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!

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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

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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

Cranberry Muffins and Tea…so good.

Cranberry Tea with Cranberry Muffins #harneyandsons

The only thing saving the depression of waking up to 34 degrees is the bright sunshine. Which should be false advertising. It didn’t help that OU Boy left for the airport around 3 a.m. He’s like my own personal heater and when he goes I suddenly have to go to the bathroom. I did get back to sleep but it didn’t include a dream and the one I was having was pretty good.

What the heck does one do at that ungodly time of day? Well, I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen. The challenge was to use a complimentary tea as the liquid in the recipe. First up, I had a new bag of fresh cranberries and some lovely oranges and that just screamed MUFFINS! This recipe doesn’t call for water but milk. So I heated the milk and steeped the Cranberry Tea from Harney and Sons in that and then used it to give it a richer flavor. As I am elbow deep in batter, my Russian neighbor, Sonja, came over needing some help with her Uber app. She doesn’t know how to use it yet and her son wasn’t home. She speaks little English so basically I did it for her and then wrote the return instructions on a Post-It.

When I returned the Cranberry tin to its spot, I saw the Pumpkin Spice. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. Think pumpkins, chocolate and spices…

I tinkered around with a new SuperFoods Smoothie also. Spinach,Kale, an Orange,Hemp Seeds, a dash of Spirulina and Maca along with a handful of Cranberries. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus it was good. It’s going in the book for sure.

My Butternut Squash is cooked and cooling and the pears are ready to make more soup. So dinner is pretty much done. Good thing as we have Multi-Cultural Night at school at 6 tonight.

I have found a way to reduce my stress level over all of this Trump idiocy. Christmas Music. Yes, the sister who shames her sisters for listening to that crap before December is now a believer. It really calms me down and kept me from tweeting maybe the plane could  just disappear on its way to France with Trump on it.

I think a nap is in order now. And Lynn Cahoon’s new book Slay in Character. Too funny!

xx P

Pomegranate Oolong Tea and Kale to the Queen

Good Monday Morning! Sipping on this Harney and Sons Pomegranate Oolong. Who doesn’t love Oolong?  So delicate and clean. The smell was nice and the color was a nice pale, pure and just lovely.

Especially with a little cozy mystery. This is a nice one.

Okay, here is some strange stuff. I asked someone who I won’t mention because she is obviously a few crayons short of a box.

Me: What is this Trunk or Treat?

Idiot: All the people in church have their cars backed in and kids go from car to car in their costumes trick or treating.

Me: Why? Can’t they go in their neighborhood?

Idiot: No because Halloween is Satan’s Holiday.

Me: And yet they are dressing up and begging for candy. So your church is celebrating it.

Idiot: Satanists come out that night. It’s evil.

Me: Who the fuck are you? Did you grow up in the same house as me? And you need to read a book! I seriously doubt they are planning a Satanic Ritual in a town of 200.

Anyway, to each his own. “Christians” have been culturally stealing pagan holidays for eons, so I shouldn’t have been surprised she sees that as evil but Santa Claus is a go!

Have a laugh! And a cup of tea!

P

 

TAZO DECAF LOTUS BLOSSOM TEA AND A BOOK!

Reading and sipping this morning. This is such a nice tea to have by itself. The flavors are so delicate and calming. It can be hard to find, but you can always get it on-line.

 

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Tempest in a Teapot (A Teapot Collector Mystery Book 1) by [Cooper, Amanda]

 

Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for…

This is the first in the series and I’m catching up on it! So far it’s really good!

What are you sipping and reading today?

Read Books, Drink Tea and Chill

It’s Monday! Never have I been so excited to see you Monday. Why? Fall Break is over and the children are back to school! I’m having a nice Chai to celebrate that one!

We are drying out here in OKC. The sun is shining and the lake is calling. I am up early hoping to get back on my regular schedule. Having two children for two weeks of break, has almost broken me. My schedule went out the window and binge watching the entire Halloween Movie Series has left me with some serious damage from eye rolling! Even the kids were yelling, “Why are you going in there???” The moral we got from this series is that if you are making out with a boy, you are going to die. Scared straight for now.

Then we had the Romero classics. All of Night of the Living Dead ( They’re coming for you Barbara) P.S. My mother’s name is Barbara so we get a lot of fun out of this one. All the Zombie shows were watched. Pumpkins have been decorated, candy eaten and by yesterday morning I was letting them eat bread.

I tried to have an adult conversation at the hardware store, asking for one of those things that keep water in the sink. The man behind me started roaring with laughter and said, “You don’t do dishes much, do you?” No, I say, I don’t. But my lack of brain matter is because it is Fall Break. Ooooooo, he says. Gotcha!

I now understand why people drink. And buy Benadryl. Most of last night was spent staring at the wall.

Today I am going to try to get back on track. Try. I may need multiple pots of tea, but I am going to try. ( I’m probably going back to bed).

xx Patricia