September is here

September 1, 2014

By OWB Admin Mari Farthing

First off, let me say: the theme for OWB this month is “back in my day,” which is so fitting for me as I catch myself saying it way too often. I think it’s about having two kids entering their tweendom and hearing their laments. They whine about their first world problems (“everyone else in my class has a new iPhone!” or “I’m the only kid who has to be in bed before midnight on a school night!” come quickly to mind). Some days these bits they feel compelled to whine about make me crazy. Some days they make me laugh, because they remind me of when I was a kid.

I remind my son that, once upon a time? I was 12. I didn’t have a phone because cell phones—heck, cordless phones!—weren’t even a thing yet. Our phone was avocado green with a 24-foot cord that hung on the wall in the kitchen and weighed about 20 pounds. Not so much suitable for carrying. And I woke up at 6:00am and walked almost 2 miles to school, I didn’t get to ride the fancy bus where I could take a nap.  In my defense, it was not uphill both ways in the snow with no shoes, but you get my point.

As long as there are parents and children, we will always have “back in my day” to think back fondly on or kvetch about. Because unlike cell phones and the like, some things don’t really change at all. I will say that back in my day, we started school after Labor Day, so this first weekend of September really did feel like the unofficial end of summer. Now it’s just a weird 4-day break that happens 2 weeks after school starts.

arwbArkansas Women Bloggers University is here!

No matter what you’re excited about this month, get excited about next weekend—AWBU2014 is here! A weekend of fun, connection and information in Rogers, Arkansas featuring keynote speaker Alli Worthington and sessions on a wide variety of topics. AWBU is a great time to meet other Women Bloggers and invest in yourself. If you’re going, be sure to let us know so we can find you! You’ll recognize the other Oklahoma Bloggers in the house by our Oklahoma swag—we’ll be representing for the red dirt!

New Blogger of the Month

With a new month, that also means we are working with a new Blogger of the Month. This month, we are featuring Jordan Skaggs, an accountant by day/food blogger and photographer by night. She describes herself as the main creator of dirty dishes in her home and we’re looking forward to learning more about her.


Happy Labor Day weekend from Oklahoma Women Bloggers!

According to, Labor Day was declared a federal holiday in 1894 to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American Workers. As a kid, I remember Labor Day as the last long weekend to spend with family before returning to school. No matter what your plans this weekend, take a moment to remember those who came before and worked hard to help build our nation.

And please remember to share your posts here in the link up!




Thanks so much for playing progressive potluck with us this month! We started with appetizers, moved on to main dishes and sides and now here we are, celebrating with dessert. Because like my husband says, not everyone wants to just put their feet up with a glass of wine after dinner and sometimes a little (or a lot of!) something sweet is just the ticket!

Submitted by Suzanne Kelley

Sometimes you just need something cheap, sweet, easy, and pretty like me.

Yes I went there. I always do for the laugh!

Fooler Dessert


  • One clearish Margarita Glass
  • One stick of Cinnamon *I like to get mine from the Hispanic section as it’s cheaper—see there is a theme!
  • Powdered Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Colorful Berries, Cherries, or Peaches *Its a great way to use that just a smidgen overripe fruit.

I was told by my Granny Bennett to always let my fruit “set out” because it released the sweetness as it came to room temperature so I leave mine out for about 15 minutes.

Slice your peaches or Strawberries in thin slices.

Put in a thin layer of ice cream, then a layer of your thin sliced fruit. Sprinkle a little Cinnamon powder.

Then add a taller mound of ice cream ( about three thin scoops) in the very center and surround it with fruit up to the edge of the glass and around the mound of ice cream in the center.

Sprinkle it with more Cinnamon, I like a lot because I think it makes it look fancy.

Then put a red Berry or Cherry on top and add the Cinnamon Stick off to the side like a straw.

securedownloadIt looks like you worked hard but it’s a fooler cause you did not!

If you’re in the mood to bake, try this mini pineapple upside down cake recipe from me (Mari Farthing). They didn’t turn out pretty but they were tasty!

And Jordan Skaggs has a giveaway on her recipe post for pear pastries with honey whipped cream. They look almost too good to eat!

Marie Wreath whipped up a batch of awesome sounding chocolate chip cookies that can be made with or without musical accompaniment. I prefer a bit of music in the kitchen myself.

What’s  your dessert recipe? Join the link up here and share the goodness.


Dee Nash: Why I Blog

August 26, 2014

Submitted by Dee Nash, OWB Blogger of the Month Why do I blog? I thought about saying—tongue in cheek—that I do it for money and fame, but I feared someone in cyberspace might not get the joke. Garden bloggers don’t get rich. Lifestyle bloggers do. I’ll go all serious on you instead. My first post […]

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August 24, Sunday Potluck

August 24, 2014

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl Welcome to the Sunday Potluck! Share your posts in the linkup and be sure to spread the love by checking out your fellow bloggers. It’s like a great big box of chocolates—you never know what you’ll find!

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Progressive Potluck: Side Dish Round

August 22, 2014

Submitted by Stephanie Clinton, OkWB Administrator What would a lead actor be without their supporting actors?  Without someone to back them up and play off of, the performance can seem empty and shallow.  As delicious and amazing as your main dish is, it is a little sad and lonely without a side dish.  Think of […]

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Banishing Blogging Envy

August 21, 2014

Submitted by Stephanie Clinton, OkWB Admin This past week the blogging envy troll has been showing his ugly face again.  That little SOB.  A little more than a year ago I wrote about blogging envy and how I deal with it.  The jealousy we feel when a big time blogger promotes a smaller blogger and […]

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Hidden Gem in Northwest Oklahoma City

August 18, 2014

Submitted by Dee Nash, August Blogger of the Month  The Rose Hill Mausoleum is a monument to the dead and also Art Deco design. While driving by the fashionable Nichols Hills district in Oklahoma City the other day, we went past Rosehill Cemetery and the Rose Hill Mausoleum. My husband, Bill asked me, “Have you […]

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Sunday Potluck, August 17

August 17, 2014

Welcome to the Sunday potluck, the place to share your posts! Please add your links below and check back in as more are added to check out the posts of your fellow bloggers! As Snoop Dogg says, “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none!”

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Progressive Potluck: Main Dish Round

August 15, 2014

Today’s recipe submitted by Cassie @ True Agape This is a great healthy alternative to Chinese take out! The wonderful thing about this recipe is you can switch out the meat and vegetables with any that you prefer or to change it up!   Skinny Chicken Lo Mein8oz Barilla Protein spaghetti noodle, broken in half […]

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