Posted by: tgonzales | October 23, 2015

Week of October 17-23, 2015; Fried Okra and Squash, Unique Antique Market, and Some Crochet

Last weekend started off with preparing fried okra and squash. Some of have asked how I make this concoction. So I thought I would share my Mother's recipe with you. First of all when I glanced down at my cutting board and my knives I was taken back some 40 years ago to my first marriage and wedding day. I received this long silver knife from the principal of the Elementary school at Maize. I'm not sure how she attended a lot of the wedding that went on in Maize back then. But maybe it had something to do with my Mother being her seamstress? Anyway, the paring knife in the photo is from a set of knives that was given to me at the same time by a dear family friend. Her name was Margaret Baker and she placed a penny on each of the knives. I was told that giving knives for a wedding gift was very unlucky unless you placed a penny on each one. It's so weird the things that I remember while cutting up okra and squash. LOL

Last weekend started off with preparing fried okra and squash. Some of you  have asked how I make this concoction. So I thought I would share my Mother’s recipe with you. First of all when I glanced down at my cutting board and my knives I was taken back some 40 years ago to my first marriage and wedding day. I received this long silver knife from the principal of the Elementary school at Maize. I’m not sure how she attended a lot of the wedding that went on in Maize back then. But maybe it had something to do with my Mother being her seamstress? Anyway, the paring knife in the photo is from a set of knives that was given to me at the same time by a dear family friend. Her name was Margaret Baker and she placed a penny on each of the knives. I was told that giving knives for a wedding gift was very unlucky unless you placed a penny on each one. It’s so weird the things that I remember while cutting up okra and squash. LOL

John and I have been blessed with a bumper crop of okra this year and oh my it's still producing. I just gathered another group of it two days ago and will have to prepare it again tomorrow.

John and I have been blessed with a bumper crop of okra this year and oh my it’s still producing. I just gathered another group of it two days ago and will have to prepare another batch again tomorrow.

So here we go. I place three or four eggs in a mixing bowl and I give them a whisk, then I add chopped onion, yellow long neck squash, zuccini, and okra.

So here we go. I place three or four eggs in a mixing bowl and I give them a whisk, then I add chopped onion, yellow long neck squash, zuccini, and okra.

Then you stir all the veggies together so that the egg coats every piece.

Then you stir all the veggies together so that the egg coats every piece.

Then you add cornmeal

Then you add cornmeal

and stir in and add cornmeal to get all pieces coated. The mixture should look similar to this. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

and stir in and add cornmeal to get all pieces coated. The mixture should look similar to this. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Then you prepare a skillet with your favorite oil and a little butter.

Then you prepare a skillet with your favorite oil and a little butter.

Add squash and okra mixture. Cook with cover on until veggies are tender. Make sure you turn them as they brown.

Add squash and okra mixture. Cook with cover on until veggies are tender. Make sure you turn them as they brown.

The mixture should look similar to this...then

The mixture should look similar to this…then

I place mine on a pizza pan, add parmesan or mozzarella cheese and place in a 400 degree oven and bake until cheese is brown. Serve warm. Of course I have added my own twist to my Mother's recipe with adding the garlic, Parmesan cheese and the baking process. But as I pick the okra and fry it up I am reminded of my Mom.

I place mine on a pizza pan, add Parmesan or mozzarella cheese and place in a 400 degree oven and bake until cheese is brown. Serve warm. Of course I have added my own twist to my Mother’s recipe with adding the garlic, Parmesan cheese and the baking process. But as I pick the okra and fry it up I am reminded of my Mom.

I had started this owl the week before and wanted to add the pillow lining and finish it up, so I did before I started my day on Saturday. Of course you have already seen the end result from my last post.

I had started this owl the week before and wanted to add the pillow lining and finish it up, so I did before I started my day on Saturday. Of course you have already seen the end result from my last post.

I also finished this crocheted cable cowl from Cascade and the yarn is Heritage Silk in the most beautiful purple. I want you to say "crocheted cable cowl from Cascade" 4 times really fast. HAHAHAHAHAHA Anyway, I will be teaching a class on how to make this lovely cowl the first part of November in Newton, Kansas at Creation Station. I will let you know the exact date and time when I visit Catherine tomorrow. John and I were able to spend some quality time with our craft on Saturday and I loved finishing up these two Works in Progress. We ended the day with dinner with our dear friends Susie and Korey at their lovely home, then went to the Warren to see the Intern. I highly recommend everyone go see the Intern, it was a very good movie.

I also finished this crocheted cable cowl from Cascade and the yarn is Heritage Silk in the most beautiful purple. I want you to say “crocheted cable cowl from Cascade” 4 times really fast. HAHAHAHAHAHA  Anyway, I will be teaching a class on how to make this lovely cowl the first part of November in Newton, Kansas at Creation Station. I will let you know the exact date and time when I visit Catherine tomorrow. John and I were able to spend some quality time with our craft on Saturday and I loved finishing up these two Works in Progress. We ended the day with dinner with our dear friends Susie and Korey at their lovely home, then went to the Warren to see the Intern. I highly recommend everyone go see the Intern, it was a very good movie.

Sunday morning took me to the Fall Unique Antique Market to see a few of my favorite people. Like my niece Angie and her friend Airyn representing Little Yellow Chair.

Sunday morning took me to the Fall Unique Antique Market to see a few of my favorite people. Like my niece Angie and her friend Ayrin representing Little Yellow Chair.

I love her added touches of Zinnias to her booth.

I love her added touches of Zinnias to her booth.

I just love her little groups of things.

I just love her little groups of things.

This one really makes me happy with all the soft colors of cups and the signs that she makes are adorable.

This one really makes me happy with all the soft colors of cups and the signs that she makes are adorable.

These make me happy too.

These make me happy too.

I'm not sure what kind of flowers these are but they sure looked pretty against that blue window frame.

I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are but they sure looked pretty against that blue window frame.

Here's my friend Rosa showing her one of a kind pieces. Rosa and I met when she took one of my crochet classes and every since then we have followed each other.

Here’s my friend Rosa showing her one of a kind pieces. Rosa and I met when she took one of my crochet classes and every since then we have followed each other.

I love to see all of her creations.

I love to see all of her creations.

Of course the lavender caught my eye. I had to have a bag of lovely lavender.

Of course the lavender caught my eye. I had to have a bag of lovely lavender.

I'm so mad at myself that I didn't focus in on the jewelry instead of the face of the head model. Sorry, Rosa that jewelry is beautiful.

I’m so mad at myself that I didn’t focus in on the jewelry instead of the face of the head model. Sorry, Rosa that jewelry is beautiful.

Here is a bag that Rosa embellished and

Here is a bag that Rosa embellished and

oh my gosh look at this one. Rosa will also be at the Craftacular: Handmade and Vintage Market tomorrow just south of 13th and Ridge Road at the Messiah Lutheran Church 1241 N. Ridge Road. Go see her and tell her that I sent you.

oh my gosh look at this one. Rosa will also be at the Craftacular: Handmade and Vintage Market tomorrow just south of 13th and Ridge Road at the Messiah Lutheran Church 1241 N. Ridge Road. Go see her and tell her that I sent you.

Another friend of mine, Melinda Hutton from Newton, Kansas who owns Closures-Remnants was at the Unique Antique Market too. I always love to see the unique things that she has for sale.

Another friend of mine, Melinda Hutton from Newton, Kansas who owns Closures-Remnants was at the Unique Antique Market too. I always love to see the unique things that she has for sale.

And of course Melinda didn't disappoint me. This is one of my favorites from her collection.

And of course Melinda didn’t disappoint me. This is one of my favorites from her collection.

I just love her unique display items as well, like this cigar box lid with the thread spools glued to it to hand necklaces on.

I just love her unique display items as well, like this cigar box lid with the thread spools glued to it to hand necklaces on.

Melinda has a way of putting together things that I would never think to do.

Melinda has a way of putting together things that I would never think to do.

Look at all of those buttons stacked together.

Look at all of those buttons stacked together.

Can you guess why I love this necklace?

Can you guess why I love this necklace?

Of course this necklace is one of my favorites too, because it reminds me of my Mother.

Of course this necklace is one of my favorites too, because it reminds me of my Mother.

Last but not least, I brought home two owl pillows from the Kansas Barn Sale and my friend from KS My Stitch Guild wasn't able to make it to the sale and I knew that she had wanted to purchase one of my owl pillows. So I messaged her right away and she was thrilled that she could still have one of my owl pillows. Anyway, tomorrow I will be in Newton all day helping Catherine out in her lovely yarn shop (Creation Station) while the Central Kansas Yarn Hop is going on. If you have time and you are in the area please stop by and see us. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I will talk to you on the other side.

Last but not least, I brought home two owl pillows from the Kansas Barn Sale and my friend from KS My Stitch Guild wasn’t able to make it to the sale and I knew that she had wanted to purchase one of my owl pillows. So I messaged her right away and she was thrilled that she could still have one of my owl pillows. Anyway, tomorrow I will be in Newton all day helping Catherine out in her lovely yarn shop (Creation Station) while the Central Kansas Yarn Hop is going on. If you have time and you are in the area please stop by and see us. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I will talk to you on the other side.


Responses

  1. just as well i wasn’t at any of those markets – i wouldn’t have had any money left for groceries !!! ❤

    • HAHAAHAHAHA, you always make me laugh and that’s a good thing. Love you Jill!

  2. Looks like an awesome week! Thanks for sharing the recipe and all the pretties!

  3. First of all, LOVE the okra recipe, I love okra! Thank you so very much for your extensive coverage for the Vintage Market. It was a great time and you are so supportive of myself and others. You are such an amazing person Tamara! Thanks also for generously sharing photos of my booth. xo ps. I do smile a lot, my photo looks so serious lol!

  4. Those embellished bags are to die for, and love the little owl. Good luck tomorrow.

  5. All these items are gorgeous! I’m so impressed by crafty people! You are a busy woman with many interests and friends — makes me feel happy just to read your blog!
    Hey….did I miss any classes you did at the Picket Fence? I’m still waiting for Crochet 2…….
    HUGS!

  6. I really do love reading about your memories.
    As for “crocheted cable cowl from Cascade” .. I couldn’t even say it twice fast. LOL
    Rosa is so clever .. the cigar-box lid with thread spools on which to hang those unique necklaces!
    Love those yellow “pompom” flowers!! 🙂
    I can understand your focusing on that beautiful mannequin head. But yes, the jewelry is gorgeous too! 😉
    Your OWL pillows are so precious!
    Enjoy your weekend, Tamara!!


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