Author Archives: Barbara Brueggeman

Missouri Winter Events 2014-’15

Christmas at Crown Center, Kansas City

I love the holiday season.  Seriously – I love everything about the it: the decorating, the baking, the wrapping, the giving.  I love the carolers – sacred and secular, the Santas, the light shows, the parades, the ballet and symphony performances, the nativities, the arts and crafts markets … well, you get the picture. Luckily, I live in Missouri so ... Read More »

Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

Trumpeter Swans, photo by Rick Smotherman.

I love birding. Or bird watching. Whatever you call it, Missouri is a hotbed of activity, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Smithsonian magazine just listed a spot in the northwest corner of the state as one of the seven best places in America to see fall bird migrations: “In the autumn months, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in ... Read More »

City Girl Meets Missouri Pumpkin Patch

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Long, long ago in a county on the east side of the state, my future husband – a farm boy – took me home to meet his parents. It was November, and as we drove through the fertile Missouri River bottoms near his family’s farm, we passed a glorious sight: Rombach Farms’ pumpkin patch.  Their display was breathtaking: rich and ... Read More »

Missouri Fun Runs

Enjoy a few cupcakes while you run a 5k...?

Cupcakes…running…beer. “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things just doesn’t belong.” If you think you know which one, you’re wrong.  All of these things are exactly the same. Confused?  So was I when I found out some friends were running in a 5K Cupcake Run in St. Louis. I get that some people love ... Read More »

Missouri-Made Gifts Make Christmas Awesome

Missouri is Awesome shirts by Five Pound Apparel in Springfield.

From chocolate treats and the ever-popular holiday ham to personalized glass creations and woven clothing, you can customize your holiday shopping list in Missouri. In every corner of the Show-Me State, you find a great selection of gifts for every person on your shopping list. For Karen Hudson of Hermann, there’s no stress to holiday shopping because you can’t go ... Read More »

Fall Festivals of Missouri

Fischer Farms, Jefferson City

Autumn: crisp weather, colorful leaves, fall festivals.  Lots of fall festivals.  If you were to throw a dart at the state of Missouri, just about wherever it landed, you’d likely find a celebration of some kind.  But don’t let yourself be misled by a picture in your head: Show-Me State fall festivals come in all shapes, sizes, themes and flavors. ... Read More »

A Perfect Day for Peaches

Peter's Market should have peaches available into early September this year.

The alarm went off at 6 a.m. On a Saturday. In the summer. That is just wrong on so many levels. But I was going day tripping for the first time in months, and this particular treat was several weeks overdue. It was the first Saturday of peach season at Peters Orchards and Market in Waverly, Missouri. My husband, Dan, ... Read More »