That time of year is just around the corner. Needing food suggestions? Below are recipes for dishes brought to our most recent WorkIT event, Friendsgiving. If you need some holiday food suggestions here are some recipes provided by members, for members. Let us know how you like them!

Rebecca’s Au Gratin Potatoes
Cheesy thin sliced potatoes cooked to golden brown perfection.

3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced, not peeled
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup flour
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups whole milk
1 cup chicken broth
16 oz package of grated sharp cheddar
4 oz shredded Parmesan

Preheat. Set oven to 375.

Prepare potatoes. Thinly slice potatoes and spread half in a baking dish.

Add liquid. Add broth to milk in a large measuring cup with a spout to pour liquid. 

Cook onions and garlic. Cook both ingredients on medium heat for 5 minutes in a lightly oiled pan.

Make a roux. Melt the butter in a separate pan and cook over medium heat. Then stir in flour with a whisk gradually till blended. Turn heat to medium-high and add in milk/broth slowly while whisking to make a roux. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thick, then add in half the cheddar cheese. Stir until fully melted/blended over low heat. Add onions and garlic, then mix till well blended.

Spread. Evenly distribute some of the cheddar cheese on the layer of potatoes and sprinkle some Parmesan as well. Save some for the remaining layers.

Pour. Use half the sauce to cover the first layer of potatoes and spread evenly. Add the second layer of potatoes and the remaining cheese. Pour the rest of the sauce over the casserole.

Bake. Place in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes. If the top gets brown too soon and the potatoes are not tender, cover with foil till done.

Wade’s Sweet Potatoes
A Sweet Potato Casserole topped with a soft marshmallow topping!

5 large sweet potatoes
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1+ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows

Peel. Removed potato skins.

Boil. Cook until soft.

Transfer and mix. Place the potatoes into a mixing bowl. Then add brown sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, eggs, and melted butter. Mix until well blended. Transfer to a large greased baking dish.

Bake. 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. 

Add Marshmallows. Remove from the oven and sprinkle mini marshmallows on top. Return to oven for 10 minutes.

Let cool. Leave to cool for 20 minutes.

Rachel’s Buttery Garlic Potatoes
Potatoes, Butter, and Garlic combined to create a savory and filling dish.

5 pounds of potatoes
4 cloves of garlic
1 stick of butter
1/3 cup of sour cream
Salt and Pepper

Peel. the potatoes and garlic cloves. Cut into 1-inch pieces

Boil. both ingredients with the water 2 inches above the potatoes and garlic. 

Drain. and return to the pot.

Add. 1 stick of butter, 1/3 cup of sour cream, and splashes of milk as needed and mash. Season with salt and pepper.

Rachel’s Dinner Rolls
1-Hour Soft and Buttery Dinner Rolls made by hand or with a stand mixer. 

1 cup water
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon active dry yeast*
3 1/2 to 4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
extra melted butter, for brushing on top

Prep your oven and baking dish. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Grease a baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.

Heat the liquids. In a microwave-safe bowl or saucepan. Stir together the water and melted butter, then add in the milk and honey and stir until combined. It will be warm but not hot to the touch. 

Add yeast. Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast evenly on top, give it a quick stir with a fork to combine, and let the yeast activate for 5 minutes until it is foamy.

Add dry ingredients. Add 3 1/2 cups of flour (not all of the flour) and the salt.

Mix. Use the dough hook (if using a mixer) to mix in the dry ingredients on medium-low speed until combined.  If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add 1/4 cup more flour at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch.  (Only use up to 4 cups of flour in total.)  Continue mixing on low speed for 4-5 minutes until the dough is smooth.  Then form the dough into a ball with your hands and transfer it to a greased bowl.

Let the dough rise. Cover the bowl with a damp towel or paper towel, and let it rise briefly for 15 minutes.

Form the rolls.  Gently punch the dough down and divide it into 15 equal-sized pieces. Form each piece into a ball and place the dough balls in the greased baking dish.  Cover the dish again with a damp towel or paper towel and let the dough balls rise for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Bake. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly golden brown on top and cooked through.

Brush with more butter. Transfer the baking dish to a wire cooling rack and brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter.

Serve warm. Then serve warm and enjoy!

Lisa’s Grilled Apple Tossed Salad
A refreshing salad with a number of fresh ingredients.

6 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white or regular balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce
2 large apples, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
1 cup walnut halves, toasted
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Dressing. Whisk together the first 8 ingredients. This includes all liquids and seasonings. In a bowl, toss apples with 1/4 cup of dressing. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Cook apples. Place apple slices on a grill rack over medium heat; set aside the remainder of the marinade left in the bowl. Grill apples, covered, until tender and lightly browned. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, brushing with marinade.

Serve. Toss the greens with the remaining dressing. Top with grilled apples, walnuts, and cheese.

Beth's Easy Roasted Potatoes
These yummy cubed potatoes always turn out great!

Several large potatoes
Olive oil
Italian seasoning
Steak seasoning

Preheat. Set oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare potatoes. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Toss cubed potatoes in olive oil and seasonings.

Bake. Place potatoes in a baking dish and bake until done

Stay safe, and happy holidays!

We hope you enjoy our food suggestions. Just our way of showing thanks from WorkIT to you, a valued newsletter subscriber.

Here at WorkIT Coworking Center, we strive to support our members and their local businesses. That's why this year we are sending you information about how to shop with our members. This Sunday is our Holiday Open House where you can shop in person and then take your items home already wrapped! If you can't make it in to see these great products, please continue reading for a description and a link to their websites to shop online.

This year's open house will feature our very own coworking members in support of their local businesses! Each participating business will have its product or services available for purchase at this event. Free gift wrapping will be provided by WorkIT for items purchased at WorkIT and other downtown businesses! Again, that will be this Sunday, Nov. 21st, 12-6 PM. Help spread the word by clicking Interested or Going to our Facebook event

If you are interested in shopping locally this holiday season, the links provided below are a fantastic place to start!

Buffalokie is locally owned and run by Jamie and Jared. They are two Okies wanting to Go Local and Grow Local. Their entrepreneurial journey started in 2019 with the goal of supporting local businesses and individuals and encouraging others to get in touch with the people and meaningful experiences that surround them. The majority of the items you'll find in this shop are made, designed, or produced right here in Oklahoma.

DearBritt strives to offer a wide variety of handmade jewelry and accessories created individually and uniquely to fit a style of any kind. With their small business being located in the heart of Stillwater, OK State-styled jewelry is some of our best sellers! We offer orange & black, “OSU'' branded accessories, and sports charms as well. Many unique items can be found when you shop with us. We now offer a jewelry rental service called DearBritt Endless. This makes trying before buying easy.

DearBritt also offers custom jewelry orders and many different kinds of simple jewelry repair and cleaning services. They also offer jewelry-making workshops for parties or one on one. Many potential gifts for the holidays!

E.M. Chaffin is a local author offering her newest book ”Dead Mans Swamp”, along with a series of murder mystery games. These would be great additions under the tree this holiday season for any book lover or board game enthusiast. 

Ashley Clinesmith is a Mary Kay consultant and entrepreneur. There are a ton of great products offered via her link that can arrive before the holidays! They’re doing their part to make the planet a more beautiful place by preserving the Earth’s resources. Pink Doing GreenSM is their promise to create and maintain sustainable business practices, while also partnering with organizations whose mission is to preserve and beautify our communities globally.

Pop Top Ink provides custom printing and merchandise. Buy from their current catalog or contact them to make a request. There are shirts, hats, masks, coasters, car tags, and more! Visit their site to view their current catalog and contact information for custom orders.

Joni became a group fitness instructor 14 years ago and became actively engaged in community fitness and health promotion. She has experience planning fitness events for small groups as well as groups of several hundred and has been fortunate enough to lead fitness classes in the US as well as internationally. She has also completed coach training through the International Nurse Coach Academy. As a Board Certified Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation Joni is now able to bring her lifetime of experience in health and fitness and wellness to her coaching practice. You can schedule a session for a number of her services. These can be scheduled for yourself or a loved one for the holidays!

Thelma Salinas is a B-Epic entrepreneur. The foundation of B-Epic’s mission is to boost the quality of people’s lives through advanced health supplementation. For this important cause, they are dedicated to bringing to market the most innovative, high-quality products based on cutting-edge research of the most powerful, proven natural ingredients. The products she provides are available via the link provided.

It's not too late to join in with your products and services! Members - please email a description and link to your online store and we will include it in our next post. Not a WorkIT member? Join us today!

We are hosting our Friendsgiving Potluck event again this year, and better than ever! Join us for our annual celebration to commemorate the amazing relationships we've made in our community. The event will be Tuesday, November 9th @11:30am-1 pm. Feel free to bring as many dishes as you like. The event will be potluck-style, so please sign up for a dish using the link below. We look forward to seeing you! Stay safe and happy holiday. 

Wishing all of our members a safe and happy holiday season!

Upcoming Events:

Friendsgiving Nov 9th 11:30-1:00PM
Tai Chi Nov 16th 1:30PM
Thanksgiving Nov 25th (we're closed)
Native American Heritage Day Nov 26th (we're closed)

We are hosting our Friendsgiving Potluck event again this year, and better than ever! The event will be Tuesday, November 9th @11:30am-1 pm. Feel free to bring as many dishes as you like. We look forward to seeing you!

Did you know that amounts paid to WorkIT can be itemized as full deductions? Office and Dedicated Desk Members can categorize this expense as “Rent – Office”. Part-time and Full-time Coworking Members can categorize this expense as “Memberships/Subscriptions”. Also, any pre-payments made before 12/31/2021 are eligible to include in your 2021 taxes.

 *Always consult with a tax professional before claiming deductions or itemizing.

Don't miss Tai Chi Tuesday, November 16th! Meet with instructor Lisa O’Donnell every 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Please RSVP at the Facebook event or [email protected] as space is limited in the conference room upstairs. Free for members only, all skill levels welcome.

The office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. (11/25/21)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with this Fall weather! Spend time with family and friends. Take a load off and enjoy the holiday. Make sure to give thanks to family, friends, and most importantly YOU!! It's been a long year for everyone, but we're near the finish line. Have fun and stay safe!!!

The office will also be closed for Native American Heritage Day. (11/26/21)

The month of November was declared "National American Indian Heritage Month" by US President George HW Bush on August 3, 1990. It is more commonly known as Native American Heritage Month. In the spirit of native heritage, we should create an environment that allows our native community members to comfortably share their culture, art, and traditions. 

Let's continue to amplify indigenous voices, and celebrate the diverse and rich culture of Native American people. 

Member of the Month:
Ben Tover

Ben has only been a member for a couple of months but has already gone above and beyond for us here at WorkIT. He is the first to offer help if you need it, spends his spare time assisting with things in the office, and brings an attitude that will brighten up the room. We are privileged to have such a vibrant community of dedicated members. If you find yourself needing tech support, please inquire with him regarding his services!

Costume Spotlight:
Wade Brown

Things got spooky this Halloween! Wade and his fiancée Hannah got into the festivities with a couple of "spellbinding" costumes. Hogwarts can't handle wizards like these.

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