Kathryn Trattner: Why I Blog

January 26, 2015

Submitted by BOM Kathryn Trattner

I used to think of myself as a quiet, reserved person. But reserved people don’t put their life on the Internet. I also get in trouble at work for talking too much. So I’m not sure if the whole quiet thing really applies anymore.

Years ago I had a blog and I was chased off the internet by creepers. Seriously, guys (this goes for women and men)—the Internet is not a license to be a jerk or pervert.

Then my thirtieth birthday loomed. Yes, it actually LOOMED. Like an iceberg in a dark sea, like a mountain in a fog bank, like a tiger attacking out of a seemingly empty forest and all you see are teeth and claws. Thirty was like that. (Totally terrifying, right?!)

So, I had a big birthday coming up and I felt like I didn’t have much to show for myself. Yes, I have a beautiful family, a career with my local library system that feels like that was the job I’d been looking for my whole life, but I was missing a focus on my passion. (I love that I’m a mother but that’s not the ONLY thing I am.) I’m a writer. I have seven novels in various states, I write short stories, flash fiction, and poetry but I hadn’t seriously tried to get anything published.

Part of being successful in the fiction market is building a platform. Agents will Google you.

So I got back into blogging to build an author platform. And then I started to enjoy it for its own sake. The older I get the more I talk and the less I filter myself. Life is too short to be meek and quiet and reserved when I really want to run through the rain singing off key at the top of my lungs. (In my head, when I picture this, I might also be waving handfuls of flowers. Daisies. Or maybe sunflowers.)

At this point though I think it’s just my Dad reading my blog. I haven’t worked out all that stuff about building audiences and attracting readers. I’m not sure what my brand is. (These are all important blogging terms apparently.)

So for now, I’m enjoying talking into the void.

kathryn trattnerBlogger of the Month Kathryn Trattner is a reader, writer, and busy mom. She lives and writes in Oklahoma City supported by three cats, two kids, and one husband. Find her at kathryntrattner.com but she won’t be there, you know, in person. She’s probably hiding under the covers with a flashlight and a book.

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Sunday Potluck

January 25, 2015

Sunday Potluck

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Sunday Potluck

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Submitted by Stephanie Clinton

granola recipe

You know what is great about Oklahoma Women Bloggers? Community.  Finding other women in your home state who have a passion for writing and blogging takes the loneliness out of sitting behind the computer.  Recently I was able to spend time with some of my fellow bloggers and learn about healthy living at the same time.  We got together at Natural Grocers in Oklahoma City to learn about how eating healthy can be a delicious way of life.  We also learned about Natural Grocers as a company and what they are all about.  Natural Grocers is not your average bear.  It started out at a family business and as it has grown has held on to the family values it was based on.  Their philosophy is all about using food to keep the body healthy, offering affordable pricing, commitment to quality and commitment to community and employees.  Each store has an accredited health coach where you can receive FREE one on one food and nutrition coaching sessions.  Free!  Some of the stores have meeting spaces with demo kitchens where they offer free cooking classes for the community and free culinary-nutrition classes.  I’m seeing a trend here and the key word is “free”.  Loving that.  That tells me that they really do value their customers and they aren’t about nickel and dimeing people to death.  One take away that really hit home with me is that Natural Grocers sounds like an amazing company to work for.  The employee benefits are outstanding beginning with offering a ‘living wage’ rather than ‘minimum wage’.  I know where I’m going to send Addison when it’s time for him to get a job to pay for gas.

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We were also treated to a small brunch of turkey bacon, olive and tomato frittata and veggie latke.  All super delicious and easy to make.  The frittatas were made in muffin tins so they are so easy to serve and easy to freeze and reheat in the microwave.  Hello fast and healthy breakfast.

In addition to the fellowship, yummy food and inspiration we walked away with a reusable grocery bag filled with goodies.  Among the treats were organic shaved coconut, organic raw almonds, organic sunflower seeds and organic chia seeds.  All of this is the perfect start for granola, all I had to do was add the oats and something sweet.  I have been munching on this stuff all week and have decided that it is my favorite granola recipe so far.

Natural Grocers granola recipe

Almond and Coconut Granola Recipe

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix together:

4 cups rolled oats (NOT quick cook oats)
3 Tbs. coconut oil, melted

Spread oats on baking sheet and toast in 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.  Increase oven temp to 350 degrees.

In the same bowl combine:

1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cups almonds (roughly chopped)
1/4 cups sunflower seeds
1 Tbs. chia seeds
pinch of salt

Add oats to nut mixture and combine.

In a sauce pan combine:

2/3 cups brown sugar
1/3 cups agave nectar
1/3 cups honey
1/3 cups orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. garam masala

Heat until thoroughly combined, stirring often.  

Pour over oat/nut mixture and thoroughly combine.  Spread on foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Store in an airtight container.

coconut granola recipe

Oklahoma Women BloggersStephanie is a writer, blogger and avid housework avoider.  In addition to being a Community Manager for Oklahoma Women Bloggers, she also writes her own blog, Hugs, Kisses and Snot.  Discover parenting, humor and all sorts of shenanigans at hugskissesandsnot.com 

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Tangled, the Thousandth Time

January 19, 2015

Submitted by BOM Kathryn Trattner I love Disney’s Tangled. Love it. Sing along to it. Get all teary eyed when I watch it. My son loves it too. So we watch it a lot. Moment of confession here: I owned it before I had kids. So, we (my toddler, my four month old, and myself) […]

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Sunday Potluck

January 18, 2015

Guidelines for the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Sunday Potluck Link up your favorite post from the previous week. The purpose of our weekly link party is to gather and connect with one another, so please visit your neighbors’ blogs in the link up! If you are not yet a member of OWB, please sign up. We […]

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A Visit to Natural Grocers

January 16, 2015

Submitted by OKWB Community Manager Mari Farthing Earlier this month, a group of Oklahoma Women Bloggers OKC-area members joined a group at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, at their store located at 67th & May, one of five locations in Oklahoma and the newest location in the state. Bloggers love a reason to get together, […]

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Wordless Wednesday

January 14, 2015

Contributed by Marie Wreath   The future’s so bright…

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My Yoga Mat is a Life GPS

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Submitted by Lisa Marotta Being an adult is a difficult journey.  It seems each decade has its own set of road blocks and detours. In our twenties we have so much ground to cover: defining a sense of self, discovering interests and job possibilities, becoming independent, looking for a special someone. Our thirties are full […]

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The Joy of Preparation H

January 12, 2015

Submitted by BOM Kathryn Trattner When I had my first child I was clueless. Yes, there are books to read with pages and diagrams and mathematical equations. I bought those books. And then my husband hid them from me when I read ahead and freaked myself out. My friends and I had somehow managed to […]

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Sunday Potluck

January 11, 2015

Guidelines for the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Sunday Potluck Link up your favorite post from the previous week. The purpose of our weekly link party is to gather and connect with one another, so please visit your neighbors’ blogs in the link up! If you are not yet a member of OWB, please sign up. We […]

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