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Friday Finds

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Hello! This weekend we are in San Antonio for the Oklahoma State football game. It has been nice to see a few familiar faces and hang out in good ol’ Texas! We definitely love this part of the world. Just in case you need a little web surfing material for your weekend, here are a few things I found to suck all of your time. 😉

Cool custom rolling pin.

These earrings are so unique. I think you can wear them with silver and gold.

I love this iPod gramophone.

iPhone® Gramophone

Cute mug for a Midwesterner away from home.

I love these ankle boots for the fall.

Holter Ankle Boot

Wouldn’t this outdoor kitchen be an awesome addition to any home?

kitchen outside with stone oven

My sister-in-law made this cake and it was so dang good. Great for a fall party or holiday.

This hoodie looks so comfortable. It would be nice for plane rides this fall/winter.

Nike Rally Women's Pullover Hoodie

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 🙂

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Skillet Cornbread

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Whew! It warmed up quickly this morning! Here are the results from today’s workout. My plan is to keep it up, and see how much time I can shave off. 🙂

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The other day I was watching the Food Network, which is a cardinal sin when you are hungry, and saw a soup recipe. I didn’t really want soup, but it made me think of all the things that go hand in hand with it. Ya know, scones, breads, carb,carb, carb. . . .So I decided to go with Skillet Cornbread. Growing up, I always remember my dad making cornbread from scratch. We would usually have it with ham and beans and things of the sort, but my favorite way is with all of theses guys.

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Understanding this is usually a cold weather meal, and that its 100°+ here, I decided to whip up a batch. 😉 I don’t have the recipe I grew up on, so I combined what I like about a few recipes and went with it. 🙂

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Start by taking 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup of AP flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp baking powder and mixing it in a medium sized bowl.

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I used this course ground cornmeal, which gave the cornbread a bit of a chew, ya know? So if that’s not your thing, stick with a finer ground meal.

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Add 1 beaten egg, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 TBSP honey, 1/4 cup sour cream, and 2 TBSP of melted butter to the flour/cornmeal mixture.

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Melt 2 TBSP of butter in a cast iron skillet over high heat.  As soon as it’s melted, add the cornbread batter, and place into a 400° oven. If you want a thicker cornbread, you can use an 8 inch cast iron skillet, for thinner, use a 10 inch.

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Bake for 20 – 30 minutes depending on the cast iron size. You want a toothpick to come out clean, and the cornbread to be golden brown on top.

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Now butter and jelly that puppy and there ya have it. 🙂

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Skillet Cornbread

1 c. cornmeal

1 c. AP flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg, beaten

1 c. buttermilk

1 TBSP honey

1/4 c. sour cream

4 TBSP butter (2 tbsp melted)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Add the first 4 ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and mix together. Add one beaten egg, buttermilk, honey, sour cream, and 2 TBSP melted butter to the bowl. Mix together.

2. In a cast iron skillet, melt 2 TBSP butter over high heat until very hot. Pour batter into skillet and bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on skillet size), or until a toothpick comes out and it is golden brown.

Farmer’s Market & Softball Game!

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Hello! Today was my one of my favorite days of the week. . .my day off! So I decided to head to town and run some errands. I told myself I was going to the Farmer’s Market alone, but that didn’t happen.

So, first up. . .

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Allow me to introduce you to the Candyland for mature adults, BevMo. Talk about a store that lives up to its’ name. I mean seriously, whatever drink you need, they have it. They have drinks you don’t even know you need.

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The original reason I stopped at BevMo was to pick up some coffee syrup. They sell it in huge bottles, at a great price. Not to mention the selection of flavors. To all the coffee lover’s with a sweet tooth, this is a dream. 🙂 However, I came home with a few other things. I’m sure they will be making an appearance in a later post.

Lancaster Boulevard Farmer’s Market

Lancaster Blvd is an area in downtown Lancaster that has shops, movie theater, restaurants, and a small bar district. Over the past few years the city has really built it up, and it’s turned into a really cool area.

Every Thursday afternoon they have a farmer’s market, where a lot of farmers and distributors come and sell some seriously great produce. So I decided to beat the heat and see what fruit and veggies I could find.

The strawberries were some of the best I have ever had. So juicy, and sooo sweet. 🙂

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I ended up with juicy peaches, strawberries, beets, and some fresh corn. I wanted so much more, but there’s always next week!

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I have an awesome salad coming up using the strawberries and beets…delicious!

We had our second co-ed softball game, which we tied. That is a pretty much a loss in our book, but considering these are placement games I suppose we’ll let it slide. 🙂  D hit a dinger down the 3rd base line, and I played the role of punching bag at short. Didn’t field very many clean, but knocked ’em all down.

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Even though we’ve only had two games, I think we’ve made a post-game ritual of stopping for frozen yogurt! I’m not gonna complain. And neither is D!

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Before we moved to California, Adam and I lived near the best fro-yo place ever, Cherry Berry, and we frequented the place. I don’t know what it was about that place, but we just loved it. So finding this little gem here in the desert has been a chilly treat!

Mine is on the left. Brownie bites, sprinkles, fruit. Ya know, the basics. As Annie (one of my sisters) would say, it looks like unicorn vomit. I disagree. D went the strawberry cheesecake route, complete with little bite-sized pieces of real cheesecake and caramel sauce. Yum-o!

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See ya later!

California Dreaming?

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I must admit, growing up in OK left me a wee-bit naive to how living in CA would actually be. I visited CA once as a kid, but it was your typical coastal extravaganza, complete with San Diego, Hwy 1, and San Fran. So when Adam and I decided to head west, I thought we’d be in the land of palm trees and overran beaches I created a vision of paradise, and at last it was mine! I mean, all of CA is a summer haven, yes? NO.

Enter, the Mojave Desert.

 

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Yup. That’s me and my guy. And the sand. Lots and lots of sand. But don’t be fooled, there are trees here. Well, Joshua trees. Only Joshua Trees.

Anyway. Living in the Mojave Desert definitely has its drawbacks, but it’s not all that shabby. I can be tanning(freckling/burning) on the beach in 2 hours flat. OR skiing in the mountains in less than an hour. You see, this blistering sand dune is actually a prime location for all things outdoor. And we plan to take advantage as much as possible.

Our first outdoor activity took place in our front yard, and it was FAR from recreational! Growing up on the plains of OK, I was used to the wind. But we had grass. And trees. Things that kept the dirt IN the ground. Here, the sand blows straight at you, or your yard in our case.  A while back the winds picked up and blew about 60 mph, and gusted 90 mph. 

Our yard went from. . .

 
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Adam spent a brief stint raking the sand out, attempting to uncover our beautifully manicured lawn. I could see that he wasn’t having much luck.  I saw the rake fly through the air when I turned onto our street on my evening jog.

The end result?

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A broken rake. Immediately followed by an impromptu trip to Lowe’s.

I think we’ll hold off on introducing ourselves to our neighbors. . .

Welcome to The Uprooted Okie Blog!

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My name is Kayla and I was born and raised the great state of Oklahoma. After graduating college at Oklahoma State University(Go Pokes!) and tying the knot, my husband’s job brought us to CALIFORNIA! This blog is all about the adventures that come with the first year of marriage and moving 1,500 miles from home.

If you like to eat, cook, exercise, travel, and/or craft…we’ll get along  juuuust fine. Glad to have ya here!  🙂