Bringing Back The Summer Teas

Friday and the sun is out and it isn’t supposed to rain! Hallelujah! After finishing up painting the tea cupboard and table and chairs, it was time to organize the teas. Fall and Winter went to the back and I found 3 boxes of this Lemon Lavender Lane, which I love, and Lavender and Honey Spoons.  Along with my 2 little teapot salt and pepper shakers.

That entire cabinet is full of tea and teaware. And I’m waiting on a shipment now.  I have spent the last few days occupying a lounge chair at the pool. Today I need to stay inside. My bum is burnt.

I love the Lemon Lavender Lane Tea by Celestial Seasoning. It’s so calming as a warm nighttime drink and delicious as an iced drink! Plunk in some lemon slices and Voila’!

I am feeling especially smug today. I’ve already mailed my June birthday cards and I’ve wrapped Father’s Day gifts!

It has been so wet here that we had to re-pot several plants and move the hostas. Yesterday I went to blow my pool float up with the thing I call the blower upper. You plug it in the outlet and air goes into your float. Only you know how you really have to cap that float off quick or the air comes right back out? I didn’t want that to happen so I tossed the blower upper into a chair, still blowing and capped off my float. I go to pick up the blower upper and apparently I had tossed it too hard and the back fell off. I didn’t know that until I picked it up and left part of my pointer finger skin on the coils. Shocked the shit out of me and burnt my finger horribly. It was numb but my entire hand hurt! I called Tommy who quickly offered to come and make sure I wasn’t dying or having any erratic heartbeats. But no, I told him I could wait. He made me check my heartbeat though which is hard to do since I have a very low resting heart rate.

Around 3 I couldn’t take the pain anymore and this thing was filling up with fluid so I found my guys that I have dubbed the bandanna gang and one whipped out a knife and cut that thing open and bodily fluids came out and the pain went away. They told me to put mustard on it to draw the heat. I did. But it smelled good so I licked it.

That is our week in a weird nutshell! I hope you had an entertaining week as well!

xx P

Dear Rain, Yes or No on the Ark?

Saturday in the rain. Again. Seriously enough. Yesterday was a good day. I decided to make lunch and some tea. Honestly, I only ate the strawberries. But tea! I tossed in a Celestial Seasonings Mountain Chai and a small homemade bag of turmeric. Turmeric is an amazing spice. I use it for a lot of things. It just doesn’t have the best taste by itself. But this was really good. Do you ever mix different teas?

This morning I woke up with a headache. The rain and allergies are adding to the pressure in my head and it is miserable.

Tommy played in a golf tournament yesterday. Personal best for him. He came home with prizes and swag bags! Now I am the proud owner of my own tall Yeti and a tumbler for my tea! Lots of notepads, golf tees, hand sanitizer, and a small duffle bag. There was snack stuff too. Also a bottle of Jack Daniels and 2 Thunder glasses. Those did not make it to me as I don’t drink that.  I do love goodie bags. I’m like a 5 year old at a birthday party.

Since I overdid it yesterday on screen time, I am being very good today.  I hope everyone has a lovely Saturday. We’ll be over here working on the ark.

xx P

 

A Spot of Tea and a Funny Tale

Thursday and I am still in bed. With a lot of Tummy tea and an ice pack on my head.

Still no super hero abilities. This is my little bit of screen time today. Checking in to see if everyone has better weather than we do. Enough with the rain already!

I do have one funny story. My Momma is living totally out of her element right now. After my Daddy passed, we all knew he wanted to be buried with his entire family in Bottineau, North Dakota. So my Momma moved up there too since I have a sister living there. It is a tiny town that I spent all of my summers out at the farm. So yesterday I called the local florist to have some flowers sent to my Momma.

Me: Hello I would like to order an arrangement for my Momma

Her: (Imagine a Norwegian accent) Okay then, and her name?

Me: Barbara

Her: Patty? Is that you?

Me: Uh, yes.

Her: Oh my goodness how’s your eye? Don’t you worry about a thing, I’ll get over to Barbs tomorrow morning with something really cheery.

Me: Ok thanks. Who is this?

Her: Cathy Olson from the farm.

Me: Hi Cathy! How are you? It’s good to hear your voice

Her: You just go back to bed now. Take care of that head!

That is how small the town is. I never gave an address even. And sure enough my Momma sent me a text and a picture of the flowers this morning.

I love these people!

xx P

AT THIS POINT WE ARE REALLY JUST WINGING IT!

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Oh the many shades of yellow this time of year! As we were driving to multiple baseball practices yesterday evening we saw so many beautiful flowers. One home was surrounded by white tulips. It was a very bold choice but it worked very well.

I am basically just mainlining Chai today. You know the saying, ” Man plans and God laughs”….yep. I was prepared for anything. Except a last-minute field change for Charli Ava. We were dropped off and the boys headed for the Boathouse District for Corbin’s practice. Long story short, my girl got on base every time she hit and got stuck on second flirting with a boy on second and the little boy on first just ran around her. It was funny as heck. The team is made up of first timers and they all admitted to being nervous and scared. Having coached this age before I explained how things worked. Like what a bag is or a base. Somehow I’m now the Team Mom and will have snack duty for the rest of Spring.

Tommy picked us up and we all went to get Corbin. His Uncle was there with his little one. We arrive, James and Corbin have been horsing around and Corbin slid into a base and scraped his knee so now it’s blowing like crazy out and cold, Corbin is declaring his imminent demise while shoving muffin in his face and bleeding on my seats. Luckily we had a quick dinner before we left for the fields. Corbin couldn’t take a bath because he was dying and no one cared and if he got in the tub he would for sure die. Y’all know we are a dramatic bunch of Scots/Irish/Norwegian folks. We can spin a yarn, die on a daily basis and be stubborn as hell. So we chose not to fight this battle. Everyone was in bed on time and asleep soon after. Then we just sat there and stared at the blank television. Wondering if my Momma had wine. And is it okay to sleep in your clothes?

Around midnight or so we had a vicious storm move through. Big thunder and lightning which ended with Tommy sleeping in Corbins room until the storm passed. The only one who was an adult was Charli. She gets up as soon as the alarm goes off, makes her bed, hits up the bathroom rituals and eats breakfast she made herself. We had to re-bandage the scraped knee and get our Picture Day clothes on. By the time they were all out the door with lunches and backpacks I was understanding why my mother was always in a bad mood. Tommy just looked at me and said, “Thank you for not getting knocked up!”. My pleasure dude.

Corbin suggested that he call in sick on Friday because we needed to rest. I’m not one bit ashamed of at least thinking about it. But no activities tonight so it should be calmer. Should.

To all of you moms and dads out there getting your kids to school and practices on time…I salute you!  To the mom at practice who agreed it is okay to Uber them, I have wine now. Come over.

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

Dying Easter Eggs With Tea and Those Damn Fairies!

Good Morning!  Doing some experimenting with tea dyed eggs today. I really love the softness of the colors. I opened one of the eggs I used black tea on and inside the white was a lovely marbling that I adored. Also the egg was tasty. Quality control. Tough job.

The Anxiety Fairy brought her ugly sister The Doubt Fairy and parked their baggage all over my poor brain. We have been through a lot this past year and just as I was evening out all the wires got crossed. I found myself looking for a fight. I blocked a sister on social media. I sent Tommy to work on his day off. It was awful.

So I sat down with The Get Your Shit Together Fairy and she told me to talk to Tommy. Bounce concerns off him and get his input. Now I try never to bounce anything off Tommy. Because he is a guy and they usually want to ‘fix’ it instead of just listening and offering suggestions. So I wrote it all down and called him home and told him my head was in chaos and therefore my life was in chaos.

He pointed out that I have a hard time saying no and maybe a trip to the antique mall would help calm me down and then maybe to the library to smell books.  I found the perfect planner and program to keep track of all my book reviews. In the end I had a new kitchen table, some fine books, a baby pie and the two end tables we had been looking for to go in the workout/reading room. Then he spent the rest of the night helping me get everything organized in my planner. I love him.

He even tried Yoga for a hot minute. Now that my house and my business are in order the two hoochie fairies in my head slunk out the door. I am so grateful to have someone who loves me so much that he takes the psycho me along with the kind me.

Since my son and his wife are flying to D.C. the first week of April to pick up a school bus and drive it back, Corbin and Charli Ava will be with us. That means getting up earlier and making breakfasts and lunches. And one of those days is picture day for Corbin, who will try to sneak his Nike outfit in his book bag. So my comb and hairspray will be at school that day. Normally they wear uniforms so on a non uniform day he wants to show off his new outfit. Not happening.

Miss Charli Ava is staying over Friday night so she can be with me at 2 book signings on Saturday. One in Edmond and one in Norman. Opposite ends of I-35, but we’ll make it work. In the meantime I’m just not watching news anymore. I am waiting for Queen Elizabeth to send in the troops as it is glaringly obivous we can not govern ourselves. We need a do-over bad!

Have a good Wednesday and thanks for listening to me. It really does help knowing you aren’t alone!

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

Drama, Clorox, and a Crime Board….

Time to slow it down and have a cuppa and a sit. Spring is slinging pollen all over the state and I am fairly sure it is a personal vendetta. I swear you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting one of those fluffy white trees! So obviously I’ve been slurping hot tea and blowing my nose. I went out to lunch and the lovely server made me hot tea. They don’t even serve it but she made me some. I love her now.

Do you ever have one of those miserable days where you are just fed up with the world? I know I can’t be the only one. I’m tired of the Trump drama. I’m tired of listening to stupid people. I’m about to start handing out bottles of Dramamine in hopes that people keep their drama contained. Just keep that to yourself. It’s good no matter where drama shows up. Boats, planes, cars. My drama is mine.

I had 3 items to find today. Clorox, a new White Board, and toilet paper. So far I have none of those items. Staples had a white board the size of a sheet of paper and didn’t understand what I was looking for. They are dead to me now. Office Depot on-line knew what it was. A Crime Board, double-sided. Office Depot gets me. I ordered it and just because I was feeling shitty I ordered new bedding. All white. And maybe some tea.

My boys are on the golf course. This is Tommy’s first time out on the course since his surgery on his hip/leg so we shall see how far they get. I couldn’t go because allergies. My eye is way to important to risk pushing my pressure up. And since he’s probably reading this at the course….cheese grits….

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Get outside if you can!

xx P

CELESTIAL TEAHOUSE MOUNTAIN CHAI

Thursday has come with a surprise or two. This morning I received this little gem. Celestial Teahouse Mountain Chai. A true masala chai with Assam black tea. It is the best.  The aroma is intense and the taste is smooth, full-bodied and chock full of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves,nutmeg, star anise, black pepper, roasted chicory and vanilla bean. I had never seen it before, even on their website so I looked on Amazon and they had 1 box left for $10.99. OU Boy paid $2.50. Yep.

It was really good and I love the packaging. The banana bread was a hit. People like dusting the pan with cinnamon/sugar mix. It gave it a small crunch on the bottom which I quite enjoyed.

Since this was the first day in a long time we’ve been off together we went to the book store. Of course. Had some tea and bought some books and then called Corbin and Charli Ava and told them we were having treats and tea at the book store. All you could hear in the background was ” NOT FAIR”.  But it was nice to be lazy on a sunny day and wander around seeing Spring showing off around town.

He’s off tomorrow too. That may be a bit much for me so he’s making plans to golf with my son Mike, which better mean I get my babies back!

Now I have to go read 3 books before tomorrow. Is it Spring where you are now? For those of you dealing with flooding, we are praying with you.

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