Hello Friday, Please Be Nice. Love,Tea.

It is Friday! And the sun is shining and it isn’t very cold out so I’m calling this a great day. It’s also our new day off. So while OU Boy languishes in bed, I’m up having my cup of tea. This morning I have some lovely Ahmad Lemon Ginger, as I woke up with a sore throat.

This has been a week of extreme opposites. Our good friend who was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer is not doing well,which breaks our hearts, especially OU Boy as he is a father to him, so there have been a lot of tears and sadness.

On the other extreme my aunt told me my cousin and his wife are moving here! And I am so excited about that. My aunt is only 3 months older than me so it’s weird to call her aunt, but I love to remind her!

My mom is home and doing well, my sister leaves tomorrow and I think Momma will be okay with her walker and my other sister checking in on her.

Today I have to finish a book, check in on a grandpa, and find a cupcake.

xx Patricia 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

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THIS PIRATE

Good Monday Morning to you all! Today’s tea is brought to you by Ahmad Tea. Lemon Ginger to be exact because someone and I’m not mentioning names….made brownies at bedtime last night and how could I not eat one! So now I am suffering from Sugar Shock.

Sugar and I hate each other. It does horrible things to my body. I’m pretty sure the brownie making stunt ( which he said was fudge) was in retaliation for my forcing him to eat pasta with sautéed sausage and peppers. Or maybe because I send him pictures of what I’m eating during the day.

This is my day. Yesterday I had caviar and tiny toasts for breakfast because I was reading a Russian book. And because I only had 3 tiny toasts left and it seemed a reasonable breakfast.  At lunch, I roasted brussel sprouts, fresh green beans and celery with a bit of sea salt and herbes de provance.

I also opened the blinds to find a Stormtrooper peeking in my window. I guess if you must have a peeper, a stormtrooper isn’t a bad one to have. Now he is sitting in the tea cupboard after having a bath, since lord only knows where he actually came from.

OU Boy brought home flowers, which to be honest he does pretty much every Sunday. He’s thoughtful like that. Plus he thought we were having Spaghetti. Like “normal” people eat. ( His words).

The gorgeous tiny boxes of macarons were the Sweet Ending to Mollie and Taylors wedding reception. A wedding which was planned for 500. On the day OU played Ohio. Mollie and Taylor are not sports fans. Less than 275 people showed up. Everyone else was in Ohio or screaming Boomer Sooner in the yard.

Welcome to a day in my life.  I know we’ll all be writing about and thinking about 9/11. I’m not going to do that. I will offer a prayer. I will be thankful that my son and daughter came home intact from a war that this day started. I will remember my cousin who didn’t come home intact. And all of the other sons and daughters who lost their lives and continue to lose their lives.

Be Nice. Be Compassionate. Be Grateful.

xx Patricia

 

You Suit Me To A Tea…Yes, Yes You Do!

Loving the turquoise and orange today! Trying out some different color schemes for a tea party next week. These are the colors I have to work with and I couldn’t be happier!

Turquoise and Peach remind me of the ocean and coral. They just make me smile!

The menu is set and I’m working on the invitations today. Obviously it is a Bridal Tea. My favorite kind. I also wanted to tell you about an amazing tea I had.

Peach Fresh Brew Iced Tea Image result for peach tea     This Peach Iced Tea with a peach sliced up in it is delicious!  I’ve been doing more cold brewing this month since the heat here is somewhere between WTF and OMG!  This one comes in larger bags too so it’s easy to whip up a pitcher.

The next one I tried with great success was cold brewing Ahmad Tea’s Lemon Ginger. It is a perfect drink in this heat and it’s good for you too! Do you switch up your hot tea to more cold teas in summer? What are some you have tried?

   I usually cold brew mine in a quart mason jar. This one was so good!

Today is Corneal check up day. I’m a bit anxious, but it’s a reasonable amount of anxiety. So today is going to be a great day and any news I get will be positive and reassuring!

xx Patricia

 

The Tea Fairy Finally Shows Up!

The first thing I saw was this little gem from Ahmad Tea of London. This is the Lemon & Ginger Tea. The ingredients listed are Ginger, Lemongrass, Apple and White Hibiscus with some Quince and Lemon Peel. On opening the packet, there was a subtle aroma of lemon and ginger. Now my nose is a bit stuffy this week, so it can not be relied on right now.

So I let it steep for the 4 minutes and it was this lovely pale color. The taste was a tiny little explosion of ginger and lemon on my tongue!  I really enjoyed it. This is one I will definitely be getting again.

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Here is a shot of all the goodies the Tea Fairy brought with her. My favorite Harney & Sons Earl Grey and my Tazo Zen and Passion and Green Ginger.Along with some Italian Macaroons.

This is last night when I was researching a new gun and having tea and the next thing I knew all of those macaroons were gone! Now in my own defense they were each smaller than an oreo and there were only 6! They were so good I almost wept as I savored each and every one.

Yes, I’m aware Prysa that I was supposed to share at Book Club/Coven Meeting, but I am not a saint and I wanted them all. And I am very grateful for them and I want to say Thank you to that wicked little tea fairy!

 

Much Love and Tea   xxPatricia