Each year, our marvelous Springfield Art Museum throws a party with a purpose, called "99x." The purpose is that the museum raises money to restore permanent pieces for the next 99 years. So clever! Both of us have been fortunate enough to put our creative crazy visions to work for the last two years. They … Continue reading Cirque Americana x99
Book Club Bingo!
The Mixed Print Bookclub is relatively new, as in, I think it's only met two or three times. But my other bookclub, Well Fed Head, has been meeting for about 15 years. FIFTEEN YEARS! The club originated from a local indie bookstore, Well Fed Head. Every month we meet, discuss, drink, laugh, and catch up. … Continue reading Book Club Bingo!
Not even Semi-Homemade
If you've been following along, you know we love to entertain. Part of the fun is menu crafting, deciding what to make from scratch, what to collaborate on with the grocery store, and what to just unpackage and put on a pretty plate. Last week Stephanie hosted a Bunco party for some friends, and because … Continue reading Not even Semi-Homemade
Makin’ Whoopie (Pies)
There was a period of time where we made a lot of whoopie...pies. (har har) They're just SO tasty, and fun to make. And with such a variety of flavors, the options are endless! (Trust me...we've tried to make them all.) The best still, though, are the classic version. A chocolate cake-ish sandwich, with marshmallow … Continue reading Makin’ Whoopie (Pies)
Birth of Venus
The first time I remember seeing the depiction of Venus de Milo was in the movie "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen". It left such an impression that when I saw the painting "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli, I was like, hey! It's like that scene from the movie! (Everything always comes back to the … Continue reading Birth of Venus
Wine to Go Go
One summer evening, I joined a friend for an outdoor Shakespeare on the Park. It was a beautiful night, they were performing A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the lawn was packed. My friend had already set up chairs and blankets and as I arrived, she handed me an insulated tumbler. Ah, thanks, I'm so thirsty! … Continue reading Wine to Go Go
Party Time All the Time!
Add a little party to your day. Put light-refracting crystals in your East & West-facing windows, and at the two sleepiest times of day (8am and 5pm), HELLO DISCO! It's hard to be in a bad mood when rainbows of light are dancing in your house. Little tear-drop crystals are easily found at thrift stores, … Continue reading Party Time All the Time!
Sweet Tea Treat
Despite us growing up in the south, we are not sweet tea fans, or really even iced tea fans. Classic iced tea, at least. Thai Iced Tea...well, that's a different category of wonderful deliciousness altogether. The best Thai Iced Teas are sweeter than sweet and a creamy orange tone. Our local thai restaurant makes a … Continue reading Sweet Tea Treat
The weather here in Southwest Missouri has been cold, drizzly, and not very spring-like. So for Easter Sunday this year, we decided to have a French-inspired indoor picnic. French wine, cheeses, a charcuterie board, home-made baguettes...the whole works. Of course, we ate at the dining table, so rather than a picnic, I guess it was … Continue reading Indoor Picnic
Cheers! The Lychee Martini
What to 'shake' up your cocktail game? Try the Lychee Martini, recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart. Lychees are Asian tree fruits, with red dinosaur-like skin and a subtle grape-like taste and texture. And they make AMAZING cocktail ingredients! We drank these all winter long, despite them being a summer fruit. With access to international markets … Continue reading Cheers! The Lychee Martini