CAN YOU SMELL THE RAIN?

Not only is it Friday but I woke up to mist and that steady but light rain. Good day for tea and a book! It smelled so good outside. Like the promise of spring and the earth waking up, soaking up its own ‘tea’.

    We are& celebrating the release of Kirsten Weiss’s newest Cozy. Yummy chocolate, so we are also sipping some really nice Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea.

If you love chocolate and tea, and want to experience the two as one, our Chocolate Tea is an apropos choice for you. With its China black base and rich aroma, it's rated quite highly by all the chocolate fanatics here at Harney & Sons. (See also Decaf Chocolate Tea, if you're looking for an alternative to enjoy anytime of day or night).  This tea is so good and warming. I toss in a bit of cinnamon and almond milk and it tastes like Mexican Hot Chocolate. Good for rainy days and reading about murder!

Next week I will be working with the team at the school garden. Cleaning up, getting beds ready and this year turning soil to plant asparagus. Since it is also Spring Break I’m really looking forward to digging in the dirt with the kids. So this week-end will be a baking one. We have to have snackies and tea and I shall use this opportunity to indoctrinate your little babies in the ways of Tea Time!

Have a great Friday…or not….it is after all your choice how you handle it.

xx P

 

 

Keep Your Face Toward The Sun!

Thursday is almost gone and I haven’t heard from the PCH folks yet. I’m seriously annoyed too. My hair is done, my nails are done, even my toes, and I’m waiting….

Sipping on a nice Chamomile Tea to calm my nerves and my tummy. I think I caught a stomach bug and I’m trying to keep it soothed. It has been days since this cold front moved in. No snow or precipitation, just slick spots on the roads because we have been below freezing most of the week. But school is closed! A branch falls off a tree and school is closed!

I may not be in the best mood. I think it takes a bit of time to unwind yourself from all of the tension one has during a  health crisis. Of course it hasn’t helped that Tommy slipped on the ice and is now black and blue on the side he just had surgery on.

My partner in crime and I have decided on a trip to an island with great snorkeling and lots of diamonds and shopping. Just the two of us. So she made me feel better today. I’m just channeling yellow today. Sunshine! That feeling of the sun on your face that means Spring has arrived.  We shall rent a VW Bug and cruise the beach and soak up all of that liquid gold.

And now  I shall go back to bed with my tea and have an adventure in a book!

Be Safe. Be Warm. Stay Wild!

xxP

Lemon Lavender Lane Tea with Lemon Lust Loaf! Mmmmmm

Monday morning and we’ve accomplished quite a bit already this morning. Started at Target to pick up Tommy’s meds and a new pillar candle, then to Starbucks for a latte’, and on to the Library to grab some books. Tommy has headed to the Cancer Center for his after surgery 2 week appointment and I’m not going there.

The wind is outrageous today! It may be in the 50’s but that wind is not! So, let’s talk about tea. This is one I discovered last summer and stocked up. It is a delicate tea with a smooth lavender flavor and a back note of tart lemon. It was the perfect thing to go with my Lemon Lust Loaf.

We are off on Mondays and Tuesdays so I’m hoping Tommy can rest and I can read. I have been on a crafting jag the past few days and accomplished a few things I saw on Pinterest and on Kelleysdiy one of which was the lantern.

Dollar Tree lantern made with 4 frames💵❤️   Now I stopped into Burlington and saw this lovely lantern with a bit of bling. $25. I stopped at the Dollar Tree and found 4 4×6 frames for $1 each and they also had some bling. So for $4 I made my own and like it better! Just rip of the backs, which I saved in the craft basket, I put a couple of drops of glue on the back so the glass wouldn’t fall out and then glued the sides together and Voila’!  I also did a couple of floral arrangements and a Spring wreath.

How is your Monday going? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Has anyone seen the Twinings Soothe Tea anyplace? I can’t find it anywhere and I am out, so let me know!

xx P

PIE HARD by KIRSTEN WEISS DEBUTING ON THE 26th!!

At Pie Town, Val Harris is still in her first year and while business is a little slow right now she isn’t about to throw in the towel.

Unbeknownst to Val her much older pie crust baker, Charlene has signed the shop up for the reality television show Pie Hard. Walking into her shop to find strangers and cameras is not what Val needs at the moment. But with Charlene whispering in her ear listing all of the good things and publicity they would receive, she caves.

Pie Hard, like all reality shows, thrives on drama and trust me there is no lack of drama in this tale. Rude, late, and pushy, Val doesn’t know how much of this she can take. Charlene has already forgotten to tell her she rented a piece of the land where Val’s tiny house sits to a group of Yurt loving, goddesses for the week and she still isn’t sure if she has a boyfriend or not.

When one  of her gaming regulars, Ray calls to say he just saw a body fall off the cliff at the hotel where the entire crew is staying, Val and Charlene are on the case. Val is hoping they all just go on home, but no, fate has something even more shocking in store for her! The new producer.

When even more bodies start piling up they know they need to solve this thing before Pie Town dies a hard death!

What makes a really good Cozy Mystery Series? Characters. And Ms. Weiss has given us an abundance of them. Not the typical ditzy ones. Characters you could meet in any small town. They have depth, flaws, quirks, just like the rest of us. They are relatable. This is what I like to call an intelligent cozy. There are so many layers of intrigue in this one that I read it straight through! Just when you think you know who did what and why, you don’t. I love it when I read a story and go WHAT?? at the wrap up.

Very Well Done!

Kensington February 26, 2019

Thanks so much for the ARC KW!

Hot Apple Spice Tea and a New Cozy!

Good Monday! Cold but sunny here finally. First let’s talk about this tea. It is Hot Apple Spice loose leaf tea from Harney & Sons. A gift from the lovely Cynthia. Since I was reading Kirsten Weiss’s new book coming on the 26th of February and it has a lot of pie in it, this was the perfect tea. It tastes and smells like the best apple pie ever. It’s naturally sweet and is full of warming,happy spices. I love it.

Pie Hard is a cozy mystery to be released next month and I loved it. If you haven’t read any of Kirsten’s books, you should. She is really good at writing cozy mysteries.

Last year Tommy bought me these little footed cups. For Christmas he gave me a matching teapot. It’s just the right size for 2 people to share tea.

Well, it finally happened to me. Someone sent me a picture of their privates. I was so shocked I immediately forwarded it to Cynthia, who wondered if I had been hacked, and my sister who wondered if I recognized it. No. Didn’t even look at it that close. Poor Cynthia, I’m so sorry! I was in shock that someone would have the audacity to send me a picture of their penis. And that is what it said. ‘My Penis”. I reported him and blocked him. I told Tommy and he said he didn’t know what to make of that but he knew the ladies at work get them a lot. I never thought I would. In hindsight I should have told him I have guns bigger than that, but then I didn’t want to have anything to do with that. I’ll take spam all day, but please do not send me pictures of your lower regions. My momma would have died on the spot.

In other thrilling news, I finished watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. I can only watch it when Tommy is gone because he doesn’t like scary movies. He watched the episode where the ghost appears in the car and almost fell off the sofa. Good news on the Netflix front Grace and Frankie is back this Friday! And I am loving this Britbox thing!

 

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

Rainy Day Supplies

I woke up to thunder, lightening and rain. It’s still going on. I thought I could get so much done, but no.

First let’s talk about the last of the holiday teas. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. It smells and tastes like a sugar cookie. And it’s herbal and has no caffeine! I don’t have any sugar cookies to dunk because Tommy and the tiny terrorists ate them all. Every single one.

This has been a wild few days for us. To make it easier on Tommy and his leg I decided we would not go to midnight mass but to the 4:30 Mass. We arrived at 4 p.m. and had to park 3/4 of a mile away and walk. Now the church is only a mile from the house. I had not realized this was also the Children’s Choir service. There were over 300 people in the Atrium! And the inside of the church was packed as well. But very pretty and the priest said we had so many flowers he felt like Clark Griswold.

Christmas at Christ the King

A few interesting things happened at service. The couple in front of us had their 4 teen-aged children who were better behaved than their parents who had obviously hit the egg nog early as they giggled and kissed and transferred gum from their mouths. Even the kids were giving them the side eye. Then their was the lovely fellow right in front of me who had on a Jimmy Buffett shirt and I had to look at Santa and his reindeer with a surf board in the sled and a naked hula girl by his side. So many questions I wanted to ask…. The children sang beautifully and all of the elected officials behaved and were sober.

Christmas Eve continued with Tommy constantly telling me to go to another room. He was doing Santa stuff. We had to run all over OKC just to find out my favorite patisserie was closed so we went to our second favorite because I’d rather pay someone to cook for me than mess up my kitchen.

We did brunch. Not a ham or a turkey or a pot to wash even. We had a lovely Florentine Quiche, a Cranberry Brie En Croute, Toast and Caviar, Hanky Pankies, which are like crack, Cinnabons and a lot of Prosecco, and Mimosas. The kids had their special cookies with cocoa and Tommy and Corbin played with his new drone which almost ended up in the pool. The rest of us quietly watched White Christmas and got sleepy.

The kids know us so well, they gave us a great restaurant gift card to all of our favorite places on Lake Hefner where we run. Tommy gave me a new teapot and a huge mirror. The mirror was a huge hit. Between me and the kids we are some pretty vain creatures. At least know I won’t have to stand on the bed to see my bottom half in a mirror! I gave Tommy the drone and when everyone left we stayed in our jammies and watched Netflix. If you haven’t seen The Derry Girls, it is hilarious.

Just now my neighbor, who had been to Ganache  Patisserie  this morning, brought over this! From the chef when he heard I was heartbroken he was closed. Good people.

And now it’s 3 in the afternoon and it’s still raining and I’m still in my pajamas.

I hope everyone had the exact type of day you wished for. Ours was very low-key and laid back. We had limited everyone to 3 gifts each and with Tommy hobbling around and worried still about our test results it was just what we needed. Time to just snuggle on the sofa and laugh and eat more cheese.

Now let’s get ready for Mardi Gras!

xx P

IT’S WINTER, WITCHES!

That title could probably be my hashtag if I had one. Waking up to 20 degree weather was a shocker! I had to put my big girl socks on. So I am snuggled up on the sofa with a nice cup of English Breakfast Tea and the last book in the trilogy of Katherine Arden’s fabulous tales. The first was The Bear and the Nightingale, followed by The Girl in the Tower and now The Winter Witch.

We did get our tree up and mostly decorated. We are still debating on a tree topper.

In weird news today I am looking out my office window across the street where there is a long fence. In front of the fence all the way down are 3 transformers and 1 other transformer looking box. On all of them sits 1 big pumpkin and 2 smaller ones. They just appeared overnight and I have no explanation for them.

Is it a message? Is it that pumpkin cult from before? Who did this? And why has no one touched them? I have questions people. Should I rescue them? Is this some Stephen King shite?

In not weird news I won a Laura Child’s book! Thank you to Katiescottage! Y’all should check out her beautiful blog.

Y’all stay warm and pray for the pumpkins.

xx P

CUT TO THE CHAISE WITH A NICE CUPPA

This Cozy Mystery debuted this week. It was really good.

And what goes better with a Cozy Mystery than a nice cuppa?

It’s back to shorts weather today. I’m still not sure where I got all of that intense energy yesterday. I did start using Moringa in my SuperFood Smoothies so I may have to back off of that one. Energetic is not one of my goals. Being cared for by an adoring billionaire on the other hand is. Sorry honey.

I completely re-arranged my bedroom so I would have more space on one side, flipped the mattress and cleaned the blinds even. Normally I only clean ceiling fans and blinds on the first Monday. I think I was just trying to put something in order because my brain was not in order. It feels as if we are in a holding pattern. Unable to make even the simplest of decisions until we know the outcome of Tommy’s surgeries. He is still in a lot of pain so our appointment can’t get here soon enough.

Have a good evening and keep us in your thoughts!

xx P

A COZY MYSTERY AND SOME TEA

thewhisperedword

What goes better than Tea and Scones? A cozy mystery by Ellery Adams. This one just made its debut this week and it is a really good series.

japanesesencah  And this is a really nice tea!

I’ve been busy catching up on book reviews, requests and collaborations. Tommy has doctors appointments scheduled for a biopsy of his esophagus and with the surgeon for his leg. He’s in constant pain and we are hoping we may be able to move up the dates from the 10th, but everyone and their brother are trying to use up their insurance for the year so it’s tough to get every doctor we need in one place.

The recliner situation has resolved itself. I knew yesterday afternoon when he told me to remember we were having dinner with his Aunt tonight. He never said one word about that to me. And I’m going to give him a pass because he is on drugs. I did not go to dinner because it was cold outside. 0 stars, did not recommend.  Turns out she just wanted to give us something for our house. They had a long talk and turns out there is just one little troublemaker skewing the stories around. That has been dealt with and all is well in the pirate nation. Also you should always go to the source of the info and not depend on someone else’s version of events.

We are so lucky to live surrounded by great neighbors who have been doing the heavy lifting and making sure we have all of their numbers so Tommy can just rest and manage his pain. So thanks y’all.

I think my brain is on auto-pilot lately.  I went to make tea this morning and noticed there was a smudge on a cabinet which led to a full on wash down of all cupboards and ceiling fans. Which led to cleaning the bathroom. This was all before 8 a.m.

Some really good things I’m proud of, my cousin Kristen, who was a helo pilot and Commander in Hawaii for the Army is a genius Engineer. She retired from the service and started an airline company as she and my uncle share that. She builds campers from scratch! And as of last week she is working for Virgin Galactica building things that will go into space! And she manages to coach her kid’s soccer teams and get them to all of their music and dance activities.

Hope you are having a good week and not freezing. Today it will be 61 degrees. Tomorrow? Who knows. This is Oklahoma.

xx P

It’s Cold. The End. My Winter Poem.

Surely you jest, Amazon Fire. It can not be 26 degrees outside. Re-booting did not change the answer. Which is so switch and bait of Mother Nature since the sun is blinding!

Since one of my favorite things to say is,”There’s a tea for that!”, I headed to the tea cupboard and Pumpkin Spice jumped right up like a Know it all kid in the third grade. Actually this Harney and Sons tea is the perfect tea to make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Especially if you are having Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars with them. Oooy, Gooey goodness makes my mouth water. And of course I used tea as the liquid. OU Boy sure was eating them last night so I’m guessing they are delicious as he is picky about food.

This time I made the Butternut Squash Soup with a different pear and one honey crisp apple. It is still delicious. I also made stuffed Acorn Squash. Stuffed with herbs,tri-color quinoa and just a bit of vegetable stock to make it stick. It was really good. Especially after I drizzled a half teaspoon of pure maple syrup over it!

What is with this sudden rash of kitchen witchery? Well I am trying to get OU Boy in shape for our Aruba trip. Now he actually started on his own, cutting down to less than a gallon of Mississippi Sweet Tea per day. And steering away from the white bread and Mayo. He’s lost almost 30 pounds. So I’m trying to make it easier on him by giving him healthy versions of things he likes. Also I hide things. And tell him we’re out. I’ve learned that if I have something made when he gets here, he doesn’t go for the quick fix. A couple of sandwiches and anything ending in ‘os’. Doritos, Cheetos,Fritos, and you get the picture.

It may be chilly outside but inside Bing Crosby is warming me up with White Christmas. As I wish my sisters were here so we could do the big Sisters number! We used to force our small children to sit on the couch and listen to us perform. They hate that movie now.

I hope you are safe and warm where you are today.

xx P