BOO-Teaful Tea Pots for Halloween~

This mornings tea is brought to us by Taylor’s of Harrogate Chamomile. We seem to be having tummy upsets today so I thought it prudent to stick with a mild yet flavorful tea!

Don’t you just love these Halloween inspired tea pots? I love people with imagination and a sense of whimsy.

Well folks, it got cold. Not anywhere near the freeze that was predicted and it really is only cold at night. I had an absolutely horrible wake up call this morning. Someone was dying in my bathroom. Not the best way to wake up! Poor OU Boy was throwing up for what seemed like hours. Probably due to those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups he downed last night along with two Nathan’s chili dogs. And when he throws up even neighbors know about it. This man makes more noise tossing his cookies than I did in labor. And that was bad. At one point my husband even asked me if I could keep it down. Yeah….he didn’t last long.

Everyone is getting ready for trick or treating. Signs are up in neighborhoods letting the little mongsters know that at 8 p.m. you better have your fill and be moving on.

I see there are quite a few churches doing the trunk or treat which I suppose is better than having little Susi knocking on doors asking for candy. As you have probably figured out by the above puking BF, we have no more candy. I do have a lovely bottle of Merlot in the cooler though, but bring your own glass.

This is my Friday so I’m going to be lazy all day. Not really…you know I’ll be reading.

xx Patricia  Here’s a little something the five-year old will love.

Loving this Athletic Heather 'Sister For Candy' Raglan Tee - Toddler & Kids on #zulily! #zulilyfinds

Big Mug of Tea, Blankets,and a Book.

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Good Sunday Morning to Y’all! It was 37 degrees this morning! I did not want to get out of my warm bed. I compromised and popped into the kitchen and quickly made a Chai Tea Latte with Almond Milk. All of those warming spices hit the spot and I could go back to my warm blankie and my Carolyn Hart book Ghost on The Case.

You know you can make a tea latte yourself. Make some tea, warm the milk and use a frother to whip that stuff. I use about half milk, half tea. A lot of people add a sweetener, but I find the spices and the almond milk make it sweet enough for me. And there isn’t much better than a Chai Latte’ on a cold morning. Or evening.

This has been a packed week-end! OU Boy is putting the final touches on the great room from Harry Potter. With 30 foot ceilings, it was a challenge hanging 250 candles on almost invisible fishing line. But it looks amazing, as does the fireplace with cards shooting out of it. Talented guy. And only one boo boo when he slit open his thumb.

No complaints though. I was moving some things around in my office and dropped one of these 2 feet by 2 feet old as crap and rusty barrel holders that I had hoped to one day use as they look cool but instead one fell on my right ankle area and now I have what looks like a brand of a V. It bled a little and I cleaned it and put Neosporin on it. But yeah, it’s still there. Perfect V scab. Now I don’t need a tattoo.

Stay Warm! Stay Safe! Enjoy some tea and a nice book today. Be kind to yourself.

Happy Halloween!

 

Meet Cozy Mystery Author Paige Shelton

 If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 2) by [Shelton, Paige] If Onions Could Spring Leeks (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 5) by [Shelton, Paige]

Paige writes the A Country Cooking School Mystery Series. Includes Recipes!

 

Lost Books and Old Bones (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige] The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige]

The newest series A Scottish Bookshop Mystery

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Comic Sans Murder (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige]

And A Dangerous Type Mystery 

Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market, Country Cooking School, Dangerous Type, and Scottish Bookshop mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at http://www.paigeshelton.com

Paige is a new to me Cozy author. I picked one in each of the series so I’ll get back to you on how it’s going. Reviews look really good though.

If you have read some of her work, let me know how you like it!

xx Patricia   Funny witches brew local children cartoon joke image For all of the Farm to Table Lovers!

MEET COZY AUTHOR B.B. HAYWOOD!

Town in a Wild Moose Chase: A Candy Holliday Murder Mystery by [Haywood, B. B.] Town in a Maple Madness (Candy Holliday Murder Mystery) by [Haywood, B. B.] Town in a Strawberry Swirl (A Candy Holliday Mystery, #5)

About The Author:

B. B. Haywood is a pseudonym of writing team Beth Feeman and Robert Feeman. They conceived the idea for the Candy Holliday mysteries while driving around the Maine countryside, stopping at different small towns throughout the state.

About The Books:

In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two… 

This is another new to me author. I chose to start with Town in a Maple Madness. The latest in the series. I’ll let you know how it goes. If you have read this author, please let us know your thoughts on this one!

This morning it was 44 degrees when I got up. It’s barely made it into the 60’s so far. I was not really feeling that industrious. But a few cups of tea solved that. So far today I have Cajun Bean Soup in the freezer. Chicken Pot Pie Soup simmering on the stove and an apple pie in the oven.

It’s that time of year when we fill the freezer with warming and healthy soups and stews, hearty breads and pies. I would rather take a couple of days and do big batch cooking than have to do the “What do you want for dinner” dance until we all eat cereal. This way I can just pop it in the slow cooker and its nice and warm for dinner.

I do this with oatmeal too. Make big batches and then pour them into a 13×9 pan and then cut them up to snack on.

What is your favorite go to meal for a quick dinner?

Enjoy a cup today and remember to stay safe and informed. Ireland? We’re with you in spirit. To the 4 soldiers that were killed, thank you for what you did and rest in peace. To the folks impacted by the wildfires, and to all of the people still trying to recover from hurricanes, we haven’t forgotten you. I wish we could do more for you.

xx Patricia

Meet Cozy Mystery Author Victoria Hamilton!

 

Muffin to Fear (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Much Ado About Muffin (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 4) by [Hamilton, Victoria]Death of an English Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery Book 3) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

White Colander Crime (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Leave It to Cleaver (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 2) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

Victoria is a new to me author. Someone gave me the White Colander Crime book and it’s next on my pile to read. Muffins and Vintage Kitchen themed mysteries do sound like things I would read about. Muffins being closely related to my friend, the cupcake.

I’ll be sure and let you know how it goes. If you have read any of her books, please let us know what you thought! All this month I’ve been doing a series of Meet the Cozy Authors on Books,BooksandMoreBooks  so if you are looking for a good cozy mystery that you can identify with hop on over and check some out. Since this one has muffins I felt it appropriate to post it here. Now for a good cuppa and a muffin!

Victoria Hamilton

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the national bestselling author of two mystery series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries, as well as the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for publisher Beyond the Page for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (the first five books of the series were published by Berkley Prime Crime) and Merry Muffin Mystery series, published by Berkley. Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.

Visit Victoria at: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com for availability of her books, some of which have also been published in Large Print and Audio formats!

You can find out more about her and all of her series at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.

How Can You Get Cozy Without Tea?

Tea Time is brought to you today by Harney & Sons Green Hot Cinnamon Tea. It’s a lighter tea than the one made with black tea. With three types of cinnamon it’s quite nice!

Supposedly there is a “cold” front coming through later. With the upper corner of the state seeing flurries and the south-east is hitting the 90’s! Lucky Cynthia~ I’ve already been out this morning so it’s not anywhere close to cool out. But my mums are starting to bloom! They are so pretty.

I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do for gifts this year. The rules are it must be homemade. I have bought a ton of plain white mugs from the Dollar Tree and will be drawing and writing on those so that’s one thing. Then last night when I was looking for a place to put the stash of glass containers that my flower arrangements come in and a light bulb went off! How about using them to fill with some tea samples, a cute tea strainer and maybe some honey and shortbread. Done!

Now I am off to finish a cozy mystery I’m reading Pecan Pies and Homicide by Ellery Adams. Totally for my own pleasure since I’m caught up through November on serious reviews.

I’m off the next two days. Remember to be kind. Sometimes that can mean not saying something too! Run it through your head. Is it kind? Is  it helpful? If so, go for it. If not well, a smile costs you nothing.

xx Patricia

The Cozy CookBook: Recipes and Stories from your favorite Cozy Authors!

The Cozy Cookbook

I am in love with this book! The best of cozy mysteries, in my own humble opinion are the ones that not only describe the yummy food but also give you the recipes in the end!

Well now all of our favorite cozy authors are here in one big fat book of not only recipes, but excerpts from their book as well. In the back are listed all of the authors, the series they write as well as their Bios.

My all time fave is the Wild Rice and Pumpkin Pilaf from Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B.B.Haywood.

Some of the authors you will meet: Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Celo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton.

If you would like to check it out first, I did a search and most libraries have it in stock. If not just ask your librarian to order it. Most will.

Not only have I found some excellent new recipes, but I’ve also found some new authors! It’s a win-win!

Hope you are having a peaceful Wednesday. It’s gray and rainy here today so a perfect day for reading!

xx Patricia

No, Ms. Anxiety, you may not spend the night!

The sun is shining brightly this morning into my office. Even though it feels dark outside. Waking up to another mass shooting. This time in Las Vegas at a Country Music concert with the shooter being an old white man from a retirement village.

It’s almost information overload. All over the planet our people are suffering and crying out for help, for change. Can we all remember that we are human? Like birds…there are many colors and sizes, but they are all birds. The same is true for us. We have to at the very least respect each other and keep our nose out of other people’s business, because that never ends well. You can start handing out advice to other countries and people only if your own house is in order. And even then only if they ask.

People have no idea anymore what is true or not true on the news. Unless you are there yourself you don’t know for sure what is going on and why. And shame on you journalists who don’t go do your own research and dig for the truth. Shame on you! And shame on you Donald Trump! You are quite possibly the worst bully I have ever met. Your divisive language and name calling is low and shameful for us all. I think you need a real Come To Jesus meeting with my Momma.

So today Anxiety may come out to play and I may shed some tears and feel hopeless and helpless, but tomorrow I will be back. With my own research and my own opinions. Locked and Loaded. So Ms. Anxiety don’t get too comfy here. Your room has been rented out.

xx Patricia

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes by Addie Gundry

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes: 103 Comforting Breakfast Casseroles, Dinner Ideas, and Desserts Everyone Will Love by [Gundry, Addie]

The first in the RecipeLion series, presenting 103 easy recipes for accessible casseroles that are ideal for entertaining, everyday dinners, and even breakfast and desserts.

From Cinnamon Roll Casserole to John Wayne Cowboy Casserole, the 103 casserole dishes in this cookbook are simple and stress-free, but each is packed with flavor, making them your go-to family favorites to whip up any day of the week. In 103 Family Favorite Casserole Recipes, Addie Gundry shows that a dish doesn’t have to be complicated to be creative. You don’t need multiple pots and pans to find flavor. And with the proper tools, tips and techniques, anyone can cook memorable meals. She teaches you how to whip up everything from Potato Chip and Chicken Casserole to Strawberry Icebox Casserole to Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole. A casserole is something to be shared—something warm, rich, and worthy of a gathering on its own. Every recipe is paired with a beautiful finished dish photograph that will make readers jump at the idea of casserole night.

Nothing says home to me like a casserole. In the South we call them casseroles and in the North my Grandma called them hotdishes. What ever you call them in your house they are delicious!

When you need to bring a dish, casseroles are the go to staple. Someone sick? Or passed away? Get out the casserole dish. These are comfort foods. Meant to hug your tummy with warmth and memories.

There are so many in this book and they all look yummy!

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!