Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tiny House Homestead Podcast 35

To goat or not to goat, that was the question, a shift in thinking as well as  Adventures and updates on Podcast 35. Join me on my journey! 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies Davis, OK

If you are traveling I35 and pass by Davis, OK (exit 51), you have got to stop and get yourself an Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie.  Located right by the exit (look for the dinosaur on the roof), fried pies are a tradition in this area of Oklahoma. Each pie is made to order with from scratch crust and fillings fried to a golden brown in peanut oil. I suggest going when you are nice and hungry because these delicious pies will fill you up and leave you bursting at the seams.

The history of the Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies started back in 1893 when Nancy Fulton's grandmother fried pies as a way to supplement the diet of ranch hands during a particularly harsh winter. Nancy now owns the Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie Company and maintains the homemade quality of her grandmother's pies. The traditional dough and fillings are still made from scratch on site. Standing in line you can watch as balls of freshly made dough are run through a machine to roll them out to just the right thickness. Then each circle of dough is slathered or filled with your choice of goodies. Pinched closed and fried in hot peanut oil for 4 minutes. Each pie is a delicious taste of Oklahoma history.

Don't be surprised to find a nice long line when you get there. They really keep the line moving, so the wait was not too bad. While standing on line you can choose what you want in your pie. You can have a breakfast pie filled with sausage, cheese, and egg or a portable pot pie style pie of chicken and vegetables. There are many more options to choose from.

I chose to have blackberry and cherry filling and I was not let down. The pie crust was delicious and the filling was piping hot. My friends chose to have a mini pizza style pie with pepperoni with cheese followed with their sweet treat of a peach filled pie. We were busting at the seams when we were finished.

The Arbuckle Moutain Fried Pie location in Davis offers gasoline, ice, soda, and ice cream too. The restrooms were also most welcome for our group since we had been on the road for a couple of hours by that point.  If you are in a hurry or really hungry you can even call ahead to 580-369-7830 and order your pie so it will be ready when they get there.

So remember, if you are close to Davis, Oklahoma, you are close enough to enjoy an Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie treat!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Magic of Magnetic Hill, Springer, OK

A couple of cohorts in crime and I took a "girl trip" to southern Oklahoma this weekend. Driving along, Kelly said, "Hey, we should check out Magnetic Hill!" Not being from Oklahoma, I had never heard of Magnetic Hill. Kelly went on to explain that you drive to the bottom of the hill, put your car in neutral or turn off the engine, and some magical magnetic force will pull the car back up the hill. Heck yes, this is just the kind of adventure I am game to try out.

Magnetic Hill is actually Pioneer (Pitt) Road, near Springer, OK. Located just off Interstate 35 at exit 42 (Hwy 53). Head west on highway 53 and turn right (head north) on Pitt Road. South of the highway Pitt Road is labeled Pioneer Road. Drive north until just past the cattle gate on your right. You will be at the bottom of the hill. Check for traffic around you, put the car in neutral or kill the engine, and the car should begin being pulled back up the hill. Kristina clocked the car going in reverse on its own at greater than 5 miles per hour.

Of course we had to do it three times, just for entertainment. Then we turned the car around and tried it in the other direction, just for giggles. Sure enough, it worked that way too. I noticed the heard of cattle eating in the fields on either side of this stretch of road looked at us like they were quite used to these types of antics, which was also very entertaining.

Evidently there is all kinds of conjecture about what makes Magnetic Hill "magnetic" from aliens, to ghosts, to curses, to an optical illusion (being the well grounded sort, I vote optical illusion), however it was sure an odd feeling. Anyway, if you make it to southern Oklahoma and are looking for something diverting, check out Magnetic Hill. We sure had a fun time.