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Day 27 - Jefferson City, Missouri

Ziggy and I arrived in our home state, Missouri late Sunday night. I told her we were going to check out the capital, then get a pizza, and then drive to St. Louis. She opened her bag and put on her favorite hat from last year when I took her to go see the baseball Cardinals.

I told her, "Missouri was the 24th state in the USA and it became a state on August 10, 1821. Jefferson City's Capital building can be seen from the Missouri River. It's destiny seemed uncertain from the beginning. Lewis & Clark paddled by the bluffs in 1804 and again in 1806. Daniel Boone's son was a city planner here. The confederacy and the Union struggled desperately for it. America's longest river flows through it (Missouri). It is a prize. A precious treasure, one that is well preserved. But, unlike most treasures, it begs much more than just a glimpse from a distance."

They really did some fixing up since the last time I was here. There was all kinds of shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. The first thing we did was get some gas. I noticed a Caseys Pizza place so thats where we decided to eat. Only it was a carry out.

We pulled over to eat our pizza and parked on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. It was a fun time.

After our dinner, it was time to go home to St. Louis. We stayed downtown at the Adams Mark Hotel and got a much needed rest. When we pulled up in front of the Arch in the morning, Mamajo, Lisa H., my Aunt Darlene and Uncle Rich, my Auny Joy and cousin Dawn and Mom were there waiting for us. We took a tour of the Arch. I've been up several times in my life but it's always fun.

The St. Louis Gateway Arch is an elegant monument to westward expansion in the USA. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, the 630-foot tall stainless steel arch rises above the city skyline. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse.

When we got down, Mom invited everyone over her house for some Missouri Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup.

I grew up with this soup and it's really great with some fresh grated Parmagiano Reggiano Cheese over the top. This Old Fashioned Vegetable soup is something Mom served up alot. Especially in the Fall. But, if ya ask me, this is good anytime of the year. Here's the recipe.

Missouri Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup
Serves 4 to 6

3 - pounds stew beef
2 - quarts water
2 – tablespoons salt
2 - bay leaves
10 - peppercorns
1/4 - teaspoon marjoram
1/4 - teaspoon thyme
2 - cups potatoes, peeled and diced
1 - cup carrots, sliced
1/2 - cup celery, chopped
2 - cups green beans
1 - cup cabbage, shredded
1 - medium onion, chopped
2 - cups corn
2 - cups peas
1 - can tomatoes

In a large stockpot, cook beef in salted water until meat is tender. Remove beef from broth.

Set meat aside.

Into the stockpot, add the bay leaves, peppercorns, marjoram, and thyme. Then add in the potatoes, carrots, celery and cabbage. Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add the onion, corn, peas, and tomatoes. Cook until all vegetables are soft. Add meat back into the soup and stir. You want to cook the soup with the meat 5 to 7 minutes longer. Finally, you can say soup’s up.

Soup from St. Lou,
Is great anytime of year.

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After our lunch with Mom, we had to say our goodbyes. It's a long trip for us tomorrow. We going to Augusta, Maine and we needed to get to the airport. My cousin Dawn drove. Shes a sweetheart as is her Mom, my Mothers' sister. See you in Augusta, Maine tomorrow.

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