A Quick Glance: Columbia, Missouri

Today it was rainy and overcast in Columbia, Missouri, but in between a grocery and fuel run – we did manage to check Columbia out just a bit!

We’re both tired and run down, but we drove by Stephens Lake Park – so of course, we HAD to stop so I could take some photos! I’m so glad I did!

For one thing, I saw for the very first time ever in real life, a Little Free Library! Well hello Columbia! What a nice way to greet me!

Little Free Library

Stephens Lake Park is a beautiful place. There were people walking, running, and biking, and a few folks were there to walk their dog.

Stephens Lake Park

From the perspective of traveling with a dog, it is an excellent place to go hang out for a bit with Fido (or in our case, Frodo)! The park has a great sidewalk (super handy after a day of rain!), and trash containers never too far from reach. I didn’t notice any doggie-bag stations if they have them, but we always have those with us anyway.

The park not only had trash cans sprinkled about, they also had recycle bins! Lots of them! In fact, I noticed there were also recycle bins at the gas station, as well as clothing donation drop-off bins. Yay Missouri!

In case you are wondering, yes, Stephens Lake Park does in fact, have a Lake! A sign mentioned something about boating and fishing…

Stephens Lake Park_The Lake

What a nifty place to take in the Fall colors!

Stephens Lake Park_More Lake

Just a quite note about the grocery store. I shopped at Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain I have never heard of before and I thought it was important to mention what I found. HEALTHY FOOD! I’m adding those note so I’ll remember, but if any of you out there have dietary restrictions, this store (at least the one in Columbia) had great real food options. So if you are one who cooks from scratch, or reads the label carefully on anything that comes in a package, be sure to check out Hy-Vee, you may find some great snack options!

That’s all from here! We hit the road again tomorrow. Cherrio!

The Right Way to Eat Kale (Recipe)

There is a right way to eat Kale, and a wrong way.

To clarify, this is the wrong way. Raw. Boring. Bitter.
Eating Kale

You can sometimes hide Kale in a smoothie, but you’ve got to be careful about how you do it. Less is more. For the record, I can barely tolerate Kale when eating it the wrong way. However, there is a right way to eat Kale, and when done properly, is fantastic!

Here is the right way to eat Kale. You make Kale Chips!Kale Chips


  • Some Kale
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Red Onion
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fine Grain Sea Salt
  • Pinch of Kelp (optional)

Mixing Kale


  1. Preheat the Oven to 300 degrees
  2. Wash and Dry the Kale
  3. Tear the Kale into large pieces and place in bowl
  4. Place all the seasonings in a bowl, and mix
  5. Sprinkle the seasonings over the Kale and mix thoroughly
  6. Line a baking pan with parchment paper
  7. Spread out the Kale
  8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes

If you have any leftovers, simply store them in a lidded container. But you probably won’t have any left…

Eat and enjoy!