Blue Max Coffee – Forest Park, IL

I love getting out of the city and off the beaten path to seek out great local spots! I have heard of Blue Max Coffee for years, but hadn’t taken the time to check it out before today. Something about the awesome weather and a lazy Saturday encouraged me it go check it out! The…

Lebanese Taverna

As a thank you for helping out one of the assistants in the office, her boss bought us lunch.  Sweet!  When I heard it was coming from Lebanese Taverna, I just about lost it.  Hmmm chicken shawarma.  We ordered it to go, but I volunteered to go pick  up because I’ve never been there and I was…

Hogo | DC

The Shaw neighborhood in DC is one of my new favorite places to hang out and Hogo is one of my favorite bars.  It’s a cute, tiny bar with rum-based tiki-type drinks.  They don’t have a website, just a Facebook page that lists drink specials and food menus.  My friend and I tried something called…

Bird Nests

This is my second attempt at a family-friendly-easter-baking-activity that I could do with my son, since he’s leaving for spring break this weekend.  From what I’ve seen, bird nests have been around for a long time, but I’d never heard of them until Pinterest.  I thought my son would be on board since candy is…

Cozy Drive In

I was driving with a friend from South Bend, IN to St. Louis for a wedding.  Not the prettiest of drives, but after a while the cornfields become hypnotic and beautiful. Springfield, IL is the home of Cozy Dog, the birthplace of the corn dog, or as they say “hot dog on a stick”.  I…

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

Every now and then, I go through phases where I like to try to recreate my favorite childhood sweets i.e., Samoa and Ding Dongs. This time I wanted to try to make my own Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pie. I recently went to a bakery in the city that sold them. They were really, really…

Vanilla Malt Cake

I was sitting around brainstorming on what cake to bake next. I knew I needed to continue to practice decorating, but I needed a little inspiration. As I’m panning the living room a Valentine’s Day (no judging) candy wrapper caught my eye. My son had a left over pack of Whopper’s laying around. Voila! My…