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On this Friday before Thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to honor those in my life who mean the most to me.

I am thankful for being born to 4 of the greatest grandparents who ever lived. They were wonderful people who taught me not only to work hard but to keep learning. None of the 4 went to college but all appreciated the value of education. They were always learning something new and made sure I understood that your education was something that no one could take from you. I make it a point to educate myself on something every day. I’m also thankful to marry into a family with 4 more wonderful grandparents who reinforced everything I was taught by my birth grandparents.

I’m thankful for my daughter. I never thought I would become a mother, I had been told by doctors that I would never be pregnant. Needless to say, even though we were trying, we were surprised. After a difficult pregnancy that ended dramatically, I had the sweetest baby. She really wasn’t any trouble until she learned to talk at a year old. She has been a pleasure to not just watch but help guide her into young adulthood. Even now she’s good for a laugh, definitely inherited our sense of humor.

I am most thankful for my husband. He really is the greatest person I’ve even met. There were many times between 1986-1995 that we should have met, we were in the same place at the same time more than once. I even remember seeing him driving through the old Pratt parking lot in his beat-up Buick when I was about 16 or 17. I just remember the loud primer car with the young guy driving through, a girl next to him. Turns out that was his sister, who worked next door at the Showbiz Pizza. We were at car shows and air shows at the same time but finally a fateful day in April 1995 brought us together and we’ve been together ever since. He has helped me through so much and knows me better than I know myself. He’s the one who encouraged me to go back into journalism with this blog in 2015, and after quitting my job last year, has encouraged me to grow the site. He truly changed the direction of my life and I am forever thankful for that. Not only do I have a wonderful family, a nice home, cars that run (if you knew my history, you would understand), tolerable pets, and have been to 34 states and Canada. The last 27 years have been fun and looking forward to more trips and more to learn.

I also want to thank all of you who have been reading my blog, watching my videos, and following me on Facebook. I hope you all enjoy my thoughts and look forward to interacting with more of you in the coming year. Hope you all will like what I have planned, I expect to add way more next year.

Thanks to all,

Bre, The Fat Okie

Food Friday: 405 Pizza

I love trying new local pizza places. 405 Pizza has been in west Edmond for a couple years and over the summer I had a chance to try it. Since then, we’ve been back a couple times. They are just a simple small pizza restaurant.

To start, we have their garlic cheese bread. This is just a cheesy goodness. I like when there is more cheese than crust and this cheese bread is perfect. Next up is their pizza, we’ve had a couple different kinds and they have all been great. A nice light flavor to the crust and plenty of cheese and toppings. We also tried a calzone on our last visit, that was also good. Stuffed so full that it got messy (and messy is always good with food).

The customer service has always been good and the restaurant clean. We have also gotten takeout, which went well. I give them 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 2125 NW 178th St., Edmond.

Food Friday: Coffee Jerks

Since the new family thing is coffee, I’ve been keeping a list of new places to try. I present them to the family when we’re all together. This last visit home for Mae she decided to try Coffee Jerks. We’re close to the Yukon location, so that’s where we went.

I was surprised that we were the only people there at 9a on a Saturday morning but I like when a place isn’t too busy. We all ordered quickly and sat in the cute area they have made to mimic sitting outside. I got a Caramel Creek frappe while Big K got a Snickers frappe, Mae went the warm route and had a plain mocha. We also got some breakfast, I got the stuffed waffle while Big K just went with a plain sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit, once again Mae had to be different and got an apple Danish. My frappe was really good, with globs of caramel at the bottom of the cup. I really enjoyed the stuffed waffle, it had egg, cheese, and sausage stuffed inside a waffle. I could easily dunk it in the syrup that came with it. Big K liked everything he had as well, and Mae was happy with the Danish as it was warm with a touch of cinnamon.

I’m excited to add Coffee Jerks to my list of regular places to get breakfast. The service and food was outstanding. I also loved the seating area, we could just sit and talk, great way to start the day. Coffee Jerks has been in business since 2017 and now have 3 locations in the north and west Oklahoma City metro area. I give the 5 strips of bacon.

Address: 2820 NW 122nd. St., Oklahoma City; 17784 N MacArthur Blvd., Deer Creek-Edmond; 825 E Main St. Unit 125, Yukon.

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