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The Bountiful Basket

16 Mar

My coworker Kathryn told me about this Bountiful Basket program. You pay around $20 and get a basket of produce. From what I understand they buy the produce (or the majority of it at least) in bulk from (I’m guessing) the same place restaurants do. So mostly Bountiful Baskets is a way to get a great amount of produce for a really good price.

I was a bit hesitant to sign up because I shop for produce when it’s in season and on sale, so I usually get a good deal. Kathryn signed up and reported back that she thought it was a good deal and liked the program, so I figured I should give it a try.

You sign up and pay for your basket on Monday-Tuesday and pick it up Saturday. The cost is $15 plus a fee or two (there’s a first time participant fee and a handling fee). They also offer an organic basket option for a bit more.

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You only sign up for weeks you want which is great because it took me about four weeks to use all my produce up, and was out of town for a week. Now I’m back and looking forward to getting another basket.

I got lettuce, bananas, green apples, strawberries, blackberries, leeks, zucchini, cucumber, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli and asparagus. I’d never purchased leeks before, so I had to find a couple of recipes for those.

They do this all over the country, so if it sounds interesting definitely check and see if there’s a pick-up location near you!

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Michaels Dollar Bin Scores

9 Jul

I ran in to  Michaels on my lunch break. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but the dollar bins were full of all kinds of lovely things. I wanted to buy more than I did, but I tried to keep it to items that I know I’ll actually use.

My favorite find were these cupcake liners with a chevron print. I nearly bought the whole bin, but I decided to stop at one for myself and two for ready to go gifts. They also had stripes and polka dots which were just as lovely. I keep trying to think of some reason I’ll need more cupcake liners, so I may end up back in there getting a few more. I think a set of these wrapped up with a cake mix and a container of frosting, or if a muffin tin is on a wedding registry a package of these thrown in with the gift. Or if someone is throwing a kid birthday party or a baby shower the bold colors and prints are perfect for that! So many options to gift or use cute cupcake liners!

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They also had these great notepads with magnets on the back. One for me two for gifts.
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Little glass trays. They had some adorable bold colored ones, some with damask print and some with flowers. I went with a black and white striped one.

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Chevron to-go boxes. No idea what I’m going to do with these, but they’re so cute.

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And glow stick bracelets. Always good to have on hand!

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Friends of the Library Booksale 2013

22 Feb

I am a lover of libraries. They offer so many things and all for free! The Metropolitan Library System in OKC is no exception. One of my favorite events of February is this weekend, and while not quite free it’s pretty close – the Friends of the Library Booksale. It’s open for free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th. They have tables and tables of books, videos, dvds, records, magazines…pretty much every type of media, and most of it for a dollar or less. Anyway you should check out their site for all the information, and if it sounds like your kind of thing definitely take a couple of hours to stop by this weekend!

Image via MLS

Christmas Time is Here – Gift Ideas

29 Nov

Christmas and the weeks surrounding it are my favorite. I love to put up decorations, drive around and look at the pretty lights, attend holiday parties, shop for or make gifts and give gifts. I do enjoy receiving gifts too, but I really love to think up something special that my friends and family will enjoy and then surprise them with it. I don’t have any pictures of all the things I’ve done the past several years, but honestly I would spend hours scouring the internet for the perfect thing to make (until Pinterest came along and now I just keep running lists!), so all of my ideas were someone else’s first. So without further ado here are some possible things to gift people with.


Little wristlet via: Splityarn


Mini pies in jars via: not martha


Fabric roses via: Everyday Chaos


Magnets via: not martha


T-shirt infinity scarf via: A Bit of Sunshine


T-shirt fringe scarf via: P.S. I made this


Granola via: Chocolate & Zucchini
(This is some seriously good granola that you should at least make for yourself!)


Baby taggies


Ornaments via: Paloma’s Nest
(I love the simplicity of these to commemorate the date. A friend hosted a get together and we made ones similar and had them fired at a local clay shop.)


Calendars via: Rifel Paper Co.
(This is my 2013 calendar, and there are tons of others to be bought. However with a design program (or through a printing company) and a little time you can make one that’s personalized with your own photos or art).


Shop local – a few years ago I promised myself that every gift I purchased would come from a local shop. It was a fun little challenge and made for unique gifts. I ended up buying things like a case of pop from Pop’s, canned goods from Forward Foods, a headband from ShopGood, a funky pair of socks from Blue 7, candles from A Story of Hope, and a tie rose from a booth at Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar.

I’ve got a few different things up my sleeve for this year, but I don’t want to ruin any surprises, so I’ll share them after they’ve been gifted! Good luck on your Christmas shopping or creating!

I Love Local Restaurants/Shops – Birthday Lunch Edition – Mediterranean Imports & Deli

19 Aug

Yesterday was my birthday, so Nate took me to lunch at Mediterranean Imports & Deli. It’s a small little shop with half of the space dedicated to groceries and the other half a little restaurant. I’ve been several times to pick up different items from the grocery section (if you’re ever making hummus and need tahini they sell jars for way cheap compared to the regular grocery store), but had never had the opportunity to try the restaurant.

We arrived around 1:30 or 2 p.m. and there was only one open parking space and one open table. The restaurant side did start slowing down right after we got there, but the grocery section was a very bustling, busy place! They’ve got a nice looking outdoor seating area that I was hoping we’d be able to enjoy since the weather has been fantastic the past few days. We were getting some much-needed rain, so we stuck to the dry indoor seating. Nate ordered a combo platter which came with Greek salad, gyro meat, falafel, meat or spinach pie, and pita, and I got a gyro sandwich, a side of grape leaves, and a meat pie. Our favorite things were the spinach pie and the grape leaves. A friend recommended the meat pie, and it tasted good but was a bit on the tough side. At $1.25 though I’d give it another shot. I enjoyed everything I tried and would swing by again to try other items on the menu and get another spinach pie!

After eating we perused the grocery section for a bit. They have a pretty impressive selection of cheese and lots of imported foods that you might not find at the regular store. Before leaving I picked out a delicious slice of apple strudel for dessert.  Mediterranean Imports & Deli is a great gem of OKC and a fun place to check out if you want to try some Mediterranean foods!

Mediterranean Imports & Deli
5620 N. May Ave.
OKC, OK 73112
Kitchen: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Grocery: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Dual Purpose Clothing

6 Aug

When it comes to dressing myself I’m pretty boring. Most of the clothes I buy are a solid color or if I’m feeling adventurous striped. I counted one time and I think I had 20 or 30 striped shirts. While I’ll probably still buy them in solid or striped I’m fascinated by items that can serve a dual purpose.

Before I spent my semester abroad my Aunt and Uncle gifted me with a pair of these fancy convertible North Face pants. I’ve got them in khaki, and while they do look a bit like tourist clothes they were perfect for my months in the Pacific Rim. They kept me warm in our cold classroom in China and while climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan and zipped off to keep me cool in the hot weather of China and on the beaches of Australia. The biggest plus though was how fast they dried. On my trip last fall to Europe I even took them along because I planned to do some sink laundry, and I knew these would be dry the next morning.

So anyway I’m always keeping an eye out for a piece of clothing like these pants where you can pack one item, but really have a couple. Nate has me hooked on Steep and Cheap which is this site that sells one deal at a time for about 20 minutes or until the item is sold out. I haven’t bought anything off of the site, but I did see this Patagonia Lithia skirt which I ended up buying a couple days later off of 6pm.com. The best part is that it’s a skirt or a top! Mine just arrived in the mail and I can’t wait to try it on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve found a couple of other similar items that I’m keeping my eye on too. Patagonia’s Kamala Skirt which turns into a dress and Horny Toad’s Wind Skirt which is reversible!

I Love Local Farmers Markets – Midtown Market at Saints

8 Jul

Via: @UrbanAgrarian

Farmers markets are fun places. I love checking out all the local produce, smelling the fresh flowers, and browsing the jars of canned goods. For a couple years now I’ve been stopping by the Midtown Market on Fridays for a little bit of produce or bread for the weekend. A unique thing about the Midtown Market is that the owner, Matt, drives around and picks up produce and products from local farmers and sells it for them. So, when I stop by and pick out my peaches, okra, and bread that came from three different places rather than pay three times I just pay once. They take cash, check and even credit card!

This year Urban Agrarian (the company that puts on the Midtown Market) has really grown. I haven’t had a chance to visit, but they’ve got a store front now so people can swing by all week for local produce and products. Everyone that works at the Midtown Market is always super nice and helpful. If you’re in the neighborhood and looking for some great local produce or products definitely check out Urban Agrarian!

Urban Agrarian
1235 SW 2nd
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Wed-Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Midtown Market at Saints
Walker between 9th and 10th street
Fridays May-Oct. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Here’s what I picked up this week. A loaf of Prairie Thunder bread for some fancy grilled cheeses and then a few nectarines. Urban Agrarian is a part of Keep it Local too!

I Love Local T-shirts

10 May

It seems like lately in OKC there have been a ton of local artists designing shirts and selling them. I think it’s great! I love seeing all the different designs and picking out new ones as my way of wearing my support for my state, city, or team.

I own several local shirts, but these are my two favorites:

Via: STASH

Via: Doin’ Fine Clothing Co.

The first one, Heart in Oklahoma, is from this great little store in Norman called STASH. They carry everything from antiques and art to unique products. Shopping in their store is like going through someone’s stash of beautiful collected items. Sadly I don’t know who the shirt’s designer is, but STASH carries it in a few different colors. I’ve got the sea foam green one pictured above.

The second shirt, Scissortail by Doin’ Fine Clothing Co., I first discovered in DNA Galleries in the Plaza District. DNA Galleries is an art gallery of sorts, but they have so much more than just art to hang on your wall. While I discovered this shirt at DNA I actually ended up purchasing it directly from the artist’s  booth at the Dust Bowl Arts Market a couple of weeks ago. I got the shirt in black with white printing.

I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the great local shirts OKC has to offer. If you’re in the market for a new Oklahoma shirt I would highly recommend any of the above listed stores, or if you want to check out a ton of Oklahoma shirts in one stop try Blue Seven. They have a whole wall dedicated to local shirts!

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