White Cliff Manor B&B…and some of the best food EVER.

Jeremy and I love, love, love to visit B&B’s and I’ve posted about a couple on the blog before (read about them here, here and here).  We decided to do a quick trip to one for a combined Valentine’s Day/babymoon getaway, but it will definitely not be the last!  We realized that we’ve been to four in just the past year so I guess you could say we’re kind of addicted haha.   Jeremy found this absolute gem of a B&B called White Cliff Manor in St. Mary, MO.  You’ve probably never heard of St. Mary, MO but it is a VERY quaint little town near St. Louis and Illinois (the view from our bedroom window was actually of Illinois!) with one of the biggest antique malls we have ever been to!  I mean there is literally nothing there but houses and this antique mall.  However, if you drive about 30 minutes you’ll start seeing signs for a ton of wineries!   They’re everywhere!  And thank goodness because we really weren’t sure what we were going to do for dinner the Friday night we were there but one of the wineries, Chaumette Winery, was open for dinner and highly recommended.  This place was quite possibly one of the best meals Jeremy and I have ever had.  They only use local, seasonal, organic ingredients and wow, does it totally make a difference!  If you are ever in east MO near St. Louis, definitely check Chaumette Winery out!  I have a few pictures below of our brief but wonderful trip to the B&B.

First up, the cutest little candy shop, Sweet Things, in St. Genevieve, MO which is about five minutes from St. Mary.  We tried a couple of truffles and some turtle fudge.  Yum!

Sweet Things Outside

Sweet Things Candy

Sweet Things Bakery Case

Salted Caramel Truffle

Pics of our bedroom and the view from the balcony outside our bedroom!  The snow was perfect.

White Cliff Manor Bedroom

White Cliff Manor Balcony View

Chaumette Winery.  There was a huge, roaring fireplace we stared at during our whole meal.  So cozy.

Chaumet Winery

I had the Cinnamon Bread Pudding made with their house bread, topped with a locally made apple butter, cinnamon whipped cream and a browned butter/sugar sauce.  OMG.  I was practically licking the plate.  Jeremy got the Dark Chocolate Brownie, which was their homemade, fudgy brownie, topped with chocolate whipped cream and a port infused ganache.  Heaven.

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Brownie

This place, The Anvil, was our lunch stop in St. Genevieve before heading home.  Some of the best onion rings I’ve ever had, amazing burgers and even chicken livers!!!  Yes, I love chicken livers and they don’t show up on menus that often, ya know.  We also tried their homemade coconut cream pie and it was delicious!

The Anvil

The Anvil Bar

Coconut Cream Pie

It was a great weekend and we loved every minute!  If you are looking for a cozy, accomodating B&B (with wonderful breakfast), definitely give White Cliff Manor a try!

 

 

 

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Bakery Review – Sara Sara Cupcakes in Oklahoma City

Jeremy and I took a whirlwind trip to Oklahoma City this weekend.  The original purpose of the trip was to visit a little candy shop I have been eyeing online for what seems like forever called Pinkitzel.  From what I had seen of their website, this place seemed like a candy lovers dream and their decor was right up my alley–pink, white, black and Rococo everywhere!!  I was absolutely in love.  I had to go.  NOW.  So we decided to do it and after realizing it would take nearly 5 hours to make the drive, we booked a hotel.  Well, at least I thought we had booked a hotel. Jeremy surprised me by booking a B&B just outside of the Tulsa area.  It was so sweet…I think I’ll keep him. 😉

So knowing that we didn’t have to rush back and could just do whatever on Saturday, I immediately looked up other places around OKC we could get our sugar fix at.  I found a few cupcake places and narrowed it down to one and then also discovered another candy shop and a chocolate shop.  Fun!

We set out early (5:30!) Saturday morning and made it just in time for our first destination to open up.  Sara Sara Cupcakes is located in an old, historic party of Oklahoma City…and it is SO ADORABLE.  The house is quite aged, probably built in the early 1900’s which of course only adds to the charm.  They’ve painted the doors pink and the inside is totally white and clean/modern looking.  I loved it.

 As for the cupcakes, they were HUGE which made sense since they were $3.59 each.  I kind of freaked out about the price (however would I be able to try  my regular half dozen?!), but then I was informed that on that day they were 3 for $9…not bad!

So it was decision time…I hate this part!  I am HORRIBLE at making decisions, especially when it comes to dessert and I was struggling.  I can’t tell you how many times the employees at these places stare at me like I’m crazy while I stand in front of their bakery cases looking constipated and Jeremy is flitting around taking pictures.  Yeah…we probably look insane.  But oh well, all in the name of research!  So I managed to decide, with some input from Jeremy, and we came up with the following delightful cupcakes:  Coconut Cream, Crimson & Cream and Judge Joe Cannon.  I will say up front that these cupcakes are delicious and straightforward.  They were all homey and just good.  Nothing fancy or over the top.  Cake and frosting.  That being said, here’s the breakdown of each one.

Our least favorite was the Crimson & Cream.  And not because it was bad!  It definitely was not bad, it was just not our favorite.  The red velvet cake was the perfect buttermilk, red velvet cake…so moist and the cocoa was just barely noticeable.  Like red velvet should be.  Topped with a delicious, not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting and chocolate shavings.  We liked it a lot.

Our next favorite was the Judge Joe Cannon, a banana cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and chunks of Snickers.  I personally LOVED this banana cupcake because it was actually a super thick and dense banana bread.  Oh, it was soooo good.  However, the frosting was totally a let down…it was not a buttercream but more like a whipped topping that was greasy and slightly grainy.  I was really bummed about it because I loved the cake part so much.

And our absolute favorite was the Coconut Cream.   A delicious and moist chocolate cake topped with a milk chocolate frosting and yummy toasted coconut.  Loved it.

 

 Such a great start to the weekend!  If you are in the area, definitely pick up some cupcakes from them!

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