Have Tea. Send Cookies. And Books, yeah, Books.

Trying out one of the Holiday Teas from Celestial Seasonings, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. 

I wasn’t really impressed with the smell right out of the box. But after brewing there was a lovely and delicate aroma of sugar cookies. Not that overwhelming artificial ingredients smell, just a light sugar cookie smell and a lovely naturally sweet taste. Absolutely perfect for dunking a holiday sugar cookie in.

Yesterday was the last day I had OU Boy to boss around and do things for me so I needed to grab a few things from the market that I could mange to make myself. The first one did not have a very good selection of tea, although I did meet a lovely older gentleman who had spent a lot of time in the UK and we compared notes and I gave him advice on Rooibos for his wife.

So it was on to Wal-Mart to brave the crowd. I didn’t buy anything here but wanted to show you these pictures of the tea/coffee aisle.

Yes that is a bunch of tea. But the best part to me was how much was gone! People are buying tea now and the stores are responding to the demand. That is very encouraging. Then we went to Target where they had a lovely sale on Tazo Tea. So I stocked up on some of those and some holiday teas. In line the two people in front of me were also only buying tea! So all in all, I bought 2 cans of soup and lots of tea. That’s it.

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xx Patricia

Making A Choice…and Tea!

Tea board

Good Thursday Morning to Y’all. I’m feeling Zen today. So I’m going with the Tazo Zen tea today. With the temperatures dropping it may get moved to the back shelf until warmer weather so the winter teas have some room.

This has been a week hasn’t it? Although I have to say that the leak under the slab was relatively painless. I discovered it on Monday when my closet floor felt really hot. OU Boy pulled out his digital infrared thermometer and it was 105.5.  We knew we had a hot water line break. The plumber was here early the next morning. And by early I mean he was here at 9 a.m. on the dot.  People, I am not company ready at that time of day. This meant a change in my schedule and my anxiety was looking for a way out.

OU Boy bundled me and all of my things up and dropped me at the library and sent me text updates about the jack hammering and the dust collecting. And people watching at the library is always a fun activity. Everything was repaired and new concrete poured by early afternoon. Now everything in the living room is covered with a fine layer of dust that I’m thinking of just leaving there for a Halloween decoration.

I’ve talked some about CBT and how it has help my anxiety and I had an email asking what that was. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is identifying the event and controlling how you react to said event. I’m not a professional here. I’m a visual learner. I learn best by reading or seeing something rather than you telling me orally about it. I have worksheets, or I did for a while. Now it’s just second nature. The worksheets are divided into 3 parts A- The Activating Event (Something happened) B-Belief/Stuck Point (I tell myself something) C- Consequence (I feel something). Then I ask myself, “Are my thoughts above in “B” realistic? In my mind I’m playing out the scenario and any way it can negatively affect me. It’s a way to help me control situations. And for me it works.

I was all set to be really Zen today and OU Boy just shot me a text that the entire Thunder team and families are up at the Club celebrating the Thunders tenth anniversary. Even Melo and Lala! I am not feeling very zen towards him at the moment. I knew he cut out of here awful early this morning. Seriously, how could you forget to tell me that???

Have a calm and peaceful day. Make a choice to be kind. Make someone’s day a little bit better today. A smile, a kind word, a cup of tea, or you can just try not to start shit! Whatever level you are at!

xx Patricia

The London Fog: A Tea Latte’

Earl Grey - Lavender Earl Grey - Jasmine Earl Grey

Our tea today is from Twining’s. Did you know they had so many varieties? And the reason we are focusing on them is that I learned how to make a London Fog.

And it was delicious! Here’s how:

Have you ever wondered how to make a London Fog? It's the ultimate tea latte recipe with a hint of sweetness and boost of caffeine. Perfect for cold winter mornings or afternoon pick-me-ups! This recipe came from Pinterest and is the exact one I use.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  1. Steep your tea bag in the hot water for 3-5 mins (depending on strength preference)
  2. Mix together almond milk and vanilla extract and steam or froth depending on what tools you have.*
  3. Stir sweetener in with steeped tea and top with frothed milk.
  4. Enjoy hot!