Reading and sipping this morning. This is such a nice tea to have by itself. The flavors are so delicate and calming. It can be hard to find, but you can always get it on-line.


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Tempest in a Teapot (A Teapot Collector Mystery Book 1) by [Cooper, Amanda]


Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for…

This is the first in the series and I’m catching up on it! So far it’s really good!

What are you sipping and reading today?

Read Books, Drink Tea and Chill

It’s Monday! Never have I been so excited to see you Monday. Why? Fall Break is over and the children are back to school! I’m having a nice Chai to celebrate that one!

We are drying out here in OKC. The sun is shining and the lake is calling. I am up early hoping to get back on my regular schedule. Having two children for two weeks of break, has almost broken me. My schedule went out the window and binge watching the entire Halloween Movie Series has left me with some serious damage from eye rolling! Even the kids were yelling, “Why are you going in there???” The moral we got from this series is that if you are making out with a boy, you are going to die. Scared straight for now.

Then we had the Romero classics. All of Night of the Living Dead ( They’re coming for you Barbara) P.S. My mother’s name is Barbara so we get a lot of fun out of this one. All the Zombie shows were watched. Pumpkins have been decorated, candy eaten and by yesterday morning I was letting them eat bread.

I tried to have an adult conversation at the hardware store, asking for one of those things that keep water in the sink. The man behind me started roaring with laughter and said, “You don’t do dishes much, do you?” No, I say, I don’t. But my lack of brain matter is because it is Fall Break. Ooooooo, he says. Gotcha!

I now understand why people drink. And buy Benadryl. Most of last night was spent staring at the wall.

Today I am going to try to get back on track. Try. I may need multiple pots of tea, but I am going to try. ( I’m probably going back to bed).

xx Patricia

Shrimp,Grits and Cranberry Tea

Good Morning! Still winter. We had a busy day yesterday. All that Zombie movie binge and then to the park to burn off some energy.

Last night we went out to dinner with Aunt Gayle. We went to Pearl’s, which is seafood heaven and I had the most delicious Blackened Shrimp and Grits. I even asked for a spoon to get every drop of sauce!

For tea yesterday it was just Charli and I so we tried one of the teas we got from Harney & Sons, Cranberry. I was delighted that it came out pink! And it was really good. Charli added a bit of sugar to hers so I added a cube as well. We drank the entire pot it was so good.

Today I have a book to finish and then maybe a nap. Until Chainsaw Massacre comes on.

Have a great Wednesday, you’re almost there!

xx Patricia

Harney & Sons Heirloom Bartlett Pear Tea

The Postman brought us some new teas yesterday, just in time for Tea! This is a loose leaf tin and the aroma is insanely good. Like the best pear you ever ate. You can see the small bits of dried pear and apple and I left some of the tea leaf and bits in my cup and they tasted really good! I drank the entire pot. I am already thinking of all the things I could bake with this one.

Corbin is having his tea time and tried to help with the photo shoot by offering an apple. Which he then ate sliced with peanut butter. If you look at his blue mouth you would think he had been kissing a Smurf, but no, it was a ring pop. A lollipop that turns everything blue and stains your white bath cloths.

It seems as if Winter has arrived. It was in the 30’s this morning. The kids and I are snuggled up watching Fright Fest. We started with Night of the Living Dead of course. I mean I am a Romero. On to Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Now these movies seem cheesy and the effects are hilarious as are the hairstyles. But we aren’t going outside.

What is your favorite old school horror movie?

xx Patricia

Candy Cane Lane Tea and a Cat!

You ever notice that Monday is about as reliable as you can get? I’m sipping this new tea this morning and it is so smooth and nice all by itself.

I also just read in my reader “10 ways to motivate yourself in the morning”. Honey, if you have kids you don’t need any motivation. They will drag you kicking and screaming like they haven’t been fed in years. Just the thought that they will go get their own food scares me right out of bed.

It is cold. 36 degrees this morning. I am so not ready for this. I had all kinds of plans but then I went outside and decided Nah…

This Candy Cane Lane tea from Celestial Seasonings is decaf and green tea and peppermint and vanilla and magic. It smells like a warm hug and tastes smooth and just the right amount of each ingredient. Peppermint and Vanilla is a good combo. I’m using this as the liquid in something. I don’t know what but something!

The kids carved the big pumpkins this weekend and toasted seeds. Aunt Gayle comes back later today so I went over last night and cleaned house and put fresh linens on the bed and actually groomed a cat! Seriously, this cat loves me and I kind of like her.

I have nothing planned for today except reading 2 books. Both Christmas. The kids are practicing their multiplication tables finishing up reading for Fall Break. Just in time to go back to school and get out again for Thanksgiving Break.

Have a peaceful Monday and stay warm!

xx Patricia

GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15)

This is the 15th Scrapbooking Mystery starring Carmela, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop. And of course her side kick, Ava, owner of a VooDoo shop and always dressed to kill or at least stun!

Mardi Gras is in full swing and Carmela and Ava are packed with the other million or so people in town for the season. But as they watch one of the floats carrying Carmela’s ex-husband and all around hound dog, explodes! Mayhem ensues and one of the bodies from the float isn’t getting up ever again.

Shamus begs Carmela to put her investigator hat on and make sure her detective boyfriend isn’t coming after him.

Of course the ladies are jumping in and snooping no matter what. But what if the what is their own demise?

I have read every book the author has put out and this one was the first one I have to say did not remain true to the characters in my opinion. Ava came off as a caricature of herself and even Carmela felt flat.

This was a collaboration with Terrie Farley Moran, whose books I love. For me this book really let me down.

What Color is Your Smoothie? by Britt Allen Brandon,CFNS,CPT

Eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables isn’t always easy. Even if you do, you still might not be getting the wide range of vitamins and minerals you need. Each color group of fruits and vegetables offers different beneficial effects, so to get these essential nutrients, you have to eat the rainbow! What Color Is Your Smoothie? helps you do just that. Inside, you’ll find delicious, easy-to-make recipes, such as:

  • Sparkling Strawberry Smoothie—bright red strawberries are packed with vitamin C. They also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and belly-filling fiber.
  • Clever Carrots and Spice—orange carrots are full of beta-carotene, which helps prevent cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease
  • Pineapple Banana Cream—yellow bananas are rich in carotenoids, which can decrease the likelihood of lung cancer
  • Spicy Spinach Smoothie—dark green veggies contain phytochemicals, which can protect your eyes by keeping your retinas strong
  • Blueberry Blastoff Smoothie—blue and purple foods contain flavonoids, which help prevent short-term memory loss

With more than 300 colorful, vitamin-packed smoothies to choose from, you’ll blend, smooth, and shake your way to a healthy new you!

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This was the one we tried this week. Pumpkin Pie.

Yields 2 cups.


2 cups pure pumpkin puree’

1 Teaspoon each of ground Ginger, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Cup Crushed Ice

In your blender combine everything except half of the ice. You can use the rest if needed to make it as thick or thin as you like.

Mom and kid tested and it was incredible!  This book I found at the library and then I bought it. The Vanilla Pear was an amazing combo. They are all good for you and full of nutrients.

I am an intermittent faster and I eat twice a day. Once at 1 p.m. and once at 8 p.m. and I save my smoothies for night-time. Normally they don’t have almond milk but instead 4 different greens in 1 cup of water and then some Maca powder, Spirulina, and a handful of frozen fruits. So this pumpkin smoothie would be a treat for me.

Try it and enjoy!

xx Patricia


Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds With Your Children….and Cupcakes!


Welcome to Fallinter. They say it is Fall but it feels like Winter! This morning I started my day with Tazo Earl Grey and then I saw the cupcakes. In my head I threw the idea out that they are just basically muffins. I’m sure you can see my mouth won the battle of cupcakes for breakfast!

Yesterday was Arts and Crafts day at Chez Cowan. We had so many small pumpkins and gourds and since I had burned my finger on the hot glue gun, we decided to go the regular Elmer’s Glue route.

I save old shower liners to use as a drop cloth for painting and crafts so that went on the table along with these adorable black paper plates with dancing skeletons on them, each full of a different thing. One for glue, one for glitter ( orange and gold) and one for Halloween sprinkles, and one with Epsom Salts. We divided up the ones we wanted and went to work making a mess. I had the two white ones. I painted glue all over it and covered it with gold glitter and on top a glittered acorn. On and on we went. The Epsom Salt looks just like ice crystals and they were so creative. Then we made cuppy cakes and took them to our neighbors. They were worn out when they went home.

I hope your Friday is peaceful and full of sunshine. It is foggy and raining and cold here. Perfect day to try some new teas and read a cozy mystery!

XX Patricia


It’s always a great day when the new Harney & Sons catalog comes in the mail. Yesterday we sat right down and ordered the Bartlett Pear and the Cranberry. My sister says the Jasmine Bartlett was really good.

Jodi sent a bag of punkins and google eyes and pipe cleaner sticks so today we are crafting. It was a chilly morning but at least we don’t have snow. My Momma in North Dakota already has snow as well as my cousin in Rapid City! All of my other relatives are dealing with Michael the Hurricane. We will be grateful for our little chill!

Almost at the end of our first week of Fall Break. Charli is reading 20 minutes a day for school and she chose Goosebumps books, since the second movie comes out Friday. She finished the Nancy Drew series. You would think she would be quiet. No. She hums the entire time. Homeland should hire her to torture prisoners. I guarantee they would talk.

I have been trying to be better about cooking dinners. I did a really lovely Chicken Pot Pie and a nice Potato and Leek Soup.

Chicken Pot Pie

I’m good for the next year or so now. I thought it turned out lovely. OU Boy had 3 helpings of it and the kids loved it too.

Today we are making cake pops decorated as pumpkins and we will put 3 on each Kabob Stick for tea time!

Enjoy your day and sit and sip some tea and relax your soul!

xx Patricia




It is definitely a multiple cups of tea morning here. Woke up to tornado warnings and cars tossed into J.C. Penney’s. Roofs peeled off. It’s a mess and it isn’t over.

Yesterday in between storms, we hit the running trails at Hefner. The winds were bad so when we went behind the marina into the cypress trees, Monarchs were all over. Hundreds hiding from the wind waiting for it to change directions so they can head to Mexico. The kids were thrilled and it was pretty cool.

We sat at the light house with an entire Iranian family and had our apples and water. It was fun.  At home we decorated our little pumpkins and put up some more decorations.

Corbin discovered Port-a-Potties and thought that was an awesome idea until the truck showed up to pump them out. Gag a maggot it stunk. Did make us run faster though. We shopped for some softer hip hop class pants and then their Dad picked them up for ballet and hip hop.

Today has started out with sirens going off, tornadoes wrecking things and just all around nastiness, so OU Boy has them snuggled on the sofa watching Hook. They had never heard of it!

I’m going to go ahead and make some dinner in case the power goes out again!

Stay dry! And for all my family in South Carolina,Florida and Georgia, my son Michael says, “Sorry.”

xx Patricia