Custar Farms

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Coming from California I am very used to accessible fresh vegetables and fruit. I was excited to make the trip to a local farm stand to obtain some fresh vegetables! My family loves this little farm stand about 15 miles away called Custar Farms. My dad and I stopped in late last week to pick up some veggies and we were like little kids in a candy store! I think we bought a little bit of everything they had.  We had called before we drove over and they told us what they had picked that day! Talk about fresh – how wonderful.

The couple who owns this little gem is so adorable – I hope to be half as cool as they are.

If you happen to be traveling on I-40 and pass a sign for Okemah, get off and take a little trip to Custar Farms, its small but worthwhile!

I’ve gone country, y’all

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Its the time of the year again where I pack up my cowboy boots and head to the mid west for some good ole family time.

I love summer in Oklahoma.

It amazes me how it always smells the same here – I can’t completely quantify it. But its this grassy, manure smell that is unlike any other place I have been and I love it! Year after year, the same smell greets me and it makes me think about moving to the country side and having a farm of my own.

Last night, we had a summer storm complete with thunder and lighting – it was magnificent and scary and allowed me to put off my run for another morning.

My goals while I am here are to cherish this time with my family, spend time in the sun, live life a little slower and with a little more meaning AND try as many Oklahoma brews as possible!

For your listening enjoyment, one of my all time favorites, Alan Jackson with She’s Gone Country.

Goodbye Oklahoma!

Weather in Oklahoma is certifiably crazy. Its hard to tell at any given moment just what it is going to do. This morning we had a thunderstorm and it was amazing! Growing up and living on the coast of California hasn’t provided me with two many opportunities for a good ole thunder and lightening show.

Its so bittersweet heading back to SF. I am so very sad to leave my family, but I knew this was coming, it was a visit not an extended stay.

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I will miss the landscape and the simplicity.

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The horses and the home cooked meals.

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I love this poem. So sweet. My Grandma has it framed in her utility room and it always makes me smile.

Oklahoma, this is goodbye. Thank you for the sun, the ice, the cold, and the thunder.  I will miss you and your bi-polar tendencies.

Felt like a kid again.

Sometimes when you travel back home you feel like a kid again but not necessarily in a good way… this past weekend took me back and it was nice.

I went to town with my Dad in his pickup truck listening to all the old country music I grew up with and we would turn to each other and smile as our favorite song came on and it didn’t make me feel like I was 23 with responsibilities but rather I was that 8 year old again who looked up to my Dad more than anyone and would always hold his hand as we sang along to his favorite tapes. I enjoyed it and in that moment I felt so happy and so carefree and thought to myself, these are the moments I will remember and cherish.

On Sunday, my Grandma and I were crocheting and watching the CBS Morning Show. We just happened to look at each other at the same time and smile, then laugh and say how we wish we had more time like this because we don’t. I leave to go back to SF next Sunday and it will go by all too fast and next time I come visit things may be different – she may not be able to crochet anymore… I don’t know, but I do know how much it means to me that I have this time with her, to spend with one another.

I hold so much gratitude for the family I was gifted – not perfect – by any means but they are mine and they love me and I them. I am SO beyond, beyond blessed and I have such a full heart.

Welcome 2014!

It is so hard to believe that a New Year is upon us! I lay in bed on the 1st before going to bed thinking, wow, this is it! A new year has begun!  I have so much to look forward to, not just for myself but for my friends also! So many exciting things are afloat this year and I am excited for 2014 to unfold.

This is my workstation, while I work here in OK… right by the propane heater since it is so frigid and windy outside.  I have become accustomed to my little routine here and looking out the windows and watching the horses, enjoying coffee in the morning and hot cocoa in the evenings with my grandma, a one minute commute, but its different, so different than my usual routine in SF, which is okay, just different. I almost feel as if I’m living in a parallel universe. I wish I could bridge the gap and have both worlds, family time and city time, but the two will most likely not meet in this lifetime. It is weird how we grow up trying to claim independence and make it on our own, but once you have that responsibility  you miss the care free time with family. At least thats how I feel, so I am thankful that I have this time and will enjoy it to the absolute fullest until I head back to my city by the bay.

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The sky is so crystal blue and beautiful here and there is nothing quite like the smell of a farm, the feed, hay…manure it makes for a beautiful landscape.

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I love being able to run around the horse farm. I am not near a beach but this wild will do for now!

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The sunset was on fire! Of course pictures DO NO justice to the beauty but I had to try to capture it!

Excited for the weekend and sleeping in tomorrow!

Post Christmas Glow

I love Christmas! All holidays really, anytime where you have the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends is a good time to me. We had a large Christmas Eve celebration with my extended family and then on Christmas Day we had a smaller feast. It was nice to just be with my family, present in the moment, enjoying the laughter.

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My grandma and I made a Sour Cream Raisin Pie – sounds weird – but it was WONDERFUL! and I don’t take desserts lightly so you know it must be good!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dairy sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 baked 9-inch pie shell (homemade or store bought)

Easy as 1-2-3

  1. In a heavy medium saucepan stir together the sour cream, 1-1/2 cups sugar, flour, egg yolks, and raisins. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Keep warm.
  2. For meringue, place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed about 4 minute more or until mixture forms stiff glossy peaks (tips stand straight).
  3. Pour warm filling into baked pie shell. Spread meringue over filling. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Chill 3 to 6 hours before serving; cover for longer storage.

Note: We did not use Cream of Tartar – and it was a-ok! If I was bringing this somewhere or presentation was more important I would definitely remember to add it, but our Meringue still got peaky without it!

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Ohhh and lest I forget the crazy WIN OKC had on Christmas Day! Yah Boys!! I also have to give a shout out to GSW – they had one hell of an exciting game!

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The last couple of days have been WARM! Yes, you heard right! After the ice storm last weekend we have been having really nice weather! The sunset was beautiful yesterday and I tromped around the farm taking some pictures.

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So different than a beach sunset – but still holds beauty.

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Yeeehaw, Y’all! Have a great weekend! I hope that you are enjoying this time as much as I have been able to.

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies

Since I have been visiting my family we have made cookies every night! Gasp, No! Say it ain’t so! Well folks, it is and since I have yet to work out since I have arrived I may be headed back to SF with a little more meat on my bones!

Last night, we made Cranberry Hootycreek cookies.  My grandma had the recipe stashed in her recipe box and it did not disappoint.

Without further ado here is the recipe:

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies

List of Ingredients

2-1/4 cup flour
1 cup old-fashioned (not quick-cooking) oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips/chunks
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Set oven at 350′

1. Set aside a non-stick cookie sheet or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt – add oats.

3. Next, use an electric mixer to cream the butter for 1 minute. Add white and brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. ( We used Medium Speed on my Grandma’s 50 year old mixer.) While beater is running, add eggs, one at a time, and beat 2-3 minutes or until mixture is smooth.

4. Add dry ingredients slowly until well combine. On low speed.

5. Mix in cranberries, chips and nuts by hand.

6. Drop batter in tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.

7. Cook for about 7 to 12 minutes. The goal is to have the edges slightly browned.

8. Remove from oven- and set on wire rack. Or just remove, my family literally grabbed them off the baking sheet!

Recipe makes about 30 to 50 cookies.

Sounds like a lot but don’t worry – they were gone in a jiffy.

They make a great dessert, snack or breakfast. My dad even crumbled a couple in his greek yogurt!

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By the time I got around to taking the picture almost all the cookies were gone!

Enjoy!!!

The Sooner its not iceee the better!

Get the title? Cause Oklahoma is the sooner state??

I have not left ‘the hill’ (What my family calls the horse farm) since I arrived Wednesday… it seems like that should be weird – but it hasn’t been. I have enjoyed just being with my family, playing board games, cooking, reminiscing and of course a few disagreements here and there.

Since I have been on my own and living as an adult I have gotten used to the way I like to do things and  I find it really hard to move back into the roll of daughter. Not because I don’t love my family and respect them, but because I like the way that I do things!

Really though, and if I am stubborn and like to do things my own way – then my family is exactly the same way. Total fun!

My grandma loves Hallmark Christmas Movies – so I have been watching a ton the last few days!

In one movie we watched, a girl had the opportunity to make wishes and actually have them come true! – and so I thought to myself – what would I wish for? Honestly, the only thing I could think of was to have my grandma’s health back.

She is getting old – we all are right?!.. but its hard to see a women that was so strong- start to get so frail and its scary and terrifying and I need to wrap my mind around it and figure out how I can navigate this time with as few regrets as possible.

and NOW I realize what a downer this post has become and I apologize – but its real. Its really real and I am just evermore grateful that I get to spend time with my family. So thankful.

On Saturday, the power was off in this small town for eight hours… I guess when you are in a place with about 200 people what is the big rush!? So what do people do with the power out – raid the pantry and play monopoly of course! It was so fun and something that would never happen in Coastal California.

It is freezing here – literally we had a huge ice storm! Of course, I was stoked when I woke up Saturday morning because it looked like snow! andddd you know those icicle lights that folks hang up at Christmas time? , I never understood those until I saw real icicles and was blown away by their beauty. I will take real icicles over the lighted variety anytime!

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Even the hay has icicles! Image

Home sweet Homa

Howdy y’all from Oklahooommma!

I am spending the holidays with my family, here in the panhandle state.

I flew over Wednesday on Frontier airlines – I would not recommend flying frontier no matter how cheap the flight is.  My reasoning, they will charge you for a carry on – if you don’t check in online or book your ticket through them – there were A LOT of frustrated people on the flight because of this. Secondly, NO snack and NO soft drinks – WHAT? is this world coming to?! I wait in anticipation for my mid flight ginger ale… so I was very disappointed when I learned that would cost me an additional $1.99 – outrageous!

Other than my discovery of my dislike for Frontier, I arrived safely to Will Rogers Airport and was greeted by my family!

The last couple of days have been great! I am still working here – just remotely. I feel so lucky that I am able to work and spend time with my family.

I have loved waking up at my Grandma’s house and having a coffee with her in the morning before I start work.  Walking ohh about 500 feet to my Aunt’s house where there is WIFI (yes, my sweet little granny is internet-less) setting up shop and getting to work.

Instead of working in a modern city setting, I am working on a horse farm, the view from my desk is a blue barn, pond and horses.

The weather is a little different than what I am used to as well! When I flew in on Wednesday it was in the 50’s, however, this morning it is in the 30’s and getting colder. I am not used to this cold weather! If it is going to be this cold I hope it snows!!

Come on Santa! My Christmas wish this year is for some snow!

I have been coming to Oklahoma my whole life usually during the summer when I was younger and I have always loved it. There is a different feeling and different smell in the air. Life is different out here. Good … Bad – I don’t know – just different!

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