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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Odds & Ends

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odds & ends

1. The importance of being courteous. It's always important to be courteous (and often, so easy to forget!), but amidst the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it seems people get LESS courteous...everyone's stressed out and rushing around and not at all paying attention to how they're treating those around them, from family members to strangers in the cars around them (guilty as charged). This article was a good reminder to show love by extending courtesy!

crown candy
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2. Check out this list of America's 20 Best Dessert Spots from Fodor's Travel. I was pretty excited to see two St. Louis places on there: Bailey's Chocolate Bar and Crown Candy Kitchen. We love both of those places--the blondie at Bailey's is to die for and you can't go wrong with any of the milkshakes at Crown Candy. Put these places (along with Ted Drewes of course) on your list if you plan to visit STL! Have you been to any of the places on the list? 

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3. I didn't worry about blogging over Thanksgiving (or Christmas, for that matter...yay for unplugging!), which is why I don't have pictures of my own to share, but I did want to pass along the recipe for the fabulous brussels sprouts dish we enjoyed at our feast. These melted brussels sprouts from Feast Magazine STL were one of my favorites that night! We typically go sweeter with our brussels sprouts, but I loved this savory, salty version that included bacon and parmesan. Brussels sprouts season isn't over yet--give this a try!

black eyed peas
Black-Eyed Pea Stew
4. Do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day? Whether it's a long-standing tradition in your family or one you'd like to adopt, you can get your fix (and the supposed good luck and prosperity that come with it!) with this healthy and heart Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Greens & Bacon!

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