Classic Southern Desserts from Southern Living…It’s So Good!


This is one of my favorite baking books! I’m not sure you can even be called a Southern Lady and not have a subscription to all things Southern Living! I’m pretty sure I have every book they have put out. Plus the magazine. For my birthday one year I got to go to a 3 day cooking class there. It was magic!

Recipes from the last 40 years. The best of the best. And the recipes are easy to follow and never require a lot of special ingredients. My personal favorite in this amazing book is the Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Pecans and Sticky Caramel Sauce! Slap ‘yo Momma good!

The pictures are exquisite and the recipes are all tried and true favorites! I checked to see when I received this book and it was in 2012, so I’m sure you can check it out at your local library and then you will find you must have it!


This would make an excellent wedding shower gift! Let me know if you have tried it!

Today is another Big Weather Day! There is always that one week in May that Mother Nature comes in and reminds Oklahoma who is really in charge! I was going to do laundry and clean today, but if there is a tornado out there headed my way, well that would have been a big waste of my time, right?!

I’m having my cup of Tazo Awake English Breakfast today. I needed a little extra jolt this morning, as I’m still recovering from having to get up at 6 a.m. yesterday.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy yourself a nice cup of Tea!

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This is the first cookbook by Rose Carrarini, co-founder of Villandry in London in 1988 and who  now serves her signature,simple,fresh and natural food at Rose Bakery in Paris.

Rose has one passionate philosophy that life is improved by great food and great food can be achieved by everyone.  This book has over 100 recipes from the bakery’s most popular dishes.

I liked the gorgeous pictures of food and I especially liked that the measurements for the recipes are in both European and American so we can all make them!

The Pizzette dough is really good  I enjoyed hearing the story of how things got started and how committed to fresh, good food she is. I originally found this at my local library and fell in love with it, as I do most things French!


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Fairy House Cooking by Liza Gardner Walsh

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The fairies (and kids) are invading the kitchen. Following up on the popular Fairy House and Fairy Garden handbooks, Liza Gardner Walsh presents a new dimension in fairy-themed activities—Cooking! 

In this delightful book, there are lots of delicious recipes, such as pretty fairy muffins, tiny confetti cookies, candied violets, and many more. There are also recipes for tiny snacks meant for fairies, and fun recipes for treats to leave out for the animal friends of fairies.
Complementing the recipes will be fun sidebars of fairy lore and guides for hosting fairy-themed teas and birthday parties.
Simple steps and easy-to-follow recipes help kids and parents make yummy food for parties, friends, or just for fun!

Fairy House and Fairy Garden are two of my favorite books. In a house full of fairy lovers, we never miss an opportunity to use our imagination and play like the fairies!

In the newest book, with help, the kids can try their hands at Toadstool Cupcakes, Toadstool Meringues and Marzipan Mushrooms,Pixie Dust Popcorn or Pretzel Fairy Wands and much more.

The photos in the book are a hit. Not staged, just kids having fun and making a mess while pretending they are fairies and having a bit of a party.

The books are aimed at stretching the imagination in the out-of-doors and now we have some tasty and quite easy treats to take with us on our adventures!

I am in favor of all things imaginary and I thought this was one of the most charming books I’ve seen on the topic.

Expected Release Date is May of 2017.

xx Patricia

Off The Eaten Path by Morgan Murphy

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Southern Living presents Off the Eaten Path by Morgan Murphy. Favorite Southern Dives, and 150 recipes that made them famous.

17 states across the South and the dives and the food that made us fall in love with them.. Along with a few signature dishes from each place, Morgan gives us addresses, phone numbers and even GPS coordinates. As well as some interesting local attractions to check out.

I love this book. and after doing a vegan post yesterday, I was asked to do this one by someone who doesn’t eat anything unless it moos, clucks or oinks. Preferably with a Mason jar of sweet tea and a lot of cream gravy. So this one is for you.

I have pretty much been to all of these places! My favorite will always be The Dinner Bell in McComb, Mississippi. all the food is home made and southern. We all sit at a big table with people we don’t even know and the lazy susan style table is piled high with greens, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, fried chicken and pies to die for.

OU boy is not just a fan of the Chicken Fried Steak and Cream Gravy, I personally believe that if you cut him he would bleed gravy and sweet tea.

Have you eaten at any of these spots? What was your favorite?

This one is available at your library probably. If it is you should really get it! Food and travel, what tops that?

xx Patricia   Happy Eating!

But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! by Kristy Turner


There are a lot of Vegan cook books out there. Besides Thug Kitchen and The Happy Herbivore which I use on a regular basis. I found this book last week and was pleasantly surprised at the variety and the ease of the recipes.

There is something for the pickiest of eaters here. One of my things is Soy. I don’t do well with soy, and was glad to see so many recipes that don’t use Tofu or pretend meat. The dishes are filling, they are pretty, and they are good for you.

I stopped trying to convert everyone to a plant based diet a while back. Personally I only eat plants. No meat, dairy, sugar or flour. I do eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, greens and lots of Tea! It started as a way to control the painful flare ups of my Crohn’s Disease and now I can’t imagine eating any other way. I simply adapt recipes to my own needs. At first I thought I would have to give up baking, but there is an alternative to pretty much any ingredient and when I want to be creative, I bake and give it away. Especially Cupcakes.

If you are eating to live rather than living to eat, take a look at this one! And if you are into the Vegan Bowl thingy I’ve got you covered on that tomorrow!

xx Patricia   Be Kind To Yourself and Your Tummy!

Buttercream Dreams by Jeff Martin

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This little gem of a book from Jeff Martin who is the  creator of the hugely successful Smallcakes. Jeff has appeared on Cupcake Wars and if you remember the one where the baker forgot to put in the pumpkin in his pumpkin cupcakes, yes, that would be him!

Jeff tells us his story of stating his business and how his business came about and gives us some delicious recipes!

That Pumpkin Cupcake with Cardamom Buttercream is included in the book and it is a party in your mouth!  The French Toast and Bacon Cupcake is another of my favorites.

You will find recipes for cupcakes, small cakes, big scoops and lots of other sweet treats.  The recipes are very easy to understand and make.


These are my 3 favorites. And this is one of my  favorite books for delicious and home made cakes!  With a cup of tea in the afternoon, any of these is a treat!

Give it a look and see what you think! Since wedding season is almost upon us, this would be a great shower gift!

xx Patricia  fridaytea2


MACARONS by Berenger Abraham

Macarons are all the current rage, and this beautiful collection of tried-and-tested recipes allows even first-time macaron makers to try their hand at these luscious delicacies.

This stunning collection of recipes adds a touch of magic to the macaron. From the subtle flavors of the perfect raspberry or lemon macaron to more adventurous combinations of violet and white chocolate or rhubarb and red currant, this book includes 28 recipes for these dainty and delicious treats.

With a set of foolproof step-by-step instructions, accompanied by gorgeous, inspiring photography, this wonderful collection will ensure that even the novice chef can master the perfect macaron for any occasion.

This is a tiny book but it’s packed with the easiest and tastiest macarons! She uses the French method, which I prefer and there are no buttercream fillings, which is good for me.

I’ve always heard these were terribly difficult to get right, but not this time. Perfection!

Now that ground almond flour is so much easier to purchase at your regular market, this is even more fun! The flavor combinations look drool worthy. Salted Caramel please!! I am ashamed to say that I ate all 6. Sorry, not sorry kind of thing.

Grab your cup, today we are drinking Lemon Verbena, and take a look at some great pictures!

Enjoy your Sunday. I am going to try and sneak outside and enjoy this hot weather!

Love and Tea!  xx Patricia

European Cookies For Every Occasion from Krisztina Maksai


Oh my but this is a lovely book! Krisztina Maksai is a baking rock star! The thing I liked best about this lovely book is shown above. Step by step photo instructions. So you can see if you are doing it right!

I need this in a cookbook. I am most definitely a visual learner. Show me a picture and I can make anything. Everything in the book is just lush! My favorite is the Chocolate Wedges. Oh my gosh I can’t think of anything better!

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Have yourself a wonderful Sunday!   xx Patricia    20170215_100015

The Sprinkles Baking Book By Candace Nelson ( Yes,There will be Cupcakes!)

The instant New York Times bestseller!
Cupcake favorites and dessert classics from the pastry chef and creator of Sprinkles Cupcakes and judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
When Candace Nelson started Sprinkles, America’s first cupcakes-only bakery, in 2005, people thought she was crazy. “What else do you sell?” they’d ask. But Sprinkles sold out on opening day . . . and hasn’t slowed down since!
Now, in her first cookbook, Candace opens up her recipe vault to bring you 100 irresistible desserts she can’t live without. You’ll learn all the secrets for making 50 beloved Sprinkles Cupcakes, from iconic red velvet to new flavors created exclusively for the book, like crème brûlée.
But Candace doesn’t stop there. She shares the recipes for her all-time favorite cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies, bars, and other treats, plus delicious guest recipes from Sprinkles friends like Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, and Michael Strahan. THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK is filled with all-American classics that will appeal to everyone in your family and on your dinner party guest list. So, don’t hold back. Treat yourself to this sweet cookbook and share in the fun!
Sprinkles is one of my all time favorite cupcake bakeries! And Candace Nelson is perfect. Really she is a cupcake genius!  If the only thing in this entire book, which has like 100 of her secret recipes, was the Red Velvet Cupcakes, I would still want this book. So grab your Earl Grey and have some virtual yumminess! 

I love Sprinkles cupcakes more than any other. And the fact that Candace brought us the ATM version of cupcakes is nothing short of brilliant! I know at least one of our fellow bloggers caught the Sprinkles fever when visiting from across the pond!

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Red Velvet is my favorite, but don’t tell the others….you know how they can be…

xx Patriciafridaytea2