Our first outing near St. Louis was to Josaphine's (sp?) in Godfred, IL. It was very much a "ladies" sort of place. There are two shops (which pretty much have the same things in them) and a tea room. The shops were a lot of fun, full of clothes, jewelry and other accessories. I had suspected the place would be full of "old ladies stuff" but it wasn't at all. I found a number of things I liked and would have gladly worn or taken home. Attached to one of the shops is the tea room.
It definately had the vibe of a "ladies who lunch" sort of place. The food was very yummy - not little sandwiches with the crusts cut off but some awesome sandwiches, salads and soups. Mom and I split a curry chicken salad so we could have a peice of pie as the pies in the front case looked so yummy. We chose a slice of key lime pie to split for desert. I think it's one of the better ones I've ever had, and I'm a key lime fan.
Kelly and Lisa decided to share their orders too. Kelly ordered something called the "crystal salad." We all had a great laugh when it arrived. It was served in a vase - a rather large vase, that, when set on the table, was almost taller than Kelly. Kelly thought we were playing a joke on her when they set it down! I should have taken a photo of that!!!!
I rode in the car Shane drove and it was a great chance to get to know him better. I'd met my second cousins before, but they are older than I am and I thiink when I was younger it was harder to get to know them because I was still very much the "kid." Somehow when you hit middle age these things don't matter as much.