degree oven until the tomatoes burst. I have a pan roasting as I write.  Cannot wait for their yummy goodness!

Today in the Garden

Today I took a stroll in our backyard garden to assess what, if any, damages happened during the storm last night.  All looked fine, so I decided to take a couple of pictures of the plants.  Summer has treated the plants well, in addition to the constant attention Bob gave them this summer. This plant has grown huge since the Garden Tour in June.  The coleus has gotten big and the rose moss was a great choice for the hot and humid August.  There are two colors of coleus, Coleus Big Red and in the back Coleus Chartreuse.  I love working with coleus because of the color selection and because it typically can handle Missouri weather.  The zebra grass in the center was for height and color variation.  The rose moss is red.  The tomatoes loved their new garden.  Bob built this using materials from Lowes and a special order for the corner brackets.  He filled the garden bed with topsoil and a mix of Miracle Gro soil.  It was a good combination for the purple cherokee tomatoes, the plu
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