Sartorial Saturday–Queen of the May

“Have a blossom from my bouquet
I am monarch of all I survey
Someone kissed me today
And I am the Queen of the May

Footman harness my coach and four
Drive me up to the palace front door
Have the trumpeters play
Make way for the Queen of the May!” Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

If our 17th wedding anniversary (yesterday) wasn’t a good enough excuse to break out my bridal tiara and pair it with my Pinup Girl Clothing castle print Jenny skirt, then certainly today’s Royal Wedding is, right?

The shirt is bright and bold, so I went with simple (fake) pearl and (not really) silver accessories…all in all, I think it’s a pretty regal look!

Are you doing anything special in honor of the Royal Wedding?

An Anniversary Tea

When your wedding anniversary is the day before a major Royal Wedding, the only real option for celebrating is having a tea party!

The theme of our (dinner) tea party was finger sandwiches. I made six kinds…cucumber, seafood salad, gouda with garlic aioli, roltini, turkey with pineapple-pepper jelly, and roast beef with horseradish and arugula.

Our sweet treats included lime Jell-O, “Fancy Cakes,” and chocolate chip scones.

Since the bride is an American, I decided to go with what I think might be the most well-known tea in the U.S.–good old Lipton:

As I did when we celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s anniversary last year, I used my bridal tiara for our centerpiece:

The table looked very pretty, especially with the addition of our new rainbow silverware…tonight’s celebration was the first time we used it!

This was a fun way to kick off a wedding and Royal themed weekend!

Chickadee Thursday

Today we went to the St. Louis Science Center to see the Destination Moon exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian. Chickadee loved all of the hands-on activities that let her feel like she was really part of the  Apollo 11 mission!

Tasty Tuesday–Spinach-Artichoke Pasta

I wanted to make pasta on Mother’s Day, and I wanted that pasta to include artichokes somehow. This is what I came up with, and to my great surprise, it was a huge hit! You could also add some cooked, shredded chicken to the sauce if you want a heartier meal.

  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • 10 oz. fresh spinach
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 14 oz. cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 oz. capers, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 16 oz penne pasta with 1 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water to desired doneness.  Reserve 1 cup of the water and drain pasta.
In a large pot, melt 2 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Once hot, add spinach and stir until slightly wilted. Transfer wilted spinach to a colander and drain.
Add 4 Tbsp. butter to the same pot along with 4 oz cream cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, and 1 cup parmesan and stir until everything melts and starts to bubble. Add minced garlic.
Stir in drained artichokes and capers and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, then add drained spinach, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Cook until hot then toss in the cooked, drained pasta. Stir in reserved pasta water to thin sauce if desired. Serve with additional shredded parmesan.

Lime Bikes

Have you noticed bright green bikes all over St. Louis? Even though I will likely never use one, I’m really excited to see Lime Bikes all over the city!

If you’re unfamiliar with it, Lime Bike is a bike sharing program. You can use an app on your phone to locate the nearest bike (they’re all equipped with GPS), unlock the bike with a QR code, and you’re off! When you’re done, simply park the dockless bike (according to city regulations, of course), and you’re good to go!

Since they unveiled the program last month, I’ve seen these bright green bicycles everywhere…all around Forest Park, at the Missouri Botanical Garden, up and down Hampton Avenue, in downtown St. Louis…they’re clearly very popular. People really seem to be enjoying them (and I like the cheerful sound of the bell the bike is equipped with as people go by!), and I think this program could be really beneficial for the city…it’s a great way to make St. Louis more accessible at a low cost and in an environmentally friendly way. And it looks like Ofo, which is a Lime Bike competitor offering bright yellow bikes, has finally launched their program in St. Louis, too, after experiencing some delays.

Have you tried a bike sharing program? What did you think?

A Markel Family Mother’s Day

Time for the latest installment in the “Markel Family Holiday” series!

Let’s start with wardrobe. The Mary Blair Mother and Child print Lydia dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is the perfect outfit for Mother’s Day. Really, the outfit just creates itself, and I have to say, it’s nice to have a day where I don’t really have to think about what I’m going to wear!

Since Mother’s Day is always on a Sunday, we’re always at church in the morning. This year was extra special, because we were on Altar Guild duty. Of course, while we were there, I had to harangue the Fab Five into taking a picture with me!

My children are very thoughtful gift-givers. I received both a book about Mary Blair, and a new Lego Architecture set. They know me so well!

Ryan and I didn’t get to spend the day with either of our mothers, but when Ryan’s parents were here for Ladybug’s birthday last week, his mom gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers that I somehow haven’t managed to kill yet, so they made our dinner table extra special!

Speaking of dinner…my one rule is that we don’t go out to eat on Mother’s Day, because I hate dealing with crowds. This year, I decided to try a new recipe for spinach-artichoke pasta that seemed both easy and delicious, and everyone in the family liked it! I made my favorite asparagus to go with it, and we had carrot cake for dessert:

The rest of the day was spent doing things I enjoy, including watching a dubbed Animal Crossing movie that Ryan stumbled across. It was a very fun, relaxing day, and I’m happy I got to spend it with my family!