CHOCOLATE MINT ROOIBOS TEA AND A TALE

Friday Finally! Meet Octavia Tea’s Chocolate Mint. Caffeine-Free Rooibos. Chocolate and mint, yum. The Rooibos gives it a zip that I love and it’s similar to a Junior Mint. Very smooth. This one does contain milk/soy products so if you aren’t doing either, skip this one. It didn’t bother my tummy at all.

I love this clever book. It comes out in July and is a lot like mean girls club!

I have spent the entire morning going through closets trying to decide what to pack for vacation. I have two piles since I leave for another trip almost as soon as we return from Padre. Tommy called and I asked him how many outfits he was bringing. He said 3. Shorts, tee shirts and swimsuits. So far my list is:

6 swimsuits, 6 dresses, 6 pairs of shoes, workout clothes and shoes, 4 pairs of shorts and 4 tops, cover-ups for the beach, 2 purses, a blender, French Press, 25 types of tea and I still have to buy 2 pairs of sandals. Plus toiletries and potions. I’ll grocery shop when we get there. I’m just not sure what is in the house already so I’m thinking of bringing my own sheets too.  Tommy thinks we need to rent a van now. He’s funny.

Tonight we are having dinner with the kids as they have some news.  No one is dying and no one is pregnant, so I’m going to act very surprised when they tell me they are finally getting married! We let Corbin and Charli pick the restaurant which wasn’t the best idea as they chose S & B Burger Joint.

I hope your Friday is all that you want it to be!

xx P

TEA MAIL AND AWARDS!

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It’s difficult to be flippant today. We had an entire town disappear! And Missouri, we are with you in spirit. We are in for more tonight. Things have already been re-scheduled for earlier in the day. I’m over this now.

Yesterday the postman brought me these lovely teas from Harney & Sons Teas. I needed those iced ones! And the Ginger Peach is new to me. I don’t usually like anything peach flavored. I’m from Georgia, I know what a peach should taste like.

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This one had such a smooth, almost creamy taste and the peach was not flavoring. Just smelling it took me back to home and blanching millions of peaches (peaches for free), for Gracie to bake into pies and cobblers. It’s a keeper!

Last night we went to La Baguette for dinner and I discovered this!

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A Basil Gin Gimlet. Dear Lord was it good. It’s the only picture I took because this isn’t Burger King. Tommy embarrassed me by ordering Dr. Pepper and then getting sick in the bathroom. Poor thing is still sick. I had the blackened snapper with Jasmine Rice and asparagus. For dessert, Vanilla Creme Brulee’.

Speaking of things re-scheduled, the school awards ceremony was pushed from later today to this morning. And this guy! Corbin won awards for Best Author and Best Storyteller! I am so proud I couldn’t love him anymore! Now I need to go get him a proper gift.  Maybe a Mont Blanc pen and a leather journal. LMAO This is the same 6-year old that  I gave a printer and computer to at Christmas.

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We are all praying everyone stays safe during this weather outbreak.

Enjoy your Thursday Y’all!

xx P

Historic Royal Palace Teas and Cannoli

Pairing the Historic Royal Palaces Royal Wedding Tea from Harney & Sons Teas with a couple of mini cannoli is a wonderful idea!

The Royal Wedding tea is a white tea with pink rosebuds,cornflowers, marigold petals, natural almond, vanilla and coconut.  Steep 4 minutes and sip. It is such a smooth and aromatic tea. It would be appropriate for a wedding and is a perfect dessert tea. Or just a really good Friday treat!

It has been beautiful outside and I’ve been putting the house back together now that the kids are with their parents. We had Charli’s baseball practice on Wednesday night and that was fun. Thursday night we kept thinking we had misplaced them and I think the amount of crumbs under the table would have kept two dogs busy.

Now we are back to normal or what passes for normal here. Tonight it’s just leftovers and Netflix. I hope you all survive the snowstorm in the north, I see my sister took the last flight out of South Dakota and took herself to the Gulf Coast. Smart girl!

What is everyone up to this weekend?

xxP

THE HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES COLLECTION

Wednesday already? Where did the time go? Saturday I was so happy to see this lovely red box from Harney and Sons! I knew it meant a Royal Palaces tea tin. I already have some others and these were the last two.

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The Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger and Vanilla and Lemongrass. The aroma is very soft. This is a delicate tea. I steeped it for 3 minutes in not quite boiling water. It tasted smooth and bright with that zing of ginger left on the back of your tongue. There is the brightness of the green tea and the surprise of coconut and they all come together to make a perfect tea for anytime. I’ve had it twice hot and I made a chilled one as well and it was delicious.

Well Mike and Jodi are on a plane headed to D.C.  I may have (she did) have a major panic attack yesterday talking to Mike. I’m sobbing about him driving a bus that far and he pops in with You should be worried about the plane. Well that was it. I cried this morning when they dropped off an entire car load of things for the kids. Ballet, hip hop, t-ball, coach pitch, school picture clothes and uniforms. They already have double of everything here.

Yesterday we were doing prep work and I asked Tommy to make the mini-muffins. He did not do it correctly (her way) and I tossed them in the trash. This morning so far I’ve made 4 dozen blueberry muffins and 4 dozen chocolate chip muffins. 2 dozen Brownie Bites, a Red Velvet Cake and a sauce for pasta tonight. Lunches are planned out and snacks are grab and go. Tonight we have practice at 5 p.m. for Charli Ava and I am so OCD about being prepared. Although Corbin has already asked if he could just not go to school and stay with me. Now I have 2 and a half hours to wash my hair, Lay out clothes and read a book.

Hopefully I will be alive tomorrow. Or drunk. Who knows?

xx P

A Surprise Delivery!

Sunday….Another odd weather day. Starts out all sunny and promising and by the afternoon it’s thunder and lightning. You have to time your outings in between rain showers. Spring has descended on the state. Blowing crap everywhere and shining just enough sun to warm the earth.

Yesterday and last night the weather was all over the map. There was a tornado touch down closer than I would have liked and huge hail. Then it was over.

Yesterday afternoon I went outside and tripped over a FedEx box. And look what I found! I decided to try the Almond Sunset. When I opened the tea bag the aroma was medium strong. Like oranges and star anise with a hint of Almond. I wanted a pot so I used two bags. I let it steep for 3 minutes and had a small cup and then tasted it again after 5 minutes. The first one was delicate and sweet and the almond aroma was still the underlying note. I quite enjoyed it. The 5 minute steep was perfection. Every note came together and the almond was lovely. Just smelling made me feel calm and loved. It’s from Celestial Seasonings and like all of these caffeine-free. Ingredients list: Roasted Carob, Roasted Barley, Roasted Chicory, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Natural Almond Flavor, Blackberry Leaves and Anise Seed. They also list other natural flavors. I’m pretty sure one is Vanilla. There is just something about those two smells that I recognize. Maybe because I bake a lot of Almond Vanilla Cakes.

I’m trying to cut down on caffeine and not have any after afternoon tea. This tea is a perfect ending to a dinner. It is what I call a dessert tea. You don’t need dessert, because the tea tastes like dessert. With NO calories. I’m happy with it and will put it in the rotation.

We still have to try the Vermont Maple Ginger, Decaf India Spice Chai, Spiced Espresso Chai. 

So to my sister….Victoria Beth….it’s a go. I’ll send you some.

xx P

CELESTIAL TEAHOUSE MOUNTAIN CHAI

Thursday has come with a surprise or two. This morning I received this little gem. Celestial Teahouse Mountain Chai. A true masala chai with Assam black tea. It is the best.  The aroma is intense and the taste is smooth, full-bodied and chock full of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves,nutmeg, star anise, black pepper, roasted chicory and vanilla bean. I had never seen it before, even on their website so I looked on Amazon and they had 1 box left for $10.99. OU Boy paid $2.50. Yep.

It was really good and I love the packaging. The banana bread was a hit. People like dusting the pan with cinnamon/sugar mix. It gave it a small crunch on the bottom which I quite enjoyed.

Since this was the first day in a long time we’ve been off together we went to the book store. Of course. Had some tea and bought some books and then called Corbin and Charli Ava and told them we were having treats and tea at the book store. All you could hear in the background was ” NOT FAIR”.  But it was nice to be lazy on a sunny day and wander around seeing Spring showing off around town.

He’s off tomorrow too. That may be a bit much for me so he’s making plans to golf with my son Mike, which better mean I get my babies back!

Now I have to go read 3 books before tomorrow. Is it Spring where you are now? For those of you dealing with flooding, we are praying with you.

xx P

TUESDAY TEA TALK

Tea Tuesday! It’s already 70 degrees and sunny here. I haven’t been able to find any Twinings Soothe in my market area. Neither have Twinings. I asked them. I am not going to order a tea on-line that costs less than the shipping, so I’ve turned my efforts to finding a similar one and I found this one. From Sri Lanka. And it is very nice.

I just don’t feel good on days I don’t drink Turmeric. It’s such a good cure for so many things. For those of you who were wondering about all of that tea in the picture yesterday, I’m happy ( she should mean ashamed!) to say that what you saw was a very small portion of what I have. And then a good question! How long does tea last? Well, it depends. Loose Leaf Tea maybe a year or two if you keep it in a nice dry place. Sachets last about a year. The more delicate the tea, the shorter the life. Now that said, you can still drink old tea. Aged tea is an example! It’s just that the flavor may have faded a bit.

It doesn’t last long at my house. I push tea like a drug dealer. Got a problem? I’ve got a tea for that. And I also cook with loose leaf tea. The best smoked chicken salad I make is made by poaching the chicken breasts in Lapsang Souchang Tea. It has a full-bodied, smoky aroma and taste. Basically when I bake I will use an appropriate tea in place of the liquid in the recipe. You get an extra punch of flavor!

I’m waiting for the postman now bringing a shipment from the Northwest! I don’t even know what they are, so we will be surprised together!

What is your favorite tea this time of year?

xx P

Lemon Lavender Lane Tea with Lemon Lust Loaf! Mmmmmm

Monday morning and we’ve accomplished quite a bit already this morning. Started at Target to pick up Tommy’s meds and a new pillar candle, then to Starbucks for a latte’, and on to the Library to grab some books. Tommy has headed to the Cancer Center for his after surgery 2 week appointment and I’m not going there.

The wind is outrageous today! It may be in the 50’s but that wind is not! So, let’s talk about tea. This is one I discovered last summer and stocked up. It is a delicate tea with a smooth lavender flavor and a back note of tart lemon. It was the perfect thing to go with my Lemon Lust Loaf.

We are off on Mondays and Tuesdays so I’m hoping Tommy can rest and I can read. I have been on a crafting jag the past few days and accomplished a few things I saw on Pinterest and on Kelleysdiy one of which was the lantern.

Dollar Tree lantern made with 4 frames💵❤️   Now I stopped into Burlington and saw this lovely lantern with a bit of bling. $25. I stopped at the Dollar Tree and found 4 4×6 frames for $1 each and they also had some bling. So for $4 I made my own and like it better! Just rip of the backs, which I saved in the craft basket, I put a couple of drops of glue on the back so the glass wouldn’t fall out and then glued the sides together and Voila’!  I also did a couple of floral arrangements and a Spring wreath.

How is your Monday going? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Has anyone seen the Twinings Soothe Tea anyplace? I can’t find it anywhere and I am out, so let me know!

xx P

Never Underestimate The Importance of the Little Things!

I’m running very late today. But it has been a day! Bright and sunny and no sign of the weather that had schools closed yesterday and even the library closed and the coffee shop. I swear we got maybe 100 flakes of snow/sleet. I don’t understand it at all.

It’s been a very busy week for us. I met with my therapist Monday morning and I unloaded all of my worries on her. Tommy’s dressing came off and I got to see the incision. It was much longer than I thought. 7 inches. And Dr. White said he needed every one of those inches to get that tumor out. But it looks good.

We’ve been doing soft and lazy stuff. Drinking tea, napping, watching Ender’s Game and just letting go of all of the tension from the pre-surgery results. Which we got! No Cancer! Laying around reading and rubbing each other’s feet. Just doing a lot of self-love. The kids spent the night on Friday night. We watched Venom again and just hung out. Corbin was most upset that he didn’t get a chocolate heart, but a chocolate shake fixed that.

He had his dance and he and Emma were voted King and Queen. Kindergarten is a lot different from when I was there! Anyway he looked adorable in his crown and royal robe. This Friday is Talent Show Night. I shudder to think what will happen, but I made cookies.

I don’t know if it was Tommy’s nether regions returning from numbness, saving the world from being destroyed and giving us some stress relief or if I had a head injury but today I woke up and by afternoon tea time I had made a cake for his birthday tomorrow ( the big 40), I made 2 of my Lemon Lust Loaves and lots of dark chocolate chip cookies, plus I have a pork roast in the slow cooker. Don’t get used to it.

So I’m having some nice Harney & Sons Blue and Yellow tea with a slice of Lemon Lust Loaf!

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Along with clean sheet day, this is just heavenly!

xx P

coffee and cake by Rick Rodgers

Coffee and Cake: Enjoy the Perfect Cup of Coffee--with Dozens of Delectable Recipes for Café Treats

Rick Rodgers is an expert at writing really good cookbooks! And this one is exactly what I was looking for. Focusing not only on the cake, but on making the perfect cup of coffee, no matter what type of machine you choose to use.

I prefer the French Press. It’s always reliable and gives me a smooth cup. He takes us through all of the different brewing methods and shares some excellent coffee drinks with us so by the time the cake portion comes around, you are ready with your cup of choice.

The cakes are the good old-fashioned kind our grandmothers made. Plus some European treats and two of my all time favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Apple-Cranberry Ginger Loaf. Oh my goodness were those good. I plan on working my way through the entire book and pairing them with the appropriate coffee. Or tea. If you know me you’ll know it’s probably tea.

I can say honestly I love this little book!