DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL…AND PIE!

Good Friday! I’m wishing I was closer to my Momma this time of year so I could have her coconut cake. My momma is a world-class baker and cake decorator.  Between her coconut cake and her pound cakes we should all be morbidly obese by now.

The one thing we both loved was those Cream Cheese Mints that melt in your mouth and contain 2 pounds of powdered sugar! Yesterday I spent most of the day stirring and then rolling some into tiny egg shapes and the rest the round flat only I used a wax seal with my initials and made them all fancy. I’m mailing them to her.

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Since it is Strawberry Season I had a fridge full of berries and Tommy said he had never heard of Strawberry Pie from Shoney’s!  Oh the horror! Luckily we know this one by heart so by the time he got here there was a counter full of drying mints, and a chilled strawberry pie with homemade whipped cream. It was perfect. Even the crust was British Baking Show quality. Which is rare for me.

I wish you all a lovely Easter and a grand weekend.  I’ll be reading and finishing some projects and am trying to stay off the internet so I don’t lose my mind with all the politics!

xx P

 

BLUEBERRY GREEN TEA AND A TALE

Crazy busy around the household. That weather guy is saying storms are coming this evening. It’s been windy every day so if you step outside you look like the lion king.

I made a recipe that Diane had on her blog for Lemon Blueberry Loaf. I doubled it and made two so I could give one to friends. It is delicious! Check it out  Here  .

I had just the tea to go along with it. The Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. It is insanely delicious and so is the loaf. Tommy was taking pictures and sending them to his co-workers it was so good.

I’ve gotten so many things done over the week-end and the past couple of days. I’m giving my bedroom a makeover. I’m waiting on one shipment from Linens and Hutch with my new sheets and shams and I think I’ll be done. Since we are sea people I wanted a white background with all the colors of the beach we know for rugs, pillows and window treatments. The window treatment I am most proud of and I’ll show you after the sheets arrive. It’s all part of an article on downsizing and being creative.

Just in case you have started thinking I’ve finally got my shit together…. I ordered new swimsuits for vacations this summer and they arrived this morning so I immediately dropped my jammies to try on the swimsuits. One top was really cute so I took a selfie to send to my sister. It said, ” How do you like my new boobs?”  and then I pushed the wrong button and sent it to pretty much everyone on my Messenger list including my mom and an author friend.  A guy. It may be all over the internet by now for all I know. He immediately sent a What???? back and I asked him to not look and he was such a gentleman and good sport about it. So yeah, I’m still doing stupid shit on the daily. Some dude on Twitter asked if anyone would date someone with a mental health issue and Tommy answered, I do and so does she. That about sums us up.

For us Catholics this is Holy Week and believe it or not I received a reminder in the mail this morning that I have confession at 5:30 tonight. This is not going to be good.

 

Historic Royal Palace Teas and Cannoli

Pairing the Historic Royal Palaces Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons Teas with a couple of mini cannoli is a wonderful idea!

The Royal Wedding tea is a white tea with pink rosebuds,cornflowers, marigold petals, natural almond, vanilla and coconut.  Steep 4 minutes and sip. It is such a smooth and aromatic tea. It would be appropriate for a wedding and is a perfect dessert tea. Or just a really good Friday treat!

It has been beautiful outside and I’ve been putting the house back together now that the kids are with their parents. We had Charli’s baseball practice on Wednesday night and that was fun. Thursday night we kept thinking we had misplaced them and I think the amount of crumbs under the table would have kept two dogs busy.

Now we are back to normal or what passes for normal here. Tonight it’s just leftovers and Netflix. I hope you all survive the snowstorm in the north, I see my sister took the last flight out of South Dakota and took herself to the Gulf Coast. Smart girl!

What is everyone up to this weekend?

xxP

THE HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES COLLECTION

Wednesday already? Where did the time go? Saturday I was so happy to see this lovely red box from Harney and Sons! I knew it meant a Royal Palaces tea tin. I already have some others and these were the last two.

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The Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger and Vanilla and Lemongrass. The aroma is very soft. This is a delicate tea. I steeped it for 3 minutes in not quite boiling water. It tasted smooth and bright with that zing of ginger left on the back of your tongue. There is the brightness of the green tea and the surprise of coconut and they all come together to make a perfect tea for anytime. I’ve had it twice hot and I made a chilled one as well and it was delicious.

Well Mike and Jodi are on a plane headed to D.C.  I may have (she did) have a major panic attack yesterday talking to Mike. I’m sobbing about him driving a bus that far and he pops in with You should be worried about the plane. Well that was it. I cried this morning when they dropped off an entire car load of things for the kids. Ballet, hip hop, t-ball, coach pitch, school picture clothes and uniforms. They already have double of everything here.

Yesterday we were doing prep work and I asked Tommy to make the mini-muffins. He did not do it correctly (her way) and I tossed them in the trash. This morning so far I’ve made 4 dozen blueberry muffins and 4 dozen chocolate chip muffins. 2 dozen Brownie Bites, a Red Velvet Cake and a sauce for pasta tonight. Lunches are planned out and snacks are grab and go. Tonight we have practice at 5 p.m. for Charli Ava and I am so OCD about being prepared. Although Corbin has already asked if he could just not go to school and stay with me. Now I have 2 and a half hours to wash my hair, Lay out clothes and read a book.

Hopefully I will be alive tomorrow. Or drunk. Who knows?

xx P

The Anxiety Fairy Brought Reinforcements!

Tuesday! I barely made it through Monday. It was touch and go for a long time! An entire full-blown anxiety attack and panic attack.  On those days I think hard about moving to a convent and taking a vow of silence.

To re-cap, Friday night was Cultural Arts Night at school. Tommy and I were volunteering in the Screen Printing Room with artist Sarah Kickingbird. Jodi was the door keeper and I left Tommy with Sarah and took Corbin to see the performance by the OKC Ballet. This was the one and only time there was complete silence the entire night. The kids were in awe of the storytelling done by this talented duo.

Our Fiber Art artist was none other than Jamie Lopp (@midwestmigrant) aka Aunt Jamie. We made key chains. I did not. I am smart. The little boy who had it down from knot one kept “helping” me until I tied my own final knot. That kid is going far in leadership and I had someone else do my work. Win.  Fred gave us a quick Cartoon Drawing lesson. Corbins was really good. We went to try out some instruments the OKC Philharmonic brought but as soon as a little boy tried a violin Corbin was out. We gelli painted instead. Then we went home and died. Staring at the wall.

Saturday night was a sleepover and Sunday was list day. Jodi and Mike are flying to D,C, to pick up this bad boy

The plan is to drive it back and gut the inside and live in the bus while they build a house on their land. I have been locked in a fight with the Anxiety Fairy over this. No one has ever driven a bus before! I am stressed. Then Mike calls and says don’t worry about the bus, worry about the airplane! The Anxiety Fairy called in reinforcements and I shut down.

We have lists of ball practices and games, lunches ready to pack and breakfasts in the freezer. I reminded Corbin Thursday is picture day and asked if he wanted to bring a comb for his hair or should I come up and do it? He looked at me like I had two heads and said, ” No. No. If this is how school is going to be I’m going back to Pre-K!” apparently combing his hair at school is a deal breaker.

So the postman brought bunches of packages to my door this weekend~ My new white comforter, lots of teas and this cute seahorse infuser that I found at The Spice and Tea Exchange . More tomorrow on all the new teas~

Wish us luck. I keep asking Mike and Jodi if they are coming back. Don’t leave me here with these tiny terrorists. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus please.

xx P

THE USPS IS SHADY AF!

Friday! My goodness I’m glad you are here! This is one of the teas I received the other day. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It is Caffeine Free and full of ginger, cinnamon, Natural Vermont Maple Sugar and Luo Han Guo. I brewed a pot and used two bags since it was a big pot. I let it steep for 4 minutes.

I’m going to call this one Vermont Maple Fudge. With a back note of sharp ginger left on your tongue. It is delicious. I didn’t get a strong aroma from the bag but the steeped tea smelled like ginger, cinnamon and maple fudge. It was so good I drank the entire pot!

It helped a bit yesterday. Which was insane and I lost a half days work to stay on hold with the post office trying to figure out why I received a text saying they were unable to deliver my package as no one was home. I tried explaining that was a lie. He never got out of the truck. I have cameras. He never came to my door. And I paid extra for it to be delivered yesterday. The post office could not have been more anal. I was so upset after holding for an hour and 46 minutes that I took to Twitter! Works every time. The rep asked if I would like to reschedule the delivery and I told her I would be uploading video of the guy sitting in his car and lying to them and me if it wasn’t here today. Then I went to all of my vendors and switched to FedEx. Here is what I found out yesterday.

UPS was supposed to deliver it. I paid extra. They delivered it to OKC and then they hand it off to the local post office. What??? Yep this is normal practice. So here I am today sitting by the front door ready to unload on this guy when I get another notice that my publisher has sent me something and it should be here today. Through UPS.  (pulls hair out).

We shall see. In the meantime I have to get back to my post by the sofa.

Have a great weekend!!! And try this tea and let me know what you thought!

xx P

A Surprise Delivery!

Sunday….Another odd weather day. Starts out all sunny and promising and by the afternoon it’s thunder and lightning. You have to time your outings in between rain showers. Spring has descended on the state. Blowing crap everywhere and shining just enough sun to warm the earth.

Yesterday and last night the weather was all over the map. There was a tornado touch down closer than I would have liked and huge hail. Then it was over.

Yesterday afternoon I went outside and tripped over a FedEx box. And look what I found! I decided to try the Almond Sunset. When I opened the tea bag the aroma was medium strong. Like oranges and star anise with a hint of Almond. I wanted a pot so I used two bags. I let it steep for 3 minutes and had a small cup and then tasted it again after 5 minutes. The first one was delicate and sweet and the almond aroma was still the underlying note. I quite enjoyed it. The 5 minute steep was perfection. Every note came together and the almond was lovely. Just smelling made me feel calm and loved. It’s from Celestial Seasonings and like all of these caffeine-free. Ingredients list: Roasted Carob, Roasted Barley, Roasted Chicory, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Natural Almond Flavor, Blackberry Leaves and Anise Seed. They also list other natural flavors. I’m pretty sure one is Vanilla. There is just something about those two smells that I recognize. Maybe because I bake a lot of Almond Vanilla Cakes.

I’m trying to cut down on caffeine and not have any after afternoon tea. This tea is a perfect ending to a dinner. It is what I call a dessert tea. You don’t need dessert, because the tea tastes like dessert. With NO calories. I’m happy with it and will put it in the rotation.

We still have to try the Vermont Maple Ginger, Decaf India Spice Chai, Spiced Espresso Chai. 

So to my sister….Victoria Beth….it’s a go. I’ll send you some.

xx P

CHOCOLATE TEA AND BANANA BREAD MUFFINS

Morning Y’all! Another beautiful day with all the windows open, blowing the staleness of winter heat out. I have been a busy little bee this morning.

While sipping my early morning tea I noticed I had 5 bananas that I needed to use. You know those bananas that are aging badly, like an old lady with brown spots all over her hard-working hands. I also had some sour cream that I don’t remember buying as I don’t eat it, but I googled a recipe for Sour Cream Banana Bread and made 2 large loaves and a half-dozen muffins. This recipe said to grease your pans and then instead of flour, using a cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the bottom of the pan. They turned out beautifully and smell like love.

In the middle is a Butternut Squash steaming in Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea. I’m going to toss it in the blender with 2 Honey Crisp Apples and blend it, heat it and sprinkle with Nutmeg for lunch.

Meanwhile on top of the stove…

I’m poaching chicken breasts in Lapsang Souchong to make Smoked Chicken Salad on croissants. That’s the loose leaf tea from Harney & Sons in there.  Because the man wants meat.

So I feel sufficiently productive today. Now I am planting my bum on the sofa and watching for the postman. I am expecting tea and books today and that new postman is lazy and likes to just leave a note telling you to pick it up. Not today Satan! I have a text saying it is on your truck and I will be waiting by my box with it!

Do you cook with tea?  Tell me what!

P

TUESDAY TEA TALK

Tea Tuesday! It’s already 70 degrees and sunny here. I haven’t been able to find any Twinings Soothe in my market area. Neither have Twinings. I asked them. I am not going to order a tea on-line that costs less than the shipping, so I’ve turned my efforts to finding a similar one and I found this one. From Sri Lanka. And it is very nice.

I just don’t feel good on days I don’t drink Turmeric. It’s such a good cure for so many things. For those of you who were wondering about all of that tea in the picture yesterday, I’m happy ( she should mean ashamed!) to say that what you saw was a very small portion of what I have. And then a good question! How long does tea last? Well, it depends. Loose Leaf Tea maybe a year or two if you keep it in a nice dry place. Sachets last about a year. The more delicate the tea, the shorter the life. Now that said, you can still drink old tea. Aged tea is an example! It’s just that the flavor may have faded a bit.

It doesn’t last long at my house. I push tea like a drug dealer. Got a problem? I’ve got a tea for that. And I also cook with loose leaf tea. The best smoked chicken salad I make is made by poaching the chicken breasts in Lapsang Souchang Tea. It has a full-bodied, smoky aroma and taste. Basically when I bake I will use an appropriate tea in place of the liquid in the recipe. You get an extra punch of flavor!

I’m waiting for the postman now bringing a shipment from the Northwest! I don’t even know what they are, so we will be surprised together!

What is your favorite tea this time of year?

xx P

CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE!

Monday morning and the Sun is shining and it’s warm! I am therefore declaring it is Spring. Winter has been like a bad house guest and overstayed his welcome. Yes, Winter is a he. So Voila!

This morning I’m sipping on my favorite Lemon and Lavender from Celestial Seasonings.

Celestial Lavender Tea. Only pinning to remind me how absolutely tasteless this is.  Something about these flavors makes my mouth very happy.

I had a great weekend. Although my body is paying for it. I found a new French Press and a Bundt pan. Nope I didn’t have one. I try never to have things around that I may have to bake with. I made a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I mixed it up a bit this time with the icing. I used heavy whipping cream instead of just milk. I used 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 4 tablespoons of Kerrygold butter, 4 tablespoons of cream cheese, a splash of Vanilla and the cream as needed. Let me say this was the best frosting I’ve ever had! Smooth and addictive.

I had to send a huge chunk and a big dollop of extra frosting to work with Tommy this morning for my favorite Hyatt employee! She has already scraped the bowl clean.

Saturday we hit up The Catch at their newest location where I proceeded to show Tommy how unladylike a beach girl missing her shrimp can be. I ripped those suckers open and was done in 5 minutes. He’s just staring at me…..good thing it wasn’t crab!

Yesterday I worked moving my office and setting up the gym room. The last thing was the television. I was not allowed to take down Corbin’s Spiderman and Venom poster so now while I run I pretend they are cheering me on. I also had  a mirror installed so I could track my yoga moves for form. Holding myself accountable.

Today is a good day to have a good day!

xx P