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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Southern Living Annual Recipes 2017: An Entire Year of Recipes by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Southern Living has been a part of my family for a lot of years. My mother collected the Christmas ones as well as the Annual Recipes.

When I went out on my own she would still send them to me. It’s a part of our shared Southern love for the food our families have always made.

The book is divided by months and seasons of the year with recipes for food in season. The pictures are always great and this is where I got my Chicken Pot Pie recipe. If you have never looked at one of their Christmas books, get yourself to the library and check them out!

Another memory on my bookshelf!

Rooibus Chai from Harney and Sons and a Tree!

Rooibus Chai from Harney and Sons is up this morning and we are having a heat wave! It’s 54 degrees now. But Tuesday it was 40 mph winds and colder than a well diggers bum! I had on several layers and my fur boots so I was good. I did refuse to wear socks. My feet hate socks. They are so offended by them for some reason. I believe they think why is this woman getting pedicures if we have to wear socks? Good Question tootsies!

The lake is where we run and I really wanted to make sure my tree was okay, so here I stand with a snowflake on my face and trying not to blow over! My cousin saw this picture and asked me if I even owned a real coat. I do. But as Cynthia can tell you our weather is a bit schizoid. For the past two winters I haven’t even needed a coat!

About the tea. This one I haven’t tried before and I was quite happy with it. I drank an entire pot. The first steeping was nice but the second was better. So I would happily recommend it. With all of those warming spices to get your blood pumping you can’t beat it.

My sister just brought home a tiny little 2 pound Shipoo. ShihTzu Poodle mix. It is so adorable. You know how when you hold a new baby and smell it and your entire womb is screaming ‘I want one so bad’? That’s me with this puppy. I want one so bad! But then I think of our unpredictable weather and think, really? You want to pick up poo from something that doesn’t even have a job? Just give me a chicken. At least I’ll eat eggs everyday.

Today I have turned in all of my work and I am going shopping on-line. For a robot. And I have a feeling he would like Rock Em Sock Em Robots just as well, but we want him to learn how to build one and be productive one day.

Enjoy and stay toasty!

xx P


A New Tea and Getting Out The Vote

Back to work Monday! Hope you are all safe and warm out there. This is one of the new teas from Harney & Sons. Yellow and Blue. Chamomile and Lavender. And it is really nice. Smooth, aromatic and even after two steepings it was still delicate and calming. It’s a keeper.

Friday night sleepover with one child turned into an entire weekend with both children. It was entirely my fault. I was the one that told my son about going to Kevin Hart. He was the one who said, ‘You know Mom, I have a couple of little things for Jodi’s birthday but this would just knock it out of the park.’ Now Jodi had been taken by her sisters to Tulsa for a concert and was just getting back in town. Those “little” things? A Elmo Onesie. A book. She seriously needed to laugh and I can always see him, so I ended up with kids all weekend and had to watch football. All night. And for teams I hate.

Today I am recuperating from lack of sleep and the time change is messing me up! Sunday morning at 7 a.m. I was hearing whispering in their room and told them to hush. But it’s already 8 they said. No it isn’t I said. Well it says so on the stove! Me….here’s my tablet and phone. Go play.

Tomorrow their will be no school in Oklahoma so the teachers can vote. So we are taking the kids with us to vote and having a little Civics lesson.

For now, I’m going back to bed. With a book.

Have a great beginning to your week, and VOTE! Remember, You Can’t Fix Stupid, But You Can Vote It Out!

xx P

It’s A Caramel Apple Dream Y’all!

It's Fall Y'all!

I hope everyone made it home in one piece last night. Or did you stay home and hand out candy? I had a quiet night as our neighborhood gets shut down tight at 8 p.m. Out came the blockades and all 4 of the Nichols Hills Police and it was lights out!

Today’s tea is brought to you by Celestial Seasonings Caramel Apple Dream. And what a dream it is. My first cup was just tea. My second cup was stirred with one of those caramel sour apple lollies. The third was with a tiny amount of caramel mixed in and that was sinful. I am definitely baking with this one. Caramel Apple Bars sound nice.

The tiny terrorists hit up Mesta and came home stuffed with all kind of goodies. Corbin called to ask if I knew the difference between candy and vitamins. Cause some people put adult medicines in candy. And razor blades in apples. Good Lord, that was going around when I was a kid.Apparently they had a class on bad candy. He was not happy with his Daddy who told him NO to hanging out in the cemetery to pay homage to the dead. Lord help us all!

It was Fall when I opened the door this morning. Bright sunshine, leaves falling, and cold! I have been busy today. Cleared out all of the Halloween decorations. Roasted a Butternut Squash and made this delicious Butternut Squash and Apple Soup for tonight.

I sprinkled a bit of nutmeg on it. Then I grabbed my neighbor and asked her to taste it for me, as I thought it was freaking awesome! So did she! And it was so easy I didn’t even burn up a pot!

I split the squash and cooked it flesh side down with 1/2 a cup of water and stuck it in the oven for about 20 minutes. In my blender I put a cup of Organic Vegan Vegetable Stock, 2 Honeycrisp apples chopped up, the flesh of the squash and some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and blended it all together. To re-heat make sure you put your burner on low. But  really how much easier can you get?

The plumber never showed up! Thank goodness one of my handy friends found the issue and it took him like 3 minutes to fix it.

Off to send out my monthly tea cards. If you would like one, send me an address! Seriously y’all I’m running out of room and just received a huge box. On the first I send a different sample out so email me at!

xx P



Reading and sipping this morning. This is such a nice tea to have by itself. The flavors are so delicate and calming. It can be hard to find, but you can always get it on-line.


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Tempest in a Teapot (A Teapot Collector Mystery Book 1) by [Cooper, Amanda]


Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for…

This is the first in the series and I’m catching up on it! So far it’s really good!

What are you sipping and reading today?

Harney & Sons Heirloom Bartlett Pear Tea

The Postman brought us some new teas yesterday, just in time for Tea! This is a loose leaf tin and the aroma is insanely good. Like the best pear you ever ate. You can see the small bits of dried pear and apple and I left some of the tea leaf and bits in my cup and they tasted really good! I drank the entire pot. I am already thinking of all the things I could bake with this one.

Corbin is having his tea time and tried to help with the photo shoot by offering an apple. Which he then ate sliced with peanut butter. If you look at his blue mouth you would think he had been kissing a Smurf, but no, it was a ring pop. A lollipop that turns everything blue and stains your white bath cloths.

It seems as if Winter has arrived. It was in the 30’s this morning. The kids and I are snuggled up watching Fright Fest. We started with Night of the Living Dead of course. I mean I am a Romero. On to Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Now these movies seem cheesy and the effects are hilarious as are the hairstyles. But we aren’t going outside.

What is your favorite old school horror movie?

xx Patricia

Candy Cane Lane Tea and a Cat!

You ever notice that Monday is about as reliable as you can get? I’m sipping this new tea this morning and it is so smooth and nice all by itself.

I also just read in my reader “10 ways to motivate yourself in the morning”. Honey, if you have kids you don’t need any motivation. They will drag you kicking and screaming like they haven’t been fed in years. Just the thought that they will go get their own food scares me right out of bed.

It is cold. 36 degrees this morning. I am so not ready for this. I had all kinds of plans but then I went outside and decided Nah…

This Candy Cane Lane tea from Celestial Seasonings is decaf and green tea and peppermint and vanilla and magic. It smells like a warm hug and tastes smooth and just the right amount of each ingredient. Peppermint and Vanilla is a good combo. I’m using this as the liquid in something. I don’t know what but something!

The kids carved the big pumpkins this weekend and toasted seeds. Aunt Gayle comes back later today so I went over last night and cleaned house and put fresh linens on the bed and actually groomed a cat! Seriously, this cat loves me and I kind of like her.

I have nothing planned for today except reading 2 books. Both Christmas. The kids are practicing their multiplication tables finishing up reading for Fall Break. Just in time to go back to school and get out again for Thanksgiving Break.

Have a peaceful Monday and stay warm!

xx Patricia

GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15)

This is the 15th Scrapbooking Mystery starring Carmela, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop. And of course her side kick, Ava, owner of a VooDoo shop and always dressed to kill or at least stun!

Mardi Gras is in full swing and Carmela and Ava are packed with the other million or so people in town for the season. But as they watch one of the floats carrying Carmela’s ex-husband and all around hound dog, explodes! Mayhem ensues and one of the bodies from the float isn’t getting up ever again.

Shamus begs Carmela to put her investigator hat on and make sure her detective boyfriend isn’t coming after him.

Of course the ladies are jumping in and snooping no matter what. But what if the what is their own demise?

I have read every book the author has put out and this one was the first one I have to say did not remain true to the characters in my opinion. Ava came off as a caricature of herself and even Carmela felt flat.

This was a collaboration with Terrie Farley Moran, whose books I love. For me this book really let me down.

The Story Behind Pura Vida


I was so excited yesterday to receive lots of mail. And the best one was this selection of bracelets, anklets and a starfish ring. I’m a big fan of Costa Rica. And in the summer of 2010 on a graduation trip the founders found two bracelet artisans living in poverty. Seeing an opportunity to help out their new friends, Griffin and Paul took home 400 bracelets to try to sell.

Well they sold out in days and the demand was crazy high. Pura Vida means ‘pure life’ in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Each bracelet is carefully handcrafted and is unique. So far over 200 artisans are now earning a living!

The prices can’t be beat and make wonderful gifts while supporting artists in Costa Rica. I’ve already ordered several holiday gifts and I love the bracelets and the anklets. The ring is so precious too.

So that’s my Sunday! Everyone is feeling fine and laundry is done! Time to start the Thief’s Vinegar so we stay healthy all winter!

xx Patricia