CUT TO THE CHAISE WITH A NICE CUPPA

This Cozy Mystery debuted this week. It was really good.

And what goes better with a Cozy Mystery than a nice cuppa?

It’s back to shorts weather today. I’m still not sure where I got all of that intense energy yesterday. I did start using Moringa in my SuperFood Smoothies so I may have to back off of that one. Energetic is not one of my goals. Being cared for by an adoring billionaire on the other hand is. Sorry honey.

I completely re-arranged my bedroom so I would have more space on one side, flipped the mattress and cleaned the blinds even. Normally I only clean ceiling fans and blinds on the first Monday. I think I was just trying to put something in order because my brain was not in order. It feels as if we are in a holding pattern. Unable to make even the simplest of decisions until we know the outcome of Tommy’s surgeries. He is still in a lot of pain so our appointment can’t get here soon enough.

Have a good evening and keep us in your thoughts!

xx P

Have a hot cup of Chai and a laugh.

Doesn’t that look yummy? A nice Chai with a molasses cookie…yummm. It’s Saturday and I am so happy I went shopping last night instead of today. It is insane at the mall and at the supermarket. Yesterday it was summer again. This morning is Spring and this afternoon we are diving into the weather basement! I don’t know how to dress anymore.

I have officially finished holiday shopping. I have put up a tree. This shade of blue and silver accents. It’s a flocked tree. It’s messy. But it is pretty. The menorah is up in the window and the fairies have their own tree.

Even though I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I am doing desserts. This is the time of year that I am baffled why Pioneer Pies shut down! I mean come on. You could buy an entire pie in the tin plate and pass that sucker off as your own. It was pure genius. How could you close a PIE store for goodness sake?

Oh well, we will muddle through. Tommy and our adopted son, Chris are frying like 7 turkeys Wednesday night for families in need and Thursday morning Mike will do ours. Last night we had to run to Wal-Mart, where I never ever try to go. But sometimes you have to go. It was just like the day before a hurricane on the coast. People were fighting over the turkeys, there wasn’t any bread. And Tommy’s head almost exploded when a woman walked by with an I Love Trump shirt on. Seriously Baby? That is the worst thing you saw there? I saw a man lift his shirt and scratch his overhanging, hairy belly with a big boil on it.

Oh and Cynthia, this one did have the adult Shot Your Eye Out pajamas. $20. I wanted one but Tommy said no, so maybe it’s going to show up under the tree. It’s not going to show up under the tree. I have a better chance of getting hockey skates.

Stay Warm. Drink Tea. Be Kind. Don’t go into debt trying to impress people. It’s really just Jesus birthday and you don’t have to shop for him.

xx P

 

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

 

TAZO CHAI PUMPKIN SPICE and SISTERS OF THE FIRE

It is 18 degrees. Yep, all that mess we begged Denver to keep to itself came east and it is cold. Not a mess, very little snow. Like an eighth of an inch or so but this cold and wind is leaving us wanting something hot with a little spice kick!

Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice is perfect. I love cardamom and that along with all the other chai warming spices are just what the weather calls for! I give it a well done!

I have to finish this book, which is the second in a world I love. So that is it for now, Off to the land of warm blankets, hot tea and a nice warm husband to curl up with!

xx P

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 Muffins and Tea…so good.

Cranberry Tea with Cranberry Muffins #harneyandsons

The only thing saving the depression of waking up to 34 degrees is the bright sunshine. Which should be false advertising. It didn’t help that OU Boy left for the airport around 3 a.m. He’s like my own personal heater and when he goes I suddenly have to go to the bathroom. I did get back to sleep but it didn’t include a dream and the one I was having was pretty good.

What the heck does one do at that ungodly time of day? Well, I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen. The challenge was to use a complimentary tea as the liquid in the recipe. First up, I had a new bag of fresh cranberries and some lovely oranges and that just screamed MUFFINS! This recipe doesn’t call for water but milk. So I heated the milk and steeped the Cranberry Tea from Harney and Sons in that and then used it to give it a richer flavor. As I am elbow deep in batter, my Russian neighbor, Sonja, came over needing some help with her Uber app. She doesn’t know how to use it yet and her son wasn’t home. She speaks little English so basically I did it for her and then wrote the return instructions on a Post-It.

When I returned the Cranberry tin to its spot, I saw the Pumpkin Spice. I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. Think pumpkins, chocolate and spices…

I tinkered around with a new SuperFoods Smoothie also. Spinach,Kale, an Orange,Hemp Seeds, a dash of Spirulina and Maca along with a handful of Cranberries. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus it was good. It’s going in the book for sure.

My Butternut Squash is cooked and cooling and the pears are ready to make more soup. So dinner is pretty much done. Good thing as we have Multi-Cultural Night at school at 6 tonight.

I have found a way to reduce my stress level over all of this Trump idiocy. Christmas Music. Yes, the sister who shames her sisters for listening to that crap before December is now a believer. It really calms me down and kept me from tweeting maybe the plane could  just disappear on its way to France with Trump on it.

I think a nap is in order now. And Lynn Cahoon’s new book Slay in Character. Too funny!

xx P

Kindergarten Woes and a London Fog

Oh Thursday….really? 40 is the best you can do today? And with rain? It isn’t winter yet Mother Nature. I am not ready for socks and layers and coats. Especially coats. But this morning I made myself an Earl Grey London Fog and warmed the cockles of my heart. I have no idea where the cockles are but I’m feeling very Wuthering Heights today.

They ( No, I don’t know who they is) say that man plans and God laughs. That was yesterday. The minute I finished work and was looking forward to reading and doing some yoga the phone rang. I looked and saw it was my son. Long story short, Papa got to pick up Corbin from school. I love how excited he gets when he sees his Papa at the gate. The pure joy on their faces as Corbin throws himself into his Papa’s arms shouting to everyone, “Look! It’s my Papa!” Although now we are so well know that if another child sees us first they all start yelling, “Look it’s Corbin’s Papa/Gramma”.

He grabbed my tablet as soon as he deposited his belongings on the floor. Got right down to playing Temple Run 2. Until….I looked at his daily report. Mr. Perfect got in trouble for laughing and playing in the bathroom. Now I’m conflicted because I am at the school a lot and no adult accompanies any of the Kindergarten classes to the bathroom. They just go on their own and I don’t like that. Seriously if you find 3 of your besties in the bathroom it’s something to shout about! So sorry but this goes in the non punishment category. He knows he made the wrong choice and it’s Kindergarten for cripes sakes.

Had to take him shopping at the market where he met another little girl and they proceeded to want everything in the store. He got socks. And crackers. Miss Charli had a wonderful time at the Philharmonic and told us all about the bass. She goes to a special class after school that is a more in-depth look at critical thinking, science and math so she had a full day yesterday and was tired.

I am trying the Butternut Squash Soup With Pear again today. I think the pears we found just weren’t flavorful enough, so I’m trying some different ones. I swear I could eat this soup every day.

Stay warm out there and be kind. Lord knows we need some kindness right now.

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

 

IS IT OVER YET?

Pumpkin Spice, I mean. I swear seeing Pumpkin Spice Cheerios was the last straw. This is not a case of more is better.

So here are some of my favorite funnies from my Pinterest Board. I have a drainage issue with my bathroom sink. As in the water just stays there. Yesterday the plumber helper came and said, yeah, that’s clogged with something. He then pulled out an ancient stopper missing the metal top. So now I’m waiting for the plumber to show up and fix it.

This is a major issue for me as I read in the bathtub for hours during the day and he still isn’t here. Now if I were to hop in that tub, the man would be knocking on the door. Can’t go for a run.  Just waiting for him. And the Postman.

Yesterday I received a big box of new teas that I’m still trying to find a place for. Tomorrow I’ll share them all.

For now I guess I’ll call the plumber again.

xx P

Really, Can You Ever Have To Much Tea?

Hi Thursday! You are looking mighty wet and gloomy this morning. Good thing I had a big Earl Grey London Fog to warm me up.

I told you yesterday that I had been on a tea ordering binge. This is how it started. I was straightening up my Tea Cupboard and saw an empty spot up there by the Cranberry tin. So I ordered some more tins of the holiday blends.

This is my addiction. I love these tins. I use them for everything including small posies for tea parties. Do I have a problem? Probably. What you can’t see is I have backups of almost all of them behind the ones you see. There was also another motive. Depending on how many teas I order I get a box perfect for re-shipping. I needed 5 boxes that hold two tins. Yes, I ordered tea to get a box. It is the perfect size for a tea-cup, some tea, a truffle and a bath bomb. Christmas is done.

Converting the world to tea one gift at a time. Also it is a really great gift I would love to get. Plus I’m going on a cruise in April and I need my money for that. Very shallow I know, which makes me deep since I do know it.

     This is what I will be doing today. Plus making Pumpkin Bread from Diane’s Kitchen. She has the best looking food. And there aren’t a million ingredients you can’t pronounce. Plus she has the cleanest baking pans I’ve ever seen! So pop over and begin to drool!

xx P