OK in a Box

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Last week I received a package in the mail from the folks at OK in a Box. What a treat! This is a new company offering a selection of made in Oklahoma items mailed to your house monthly.

Here’s what was in the first box:

  • Gourmet Apple Spread from Southern Okie in Edmond
  • Cinnamon Sugar Pecans from Valley View Pecan Company in Shawnee
  • Spunky Spuds! Seasoning Mix and Holey Guacamole! Seasoning Mix from Maria Rae’s in Enid
  • Onion and Garlic Instant Meat Marinade by Daddy Hinkle’s in Cleveland

I had never tried any of these before so it was all an adventure. So far I have tried the pecans, which are 100% delicious and addictive, and the apple spread (also wonderful). There are lots of ways you could incorporate either of those into a recipe and one thing I did was top some slow cooked steel cut oats with both the pecans and apple spread. Oh my lands, was it ever good.

Right now I have some guacamole waiting to be tried at lunch time. I would have had it before now but my avocados were taking forever to ripen, which of course only happens when I want to make guacamole immediately. I’ll be using the marinade for dinner later this week on either steaks or a roast of some kind…maybe a pork loin? Still thinking that over. Whichever one I choose, it’ll be paired with seasoned potatoes and I’ll come to tell you how those things taste.

You all know how much I love Oklahoma, so I was thrilled to get to check out one of these boxes. I think it’s a great gift idea (Christmas is 7 weeks away!), especially if you have family or friends that no longer live in the state (it can be mailed anywhere in the US!), or know someone like my New York pal, Jolene, who has come to love the place during her many visits.

This is exciting! OK in a Box has kindly offered $10 off your first order to any of my readers who subscribe using this link. Let me know what you think! You can also find them on Facebook.

OK in a Box provided me with a free box of goodies in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine.

Folk Tale

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with an everyday item that for the most part goes unnoticed — my granny’s living room wall calendar. It hung next to Paw Paw’s chair, right above the end table. It wasn’t just any wall calendar with puppies or kittens or scenic views. This one featured 12 different folk art paintings by artist Linda Nelson Stocks. Every one of those paintings was incredibly detailed and for a child it was fun to find some of the tiny items tucked into the corners. A cat peeking around a corner, a woman hanging laundry up on a hillside, a tiny orchard off in the distance.

My favorite thing to do when the year was over was to take the calendar and sit with it, looking at the pictures and making up stories to go along with the characters in the print. There were always an abundance of them to choose from in the paintings and often I would pick something like a girl walking away from a farmhouse, pail in hand, headed up the hill to fetch water from the well. Looking back, the imagining I did in the middle of these calendars was one of the first steps down a road to writing.

When I moved into my own house and Granny asked me what kind of calendar I’d like for Christmas (she used to always get each grandchild a calendar as a part of their Christmas, but I’m not sure any of the others still get one…leave it to me to cling to tradition), I knew exactly what I wanted. That was quite a few years ago now and every year since I’ve had the Linda Nelson Stocks calendar hanging in my kitchen.

Every year, one of my favorite pages to turn to was the month of October. It always has a number of different things going on in it — children in costume, owls, an occasional bat, and typically a big, bright moon. Oh, and lots and lots of pumpkins.


You never know what you’re going to find in there!



I was sad to hear when Linda Nelson Stocks passed away a few years ago. I believe the calendar for 2012 was the last one she completed and this year’s calendar was a collection of paintings used in previous years. Tomorrow, I’ll turn the page to November, my birth month. I looked ahead already and saw that the date on the painting is 1984. It makes me smile.

Disclaimer! That one teeny tiny link in this post is an affiliate link. So if you click through and purchase something on Amazon while you’re there I might make a penny or two.

Tuesday List

I was at dinner with my parents a week or so ago and my dad mentioned that I’d all but quit posting anything on my blog.

Well. It’s true. I’m doing the sort of work that zaps me of any creative spark. When this contract is finished, I hope to get back into things around here.

Until then, a list.

  1. This simple little song from Ellie Goulding makes me very happy.
  2. The movie that is featured in the video is About Time. It will be released November 1 (in the US, already out in the UK) and I think I’ll go ahead and celebrate the start of my birth month that way.
  3. Jolene will be here in just over a week! We have big plans for her time here and most of it will be documented here, on her blog, and probably with videos over at Pickled Okra.
  4. We’ve also got a new episode for you!
  5. I ordered my first Lisa Leonard piece yesterday. She was running a special (free earrings, yay!) and I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve been eyeing the vintage typewriter necklace since it debuted and I finally ordered one for myself. I ended up with the letter “e,” my birthstone (topaz/citrine), and I added a garnet, because I think that together the colors are perfect for autumn.
  6. I’d like to end my list with this GIF that I dedicate to Jolene: