Sunday Kisses…and Cupcakes!

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Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday! It’s great weather today, but this is Oklahoma and that could change in a second. This being a long weekend for Memorial Day on Monday I am enjoying all the sunshine I can get!

Sunday just seems like a Pink day…a bit fancy and not ordinary. I even cooked salad today! No burnt pots or scorched fingers. Just spinach, strawberries, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and some Feta cheese. And since it is so hot out I used Tazo English Breakfast Tea and made a big pitcher and then filled it with cut up oranges. Delish!

Since it is officially summer here, the work schedule has changed to 5 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and it is completely messing my sleep schedule up. But I will adjust. Eventually.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday evening full of Tea and Cuppycakes!

salad1   xx Patricia

Speak The Truth…Even If Your Voice Shakes

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It’s Friday for most of you but just Tuesday in my world. This morning I am sipping  chugging down multiple cups of tea with lemon and honey. With summer comes allergies and air conditioning. Both cause me misery. Thank goodness for Bigelow’s Lemon tea!

This week I had therapy per usual.  Normally he gives me enough forms to last a week and I fill one out each time I feel anxious or a panic attack. Writing where I was, what I was doing and how I dealt with it. Last week I only had one paper. And it was the day of my Eye surgeon appointment, so totally reasonable to feel anxious and scared. Then I told him about going out to several social occasions and that I was calm and in control the entire week. Without meds.

In his words, “That was very courageous of you. You were scared and anxious but you did it anyway.”

I had never thought of myself as courageous. I saved that for people who did big things like running into burning buildings. But when you have anxiety/depression sometimes just getting out of bed, brushing your teeth and getting dressed is courageous. Putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward sometimes takes Courage. 

It takes Courage to say out loud, “Hey, I’m not okay with this situation.”  It takes Courage to say, ” I suffer from PTSD and some days it sucks just to be!

Those are the times I jump on here and see how the rest of my people are handling their spoons for the day! And almost always I feel better. So thanks for that!

I hope your Friday is peaceful and that you find Courage!

xx IMG_20170422_080324_185  Patricia/WarriorPirate

LEMON – BASIL BUTTER COOKIES

I promised I would share this one so here it is!Herb-scented shortbread cookie recipes (sage, lemon-thyme, rosemary, lemon-lime basil, lemon lavender):

The recipe makes about 6 dozen or so. Oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Very light golden color.

1 cup of fresh lemon-basil leaves ( If you can’t find the lemon-basil, just basil will do!)

13/4 cup of granulated sugar, divided

1 pound of butter, softened

1 Large egg

1/4 cup lemon juice

6 cups of All purpose Flour

Get your oven pre-heating to 350 degrees!  Grab your food processor and the basil with 1/4 cup of the sugar.

Beat the butter at medium with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar, beating well. Add the lemon juice and egg, beat until blended.

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of  a glass, dipped in sugar.  Bake until light golden color. Cool and enjoy with a nice cup of Earl Grey Tea!

 

TEA AND CAKE..IN A TRUCK!?

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Yes, it seems that you can get just about anything these days from a truck, cart, or a VW bus. Flowers, coffee, tea, all types of cakes and sweet treats. I’m pretty sure that none of these sweet little things are here in the U.S. I wish they were. We do have some amazing food trucks, and not just Big Truck Tacos! If you haven’t been  to one of them then you are missing out on some really good Truck food.

One of our favorites is The Loaded Bowl! Organic, Vegan, GF, and really good comfort food! Cashew Mac and Cheese and the Down Home Bowl…oh yeah!

dOugh M G  is a vegetarian raw cookie dough truck! Try The Maverick! Peanut Butter goodness!

La Gumbo Ya Ya is a Cajun/Puerto Rican Fusion Truck. With Crawfish Boils and Blue Shell Crab Boils!  Yummy!

Wicked Hangry Burgers has every kind of burger and topping you can think of. My favorite is the Complainer…it has nothing on it!

The Sugar Shack Sweets & Treats has desserts and Carnival type food.

And there are so many more. Every weekend there is some event where they all show up and there is something for everyone!  What is your favorite Truck Food? What is mine? Well let’s just say I always know where Big Truck Tacos is going to be for the day…

5ef7878b0fbf3afdf2e4b161bcf6652e  xx Patricia

 

Meet the newest love of my life…

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Only one of the reasons the UK is looking better every day. We all know the other “orange” reason. When it comes to sweets and goodies, our friends across the pond have us beat to hell and back! I mean Mary Berry....do I need to say more? And don’t worry Paris, we see you and your Macarons and Tartes. My mouth is in love with European cooking.

If we had a drive-in cupcake place here, I would be in some type of 12 step program by now. But it is a really good idea. Something to think about….hmmm  Cowgirl Cupcakes? What do you think? There is a perfect building just down the road that used to be a Starbucks….just thinking out loud ( thanks Ed Sheerhan).

Tea News!  As much as I love my green Matcha, I have found the blue Matcha. And being the fickle tea lover I am, it is now my obsession!

Blue Matcha Shop -Worldwide Shipping, All Organic Tea:   Is this not gorgeous? And oh my the things you can bake with it!  Like these coconut balls. Drool worthy!

Coconut balls with blue matcha - Blue Matcha:

I still love you green Matcha, but let’s be honest with each other, you look like mold. I said it. Sorry/Not Sorry.  Today I am trying a recipe from my Sea Island Cookbook. It’s a favorite, Lemon Basil Tea Cookies.  And trying out a Black Eyed Pea Crostini recipe for a tea party.

Happy Monday to y’all!

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Good Morning Sunshines!

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Happy Sunday! WE are loving everything yellow today, especially that big fat sun overhead! Today is one of those days where I needed a major caffeine boost, but didn’t want coffee. No need to fear…Tazo Awake Breakfast Tea has an extra jolt of the good stuff. I don’t have much caffeine as a rule, but last night was a late one and it was that or the jumper cables.

I have no idea what came over me yesterday. It was like a protective shield where anxiety just could not reach. I went to 2 events outside of my house! Yes, I did. And without a keeper to hold my hand.

I met several interesting and nice people who should mean a fun and interesting summer for me! One older gentleman who explained all about harmony and not using the word try. Ever. I think he was probably at Woodstock.  Anyway it was very interesting and no one got shit faced drunk.  Win/Win! Although I did wake up with a killer headache and forgot to stir the honey in the bottom of my teacup and it was like a little bonus love at the bottom of the cup.

So now I’m taking my books and heading outside to bask in the sunshine and just be.

fairy:   Happy Sunday!   Patricia

Classic Southern Desserts from Southern Living…It’s So Good!

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This is one of my favorite baking books! I’m not sure you can even be called a Southern Lady and not have a subscription to all things Southern Living! I’m pretty sure I have every book they have put out. Plus the magazine. For my birthday one year I got to go to a 3 day cooking class there. It was magic!

Recipes from the last 40 years. The best of the best. And the recipes are easy to follow and never require a lot of special ingredients. My personal favorite in this amazing book is the Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Pecans and Sticky Caramel Sauce! Slap ‘yo Momma good!

The pictures are exquisite and the recipes are all tried and true favorites! I checked to see when I received this book and it was in 2012, so I’m sure you can check it out at your local library and then you will find you must have it!

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This would make an excellent wedding shower gift! Let me know if you have tried it!

Today is another Big Weather Day! There is always that one week in May that Mother Nature comes in and reminds Oklahoma who is really in charge! I was going to do laundry and clean today, but if there is a tornado out there headed my way, well that would have been a big waste of my time, right?!

I’m having my cup of Tazo Awake English Breakfast today. I needed a little extra jolt this morning, as I’m still recovering from having to get up at 6 a.m. yesterday.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy yourself a nice cup of Tea!

5ef7878b0fbf3afdf2e4b161bcf6652e    Patricia

 

 

 

Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler

THE COLORFUL HISTORY AND PRECARIOUS FATE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST TEA

 

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Darjeeling’s tea bushes run across a mythical landscape steeped with the religious, the sacred, and the picturesque. Planted at high elevation in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, in an area of northern India bound by Nepal to the west, Bhutan to the east, and Sikkim to the north, the linear rows of brilliant green, waist-high shrubs that coat the steep slopes and valleys around this Victorian “hill town†? produce only a fraction of the world’s tea, and less than one percent of India’s total. Yet the tea from that limited crop, with its characteristic bright, amber-colored brew and muscatel flavors – delicate and flowery, hinting of apricots and peaches – is generally considered the best in the world.

This is the story of how Darjeeling tea began, was key to the largest tea industry on the globe under Imperial British rule, and came to produce the highest-quality tea leaves anywhere in the world. It is a story rich in history, intrigue and empire, full of adventurers and unlikely successes in culture, mythology and religions, ecology and terror, all set with a backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons. The story is ripe with the imprint of the Raj as well as the contemporary clout of “voodoo farmers†? getting world record prices for their fine teas – and all of it beginning with one of the most audacious acts of corporate smuggling in history.

But it is also the story of how the industry spiraled into decline by the end of the twentieth century, and how this edenic spot in the high Himalayas seethes with union unrest and a violent independence struggle. It is also a front-line fight against the devastating effects of climate change and decades of harming farming practices, a fight that is being fought in some tea gardens – and, astonishingly, won – using radical methods.

Jeff Koehler has written a fascinating chronicle of India and its most sought-after tea. Blending history, politics, and reportage together, along with a collection of recipes that tea-drinkers will love, Darjeeling is an indispensable volume for fans of micro-history and tea fanatics.

This was a very informative look at one of my favorite teas. This is one of the best books on Darjeeling and India and the entire industry. Excellent read.

As good as any historical thriller! With Tea!  Give it a read if you get the chance!

xx Patricia

Leaving My Anxiety Safety Zone…with a Cupcake!

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It’s that time again..Time to grab a cup and a treat! It may be Thursday for most people but it’s my Monday. After the thunderstorms we had last night I wasn’t feeling hopeful for today’s plans, but to my surprise we have a severe thunderstorm warning and no one has told the sun! It is just beaming into the office like it hasn’t even listened to our esteemed weatherman.

My Memory of the Day on FB included our lovely Vangie with her Dora paper dolls so I had to share her smiling face with you all.

Our tea of the day is Matcha! Yummy and we are having a nice little biscuit with it.

So on to the tale…. Tuesday I went to my therapy appointment to discuss how I was dealing with the transplant thingy. I told him I had named it Dru. And that strange things had been happening in my house that I could not explain and how now I’m worried I’m doing things as Dru that I don’t remember. His response? ” Oh you mean like that Stephen King movie with the hand?” Yes. Does that make me crazy? No, it doesn’t apparently. It means you have a very active imagination. And you may need a new television set.

My going out of my safe zone anxiety is getting better. I still don’t like it but I can stay longer each time. My main concern is germs or getting bumped. I mean there are 16 stitches holding my graft on. So some of the anxiety is good, it makes me aware of any possible threats to the eye. But I have discovered I also use it as an excuse to get out of anything I don’t want to do. And that is what I’m working on this week.

laidback      xx Patricia

 

Tea of Life Blueberry Tea…and a Secret!

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Good Wednesday to all of you! Come in and sip awhile!

Today I tried out the Tea of Life Blueberry White Tea

From the minute the water hit the tea sachet, the aroma of blueberries filled the air! It was so nice that I hoped the tea would retain a blueberry flavor, which it did. It was so delicate and the color was very nice. I even had OU Boy try it out and he agreed that the blueberry taste came through like a champ. No bitterness, not overpowering, just right!

I also wanted to tell you all that over at Harney & Sons they are doing a great giveaway and all you need to do is follow them on Pinterest to see the details, but it’s a good one in honor of Mother’s Day. I didn’t really want to tell anyone else, but I like y’all so go Pin some tea pins and maybe win some really good gift cards! Of course we can keep it a secret!

xx Patricia   bluebird    Take some time for Tea and Be Kind!