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

 

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

 

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

AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…

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Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Still sipping the Ginger Peach Tea. My tummy is rumbly.

So the news. This is my last blog post on this site. While I will still be reviewing teas, I’m moving it all to my book review blog Here OU Boy is complaining that I don’t spend enough time with him so something had to give. If you follow me here just follow the other site so I can follow you back as I don’t want to lose any of you!!

Yesterday our pool closed for the year. No matter that it was hotter than hell. I thought seriously of putting on my black hooded cloak and a veiled mourning hat and just walking around it forlornly. We are such a dramatic bunch. But then OU Boy saved the day by offering to pick me up at lunchtime and let me hang out at the hotel’s pool and gym. What a gem he is!  But no, I was on a cleaning tear yesterday.

The kids’ new beds will be here next week and I needed to get in there and remove the old ones and streamline their craft and school work table which is about 8 feet long. I’ve been shoving all of the wedding stuff in there as well as all of my blown up floats so it was like a maze in there. But I got it done. Everyone’s closet has been cleaned out of anything that doesn’t fit anymore and making sure everyone’s winter coats were clean. I don’t know why I haven’t worn a coat in years.

I even cleaned out the refrigerator, which is gross. Used up the last of the squash and semi-organized the bookshelves. Today the outside windows are getting their Fall cleaning. I went through piles of paperwork and mail, sorted it and filed what we need to keep and tossed the rest. I finally was ready for a break and filled the bath with bubbles and was just relaxing and resting my mind when out of the corner of my eye was an Army man with a bazooka on the soap dish. Maybe he’s the one who is sending me those emails saying they cracked my computer and have video of me pleasuring myself and for only $800 in bitcoin they will destroy it. Nah, go ahead and send that out to my contacts list.  Actually, I called the FBI and sent them the newest batch. But man how I wanted to engage this POS!

So today is reading, cleaning windows and curtains and getting ready for Open House at Corbin’s school tomorrow night.

Have a peaceful and kind day!

xx P


 

SAYING GOODBYE TO AUGUST IS HARD

Well, folks, it’s the last day of August. I believe we have lived it to the fullest. No rain this morning and I am sipping the last of my Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. Waiting patiently on the Publisher’s Clearinghouse guys to get here with my giant check and some flowers.

This has been a crazy week of storms, living more than 24 hours without phones, electricity, and the internet. But we made it through. It took a lot of strong tea, a bit of crying and the Anxiety Fairy bringing her snotty little self over with an overnight bag!

With all of the storm nonsense, I forgot about the man with one leg. So, here is how that went down.  I was happily floating in the pool, trying to chill when I heard a man’s voice. I look up and there is an older gentleman speaking to me. I said hello, welcomed him to our little community and he proceeded to tell me why he moved here. Buckle up.

The Man:  I’m newly single after 50 years of marriage.

Me: Oh, I’m sorry. ( Me thinking the woman is dead)

The Man: Yep, last month was our 50th wedding anniversary and I asked her what she wanted and she said A Divorce. So now I’m looking for a new soulmate to live out my days with.

Me: 50 years? And now she wants out? Wow, that’s a lot of time to put in and not finish it.

The Man: She’s a bitch. After she said that I left. Gave her the house and everything.

Me: That’s rough.

The Man: I used to work in the stock market. Graduated from OU.

Me: That sounds interesting. I wouldn’t lead with the OU thing. I’m SEC.

The Man: That water sure looks good. Maybe I’ll take off my prosthetic leg and sit a bit. I’m blind in my right eye too so are there steps?

Me: Total Silence.  In my head: Holy Shitballs, Batman! Do I have some magnet on my head that says Tell me your story???

The Man: Well, I’d better be on my walk. I would love for you to stop by and have a cocktail or dinner sometime.

Me: (In a small squeaky voice) Okay…..

I told OU Boy as soon as he got home and he just shook his head. Now I’m thinking of setting the guy up with my neighbor who is single and closer to death than me. Or maybe not, I really like her and she brings me macarons from Ganache and homegrown tomatoes. Anyway, guys, you may want to wait for the ink to dry on the divorce papers before stalking a new soulmate.

Have a happy Saturday! It’s Football Time! And be safe if you are in the path of Dorian. Most of my family is on that path, so you know what to do.

xx P

WE HAVE POWER!!!

Wednesday and the sun is shining! All I hear are chainsaws, mowers, and cussing.

We finally got our power turned on last night. I am quite sure it had nothing to do with the power people staying at our hotel. Trust me I have no shame asking for a favor! We still don’t have hot water though. A pump went out somewhere. But at least I can make tea!

I absolutely hate staying at hotels. I always feel claustrophobic. Instead of sitting in my room I grabbed my Starbucks from the lobby and decided to fish out the chairs from the pool and re-arrange their furniture so it flowed better. It was a lot of outdoor furniture but it felt good to do something. At one point there were over 100,000 people with no power. Not the Cracker Barrel! Nope, they were open and hotel shuttles were dropping people off there all day.

I got in a great workout in their gym, which is fabulous. I took a nice long bubble bath and just as I had settled in with a book my phone beeped. The power at your house is back on. I was out of that tub so fast! Packed my stuff and went home. No hot water is just fine with me a day. From now on I’m keeping a GO bag in the car!

There are still a lot of people, businesses and traffic lights that don’t have power and may not for a few days. But we are grateful to be safe and home. Well, except for OU Boy who had to take a cold shower this morning. Thanks for the good thoughts y’all.

xxP

MILLIONS OF PEACHES, PEACHES IN TEA…SING ALONG!

The sun is really shining this afternoon. It’s been a wet and wild few days with the weather. Storming overnight and into the morning. Saturday was a wash until late in the day when we all hit the pool and worked up an appetite for pizza. Which explains why I am drinking this tea today. Very soothing to the tummy!

Sometime in the night storm one of our hotels was struck by lightning and every fire alarm in the place went off. For hours! OU Boy just got home from handling that mess and is in bed asleep! I am trying to be quiet.

We introduced the kids to Go Fish last night and it was hilarious! We took advantage of Barnes and Noble’s big sale and grabbed Charli Ava some new books. I snagged a few.

Dark Age for OU Boy who follows this author and series. I grabbed fellow Georgia girl, Karin Slaughter’s new one and Stuart Woods new one which stars my book boyfriend, Stone Barrington. International man of mystery and wealth…sigh.

Corbin gorged himself on Entenmanns coffee cake and tea. And refused to wear pants all weekend. Because he had new underwear and wanted to show it off. His shoes did match though. All in all, it was a good weekend.

It was nice to unplug and not listen to any negativity for a couple of days. It gets to be a bit much on Twitter. Be sure to tune in tomorrow and hear about my invitation to cocktails by a one-eyed, one-legged lothario.

xx P

 

The High Times Cannabis Cup Comes to OKC!

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Good Morning Tuesday! You are looking disgustingly bright and hot this morning. With another day over 100 todays, tea is iced! Blood Orange from Harney & Sons. This is one good tea. It comes in 2-quart bags and I usually toss in some orange slices with it.

Yesterday was the kind of hot that just saps every bit of strength right out of you. The humidity was like breathing soup. I stayed inside and did a load of laundry, ironed and then had a lunch of fresh tomatoes and these Armenian cucumbers that my guy at the liquor store grows in huge pots outside the store. He also has spinach, lettuces, and other greens. What a genius idea. Now no one puts out their cigarettes in his pots!

As soon as I sat down the bookman came. Okay, he’s the postman. But he did bring me a gift from Kensington Books. The Vagina Bible.  OU Boy said it looked unseemly next to my tomatoes. I disagreed. It isn’t a taco! This is a last-minute entry in August releases so I’m going to get on this one today and find out everything I never wanted to know about our vaginas. I will let you know if I find out anything earth-shattering.

It was too hot for the pool yesterday so after dinner we went and visited the kids and got caught up on the first week of school. Corbin had got new socks and underoos and was laying them out on the dining room table matching the superheroes. Jodi was making an adorable toad house for the garden. So we got our hugs and kisses and came home and cleaned the pool.

While at the kid’s house, Jodi told us that she actually watched Dead Like Me and there was a movie that tied it all up in 2009! So, of course, we had to watch it on Prime. Nicely done.

The Cannabis Cup comes to OKC this weekend. With Slightly Stoopid and 311. The High Time Cannabis Cup started in the ’80s in Amsterdam. Everyone is welcome, but only those with a medical card can sample the product and get in the smoke tent, where the judging will be held. All of this is great news for our botanist son and for us as we get the kids! Adventure awaits.

Now I’m going to go get on that Vagina Bible!

Notice your own little miracles throughout the day. This morning mine was a ladybug on my shoe!

xx P

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS! AND PIE!

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Another hot and humid Monday with more over 100-degree heat. Today’s cuppa is brought to us by Octavia Teas. It is an Earl Grey Lavender. On this one, I’m going to have to say I didn’t care for it. It was strong and I didn’t detect the lavender. Not worth the caffeine. But I’m sure someone else will love it. What did I love?

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This Nitro Cold Brew with Almond Milk from Starbucks! Smooth as my Uncle Junior. I grabbed it on the way to the Farmer’s Market at OSU. What did I find there?

There was live music, lots of people grabbing those first peaches and tomatoes. We bought some of everything! Including a whole peach pie. We got a ton of pickling cucumbers and okra and did this!

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Made Dill Pickles and Pickled Okra! Turns out I am that kind of person! These weekends off are turning us into different people. I mean you have to get up early for this stuff! But I was so inspired by the beautiful produce I had to do something.

Afterwards, we hit up the Antique Fair. And what did we see? Lots of things I wanted!

A rare 1800’s Tea Bin. It is large! And the inside smells like tea. Cute little tea set for the grands. A lovely rose tablecloth that went beautifully with the vase of roses the same color from the day before!

My momma and my sister are fluent in shorthand. A skill I never once thought of attaining. It looked a lot like when I was learning Farsi. And the best, a 1939 edition of Gone With The Wind. Enough to make a Georgia girl swoon!

All that shopping and adventuring made us hungry so we made a Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad with some Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea!

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Then we got Wedding Mail! One of the shirts I ordered for the #BrideTribe. Even little Charli got one. The mugs are for our morning coffee on the big day!

And it looks like OU Boy has turned into a butterfly! He’s lost a lot of weight and is sticking to his healthy eating habits. Now he loves shopping.

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We also finished watching Dead Like Me on Prime. I can’t believe I never saw that! Saw Jim Gaffigan and hung at the pool. I talked to my sister a lot trying to co-ordinate winter vacations in Curacao.

Now it’s Monday and back to work, we go. Back to school, we go. This weekend stuff I could get used to!

Enjoy and what did you do this weekend?

xx P

The Anxiety Fairy makes an appearance!

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Good Wednesday Morning! It is already hot here so I’m drinking a cold brew from Harney & Sons. Blueberry Green. It smells so yummy! This morning I’m feeling fairly zen.

Our first weekend off was great. Saturday it rained all day and we watched Netflix and Prime shows with breaks for tea and naps!  Sunday we hung out in the pool. Then Monday came along. It was weird not to have him home. What did happen on Monday? I did a good deed. Said good deed came back to snack on my ass! My neighbor had a young lady (27) staying with her for reasons that turned out to be false. This young lady gives the rest of us a bad name. Crying wolf over abuse and rape when it was nothing of the kind.  She asked if she could call her attorney on my cell. Never have I done this but we all fell for her sob story. Around midnight I began receiving texts from a guy asking her to return his truck. I called said guy and boy did I get an earful!

The next day I had over $150 of charges to my debit card and spent hours on the phone with Chase Bank and the police. She didn’t steal my card, she used my phone and ordered herself an Uber from my mobile app. I was furious. Long story short, she is in jail and my money is back in my account. So….boundaries. I have them for a reason. I’m a sucker for a sob story. I should have run her background before letting her use my phone. My poor neighbor was horrified as well. See the girl had first asked if I had any books she could read. Well of course I do. I loaned her a book that doesn’t come out until October. Once I found out what she had done I marched over there loaded for bear. Retrieved my book and went home. And watched from my kitchen window while she was arrested. She did scream, ” I’m going to kill that bitch” and at that point, they added another charge.

Tommy just shook his head. “Why? Why can’t you stop getting involved with people you can’t save?” Because she asked for a book! So now I’m only allowed to go to the pool and the front porch. And my Russian neighbors’ house. That’s fine.

And now it’s Wednesday. Hot and humid. Around 100 today.  I just checked and all of my boundaries are in place and the Anxiety Fairy is happily puttering around up there waiting for the Shenanigans Fairy to show up!

xx P