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It is Friday Y’all! At the moment I am enjoying a break and having some Earl Grey from Taylor’s. What I am not having is one of the samples I had of the Numi teas.

Yesterday afternoon I made a pot of the Golden Chai. Ingredients are Assam Black Tea, Cinnamon,Cardamom, Ginger,Cloves. On opening the packet there was a vague smell of cinnamon.

After steeping it the recommended length of time I was hesitant to take a sip. There was almost no smell of a good chai. The first sip was really weak on flavor so I let it steep another minute. All in all it had very little flavor. I didn’t even finish it. I’m going to take a giant leap here and say I will not be having that again. No more trying the samples even.

I was very disappointed. Oh, well, at least I have about 5 other chai teas to try!

We went to a new place to eat last night. They just opened. The Black Bear Diner. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and PIE! Oh the beautiful pies and cobblers. And there was a bear claw bigger than my head! I tried the pecan encrusted trout with steamed vegetables and plain red skinned potatoes. The server was wonderful. He brought me actual room temperature water, used strictly Romaine on my side salad and was very helpful. I liked that they had an allergen section on the menu, which is huge and so are the portions! I will definitely go back there.

Any exciting plans for the week-end? It seems some of our UK folks are getting pounded with snow and cold so we hope they are safe and warm!

Enjoy your day, Be Nice, Drink Tea    xx Patricia







It’s Finally Here! Christmas With Southern Living 2017!

Christmas with Southern Living 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Brought to you by the lovely folks at Southern Living it’s the annual Christmas With Southern Living. Inspired ideas for holiday cooking and decorating.

It’s always a pleasure to get the annual book of all things Southern and Christmas. With ideas on decorating, themes, full menus with recipes and lovely things to make to adorn your home with that special holiday magic.

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They always have the most gorgeous decoration ideas and the food is exquisite! In our family it wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual book. They even have a place in the back with a place for lists of things you did that year, what the menu was and who got what. And heaven knows I love organization like that! Wouldn’t want a repeat of two Christmases ago now would we? ( Sarcasm there)

Our local libraries have all of them if you would like to check it out before you buy.

Enjoy your Saturday. It’s warm and sunny here today and I am pretty sure they are either having war games on the Air Force Base as we have had ordinance of some type going off all morning.

xx Patricia

The Cozy CookBook: Recipes and Stories from your favorite Cozy Authors!

The Cozy Cookbook

I am in love with this book! The best of cozy mysteries, in my own humble opinion are the ones that not only describe the yummy food but also give you the recipes in the end!

Well now all of our favorite cozy authors are here in one big fat book of not only recipes, but excerpts from their book as well. In the back are listed all of the authors, the series they write as well as their Bios.

My all time fave is the Wild Rice and Pumpkin Pilaf from Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B.B.Haywood.

Some of the authors you will meet: Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Celo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton.

If you would like to check it out first, I did a search and most libraries have it in stock. If not just ask your librarian to order it. Most will.

Not only have I found some excellent new recipes, but I’ve also found some new authors! It’s a win-win!

Hope you are having a peaceful Wednesday. It’s gray and rainy here today so a perfect day for reading!

xx Patricia


Celebrate Every Day: Recipes For Making The Most Of Special Moments With Your Family by [Richardson, Jaime]

Recipes for making the most of special moments with your family.  You may know Jaime from I love her and I love this book. This is a woman who was chosen by the editors at Martha Stewart’s official blog network to be a part of their small circle.

Yet she has a family and this book shows that. Everything in here is simple to make, takes simple wholesome ingredients and turns them into an experience.

My absolute favorite recipe is the Fresh Peach French Toast Bread Pudding. Oh my heavenly days it is good!  Want to make some jam? Blueberry jam that is easy as pie!

It’s a go to book if you have children or not. Beautifully done and worth every penny!

celebrateeveryday Yummy!!!  With some Harney & Sons Peach Tea….wow!

Classic Southern Desserts from Southern Living…It’s So Good!


This is one of my favorite baking books! I’m not sure you can even be called a Southern Lady and not have a subscription to all things Southern Living! I’m pretty sure I have every book they have put out. Plus the magazine. For my birthday one year I got to go to a 3 day cooking class there. It was magic!

Recipes from the last 40 years. The best of the best. And the recipes are easy to follow and never require a lot of special ingredients. My personal favorite in this amazing book is the Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Pecans and Sticky Caramel Sauce! Slap ‘yo Momma good!

The pictures are exquisite and the recipes are all tried and true favorites! I checked to see when I received this book and it was in 2012, so I’m sure you can check it out at your local library and then you will find you must have it!


This would make an excellent wedding shower gift! Let me know if you have tried it!

Today is another Big Weather Day! There is always that one week in May that Mother Nature comes in and reminds Oklahoma who is really in charge! I was going to do laundry and clean today, but if there is a tornado out there headed my way, well that would have been a big waste of my time, right?!

I’m having my cup of Tazo Awake English Breakfast today. I needed a little extra jolt this morning, as I’m still recovering from having to get up at 6 a.m. yesterday.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy yourself a nice cup of Tea!

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Off The Eaten Path by Morgan Murphy

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Southern Living presents Off the Eaten Path by Morgan Murphy. Favorite Southern Dives, and 150 recipes that made them famous.

17 states across the South and the dives and the food that made us fall in love with them.. Along with a few signature dishes from each place, Morgan gives us addresses, phone numbers and even GPS coordinates. As well as some interesting local attractions to check out.

I love this book. and after doing a vegan post yesterday, I was asked to do this one by someone who doesn’t eat anything unless it moos, clucks or oinks. Preferably with a Mason jar of sweet tea and a lot of cream gravy. So this one is for you.

I have pretty much been to all of these places! My favorite will always be The Dinner Bell in McComb, Mississippi. all the food is home made and southern. We all sit at a big table with people we don’t even know and the lazy susan style table is piled high with greens, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, fried chicken and pies to die for.

OU boy is not just a fan of the Chicken Fried Steak and Cream Gravy, I personally believe that if you cut him he would bleed gravy and sweet tea.

Have you eaten at any of these spots? What was your favorite?

This one is available at your library probably. If it is you should really get it! Food and travel, what tops that?

xx Patricia   Happy Eating!

It’s National Pie Day! Now Who Knows How to Make a Pie??

Hope everyone has recovered from the week end and all of the drama that came with it. I think maybe we all need to take a step back and take a breath. I thought I knew the  people I grew up with, at least I thought I knew them. I did not. I have read more vile and disgusting things this week end and I’m just going to stick with the BBC for news coverage from now on. And while I am not going to delete you because we disagree, I will delete you if you are posting hate filled, name calling, junior high mess on my FB feed. My Momma reads that and she has enough on her plate being stuck up in the frozen tundra that is North Dakota!

So have a seat, grab some tea and let’s talk about pie…just a suggestion. It is Pie Day I am told and I will buy any excuse to eat pie.  I also expect some of you to post some yummy food posts today as well as what you all did or did not do this weekend!




Caught In The Act!

Holidays just bring out the kid in us all!


Well at least it wasn’t stuck in his mouth this time! When asked why not a plate….I didn’t want to wash one. Good answer.

Enjoying the Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Tea today.

I mix it with half Almond Milk and a dash of nutmeg grated on top. Now if I only had some gingersnaps to dunk in it!

What holiday teas have you found? How were they?  Enjoy your Sunday and no matter what your age, you can still be a kid this time of year!    xxP

Some New Tea and a New Cozy Mystery

Time for some tea, new to me, and a really great new book series!

Today I tried Tazo’s refresh mint tea. Just 3 ingredients: peppermint, spearmint and tarragon.  And it is delightful! The Tarragon comes through more with a second steep and is a nice little bite on the back of my tongue. Seems just right for such a gloomy day. The treats are from my favorite Pastry Chef at the CC. There is a Red Velvet with the original style frosting, so it isn’t overly sweet and a luscious layered Espresso with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache. 

If I had to choose, which I do not…the Espresso slice was absolutely heavenly!

Plus I have a new to me book series. Author A.L. Herbert has put out his second book in the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery Series. 

Murder with Macaroni and Cheese (A Mahalia Watkins Mystery) by [Herbert, A.L.]

First let me tell you there are RECIPES. Mahalia Watkins is the owner of Mahalia’s Sweet Tea, a soul food, no calorie counting, restaurant. Her food is well known and loved.

In the first book of the series Murder with Chicken and Waffles, we meet Mahalia and her Momma and her crazy cousin, Wavonne, who all work at the restaurant. On the side, she likes to dabble in some detective work.

Halia’s high school reunion is coming up and as much as she would like to just ignore it, the committee comes to her for a solution when their original venue has cancelled on them. Of course Halia agrees to help and Wavonne wiggles right in there too, hoping to snag a football player husband like Raynell has.The reunion is a succes, but when Halia and Wavonne go to pick up the check, they find that the Queen of Mean, Raynell isn’t going to be signing anything ever again.

Raynell was that girl at school who was just a straight up MEAN girl! And she hasn’t changed a lick! But when Halia and Wavonne start nosing around, secrets come flying out of the woodwork and it’s starting to look like more people wanted Raynell dead than alive.

These cozy mysteries are so fresh and different. I laughed my way through both of them. And the entire time I was reading I was pretending that each of the ladies was one of the Atlanta Housewives!  Great stories and a really great author!

xxP cupcakeholder1

Tea For Two, Just Me and You….

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Good Morning, Y’all! What a gorgeous Fall morning! Okay, it isn’t even close to being morning, but some of us have odd schedules to keep so whatever the real time, for me it’s time for Tea!  Nothing fancy today. I just need that Awake English Breakfast from Tazo . Just an extra jolt of caffeine. Image result for tazo awake english breakfast tea

Image result for Tea and cookies by rick rodgers I ran across this sweet book while waiting for an open research room and quickly snapped it up. It is chock full of good information on tea and all things tea related including some of the easiest recipes I’ve ever seen for cookies and bars, brownies and other goodies!

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The Pecan Pie Bars look delicious and the Chai Snickerdoodles are so good, tried those and the Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

sundayflowers   My office is overflowing with flowers today. Which makes me smile!  I’m finishing up Laura Child’s newest cozy mystery Crepe Factor….xxP