SOUTHERN LIVING 2017 ANNUAL RECIPES from OXMOOR HOUSE

Southern Living Annual Recipes 2017: An Entire Year of Recipes by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Southern Living has been a part of my family for a lot of years. My mother collected the Christmas ones as well as the Annual Recipes.

When I went out on my own she would still send them to me. It’s a part of our shared Southern love for the food our families have always made.

The book is divided by months and seasons of the year with recipes for food in season. The pictures are always great and this is where I got my Chicken Pot Pie recipe. If you have never looked at one of their Christmas books, get yourself to the library and check them out!

Another memory on my bookshelf!

GOOD BYE NOVEMBER….You Sucked.

Our last week of November. The last days of Fall. And oh holy batman is today rough! All night the wind blew at around 40 to 56 mph. It was horrible. Our high temp for the day occurred at midnight last night. 50 degrees. Now it’s 40 and soon it will be in the 20’s.

Now mind you yesterday and the day before I was in shorts and a tank top. This is craziness.

Thanksgiving at my son Mike’s was perfect. Beautiful setting and great food and drink. Bing Crosby was crooning on the record player. It was just what we needed. Calm, peaceful and lots of love. Then Miss Evangeline turned 11 on Friday. We now have matching Fire Tablets. Sharing my love of reading makes me love her even more.

We have our appointments lined up and now that the shock has worn off a bit, I guess I feel better. I’m not bursting into tears every few minutes.

I have a question for you ladies. Do you ever feel invisible? I swear for 15 years I have felt invisible to my husband’s family. Yesterday his aunt called to tell him to come by Monday evening as she was taking him to the furniture store to buy him a recliner. I wasn’t mentioned. Is this normal? Because in my experience it is not. Who buys you a piece of furniture without consulting the person who handles the home? I am not a recliner person. She knows this as she offered us one before and we said no thank you.

I mean who does this? I’ve been married 5 times. I’ve had a good mother in law and some real horrid ones, but they never brought us furniture. I was really good with the one that gave me straight up cash in an envelope. Or a cruise. Or one time a piano that I had mentioned I wanted.

I guess I’m supposed to just be quiet and pretend it doesn’t hurt my feelings but it does. And right now I’m not in the mood for that bullshit. So keep your recliner and your money for all the cat food you need.

I would say sorry for being bitchy but I’m not so I won’t.

xx P

Laughing Through Our Tears

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This is a phrase I have been repeating since Friday. Tiny miracles. That is all I’m asking for. Just one.

We were at the clinic before 8 a.m. this morning. The good doctor is setting up surgeons and test times so we can deal with this as soon as possible. What is this?

Friday OU Boy started having really awful pain in his left leg and shortness of breath. Well if you have been here long enough you know that my former husband died of a pulmonary embolism. Panic ensued and we headed for the hospital. After they did an ultrasound of the entire leg and then a body CT with contrast we found out a few things.

One, his esophagus is thickening and he will need a procedure to address and biopsy that. Two, he had an area of shading in his lungs that looked like early pleurisy. Three, he had a mass the size of a tennis ball on his left thigh. This is a man who can tolerate pain more than any person I know, so if he is crying, it is bad.

This morning our doctor told us it may take a few days as it is a holiday this week and we will need Vascular and Neurosurgeon at least plus they want a more detailed MRI. So we don’t know anything until we get in there. There have been copious amounts of tea slurped, bouts of unexpected sobbing, and little sleep. Thank goodness the meds they gave him now are putting him out! But he is scared. I am scared. Hell, the doctors want to know how a 39-year-old man has 5 heart attacks, a CABG, and 5 stents. Plus this other crap now. This may explain his recent weight loss.

Yesterday when I had my Superfoods Smoothie I gave him a small glass. He said he’ll have another please today. I am determined to drag him over the health line kicking and screaming if I have to. I’ve already made two soups full of nutrients.

We have been binge watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix because it allows us to laugh and cry. And that’s life. There’s laughter and there are tears. Together they form a life. So if I’m not here everyday it’s because I am making sure this man is my top priority.

Now I think it’s time for a nap. Have a lovely Thanksgiving. I still have to buy a pie. Count your blessings and know we are thankful for all of you!

xx P

 

Today’s Mood….Tired With a Touch of Anxiety

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So far Monday has been a multiple cups of strong tea day. It was 20 degrees outside and cold!

This has been a week-end. And because it has been a pretty bad one which included a trip to the ER, a lot of tears and hopefully soon some answers.

I am trying to keep that darn anxiety fairy quiet and calmly digest what our next move should be so OU Boy and I posted up on the sofas and watched Netflix. He was doped up on pain meds and I was randomly bursting into tears so watching Grace and Frankie was good. We cried, we laughed and went to bed very early as we had not slept the night before.

So, for a bit I may not be here as much. My first job is this man I love and I’m determined to fix him. All good wishes and prayers are welcome and appreciated.

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

I’m going to need more than tea and warm socks Y’all!

It is cold. Ungodly cold. I had to put on pants! I’m looking at all my family and friends posts showing all the snow. And no we don’t have any yet. So for all of y’all over there in Denver, no I’m not coming to shovel your snow. As my mother would say, ” You made your bed, now lay in it”. No I don’t know what that means except it’s not my fault you are up to your ankles in snow. I told you.

My lovely sister Victoria Beth has started her Christmas decorating. And y’all I mean this girl is dedicated. She changes out the art on the walls, the linens, all kinds of stuff that makes me shudder. But she is committed and I admire her style.

I’m doing a beach theme. Which is what my house is decorated as so I really just have to slap up a tree and toss some sand around and BOOM! done. I did light a Pine candle.

I wanted to tell you about the cute thing my lovely daughter-in -love started.26167336_1513544085360106_5284659085880348317_n

She did this last year and it went well. So this year we all jumped on!

Come on friends! Spread the love this holiday! ❤️

🎅🏼🎁💃🏽🎄SECRET SISTER is back! It is so fun and an amazing way to bless so many people!! I am looking for AT LEAST 6 ladies interested in a holiday gift exchange. Doesn’t matter where you live – you are welcome to join. You have to buy one gift valued of at least $10 and send it to your secret sis. (Hello, Amazon!) you will then receive 6-36 gifts in return. This is so much fun! I loved sending a gift to a complete stranger knowing that she would have a bright spot in her day because of what I sent 🎁Let me know if you’re interested, and I will send you information about your sister. 💃🏽We could all use some happy mail! Who’s in? I tagged a few I thought might be interested, but anyone is welcome to join the fun! Just comment “I’m in” 🎄

When you comment I’m in, you will get a PM with all the rules and really it’s just copy and paste and wait. Get a gift and send it to the first name on the list then move the second name to the top and put yours second. I’ve already gone to Harney and Sons and ordered one for my person and got free shipping and they mail it. It’s lovely thing to do.

Here is what the PM looks like:

Welcome to our Secret Sister Gift Exchange!! It is a lot of fun!!

Here’s how it works:
(1) copy the secret sister request that I posted on my Facebook wall to your own wall

(2) you send one gift valued at least $10 to the secret sister that is NUMBER ONE below

(3) remove secret sister’s name from #1 then move secret sister #2 to that spot

(4) add your name to the #2 spot with your info

(5) send this info to all the ladies that respond to your post with the updated name info

If you cannot complete this within 1 week please let me know as it is not fair to the ladies who have participated and are waiting for their gifts to arrive

You can order directly from a web-based service (Amazon) which saves you a trip to the post office soon you will receive 6-36 gifts Seldom does anyone drop out because it’s so much fun to send and receive a gift from someone you may or may not know you should start receiving gifts in about 2 weeks if you get this letter out to all the ladies that have responded right away!!

#1 Stacy Trigg
2721 NW 24th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

#2 Jodi Lopp
1321 NW 8th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

So I did this one and then I had my own chain begin. I don’t even know these people. Well some I do and they were up at the crack of dawn telling me they were in!

It’s cold and I’m going to read and I hope you all stay warm and do some self care!

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