Happy Earth Day! Transformation Complete!

Happy Earth Day! It’s a pretty gray one here. The Arts Festival set up downtown this morning for a week, which means it will rain all week. I am 100 on this. I didn’t think our rain was supposed to come until Wednesday and then I read they were setting up downtown and sure enough, it started to drizzle. Oh well.

I finally finished the bedroom re-do. The room has white blinds and the challenge was to not use hardware of any kind. After numerous trips to design shops and some arguing in Home Depot, I found a way to rise to the challenge. Our entire house is ocean/beach inspired because that’s who we are and where we come from. It comforts us.

I left the blinds up and closed them. Measured about a dozen times the window which is not quite level. Finally I found an oil canvas that I loved as it reminded me of the piers at home and the shadows it cast were very nice. I had a nice fellow cut me a piece of 3 inch wood and painted it white and plopped the canvas on top and pushed just a bit and Voila! It fit perfectly with no hardware. Now I have a focal point that changes as the sun hits the window and at night it looks like the sun is setting. I have an extensive hat collection so I popped some at the top and use those white stretchy fasteners. I have an entire wall of them on the other side. Now I’m looking for the perfect throw.

I’m done with that experiment now and have written it all down. I can see this as being something apartment dwellers or renters could do to keep from putting a lot of nails in the wall as well as a decorating tool.

Time to go make the tea…Have a safe Monday and show the Earth some love!

xx P

DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL…AND PIE!

Good Friday! I’m wishing I was closer to my Momma this time of year so I could have her coconut cake. My momma is a world-class baker and cake decorator.  Between her coconut cake and her pound cakes we should all be morbidly obese by now.

The one thing we both loved was those Cream Cheese Mints that melt in your mouth and contain 2 pounds of powdered sugar! Yesterday I spent most of the day stirring and then rolling some into tiny egg shapes and the rest the round flat only I used a wax seal with my initials and made them all fancy. I’m mailing them to her.

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Since it is Strawberry Season I had a fridge full of berries and Tommy said he had never heard of Strawberry Pie from Shoney’s!  Oh the horror! Luckily we know this one by heart so by the time he got here there was a counter full of drying mints, and a chilled strawberry pie with homemade whipped cream. It was perfect. Even the crust was British Baking Show quality. Which is rare for me.

I wish you all a lovely Easter and a grand weekend.  I’ll be reading and finishing some projects and am trying to stay off the internet so I don’t lose my mind with all the politics!

xx P

 

BLUEBERRY GREEN TEA AND A TALE

Crazy busy around the household. That weather guy is saying storms are coming this evening. It’s been windy every day so if you step outside you look like the lion king.

I made a recipe that Diane had on her blog for Lemon Blueberry Loaf. I doubled it and made two so I could give one to friends. It is delicious! Check it out  Here  .

I had just the tea to go along with it. The Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. It is insanely delicious and so is the loaf. Tommy was taking pictures and sending them to his co-workers it was so good.

I’ve gotten so many things done over the week-end and the past couple of days. I’m giving my bedroom a makeover. I’m waiting on one shipment from Linens and Hutch with my new sheets and shams and I think I’ll be done. Since we are sea people I wanted a white background with all the colors of the beach we know for rugs, pillows and window treatments. The window treatment I am most proud of and I’ll show you after the sheets arrive. It’s all part of an article on downsizing and being creative.

Just in case you have started thinking I’ve finally got my shit together…. I ordered new swimsuits for vacations this summer and they arrived this morning so I immediately dropped my jammies to try on the swimsuits. One top was really cute so I took a selfie to send to my sister. It said, ” How do you like my new boobs?”  and then I pushed the wrong button and sent it to pretty much everyone on my Messenger list including my mom and an author friend.  A guy. It may be all over the internet by now for all I know. He immediately sent a What???? back and I asked him to not look and he was such a gentleman and good sport about it. So yeah, I’m still doing stupid shit on the daily. Some dude on Twitter asked if anyone would date someone with a mental health issue and Tommy answered, I do and so does she. That about sums us up.

For us Catholics this is Holy Week and believe it or not I received a reminder in the mail this morning that I have confession at 5:30 tonight. This is not going to be good.

 

Historic Royal Palace Teas and Cannoli

Pairing the Historic Royal Palaces Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons Teas with a couple of mini cannoli is a wonderful idea!

The Royal Wedding tea is a white tea with pink rosebuds,cornflowers, marigold petals, natural almond, vanilla and coconut.  Steep 4 minutes and sip. It is such a smooth and aromatic tea. It would be appropriate for a wedding and is a perfect dessert tea. Or just a really good Friday treat!

It has been beautiful outside and I’ve been putting the house back together now that the kids are with their parents. We had Charli’s baseball practice on Wednesday night and that was fun. Thursday night we kept thinking we had misplaced them and I think the amount of crumbs under the table would have kept two dogs busy.

Now we are back to normal or what passes for normal here. Tonight it’s just leftovers and Netflix. I hope you all survive the snowstorm in the north, I see my sister took the last flight out of South Dakota and took herself to the Gulf Coast. Smart girl!

What is everyone up to this weekend?

xxP

Crafting and Baking Easter Goodies

Saturday, where is that 100% chance of rain? Our baseball game was cancelled so now we have an entire day to think up Easter crafts. I also have to make a Raisin Rum Cake for a friend.

The kids have been sending pictures of D.C. The Holocaust Museum was especially gut wrenching, especially the room with shoes. Last night they went to the ballet at the Kennedy Center and I’m wondering if they just moved there….

We went to Hideaway Pizza since everyone had a good report card and then home where we colored and discussed current events. And why girls have cooties. Also the why of men having nipples.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. There is the Annual Redbud Classic 5K today that goes right by my house so we will cheer them on!

xx P

THE HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES COLLECTION

Wednesday already? Where did the time go? Saturday I was so happy to see this lovely red box from Harney and Sons! I knew it meant a Royal Palaces tea tin. I already have some others and these were the last two.

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The Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger and Vanilla and Lemongrass. The aroma is very soft. This is a delicate tea. I steeped it for 3 minutes in not quite boiling water. It tasted smooth and bright with that zing of ginger left on the back of your tongue. There is the brightness of the green tea and the surprise of coconut and they all come together to make a perfect tea for anytime. I’ve had it twice hot and I made a chilled one as well and it was delicious.

Well Mike and Jodi are on a plane headed to D.C.  I may have (she did) have a major panic attack yesterday talking to Mike. I’m sobbing about him driving a bus that far and he pops in with You should be worried about the plane. Well that was it. I cried this morning when they dropped off an entire car load of things for the kids. Ballet, hip hop, t-ball, coach pitch, school picture clothes and uniforms. They already have double of everything here.

Yesterday we were doing prep work and I asked Tommy to make the mini-muffins. He did not do it correctly (her way) and I tossed them in the trash. This morning so far I’ve made 4 dozen blueberry muffins and 4 dozen chocolate chip muffins. 2 dozen Brownie Bites, a Red Velvet Cake and a sauce for pasta tonight. Lunches are planned out and snacks are grab and go. Tonight we have practice at 5 p.m. for Charli Ava and I am so OCD about being prepared. Although Corbin has already asked if he could just not go to school and stay with me. Now I have 2 and a half hours to wash my hair, Lay out clothes and read a book.

Hopefully I will be alive tomorrow. Or drunk. Who knows?

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

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

TUESDAY TEA TALK

Tea Tuesday! It’s already 70 degrees and sunny here. I haven’t been able to find any Twinings Soothe in my market area. Neither have Twinings. I asked them. I am not going to order a tea on-line that costs less than the shipping, so I’ve turned my efforts to finding a similar one and I found this one. From Sri Lanka. And it is very nice.

I just don’t feel good on days I don’t drink Turmeric. It’s such a good cure for so many things. For those of you who were wondering about all of that tea in the picture yesterday, I’m happy ( she should mean ashamed!) to say that what you saw was a very small portion of what I have. And then a good question! How long does tea last? Well, it depends. Loose Leaf Tea maybe a year or two if you keep it in a nice dry place. Sachets last about a year. The more delicate the tea, the shorter the life. Now that said, you can still drink old tea. Aged tea is an example! It’s just that the flavor may have faded a bit.

It doesn’t last long at my house. I push tea like a drug dealer. Got a problem? I’ve got a tea for that. And I also cook with loose leaf tea. The best smoked chicken salad I make is made by poaching the chicken breasts in Lapsang Souchang Tea. It has a full-bodied, smoky aroma and taste. Basically when I bake I will use an appropriate tea in place of the liquid in the recipe. You get an extra punch of flavor!

I’m waiting for the postman now bringing a shipment from the Northwest! I don’t even know what they are, so we will be surprised together!

What is your favorite tea this time of year?

xx P

Friday Advice From The Flamingo

It’s Friday! Week one of Spring Break is over. Tomorrow baseball season begins. Tomorrow is when they get their gear and have a giant party on the lawn. I will be home baking bread and cookies and muffins. Everyone has disappeared. No, there is 1 lonely cookie in the cookie jar.

The first couple of days Thing One and Thing Two went to Dallas to spend some time with Grandpa Bob so there was a 24 hour period where we had to calm down and go to bed at a decent hour. Different rules and all. So yesterday Thing One was in rare form. He ran all day. Everywhere. He refused to get dressed in anything but his Black Panther slippers, a Spiderman shirt and a pair of shorts. And yes, I took him shopping in this outfit. There are battles that are not worth fighting. And as soon as we got home he stripped and was happy. The rest of us were not so we plopped him into a bubble bath and gave him some toys and closed the door.

This morning he was dressed and wanted Leprechaun cereal. Lucky Charms. I know they are going through a growth spurt, but man can they eat! They are like cows, grazing all day, pouring way too much tea in the cup and requesting a bread sandwich. Yes, that is 2 pieces of bread. TaDa!

He was also told not to pick on his sister….yeah that lasted 10 minutes. Finally I had them both on the sofa snuggled in watching the last 2 chapters of Stranger Things 2. Then he just punched her. I told him I was going to have to tell his Daddy that because he had specifically told him not to do that. His reply? “Oh, Granma, just don’t bring it up.””:I’m sorry, what?”  “Just lie.”  “No, sorry I’m not lying to your father.” “Do you not know how?” God save us all!  

Then my sister called and they were her problem. They grilled her on breakfast food.

Now I’m going to soak in a hot bubble bath and remember how to be an adult.

xx P