Mug It! Easy & Delicious Meals For One by Pam McElroy

Mug It!: Easy & Delicious Meals for One

Dinner for one can be a lonely, tasteless prospect. But when dinner (or lunch, breakfast, or a snack, for that matter) is made in a mug, it suddenly becomes a whole lot more fun. From blueberry muffins and quiches to mac ‘n cheese and chocolate peanut butter cake, Mug It contains simple, delicious, recipes for every taste and craving. Easy-to-follow recipes and four-color photographs make Mug It the perfect cookbook for nearly anyone who has a mug, a microwave, and an appetite.

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Now that I have given in to years of begging and purchased a microwave I thought I should learn to make something in it and not just heat up coffee. So when I saw this book I was very excited. Most of my meals are eaten out of a bowl or a mason jar, so why not a mug. Heaven knows I have enough of them. And I am just odd enough to embrace this so I don’t burn up any more pots or pans.

There really is something for everyone in here! From Mason Jar Salads, which are my favorite thing this year to overnight oats, dips, breads and muffins in a mug, eggs in a mug, even meatloaf and mac and cheese! Cookies, cupcakes, yummy desserts and even pickling!

So we tried the cake thing and besides the dip and pickling everything else turned out just great! The one thing I especially like is portion control. I mean, it’s a mug. Normally when you make a cake you are probably going to eat more than you should. Same with other foods, but with this when you get to the bottom of the mug, you are done! No mess to clean up, no leftovers to put in the fridge and pretend you will eat later but never do and the entire thing ends up in the trash bin. At least here it does.

So all in all I’d have to say this book is brilliant! Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go have some Earl Grey Tea and a Quiche in a Mug!

Tea: A Gateway Drug…

It’s Friday! You made it through another week! Raise a cup for that! I have to say this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is a real winner for me! The smell alone had me smiling. It will definitely be a Fall/Winter staple at my house!

The other day when I was searching through all the tea sites I found this recipe for using Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea with Fireball for a hot toddy. Heck yeah! That idea is getting  used this football season.

Yesterday to keep my mind occupied I started Fall cleaning. I took the refrigerator apart and cleaned it and labelled all of the bins. Same with the stove only I didn’t label it since we aren’t really that close. Scrubbed every cupboard in the house. Got the slip covers on the sofas, got all clean pillows and bedding, and cleaned all the vents. And you won’t believe this but I already have dinner done for tonight! Yep, I put it in the crock pot last night and this morning Voila! dinner!

Tonight we are going to see the Kingsmen sequel. I loved the first one so much I’ve seen it like 5 times. And I never watch anything more than once. If you have Netflix, you should really watch The Five by Harlan Coben. It was on Sky TV in the UK last year and I think on Canal in France. I watched it more than once. It is just as wonderful as his books. So if you get a chance watch it!

Have a great Friday! Make someone elses day great too. Smile! Be Kind! Do what you can to help just one person today.

xx Patricia  bluebird

 

New Autumn Teas and Some Old Favorites! It’s Fall Y’all!

According to ‘people’ it’s Fall. Or Autumn, whichever you prefer. It’s still hot as hades here and humid too, but we are not going to complain at all when we know our fellow human beings are having a pretty rough time of it this month.

It can be overwhelming. Which is always where tea comes in. A few precious moments to sit and think healing thoughts for our neighbors and our planet. A time out from the constant barrage of bad news. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t.

My favorites are the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon and the Tazo Baked Cinnamon Apples. Although I won’t say no to any of them!

For those of you keeping track, I had a stitch taken out of my eye yesterday. Only 13 left to go. Yesterday was one of those at the eye surgeons office for hours days. We marked time by how many HGTV shows came on. And people watched. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I did notice that there are quite a lot of people who wear their pajamas and house slippers in public. I just can’t figure this phenomenon out. Every time I leave the house I hear my Momma’s voice in my head asking if my undergarments match. But these folks aren’t even getting dressed! I’m pretty sure this is where the break down in our society is coming from. People not even caring if they have on clothes, must less making sure they match! I tried to ask one why, but OU Boy was there reminding me to Be Nice. Which is apparently something he believes he has to do to save Oklahoma from me pointing out the obvious

Anyway, the taking out of the stitch makes OU Boy queasy so he leaves the room. To make up for that he took me to the new Super Grocery Store that just popped up across the street from Wal-mart. They had bulk bins for everything! Organic, GF, Dairy Free and it was all so nice and clean! They even had an in-house Sushi Chef and let me tell you, I may not be into the gas station sushi, but this stuff was amazing! I ate two samples and then bought some for dinner. I also bought a few of every root vegetable they had, as it is that season. Then I got to the check out and the lady had to ask me what each and every item was. Seriously? You have never seen a turnip or a parsnip or a beet for craps sake?

It was about that time that OU Boy pointed out we may need to just hush and go on home and take a Xanax. So we did. Then we snuggled up on the sofa and watched television while I moaned and whined about how bad my eye hurt. He was happy to put me to bed. He was gone when I got up and it is his day off, so I’m not sure if he’s just had enough or I forgot he had somewhere to be.

Have a good Wednesday and Be Nice! Be Thankful!

xx Patricia

 

Shhhhh….the word of the day!

I can’t even tell you how many times I have said that word today. And it’s not even 10 a.m. here. I shouldn’t even be up. This is obscene! Outrageous! Four cups of English Breakfast Tea have been consumed.

OU Boy is fresh off his teams glorious win last night and my team is still off due to Hurricane Irma. He sent me a text and said he found a snake in the pool and I begged him to bring it in the house as I really want a low maintenance pet.

Yesterday was soccer game day and we had errands to run so we were off to the Library to pick up every single Goosebumps pre-loaded little players for later and then as much as I hated it we had to stop by Wal-Mart. We had to go through the entire toy section where children turn into whining, begging heathens. We got out of there with only one Spiderman and one Barbie and left about a quarter of our sanity.

Next up was pizza. Now I knew nothing about Pied Piper Pizza, except it is new in our neighborhood. Once we got inside we found out it was an updated Chuckey Cheese on a Saturday night and there were at least 5 birthday parties going on as well as the gambling in the back where you pay $20 for coins to get tickets to trade for a cheap key chain. At some point I just left and went to the car. Another mother came too as she understood that this was some portal to hell.

So everyone got bathed, brushed and put to bed with their little movies and we took drugs because we don’t have any alcohol. Don’t get all excited. He took his blood pressure meds and I palmed a Xanax without a beverage!

This morning at 5 a.m. the 4-year-old woke us up carrying a bag of donuts. And a Spiderman. He actually wanted to eat. OU Boy took care of that as he was getting up anyway. Then he told them not to wake me up. Then it became a challenge to see who could wake me up the fastest.

Now I feel like a zombie and am planning on bribing them to take a nap or maybe I’ll just take them to Mass. If you don’t hear from me tomorrow….check the mental hospital.

xx Patricia     Have a fun day and Be Kind!

Having a cup of Earl Grey and Talking Respect!

If you don't care for tea you could at least make polite conversation

Although I can’t imagine anyone out there not liking tea, I know there are some that don’t, but we can still make some polite conversation!

I’m trying to remember exactly when  the country went to hell. I’m also trying to remember when parents stopped teaching their children to say ” Yes M’am” and “No, Sir” and saying Please and Thank You and not calling adults by their first names.

In other words, when did we forget about being polite? Being well-mannered? Teaching our children to respect themselves and others? And I know it’s not me, since one of my boys was dating a young teacher who had a child. He called me to ask those same questions. “Mom, she never says please or thank you and is just rude and obnoxious to be around. What do I do?” Well my darling boy there isn’t a thing you can do. It isn’t your child and you just need to get out of there and go find yourself a good Southern girl.

Him:” Like Britney Spears? I think she’s crazy but just enough that I would have a chance with her.”

Me: Yep, you go do that. She may be bat shit crazy, but I bet her children have manners.

Of course in the south these things are just bred into us. To be rude to someone is a horrible offense. But I grew up knowing I respected myself and others. Didn’t mean I had to like them or agree with them. But I respected them as I respect all life.

We need to seriously get down to the job of educating our children about Respect. For themselves and others.

That’s my rant of the day as I am trying to refinish some tables and I have two rowdy children on the way over.

Be nice. Be kind. Be Polite. Be Respectful. Don’t Drink and Drive. And as my Grandpa says, “Don’t bend over in the garden, Ma, you know those ‘taters have eyes!”

xx Patricia

Be Useful. Be Honorable. Be Compassionate. And Have Some Tea!

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Today is going to be one of those many pots of tea days! I am intentionally not turning on the television or I’ll be a puddle of anxiety on the floor. Hurricanes are my  trigger. The biggest one. Too many  horrible things have happened during hurricanes and now it looks like they are lining up one after the other to pound us.

I’m tired of hearing people tell the good  folks of Florida to just leave. If only it was that simple. It’s gridlock down there right now and gas is in short supply. So let’s do what we can to help out. There is always something you can do. Always!

Today is Thursday which means the 7-year-old starts soccer practice tonight. This should be much better than the 4-year-old. These kids are playing for points and wins. And Lord help  us  all  as she is her father’s daughter and will call you out on any rule infringement you make. They are both “actually” people. As in, “Actually, Ms. Keating, you can’t tell a student they can’t go  to the bathroom, according to Section 5C of the handbook.” Yep, my kid was nicknamed the high school lawyer. Adored by students, tolerated by teachers and a huge source of entertainment for the principal. Mr. Denly found it difficult to punish the boy when he couldn’t stop laughing. I was never so happy when he graduated to high school and got the heck out of the  school I was teaching in.

It’s back to work  today but tonight is Networking After Dark and it’s Scotch and Cigar Tasting night! As for our weather, it’s much like my baseball team, just shut up and don’t say anything about them. We’re just holding our collective breath over here hoping Mother Nature will think we have already been slammed enough  and the Cubbies go back to the World Series.

Be Nice today. A lot of people are anxious right now, be kind to them. Offer them a cup of tea and some love. WE really are all in this together. So let’s act like it.

xx Patricia

A New Day and A New Tea!

bf5d3f764342fd8bd8f774bf951acfe6 It is indeed a new day! Nice and Sunny here with no wind! Yesterday was not that great of a day. Yes it was Monday which normally would say it all, but the issue was my tummy and something I ate.

I tried out a new to me tea by Tazo.     RefreshMint. Peppermint, Spearmint and a touch of Taragon. It was really intense minty flavor and is very good! It settled my tummy down nicely. I’m reading the follow-up to the Bear and the Nightingale! Really good.

For all our friends in Florida, it looks like Hurricane Irma is about to slam y’all into Georgia! Please be safe and don’t get stuck  someplace we can’t find you! Just leave now. You know with a name like Irma, this chick has anger issues, so just go. Like Now.

This is my Saturday so I asked OU Boy if he wanted to go to the Myriad Gardens and do Yoga. His response “Are you talking to me or one of your hippy yoga friends on the internet thing?” Seriously you are in your 30’s Dude. It’s not called an internet thingy.

I guess that means he isn’t going even though I made sure to kick nudge him out of the bed with my knees. Which in sleep talk means, get out of my bed now. I need that side too and don’t you have somewhere you have to be? I admit I don’t like waking up to people in my bed. Not that there’s a line of them or anything, just the one.

We will be keeping an eye out for all of my family who lives in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas this week. I love you all and know  you won’t do anything stupid!

If you’re looking for a new book to read today, Sing,Unburied,Sing is out today and is set in Mississippi and it is outstanding!

xx Patricia

363 DAYS OF TEA BY RUBY SILVIOUS A VISUAL JOURNAL ON USED TEA BAGS

363 Days of Tea is a coffee table book by Ruby Silvious. Follow the artist’s 363-day journey as she creates miniature paintings using repurposed tea bags as her canvas.

Perhaps you’ve seen her art work on Facebook or elsewhere on-line. This is one of the most beautiful coffee table books I have ever seen. It amazes me how talented this woman is and the beautiful yet tiny paintings she does on used tea bags.

This one is a keeper! I hope you enjoy it!

Enjoy your Sunday and if you are in the U.S. your Labor Day Holiday tomorrow!

CELEBRATE EVERY DAY BY JAIME RICHARDSON

Celebrate Every Day: Recipes For Making The Most Of Special Moments With Your Family by [Richardson, Jaime]

Recipes for making the most of special moments with your family.  You may know Jaime from sophistimom.com. I love her and I love this book. This is a woman who was chosen by the editors at Martha Stewart’s official blog network to be a part of their small circle.

Yet she has a family and this book shows that. Everything in here is simple to make, takes simple wholesome ingredients and turns them into an experience.

My absolute favorite recipe is the Fresh Peach French Toast Bread Pudding. Oh my heavenly days it is good!  Want to make some jam? Blueberry jam that is easy as pie!

It’s a go to book if you have children or not. Beautifully done and worth every penny!

celebrateeveryday Yummy!!!  With some Harney & Sons Peach Tea….wow!