What Color is Your Smoothie? by Britt Allen Brandon,CFNS,CPT

Eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables isn’t always easy. Even if you do, you still might not be getting the wide range of vitamins and minerals you need. Each color group of fruits and vegetables offers different beneficial effects, so to get these essential nutrients, you have to eat the rainbow! What Color Is Your Smoothie? helps you do just that. Inside, you’ll find delicious, easy-to-make recipes, such as:

  • Sparkling Strawberry Smoothie—bright red strawberries are packed with vitamin C. They also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and belly-filling fiber.
  • Clever Carrots and Spice—orange carrots are full of beta-carotene, which helps prevent cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease
  • Pineapple Banana Cream—yellow bananas are rich in carotenoids, which can decrease the likelihood of lung cancer
  • Spicy Spinach Smoothie—dark green veggies contain phytochemicals, which can protect your eyes by keeping your retinas strong
  • Blueberry Blastoff Smoothie—blue and purple foods contain flavonoids, which help prevent short-term memory loss

With more than 300 colorful, vitamin-packed smoothies to choose from, you’ll blend, smooth, and shake your way to a healthy new you!

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This was the one we tried this week. Pumpkin Pie.

Yields 2 cups.


2 cups pure pumpkin puree’

1 Teaspoon each of ground Ginger, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Cup Crushed Ice

In your blender combine everything except half of the ice. You can use the rest if needed to make it as thick or thin as you like.

Mom and kid tested and it was incredible!  This book I found at the library and then I bought it. The Vanilla Pear was an amazing combo. They are all good for you and full of nutrients.

I am an intermittent faster and I eat twice a day. Once at 1 p.m. and once at 8 p.m. and I save my smoothies for night-time. Normally they don’t have almond milk but instead 4 different greens in 1 cup of water and then some Maca powder, Spirulina, and a handful of frozen fruits. So this pumpkin smoothie would be a treat for me.

Try it and enjoy!

xx Patricia




Good Sunny Thursday morning! Don’t let that sun fool you. It’s 56 degrees and that is winter weather in my book. The sun finally came out yesterday and I was able to do a few miles before the wind was too much for me.

Today I have a nice selection of books on tea to read while you sip. It’s my favorite activity.

An update on the donations of toiletries. A few of surrounding hotels heard and they wanted in. I will be thanking them personally. When they said a case I was thinking like a wine case. No. More like half of a coffin.

The rest of this week will be full. In a bit I will be leaving for the last of the Monarch classes for the fifth grade. Tomorrow is Fall Festival and we will all be there. Saturday is Corbin’s birthday party so by Sunday we will be partied out.

Have a great Thursday!

xx Patricia

Please Bring Back The Sunshine!


Yellow seems appropriate today. Pretty much mainlining STASH Lemon and Ginger Tea hoping it will rid me of this plague of allergies. It’s damp and this morning every single allergen was at its highest level. I know this because the lovely weatherman, David Payne sent out a twitter alert at 4 in the morning.

My sense of smell is gone. I choked down some Vegan Protein Broth yesterday and it tasted and looked like baby poop. Well, I’ve never tasted baby poop but it looked like it! I must have sounded bad when I had to pick up a prescription and my pharmacist asked me if I was really sure I didn’t want a flu shot. No thanks. We will just stay inside and moan and whine like usual.

This has been a hella bad week. Thank God for Netflix. Our yard guy thinks I have a crush on him because I’m nice. I say hello. He told my neighbor he thinks we are swingers. I told Tommy and he said, You mean like on the swings at the park? No, babe, like in the olden days when couples all put their keys in a bowl and went home with another person instead of their spouse. He was properly grossed out. I on the other hand was hatching plans to run him over with the lawn mower. So instead, I cut my hair, in a very vicious manner.

My “boss” asked me whose world I was about to implode, as usually when I cut my hair shit is going down. I haven’t taken a picture, but the boy did so you’ll have to make do with that.

   Corbin is addicted to Snap Chat. But you get the idea. Before it was getting tangled in my arm pit during the night so it was a big cut. 8 inches. And that’s a real woman inches not a guys inches.

Another day of coughing and spitting but at least I have a good book. Vendetta by Iris Johansen, one of my faves. So far people are dying at an alarming rate and in such creative ways!

Enjoy your Thursday and try not to kill anyone.

xx Patricia



Happy Wednesday! So many things going on it’s hard keep out the anxiety fairy this week. Yesterday I felt useless. Emotional and starting a cough. In the wee hours of the morning I coughed myself out of bed. Checked my phone and there was an allergy alert. Stay in doors. That is what it said. So I made a nice cup of Taylor’s English Breakfast with a dollop of honey and went back to bed. The cough settled down a bit but my head feels like it’s twice its normal size!

As much as I hate to admit it. The morning temperatures are saying Fall is coming. Not happy about that. We are hoping our families in the Carolina’s will be safe with this hurricane knocking on their door. They have decided not to evacuate, which I think is ridiculous but to each his own.

For like the first time ever an author made a comment on one of my reviews of her self-published book on plant-based eating. And this is the reason I don’t do self-published works. I didn’t like the book and a lot of the recipes were already in another book. There was a lot of soy and fake meat recipes. I didn’t care for it and said so. She wants me to read it again and give it a better score. I said no thanks, the first time was bad enough and then I blocked her. So my morning is starting off with a bang!

Today I shall climb back into my bed with more tea and an actual good book and put on my rose-colored glasses. Everything is better in pink!

Have a good one and if you live in OKC, stay inside. Or bring me cookies.

xx Patricia


TEA STICKERS…My life is complete!

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Something new today! Normally I stay away from books with stickers. I’ve already had too many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spiderman stickers all over the house.

But I love to make cards and tuck a tea sachet inside and while I’ve used stickers from the craft stores yesterday I found this lovely book of just Tea stickers.

And it was only $1.99! Thanks you Teresa Goodridge for this awesome idea!!

I know snail mail isn’t in vogue at the moment but there really is nothing that can replace that little smile when you receive an actual card or letter! There are so many lonely people around and I am trying to make an effort to mail at least one a week to random family members and people in assisted living homes. It’s an experiment and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

XX Patricia



Snuggled up in the bed with a nice English Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s this morning listening to the rain and wind.

Last night we lost power again and didn’t get it back until around 4 this morning. I peeked out the door this morning and the lawn furniture was everywhere except where it belongs. The wind and hail were intense and the flooding around town is bad. But it should clear out today so we can get back to the pool.

Nothing beats a dark, rainy morning and a cup of tea and a good book. I was reading Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury, due out in October. It is a cozy mystery with its own in-house ghost!

In the ongoing saga of OU Boy taking a stand against racism and bigotry at the country club and resigning, we have settled with them and have been just looking at offers. Although he still works on his house flipping under our company, and will continue with that part-time now, he has accepted an offer from Hyatt Group Worldwide. It was a no brainer after we heard the perks were traveling all over the world and deep discounts on any Hyatt property. So tomorrow begins a new chapter in our story. He will be able to use his degree and the connection with the company’s reps was so positive and the people so real. So today is the last day I have him. Right now he is picking up a bulb from the Land Rover Shop and then who knows!

This works great for me as well. I get to travel too and I can work from anywhere so one life goal down. And as my son is thinking of buying a bus and living and travelling across the country with 2 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat. So if that comes to pass we can meet them anywhere to visit. (I don’t think the reality of this has come to him yet, so I’m skeptical).

I’ll be over here drinking tea and reading a book.

xx Patricia


Happy Birthday Miss Charli Ava! You Rock!

Saturday. Another day in the triple digits. Too hot for tea or coffee so we are drinking cold tea, Blueberry Green this morning.

Miss Charli Ava turned 8 yesterday. One thing she wanted was to come spend the week with us.  After frying our selves in the pool, we went to Barnes and Noble to take advantage of Kensington’s Cozy Mysteries which were buy 2 get 1 free. Charli picked out a chapter book Little Miss Cuppycake and the Dumb Diary. I wanted her to get the diary one because we got her a diary for her birthday. Lock, key the fluffy pen. Only she had no idea what a diary was.Well at 11 p.m. I peeked in her room and her little head was nodding over the book! It is a hilarious book.

So of course Corbin showed up Thursday morning with a suitcase. I swear, he is 5 and came in with an avocado green Samsonite suitcase with about a months worth of clothes in it. I asked him how long he was planning on staying. ” Oh til I’m about 10″. Okay.

So it was a busy day of morning tennis, all day in the pool and then straight to the hockey rink for Charli’s game. She scored two goals! Corbin wanted to go out back and eat the ice the Zamboni dumped in the side yard. Cause he’s a boy and as he said, you can’t expect little boys to sit still in here!

On the way to hockey he fell fast asleep and the car said it was like 113 degrees so that rink felt wonderful. We went for a night swim and a walk and then it was off to bed.

We all slept in yesterday and then woke up and opened presents. She got lots of American Girl Legos and Monster High Legos and of course the diary which she has already started. Tommy swears someday it will used as evidence when she offs her brother.

Today we will be celebrating out in the country at her other Grandma’s house. Always a good time out there with babies to cuddle! So we have been busy as little bees. Trying to pack all the fun we can into one more week before school starts. I’m still not ready for Corbin to go to Kindergarten. I see a lot of tears coming August 1st.

We have a new place down the street hoppydoddy burger bar. Oh dear lord this place is heaven and it’s right next door to Starbucks! That’s some good planning right there!

Stay cool and hydrated today!

xx Patricia


As I am sitting here looking out the window and sipping my morning English Breakfast, something is missing. The sun. It’s rather gloomy out there today and I’m just not having it. Although I could use it after yesterday.

We went to the lake. And so did about 150 geese and one young female duck. At one point I raised my head and I was surrounded by them. OU Boy had some hot dog buns so he led them like the pied piper away from me so I could take off and head for the water. It was hilarious. OU Boy just standing there talking to them and they are just looking at him like he was God. I think they are a cultish group. But no sooner than OU Boy grabbed his float than they all flew into the lake. Now I’m tethered to the Buoy line way out yonder and there is nothing I can do.

It sounded like a bunch of old men down at the deli. All the umph, meh, and various grunts along with my sweet little duck quacking on her own. We hiked around and finally decided to head to the house and the cleanliness of our pool. We did have fun though. This was the first time in years I’ve actually gotten in the lake. I had on goggles and a huge hat to protect my eye. But should have worn more pants to protect my bottom from being goosed! My tummy is pretty red today so bathing was a bit painful.

I am not happy that the stores now have Christmas and Halloween crap out. Seriously people it’s still summer! Let us enjoy while we can.

I am staying out of the political fray, or I’m trying to not blast the orange man every minute of the day. I did sign the petition for recreational marijuana and it looks like that’s going to pass. If I’m going to have to deal with President Putin and his little puppet I’m going to need drugs of some sort.

I hope you are having a good week so far. I’m off to read The Other Woman which is rather twisty!

xx Patricia


















A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh

A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by [Walsh, Alison]

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in WonderlandThe Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:


  • Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia


  • Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland


  • Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh


  • Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women


  • Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer


  • And more!


Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

What a lovely book full of recipes and book references. Each one evokes a memory of a story, a book, another time and place. Perfect for the tea lover, book lover or both!

Netgalley/Skyhorse Publishing  June 05, 2018


Happily sipping some Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons this morning. Another day in the 80’s and then some severe weather in a few days. Our storm chasers are at the gate waiting for the signal to play find the tornado.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, if a bit windy, and we laid out in the sunshine with our uber white legs and listened to the 60’s channel. It was peaceful and so nice. The tiny terrorists went with their Daddy on a hike. Or as we call it a treasure hunt. So everyone got to spend time outside and we are all better for it.

If you are like me and don’t particularly like sugar, that STASH Meyer Lemon tea is a big winner in the iced category. I made a pitcher and it was really good unsweetened.

Last night I finished reading a book that made me feel angry. Described as a laugh out loud version of The Help, I did not have one laugh. I had many uncomfortable moments and a lot of racism and the end the horrible woman said Oh I’m so sorry, and the black lady said Oh it’s okay. No, it’s not okay and I wrote a rather scathing review. With a note to the publisher. This is a first for me. But if you are not from Mississippi but are writing about it, do your research. Don’t put a shiny dress on it and call it something it isn’t. It was insulting and I was glad to see this morning that at least 5 other people had emailed me saying how insulted they felt as well.

Happy Monday! Make it a great one with a nice cuppa and a nap! I am off to do errands that must be done. People want to eat and all. Thanks for listening to my little rant this morning. I would wake up OU Boy but he’s tired of hearing me talk.

xx Patricia….being quiet….lol