Another hot and humid Monday with more over 100-degree heat. Today’s cuppa is brought to us by Octavia Teas. It is an Earl Grey Lavender. On this one, I’m going to have to say I didn’t care for it. It was strong and I didn’t detect the lavender. Not worth the caffeine. But I’m sure someone else will love it. What did I love?


This Nitro Cold Brew with Almond Milk from Starbucks! Smooth as my Uncle Junior. I grabbed it on the way to the Farmer’s Market at OSU. What did I find there?

There was live music, lots of people grabbing those first peaches and tomatoes. We bought some of everything! Including a whole peach pie. We got a ton of pickling cucumbers and okra and did this!


Made Dill Pickles and Pickled Okra! Turns out I am that kind of person! These weekends off are turning us into different people. I mean you have to get up early for this stuff! But I was so inspired by the beautiful produce I had to do something.

Afterwards, we hit up the Antique Fair. And what did we see? Lots of things I wanted!

A rare 1800’s Tea Bin. It is large! And the inside smells like tea. Cute little tea set for the grands. A lovely rose tablecloth that went beautifully with the vase of roses the same color from the day before!

My momma and my sister are fluent in shorthand. A skill I never once thought of attaining. It looked a lot like when I was learning Farsi. And the best, a 1939 edition of Gone With The Wind. Enough to make a Georgia girl swoon!

All that shopping and adventuring made us hungry so we made a Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad with some Harney and Sons Blueberry Green Tea!


Then we got Wedding Mail! One of the shirts I ordered for the #BrideTribe. Even little Charli got one. The mugs are for our morning coffee on the big day!

And it looks like OU Boy has turned into a butterfly! He’s lost a lot of weight and is sticking to his healthy eating habits. Now he loves shopping.


We also finished watching Dead Like Me on Prime. I can’t believe I never saw that! Saw Jim Gaffigan and hung at the pool. I talked to my sister a lot trying to co-ordinate winter vacations in Curacao.

Now it’s Monday and back to work, we go. Back to school, we go. This weekend stuff I could get used to!

Enjoy and what did you do this weekend?

xx P

coffee and cake by Rick Rodgers

Coffee and Cake: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Coffee--with Dozens of Delectable Recipes for Café Treats

Rick Rodgers is an expert at writing really good cookbooks! And this one is exactly what I was looking for. Focusing not only on the cake, but on making the perfect cup of coffee, no matter what type of machine you choose to use.

I prefer the French Press. It’s always reliable and gives me a smooth cup. He takes us through all of the different brewing methods and shares some excellent coffee drinks with us so by the time the cake portion comes around, you are ready with your cup of choice.

The cakes are the good old-fashioned kind our grandmothers made. Plus some European treats and two of my all time favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf. Oh my goodness were those good. I plan on working my way through the entire book and pairing them with the appropriate coffee. Or tea. If you know me you’ll know it’s probably tea.

I can say honestly I love this little book!






Wrapping Up The Weeks of the Plague

It’s Friday! Oh my I am so happy! Yes, it’s cold as crap but luckily we have lots of warm tea and blankets. This morning I am chugging down some coffee ( gasp ) since I woke up with my asthma acting up and coffee works better for me than my inhaler. Plus it’s warm and I got to use my new French Press.

I can not adequately explain just how thankful I am that the ice stopped and I am the only one home today. I have a routine and I do not like it disturbed. And it has been for the past few weeks with sickness, weather, doctor’s visits and other people in my space.

I am home alone waiting for the Publisher’s Clearing House people to show up at my door today. I actually put on pants and everything. I mean they sent me an email saying it was in my zip code so it must be me.

Back to the subject of tea. I am not a medicine taker. I don’t trust them. I read every insert and if there is anything more than may cause diarrhea, I’m not taking it. So I have had to come up with alternatives for this flu/strep cure. Luckily for me I have an endless supply of herbs, tea and pure essential oils to work with. The new Bigelow Benefits teas are full of wonderful things to help your body heal itself and balance things like your sugar. Mine gets really low and then I feel shaky and bad, so I have been drinking the heck out of those and using a lot of Frankincense and Myrrh. We diffuse it and I use it topically. I mean look how well the mummies held up with these two!

Now I’m off to write reviews on all the books I read while being iced in.

xx Patricia

Women Behaving Badly and The Evils of Alcohol

No tea this morning. Went straight to the coffee. It was a most interesting evening for us. It was OU Boy’s Company Party which was held at Rock and Brews in OKC. Great people there and everyone was great!

Just the getting ready part was hilarious. I asked OU Boy to find my slip in my dress closet. Him: What’s a slip? Me: It’s white and looks like something the Kardashians would wear in public. So here we go all prim and proper to an event in a dark place where moving around much wasn’t a good idea with my night vision issue.

Right away the other cool couple there popped down at the table along with Bob. No clue who Bob is but he is a handy fellow! I was not the Designated Driver so I had a Martini and then (followed by duh,duh,duh scary music) Debra said Let’s do shots! And Bob decides to look up the 10 most popular shots. After the first one which I think was Liquid Marijuana or the Buttery Nipple, OU Boy says, Did you eat today? Me: I think I had an apple or something. He knows I am not a drinker but am easily led astray by tiny drinks that taste like dessert! And by other wild women. Thank you Debra for going to the DJ to request some female rock! Thank you DJ for the Paramore, Halestorm and Amy Lee.

There was the Redheaded Slut, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lemon Drops and I don’t remember the others. Anywhooo our table got cut off from shots. Seriously. When Bob came back from the bar he told us we had been cut off. Well crap on a cracker! They kept asking us what we wanted so it wasn’t our fault.

So as you can see I left looking prim and this picture came from OU Boy. Apparently I passed out on the bed. Several things are wrong with this picture. Where is my pashmina? Where is my necklace? Where are my boots and leather jacket?

When I got up at 2:30 I found them all. On the floor. Like breadcrumbs. OU Boy had thoughtfully placed a huge bucket by my bed just in case but I ate a chip and took some aspirin and went back to bed. He took several pictures of me looking like a dead body which better be deleted! Also Sorry to a fellow blogger who asked a question and I messaged him I’m Drunk. Thankfully he is a good sport!

This party is the only time of year that I even have a drink so I’m going to forgive myself when I get out of the bed.

xx Patricia

A Change of Plans Led To More Fun!

tea party. #tea, #teaparty

What a cute vintage poem!  Since I just woke up I am actually sipping some coffee this morning. It was a long night.

We were headed to the Thunder vs. Portland game downtown at the Peake. Found a great parking spot right on the riverwalk which is really pretty. And this is as far as we got!

Half way down the stairs it got dark. I still can’t see well in the dark so the Anxiety Fairy was flitting all over with her snarky, look on the dark side self. I panicked. I was just unable to see the depth of the stairs and so we went back to the car and I called the kids to see if they wanted to use our tickets. They said Yes! So we met at their house downtown to watch the grands.

On the way we passed the OKC Memorial for the victims of the bombing. Each chair is lit up and it is a very solemn place.

We had a wild night with Corbin and Charli Ava. Throw in 2 large dogs and a black cat and chaos quickly ensues. We had no idea how to work their television and neither did the kids, so OU Boy pulled up the game on his phone and lo and behold it was Kiss Cam time! And the kids started squealing when their parents popped up on the screen. It was really comical. With Oh Gross! being the sentiment.


As you can see we also built a fort out of Lincoln Logs and Corbin kindly placed benches around for the bears.

They were in bed asleep when the kids came home and they were so excited. We visited way later than any of us should have since everyone had to be up at the crack of dawn. Except me. OU Boy called me at 10:30 this morning and I told him I had just woken up and he told me what I could do as well as what the horse I rode in on could do. Tsk, Tsk….

So here you go! This is what you look like after a night out. Do not freak out. I will comb my hair and get dressed and maybe put on make up.


   xx Patricia










White milk glass condiment tray I but together with vintage little spoons!

Grab A Cup! It’s Sunday!

Exciting tea related news! Now my local market carries Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea in a 48 count box! My tea filled heart is eternally grateful to the people at Tazo for recognizing we need more that 24.

It’s a gorgeous sunny day here in Oklahoma. I’m definitely in a sunflower mood today. They are one of my favorite flowers. OU Boy brought me this lovely arrangement yesterday, even after his team got schooled by Iowa yesterday and the entire Sooner Nation went silent. Especially after Iowa took a page out of Baker Mayfield’s book of tricks and planted their flag on the 50 yard line. It was ugly. Let’s move on.

Y’all know with this transplant thing still going on ( I’ve had marriages that didn’t last this long) I am not really good with peripheral vision on that side. When we went to the country last week I thought I saw a field of sunflowers and excitedly told OU Boy to look over there at all of them. Him: Those aren’t sunflowers, they are just plants that have turned yellow because they are dead. Oh well, he could have just said Sure and moved on.

I love the idea of sunflowers. They always have their faces turned towards the sun. That is a good life lesson. Always stand up straight with your head up and smiling. We may not have a lot to smile about some days but it really can change your day. And more importantly it could change someones day.

Be someones Sunflower today. Smile at someone who needs it today and reward yourself with a nice cup of tea!

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

Murder Most Frothy ( a coffeehouse mystery) by Cleo Coyle

Murder Most Frothy (Coffeehouse Mystery, #4)

Clare Cosi’s new friend, millionaire David Mintzer, has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. So Clare packs up her daughter, her former mother-in-law, and her special recipe for iced coffee—for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Soon, Clare tends the coffee bar at her first Hamptons gala. But the festivities come to a bitter end when an employee turns up dead in David’s bathroom—a botched attempt on the millionaire’s life. Thanks to the Fourth of July fireworks no one heard any gunshots, and the police are stuck in holiday traffic. Concerned for everyone’s safety, Clare begins to investigate. What she finds will keep her up at night—and it’s not the java jitters…

This is the fourth in this series and while I love the coffee concoctions Clare comes up with and the yummy recipes in the back of the books, this one may have been stretching it a bit.

Clare is a smart woman, but in this book she comes off as not so bright. And it seemed the coffee information was just thrown in as filler.

So not my favorite one.

xx Patricia

Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is […]

via Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY* — Books, Books and More Books!

Release Day for Lynn Cahoon, cosy mystery writer and New York Times Bestselling Author!

Definitely a cuppa tea book!



Yes, it seems that you can get just about anything these days from a truck, cart, or a VW bus. Flowers, coffee, tea, all types of cakes and sweet treats. I’m pretty sure that none of these sweet little things are here in the U.S. I wish they were. We do have some amazing food trucks, and not just Big Truck Tacos! If you haven’t been  to one of them then you are missing out on some really good Truck food.

One of our favorites is The Loaded Bowl! Organic, Vegan, GF, and really good comfort food! Cashew Mac and Cheese and the Down Home Bowl…oh yeah!

dOugh M G  is a vegetarian raw cookie dough truck! Try The Maverick! Peanut Butter goodness!

La Gumbo Ya Ya is a Cajun/Puerto Rican Fusion Truck. With Crawfish Boils and Blue Shell Crab Boils!  Yummy!

Wicked Hangry Burgers has every kind of burger and topping you can think of. My favorite is the Complainer…it has nothing on it!

The Sugar Shack Sweets & Treats has desserts and Carnival type food.

And there are so many more. Every weekend there is some event where they all show up and there is something for everyone!  What is your favorite Truck Food? What is mine? Well let’s just say I always know where Big Truck Tacos is going to be for the day…

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