Friday, October 24, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happening: October 24-26

Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival 

October 25-26, 2014

This festival is one NOT to miss!  In fact, Steve and I have taken the boys to this annual fall festival since they were babies.   Drawing almost 100,000 people per year and less than 30 minutes from St. Louis, escape to Kimmswick for casual day of Fall fun, including crafts, holiday shopping, pumpkin carving, live entertainment, food, drink, and more.

In addition, watch the Kimmswick Historical Society make fresh apple butter in front of your eyes and purchase a fresh jar.

Festival is FREE, though parking is $5.00



Halloween in the Central West End 

October 25, 2014

Set in the vibrant cosmopolitan Central West End with a backdrop of tree-lined streets and stately turn of the century mansions, the annual CWE Halloween is the can’t miss celebration of the season. Festivities kick-off with family fun daytime activities and as the sun sets, the party continues with an adults only bash…the Adult Costume Contest and Party-legendary for its elaborate, complex and outrageous costumes.

CWE Halloween is open to the public and free to attend. Adults interested in participating in the Adult Costume Contest are required to pay a nominal entry fee


Oktoberfest in Hermann 

October 25-26, 2014
Times and activities vary

Less than an hour from St. Louis, Hermann celebrates its German heritage with four weekends of German music, dancing and food, all set against a backdrop of glorious fall color. This is your last weekend to enjoy the fun!

HERE is the full weekend calender!

Lemp Mansion Halloween Bash

October 25, 2014

The Lemp Mansion, one of the most haunted mansions in the country, is home to St. Louis’s favorite Halloween party. This is the place for people who like their Halloween as spooky and macabre as possible. Dress up in your most creative costume and mix with Lemp’s authentic ghosts and poltergeists for a rowdy bash filled with food, music and tasty adult beverages. The $55 admission price includes multiple buffets spread throughout the rooms of the house, live music by several top local bands, an open bar and costume contests with cash prizes.

$60/Advance; $65/ at Door
Reservations Required, 314-664-8024

3322 Demenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8024


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reduced: 7 Summersweet Lane in Ballwin

This gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2 bath brick ranch, on the prettiest lot that you have ever seen, has been reduced to $214,900!  A bargain in the reputable in Parkway West school district.

Learn more HERE.  Want a private tour?  Contact me at or 314.298.5275.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Peek In My Kitchen: Lasagna Soup recipe

As we venture into cooler Fall weather, "Soup Season" officially commences in Casa de Nenonen. There is arguably nothing more comforting than a pot of soup simmering on the stove top as the temperatures begin to plummet. 

Here is a peek at our dinner table this evening.  As this recipe is one that my family requests repeatedly, I figured that I would share.  The flavor of lasagna without the calories and hassle... this recipe is tasty and easy!

 Italian Lasagna Soup


2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb lean ground beef (I often sub ground turkey)
1 large yellow onion, diced (2 cups)
4 garlic cloves, to taste, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can Petite Diced Tomatoes (I use no-salt added)
1 (14.5 oz) can Crushed Tomatoes (I use no-salt added)
2 1/2 Tbsp Tomato Paste (I use no-salt added)
1 3/4 tsp dried basil (can use fresh, if on hand)
3/4 tsp dried oregano (can use fresh, if on hand)
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed 
1/2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp dried thyme 
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 lasagna noodles, broken into bite size pieces (6.5 oz)
1 1/4 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese (5 oz)
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese (2 oz)
8 oz ricotta cheese


Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, crumble beef into pot, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring occasionally until browned. Drain majority of fat from beef and set aside. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in pot, add chopped yellow onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Add in chicken broth, Petite Diced Tomatoes, Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, basil, oregano, rosemary, fennel seeds, thyme, parsley, the cooked ground beef and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare lasagna noodles according to directions listed on package (don't overly salt the water as some of the water will be added to the soup later). Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining pasta.

Add cooked pasta to soup along with 1/2 cup - 1 cup pasta water as desired. In a mixing bowl, using a fork, stir together Grated Parmesan Cheese with ricotta cheese.

Ladle soup into bowls, dollop each serving with a large scoop of the cheese mixture, sprinkle shredded Mozzarella Cheese and chopped parsley. Serve warm.

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Real Estate Tip: Spring Listings require Fall and Winter preparation to maximize profit potential!

Contemplating a Spring move? Contact your Realtor NOW! It is not too early, friends.
I have had 3 listing appointments over the last week, providing in-depth comps and cold weather month "to do list" suggestions to help my clients maximize their Spring profit potential.  Need a Realtor in St. Louis? I would love to help! 314.452.7675 or

Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: October 17- 19, 2014

Boo at the Zoo Nights
Nightly, October 17-30, 2014
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Explore the Zoo after dark during the special Halloween evenings: Boo at the Zoo Nights! This non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience is filled with laughs and adventure. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12-and-under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience.

$6/member; $7/non-member; children under 2 are free 
$1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume

Parking is free - South Lot only. (North Lot and North Entrance will be open on select nights: Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 30.)

More info:

Harvest Festival at Laumeier Sculpture Park
Sunday October 19

Hosted by Sauce Magazine and Laumeier Sculpture Park, the 2014 Harvest Festival celebrates the best Autumn has to offer: delicious eats from St. Louis area restaurants, a farmers’ market featuring fresh local produce, arts and craft wares, family activities, live Bluegrass music and all of Fall’s splendor in Laumeier’s beautiful outdoor setting.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Laumeier Members, and children ages 10 and under free. Buy tickets at the door or online

Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road
St. Louis, MO 63127

More info:

Town and Country Fall Festival with Fireworks
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Celebrate the beginning of Fall in gorgeous Town and Country with pony rides, bounce houses, restaurant booths, crafts, a pumpkin patch, fireworks, and MORE!

Location and more into here:

Westport Brewfest
Saturday, October 18, 2014
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Calling all beer lovers!  Celebrate several of the country's finest brews all in one stop! Patrons can expect to enjoy live music brought to you by the Jive and Wail and other fun surprises. Discounted general admission tickets and VIP tickets are now available below. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $25. Admission includes a commemorative sampling mug, all beer sampling and live entertainment. Food will be sold separately.

Westport Plaza*
Outdoor Village
111 West Port Plaza Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

*Event entrance will be in the front of the Plaza
next to St. Louis Bread Co.

More info:

City of Chesterfield Taste of Trucktober 
Saturday, 10/18/14

This family-friendly event will host an array of 23 gourmet food trucks including Seoul Taco, Sarah's Cake Shop, Steak Louie, Guerrilla Street Food,  The Cheese Shack, and more!  This event also features live music, games and karaoke. 

Chesterfield Amphitheater (631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield)

More info:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooky October Fun in Des Peres

 Last week on my Facebook page... 

... I expressed that the month of October is always a little more fun for Realtors, thanks to the creativity of local homeowners.  This rang true when I passed this teeny Des Peres street on the way to show properties in Kirkwood last week!

While I wouldn't recommend this "spooktacular" exterior decor if your house is on the market, it got me in the Halloween mood- I had to share!

Friday, October 3, 2014

St. Louis Weekend Happenings: October 3 - 5

The weekend forecast is amazing, St. Louis! Grab the family and enjoy one of the many family-friendly events going on in the Metro.

Food Truck Friday sponsored by Sauce Magazine

This is your last opportunity to enjoy the 4th season of Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park with music by Miss Jubilee. 

Friday, October 3 from 3:30 to 7

Tower Grove Park

4256 Magnolia Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Truck lineup and more info can be found HERE.

Oktoberfest at Union Station

Munich on the Mississippi!  Oktoberfest at Union Station offers two stages featuring live performances showcasing German culture throughout the day and night. The main stage features live music by the likes of 20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool. While the German Cultural stage hosts live displays of various facets of Germany's rich culture like Dance Troupes, contests, choral performances, and more.

October 3, 2014 from 3pm -11pm

October 4, 2014 from 11am-11pm

1820 Market Street

Ticket and event information HERE.

Taste of Benton Park

Come enjoy the best of Benton Park at this street festival including music from Scandaleros and Jake's Leg and cuisine from Benton Park's finest, including Frazer's, Sidney Street Cafe, Jax Cafe, Blues City Deli, Mud House, Luvy Duvy's, Spare No Rib, Melt, Yemanja Brasil, Ernesto's, Peacemaker's, Choice, Capitalist Pig, Benton Park Cafe

October 4, 2014 from 10am - 6pm

S Jefferson Ave at Arsenal St

Saint Louis, MO 63104

More information HERE.

Grovefest 2014
The 9th annual Grovefest features a multitude of different street vendors, live music and all-around entertainment. Sponsor Urban Chestnut is also unveiling a special brew for the occasion, so make sure you start your October right with one of the biggest STL events of the year.
October 4, 2014 from 2pm-10pm
In the Grove Neighborhood on Manchester
More information HERE.

31st Annual Belleville Chili Cookoff

In Belleville, Illinois- just 20 minutes from the Arch- there will be more than 60 vendors selling various types of chili, desserts, kabobs, treats, and more! The live entertainment will consist of Smash Band, Permanent Groove, and Rat Rod Kings. On Saturday, there will be a Chili Chase 5K Run/ Walk and the 8th Annual Jr. Idol, singing contest.

October 4, 2014 from 11am - 10pm

More information HERE.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The architectural "eye candy" of the French Quarter in New Orleans...

Last weekend, I enjoyed a "Girl's Getaway" to one of my favorite cities...

...New Orleans!   

I have true appreciation for a city that embraces its culture and history by preserving the original architectural integrity of the buildings within it.  As far as architecture goes, New Orleans is world famous for its vast array of unique architectural styles that directly reflect the city's multicultural heritage, history, and flavor.

I have visited New Orleans several times over the years and the ritual for my 1st morning there pretty much remains the same:   I rise extra early for a long morning walk alone down their gorgeous Mississippi Riverfront...  

I pop into the infamous Cafe du Monde for a to-go cup of chicory Cafe Au Lait and an order of fresh beignets... 

I then enter the French Quarter, nibble on my breakfast, and I get lost for a few hours. From Creole Cottages and Shotguns to Double-Gallery Houses, there is something beautiful, interesting, and impressive around every single corner!  New Orleans is a real estate lover's dream, particularly for those of us who are innately drawn to historic architecture.

Here is a peek at my early morning walk this year...

It never ceases to amaze me that despite the amount of times I have done this trek... I always mange to see something new?!  Gorgeous city, New Orleans is.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome October...

Just for fun- A spooky scene ushers in October this morning at Casa de Nenonen, thanks to a little help from my boys!  Welcome October.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Just Listed: 7 Summersweet Lane in Ballwin (Parkway West)

Beautifully maintained in the award-winning Parkway West School District and in Ballwin (63011), 
one of Time Money's "Top 50 Best Places To Live in America"...

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#7 Summersweet Lane boasts a fantastic Ballwin location, tucked away on a private cul-du-sac with community amenities galore.  This handsome 4 bedroom, 2 bath brick ranch features storage galore and terrific “no-stair-living” sprawling over 2,000+ sqft.

Home features:  Traditional foyer with slate tile.  Updated eat-in kitchen with 42” cabinets, recessed lighting, and granite countertops.  A main floor Master Suite with a dressing area, his and hers closets, Corian countertops, and private backyard access.  A formal living room and dining room ideal for entertaining.  A main floor family room with recessed lighting and a wood-burning fireplace with blower.   Main floor laundry.  An awesome 20x18 bonus room, ideal for a home office or study.

Heading outside, the sizable lot boasts mature vegetation, professional perennial landscaping, a deck for entertaining, and an inground sprinkler system all backing wooded common ground.  A peaceful retreat for a nature-lover!

Complete with a 2 car garage with loft storage, Pella windows with enclosed blinds, a new water heater, 6 panel wood doors, Energy Star AC, and fresh paint… this home is a complete package! Move-in ready and maintenance-free with an amazing West County location near 141 and Clayton Road. 

To view the full MLS listing, including ALL of the photos and stats,  visit :