What happened to the cold front? And Guinness!

Thursday! Sunny and bright. David Payne is still going on and on about that cold front that was coming in last night. It’s 76 degrees. I am feeling pink today. Going to take advantage of this nice weather to go on a run today. I tried yesterday, but that dang bird!

I went to PetSmart and spoke with the vet. About food, treats, toys, getting a friend. So I buy the Millet, some toys with strings, and a food processor as three times a week she needs finely chopped mix of fruit and veg. I don’t know what millet is. But I think it’s like catnip for birds. I took a video of her eating it and she looked like a crackhead! And then proceeded to tweet loudly at me for an hour. I did walk to the vet and to some shops so I guess that’s exercise. Still looking for some jumpers/sweaters. I am so picky but I did get lucky and found 2 puffer vests for running and 2 comfy sweaters. I tried on a turtleneck and almost choked to death. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the lady had to come to check on me.

I did manage to make a batch of Butternut Squash Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with my new Immersion Blender. So when OU Boy got home we went and got more squash and apples. Then decided to go to the Irish Pub near us.

They are an authentic Irish Pub and make the simplest food taste amazing. The Lamb Stew is served with chunks of Irish Soda Bread and Brown Bread to sop up all of that delicious gravy. OU Boy had the Galway Fish and Chips and we split a Guinness. The lady on the harp was very talented and we went home stuffed. I don’t know why I was looking so grim here. Probably watching the soccer game on the television. We love to try local places and this is one of our favorites.

This weekend should be interesting. My sisters in Denver, South Dakota and North Dakota are about to be knee-deep in the white stuff. Those poor girls in the Dakotas haven’t even had a summer yet!

Enjoy your Thursday!  There’s a book giveaway on my book blog. What kind of food should we try next? I’ve never tried Thai!?

xx P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Sunset Tea with Almond Tea Loaf

Hello Tuesday! Sun shining bright and temps in the 70’s. Yesterday was one of those days when it felt good to open the windows and let the house air out. It was also a baking day.

I baked a loaf of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread for OU Boy’s crew. And put three more in the freezer. Since I bought a ton of apples, squash, pumpkin, and eggs over the weekend, I made a Dutch Apple Pie, a vegetable pot pie and a lovely and delicate Almond Tea Loaf. The Veg Pie was a huge hit for dinner last night. Followed up with the apple pie. I had some new recipes I was working on and while if you know apples, “people” say some are better for pies than others. My entire life I have followed those rules. But I was curious and used what we eat. Honeycrisp apples. And it made all the difference in the world. The apples were not mushy but kept their shape and a tiny firmness to the bite. I’ll never go back to other apples! The Almond Tea Loaf is a recipe from my grandmother. So easy but packed with flavor. This morning I’m pairing it with a cup of Celestial Seasonings Almond Sunset and the smell alone is heaven, but together it felt decadent.

The weekend was packed full of goodness. I only go to the market once a month and we were at the can of peas and some hummus stage of available food. So I stocked up on apples and all the squashes. Almost soup time!

Friday night we had a blast with the kids at Cleveland Elementary. The multi-cultural night was a hit! Between the dancers from all cultures, and the food. Oh my goodness the food.

We hit up Peru, Iran, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Republic of China, Ireland, Scotland, Africa and more. We passed out passports to the kids and they had to get a stamp from each country.

Saturday OU had an 11:00 a.m. game, so we headed to Whiskey Cake Cafe’ for brunch and watching the game. I had the Goat Cheese Fondue, which was delicious. Goat cheese with olive oil, 3 types of olives, garlic, and tiny roasted tomatoes. With grilled sourdough bread. Instead of a mimosa, I had a freshly juiced Beetlejuice. Beet juice with green apples. It was good. Then we found a new home for Arya.

Arya the Budgie moving to a tri-plex

It’s fancy and has lots of toys and she loves it. This morning OU Boy found her hanging upside down like a bat. When he questioned her she flew to the mirror and just stared at herself. He thinks she’s part bat, I think the girl is just getting in a workout!

It’s Tuesday so I am busy pushing the books that released today and then who knows? Maybe a nice long walk in the neighborhood to see if that pumpkin beacon is back!

xx P

 

Is Mother Nature Going Through Something?

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We made it to Friday with everyone alive. And still hot. It’s supposed to storm tomorrow and Sunday and I could not be more thankful to Mother Nature. And Karma. But seriously Mother Nature, what is with this weather? Record highs in the east, although I don’t think you can call 95 high. A few years back we had like two months of over 100-degree weather and I loved it. The chickens did not however and ended up just laying eggs in their little swimming pool. Maybe Mother Nature is going through menopause.

Our little budgie, Arya is settling in. Yesterday afternoon she was just jibber-jabbering away. She’s not skittish at all and is eating well. Tomorrow her new habitat will be ready and she’ll be upgrading.

So tonight is Multi-Cultural Night at school. We will be greeting and directing parents and giving out passports to the kids. And I just found out yesterday the kids are doing a bake sale/ cakewalk and we are supposed to bring something baked from our culture. I don’t have the time or will to bake anything so I’m picking up some Macarons from Ingrid’s and calling it a day. They’re French. Make do.

The doctor’s appointment went well.  He is down another 10 pounds and the doctor complimented him on his great leg muscle tone. When they removed the tumor from his thigh, they moved a lot of nerves around and now he’s having nerve pain there. They offered a shot into his thigh and he declined. So there is some salve that says right on the tube that you shouldn’t use it with blood thinners, so that’s out the window. Today we are looking at the CBD options.

While it’s still under 80 outside I’m lacing up for a run. With my neighbor lady from Boston. She was a nun. Now she is not. She’s in her late 70’s and will take the bus 10 miles away to walk back. She is ripped! She stopped by to see Arya this morning and suggested we do the neighborhood run today. Please God, don’t let me be shown up by a 70-year-old!

Enjoy your Friday, whether it’s football, happy hour or just Netflix and wine!

xx P

It’s below 80 so bring on the Pumpkin Spice Latte’!

Apparently, we had a cold front move in overnight. 72 degrees when I woke up. Maybe we’ll just skip to Spring. Dire warnings of temps dropping into the low 60’s and massive rain this weekend have me skeptical about the weather guy’s sources. It’s not raining and it’s not cool.

But I woke up wanting a Pumpkin Spice Latte. So I grabbed the trusty tin of Harney & Sons Tea and did a half hot water and a half Coconut Milk and then sprinkled a bit pumpkin pie spices on top. I also added a teaspoon of Coconut Sugar. If you haven’t seen Coconut Sugar then find some. It is very low on the glycemic index, it has nothing but ground coconuts. And it’s brown and tastes exactly like sugar. In baking, I use it for regular sugar. Once in a while, I want something a little sweet and this stuff is brilliant!

Arya was still a bit timid yesterday. Or she doesn’t like me. But this morning I brought her in my room and she is just flitting all over and playing with her toys so I guess she is settling in. We even shared quinoa last night. And an apple.

It’s off to the doctor’s office today to check on Tommy’s former tumor. I think he’s having neuropathy pain, but we’ll go pay thousands of dollars to hear the hunky Dr. Beau say it.

Enjoy the day, if you see Fall, send it our way!

xx P

 

The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook and African Autumn Tea

Wednesday! Almost to the week-end. This morning’s tea is brought to us by Harney & Sons Teas. African Autumn is a caffeine-free herbal. It’s part of their Historical Palaces Teas. Red Bush, hibiscus, orange peel, cranberry and orange flavors.

The color is a deep burgundy and it is a mellow and comforting tea. I love it.

This book came to my house just the other day. I was skeptical. I don’t like recipes with a ton of ingredients. I like my food to be just-food. And this book is full of food. With a lot of herbs and spices. No fake meat, or complicated things to add. Just good food that my tummy can tolerate and digest. So this one is a keeper.

On a totally different note…does anyone else have a blast talking to their elder parents? My momma is 81. Talking to her on the phone is funny as heck! This morning I was crying on her shoulder about someone being verbally mean to me and her answer was to go to the wedding and object. Do it! She said. I’m like, uh, no. I’ll just pretend they are dead. That’s my usual go-to.  So after her advice, she began telling me about the cook. She’s putting too much mayonnaise in the sandwiches. It’s seeping out of the sandwich. It’s unappetizing. She’s already told her once and now she just isn’t going to buy mayonnaise. Also, she just received a pair of pants made by Martha Stewart from QVC.

I had no idea Martha was making pants now! But she is. And they come in 00. She gave all of her ‘fat’ clothes away to the lady down the block who is on the small side. Everyone else on her block is huge to hear her tell it!  Honestly, I didn’t know pants came in 00. Why not just shop in the kids’ section?? So that has been my morning so far. I laughed for a solid 20 minutes. And then she says, ‘I have to go lie down now, send some cookies.’.

I hope your day is full of tea and cookies and laughter. Sometimes it really is the best medicine.

xx P

 

 

Okay, Now You Can Get Out The Pumpkin Spice.

Welcome back October! Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t quite caught up to the season.

Today I woke up with no tummy pain or anxiety. I was able to eat some solid food yesterday. Although that baby cereal is pretty yummy!

Monday Tommy brought home a budgie!

   The poor little thing was trying to drink from the pool and he rescued her. The vet said she is young and in good health. So now we have a baby in the house! We put her temporary cage in the office and let her watch Planet Earth on Netflix last night and Tommy talked to her all night! We looked up plans for making a large home for her and I researched her diet.

Feed Your Parrot Right. See this infographic on general proportions of food to feed your tropical parrot or pet bird. You might be surprised.   Except for the pellets, she and I have the same diet! Finally, someone, I can eat with.

This morning I brought her into the living room while I worked and she loves that Netflix show. Then Tommy called and he was on speaker and she was going bonkers trying to find him. Yep, another bird in love with him. At least she can’t follow him around like a lovesick cow! Our chicken Vicki had to have assistance with her first egg delivery and Tommy put on gloves and did an assisted birth. Now she thinks they are a couple.

I am off for a run and then to make some pumpkin bread and muffins, because I have 2 cases of pumpkin and need the room in my pantry!

Have a great day!

xx P