It’s A Caramel Apple Dream Y’all!

It's Fall Y'all!

I hope everyone made it home in one piece last night. Or did you stay home and hand out candy? I had a quiet night as our neighborhood gets shut down tight at 8 p.m. Out came the blockades and all 4 of the Nichols Hills Police and it was lights out!

Today’s tea is brought to you by Celestial Seasonings Caramel Apple Dream. And what a dream it is. My first cup was just tea. My second cup was stirred with one of those caramel sour apple lollies. The third was with a tiny amount of caramel mixed in and that was sinful. I am definitely baking with this one. Caramel Apple Bars sound nice.

The tiny terrorists hit up Mesta and came home stuffed with all kind of goodies. Corbin called to ask if I knew the difference between candy and vitamins. Cause some people put adult medicines in candy. And razor blades in apples. Good Lord, that was going around when I was a kid.Apparently they had a class on bad candy. He was not happy with his Daddy who told him NO to hanging out in the cemetery to pay homage to the dead. Lord help us all!

It was Fall when I opened the door this morning. Bright sunshine, leaves falling, and cold! I have been busy today. Cleared out all of the Halloween decorations. Roasted a Butternut Squash and made this delicious Butternut Squash and Apple Soup for tonight.

I sprinkled a bit of nutmeg on it. Then I grabbed my neighbor and asked her to taste it for me, as I thought it was freaking awesome! So did she! And it was so easy I didn’t even burn up a pot!

I split the squash and cooked it flesh side down with 1/2 a cup of water and stuck it in the oven for about 20 minutes. In my blender I put a cup of Organic Vegan Vegetable Stock, 2 Honeycrisp apples chopped up, the flesh of the squash and some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and blended it all together. To re-heat make sure you put your burner on low. But  really how much easier can you get?

The plumber never showed up! Thank goodness one of my handy friends found the issue and it took him like 3 minutes to fix it.

Off to send out my monthly tea cards. If you would like one, send me an address! Seriously y’all I’m running out of room and just received a huge box. On the first I send a different sample out so email me at piratepatty@hotmail.com!

xx P

 

IS IT OVER YET?

Pumpkin Spice, I mean. I swear seeing Pumpkin Spice Cheerios was the last straw. This is not a case of more is better.

So here are some of my favorite funnies from my Pinterest Board. I have a drainage issue with my bathroom sink. As in the water just stays there. Yesterday the plumber helper came and said, yeah, that’s clogged with something. He then pulled out an ancient stopper missing the metal top. So now I’m waiting for the plumber to show up and fix it.

This is a major issue for me as I read in the bathtub for hours during the day and he still isn’t here. Now if I were to hop in that tub, the man would be knocking on the door. Can’t go for a run.  Just waiting for him. And the Postman.

Yesterday I received a big box of new teas that I’m still trying to find a place for. Tomorrow I’ll share them all.

For now I guess I’ll call the plumber again.

xx P

Really, Can You Ever Have To Much Tea?

Hi Thursday! You are looking mighty wet and gloomy this morning. Good thing I had a big Earl Grey London Fog to warm me up.

I told you yesterday that I had been on a tea ordering binge. This is how it started. I was straightening up my Tea Cupboard and saw an empty spot up there by the Cranberry tin. So I ordered some more tins of the holiday blends.

This is my addiction. I love these tins. I use them for everything including small posies for tea parties. Do I have a problem? Probably. What you can’t see is I have backups of almost all of them behind the ones you see. There was also another motive. Depending on how many teas I order I get a box perfect for re-shipping. I needed 5 boxes that hold two tins. Yes, I ordered tea to get a box. It is the perfect size for a tea-cup, some tea, a truffle and a bath bomb. Christmas is done.

Converting the world to tea one gift at a time. Also it is a really great gift I would love to get. Plus I’m going on a cruise in April and I need my money for that. Very shallow I know, which makes me deep since I do know it.

     This is what I will be doing today. Plus making Pumpkin Bread from Diane’s Kitchen. She has the best looking food. And there aren’t a million ingredients you can’t pronounce. Plus she has the cleanest baking pans I’ve ever seen! So pop over and begin to drool!

xx P

 

Candy Cane Lane Tea and a Cat!

You ever notice that Monday is about as reliable as you can get? I’m sipping this new tea this morning and it is so smooth and nice all by itself.

I also just read in my reader “10 ways to motivate yourself in the morning”. Honey, if you have kids you don’t need any motivation. They will drag you kicking and screaming like they haven’t been fed in years. Just the thought that they will go get their own food scares me right out of bed.

It is cold. 36 degrees this morning. I am so not ready for this. I had all kinds of plans but then I went outside and decided Nah…

This Candy Cane Lane tea from Celestial Seasonings is decaf and green tea and peppermint and vanilla and magic. It smells like a warm hug and tastes smooth and just the right amount of each ingredient. Peppermint and Vanilla is a good combo. I’m using this as the liquid in something. I don’t know what but something!

The kids carved the big pumpkins this weekend and toasted seeds. Aunt Gayle comes back later today so I went over last night and cleaned house and put fresh linens on the bed and actually groomed a cat! Seriously, this cat loves me and I kind of like her.

I have nothing planned for today except reading 2 books. Both Christmas. The kids are practicing their multiplication tables finishing up reading for Fall Break. Just in time to go back to school and get out again for Thanksgiving Break.

Have a peaceful Monday and stay warm!

xx Patricia

YOU, ME, AND A CUP OF TEA…and Some Gingerbread!

    

The calendar may say summer is over, but the weather did not get that memo. High 90’s all week. I’m not complaining. I don’t turn on the a/c until it’s 100. So why in the world was I making Gingerbread yesterday?

Well I had this Bengal Spice Tea from Celestial Seasonings for afternoon tea yesterday and I thought, this blend would be really good in a gingerbread. I had the stone ground whole wheat and some molasses so I substituted a strong version of the tea for the liquid. No added sugar or bad stuff. I made just a small pan and they came out amazing! So much more flavorful.

On to weirder things. Does anyone else get totally creeped out by JC on Big Brother. We watched the Live after dark last night and he was touching Tyler while Tyler was asleep and then he kissed his armpit. Seriously this dude has been sketchy like this the entire show and I don’t know why CBS hasn’t take action by now. I’m not surprised but I am disappointed.

I finished Rising Out Of Hatred by Eli Saslow last night and it was highly disturbing. It is interviews the author had with the heir to the KKK throne, Derek Black, godson of David Duke, who has now turned his back on the groups and even changed his name legally and moved. It was interesting to see him transformed from what he had been brainwashed with his entire life and how he searched for his own truth and what he found that profoundly changed his beliefs.

And in other unrelated news, I found that tossing an orange into the blender with my mixed greens makes one of them less bitter. ( I’m talking about Dandelion greens, but don’t want to hurt their feelings). I made the most amazing Superfood Smoothie yesterday with organic baby spinach, kale, chard, dandelion greens and mizuna, which is also called spider mustard or Japanese mustard greens. A cup of coconut water, a handful of frozen no sugar added peaches,strawberries and pineapple and I felt very healthy for a few hours. At least until the gingerbread came out of the oven.

Off to water Yoga. That’s what I call my attempts to climb on my float everyday!

What’s up with your day??

xx Patricia

RAIN,RAIN, GO AWAY PLEASE!

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Good Morning! The sun is shining brightly and there is just evidence on the ground this morning. Last night was storm after storm, sirens going off, flooding and a bit over 5 inches of rain. OU Boy even caught a nice picture of the tornado that briefly touched down close by.

Needless to say the only thing on our television was a hyped up weather man and I was not allowed to turn the channel. This morning the waters are receding and the branches are picked up but there is still flooding on the south side inside homes and businesses.

Speaking of channels, I broke down after years of saying no to cable because our television is only on for sports on Saturday and Big Brother but OU Boy persevered and wore me down. Last night he is trying to figure out the remote and how to go back to what he was watching (another weather channel) when I grabbed the remote, pressed a button and said, “The Weather Channel”. And poof! There it was. OU Boy had a look on his face that you usually only see at a tent revival.

He is really the best guy in the world. Last night I really was a bit anxious when I saw the funnel very close to us and desperately wanted a cup of Earl Grey but I was out of Harney and Sons and had not received my order yet. Not to fear, OU Boy opens the tea cabinet and Voila! There is a brand new tin of Earl Grey. What??? ” I noticed you were out and picked up a tin for you.”  To which I replied “Who are you?”.

So here I sit this morning looking out the kitchen window waiting on my order. Plus the one I sent to my sister in Denver. She and her daughter and her grandsons went to Boulder and toured the Celestial Seasonings facility and bought several blends at the gift shop. Little Miles is now only drinking tea! So I told her I was sending her the good tea. So I am anxiously waiting for her delivery too so I can talk about it with her. I sent her an Earl Grey of course plus I don’t know if you are aware but from 3 to 5 p.m. is Happy Hour at Harney & Sons for all Iced Teas! Half price. So I re-stocked my supply and sent her the Iced Blood Orange to try plus a bunch of samples.

Now I will take my cup of tea and Under My Skin by Lisa Unger and wait patiently for the postman.

xx Patricia

BLUEBERRY TEA by CELESTIAL SEASONINGS….AND A RANT!

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Feeling a bit blue? Try some Blueberry Tea by Celestial Seasonings. It’s quite nice and won’t stain your teeth, I used it this morning as the liquid in my porridge again and added some fresh berries as well.

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If today were a color it would be blue. Today is the anniversary of the car accident that changed my sister and us all. My sister is very smart, her advice to me was that today is a good day to just let it go. But your heart remembers even when your brain has tucked that memory way back in the filing cabinet of my mind.

This is the last week of school before 2 weeks of Spring Break. The Oklahoma Board of Education is sanctioning teacher strikes on April 2nd. I am in complete agreement with these guys. No raise in 10 years! One representative said,”They knew what the pay was when they signed up.” Seriously? You haven’t had a raise in 10 years, Sir?

We are taking this very seriously in the PAC I am a member of. So far this month every bill we needed dead was killed. Now we are focusing on re-elections and getting the bad apples out of the government. Although a lot of them have quit this year as they had trouble keeping their pants zipped and paid off women from campaign funds. Tsk,Tsk and all of you guys ran a “Christian” campaign. Personally I don’t care who you shagged or why. I’m not married to you. I do care about hypocrisy however. Don’t tell me you are a Christian and then cheat on your wife. If you can cheat on that holy vow, I will never trust you.

I had my first drunk ( I’m assuming) Instagram message. How thrilling for someone to send you pictures and ask you for some so they can look at them over and over. No, not today dude! But at least I can say I have had some type of troll.

I’m taking my tea outside and finishing Jake Tapper’s new novel Hellfire! So far, really good!

xx Patricia    What are you drinking today? Or reading? I get the best suggestions from y’all!