Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oh Wednesday, I am so happy to see you! I’m trying to ease back into my schedule now that the horrible plague and Tommy’s surgery are over. He went to work this morning. I doubt if he’ll make it an entire day, but he’s determined.

Yesterday he overdid it and ended up having to take a pain pill and that started the throwing up so we missed Corbin’s musical event last night, which killed us, but I got video and it was so cute.

So the house was very quiet when I got up this morning. I came around the living room corner to go make tea and almost had a stroke. There was a 7 foot tall balloon bouquet standing there and I screamed “I have a bat!” The worst part? I put it there. It was for Tommy for Valentines Day. Because we celebrate so many birthdays tomorrow we do V-Day early.  The heat had kicked on and it was swaying like one  of those things in front of a car dealership. Scared me good. And not just once. Coming back too! That was pre-caffeine.

The Whisky Cake Café 🥃😍😍

We went to Whiskey Cake Cafe’ the day before surgery and I had this delicious Parsnip-Apple Soup. Oh was it good. This is the famous whiskey cake. Gayle ordered Gingersnap Ice cream with hers and declared it transformative. It also comes with a bowl of freshly whipped cream. It was all delicious, the cake has whiskey and apples and sticky toffee…yum. If you haven’t been please do. The place is so cute and everything was just warm and welcoming.

Time to put on the running shoes and get back at it. Hope your day is peaceful and warm.

xx P

IS IT OVER YET???

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Other than the fact that it is bitterly cold outside, I’m good with Mother Nature. All of my sisters got snow and graciously kept that mess to themselves instead of sending it south. I’m not big on sharing anything so thanks girls!

There were a lot of curse words flying around here last night. And not just from Nick Saban! I mean that first touchdown was a big slap in the face to the Sooner Nation!

Alabama: Welcome to the South Boys! Boom!

OU: WTF?????  Which continued to be their mantra.

Since the Dawgs didn’t make it my son and granddaughter cheered for OU as my daughter in law has ties to the Med school there. But my girl still wore her Dawgs jersey!

We are still waiting on surgeons and doctors and I wish this week would just be over already so we can get to surgery. I only have so much patience with ill people. Like a weeks worth. After that I’m not generally sympathetic. I come from good Scandinavian stock. Broken leg with a bone protruding? Put an Ace bandage on it and go to work. I also have a hefty dose of Irish so I can just drink until I don’t hear you moaning.

I took all the ornaments off my tree and decided to just leave the flocked thing up. It is in a gorgeous pot and is 7 foot tall. I told my sister I’m just going to decorate it for Mardi Gras now. Seriously my sister and I have already received e-mails from Paul’s Pastry in Picayune, Mississippi and Randazzo’s Bakery in Slidell, LA reminding us it’s time to order our King Cakes.

Basically I’m bored, I’m over Winter and having to wear pants. I’m at the stage of licking the rest of the caviar out of the tiny jar because I am not going to the store until after the shoppers are done. So it’s coffee, tea and figs.

Have a good Sunday and be Kind.

xx P

MILK BAR LIFE by Christina Tosi

Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories by [Tosi, Christina]

Go off the clock with Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar as she bakes one-bowl treats, grills with skills, and embraces simple, nostalgic—and often savory—recipes made from supermarket ingredients.

For anyone addicted to crack pie®, compost cookies®, and cake truffles, here are their savory counterparts—such as Kimcheezits with Blue Cheese Dip, Burnt Honey–Butter Kale with Sesame Seeds, and Choose Your Own Adventure Chorizo Burgers—along with enough make-at-home sweets to satisfy a cookie-a-day habit. Join Christina and friends as they cook their way through “weaknights,” sleepovers, and late-night snack attacks to make mind-blowingly delicious meals with whatever is in the pantry.

I am a fan of Christina Tosi and the one bowl treats she creates. This book is full of recipes for every occasion. They are simple, using readily available ingredients and easy and short recipes.

We made the Oatmeal Cookies and the Jerk Chicken and everyone lost their mind!

This is another of those books I saw at the library and then purchased!

Well Done!

 

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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 Tea and Gingerbread Macarons. A Halloween Tea!

Enjoying Gingerbread Macarons and Harney and Sons Cranberry Tea🍵🎃🎃👻👻

Sipping and enjoying tea time today with a couple of friends. I am only doing this because I have these cute plates and Gingerbread Macarons! The Cranberry Tea is just delicious and those macarons are intense with that gingerbread filling!

The temperature has been dropping all day and it looks so cold and gloomy outside. Even our gorgeous oak tree has decided to turn colors. Mums are popping up everywhere and I guess it’s time to forget about Summer making a surprise comeback.

I need to be writing a book review but instead I’ve been ordering tea all morning. I’m procrastinating. I’m really good at it too! This book, edited and put together by J.T.Ellison is so brilliant I don’t even know what genre to put it in. It could fit all of them. The name is A Thousand Doors and if you get a chance, grab it! It’s been 3 days and I’m still thinking about the brilliance of this idea.

Other than that I’ve been hunting down a hand towel from the bathroom. You know, the one that is just for looks? Well it has disappeared. I am flummoxed. Towels don’t just get up and leave. OU Boy said the kids probably have it somewhere in their room but I’m not looking under their beds. It’s a mystery.

So that is all for today. A missing towel and a challenging book review. Living the Nancy Drew life over here!

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IT’S FALL TEA TIME!

It’s always a great day when the new Harney & Sons catalog comes in the mail. Yesterday we sat right down and ordered the Bartlett Pear and the Cranberry. My sister says the Jasmine Bartlett was really good.

Jodi sent a bag of punkins and google eyes and pipe cleaner sticks so today we are crafting. It was a chilly morning but at least we don’t have snow. My Momma in North Dakota already has snow as well as my cousin in Rapid City! All of my other relatives are dealing with Michael the Hurricane. We will be grateful for our little chill!

Almost at the end of our first week of Fall Break. Charli is reading 20 minutes a day for school and she chose Goosebumps books, since the second movie comes out Friday. She finished the Nancy Drew series. You would think she would be quiet. No. She hums the entire time. Homeland should hire her to torture prisoners. I guarantee they would talk.

I have been trying to be better about cooking dinners. I did a really lovely Chicken Pot Pie and a nice Potato and Leek Soup.

Chicken Pot Pie

I’m good for the next year or so now. I thought it turned out lovely. OU Boy had 3 helpings of it and the kids loved it too.

Today we are making cake pops decorated as pumpkins and we will put 3 on each Kabob Stick for tea time!

Enjoy your day and sit and sip some tea and relax your soul!

xx Patricia

 

 

NEW TEA and NEW FRIENDS

We made it to the weekend! Although yesterday morning started out a bit rocky by the end of the day it was fantastic! My neighbor, Sonja, is a lovely woman who comes from Russia. She asked OU Boy yesterday if he would take her to Home Depot to pick up a carpet cleaning machine.

She came in the house and looked in my tea cupboard and found a fellow tea addict! We actually giggled and clapped and hugged. Because she is also a third generation pastry chef/baker. Right. Next. Door. Think about that. I’ll wait.

So to show her appreciation she brought us a lovely treat. And some tea. Cardamom. Oh my it was lovely and the cake would have outdone Mary Berry! Perfection. Not sweet at all but so full of flavor. We have a date for tea and baked goods on Sunday. I’m going to need to step up the workouts.

Yesterday I lounged at the pool while thinking about buying a new juicer. Or should I just stick with the new juice bar down the road? Well I’m going to try a juicer and see if it is something I can live with. If not I’m still covered.

Off to the Farmer’s Market today! Hope your Saturday is great!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe

 

Welcome to the lovely world of Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe. Located in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In naming her tea room, Marian Caso was inspired by the story of Anna Maria Stanhope Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who is credited with inventing the British custom of afternoon tea. since 2008, it has become a favorite with locals and tourist of the area.

You can look forward to a Victorian atmosphere with crystal and fine china. Diners have more than 60 loose-leaf tea options, which are individually brewed once ordered. They also offer breakfast and lunch and a number of afternoon tea selections, making it perfect for those looking for a light tea as well as something more substantial.

Information:

Address: 21 Chinquapin Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you are in Pinehurst, check them out!
Have a great Sunday and take time for tea and conversation!

SUMMER TEAS AND TREATS

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Just another wacky Wednesday here at the Pirate Nation. I just placed a summer tea order and can’t wait to try the Pear. I love pears. Right now my favorite drink is bubbly water with pure pear juice. It’s refreshing and not too sweet. But this morning I went back to a good old English Breakfast.

Yesterday I cooked. Like from scratch. I was cooking up the chicken and had so much of it that I made a really good smoked chicken salad plus green chile chicken rolled enchiladas. I stuffed the chicken salad in fresh bell peppers. It’s so hot outside I wanted something light and cool. With a fresh fruit salad it was perfect.

I am experimenting with different tea blends. I took a Meyer Lemon from STASH and brewed it with a white tea from Taylor’s and popped it in the icebox. Definitely a keeper. Tazo’s Passion is a favorite around here. The kids think it’s kool-aid. And it has no sugar. Today I’m trying the Harney and Sons Chocolate mixed with some Chocolate Mint leaves. We shall see what happens.

Southern-Style Strawberry Buttermilk Biscuits will melt in your mouth as just-sweet-enough roasted strawberries add a welcome burst of flavor.              Recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake - This recipe is so EASY to make and it will surely WOW all of your guests at your next social event or party!

Strawberry biscuits are melt in your mouth good! You can use your favorite biscuit recipe and just add a handful of chopped berries. Voila! As for the Mississippi Mud Cake, well that is a really easy recipe and every baker has their own interpretation of it. Mine is the good old pecan and marshmallow on top of the finished cake. Back in the oven to melt the marshmallows and then cover it with pecans and chocolate frosting. Slap yo Momma good there!

Have a great Wednesday. You can still kick ass, just be nice about it. I am off to play Susi Homemaker and then read a gory, serial killer tale!

xx Patricia

 

BE USEFUL. BE HONORABLE. BE COMPASSIONATE.

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I’m feeling minty today so I’m sipping Tazo Peppermint Tea. I may or may not have abused my tummy last night with sour gummy worms, so I’m trying to baby it this morning. I’ve tried apologizing to it but it’s tired of hearing it. So we are doing mint green today,

Yesterday I got one of those calls we all hope for. ” Hey, I’m going to Home Depot, do you want to come along?” Uh, yes! I love that place. So full of possibilities for those people who know how to make things. I was just trying to find some good mint varieties that my sister  told me about.

It’s looking a bit gloomy this morning. Could be severe weather today so that’s something to look forward to. Other than that I’m making Strawberry Scones and a Mississippi Mud Cake. From the way that the BF was hacking all night, I took out some chicken breasts for some healing soup. One of the breasts will be cooked over Lapsang Souchong loose tea. Then chopped up for a lovely smoky chicken salad. So tea time is settled.

Have yourself a productive and useful day. Be the better person. Stay calm and make tea!

xx Patricia