Sunday Morning Coffee

Here I am, back in Oklahoma. Boy did it ever pull out all the stops to welcome me. Everything is in bloom and I’m either in the middle of some terrible allergic reaction, experiencing my first cold in a long time, or building up to a sinus infection. I don’t really know, but I don’t feel so hot. Lemon, ginger, and honey are getting me through.

Tuesday List

  1. Had a belated lunch with a friend yesterday for my birthday. The company was wonderful, the food was so-so. It’s a new local place and because I wasn’t thrilled with it I won’t mention who they are. I’m not sure it’s fair to judge a restaurant by their caesar salad.
  2. The weather is changing and I’m going to blame today’s marathon headache on that. Hopefully it was that and nothing more. I’d rather not be coming down with something.
  3. I’ve got some Doctor Who to catch up on by Saturday, but you’re looking at a woman who has done some serious TV bingeing. I think I’ll manage.
  4. Speaking of Doctor Who, I ordered the Nanny Who shirt from TeeFury a few weeks ago and it arrived today — labeled the correct size, but almost 3 inches smaller in width than what the sizing chart indicates it should be. I’ve ordered from them before and never had this sort of issue, so I hope it’ll be resolved quickly.
  5. Thanksgiving is next week and I need to figure out what dishes I’ll be taking to the gatherings we’re attending. I’m thinking a dessert for one and a side for another. The latest issue of Food & Wine has some interesting sweet potato recipes and I may try out a few of those.
  6. I’m hearing a lot about Black Friday starting earlier than usual, essentially getting rid of the sales being on Friday, and I wonder impact this will have. Are folks going to buy more? It’s rotten that so many people will have to miss Thanksgiving with their families.
  7. The Saturday after Thanksgiving I’ll be seeing John Mayer in OKC. I haven’t listened to him much in recent years, but I thought it would be fun. His music has come back around to something I enjoy again. And maybe I’ll finally get to hear him sing “Comfortable” live.
  8. After next week’s busyness is over I’ll start assembling Christmas gifts. Yup, I am going the homemade route with some of them again this year, but these are different.

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.