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

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 piratepatty@hotmail.com!

xx P

 

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!

A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh

A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by [Walsh, Alison]

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in WonderlandThe Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:

 

  • Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia

 

  • Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland

 

  • Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh

 

  • Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women

 

  • Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer

 

  • And more!

 

 
Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

What a lovely book full of recipes and book references. Each one evokes a memory of a story, a book, another time and place. Perfect for the tea lover, book lover or both!

Netgalley/Skyhorse Publishing  June 05, 2018

SUNSHINE,BEIGNETS AND TEA

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Lazy Sunday mornings…they are just the best! Even though my other half had to go in this morning, he kindly made no noise and let me sleep. As a reward I am making beignets for him for brunch. Since he is at work building me bookshelves, I should do this.

It has been such a hectic week and yesterday I was going through my jewelry box deciding what to give to the kids to play with and what to do away with and while I have more that the average number of engagement rings, I could not find my current one. Which ramped my anxiety level through the roof. It is my favorite and the only one that I care about. I went through everything in the house and nothing.

I sent OU Boy a text telling him I had lost my engagement ring. His manly response was “Where?” If I knew where it wouldn’t be lost now would it! By the time he got home I was in full-blown crying, hysterical mode. He looked and nothing. I knew I had it when I moved. It never leaves my dresser. In a sudden burst of memory I grabbed my Warby Parker box out of the underwear drawer and there it was, snuggling in the box.Safe and sound.  More tears ensued and after a cup of tea I was calmer.

So life was once again good. Now I’m going to run by Barnes and Noble and grab another tin of tea before the sale is over! Then to the pool or park to get some sun.

Have a good Sunday! Enjoy the sun and some tea. I’m having a pitcher of Lavender-Lemon iced and it is so good!

xx Patricia

Checking out TAZO organic earl grey noir

This morning it is a bit on the chilly side so I’m trying out this new to me tea. Tazo organic earl grey noir. The caffeine level is about a 5 out of 5. Good for a morning jolt. And I used it to make an Earl Grey London Fog. It was and is delicious.

The smell of the bergamot was strong when I poured the water over it and the taste was just a perfect blend of black tea and bergamot. I definitely will keep this in the cupboard.I’m not sure where all the severe weather and snow are that they predicted. Not here. But it is going to be chilly today so another great day to sip hot tea and read a good book.

Tommy and I have this thing we’ve done for years. We choose something and try different variations of it all month-long. Sometimes its wine from all different countries but yesterday he hit on the best list ever! The best places for Sunday Brunch! This should be fun!  Yesterday wasn’t a good day for that however. My Crohns flared up and I was not happy. Today it’s behaving itself, but it’s like a toddler, you just hold your breath and hope for the best.

Enjoy this second day of April. Notice the little things. Give someone a compliment. Be a good human being.

xx Happy Tea Drinking    Patricia

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Bowl and Tea!

Had this at 26 Beach during brunch as iced tea. Totally addicting both iced and hot. Way to go Celestial Seasonings! Blueberry Green Tea-Harney and Sons  BEST STUFF EVER! Blueberry Pomegranate Herbal Tea by ArtfulTea

It’s the weekend! Sipping on some really nice Blueberry from Harney and Sons this morning. I love blueberries. To me they taste like summer. Fresh picked and juicy, full of possibilities.  This is a very nice blueberry tea and I want to tell you what I did with it this morning.

It feels like it’s been raining forever here and it can put you in a blue funky mood. So this morning I pulled some blueberries out of the freezer. I had a handful. Yes, I am one of those people who don’t measure. I made a pot of tea and put some of that with the blueberries, brought it to a boil and tossed in GF oatmeal and let it simmer. Popped some in a bowl with two good shakes of cinnamon and a teaspoon of pure maple syrup.

The left overs were then smashed into a cupcake tin and in a couple of hours I had them as muffins! Let me tell you that this oatmeal is to die for! Seriously good and good for you!

I’m experimenting with hot porridges. I love any food in a bowl. Yesterday I tried out banana, almond butter and maple syrup and loved that one too. I am so not a breakfast person. But I am trying to be better at eating regularly and not forgetting until dinner when we play the What do you want for dinner? game.

Lunch around here consists of a big mixed greens salad with apple, orange, asparagus, mango and maybe a handful of bulger. Dinner for me is usually soup/salad. I’ve already got my 13 bean soup in the slow cooker and have polenta cooling in the icebox. For my resident Neanderthal I am defrosting steak. I won’t touch it or cook it, but I’ll defrost it.

What’s your favorite oatmeal combo?

These Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Cups are easy to make and perfect to enjoy for breakfast throughout the week! Double Blueberry Steel cut Oats

xx Patricia OMG, I think I may see the sun!

 

VICTORIA’S THE ESSENTIAL TEA COMPANION

Whether you’re enjoying a morning break, a quiet afternoon respite, or a soothing moment at day’s end, tea is a delicious indulgence. And Victoria has the ideal accompaniment to this celestial beverage.
Victoria The Essential Tea Companion collects the best of three classic Victoria books in a single beautiful volume. It serves up history and lore, advice on brewing the perfect pot, notes on collectible china, and best of all, menus for eight themed parties, from a children’s tea to a bridal shower. More than 100 recipes cover sandwiches, scones, tarts, cakes, savories, breads, and biscuits, as well as flavored teas both hot and iced, and honeys, spreads, and jams. An authoritative appendix provides the elegant final touch.

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Victoria Magazine and Books are a favorite of mine. Here they have taken their three companion books and compiled them into one book. It is lovely and the pictures and recipes are creative and easy to do.

This is one of those go-to reference books as well as a delightful book of recipes for all the goodies we like to share at tea time!

Enjoy it!

xx Patricia

 

Teatime Parties: Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life from Tea Time Magazine

What better way to celebrate special life events than with afternoon tea? Table settings for birthdays, christenings, engagements, weddings, graduations, retirements, and other milestones are presented with beautiful color photography. An expert tea-pairing guide, along with a tea-steeping primer, make it simple to choose and prepare the perfect pot of tea to accompany the 80+ recipes in this gorgeous hardcover book.

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Tea Time Magazines newest book of gorgeous teas and menus to celebrate those milestones in life. As always the photographs are beautiful and the recipes very easy to prepare.

This is a great gift for those of us who love the magazine!

 

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Afternoon tea at home by Will Torrent

Recipes and inspiration for how to host the ultimate tea party with instruction from master patissier Will Torrent.

Arranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods.

Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. Recipes include classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; classics with a clever twist such as Malted milk egg custard tarts, Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings of Prosecco, lime and mint jellies, Roasted walnut and miso shortbread, Lemon and lime matcha tea friands, and a very decadent Apricot and lavender almondine from Raymond Blanc at Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.

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Full of scrumptious tea time foods, it is as drool worthy as they come! This was a gift and I am very happy to have it! If you get a chance, grab it! It is definitely a Forever book!

About the author:

WILL TORRENT’s love of food began with a week spent with Heston Blumenthal (owner of three-Michelin- starred restaurant The Fat Duck) at the age of 16. Since 2007, following a First Class Honours degree at the University of West London, he won the first Medallion of Excellence for a British pastry chef at WorldSkills Japan, won the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence, Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year, an Acorn award and a WorldSkills UK Outstanding Achievement Award. He has worked with top chefs including Jamie Oliver as well as at Claridges, The Dorchester and The Lanesborough. In addition, his TV appearances include BBC’s The Apprentice, Sweet Baby James and Ready Steady Cook, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Food Fight Club and ITV’s This Morning.

He is a consultant pastry chef to Waitrose, Ambassador for Cacao Barry and WorldSkills UK,
a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Academy of Chocolate, Guild of Food Writers and a regular tutor at The Bertinet Cookery School in Bath. He is a Patron to the world-renowned London School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure and an Ambassador for the Christian charity Tearfund. Pâtisserie at Home his bestselling first book aimed to take the fear factor out of desserts, he demystified the dark art of chocolate making in his second, Chocolate at Home, and now helps you bring the elegance of afternoon tea to your table at home.