Caramel Crush( A Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay

Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)

After the near miss at the altar in Vegas, Mel knows she still wants to marry Joe, but Angie is the only bridezilla they can handle at the moment! And that is a full-time job.

When an old roommate from college shows up and asks Mel for a favor, because apparently Mel owes her for some mysterious event in college, of course she says yes. Diane is a bit vague on the break up but wants Mel to deliver a batch of Caramel Crush cupcakes to her soon to be ex, with an  It really is you, not me theme.

When Mel finds the intended, he isn’t in any shape to be eating cupcakes or anything else as he is now dead. As Mel tries to find out who killed him and why, she is still having to deal with Angie, who is about to have a total melt down over the wedding.

Along the way Mel has to deal with all of the mean girls from Freshman year at college and they have only gotten worse over the years. I felt so bad for her. I mean we all know Freshman year is awful. But when you are carrying around an extra 75 pounds or so, it is even worse. Even though Mel has blossomed into a beautiful woman, the memories and the barbs still hurt, but Diane keeps reminding her that she owes her big, so on she goes with her investigating!

I love all of these characters. And now I’ve read the latest one and will have to wait for more bakery goodness. The recipes in this one are super easy but oh so good!

I hope you enjoy it too! And what better to have a Caramel Cupcake with than Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Tea!

 

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xx Patricia

It’s Time For The Weekend!

Good Morning fellow people of the page! I woke up to a man on a ladder outside my window this morning. He was changing out an upstairs window but good grief man it’s Saturday! 9 a.m. or so would have been just fine!

Last night was the final Reign. I’m not even going to lie. I cried like a 3 month old getting his first shots! And The Originals wasn’t much better! I’m still not sure what happened at the end there. So if someone can explain that to me, please do!

OU Boy showed up with dinner last night, so I didn’t have to eat cereal at 10 at night. Thank you kind sir! However the sweets fairy was nowhere to be found. She is such a stingy bitchy thing sometimes.

I’m making a pitcher of Tazo Passion tea this morning for later. If you liked it hot, you’ll love it over ice! It’s a burst of happy for your mouth!

We are under another Heat Threat today so make sure you stay hydrated and please for the love of all that is holy, dress for the body you have, not the one you want. Please. (Lady next door).

xx  Be Kind and Be Calm5ef7878b0fbf3afdf2e4b161bcf6652e

 

Look For The Positive…Even If You Need To Squint!

It’s Tuesday…Therapy Day. A Multiple pots of tea day. Today I started out with a pot of Darjeeling. Because apparently Oklahoma has no respect for night-time. It is light out at 9 p.m. and light out before 6a.m.  and hot as Tabasco sauce outside already and I needed a light tea.

This is my Saturday and I was up late screaming along with KD and the Golden State Warriors last night!  Yes all of you Thunder fans, I’m still with you, but I love KD and you need to get over his leaving. We all go with what is best for ourselves and our career, so grow up.

Today has been different because I was up, had actual clothes on and was at the bank to do some business before noon. Now my entire day is off. But I still have therapy. The CBT seems to be working well for me. And this week will definitely be a test as I have a packed schedule of anxiety inducing events to get through.

I’m choosing to stay positive, play nice and just send out lots of glittery love vibes to the world. It is so much easier to do when all of y’all are so uplifting and sharing your own struggles. You are all my heroes!

Enjoy your day no matter what it is you are doing, and I’ll be keeping you all in my heart!

xx Patricia

Speak The Truth…Even If Your Voice Shakes

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It’s Friday for most of you but just Tuesday in my world. This morning I am sipping  chugging down multiple cups of tea with lemon and honey. With summer comes allergies and air conditioning. Both cause me misery. Thank goodness for Bigelow’s Lemon tea!

This week I had therapy per usual.  Normally he gives me enough forms to last a week and I fill one out each time I feel anxious or a panic attack. Writing where I was, what I was doing and how I dealt with it. Last week I only had one paper. And it was the day of my Eye surgeon appointment, so totally reasonable to feel anxious and scared. Then I told him about going out to several social occasions and that I was calm and in control the entire week. Without meds.

In his words, “That was very courageous of you. You were scared and anxious but you did it anyway.”

I had never thought of myself as courageous. I saved that for people who did big things like running into burning buildings. But when you have anxiety/depression sometimes just getting out of bed, brushing your teeth and getting dressed is courageous. Putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward sometimes takes Courage. 

It takes Courage to say out loud, “Hey, I’m not okay with this situation.”  It takes Courage to say, ” I suffer from PTSD and some days it sucks just to be!

Those are the times I jump on here and see how the rest of my people are handling their spoons for the day! And almost always I feel better. So thanks for that!

I hope your Friday is peaceful and that you find Courage!

xx IMG_20170422_080324_185  Patricia/WarriorPirate

Tea of Life Blueberry Tea…and a Secret!

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Good Wednesday to all of you! Come in and sip awhile!

Today I tried out the Tea of Life Blueberry White Tea

From the minute the water hit the tea sachet, the aroma of blueberries filled the air! It was so nice that I hoped the tea would retain a blueberry flavor, which it did. It was so delicate and the color was very nice. I even had OU Boy try it out and he agreed that the blueberry taste came through like a champ. No bitterness, not overpowering, just right!

I also wanted to tell you all that over at Harney & Sons they are doing a great giveaway and all you need to do is follow them on Pinterest to see the details, but it’s a good one in honor of Mother’s Day. I didn’t really want to tell anyone else, but I like y’all so go Pin some tea pins and maybe win some really good gift cards! Of course we can keep it a secret!

xx Patricia   bluebird    Take some time for Tea and Be Kind!

There is an art to being lazy…

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The word Lazy has never been used in the same sentence with my name. It wasn’t until after my husband died in his thirties that I learned about being lazy, in a good way. I was having sciatica, sinus infections, and just in general I was working myself to death. So I learned how to be lazy!

Then I taught OU Boy and he took to it like most guys do. I’m the person who is reading a book during the movie. Unable to do just one thing at a time. Which is also why I only have 1 pot left. I burn food because I’m painting, or writing or reading and not paying attention to the shenanigans going on in the kitchen.

I always felt guilty doing nothing. My grandmother would say “You can rest when you’re dead.” And boy did I take that to heart. So today I am being Lazy. It is noon here and  am still in my bathrobe.

I also wanted to tell you about this Harney & Sons Chocolate Tea! Image result for harney and sons chocolate tea sachets

The smell is so lush and I love their sweet little silk sachets. It has gotten me through some not so happy times lately and if you find this one, keep it! It is really luscious.

Have a lazy Sunday if you can and enjoy a good cuppa!

xx Patricia

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

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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