Out and About

The O’Fallon Brewery pumpkin pack is one of my favorite treats when it hits the shelf at Dierbergs during the fall season.  These tasty brews will have you looking forward to autumn every year.  The popularity of the O’Fallon Pumpkin Pack is so high though, they fly off the shelves shortly after being stocked.  Last year I could not find it anywhere.  This year I decided to plan ahead reserve a Pumpkin pack and and host a pumpkin beer tasting party because there’s nothing like enjoying the Fall season with your girlfriends.      

How to host a pumpkin beer tasting party  

  • Set a date
  • Find a venue
  • Contact the venue
  • Think about food and drinks
  • Have an activity 
Pumpkin_Beer
O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Pack

 

 

 

 

 

1. Set A Date:

Talk to your friends and see who is interested in attending and what dates and times work best.  I wanted to keep this group to between 6-10 people since I wasn’t having it at my house.  This makes it easier to talk to everyone too.   I decided 8:00 p.m. was a good time, I wanted to squeeze in a little quality time with my boys after work and have time to freshen up, before heading out.

Pumpkin Beer Tasting
Pumpkin Beer Tasting

2.  Find a venue:

Many times hosting at your house is the natural option.  If you’re like me, hosting a party at my house can be stressful after working all week.  Picking a neutral location can make it a lot more enjoyable because you won’t have to worry about getting your house picked up prior to your guests arriving, and cleanup is a snap.  The Dierbergs in Des Peres on Manchester Rd. was an ideal location for this party because it features a balcony area by the main entrance, they provide glassware, and every Friday night there’s a live band.  Plus, unlike at a restaurant, you won’t have to worry about how long your party runs and if you’re occupying much-needed tables during busy times.  Think outside the box when deciding on a venue.  It’s more important to get together than to have the perfect setting.   Some other options are  Park pavilions, Recreation facility, church hall, private rooms or alcoves at restaurants, your neighborhood clubhouse and coffee shops.

3.  Contact the venue and find out all the details.

It’s important to note any policies they might have, so you don’t have any snags once you arrive.

4.  Think about the food and drinks:

If you love cooking, making your own food items for the party is a great cost-saving approach.  However, I literally did one-stop-shopping at Dierbergs for my food and drinks.  The beer was not the only item that was pumpkin themed  here is what I got:

  • O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Beer 12-pack, which included flavors like “Jack O’ Latte”, and “Pumpkin Bread”
  • Sweet bakery items: pumpkin gooey butter cake bites,  pumpkin cupcakes, and scones.  I asked Dierberg’s to put this together for me since I was sticking to a pumpkin theme.  They were easy to work with and charged me for the food and a few extra dollars for the platter so just ask them if you want something you don’t see.  
Pumpkin_platter_of_treats
Pumpkin_platter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Have an activity:  

I like to have some sort of activity or simple icebreaker, especially if your friends don’t all know each other already.  I thought  it would be fun to get my friends’ engaged in tasting each beer, so my husband created a pumpkin beer tasting sheet.  Then they can make comments and grade each flavor.  The results from my tasting had the classic O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer claiming the blue ribbon, and O’Fallon Jack O’ Latte was runner-up. 

The food winner was far-and-away pumpkin gooey butter cake bites, followed by pumpkin cupcakes.

So, what’s your favorite pumpkin-themed recipe?  Is it a scrumptious sweet item, savory entree, or are you a novice brewer who makes your own pumpkin beer?

Happy Fall everyone!

XOXO Sarah

SaveSave

This week of Target Style is all about fun graphic T’s and my favorite “Boo your neighbor” tradition.  

It doesn’t have to be the holiday season to remind your kids to always have a giving spirit.  I like to find fun traditions throughout the year that reminds my two kiddos that you should always think of others.  As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to “Boo” your neighbor.  While it’s about catching them off guard, it has everything to do with making them laugh instead of scream in fear.

Here are the steps on how to “boo”:  First, you’ll need a container.  A bucket works best because it provides for a better presentation of its contents.  Target or Dollar Tree will have a large selection of these.  

Next, it’s time to fill your bucket with goodies.  While kids try to get as much candy on Halloween, the items that go into your “Boo Bucket” don’t necessarily have to tame the sweet tooth.  I like to include stickers, games and other non-food items that will entertain them.  A good cost-saving strategy is to purchase your Boo supplies right after Halloween the year before because everything will be on sale.

 

Lastly, include a flyer that describes what it means to get “booed”, and what your neighbors need to do next.  They’re instructed to first put the “I’ve been booed” sign in on their door.  Next, they’ll need to boo two other neighbors.

Now it’s time to head out.  To get your kids excited, explain that this is a “top secret mission” and they must be super quiet as to make sure the neighbor doesn’t hear them.  Make sure to wear dark clothing so you’re not spotted, but take a good flashlight.

 

Get in a good viewing spot where you’re close to your target house, but also where you can’t be seen.  When the coast is clear, run to the door, ring the doorbell drop the bucket of treats and then take off as fast as you can back to your hiding spot.  Watch the door to see if someone opens it, and finds the Boo Bucket.  It’s fun to watch your neighbor’s reaction to such a fun surprise.  Repeat the process for your next neighbor.  

In the following days, your kids will be checking the door every hour to see if you were booed.  The best is when you’re home and get booed, and try to guess who was the sneaky neighbor.  

This is a sure-fire activity to get your kids even more excited about Halloween, and you’re also teaching them an important lesson about giving.

What are your favorite Halloween traditions?

 

 

Here is my Target Style outfit for the night and some similar options.  If you missed last week of Target style-Dark Denim Shirt or Target Style-Embroidered Military Jacket

Pumpkin spice graphic T

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

Soooo the big question was what do we wear to the Living with Landyn Live show?

Here is what we ended up wearing.  We wanted layers because sometimes those facilities are freezing with the AC blasting.

We opted for fall colors and booties.

Sarah (wine color dress)

Dress (comes in several colors)| Denim jacket | Hat | Bracelets | Crossbody | Booties

Rachel (navy dress)

Dress | Denim jacket | Necklace-similar | Booties-similar | Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel

Dress | Denim jacket | Necklace-similar | Booties-similar | Clutch

Sarah 

Dress | Denim jacket | Hat | Bracelets | Crossbody | Booties | Earrings

The weather has cooled off in St. Louis so I’m obsessed with getting my boys outside as much as possible. Many nights we will take our dinner to a playground or park and enjoy the outside while we eat. Being a working mom, I don’t have loads of time with my boys so I try to find ways to make our time together special without a lot of work.

Here’s what we do:

  1.  Keep a blanket, towel, even your yoga mats in your car so you can be spontaneous when you’re in the picnic mood.
  2. If packing food isn’t an option and you’re not in the mood for fast food, we like to get “grab and go” from The Art of Entertaining in Webster Groves.  They have healthy options my kids like too.  Mason is eating the Smart Start breakfast option which includes fruit, yogurt, and a popular mini muffin.
  3. One additional thing I like to do is use these fun kids conversation cards to generate interesting dialogue with my boys.  It helps keep topics off the bathroom which for some reason boys love to talk about.  🙁  LOL

Fill me in on how you like to picnic.  Have fun enjoying your quality outdoor time.

On a side note, my boys LOVE dogs.  They want to pet every dog they see.  I was recently looking for some cute graphic T’s for a family photo and found these adorable options.

Puppy Applique T-shirtPuppy long sleeve optionRound towel for picnic | Art of Entertaining grab and go foods

This is my FAVORITE polish when getting a regular manicure for two reasons.

1.  It dries fast so you don’t have to wait all day for it to dry with out a smudge.

2.  It lasts a week and its regular polish, not the gel, so you don’t have to get it taken off at the salon.

I got the scoop from my nail salon on the hottest colors this summer.

1-I’m wearing Funny Bunny
2-Its pink PM
3-Passion
4-The Thrill of Brazil

My salon charges $2 more but I feel it’s worth it.  XOXO

 

 

 

I’m always on the look out for healthy snacks I can keep with me while on the go that don’t require temperature control.    Here are some of my favs!  Enjoy!!

 

 

 

  1.  Think thin bar (salted carmel)
  2. Skinny Pop Popcorn
  3. Banana
  4. Sweet chili pistachios
  5. Apple
  6. Extra Gum
  7. Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerky
  8. Baby carrots

 

  • Tapped in St. Louis
  • Tapped in St. Louis

If you’re looking for a fun date night or GNO that’s a new concept in going to a bar, then the new Tapped should be on your short list. Tapped allows you to taste over 40 craft beers, ciders and wines, without the commitment of purchasing a whole bottle. Plus, all of the selections are regionally and locally produced.

When you arrive, the hostess opens your tab by giving you a bracelet which contains a computer chip.  This chip activates the self-serve taps, and detects when you have started and completed your pour.  You pay per ounce, so you can try all you want until you find the one you love.

When we visited, I opted for some of their fruit-based beers.

My favorites were:

  1. O’Fallon’s “Daze of Summer”
  2. Bur Oak Brewing Co.’s “Lilly Ale”
  3. O’Fallon’s “Pineapple Wheach”

Of their 48 taps, 8 feature wine.

Their menu has a variety of shareables, salads, pizzas and sandwiches.  The Bavarian pretzels will melt in your mouth.  Yum!!!

Since Tapped is self-serve, they don’t accept tips.  However, if you leave any gratuity, it’s donated to charity which changes every week.

Cheers!!  Let me know your favorites.

  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis
  • Companion Teaching Kitchen in St. Louis

Happy Sunday Funday! I am always looking for ways to spend quality time with my kids. My son Logan and I had a blast at Companion’s Teaching Kitchen making Mixed Berry Lemonade, Lemon Crinkle Cookies, and Strawberry Tea Bread. Companion offers classes for both adults and kids, and we took their “Kids in the Kitchen” tea party. This class is geared toward giving children the lead in the kitchen.

All food items are prepped, making it fun and easy for the kids to follow each recipe. Logan enjoyed using all the restaurant-grade equipment, including the powerful blender.

They have adult classes too. My next trip to the Teaching Kitchen I make, will be the pizza class as a date night with Todd. The chocolate class sounds like a great night with some of my girlfriends.

We booked our class through the Kidzxplor app  (which is a better price). Also, you can book through Companion directly.

Happy Memorial Day!  School’s out, summer is here so I put together a family summer bucket list.  Here are a few things I’m planning this summer, what about you?

  • Explore Echo Bluff state park
  • Try Trapese STL
  • Go  strawberry picking
  • Take the boys to a water park
  • Enjoy the Solar Eclipse
  • Go on a roadtrip
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Make a cold treat
  • Do a lemon-aid stand
  • Go for a family bike ride
  • Paddleboarding
  • Coordinate an friends family night at a pavillion
  • Binge watch a TV series
  • Track dow the Half Baked Cookie Dough Co TRUCK
  • Check out the ST Louis county parks 30/30 hikes.
  • Indulge with Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Ice Cream
  • Check out the shops of St Charles 5th Street
  • Watch a movie at Art Hill Film Series
  • Take the boys to the new Keiner Plaza
  • Admire the sculptures at Laumier Sculpture Park

Let me know what your doing this summer and any fun places you find.  XOXO  Sarah