Saturday Digest

For the sewer:  This portable pressing table could be a great idea and it's DIY.

For the Jewelry Maker:  (or wannabe jewelry maker, they have kits!)  Unkamen Supplies on Etsy...really great  people to work with on an order.  Two of my favorites they offer are this bracelet and this one.

For those with young children or grandchildren:  Made by Joel  is a great blog!  My girls have played with or colored all of his free printables numerous times.  His new book, Made to Play, is also on my wish list.

Did you know?

That okra can be dried for decorative use?  It's beautiful!!  

Embarrassing story:  I stopped at a garage sale a month or so ago and here was a sack of dried okra.  I thought it was gorgeous.  I asked how much the bag was since it didn't have a price on it.  "Oh, it's free."  I was told.  I thanked her and proceeded to look around.  Then she told me her husband said to put it out on the sale because it was the best okra they had ever grown.  They wanted to share the seeds.  I thanked her again before I left telling her I thought I would use them decoratively.    Not until hours later, did I realize my faux pas!  Here was a gardener (or gardener's wife) who wanted to share seeds and I took off with all of it.  The garage sale was in another town and there was no way I could go back to return it. (time, kids, not even sure which house it was, the sale would have been almost over).

Looking back, she was in no way irritated.  She was chatting pleasantly on the phone and with me.

When I see or hear "Free" at a garage sale to me it means "I want this hauled out of here". In my defense, my Mom and three of my kids were waiting in the car for me and I was "power sale-ing" on our way to my sister's house. 

So, apparently, I have the seed for the best okra out there.  If you want some, I'll send you some seeds.  Just email me with your address.  
What is really sad is that I don't grow okra and really have no desire to, but next summer I will be planting some... if only for the dried pods!  

Do you like okra?  Should I try to grow it to eat it?  How would I use it?  Soup?

So much for "digest". :)


  1. Thank you for the great links!! I have never tried okra ... One of those "suspicious" vegetables I guess :) ...... The pods are beautiful though! You have totally made up or your "faux pas" with your online offer too! Although you may have over analyzed the situation :)

  2. Too funny! I want to see what you do with it. I have a ton of it myself from my own garden, and thought I could make Santa ornaments out of it. I've also seen reindeer ornaments. But there must be something else. I love the look of nature things.

  3. I bought some dried orka in Texas and I just love it!

  4. I have some dried okra pods but never though the seeds inside would be any good...maybe I'll give it a try...the southern man would love it...though I believe it does not get hot enough here in the NW to grow your story - and your offer...

  5. ooh ooh..i'll always take seeds......
    (you do make me laugh though..sounds like something i would do..

  6. Pickled okra is good. Also, breaded and fried.
    When we lived in Arkansas my son made a santa ornament from dried okra.

  7. I was raised on fried okra 'course it's also good in stews, etc. Some people think it's a tad stringy and can be slimey when boiled, but that's just the uneducated. Nothing can beat it in a gumbo.
    I say give it a try with one pod. If nothing'll have extra for drying next year.

  8. I'm sure she would be happy to hear that you are sharing the seeds with your blogging peeps. I used to buy x-mas decorations made from them and always thought I should try making them. Then again I always have thought I should try eating them too. Neither has happened so far:)

    Have fun whatever you do


  9. Hi Jill, It was good to finally meet you! So glad you stopped in to the store today!
    Laurie :)

  10. LoL! That's something *I* would have done! Don't feel too bad. Yes, in soup, and fried (as in breaded and fried). And obvioulsy, it looks pretty dried!

    I love free boxes. People GIVE AWAY the darndest things.

  11. Jill,
    I love the okra at Cracker Barrel - try it sometime. The cheese potato casserole rocks, too.

    If you want to learn about okra, I highly recommend watching Alton Brown's Okraphobia.

    He talks about how okra doesn't have to be a slimy gross veggie.

    Someone posted the show on You Tube. You can see the Okara show at

    All the best,

  12. Jill,
    BTW, I'm your newest follower.

    Thank you pinning our Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana recipe on Pinterest.

    If you are interested, we have a (Brand New!) Linky Party we'll be hosting each Friday. It's still open if you want to share a craft, recipe, tutorial or teachable moment.

    All the best,

  13. I am really enjoying catching up with you Jill...missed my blog friends while we were traveling

    Your Okra story is great and most of us can relate...sometimes things only make sense "after" the fact :)

    I have always been drawn to the pods and do enjoy eating fried Okra very much...the seeds pop out nicely when you're chewing it.



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