What The Heck Is The Difference?

Everyone set for New Year’s Eve? I started our with a strong cup of Scottish Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s of Harrogate, who are one of my favorite Tea Sellers!

A visitor to my tea room asked me Exactly what is the difference between English, Irish, and Scottish Breakfast Teas? Aren’t they all the same? Well, let’s find out.

First, what is a breakfast tea?  Breakfast Teas are black tea blends intended to accompany a hearty, rich morning meal, or as the English say a fry-up. Because they are so strong and robust they do well with milk. Also a higher caffeine level.

English Breakfast Tea would originally have been a China black tea. Jump ahead to the end of the 19th century and tea was beginning to be produced in Sri Lanka. You started to have a stronger Ceylon component in English breakfast tea.

Irish Breakfast Tea has a strong Assam component which gives it a more robust, malty flavor and reddish color. There is a theory that the use of tea was growing in popularity in Ireland at the same time that the British East India Company was producing tea in Assam.

Scottish Breakfast Tea tends to be the heartiest of the bunch, possibly due to Scotland’s soft water. Back in the day teas were blended specifically for the water conditions in the areas in which they were marketed and consumed.

Important to note that at no time has there been a standard formula for any of these blends. One’s English breakfast could be another companies Irish breakfast. So it really is a matter of personal taste and preference.

Personally I like the Irish and Scottish blends in the winter and the English blends in the spring and summer. I don’t know why. But with a glug of Almond Milk they are all warming and comforting in the cold.

Happy New Year y’all!  Grab the Prosecco and let’s go!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Boy Got His Printer!!

Enjoying our cups of Earl Grey after lunch when the phone rings and it’s my son asking me to go outside. Okay, Why?  It’s snowing he says! No, it’s not I say! Really? Really!

Oklahoma City has the oddest division of weather. It can be storming with freezing rain 5 minutes away and we are dry as a stone! But since then, there have been a few flurries blowing around. Nothing to write home about, but it’s pretty.

It has been cold though! And if we don’t get some snow soon I will be running out of the third batch of paper plates and copy paper from making indoor snowmen. The kids were in Dallas at their Dad’s for Christmas so we left the five-year olds printer and paper in his office. I tried to video tape it, but it was early and I was tired.

We have copied every body part we have and then he started printing copies of a dollar. With plans to give them to his Dad. Dad said he’d rather not go to jail. OU Boy got the seven-year old and me a Bluetooth microphone and we have spent the last two days rocking out to Taylor Swift. My son is really in to vinyl recordings now so we found an unused original first Wu Tang Clan album, but he won’t let us use the microphones with that.

Enjoy and stay warm and toasty!

xx Patricia

Taylor’s of Harrogate Tea Haul

I hope you all survived what ever holiday you subscribe to! I think pretty much every tea Taylor’s makes is now on my tea shelf. I really like this company because of their participation in the Ethical Tea Partnership and the Rainforest Alliance.

I hated to even open them they are so pretty, but open one I did! Yesterday we tried the Scottish Breakfast Tea, as I am Scottish, and it was a really smooth and hearty with a splash of Almond Milk. I enjoyed it a lot. Multiple times.

Tommy picked up our dinner at the club. Seriously, did anyone think I was cooking? And it was delicious. And clean up was a breeze. We watched White Christmas and then went back to bed. Then we ate and went back to bed. We watched a couple of BB games and went back to bed. And not one nap was had. I’ll leave you to ponder that one!

With everything going on it was just the day we needed and we loved every minute of it!

xx Patricia

The Gift Is Just What’s In Your Hearts, And Not What’s In Your Hands…

Here it is already Christmas Eve. I’m having my breakfast tea in bed with my new pink socks. Reading a book. Rocking out to Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Last night we had to make a run to Wal-Mart. Big mistake. I have never seen so many angry people! The Instant Pot supply was gone. At the check out with our one roll of snowman paper, the lady behind me said, ” Well you must have done all of your shopping early!” To which I replied,” Well when you break this craziness down it’s really just Jesus’s birthday. He only wanted my love so it was an easy gift to give.”

Enjoy!

Feeling Pretty In Pink Today!

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Sipping on some Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice Tea this morning. If you haven’t tried it, you are really missing out! It is cold outside and some misty looking drizzle is coming down. The weather man is predicting “Maybe some flakes”. Yep, that’s as good as it gets from Mr. Payne. As a child maybe always meant no, so I won’t get my tutu in a bunch yet.

 

Excuse me while I go online to find a printer to pick up for the five-year old. It was a late request yesterday but one of those “I’ll die if I don’t get a printer!” things. If a printer and a ream of paper make the boy happy for the rest of Winter break than he’s getting a printer!

Stay Warm and Peace to you all!

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Today we are watching the original Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas!  This song still takes me back to all of us girls watching this while our parents were out at their Christmas parties.

We know all the words and nobody…..and I mean Nobody does the song Sisters like my own sisters and myself! Lord,help the mister…who comes between me and my sister! lol

 

Making memories now with the youngest among us! Enjoy!

 

Celebrating Our Norwegian Roots at Christmas Time

All of our favorite Christmas foods! Making them every year connects me to my Norwegian Grandmother and make me think of home. I was lucky enough to have my father give me 2 complete sets of Rosette Irons with tons of different shapes to screw on and make these delicate little snowflake shaped goodies!

The lefse I don’t make any more and depend on my friends up in North Dakota to send me a supply.

Last night Uncle Richard left this world for his next big adventure. Today will be a sad and busy day for everyone.  The best way I know is to keep busy. Baking with the kids, reading and making more snowmen out of paper.

I hope your day is filled with wonder, gratitude and love!

xx Patricia

Making Our Christmas Ornaments 🎄🎄

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A beautiful misty day. 50 degrees when I woke up. Which was horrible as usual when I have those 8 a.m. Eye appointments. There was almost no staff there as they were out with the flu.  But  it was the fastest appointment I ever had!

Yesterday we painted one batch of Salt Dough Ornaments, which are easy as pie to make, and then last night we whipped up a big batch of Cinnamon Ornaments and another batch of Salt Dough, rolled thinner. The recipes we used are below and we found them on Pinterest. Our house smelled amazingly good as they dried!

    

We are all waiting for news from Hospice on Uncle Richard. My Momma is feeling better and doing physical therapy. She is probably better off in the hospital with the weather the way it is in North Dakota!

Papa picked up the other ghost books so it’s off to read! 📚😙

 

 

 

 

 

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And Life Goes On…

Today I'd like to sit and sip. Forget the world a little bit. Ignore the things I have to do. And just enjoy a cup or two.

This morning was looking pretty misty and gloomy but now the clouds have lifted and it is bright and sunny. I’m sipping a lovely Oolong loose leaf pot of tea at the moment and as always it is perfect.

It is always difficult when family is ill during Christmas. OU Boy’s Uncle is just in his sixties and was moved to hospice. One of his co-workers had a stroke this morning at work and it just seems wrong to be jolly and happy when so many of our family members and friends are seriously hurting. Every time his phone beeps we jump. Since this is the exact same hospice room his mother died in, it has been very difficult for him to even go there.

We had our Christmas vacation planned and now we are just in limbo, because it just seems wrong. Our home is a solemn one today. Even the kiddos are subdued. This afternoon we are going to paint the salt dough ornaments they made Sunday and listen to Christmas music.

Today my heart goes out to all of you who are hurting or ill or going through rough times.  Remember, when you’re going through hell, keep going. No need to set up shop there!

xx Patricia  Be Kind. Be Nice.

When Does This Hibernation Thing Begin?

Grab a cup of something warm….like tea. Today we are enjoying a nice cup of Lemon Ginger from Ahmad. Still taking it easy on the digestive system.

Today we are all up and dressed in actual clothes! The kids have been great and loads of help. We have more paper snowmen hanging up than I want to count. The amount of paper scraps is overwhelming.  You know you are totally owned when the five-year old passes right by the trash bin to find you in the bathroom to give you his trash to toss.

I had high hopes for his eating habits after last night when he ate 11 homemade chicken nuggets but this morning breakfast was more of a negotiation. OU Boy face timed him and told him to eat one bite. Instead he broke out singing Light the candles, Hanukkah’s here. The entire song. And seriously what was I supposed to do? Sing along. Toss the oatmeal and give him his crackies. Or Ritz crackers as we non-addicts call them.

On Thursday we just didn’t feel up to cooking so it was off to McDonald’s for happy meals. The lady at the window was dressed as an elf, she told OU Boy she had put something extra in for the kids. When the kids opened them not only did they get a toy, there was a brand new $5 bill in each one! Hats off to you little Elf!

They immediately wanted to go shopping and when they got to the store, they decided they didn’t want to spend it.  Smart kids.

Have yourself a merry little weekend!

xx Patricia