You Can Find Me In St. Louie

by Jenn (eating bender) on February 6, 2012

I had a wonderful weekend in the Gateway City, filled with family, food and fun. As I hinted at in my last post, I had the opportunity to meet a very special someone: my cousin Lisa’s daughter, Morgan!

I had not been back to St. Louis since the baby shower and could not wait to meet her! Morgan is simply adorable, a bundle of energy and a great reading partner. We read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Peekaboo Farm, among others.

We played with her toy kitchen – a budding foodie in the making – and I also had the chance to feed her.

We had some fun with that. :) But perhaps one of the funniest memories from the trip was our many attempts at getting the perfect picture of all the women. There are a lot of us! Mama Bender is the middle of three sisters. My Aunt Diane, Aunt Barbara (Morgan’s grandma), Lisa and Morgan were there too, of course – and below is one of my favorite shots of the whole gang save for my Grandma Gige. We were excited to hang out with her this weekend, as well, though – more on why in a minute!

Both Lisa and her husband David (behind the camera) were doing their part to get Morgan camera ready. Please note, however, that their instructions seemingly had the most impact on none other than Mama Bender. Her expression is priceless and makes me smile every time – love you, Mom. :)

It was so much fun to hang out with Morgan, and we had something else to celebrate, too! Saturday was my Grandma Gige’s 86th birthday. All of us went out for a birthday feast at Longhorn Steakhouse, which included a candlelit hot fudge sundae for this wonderful lady!

On Sunday morning, we also had a delicious brunch at the Original Pancake House. It’s a lot like Walker Bros. in terms of its menu offerings, and in true mother-daughter style Mama Bender and I decided to go all in and split the Dutch Baby

…and a Greek omelette made with egg whites.

So much food – and so worth it. The feta was oozing everywhere out of that omelette!

Too soon our weekend visit came to a close, but I am truly looking forward to seeing Morgan again soon.

Thanks for a great weekend, ladies (and gent)!

Tonight I bring you the #FebPhotoADay: Dinner Edition. Or shall we say breakfast for dinner?

This scramble was made with three large eggs, one chicken sausage link and spinach. I sprinkled Parmesan cheese and Arizona Dreaming seasoning over it before topping everything off with a dollop of salsa. Served with a side of Diana GabaldonI finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and will be posting my review as soon as I’ve chatted about it with my book club. :)

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the week! Also, congrats to Kath and her husband Matt!

Are you a fan of breakfast for dinner? If so, what is your favorite dish to make?


1 Cara (Twinthusiast) February 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What a cutie! So glad you had a great weekend with the gang.

2 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Thanks, Cara!

3 Megan February 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

What a wonderful weekend you had!!!

I am a fan of breakfast ANY time of day! I tend more towards the carbs…oatmeal, pancakes, waffles!

4 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I love me some carb breakfasts, too! :)

5 Erica February 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

What a great trip!!! So many babies in your fam. Cuties. You know i love brinner. Id like that omelet tomorrow :) also really like pancakes and waffles

6 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Last year was such a big year for baby girls! :) Brinner is always better!

7 Susan February 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Sounds like an awesome time in St. Louie! I’m sure I probably told you about the embarrassing number of people who – when we said we were moving to KC – said, “Oh, so you’ll get to see the arch all the time!” haha. Love all the pictures of Morgan and especially the one with Mama Bender. Happy B-day Grandma Gige, too! :)

8 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Haha I don’t think you told me that before – that is too funny! Gotta love how all the Midwest cities blend together for some people. :) Thanks for the birthday wishes for my grandma…and yay, book club!

9 Susan February 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

p.s. woohoo book club! :)

10 Melissa @TryingtoHeal February 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Haha, your mom’s expression is priceless!!! I immediately grinned upon realizing it was her! <3

glad you had a good weekend with the little one and your family! Happy birthday to your Grandma!!!

11 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Gotta love her! She has a knack for reacting to other people, whether it’s my cousins trying to excite the baby or somebody doing something crazy on TV. It’s amazing. :)

12 Shannon February 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

one of the best kind of weekends, it seems :)

13 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Definitely! Hope yours was a great one, too! :)

14 Megan (Braise The Roof) February 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

So many babies in your family! Looks like a great weekend. :)

15 Jenn (eating bender) February 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

2011 was the year of the baby girl in my family!

16 BroccoliHut February 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I love “brinner.” My mom used to make waffles for dinner on occasion, and I always looked forward to it. These days I often have a frittata for lunch or dinner!

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