Friday Musings: Day at the museum, Simplified Planner, Mayor Slay, + turkey parm meatballs!

The week of Labor Day flew by! We spent our day off exploring the Missouri History Museum. St Louis is celebrating 250 years this year and to commemorate they have a 250th exhibit highlighting milestones for each year. Stan Musial (aka Stan the Man), Browns/Cards baseball, the creation of Anheuser Busch, Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight…..and many more accomplishments. My favorite fun fact is that Forest Park is 500 acres larger than Central Park. Pretty amazing that I get to live so close to so much beautiful green space.

They also have an exhibit for the 1904 World’s Fair. The grandeur of the event was pretty incredible. The rest of our Labor Day weekend included a lot of food, which is pretty much the best way to spend any holiday. I contributed lemon bars, a pie, and chocolate chunk cookies.

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I am also making an effort to wear all of my fun printed skirts and dresses before summer officially comes to an end. My job is a little more causal now, which means I can wear elephants, lemons, boats, and anchors on my pants. Business on top, party on the bottom.

I finally treated myself to Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner. I could never pull the trigger ($60 for a planner?), but after following Emily on Instagram and hearing rave reviews about the planner, I justified the purchase. You can’t help but like her. I’ll keep you posted on whether or not it is life changing. Although, I am Type A, so I can guarantee it will be my new favorite companion.

We also had a lunch date at Gringo on Saturday and I found the cutest old car in front of Mary’s Tea Room in the Central West End.

On Tuesday I attended the taping of Techli’s Domain Tech Report at Lab 1500 after work. Mayor Slay was one of the interviewees and it was great to hear more about his vision for the city and his thoughts about the startup community. The Mayor is also an active Twitter user and all of the tweets that he writes feature the #fgs hashtag.  I am also excited for WashU’s Cortex 4240 building to have their grand opening, which will serve as a space for entrepreneurs to work and thrive.

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And now onto an easy recipe for the weekend. I made turkey parmesan meatballs on Wednesday night. These would also be great with ground chicken, but Schnuck’s only had turkey, so I went with it. I used Udi’s bread for the breadcrumbs, so these were gluten free until I added the side of penne. Always a contradiction!

Feel free to use store bought marinara. I usually make my own marinara with a mixture of tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, but I used a Whole Foods marinara to save time. Serve with a salad and a little vino and this is the perfect mid-week meal! Also, I forgot to take a picture of the meal plated, so the last photo is my leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Turkey Parm Meatballs
Inspired by Cup of Jo

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I put two slices of Udi’s in the Vitamix)
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup Parm
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg
zest of half a lemon or a little less
3 tbsp olive oil

1 14-oz can store bought or homemade marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 400F, setting rack to upper third part of oven. In a large bowl, using your hands, gently mix together all of the ingredients. Shape into golf size balls and place a few inches from each other on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve meatballs with a dollop of sauce and pasta.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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