Oklahoma has given us a lot. Most notably, a fantastic musical about cowboys and surreys and a backstory on Mrs. Partridge. I’m not sure how she went from driving a carriage to a bus, but she did it beautifully.
Well April 22nd is Oklahoma Day, our annual day to say, “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, O.K.!” Which is just such a fun play on words with the “okay” sounding like the abbreviation for Oklahoma – OK. But I don’t have to explain it to you. I know you love some Rodgers and Hammerstein as much as the next musical geek.
Officially, Oklahoma Day marks the anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma’s lands to European settlers. Of course, this followed the atrocious Indian Removal Act of 1830, which is no reason to celebrate, but something we should remember.
The state dessert of Oklahoma is Pecan Pie, so start by making that. Betty Crocker has a simple version you can make, but personally I’ve only ever made Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Because if a chocolate version exists I don’t see the point in making a non-chocolate one.
And then you can continue the celebration of our 46th state with some MMMPops, featuring some of our favorite famous Okies. Of course I started with Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson, but I threw in Ron Howard, Woody Guthrie, and Brad Pitt as well. (You can call that one a Pitt Pop. And can you believe he was born in Oklahoma and not on a shooting star over the Hollywood skies?)
I used the Hanson photos from the Forbes “Plaid Men” shoot they did last year because 1) I love those suits and 2) they have white backgrounds which made them extra easy to cut out. A little tape and a box of See’s fancy lollypops and bam! You have MMMPops.
I did try to find some female Okies to add to the collection and was interested to see that there’s an Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, but I don’t think you’d recognize any of the inductees by sight. Still, nice to know it exists.
Now you can finish your day with a little “Tulsa Time” from last year’s Hop Jam music and beer festival.
I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No,