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SS PHOTOGRAPHY Megan Sando, Nick Snow Mark Rountree, Jason Elmquist, Elizabeth Keys, Andrew Glover, Chris Day Writers Megan Sando, Nick Snow Mark Rountree, Jason Elmquist, Elizabeth Keys, Andrew Glover, Chris Day Composing Manager Jeff Hopper


Spread some cheer for the holidays


Naughty or nice? You better watch out: Historical Santas coming to a town near you


The joy of toys: Junior Service League ensures Christmas is bright for all


It’s going to be a high-tech Christmas


Memory makers: County officials talk about their favorite holidays


The tackier the better: Ugly Christmas sweaters are back


Gifting a pet requires additional leg work


Think Orange for Christmas: OSU-themed gifts a hit with students, alums

Layout & Design Jen Burge


More holiday recipes to keep it local

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By Megan Sando Stillwater Style ers from all over Oklahoma. Classical score and choreography by Shelby Edison and Cylene Walker-Willis featuring guest choreographers. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting the studio at or 580-320-0328.

Elizabeth Keys/Stillwater Style Christy Martin, Drumright, and Carrie Tillett, a student at Oklahoma State University, waltz backstage as flowers in “The Nutcracker Dream Ballet.”


here are many ways to catch the holiday spirit around Payne County in December. Performances, parades and carols mix well with holiday shopping. Here are just a few things to add to your holiday calendar.

Nutcracker Dream: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Oklahoma State University Seretean Theater. Tickets are $5 each. Last year, Art of Dance Studio show sold out the 800-seat theater. The Nutcracker Dream began in 2010 with only 20 performers. Two years later, the studio presented its first full-length ballet with more than 80 perform4

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Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas: Dec. 12-22, Town & Gown Theatre. Thursday, Friday shows at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9. Individual tickets may be reserved by calling Town & Gown box office and leaving a message at 405-372-9122. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and $12 for seniors (available for Sunday matinees only). Performance is based on 15 holiday stories from international best-selling author of “All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten.” The show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December and will rekindle the true spirit of the holidays. Based on the books by Robert Fulghum, adapted by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell. Music and lyrics by David Caldwell. Directed by Debbie Sutton. Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Pat Evans and Co. Holiday Arts Exhibit: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 2 - 31, Monday through Friday. Features local artists. Free. Stillwater Community Singers Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 at the Winfrey Houston Theater. Admission is free. Reception will follow in the Lowry Activity Center. Stillwater Community Band Holiday Concert Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Winfrey Houston Theater. Admission is free. Reception to follow in the main lobby.

Chris Day/Stillwater Style The Stillwater Parks and Recreation Department entry wished Happy Holidays to those attending the 2012 Christmas Parade of Lights in downtown Stillwater.

Friends of Stillwater Community Christmas Dinner: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 25, Stillwater Community Center. Serving ham, turkey, dressing, vegetables. Dinner is free. Organizer Charlie Kaupke welcomes people of all socio-economic backgrounds. For more information, call 405-747-8618. Oklahoma State University’s official lighting of the campus: 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Edmon Low Library Lawn. Free concert in the Student Union Theater featuring the OSU Chorale Ensemble and the OSU Brass Ensemble. Seating is limited. Call 405-744-7509 to reserve seats.

Stillwater NewsPress file photo Karlee Rodgers, 5, Audra Hay, 7, and Madison Soule, 6, pose with Santa Claus at the Perkins Old Fashioned Christmas event in 2012.

ing the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history. Based on Barbara Robinson’s children’s book published in 1972. Production by owner and director Amy Guthrie of the Stillwater Children’s Theatre. Directed by Amy McQuade and Bronwynne Queen. Tickets available at the door. Adults $10 and $5 for students and children. 

Stillwater Christmas Parade of Lights: Downtown Stillwater, 7 p.m., Dec. 5 Cushing “Past and Present” Christmas Parade: noon, Dec. 14. No entry fee. Registration line-up begins at 11 a.m. on the west end of Broadway Street, by the old railway depot. Contact Cushing Camber of Commerce for entry and waiver forms. Application deadline is Dec. 2. Brent Thompson, cxecutive director, can be reached at 918-225-2400. Perkins’ Old Fashioned Country Christmas: 5 - 9 p.m. Dec. 12, downtown Perkins. Activities include a parade, free photos with Santa and the Grinch, food venders, chili supper, entertainment, vendors and a hay ride. The Santa Stroll begins Dec. 1. Customers can visit participating businesses and stamp their participation card. Those with fully stamped cards are eligible for prize drawings on the 12th. The musical, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: 7 p.m. Dec. 19 - 20 at the Stillwater Community Center. An American classic, one of the best stories ever. In this Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with cast-

Chris Day/Stillwater Style Hunter Akin of Stillwater plays holiday music at Community Christmas Dinner at the Stillwater Community Center. Akin helped with meal delivery before deciding to spread some Christmas cheer by playing the piano.

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Naughty or Nice? You better watch out: Historical Santas coming to a town near you

By Elizabeth Keys Stillwater Style

Santa Claus is coming to a town near you. Stops on the Santas of the World tour include: Dec. 7 Deck the Halls at the Oklahoma History Center  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 800 Nazhi Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City 405-522-3602 Dec. 8 A Drummond House Christmas 2-4 p.m. Fred Drummond Home, 304 N. Price Ave., Hominy 918-885-2374 Dec. 14 Pawnee Bill Ranch Santas of the World 1-3 p.m. 1141 Pawnee Bill Road on U.S. Highway 60, 1/2 mile west of Pawnee 918-762-2513


he Pawnee Bill Ranch Santas of the World tour follows the annual Pawnee Bill Ranch Association meeting and free lunch with a reservation. The traditional event involves volunteers dressed in historical costumes depicting Santa Claus characters from different time periods around the world. Retired Oklahoma Historical Society Home Director Martha Ray developed the program and continues arranging the Christmas family activity. Some of the characters that will be featured and their origins are: • St. Nicholas (1100 Turkey) • Sinterklass (1400 Netherlands) • St. Lucia (1520 Sweden)


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Richard and Nadya Cartmell, disguised as Grandfather and Mrs. Frost, surprise the Brown brothers, Quinn and Ian, at the family residence on the Pawnee Bill Ranch. The boys’ parents manage the historical museum and ranch.

• Black Peter (1550 Holland) • La Befana (1600 Italy) • Knecht Ruprecht (1700 Germany) • Babushka (1700 Russia) • Ophelia Noel (1800 France) • Weihnactsmann Christmas Man (1800 Germany) • New York Financial Santa (1800 United States) • Tundra Santa (1840 Mid-America) • Tartan Santa (1850 Nova Scotia) • Civil War Santa (1863 United States) • Ded Moroz or Grandfather Frost (1917 USSR) • Pere Noel (1940 France) • Coca-Cola Traditional Santa (1915-1960 World)

Warren and Spencer Oestmann are elf helpers decorating the Christmas tree. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, folklore describes green-clad elves with pointy ears, long noses and jaunty hats as hired workers making toys in a workshop.

Each historical Santa tells its own story, Ray said. Guests wander from room to room in the homes where the costumed Santas of the world are scattered. “Grandfather Frost and his granddaughter sing Russian folk songs and teach a traditional dance,” Ray said. “One of our volunteers, Nadya Cartmell, is from Russia so she provided the historical society with many authentic traditions.” The Santa Claus that most are familiar with combines Christmas traditions, ancient and modern social customs, centuries-old legends and the imaginations of a long line of writers and artists around the globe. Oklahoma Historical Society volunteer Bill Kenney said the first images of the Christmas character may have been derived from the fourth century Bishop of Myra, which is now Turkey. The kind Greek Christian was loved across Europe for his benevolence and miraculous deeds with the church naming him St. Nicholas, Kenney said. By the year 1100, Nicholas became one of the most revered saints and on Dec. 6 each year, he was honored by gift giving and feasting. This also was the time when “supernatural” gift-bringing began with folklore describing St. Nicholas mysteriously entering homes on the eve of his death. Although some of the vintage characters are very different from today’s version of Santa Claus, there is a common theme of evaluating behavior for a reward throughout many countries. Legends have Zwarte Piet or Black Peter serving as a helper to

Martha and Chan Ray portray Mr. and Mrs. Sinterklaas who were popular in New Amsterdam which is New York today. In the 1600s, the Dutch brought their St. Nicholas Eve traditions with them when they immigrated to the New World.

the Dutch Sinterklass and handing out switches to children who had misbehaved during the year. In Italy, Le Befana, the good Christmas Witch, left coal for naughty boys and girls and brought gifts on her broomstick for the good ones. Servant Ruprecht, an intimidating figure in Germany, questioned parents on their children’s behavior, leaving goodies for the deserving ones and a switch for use on the incorrigible offspring. The tradition of leaving cookies for Santa may have derived from the mischievous elves or gnomes who were believed to haunt homesteads in Scandinavia. In Denmark, Julnisse the Elf, had to be bribed with a traditional Danish Christmas rice pudding so that he wouldn’t be up to any tricks. The early Santa Claus of Sweden was an elf who guarded the farm and he too had to be bribed to perform favors. Elves derived from old Nordic cultures where St. Lucia also played an important role. Lucia, which means “light,” was a young Christian girl who was martyred for her faith in 403 A.D. The most common story told about St. Lucia is she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city, said Katie Oestmann, a homeschooled student from Yale, who dressed the part for the tours during the holiday last season. Oestmann said St. Lucia would wear candles on her head so both her hands were free to carry things. Monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden developed the cultural tradition of St. Lucia. Now, children leave Stillwater Style | Winter 2013


out sandwiches for St. Lucia as she might be bearing gifts for them. Families may take photographs with any of the characters in the historical home tours. Several Santa Claus characters will give

Zwarte Piet or Black Peter was devised as a helper for St. Nicholas after the Dutch were released from Spanish rule during the 16th century, according to Ed Green who volunteers to portray the Moorish servant.  

treats and hand out switches so “you better watch out, you better not pout . . .”

Bill Kenney plays the role of St. Nicholas at many historical home tours. Nikolaos of Myra was a kind fourth century Greek bishop in Turkey who was loved across Europe for his benevolence and miraculous deeds.

Steve Davis portrays a Nova Scotia Santa wearing the Wallace clan’s tartan plaid which was first recorded in 1843.

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The Oestmann brother and sister duo, Katie and Spencer, led tours as St. Lucia and a Nordic elf at Pawnee Bill Ranch in a celebration of gift giving traditions in various cultures.


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Junior Service League members, from left, Stephanie Sallee, Meredith Shepard, Jamie Troester and Bridget Brownback stand beside the organization’s Christmas parade float last year.


he Stillwater Junior Service League and the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency are teaming up once again to help families in need enjoy the Christmas season. Each year, the organizations open a Christmas store filled with clothing, toys and other gifts for families in need. Preparation is under way for this year’s Operation Christmas, which will be held Dec. 10-12 at Trinity Fellowship Church in Stillwater. The annual three-day event provides gifts for Stillwater-area residents in need. Families also receive a box of food to prepare a Christmas dinner, as well as a food card at a local grocery store. “Operation Christmas helps families have the joy of Christmas,” said Junior Service League member Audrey Bryant, co-chair of the 10

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event. “These children wouldn’t receive toys otherwise.” To qualify, families register with the Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency. Families qualify based on income. Families agree to volunteer to work a two-hour shift at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore as a community service. Children served by Operation Christmas are between 6 months old and 18 years old. They receive three toys, socks and underwear. Red Dirt Pedalers, who raised money for the event during the Tour of Payne bike ride last summer, are teaming up with Cooper’s Bicycle to donate 23 bicycles and 23 helmets. Several businesses and organizations contribute to Operation Christmas. Donation bins are located at Big Lots, Foot Traffic and Dollar General at Cimarron Plaza. Items will be collected at those sites on Dec. 7.

Dani Pendleton stands next to a table of sweatshirts in this December 2009 photo as the Junior Service League prepared for Operation Christmas.

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Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group will donate shirts and other clothing items. The Student Government Association at Oklahoma State University conducted a Toys for Cowboys toy drive Nov. 23 during the football game against Baylor. All the toys are donated to Operation Christmas. Work will begin on setting up the Christmas store on Dec. 8. at Trinity Fellowship Church. Last year, 127 families were accepted into the program and 320 children received toys and clothing. At the completion of last year’s event, Operation Christmas collaborated with Wings of Hope and Mission of Hope to ensure families who missed the signup deadline for Operation Christmas still received toys and clothing. Bryant said approximately 150 additional children benefited. “We have been helping local families in need to have a Christmas for over 10 years now,” said Autumn Campbell, chair of the Operation Christmas committee. “We receive donations and toys from the community. What a great way to teach your children the gift of giving. We are humbled by the outreach of this community to help put a smile on these families faces.” Approximately 15 members of the organization make up the coordinating committee for the annual Christmas store. Monetary contributions also are accepted to help families in need during the holiday season. Checks can be made payable to COCAA, Operation Christmas. Monetary donations will be accepted until Dec. 7 and can be mailed to Stillwater Service League, P.O. Box 282, Stillwater, OK, 74076.

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It’s going to be a High-Tech Christmas By Jason Elmquist Stillwater Style


t’s 2013 and while we don’t have flying cars or hoverboards, we do have 3D movies and a stress on popular accessories — though we still are waiting for instant-drying clothing or self-lacing shoes. This holiday season, it’s hip to be square. Technology is at the forefront this year’s shopping season, with much of it being in-home — and more specifically, in the family room. Even most of the top childrens’ holiday gifts are oozing with technology, whether a video gaming system or a talking toy. For those looking to go back to the future, here is a list of holiday hot items, some looking to the future, others remembering the past.

Next gen video game consoles It’s quite possibly the biggest — and most expensive — holiday gift: The Xbox One and Playstation 4. It’s been nearly 10 years since the video gaming industry had a new console hit markets from the big two (Microsoft and Sony), which has created a big buzz this holiday season. Pre-orders for both consoles sold out months before their late-November release, despite the high price tags — PS4 is selling for $399, while the XbOne is going for $499. Several retailers expected to have a small number of units to sell on and after launch dates, but at this point in the holiday shopping season, if you weren’t lucky enough to be one of the several million to purchase the new hardware, expect to pay more than face value on eBay — or wait for more stock in 2014 as a potential birthday present.

Furby Seldom does a children’s toy find itself as a hot holiday gift in two different decades, except for perhaps the Elmo toys from Sesame Street. However, for the second straight holiday season, Furbies stand firmly at the top of the toy list, even 15 years after its original production run, selling 14 million units in 1999. In 2012, the Furby toy flew off store shelves, which may actually make them easier to find this season — after all, what kid wants the present two years running. However, the Furby toy did get a bit of a face-lift even over the past year, to keep them a hot ticket item once again. 12

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Beats by Dre The stylish headphones, earbuds and speakers created by rapper Dr. Dre have been on the market for a few years now and have been popularized more as a high-end accessory than necessarily for its technology. However, as is the case with many products, the longer it has been on the shelves, the more the price drops. Beats by Dre headphones were one of the hottest sale items this year in Black Friday sales, going for $80 off the $200 retail depending on the store.

3D HDTV For those that want to utilize the growing movie industry’s usage of 3D, the 3D HDTV continues to grow in demand and supply, which equates into gradually lowing prices for the new technology. More and more 3D movies are being released on 3D Blu-ray, which makes the 3D HDTV more relevant. But it’s not just the movie industry that is boosting the demand on the newer televisions, some cable providers and utilizing the new technology, including ESPN showing some sporting events in 3D.

Smart HDTV Finally, technology has caught up to demand. No longer do you have to hook your computer up to your television — or own a video game console — to use popular websites such as YouTube, Hulu and Netflix. With the Smart HDTV, users can watch all their favorite online videos own their big-screen televisions by just being connected to the Internet.

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Memory Makers

County Officials Talk About Their Favorite Holidays

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veryone has a favorite holiday memory. It could be a favorite present or perhaps the first Christmas with your newborn son or daughter. The NewsPress asked several Payne County officials for their favorite memories. Here are their replies. Payne County Clerk Glenna Craig: “I have had many Christmas blessings and memories throughout the years, but I would say that after the loss of my mother, sister and brother, my favorite Christmas memories are those I have spent with my entire family each Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, attending church, baking, opening Christmas presents and watching Christmas movies. Christmas memories with family are truly, in my opinion, God’s gift to us all.  Also, remember the reason for the season with your faith in Christ, and understand that your family is the greatest present you will ever receive at Christmas time and all year. I would like to encourage each and every person to tell their family this Christmas how much they mean to them because they are truly the greatest Christmas gift they will ever receive.” District 1 County Commissioner Zach Cavett: “I do not think I can nail down a specific Christmas memory that was better than another one, so I will share some of my most fond memories.” “I recall always going to Granny Cavett’s house, in Stillwater, to have our Christmas Eve dinner and gift exchange.  It was an exciting time because it was when all the family, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, grandparents, you know, all the family you didn’t get to see very often, all came to that one little old house to visit, eat, open gifts and catch up on old times. All the kids would usually go to the front yard and play flag football and of course someone would always end up getting hurt, while most of the adults stayed inside visiting.” “We all then packed into the house to pray before the meal to give God thanks for all that He has blessed us with and for what 14

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He sacrificed for us; to give us Christmas. After the family ate, in my opinion, the best meal of the year, then came the gift exchange. Then, we would all go home. After arriving home, I recall being so excited about what awaited the following morning, I could barely get to sleep.” “Looking back over the years, even as a child, the fondest memories I cherish, not only during the Christmas season, are those of time spent with those whom I love and care for. Out of all the memories that stand out in my mind, the ones that bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart, are not the gifts or material things that I have received, but of the times of fellowship with those whom are dear to me. So remember this Christmas season and beyond, to give the gift of time and invest it with your loved ones and make memories that will last a lifetime.” Payne County Treasurer Bonita Stadler: “One of my most memorable Christmas experiences was when I was about 3 years old. I had asked for a doll with a ‘peaked’ cap that I had seen in the store. At the school Christmas program, that used to be allowed, Santa came and in all his glory, picked me up and carried me while he visited with all the other children. He asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Of course, I told him about the special doll.” “When Christmas morning came, there under the tree was the very doll, with the right cap, that I had hoped for. In addition, there were tracks in the snow down the path to my house, just the size of sleigh runners. No one else had traveled that path and certainly not with any vehicle that would have made those tracks.  No doubt about it, Santa had come!”   “Many years later, it was revealed that Santa, at the school program, was daddy.”

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Ugly Christmas sweaters are back By Elizabeth Keys Stillwater Style The Traveling Tacky Christmas Sweater man takes his ugly seasonal bling to places all around the world. On the island of Bora Bora, he toasted the season in all his finery.


nce a staple of elementary school teacher wardrobes, the over-thetop ostentatious Christmas sweater has become an object of holiday fun and hipster irony. For all the fashionably-challenged, it’s been chic to dress in terribly ugly seasonal clothes at holiday “Tacky Christmas Sweater” parties for a number of years — purposely wearing outrageous attire. “We have tacky Christmas Sweater Day each year where I work,” said Amy Knight Pyles, a case worker at Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services. “Even the gentlemen get involved — they borrow their mother’s/sister’s/girlfriend’s/wives’ sweaters. And, it’s always a hoot!” Several of her coworkers agreed saying the worse you look, the better.  “It’s a very easy, fun way to have a theme party,” Pyles said.  Matching sweaters used to be something your grandmother bought you — and your mom made you wear — with many grudgingly complying at holiday gettogethers. Some families have collections of assorted sweaters which are dusted off each year for gatherings. The ugly Christmas sweater rage started as a young person’s trend, people making fun of their mom and grandma’s sweaters.  “I supplied my daughter and many of her sorority sisters with ‘tacky’ sweaters


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for a few years while she was in college at OSU,” said Kim Pendleton Ryan. Since Ryan is a teacher, she had a Christmas sweater or outfit to wear every school day starting Dec. 1 through Christmas Day. “My children still make fun of me,” she said. “They are really going to miss me when I’m gone. No one to make fun of...” Ryan believes nothing says cheer like smiling snowmen, prancing  reindeer and jolly Santas with bells in applique, yarn and sequins — or even real working lights. If your tacky sweater ensemble outshines the Christmas tree, even better. Gleaming, gaudy, garish — purposely dressing ugly to be cool. If it’s tasteless, terrible and on a sweater, you will fit right in during tacky Christmas sweater parties. Adair Caldwell Johnson is not complying. She said every Christmas she has shopped for “just the right sweater.” “I’ve never seen an ugly Christmas sweater,” she said. “Each and every one is a marvel of creativity and artistry.” At a recent holiday party, she was shocked to find her Christmas sweater — and herself — in the midst of a “tackiest Christmas sweater” competition. “Huh?...Moi?...You’ve got be kidding!” was her reaction.  But did she stand up for the rights of Christmas sweater wearers everywhere? 

Maggie Jackson, left, and her Chi Omega sister Sarah Yeargan dressed in matching sweaters for a “Tacky Christmas Sweater Party” at Oklahoma State University.

No. “I shamefully and meekly allowed my lovely sweater to be misjudged,” Johnson said. She has vowed, “Never again.” Johnson wants to protect the inalienable right to wear holiday sweaters with pride. “I will be silent no more,” Johnson said. “I love seeing people in their Christmas sweaters! I love wearing my Christmas sweaters!” She has even created a “Christmas Sweater Manifesto:”

Matching sweaters for dogs and owners signal Christmas cheer to the animal kingdom, too.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care is reflected in the coordinating sweaters for pets and their masters.

“Raise your right hand and solemnly promise to protect and defend the honor of each and every Christmas sweater...And it’s inhabitant! “I will defend my Christmas sweater with my last breath.  “Christmas sweater lovers unite. Wear your sweaters early and often.  “If you believe in Christmas sweaters, clap your hands. And to you mean-spirited Grinchs

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out there, trying to dampen our pride in our seasonal finery, go back to your boring, to your LBD’s (little black dresses), to your bah humbug and ho-hum attire while my sweatered sisters and I shall sparkle and shine.” —Adair Caldwell Johnson, founder and president Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Christmas Sweaters

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“Kittens are good fall and winter pets because they enjoy cuddling up on cold nights.” —Tiny Paws Director Holly Chapples


or some, it is tempting to give a furry new friend as a gift for the holidays, but officials on the Stillwater animal adoption circuit say pets may not be the best gift. Marissa Wolf, a volunteer at the Stillwater Humane Society, said “If I had my way, I’d adopt them all if I could!” On Saturdays, Wolf visits a dachshund mix named Rosie. She takes Rosie for a walk in the fresh air, pets and feeds her.  Director Jackie Ross-Guerrero said it’s smarter to buy a gift certificate first, so that the future owner knows what is coming. All the buyer has to do is fill out a form and then receives the certificate with future owner’s name on it.  Costs are $25 for cats and $50 for dogs.  Buyers don’t have to panic—there is a two-week adjustment period for the pet, and the owner can return it within this time frame.  Yet, Ross-Guerrero suggests there is a bond that must be formed when the owner picks it out.  “My dog picked me,” she said. “No one else can pick for you.”  That way, an active breed or a calmer breed can fit in with the owner’s lifestyle.  Tiny Paws Director Holly Chapples said there are a few things to accomplish before buying a pet for someone else.  “It’s wonderful that they consider an animal a gift,” Chapples said. “The future owner needs to get what they want, if not, the animal suffers.”  Chapples suggests asking the future owner if it is OK to pick the kitten out or not. Tiny Paws specializes in finding the right kitten for adoption. It matches the kitten with the future owner not based on looks, but based on the environment of the home. For instance, are there children and other pets in the home?  22

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By Megan Sando Stillwater Style “Seven is a great age for giving a pet, it teaches the child responsibility,” Chapples said. Kittens are especially good  fall and winter pets.  “They can sit on your lap and purr,” she said. “And sit down and snuggle during cold weather.”  Tiny Paws experiences an increase in adoption during winter.  To prepare kids to care for a pet, Tiny Paws offers a “Kids for Kittens” session at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteer Megan Bickell said the class teaches kids how to take care of a kitten or what to do if they find one.  Tiny Paws no longer offers pre-adoption because there’s no guarantee a neo-natal kitten will survive. “It’s hard to call and say, ‘the kitten you wanted died,’” Bickell said.  Instead, they use the experience to try and learn how to keep more kittens alive.  “We can’t save all of the kittens,” she said. “But we try.”  Although kitten season is over, Tiny Paws still has nearly 70 cats and kittens, Chapples said.   “This is a great time of year to take home pets,” said Stillwater Animal Welfare Director Mary Dickey.  Animal Welfare has dogs, cats and occasionally exotic animals like birds, rabbits and ferrets.  “Giving a pet as a gift has value because of the person who gave it to them?” Dickey said.  Dickey warns that the future owner be informed first. She has seen elderly owners return pets who didn’t approve of receiving them.  “For instance, grandma must know she’s getting a pet for Christmas,” Dickey said.  Dickey recommends taking home not one but two cats. “Cats

Rosie, a dachshund mix, loves to be scratched on the head. Stillwater Humane Society volunteer Marissa Wolf gives Rosie some personal attention about once a week.

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require less care — the owner may leave out food and water and leave for awhile. But don’t be gone too long,” Dickey says, “Because it will get lonely.” Contrary to cats, puppies require more work. This means up to 18 months of house training. For students, Dickey said to think of the future. Will they want it after they graduate?  It costs $40 to take a pet home with no application. And animals are spay and neutured, with vaccinations.  Dickey says if the owner must return the animal, there’s no guilt trip.  “Most adoptions work out well,” she said.  Dickey supports Helen Woodward’s Home 4 The Holidays initiative.  The campaign has saved more than 8 million pets since 1999 during its three-month long adoption drive.  “It promotes animals going home,” she said. “We are hoping to get them there.”  Here are a few tips for picking out a pet during the holidays:  • Keep kittens inside. • Don’t adopt unless it’s approved by future owner. • Ask if you can pick out the pet or if the person receiving a pet for a gift would like to pick it out. • Inform them the animal is not a toy or a prize, but a family member. • The pet picks you, not the other way around. • Animal must be compatible with the person. • Understand cats, kittens, dogs and puppies take time and money. • Couples and students should plan for what happens in the long run.

Marissa Wolf, a Stillwater Humane Society volunteer, takes Rosie for walks about once a week. 24

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Think ORANGE for Christmas OSU-themed gifts a hit with students, alums By Chris Day Stillwater Style


t’s time to think of gifts for Oklahoma State University alums, students or others who bleed the brightest orange. You want an unusual gift? Hey, anyone can find clothing with OSU emblazoned on it. You’re thinking unique — something special. Here’s five ideas that will make an Orange Christmas for that special Cowboy or Cowgirl.

Bricks Oklahoma State University Alumni Center brick pavers lets the OSU graduate make a permanent mark on campus. The pavers, which are engraved with the graduate’s name and can be personalized, are placed in the Alumni Walk and helps the OSU Alumni Association make connections for life. Pavers are $250 for non Alumni Association members and $200 for Alumni Association members. Contact Angela Carter, 405-744-6223, at the Alumni Association for more information.

Oklahoma State University-themed books make a good Christmas gift. Kim Parrish chronicles OSU wrestling team’s 2004 season in “Cowboy Up: John Smith leads the legendary Oklahoma State University wrestlers to their greatest season ever.”

Books Many authors have written books about Oklahoma State University icons. Here are a few suggestions. “Cowboy Up: John Smith leads the legendary Oklahoma State University wrestlers to their greatest season ever” by Kim Parrish. It focuses on the 2004 season. “Oklahoma State Portraits” celebrates the creativity of the people of OSU and Oklahoma — and their visions for generations to come. These books and others are available at

Holiday gifts Oklahoma State features a variety of ornaments to hang on your tree. There is a 2007 Edmon Low Library ornament, OSU Student Union ornament, Pistol Pete ornament and a Stillwater Fire Station No. 2 ornament. They also are available at

Tech gifts Oklahoma State offers a variety of accessories for your devices. iPhone covers, earbuds and an OSU universal remote control are available at

Toys Oklahoma State University has several Christmas ornaments available for purchase at A Christmas tree just doesn’t look right without a Pistol Pete ornament.

Cowboyopoly, mini ball and hoop, a Bullet pillow pet or an OSU pennant make great gifts for children and teens. You can also purchase an eight piece dinnerware set for children, called Mascot Manners. Once again, shopokstate is the place to look. Stillwater Style | Winter 2013



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esides the presents, there is always one thing people love about the holiday season. Food comes in all shapes and forms during the holidays, and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition has plenty of recipes to make this holiday season great. “This holiday season, try these delicious recipes from the Made in Oklahoma Coalition to get you in the holiday spirit,” said Senior Account Executive for the Made in Oklahoma Coalition Anthony Triana. Triana said these recipes include ingredients from six Made in Oklahoma Coalition members. The six members include: Bar-S Foods, Griffin Foods, Hiland Dairy, Schwab and Co. and the Shawnee Milling Co.. Ham and Wild Rice Soup is a comfort food. Its flavor comes from Schwab and Co., hickory-flavored ham, Triana said.

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Ham & Wild Rice Soup Ingredients: Two cups chopped ham from one cooked Schwab’s Natural Hickory Ham Two quarts chicken broth One carrot, peeled and chopped One celery stalk, chopped One small onion, chopped One-half cup wild rice, uncooked One-quarter teaspoon dried thyme leaves Two tablespoons Hiland Unsalted Butter Two tablespoons Shawnee Mills All-Purpose Flour One cup Hiland Whole Milk Eight ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced Two tablespoons sherry wine (optional) One cup Hiland Half and Half Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation: Cut ham into pieces. In a large soup pot, place the ham, broth, carrot, celery and onion. Simmer covered for about an hour. Increase heat so broth is boiling, then add rice and dried thyme. Decrease heat to a simmer, cover and cook rice for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Blend in the flour, stirring and cooking until lightly browned. Gradually add the milk, cooking until thickened, stirring often. Add the flour mixture and mushrooms to the soup, and simmer for five to 10 minutes. Add the sherry and half and half, and heat throughout. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 26

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Triana said after guests finish this soup, someone could whip up this easy salad recipe.

Hickory Ham Salad Ingredients: Four cups torn romaine lettuce One cup chopped green pepper One cup chopped celery One (10-ounce) bag frozen peas, thawed Three cups torn fresh spinach Two cups chopped ham from one cooked Schwab’s Natural Hickory Ham Three-quarters cup Garden Club mayonnaise Three-quarters cup Hiland Sour Cream One cup shredded cheddar cheese Eight slices Bar-S Bacon, cooked and crumbled Preparation: Layer first six ingredients, in order, in a large bowl or trifle dish. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper and spread over ham. Sprinkle cheese and bacon on top. Cover, and chill up to 24 hours before serving.

Triana said a sweet potato casserole featuring Made in Oklahoma Coalition products is a good side dish. The pineapple makes this dish special.

Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients: Six sweet potatoes One-half cup Garden Club Pineapple Preserves One-third cup Hiland Half and Half Two eggs One-half cup brown sugar One-quarter teaspoon ground ginger One-half teaspoon salt One teaspoon Griffin’s vanilla Topping Three tablespoons Shawnee Mills All Purpose Flour One-quarter cup Hiland unsalted butter, softened Three-quarters of a cup brown sugar One cup chopped pecans One-half cup Garden Club Pineapple Preserves One cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted Preparation: Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour, until potatoes begin to ooze and are tender to the touch. Let potatoes cool slightly before handling, then remove peel from potatoes. In a mixing bowl, mix sweet potatoes until smooth. Add one-half cup pineapple preserves, half-and-half, eggs, one-half cup brown sugar, ginger, salt and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine flour, butter, brown sugar and pecans using two forks or a pastry cutter. Mix until you have coarse crumbs. Fold in halfcup pineapple preserves and toasted coconut. Sprinkle on sweet potatoes, and gently spread to cover the top. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until bubbling.

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Cowboy Up to a Holiday Brunch

Josie and Jackson Strunk select products made in Oklahoma for a Cowboy Christmas Brunch at their grandmother’s store, “Company’s Comin 2 Stillwater.


hen company’s coming for the holidays, exact times for meals may not coincide with everyone’s plans. Wrangle your crowd with a brunch they can graze on and “sit a spell” without having to worry about the clock while living on holiday time. Fresh local ingredients are available at the Stillwater Farmers Market — but come early to get eggs. Made in Oklahoma, products are also a specialty at “Company’s Comin 2 Stillwater,” 132 N. Main. Joan Hert said one of the reasons she opened the store was to provide a local source for families to stock up on products produced by their neighbors. “Oklahoma State University has helped many of the companies to get started,” Hert said. “Some food products are unique to our state.” For instance, sand plums are found in Oklahoma and Trader Dave’s creates a wonderful sand plum butter that’s an interesting addition to any meal. “Freddie Paul’s right here in Stillwater makes a great barbecue sauce and spice selections that I carry in the store,” she said. The Hungry Monkey Gourmet selections available are produced west of Stillwater in Orlando by Teri Aldridge who developed easyfix mixes from her grandmother’s recipes. 28

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By Elizabeth Keys Stillwater Style “Maria Rae’s, out of Enid, makes a great black bean and corn salsa which would be perfect with western flavors,” Hert said. Other recommendations for meal additions include a salsa made from olive oil and black olives by Ace in the Bowl. Some of her favorite products are Suan’s which include scotch bonnet peppers — a great deal hotter than a habernero. Corral your posse with these recipes adapted from the Made in Oklahoma Coalition: COWBOY CHRISTMAS QUICHE Ingredients: 1 buttery flaky pie crust or Braum’s refrigerated pie crust  1 pound J.C. Potter mild country sausage  1/2 cup diced red bell pepper  1 shallot, minced  1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves, torn  1 bunch of green onions, sliced including some of the green  1 (8 ounce) package of J-M Farms mushrooms, sliced  Three eggs, lightly beaten  1/3 cup Hiland milk  1/3 cup mayonnaise  1 teaspoon of dried parsley

2 tablespoons Shawnee Mills all-purpose flour 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese  1/2 to 1 full cup shredded Hiland hot pepper jack cheese, according to taste  Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Shape pie crust to fit into a quiche dish or nineinch pie plate and set aside.  In a large non-stick skillet, cook and crumble sausage with diced bell pepper, green onions and shallots. When sausage is cooked and vegetables are tender, add mushrooms and spinach, stirring until wilted. Remove from heat.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, blend all remaining ingredients well.  Transfer sausage mixture to crust-lined quiche dish.  Pour egg mixture evenly over sausage.  Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. BLACK-EYED PEA GOOD LUCK CAKES Ingredients: 2 (15.5-ounce) cans black-eyed peas 1/2 cup chopped Schwab’s sausage 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1 egg, beaten 1/4  to 1/2  cup Shawnee Mills All-purpose Flour 1/2 cup Shawnee Mills Yellow Corn Meal Suan’s Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly, for garnish Directions: In a large bowl, mash black-eyed peas with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon. Add sausage, red peppers, jalapeno, cumin and egg. Mix until combined. Add flour, incorporating until firm enough to shape into cakes. Let mixture sit in the refrigerator for an hour to firm. Shape into round patties. Pat each cake into cornmeal, to give a light coating. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the patties until crispy and brown on both sides. Serve with Suan’s Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly. BACON MAPLE SWEET ROLLS   Ingredients: 10 slices Bar-S Fully Cooked Bacon 1 package Shawnee Mills Buttermilk Biscuit Mix


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1/2 cup Hiland milk 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup Griffin’s syrup Directions: Cook the bacon in microwave. Crumble, then set aside. Stir together the biscuit mix and milk to form a soft dough. Knead the dough until smooth. On a floured surface, roll out into a rectangle. In a small bowl, combine bacon, brown sugar and cheese. Sprinkle onto dough, leaving a one-inch border. Roll dough and then pinch edges to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place slices on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. In a preheated 375-degree oven, bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and drizzle with warm Griffin’s Syrup. FRUIT YOGURT PARFAIT Ingredients: 4 tablespoons Griffin’s Original Syrup 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon Griffin’s vanilla 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup pecan halves or sliced almonds 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit, diced 1/4 cup dried cranberries 2 cups plain Hiland Greek yogurt 2 cups fresh berries 4 tablespoons Trader Dave’s pure honey Directions: To make granola, combine syrup, vegetable oil and vanilla in a small bowl. Heat on high in microwave for one minute, stirring halfway through. In a medium bowl, combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and dried fruit. Pour the syrup mixture into the oat mixture, stirring to combine. Pour mixture onto a rimmed cookie sheet or roasting pan. In a preheated 350-degree oven, bake for 30 to 35 minutes, turning halfway through, until lightly browned. Turn out onto a sheet of aluminum foil and cool completely. To make parfait, spoon two tablespoons of yogurt into a glass or ramekin. Spoon two tablespoons granola on top of yogurt. Spoon fruit on top of granola. Drizzle honey on top of each parfait. 30

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