Shore Up Yer Kilter Like an Okie

I could spend hours telling you all the different ways we Okies can say, “take it easy,” but I’d rather tell you why we’re so good at it. Oklahomans have a long tradition of taking our time at things. We’re slow to anger, slow to get places, slow to make decisions, slow talkers, slow cookers, […]

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Candied Dried Orange Slices

Candied fruit always seems to be a Christmas-only specialty that the local baking wizard produces for potlucks and gifts before he/she vanishes with a puff of smoke, not to be seen again until next year. Well, that doesn’t work for me. It’s too hard to find good dried and candied citrus slices for my tea […]

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Winter Wassailing

I’m going to brag. I’m not shy about telling you that you’ll love this wassail. I’ve spent many years perfecting and tweaking it, and it turns out that the best flavors are the simple ones. Don’t restrict wassailing to just Christmas. All Fall and Winter, I make this comforting drink for parties, dinners, or just […]

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Cherry Almond Mini Tarts

This is the easiest holiday party food I’m making this year. There is very literally no baking or cooking involved. These tarts are as simple as: open; build; serve! Pleast note:  do not make these ahead of time. The pastry cups will wilt. This recipe makes 12 mini tarts. Cherry Almond Mini Tarts Ingredients: 1 Can […]

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Dorky Rudolph in a Blanket

This wonderfully easy and fun Christmas party treat is created by adding a few details to an old favorite. It’s also a great recipe to make with little ones. You can use frozen pigs-in-blankets from your grocery store frozen food isle or make them yourself. Either way, these simple, dorky, festive bites will make everyone […]

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Snowman Canapes

These are wonderfully simple but so cute that everyone will make comments about it. You can also have a little helper on these. Great recipe for the mini-yous to learn on. They’re adorable, but they’re yummy, so they disappear fast. Snowman Snack Bites Ingredients: Cream Cheese Baby Carrots Black Olives Chives Ritz Crackers Instructions: Fold […]

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Christmas Meat Pies

I love meat pies! It doesn’t have to be Christmas to make them. The flakey, crunchy crust, the savory filling, the spices, the gravy, the warm smell of meat pie filling the house – it all just makes everything cozy and right. These take about 2 hours to prep at first. The more you make […]

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