These 11 Comfort Food Restaurants in Missouri Are All You Need This Season

These 11 Comfort Food Restaurants In Missouri Are All You Need This Season

When the weather gets colder, there’s nothing like warming up with some tasty comfort food. Here are some of my favorite places to get the most delicious homestyle classics in Missouri.

  1. Sweetie Pie’s – St. Louis

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Soul food? Check.
Mississippi-style cooking? Check.
Out of this world mac ‘n cheese? Double check.

4270 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

  1. Cookin’ From Scratch – Newburg

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Located adjacent to a gas station, Cookin’ From Scratch may not look like much, but it serves up some of the best fried chicken in Missouri.

90 Truman St.
Newburg, MO 65550

  1. Dixon’s Famous Chili – Independence

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This dive has been around for almost 100 years. The original owner wouldn’t even allow ketchup in his restaurant, because he was confident his chili was just that good.

9105 E US Hwy 40
Independence, MO 64055

  1. The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery- Kimmswick

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I bet your apple pie at Thanksgiving is pretty good, but can it stack up (literally) to the Levee High Apple Pie at Blue Owl? This delectable pie is comprised of 18 apples and weighs 13 lbs of ooey-gooey deliciousness!

Address: 6116 2nd St.
Kimmswick, MO 63053

  1. The Brick – Kansas City

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The Brick was featured on the Food Network TV show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Visitors rave about their amazing meatloaf sandwich.

Address: 1727 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

  1. Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe – Sprinfield

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Come to Gailey’s for some buttery biscuits slathered with savory gravy.

220 E Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65806

  1. SugarBot Sweet Shop – St. Charles

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Because every once in a while, cookies are the answer to a bad day. This dessert shop perfects classic chocolate chip cookies, while putting their own twist on other amazing desserts.

433 Jackson St.
St Charles, MO 63301

  1. Potpie – Kansas City

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A restaurant dedicated to comfort food and known for their potpies. Try the, “Murdering of beef and mushroom potpie”, you won’t regret it.

904 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

  1. Gordon’s Stoplight Drive-In – Crystal City

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When on the road, a simple triple-stacked burger and french fries always seems to hit the spot.

500 Bailey Rd.
Crystal City, MO 63019

  1. Dressel’s Public House – St. Louis

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Grilled cheese is pretty simple to make, but Dressel’s goes above and beyond to ensure the perfect cheesy melt. Paired with tomato soup, it’s a perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day.

419 N Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108

  1. Lambert’s Cafe – Sikeston

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If you haven’t heard of Lambert’s, hear about them now. They’re known for their “throwed rolls” and after you bite into one, you’ll know why.

2305 E. Malone Ave.
Sikeston, MO 63801

Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Missouri

The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Missouri That’s Nothing Short Of Magical

Much like listening to only one Christmas song, visiting only one Christmas lights display is just never enough during the holiday season. This family road trip will put you in the holiday spirit and leave you in awe.

Click here to view the full set of directions for this road trip.

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Crown Center Mayor’s Christmas Lighting – Kansas City

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This Christmas display takes place right in the heart of the city. On November 25th, a ceremony is held where you can watch the Mayor turn on the Christmas tree lights.

The Link
Kansas City, MO 64108

Jackson County Christmas In The Park

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Longview Lake tends to be a favorite path for cyclists. So it would be no surprise that the city would include bicycles in its Christmas lights display.

Longview Lake Campgrounds
1499 SW County Park Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 65064

Festival of Lights – Chillicothe

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This light display was recommended by one of our readers and upon more research, it’s no wonder why! Part of this display includes Santa flying an airplane, which you won’t find in the other light displays.

Simpson Park
Chillicothe, MO 64601

Latchford Christmas Lights – Callao

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Putting on an amazing Christmas light show isn’t just for the professionals. The Lathford home in Callao annually decorates their property with fantastic light fixtures that are so bright, you can see them from the highway.

Winter Wonderland At Tilles Park – St. Louis

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This magical winter wonderland is open to vehicle traffic and carriage rides Sunday thru Friday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm and goes until New Year’s Day

Tilles Park 9551 Litzinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124

Wild Lights – St. Louis

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What’s even better than seeing all the animals at the Saint Louis Zoo? Walking through brilliant Christmas lights throughout the park to visit each exhibit. Wild Lights is a must see when you’re passing through St. Louis.

1 Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Eureka

Santa’s Magical Kingdom

This magical kingdom is open from November 18th-January 8th and features train and wagon rides through its multicolor spectacular. Don’t forget to get a photo with Santa while you’re there.

5300 Fox Creek Road
Eureka, Missouri 63069

Enchanted Village of Lights – Laurie

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Located at the Laurie Fairgrounds, Enchanted Village of Lights is one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri.

Laurie Fairgrounds
269 Fairgrounds Drive
Laurie, MO 65037

Bagwell Lights – Springfield

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Another local Missouri family took holiday decor to the next level! Check out Bagwell Lights in residential Springfield which might remind you of the competing neighbors in the movie, “Deck The Halls.”

2008 E Cambridge St.
Springfield, Missouri

Old Christmas Time – Branson

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Old Christmas Time in Silver Dollar City is known as one of the best light displays in the country! And lucky for us, it’s located right in Branson.

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy
Branson, MO 65616

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays!   

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7 Perfect Quotes for Thanksgiving From Empowering Women

7 Perfect Quotes for Thanksgiving From Empowering Women

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and gratitude.

To celebrate, we’ve rounded up our favorite quotes from empowering women who express the importance of gratitude in everyday life.

1. “Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes.” –Ellen DeGeneres

2. “I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” –Oprah Winfrey

3. “Gratitude never radicalized anybody. I don’t care if they recognize the past, I just want them to get angry about the present and keep going.” –Gloria Steinem

4. “Real gratitude for the things I took for granted before — like life.” –Sheryl Sandberg

5. “I want to thank my parents for raising me to have confidence that is somehow disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do.” –Tina Fey

6. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” –Maya Angelou

7. “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” –Alice Walker

Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping

Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.

But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings.If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
  2. Reach out.If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic.The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
  4. Set aside differences.Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  5. Stick to a budget.Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.

Try these alternatives:

  • Donate to a charity in someone’s name.
  • Give homemade gifts.
  • Start a family gift exchange.
  1. Plan ahead.Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  2. Learn to say no.Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
  3. Don’t abandon healthy habits.Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

  • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
  1. Take a breather.Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Some options may include:

  • Taking a walk at night and stargazing.
  • Listening to soothing music.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Reading a book.
  1. Seek professional help if you need it.Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.


Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of yourself

Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. If you’re a caregiver, take steps to preserve your own health and well-being.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

As the population ages, more caregiving is being provided by people who aren’t health care professionals. These informal caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care in the United States.

A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative. However, family members who are actively caring for an older adult often don’t self-identify as a “caregiver.” Recognizing this role can help caregivers receive the support they need.

Caregiving is rewarding but stressful

Caregiving can have many rewards. For most caregivers, being there when a loved one needs you is a core value and something you wish to provide.

But a shift in roles and emotions is almost certain. It is natural to feel angry, frustrated, exhausted, alone or sad. Caregiver stress — the emotional and physical stress of caregiving — is common.

People who experience caregiver stress can be vulnerable to changes in their own health. Risk factors for caregiver stress include:

  • Being female
  • Having fewer years of formal education
  • Living with the person you are caring for
  • Social isolation
  • Having depression
  • Financial difficulties
  • Higher number of hours spent caregiving
  • Lack of coping skills and difficulty solving problems
  • Lack of choice in being a caregiver

 Signs of caregiver stress

As a caregiver, you may be so focused on your loved one that you don’t realize that your own health and well-being are suffering. Watch for these signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried
  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Becoming easily irritated or angry
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feeling sad
  • Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications

Too much stress, especially over a long time, can harm your health. As a caregiver, you’re more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, you may not get enough sleep or physical activity, or eat a balanced diet — which increases your risk of medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Strategies for dealing with caregiver stress

The emotional and physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of the many resources and tools available to help you provide care for your loved one. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for anyone else.

To help manage caregiver stress:

  • Accept help.Be prepared with a list of ways that others can help you, and let the helper choose what he or she would like to do. For instance, one person might be willing to take the person you care for on a walk a couple of times a week. Someone else might offer to pick up groceries or cook for you.
  • Focus on what you are able to provide.It’s normal to feel guilty sometimes, but understand that no one is a “perfect” caregiver. Believe that you are doing the best you can and making the best decisions you can at any given time.
  • Set realistic goals.Break large tasks into smaller steps that you can do one at a time. Prioritize, make lists and establish a daily routine. Begin to say no to requests that are draining, such as hosting holiday meals.
  • Get connected.Find out about caregiving resources in your community. Many communities have classes specifically about the disease your loved one is facing. Caregiving services such as transportation and meal delivery may be available.
  • Join a support group.A support group can provide validation and encouragement, as well as problem-solving strategies for difficult situations. People in support groups understand what you may be going through. A support group can also be a good place to create meaningful friendships.
  • Seek social support.Make an effort to stay well-connected with family and friends who can offer nonjudgmental emotional support. Set aside time each week for connecting, even if it’s just a walk with a friend.
  • Set personal health goals.For example, set a goal to establish a good sleep routine or to find time to be physically active on most days of the week. It’s also crucial to fuel your body with healthy foods and plenty of water.
  • See your doctor.Get recommended immunizations and screenings. Make sure to tell your doctor that you’re a caregiver. Don’t hesitate to mention any concerns or symptoms you have.

 Respite care

It may be hard to imagine leaving your loved one in someone else’s care, but taking a break can be one of the best things you do for yourself — as well as the person you’re caring for. Most communities have some type of respite care available, such as:

  • In-home respite.Health care aides come to your home to provide companionship, nursing services or both.
  • Adult care centers and programs.Some centers provide care for both older adults and young children, and the two groups may spend time together.
  • Short-term nursing homes.Some assisted living homes, memory care homes and nursing homes accept people needing care for short stays while caregivers are away.

The caregiver who works outside the home

Nearly 60 percent of caregivers work outside of the home. If you work outside the home and are feeling overwhelmed, consider taking a break from your job.

Employees covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act may be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year to care for relatives. Ask your human resources office about options for unpaid leave.

You aren’t alone

If you’re like many caregivers, you have a hard time asking for help. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to feeling isolated, frustrated and even depressed.

Rather than struggling on your own, take advantage of local resources for caregivers. To get started, contact your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to learn about services in your community. You can find your local AAA online or in the government section of your telephone directory.