Having Tea And Watching The Lawn Furniture Blow To Kansas.

This morning dawned sunny and bright but a bit chilly. Yesterday it was 82 degrees and so far today it’s 55 and turning darker by the minute with winds expected to be severe. So a nice cup of Chai Tea with almond milk was just the thing to warm my little heart with all of those yummy warming spices. I’ve already had to go get the lawn chairs once and I’m not doing it again. If they are in your yard, they are now yours!

Yesterday my sister posted about Tea!! The Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie. I’m so proud. Changing the world one cup at a time….

The pink eye crisis is over. I could tell yesterday that she was better. I had to go hide my basket of lip gloss. But we had a grand time. We made soup and drank tea out of martini glasses. We painted on a few rocks. We checked out the latest Mila and Emma video and then spent the rest of the day going over every page of InStyle Magazine gasping over the boots and wondering if the 70’s were making a comeback. I don’t care who you are those floral muu-muu’s are not attractive. We finally found a page of looks we would do but basically we spent hours going,” Oh my God, who would wear that out of the house???”.

Then we did a sniff test on all of my teas. I hold them under her nose and she has to tell me which tea it is. I have to say she is really good.

If you were wondering, and I’m sure you were not, I am making nothing for Thanksgiving. Zip, Zero, Nada. Number one reason is I can not stand a mess and I’m not cleaning that up. We will go to Auntie Anne’s and feast with family. At least that is what I thought. Turns out even though we aren’t frying our own turkey this year, OU Boy has received so many requests for fried cajun style turkey that he decided he’d do a few or more. But at least that is outside.

Enjoy your weekend! And remember “I’d rather not say” is a perfectly acceptable answer to “Did you enjoy the pie?” I’ve taken that up as my mantra. Whenever anyone asks me a question and I don’t want to lie. Cause, like, Santa and all that. Even though he sounds sort of pervy.

xx Patricia

Trying Out Some Japanese Sencha from Harney & Sons

Japanese Sencha, Box of 20 Individually Wrapped Sachets

Our Sencha is a very fine one, and can be found in many homes in Tokyo. It is a very approachable green tea, and a fine choice for everyday. Try (and travel with) our box of 20 individually wrapped tea sachets. Each wrapped sachet brews a 12 oz cup of tea.

The Kaburagi family has sold to Americans for over 110 years. They are well-known in Tokyo and throughout Japan as a pre-eminent supplier of tea. They supply this pleasant Sencha from central Shizuoka. To keep the price somewhat reasonable, we choose teas from the middle of the season. John Harney drank this tea everyday for over 10 years. He valued the pleasant flavor and the antioxidants.
The leaves from this tea are a medium lime green color. Since this is a traditional sencha (futsumushi) the leaves are more identifiable than in the deep steamed (fukamushi).
The liquor is a medium green, not as intense as the Ichiban. The green is a truer green than the Bancha, which tends more towards yellow.
Our Japanese Sencha has pleasant spinachy notes, with slight roast flavors that are similar to toasted bread.

There you have the stats. I’m glad I tried this one as a sample before I bought it. Unfortunately that spinach taste with toasty taste did not encourage me to finish the pot. Rarely do I not like a tea that Mr. Harney has chosen, but this one just wasn’t for me.

Next….Lavender Chamomile!

 

We Can Dream Together and Have a Cup of Tea….and Cupcakes!

It’s Monday. Again. I am in desperate need of some sunshine so I made my own. I’m enjoying my cup of Paris Tea this morning.

It’s that time of year when Holiday party invitations along with Save The Date cards are pouring in. My go to Hostess gift is usually wine. It’s lazy, I know. So I’m determined to be better this year. In my mission to turn everyone I meet into a tea lover, I decided to order the Harney & Sons  gift boxes. They are lovely little black boxes filled with 20 individual sachets of several of their teas. At $7.95, plus a code it was an excellent buy. Plus they always have free shipping and are very prompt on delivery.

For closer friends and family I’m doing all things tea as well, but with a Fleur de Lis tea strainer, a small pot of honey, a tea-spoon with tea stamped on it that I purchased at Beau-Coup and six different packets of teas, and a lovely cup. And Walker Shortbread comes in a small packet with two shortbreads in it so that will go in as well. Some fancy ribbon skills and we are done.

All I needed was something to put on the tea shaped cards and I found this:

I really miss your presence 
I like to hear your views 
I wish that we could visit 
And catch up on the news. 

Since we can’t do that often 
The one thing that I can see is 
We can dream together 
And have a cup of tea. 

Cute!   Most places that you order tea from also offer samples. Individual sachets of any tea. Some are free, some are a couple of dollars, but you get to try it before you buy a larger quantity. Now, if you order from Harney, they always toss a few samples in your box.

Since for some reason I can never toss containers I have ended up with multiple glass containers used for centerpieces for weddings. They are perfect to stuff full of good tea stuff, but so is a nice fat cup from the Dollar Tree!

xx Patricia   Have a peaceful Monday.

Happy Sunday! If you need me I’ll be in the bed! Bring your own snack!

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Sunday morning is pretty gloomy and cold around here. It was and still is a multiple cups of tea day. My poor body keeps waking up at 5 a.m. every day since this time change. I’m not happy about that.

Yesterday and last night was dedicated to watching football and hoping Alabama would crash and burn. Mississippi State gave it a good try, but no. OU came through but Georgia lost and we wept. They had a perfect record.

Before I forget, if you don’t already know Starbucks is running a special through Monday on their Holiday flavors only. Buy one get one free! The flavors are Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee’ Latte, and Chestnut Praline Latte’. No coupon required. It is from 2 to 5 p.m.  Depending on where you live you may have different choices. I had the Caramel Brulee’ yesterday. Today I’m thinking the Chestnut Praline.

Luckily I get to hang out in bed all day. With a good book, Sophie Kinsella’s new one “Surprise Me!”, along with lots of pots of tea. Yesterday there would have been miniature lemon and red velvet bundt cakes. But like I said, that was yesterday.

Have a restful and peaceful Sunday no matter where you are. And if you are in the OKC area today Alexander McCall Smith is at Full Circle Books so go meet him and check out his series The #1 Ladies Detective Series.

xx Patricia

 

The Holiday Teas Are Back!

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Time to get down the Holiday Themed Teas! Celestial Seasonings and Bigelow Tea both have some lovely teas that are usually found in your local grocery market.

Image result for nutcracker tea   A really cute gift for a co-worker or neighbor or in my case, the postman because he is the only person I like to hear ring my doorbell.

Another think I love about these teas is you can use them in your baking, replacing the water/juice with a strong steep of a tea. The possibilities are endless! When we made the Caramel Apple Cupcakes, we used the Apple Cinnamon Tea. And if you haven’t tried mixing up your tea, you are missing out! So far my favorite is mixing Bigelow’s Vanilla Carmel with their Peppermint and adding warm Almond milk. It’s an event in your mouth!

If you find a new one do let me know! Enjoy your Friday and share a nice cuppa with someone you love. Or even moderately like.

xx Patricia

Drinking tea punctuates our day with precious and refreshing pauses... ~ Mutsoko Tokunaga

 

 

Knocking on Winter’s Door This Morning

It got cold in a quick hurry yesterday. And this morning started out in the high 30’s or so. Whatever, it is cold! Today’s tea is the Harney & Sons Pumpkin Spice. I added a shake or   two of Pumpkin Pie Spices into the warmed and frothed Almond Milk and got this really good latte’.

Honestly I wasn’t sure if the addition of the milk would overwhelm the tea, as it is a light tea, but nope it warmed all the way to the tips of my toes. So that one is a big yes for me.

Not much exciting going on here. Still working on the SAT test book and trying my son’s patience. This morning he butt called me and I’m hearing what sounds like him on a run in leaves. So I’m yelling into the phone,” Are you okay? Are you in danger? Have you been kidnapped and need to be rescued? Hello???” All I got was a text saying ” Sorry Mom, no worries”.

Does it seem like I’m procrastinating? Yeah, I have to clean out the fridge today. I have a tendency to put things in there and forget them. Best to get it over with. I should probably light a Lady of Guadalupe candle first. I think she’s the saint of disgusting things.

Stay Warm. Stay Safe. Take care of yourself and enjoy a cup of tea! Or clean your fridge, the candles are at the market.

xx Patricia

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Teaism has shaped all aspects of Japanese life. The simplicity of tea infuses Japanese architecture and art, as well as its spiritual institutions. Okakura Kakuzo’s book-length essay about tea and its role in Japanese culture was written in English and intended for the Western reader.

This book isn’t just a tea history lesson, but a human history lesson as well as the divide between East vs West in the tea battles.

Beautifully written taking us from the beginning of Teasim, the Asian philosophy and lessons on being in the moment. How tea shaped art, architecture, and philosophy.

The writing is turn of the century British, by a Japanese writer.

A beautiful book that shows us what role tea played and is still playing in our lives. If you have a tea obsessed person in your tribe, this would be a lovely gift.

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xx Patricia  Happy Saturday Boys and girls!

It was a dark and gloomy day….

Good Morning! I am not at all sure what is going on outside. It’s cold. But it’s also drizzling and gray. Gloomy, which makes for perfect tea and reading day.

I seriously needed this day of rain and gloom. I may have overextended myself on some books and I do not need the distraction of the sun or children playing outside. I need to read this stuff. I’m going to be in bed with a book and this lovely Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ that I made myself! My mouth is very happy.

Yesterday I was reading. In the tub, but you should always just assume that’s where I am. And no, the door bell didn’t ring but the phone did. It was the nurse scheduling my pre-op tests and measurements. 3 weeks. And I had to get out of the tub and tip toe into the kitchen where the big calendar lives to check dates. However I had not opened any  drapes or blinds so no one got their boxers in a wad.

After the call I got a bit anxious. I guess because it went from “We’ll call you with the date”, to “It’s a go and here’s your date.” I’ll admit I shed a few tears and then reminded myself that my surgeon is top in the country and I trust him 100%. Then I realized I need to refresh my summer tan before I climb on the operating table. I mean if I must have people ogle me while I’m snoring I need to be on top of my game. I can just imagine the conversation. ” Wow, that is one complicated eye surgery!” ” Yes it is Doctor Smart, but she sure does have a great tan and pedicure!”.

So for 3 weeks I can stress and work myself up and do damage to my body with the stress or I can ignore it the way I do most things. Yep, let’s try number 2.

Tonight cousin Emberly, who is also seven, is holding a fundraiser for families in Houston and her mommy Aunt Jessie has made enormous amounts of Grandma Laura’s famous Butter Cookies, which I ordered 6 dozen of. Those yummy nuggets of deliciousness will go into the freezer for over the holidays when company stops by and look! (gasp) homemade cookies!

  My Earl Grey London Fog Latte’ and my mutant eyeball gum. Courtesy of Harney & Sons Victorian London Fog.

xx Patricia    Have a peaceful Friday and enjoy some tea and cookies!

Tea With The Anxiety Fairy

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Well when I woke up this morning and up until this very minute I thought it was Friday. I”m also a time zone behind so who knows what’s next?

Let’s start with a cup of tea. This morning I’m going to my stand by English Breakfast Tea by Tazo. I’ve tried others. But this one does the job for me.

So as you know I am waiting impatiently for the nurse to call and schedule another eye surgery. I made the mistake of looking into cataract surgery when you have someone else’s cornea still being held in place with 11 sutures. That explained why we can’t do laser. And then the Anxiety Fairy strode right in and kicked my ass for about 4 straight hours. I really didn’t want to send her away with the magic pill. So I tried something else. Laughter.

OU Boy: ” Listen to this thing I taped on my phone last night.

Me: Ok

Him: Plays audio of snoring.

Me: That’s not snoring, it’s growling. I growl in my sleep.

Him: Uh,  no, that is straight up snoring.

Me: I don’t appreciate you smearing my good name. Why are you even here?

I’m pretty sure he did it to get back at me for an honest mistake I made Monday. I’m in the tub reading and the doorbell rings. I shouted hang on and wrapped myself in a towel, thinking Well it’s just OU Boy and it was not. It was the handyman come to fix my closet doors. I unlocked the door and yelled, “Wait for a 10 count and then come on in, I was in the tub”. He did and I quickly put a robe on over the towel. He fixed the closet and left.

When I told OU Boy he was nowhere near amused. More like furious. “Who does that?” Well apparently I do so other people must do it too. So last night when he left his parting words were ” I don’t give a damn who rings this doorbell. Do. Not. Answer. The. Door.

Aye, Aye oh Captain. I would say sorry but I have been  waiting on this guy to repair my closet door for a long time and I wasn’t going to miss getting it done.

I was making a butternut and white bean soup last night and asked him to cut the squash open for me. He did and then volunteered to gut them. He will never make that mistake  again. We were gagging over the sink and laughing so hard. OU Boy said “OH F***, I’m imagining Cynthia in the compost heap with this crap. More balls than we have!”.

By the way the soup was delish! And then I realized, I had no idea where little Miss Anxiety Fairy had gone to. But the important thing is she wasn’t at my house any longer! We had laughed her right out of the house.

I was grateful. And Gratitude brings miracles you can’t imagine.

xx Patricia  Have a great Thursday!  Enjoy some tea! Never answer the door in a towel or Saran Wrap. Bad. Yugely. Bigly.

Hello November! Would You Like Some Tea? It’s Heavenly…

Good Morning Y’all! Waking up to a brand shiny new month is always exciting. Clean slates and all that. A beginning to what ever you desire. The sun is shining brightly this morning. It’s 48 degrees now but should be in the seventies.

I hope everyone made it through the night and no one is in a sugar coma. We never even had a kid knock on our door. So now all of that eyeball gum is mine.

    Pictures of  the seven-year old and the five-year old. Yes he is on the right. I’ll let you guess who he is.

The five-year old started Pre-K Monday. And the world wept. Okay, not the world but it was a sad day in Cowanville. No more babies. Now I’ll be reduced to smelling other people’s babies and deeply sighing.

 

Earl Grey  Have some nice Earl Grey today. It really is heavenly!

xx Patricia

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