Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beat the Winter Blues in Kansas City

Got a case of the Winter Blues? Well you are not the only one I can assure you! With a combination of below freezing weather, driving conditions, shorter days and kiddos out on Winter Break it's enough to take a toll on any Savvy Mama! 

If you are anything like us, you want to get yourself and family outside and a little more active but finding things to do on a budget seems almost impossible! Preston and I have decided that you have to be almost filthy rich to keep your family stimulated in a healthy way during these bleak winter months! 

Here are a few ideas for a budget minded family to keep their calm and carry on throughout the chill! 

Embrace the freeze and go Ice Skating!

Crown Center Ice Terrace 
2450 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

KC Ice Center
19900 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS 66218
Phone: 913-441-3033

Line Creek Community Center Ice Arena
5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive 
Kansas City, MO 64151

The Ice at Park Place
11551 Ash Street
Park Place, Leawood, KS 66211

Take a Swim! 

CoCo Key Water Resort
Holiday Inn Kansas City - SE 9103 East 39th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64133 Phone: 877.425.2746 

Great Wolf Lodge

10401 Cabela Drive
Kansas City, KS 66111

Crown Center
Crown Center has a number of great places to educate and entertain the kiddos! Each Center is an all day event! 
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Hallmark Visitor Center
SEA LIFE Aquarium
Coterie Theatre
2450 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Take in some History

The Money Museum
100 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64198

Union Station
30 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 460-2020

National WWI Museum

100 West 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 888-8100

Take a drive! 

Grandma Hoerner's
Weather permitting a drive  located approximately 25 miles West of Topeka, the kids can take in a tour of the manufacturing facility while you enjoy the Coffee and Free samples! I adore Grandma Hoerner's Big Apple Slices and was so excited to take in (litterally) the rest of the products that Grandma Hoerner's has available!

31862 Thompson Road

Alma, KS 66401
(785) 765-2300

Friday, January 3, 2014

McCoys Public House in Westport Area

Preston and I visited the McCoy Public House a few weeks back for a very rare night without the kiddo. We had no idea what we were going to do or where we were going to go but we had a sitter and we were going out! 

We ended up deciding Westport was our destination. It was a fairly busy night so we found the closest parking spot we could and endured the frigid cold to find a place to eat. It just so happened we ended up at McCoys Public House, a very nice coincidence indeed!

I loved the atmosphere of McCoys. The bar was completely packed with people even standing and loitering around the seats. There was not an open seat anywhere at the bar so we sat up front for the 20 minute wait for a table.

Preston had an Imperial IPA one of McCoys House Brews and we started our meal with the best crab cakes I've ever come across! Preston and I are a bit of snobs about our crab cakes and McCoys knocked these out of the park! I have been searching for a recipe similar ever since! My only reservation on them was the price. $14.00 for 2 crab cakes the size of a half dollar is a bit much for my Thrift Savvy mind, but I really did enjoy them! Preston alone could've eaten 5 plates for an appetizer and I could have had 2 myself!

jumbo lump crab / cider butter
lemon-scented micro-arugula

I highly recommend the Public House Rolls and at $3.00 for a pan on 4 rolls it is definitely budget friendly! They are wheat rolls made with fresh rolls and a stout butter and they are delicious and filling! 

four wheat rolls / fresh-baked / honey-stout butter

I had the Sirloin Chili as my meal. I was surprised at the small size (and with a cost of $8.50 I was expecting something spectacular) but it was amazingly delicious! I absolutely love spicy for and to say the least, this chili is spicy! 

hearty beef sirloin / black beans white cheddar / crispy tortilla strips warm corn muffin

 Preston had the Chicken Fried Steak which was also really good and at a great price at $13.00. 

buttermilk-breaded chicken breast
tasso ham gravy / green beans
buttermilk smashed potatoes

4057 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111 

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