What happened to the cold front? And Guinness!

Thursday! Sunny and bright. David Payne is still going on and on about that cold front that was coming in last night. It’s 76 degrees. I am feeling pink today. Going to take advantage of this nice weather to go on a run today. I tried yesterday, but that dang bird!

I went to PetSmart and spoke with the vet. About food, treats, toys, getting a friend. So I buy the Millet, some toys with strings, and a food processor as three times a week she needs finely chopped mix of fruit and veg. I don’t know what millet is. But I think it’s like catnip for birds. I took a video of her eating it and she looked like a crackhead! And then proceeded to tweet loudly at me for an hour. I did walk to the vet and to some shops so I guess that’s exercise. Still looking for some jumpers/sweaters. I am so picky but I did get lucky and found 2 puffer vests for running and 2 comfy sweaters. I tried on a turtleneck and almost choked to death. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the lady had to come to check on me.

I did manage to make a batch of Butternut Squash Sweet Potato and Apple Soup with my new Immersion Blender. So when OU Boy got home we went and got more squash and apples. Then decided to go to the Irish Pub near us.

They are an authentic Irish Pub and make the simplest food taste amazing. The Lamb Stew is served with chunks of Irish Soda Bread and Brown Bread to sop up all of that delicious gravy. OU Boy had the Galway Fish and Chips and we split a Guinness. The lady on the harp was very talented and we went home stuffed. I don’t know why I was looking so grim here. Probably watching the soccer game on the television. We love to try local places and this is one of our favorites.

This weekend should be interesting. My sisters in Denver, South Dakota and North Dakota are about to be knee-deep in the white stuff. Those poor girls in the Dakotas haven’t even had a summer yet!

Enjoy your Thursday!  There’s a book giveaway on my book blog. What kind of food should we try next? I’ve never tried Thai!?

xx P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Sunset Tea with Almond Tea Loaf

Hello Tuesday! Sun shining bright and temps in the 70’s. Yesterday was one of those days when it felt good to open the windows and let the house air out. It was also a baking day.

I baked a loaf of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread for OU Boy’s crew. And put three more in the freezer. Since I bought a ton of apples, squash, pumpkin, and eggs over the weekend, I made a Dutch Apple Pie, a vegetable pot pie and a lovely and delicate Almond Tea Loaf. The Veg Pie was a huge hit for dinner last night. Followed up with the apple pie. I had some new recipes I was working on and while if you know apples, “people” say some are better for pies than others. My entire life I have followed those rules. But I was curious and used what we eat. Honeycrisp apples. And it made all the difference in the world. The apples were not mushy but kept their shape and a tiny firmness to the bite. I’ll never go back to other apples! The Almond Tea Loaf is a recipe from my grandmother. So easy but packed with flavor. This morning I’m pairing it with a cup of Celestial Seasonings Almond Sunset and the smell alone is heaven, but together it felt decadent.

The weekend was packed full of goodness. I only go to the market once a month and we were at the can of peas and some hummus stage of available food. So I stocked up on apples and all the squashes. Almost soup time!

Friday night we had a blast with the kids at Cleveland Elementary. The multi-cultural night was a hit! Between the dancers from all cultures, and the food. Oh my goodness the food.

We hit up Peru, Iran, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Republic of China, Ireland, Scotland, Africa and more. We passed out passports to the kids and they had to get a stamp from each country.

Saturday OU had an 11:00 a.m. game, so we headed to Whiskey Cake Cafe’ for brunch and watching the game. I had the Goat Cheese Fondue, which was delicious. Goat cheese with olive oil, 3 types of olives, garlic, and tiny roasted tomatoes. With grilled sourdough bread. Instead of a mimosa, I had a freshly juiced Beetlejuice. Beet juice with green apples. It was good. Then we found a new home for Arya.

Arya the Budgie moving to a tri-plex

It’s fancy and has lots of toys and she loves it. This morning OU Boy found her hanging upside down like a bat. When he questioned her she flew to the mirror and just stared at herself. He thinks she’s part bat, I think the girl is just getting in a workout!

It’s Tuesday so I am busy pushing the books that released today and then who knows? Maybe a nice long walk in the neighborhood to see if that pumpkin beacon is back!

xx P

 

Is Mother Nature Going Through Something?

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We made it to Friday with everyone alive. And still hot. It’s supposed to storm tomorrow and Sunday and I could not be more thankful to Mother Nature. And Karma. But seriously Mother Nature, what is with this weather? Record highs in the east, although I don’t think you can call 95 high. A few years back we had like two months of over 100-degree weather and I loved it. The chickens did not however and ended up just laying eggs in their little swimming pool. Maybe Mother Nature is going through menopause.

Our little budgie, Arya is settling in. Yesterday afternoon she was just jibber-jabbering away. She’s not skittish at all and is eating well. Tomorrow her new habitat will be ready and she’ll be upgrading.

So tonight is Multi-Cultural Night at school. We will be greeting and directing parents and giving out passports to the kids. And I just found out yesterday the kids are doing a bake sale/ cakewalk and we are supposed to bring something baked from our culture. I don’t have the time or will to bake anything so I’m picking up some Macarons from Ingrid’s and calling it a day. They’re French. Make do.

The doctor’s appointment went well.  He is down another 10 pounds and the doctor complimented him on his great leg muscle tone. When they removed the tumor from his thigh, they moved a lot of nerves around and now he’s having nerve pain there. They offered a shot into his thigh and he declined. So there is some salve that says right on the tube that you shouldn’t use it with blood thinners, so that’s out the window. Today we are looking at the CBD options.

While it’s still under 80 outside I’m lacing up for a run. With my neighbor lady from Boston. She was a nun. Now she is not. She’s in her late 70’s and will take the bus 10 miles away to walk back. She is ripped! She stopped by to see Arya this morning and suggested we do the neighborhood run today. Please God, don’t let me be shown up by a 70-year-old!

Enjoy your Friday, whether it’s football, happy hour or just Netflix and wine!

xx P

It’s below 80 so bring on the Pumpkin Spice Latte’!

Apparently, we had a cold front move in overnight. 72 degrees when I woke up. Maybe we’ll just skip to Spring. Dire warnings of temps dropping into the low 60’s and massive rain this weekend have me skeptical about the weather guy’s sources. It’s not raining and it’s not cool.

But I woke up wanting a Pumpkin Spice Latte. So I grabbed the trusty tin of Harney & Sons Tea and did a half hot water and a half Coconut Milk and then sprinkled a bit pumpkin pie spices on top. I also added a teaspoon of Coconut Sugar. If you haven’t seen Coconut Sugar then find some. It is very low on the glycemic index, it has nothing but ground coconuts. And it’s brown and tastes exactly like sugar. In baking, I use it for regular sugar. Once in a while, I want something a little sweet and this stuff is brilliant!

Arya was still a bit timid yesterday. Or she doesn’t like me. But this morning I brought her in my room and she is just flitting all over and playing with her toys so I guess she is settling in. We even shared quinoa last night. And an apple.

It’s off to the doctor’s office today to check on Tommy’s former tumor. I think he’s having neuropathy pain, but we’ll go pay thousands of dollars to hear the hunky Dr. Beau say it.

Enjoy the day, if you see Fall, send it our way!

xx P

 

The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook and African Autumn Tea

Wednesday! Almost to the week-end. This morning’s tea is brought to us by Harney & Sons Teas. African Autumn is a caffeine-free herbal. It’s part of their Historical Palaces Teas. Red Bush, hibiscus, orange peel, cranberry and orange flavors.

The color is a deep burgundy and it is a mellow and comforting tea. I love it.

This book came to my house just the other day. I was skeptical. I don’t like recipes with a ton of ingredients. I like my food to be just-food. And this book is full of food. With a lot of herbs and spices. No fake meat, or complicated things to add. Just good food that my tummy can tolerate and digest. So this one is a keeper.

On a totally different note…does anyone else have a blast talking to their elder parents? My momma is 81. Talking to her on the phone is funny as heck! This morning I was crying on her shoulder about someone being verbally mean to me and her answer was to go to the wedding and object. Do it! She said. I’m like, uh, no. I’ll just pretend they are dead. That’s my usual go-to.  So after her advice, she began telling me about the cook. She’s putting too much mayonnaise in the sandwiches. It’s seeping out of the sandwich. It’s unappetizing. She’s already told her once and now she just isn’t going to buy mayonnaise. Also, she just received a pair of pants made by Martha Stewart from QVC.

I had no idea Martha was making pants now! But she is. And they come in 00. She gave all of her ‘fat’ clothes away to the lady down the block who is on the small side. Everyone else on her block is huge to hear her tell it!  Honestly, I didn’t know pants came in 00. Why not just shop in the kids’ section?? So that has been my morning so far. I laughed for a solid 20 minutes. And then she says, ‘I have to go lie down now, send some cookies.’.

I hope your day is full of tea and cookies and laughter. Sometimes it really is the best medicine.

xx P

 

 

Celestial Seasoning’s Vermont Maple Ginger Tea and Shopping

The last Friday of September and it’s not only still hot but the wind is trying to blow Texas all the way to Kansas!

Yesterday I drank this tea all day. It was just that good. I did drop one drop of Maple Syrup in there and what a treat that was!

First, thank you all for your suggestions and good thoughts. This was probably the worst flare-up I’ve had. At one point I wasn’t sure if I had a kidney stone or if this was just another Crohn’s thing.  It is a vicious circle of pain which leads to anxiety and can quickly become depression. Last night I ate solid food. It stayed down.

My energy level is way up and except for a small amount of bloating, I’m doing better.

    I think it looks like a cute little baby bump. This was yesterday and today it’s pretty much back to normal. Steroids are a bitch for bloating and other nasty side effects, but they work.

The funny (odd) thing about Gastro diseases is one day a certain food is okay for you and the next you’re doubled over in pain. It’s all trial and error. Food becomes the enemy. Once a day I have my Spinach/Kale/Parsley/Pineapple/Wild Blueberry Smoothie with some Spirulina, Chia Seeds and Moringa Powder, maybe some fresh ginger. My doctor had me add a half teaspoon of Coconut Oil to the mix to help me digest it better. So I know I’m getting my nutrients. Now that Fall is here (somewhere) things will be easier because I can digest the heck out of some root veg and squash soups. Parsnip-Apple Soup is my favorite.

Totally out of the blue, but do y’all know about Brad’s Deals? Every morning in my email I get a list of the best deals ever! Secret type deals. Today’s was Cheryl’s assortment of gourmet Halloween cookies. Shipping included it was $10.85! They are so good and gorgeous as well, so I ordered enough to ship to my mom and Miss Evangeline as well as some for a photoshoot! They also right now have the Amazon Fire Bundle that sells for around $170.00 for $45. Heck yeah, I ordered two of those! Christmas is coming. I have been ordering from them for a long time and I have never once been disappointed. I found my mom a Kate Spade handbag for 75% off. No, I don’t work for them, but here is the link. Guard it. Click Here 

Find something good today! And thank you all for being you!

xx P

 

The Crohn’s Fairy brings the Anxiety Fairy to Tea.

Good Thursday Morning Y’all! Yes, I’m here. Again. While I love my book blog, it is mostly for work and I don’t feel as comfortable writing personal things there. Here, I don’t need a filter.

So, what’s been going on? Well not only did the Crohn’s Fairy pop by but she brought her nasty sister, the Anxiety Fairy. They go hand in hand. Last Monday I had a doctor’s appointment and was told if I lost another pound I would be in the hospital with a feeding tube. Since my last year-long flare when I looked like a malnourished child, I’ve been vigilant about my diet, exercise, and stress management. Running is my drug of choice and it helps stress and makes me feel strong. But little did I know that there was a bomb ticking somewhere else that would impact my health in a big way.

Someone I have loved and respected for a lot of years suddenly called me on the phone and proceeded to verbally attack me over something I had not done. I didn’t even understand what she was talking about and I’m not sure she did either. OU Boy heard the call and was in shock. Was she on drugs? Having a mental breakdown? WTF?

And just like that, I can’t eat. My anxiety is at level 10 and that one pound went quickly. My main goal was to be able to make it to the book festival with Scott Pelley. I did that and came straight home and couldn’t move for days. Crohn’s flares leave you unable to even lift your arm, much less eat.

What happened? I said, Screw this shit, this bitch isn’t worth dying for! So I ran. And ran and felt better and ate broth and drank copious amounts of herbal teas. And blocked her on every outlet I have. Sure, words are free, but the way you use them will cost you. I thought it would be so much more difficult than it was to just chop off the toxic crap, but it wasn’t at all. Much like Trump said yesterday, that to him Pelosi was no longer the speaker of the house, I said, you are no longer in my world.

This morning I brought all the Fall teas to the front of the cabinet, even though it was in the 90’s yesterday. And every night it rains so it’s humid and hot. It makes it hard to get in the Fall mood. But my that Vermont Maple herbal tea this morning made me want to wear boots.

Thanks for listening!

xxP

AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…

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Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Still sipping the Ginger Peach Tea. My tummy is rumbly.

So the news. This is my last blog post on this site. While I will still be reviewing teas, I’m moving it all to my book review blog Here OU Boy is complaining that I don’t spend enough time with him so something had to give. If you follow me here just follow the other site so I can follow you back as I don’t want to lose any of you!!

Yesterday our pool closed for the year. No matter that it was hotter than hell. I thought seriously of putting on my black hooded cloak and a veiled mourning hat and just walking around it forlornly. We are such a dramatic bunch. But then OU Boy saved the day by offering to pick me up at lunchtime and let me hang out at the hotel’s pool and gym. What a gem he is!  But no, I was on a cleaning tear yesterday.

The kids’ new beds will be here next week and I needed to get in there and remove the old ones and streamline their craft and school work table which is about 8 feet long. I’ve been shoving all of the wedding stuff in there as well as all of my blown up floats so it was like a maze in there. But I got it done. Everyone’s closet has been cleaned out of anything that doesn’t fit anymore and making sure everyone’s winter coats were clean. I don’t know why I haven’t worn a coat in years.

I even cleaned out the refrigerator, which is gross. Used up the last of the squash and semi-organized the bookshelves. Today the outside windows are getting their Fall cleaning. I went through piles of paperwork and mail, sorted it and filed what we need to keep and tossed the rest. I finally was ready for a break and filled the bath with bubbles and was just relaxing and resting my mind when out of the corner of my eye was an Army man with a bazooka on the soap dish. Maybe he’s the one who is sending me those emails saying they cracked my computer and have video of me pleasuring myself and for only $800 in bitcoin they will destroy it. Nah, go ahead and send that out to my contacts list.  Actually, I called the FBI and sent them the newest batch. But man how I wanted to engage this POS!

So today is reading, cleaning windows and curtains and getting ready for Open House at Corbin’s school tomorrow night.

Have a peaceful and kind day!

xx P


 

SAYING GOODBYE TO AUGUST IS HARD

Well, folks, it’s the last day of August. I believe we have lived it to the fullest. No rain this morning and I am sipping the last of my Harney & Sons Blueberry Green Tea. Waiting patiently on the Publisher’s Clearinghouse guys to get here with my giant check and some flowers.

This has been a crazy week of storms, living more than 24 hours without phones, electricity, and the internet. But we made it through. It took a lot of strong tea, a bit of crying and the Anxiety Fairy bringing her snotty little self over with an overnight bag!

With all of the storm nonsense, I forgot about the man with one leg. So, here is how that went down.  I was happily floating in the pool, trying to chill when I heard a man’s voice. I look up and there is an older gentleman speaking to me. I said hello, welcomed him to our little community and he proceeded to tell me why he moved here. Buckle up.

The Man:  I’m newly single after 50 years of marriage.

Me: Oh, I’m sorry. ( Me thinking the woman is dead)

The Man: Yep, last month was our 50th wedding anniversary and I asked her what she wanted and she said A Divorce. So now I’m looking for a new soulmate to live out my days with.

Me: 50 years? And now she wants out? Wow, that’s a lot of time to put in and not finish it.

The Man: She’s a bitch. After she said that I left. Gave her the house and everything.

Me: That’s rough.

The Man: I used to work in the stock market. Graduated from OU.

Me: That sounds interesting. I wouldn’t lead with the OU thing. I’m SEC.

The Man: That water sure looks good. Maybe I’ll take off my prosthetic leg and sit a bit. I’m blind in my right eye too so are there steps?

Me: Total Silence.  In my head: Holy Shitballs, Batman! Do I have some magnet on my head that says Tell me your story???

The Man: Well, I’d better be on my walk. I would love for you to stop by and have a cocktail or dinner sometime.

Me: (In a small squeaky voice) Okay…..

I told OU Boy as soon as he got home and he just shook his head. Now I’m thinking of setting the guy up with my neighbor who is single and closer to death than me. Or maybe not, I really like her and she brings me macarons from Ganache and homegrown tomatoes. Anyway, guys, you may want to wait for the ink to dry on the divorce papers before stalking a new soulmate.

Have a happy Saturday! It’s Football Time! And be safe if you are in the path of Dorian. Most of my family is on that path, so you know what to do.

xx P

MILLIONS OF PEACHES, PEACHES IN TEA…SING ALONG!

The sun is really shining this afternoon. It’s been a wet and wild few days with the weather. Storming overnight and into the morning. Saturday was a wash until late in the day when we all hit the pool and worked up an appetite for pizza. Which explains why I am drinking this tea today. Very soothing to the tummy!

Sometime in the night storm one of our hotels was struck by lightning and every fire alarm in the place went off. For hours! OU Boy just got home from handling that mess and is in bed asleep! I am trying to be quiet.

We introduced the kids to Go Fish last night and it was hilarious! We took advantage of Barnes and Noble’s big sale and grabbed Charli Ava some new books. I snagged a few.

Dark Age for OU Boy who follows this author and series. I grabbed fellow Georgia girl, Karin Slaughter’s new one and Stuart Woods new one which stars my book boyfriend, Stone Barrington. International man of mystery and wealth…sigh.

Corbin gorged himself on Entenmanns coffee cake and tea. And refused to wear pants all weekend. Because he had new underwear and wanted to show it off. His shoes did match though. All in all, it was a good weekend.

It was nice to unplug and not listen to any negativity for a couple of days. It gets to be a bit much on Twitter. Be sure to tune in tomorrow and hear about my invitation to cocktails by a one-eyed, one-legged lothario.

xx P