April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Spring is here! I am so excited about what this season brings to our city with the amazing weather and the opening of so many outdoor venues. There really is so much to do in Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas as the weather starts to warm up, and best of all, warmer weather means my kids are constantly outside playing.

April 2017 Around Town

Coming this summer, let us help your child catch up during the summertime. Camps will include an area of focus in social skills, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills and handwriting skills. Available camps for summer 2017 include “Little Ones on the Move,” ages 4-6 years; “Let’s Shape Those Letters,” ages 7-9 years; “Right Brain Meets Left Brain—Motor…

Mapping Mobile

Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Home to Alabama’s only marine science education and research laboratory, visitors learn about the four local ecosystems of the coastal area: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. DISL.org


Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

Arrowhead Yacht Club

Charming. At Arrowhead Yacht Club (the AYC) the beauty of nature is the perfect complement for any special occasion. The serenity of a gleaming lake, the vivid viridescent lawn and the simplicity of the lush landscape all collaborate in creating a unique experience for anyone seeking to find an idealistic place for a noteworthy gathering. Boasting the splendor of Lake…

How to Make a Raised Garden

It started off as an innocent, cold Saturday in January project with my family. I packed my two kids up, and we found our way to Home Depot to look at the organic seeds. It had been a few years since we'd planted a garden at our previous house, and they were excited to help. They picked out corn, tomatoes,…

Apple Tart Topped with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.


Combine all ingredients except oil and blend for 10 seconds. Slowly drizzle oil into the running blender to emulsify. Season to taste with salt and pepper A couple of years ago, I found myself in an argument with my father about the local and “organic” meat I had purchased. In his defense, he uttered “but all food is organic!” Unfortunately,…

Fig Tree Pioneers Farm-To-Table Fare in Lee’s Summit

Enter Fig Tree Café and Bakery, and a sheet pan of baklava rests alongside a luxuriously frosted chocolate layer cake on an antique glass pedestal, a hint at owners Tom and Robyn Altoom’s unique culinary perspective. At the restaurant—Middle Eastern café meets Ozark grandmother’s bakery counter–the Altooms pride themselves on preparing ingredients the old-fashioned way and in offering patrons the…