A New Barn and Silo! With A Side of Gratitude!

Great selection to choose a perfect cup of tea,

Things have most certainly been wacky around the country this week! Here we are edging towards 50 degrees and our friends and family in the deep south are in snow while the Northeast gets a bomb blizzard!

So it just fit with the wackiness of things when OU Boy came home last night with a truck full of stuff from the grandparents storage. All of my fellow lovers of free junk we can re-finish or paint or turn into other things will understand my giddiness. There was an old Marine trunk full of woodworking tools, paint brushes, hand carved crochet hooks with indentations for my fingers even! Material that just so happened to match my living room decor perfectly! Black and White Herringbone with Red trim. Enough craft supplies to keep my babies busy for years!

And then I unwrapped this….    After some digging on-line I found out it is from The Barnyard Collection by J.S.Nicol made in Sri Lanka. The little barn is a cookie jar and the silo is a Teapot!!!! Cuteness overload.

There was also 6 sets of luggage which was never used and a lot of blankets which we donated today. One huge box contained nothing but gift bags, tissue paper and bows! One was full of picture frames and gorgeous antique mirrors, even a lovely dresser tray for my combs and such and lots of candy dishes. Since OU Boy is quitting smoking I’m filling those with mints at home and some for his office.

Next time it will be shoes. She is cleaning out entire rooms of shoes that have never seen the light of day and we are the same size. So all in all it was a kick ass day! Our 2018 is starting off with a bang.

How are things where you are? Snow? No snow?  It’s almost tea time so I’m going to brew up some nice Earl Grey from Harney and Sons in my new Silo Teapot!

xx Patricia

Today I Choose A Nice Cup of Oolong

Good Morning Y’all! The children are back in school! 3 weeks is just too long. We have been through several reams of paper, sticker books, markers and 100 paper plates and two rolls of tape. Snowmen and Gingerbread men are hanging all over the place. But we made it! And learned quite a bit!

I am always on the look out for unusual tea pots or tea rooms and I love these! My friend Vicki who lives in Bromley owns Lady Bug Pest Control so the ladybug teapot is perfect for her. I am the cupcake queen, so I would love that one. I already own the three lovely ladies along with creamers for each. Left to me by an ex-husband’s Grandmother who liked me. And of course the Flamingo cup and saucer is on my list.

At the end of the Winter Break PaPa was surprised to hear the kids asking what time it was. When he would say 3 p.m. they would run to the tea-table and sit and wait for tea. Each day we tried a different tea and their opinions were quite funny.

We had many deep and important conversations about hot dogs, how chicken nuggets are made, and why you can’t just opt out of school. Just so you know Corbin popped up with a question. Did we know what hot dogs were made of? Not a clue I say, I don’t eat those. Well that’s good, he says because they are made of cancer. Now you know. Proceed at your own risk. We watched the video on how they make chicken nuggets and they will never eat those again.

All in all we survived. The last week was hardest because it was bitterly cold, but today the sun came out and we were above freezing. We danced with our new Bluetooth microphones to Taylor Swift and the Biebs, along with AC/DC, Halestorm and Queen, as well as their Daddy who has quite a few videos on Youtube.

We are getting ready to swing into Mardi Gras mode, Mardi Gras is on Feb. 13th this year, early but we are ready!

How was your week? Did you get snow? My hometown of Brunswick,Georgia did! And lord did it cause problems. The police sent out a notice for people to stay home!! LMAO

XX Patricia

Taylor’s of Harrogate Tea Haul

I hope you all survived what ever holiday you subscribe to! I think pretty much every tea Taylor’s makes is now on my tea shelf. I really like this company because of their participation in the Ethical Tea Partnership and the Rainforest Alliance.

I hated to even open them they are so pretty, but open one I did! Yesterday we tried the Scottish Breakfast Tea, as I am Scottish, and it was a really smooth and hearty with a splash of Almond Milk. I enjoyed it a lot. Multiple times.

Tommy picked up our dinner at the club. Seriously, did anyone think I was cooking? And it was delicious. And clean up was a breeze. We watched White Christmas and then went back to bed. Then we ate and went back to bed. We watched a couple of BB games and went back to bed. And not one nap was had. I’ll leave you to ponder that one!

With everything going on it was just the day we needed and we loved every minute of it!

xx Patricia

BOO-Teaful Tea Pots for Halloween~

This mornings tea is brought to us by Taylor’s of Harrogate Chamomile. We seem to be having tummy upsets today so I thought it prudent to stick with a mild yet flavorful tea!

Don’t you just love these Halloween inspired tea pots? I love people with imagination and a sense of whimsy.

Well folks, it got cold. Not anywhere near the freeze that was predicted and it really is only cold at night. I had an absolutely horrible wake up call this morning. Someone was dying in my bathroom. Not the best way to wake up! Poor OU Boy was throwing up for what seemed like hours. Probably due to those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups he downed last night along with two Nathan’s chili dogs. And when he throws up even neighbors know about it. This man makes more noise tossing his cookies than I did in labor. And that was bad. At one point my husband even asked me if I could keep it down. Yeah….he didn’t last long.

Everyone is getting ready for trick or treating. Signs are up in neighborhoods letting the little mongsters know that at 8 p.m. you better have your fill and be moving on.

I see there are quite a few churches doing the trunk or treat which I suppose is better than having little Susi knocking on doors asking for candy. As you have probably figured out by the above puking BF, we have no more candy. I do have a lovely bottle of Merlot in the cooler though, but bring your own glass.

This is my Friday so I’m going to be lazy all day. Not really…you know I’ll be reading.

xx Patricia  Here’s a little something the five-year old will love.

Loving this Athletic Heather 'Sister For Candy' Raglan Tee - Toddler & Kids on #zulily! #zulilyfinds

Me and the Octopus are taking to the bed

I am a huge collector of odd ball teapots and am always on the look out for more. These are already on my list and I found most of them on Pinterest, the Holy Grail of everything you ever wanted to make, buy or just lust after!

Things have been so wild and high energy lately that I made a very southern statement today. I’m taking to the bed. Which can mean you just don’t want to talk to anyone or that you’re just overwhelmed at the moment. Can you use that in a sentence, Ma’am? Why yes sugar I can. Ring, Ring at the doorbell. Child answers said ring. nosey neighbor on the step. “Is your Momma here?” Momma’s taken to the bed. “Oh well, tell her I called on her”

Boom. Situation avoided. I used to think this was a strictly southern thing but my uncle told me that my great-grandmother used to do it a lot. Along with a bottle of laudanum.

I hope you enjoy these little oddballs. I may have taken the octopus thin a bit far as it comes in a great chandelier and paper towel holder. I love a good octopus!

Enjoy your Sunday while I stay safe in my bed trolling Pinterest for things I will never cook or eat!

Patricia

Meet Laura Childs Cosy Mysteries! Bring Tea and some Scissors!

It’s been so long since I read the very first Tea Shop Mystery by Laura. And I was instantly in love. This series has a lot of things I love. Tea, Charleston,Recipes and smart and funny characters. Here are a few of the titles!

Product Details  Product Details Product Details

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

Product DetailsProduct DetailsProduct Details

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality

Product DetailsProduct DetailsProduct Details

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!)  I can say I have read every one of her books. She has truly mastered the cosy mystery genre and has now branched out to writing Thrillers! Her first was Little Girl Gone and next to come out will be Shadow Girl. Both Afton Tangler Thrillers. And she has nailed it! I have read them both and she has successfully crossed over to the hard side! OH, and she is writing these under her actual name Gerry Schmitt.

Laura’s latest Tea Shop Mystery is Pekoe Most Poison. So today I’m having some Pekoe and I’m pretty sure it’s not poison!

Give her a try. I’ve never been to a library that didn’t have them all, so you can try before you buy!

xx Happy Weekend

Checking Out Twinings Pure Rooibos Red Tea…and some instructions!

            :

I saw this one the other week and absolutely had to have it. You can always use more Herbals!  And Rooibos is a favorite of mine in the summer. The only ingredient is the Rooibos Tea. It has a really nice aroma and a lovely taste. It’s naturally a bit sweet. Not too much, just right. It is a Keeper!

On the instructions, I realized that after I posted the wreath picture, I should have at least told you how I did it. Of course there are all kinds of ways, but this is how I did it and continue to do my wreaths.

Find a good sturdy grapevine wreath. Any craft store, or you can make them yourself, it isn’t hard if you have or know someone who has grapes.

Figure out what type of look you want and then gather your crockery. The ones I use on my wreath are ones I’ve found or bought at a thrift or yard sale. I used Gorilla Glue to fix the cup to the saucer and then hot glue gun to fix it to the wreath. If it’s just a cup or a creamer with a handle I tie those on with clear fishing line or very thin ribbon.

When you have it the way you want it, just fill in with greenery, flowers, pearls, whatever you like really….let your imagination run!  I always have yards of different pearls hanging around so I use those a lot. And I’ll have a color scheme in mind and may add a few tiny tea spoons, or birds, even birds nests. Really the possibilities are endless!

They make great gifts for wedding showers, birthdays, any occasion or no occasion at all if you are a tea lover!

If you make one, let us see! I’m always looking for more ways to use them. Now I am off to check the fairy house. I’ve heard a toad moved in….

FB_IMG_1497144219032

patricia

 

 

Channeling Orange

Since today’s tea is Tazo wild sweet orange, we’ve gone all out with the orange theme!

First the tea is really good and full of things I love. In the summer it is delicious with ice and a few slices of orange. You don’t need sugar at all, so it makes it a great drink for the summer for the kiddies too.

After digesting all of yesterday’s eye news I am feeling really calm and positive about whatever comes next. So when my doorbell rang this morning, I actually answered it. And I’m so glad I did. I got to share some great tea and conversation with my neighbor who I rarely see as she’s always at the hospital working. But she just had a hip replaced so she is sidelined for a few weeks. And she likes tea!

This isn’t like last month when I not only invited the Mormon boys in to chat because I was so bored but gave them  my phone number and they have returned a few times. We are discussing the ark and Noah. They are like a captive audience for me since I’m still not allowed outside.

After recently freeing myself of some negative folks I am taking the above advice and channeling Orange. Being me. It really is liberating to let go of expectations.

yellow7   xxx Patricia

Pekoe Most Poison: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery) by [Childs, Laura]

In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
 
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…

There was definitely a different tone to this latest Tea Shop Mystery.

While I have always loved the trio that are the Indigo Tea Shop, Haley the baker extrodinaire, Drayton, the perfect gentleman and tea sommeliar and Theo, running the show and loving what she does.

We meet some new characters in this book and of course all of our favorites are here. Although one is definitely missing and missed!

After being practically blackmailed to investigate, Theo and Drayton put their heads together to find out who killed Beau and why. There are no shortage of possible suspects, really unsavory characters, but are the killers too?

Theo has developed quite a backbone. I enjoyed her new bolder personality and I think it is a very natural growth process for her as a character. Everyone felt very sure of their place in this one. A maturing of all the characters.

The recipes are included in the book and as usual, they are divine! Laura always gives us such good tips for teas and tea sources and we get to read a great cozy mystery!

Enjoy with a cup of Assam and a slice of lemon bread!

Holiday Tea and Cardamom Bread!

holidayteas

There are holiday teas galore out now! So no matter who your favorite tea seller is, I can guarantee they have a holiday tea to fit your needs.

Cooking with these teas is easy as can be. If you are making say gingerbread, replace the liquid with an equal amount of strongly steeped gingerbread tea. Do the same with peppermint, pumpkin spice, caramel, really any of them that match your flavor of baked goods.

teagift12  This is one of my favorite treats to have in winter. Cardamom Bread. And here is an easy recipe for you!  It is a perfect accompaniment to your holiday teas!

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp cardamon, freshly ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 large eggs
1/4 c sugar
1 c sour cream
10 Tbsp butter, unsalted, melted

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour a loaf pan.

2 Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beat eggs and sugar together until creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in sour cream and melted butter.

3 Pour batter into prepared pan, baking until done, about an hour.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto rack and finish cooling.

Dust with powdered sugar.

And just pick a tea!

Starting next week, we are going to dig in to my Southern Roots for Christmas…oh, yeah, it’s going to be good!

fridaytea2 xxP