Classic Southern Desserts from Southern Living…It’s So Good!

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This is one of my favorite baking books! I’m not sure you can even be called a Southern Lady and not have a subscription to all things Southern Living! I’m pretty sure I have every book they have put out. Plus the magazine. For my birthday one year I got to go to a 3 day cooking class there. It was magic!

Recipes from the last 40 years. The best of the best. And the recipes are easy to follow and never require a lot of special ingredients. My personal favorite in this amazing book is the Baby Sweet Potato Cakes with Pecans and Sticky Caramel Sauce! Slap ‘yo Momma good!

The pictures are exquisite and the recipes are all tried and true favorites! I checked to see when I received this book and it was in 2012, so I’m sure you can check it out at your local library and then you will find you must have it!

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This would make an excellent wedding shower gift! Let me know if you have tried it!

Today is another Big Weather Day! There is always that one week in May that Mother Nature comes in and reminds Oklahoma who is really in charge! I was going to do laundry and clean today, but if there is a tornado out there headed my way, well that would have been a big waste of my time, right?!

I’m having my cup of Tazo Awake English Breakfast today. I needed a little extra jolt this morning, as I’m still recovering from having to get up at 6 a.m. yesterday.

Have a great Thursday and enjoy yourself a nice cup of Tea!

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A Multiple Cups of Tea Day!

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Hope you are all having a somewhat sane Wednesday. After yesterday and last night things were a bit dicey this morning. Whenever we hear David Payne interrupt our day with words like; Supercell, Cloud Wall, lowering, rotation and PDS ( pretty dangerous storms) you just know you aren’t going to be able to watch the final NCIS!

Here in Oklahoma, the weather guys take over the channels at the first hint of a storm crossing the border from Texas. They were so hyped up last night that at one point our weather guy said, ” NO, don’t follow that one, it’s going into Kansas, we don’t care about them”, chase the one to the west. It isn’t like it’s a big secret that we don’t care for Kansas. Why is Oklahoma so windy? Because Kansas sucks and Texas blows. Not my joke but you see it a lot.

This morning we are all praying for our fellow humans in Elk City, which was just trashed last night with one fatality. Tomorrow will also be a Significant Weather Event day. Fingers Crossed!

Eye Doctor update: Doctor #1 said Wow looks great, I think we’ll take out one of the sutures. As soon as he left the room I looked over at the tech and said, “Now Dr. Davis is going to come in and bring me back to earth”. Which is what happened. Nope no sutures coming out. No sign of rejection either. I told him I had named the graft Dru and he actually wrote it in  my chart. ( Call graft Dru). Same restrictions as before.

Anxiety almost won the day today and yesterday, but it didn’t. I didn’t kill anyone, or have a full blown panic attack, so that’s a win!

OH, and Cynthia, someone brought me a huge bag of Collards!!! We’re cooking outside tonight!

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THE WOODPECKER ALWAYS PECKS TWICE BY J.R.RIPLEY *Release Day*

It’s Release Day so get ready!

Books, Books and More Books!

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice

A Bird Lover’s Mystery.  This is the third book in this series set in North Carolina. The first is Die,Die Birdie and the last one we read was Towhee Get Your Gun.

Amy Simms, owner of Birds and Bees, has no use for her alarm clock now that she has her very own red-bellied woodpecker waking her up at the crack of dawn. The rat-a-tat -tat is waking up the entire neighborhood.

When Amy stumbles from her bed and grabs her binoculars to check out her little friend, nicknamed Drummy, a storm is brewing outside and the rain is beginning to pour down. Just as she is about to put down the binoculars she glances once more across Ruby Lake and sees a light at the old Mckutcheon house. No one has lived there in forever.

Peering hard through the rain she can vaguely make out two people struggling in…

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Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler

THE COLORFUL HISTORY AND PRECARIOUS FATE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST TEA

 

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Darjeeling’s tea bushes run across a mythical landscape steeped with the religious, the sacred, and the picturesque. Planted at high elevation in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, in an area of northern India bound by Nepal to the west, Bhutan to the east, and Sikkim to the north, the linear rows of brilliant green, waist-high shrubs that coat the steep slopes and valleys around this Victorian “hill town†? produce only a fraction of the world’s tea, and less than one percent of India’s total. Yet the tea from that limited crop, with its characteristic bright, amber-colored brew and muscatel flavors – delicate and flowery, hinting of apricots and peaches – is generally considered the best in the world.

This is the story of how Darjeeling tea began, was key to the largest tea industry on the globe under Imperial British rule, and came to produce the highest-quality tea leaves anywhere in the world. It is a story rich in history, intrigue and empire, full of adventurers and unlikely successes in culture, mythology and religions, ecology and terror, all set with a backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons. The story is ripe with the imprint of the Raj as well as the contemporary clout of “voodoo farmers†? getting world record prices for their fine teas – and all of it beginning with one of the most audacious acts of corporate smuggling in history.

But it is also the story of how the industry spiraled into decline by the end of the twentieth century, and how this edenic spot in the high Himalayas seethes with union unrest and a violent independence struggle. It is also a front-line fight against the devastating effects of climate change and decades of harming farming practices, a fight that is being fought in some tea gardens – and, astonishingly, won – using radical methods.

Jeff Koehler has written a fascinating chronicle of India and its most sought-after tea. Blending history, politics, and reportage together, along with a collection of recipes that tea-drinkers will love, Darjeeling is an indispensable volume for fans of micro-history and tea fanatics.

This was a very informative look at one of my favorite teas. This is one of the best books on Darjeeling and India and the entire industry. Excellent read.

As good as any historical thriller! With Tea!  Give it a read if you get the chance!

xx Patricia

Happy Mother’s Day MaMa! P.S. I Forgive You!

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So you think that’s an odd title? Well I am an odd character. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you people doing the mothering!

Yes, MaMa I forgive you for keeping on having daughters when you could have stopped as soon as you got it right. LIke May 5th! I don’t know why anyone would want 4 daughters. I’m surprised you got out of that with no brain damage! Or alcohol at the very least.

Thank you for teaching me to stand on my own two feet and never depend on anyone. Thank you for driving me to piano lessons, tennis lessons, and all the other lessons over the years. Thank you for teaching us manners and most important how to accessorize!

Even though we are far apart geographically I have appreciated your support for the past year when I was scared to death and you talked me through it. Try and have a margarita today for me!   I love you.

 

xx Patricia  bluebird

It’s The Weekend..

We are having our own Tea Party today in honor of Mothers. Come on in!

A lot of Mother’s Day posts today. With tomorrow being Mother’s Day in the U.S. I was going to jump on that bandwagon and then I just couldn’t.

I’m a bit cynical about “special” days for mothers, fathers, grandparents,the mailman, okay that last one may not be a real day, but come on! Every day is something day, from Donut Day to Bacon Day. I just don’t get into that.

I have a mother and I am a mother. That is all I have to say about that subject.

Today is a beautiful hot and sunny day with almost no wind, which in Oklahoma is like finding the Holy Grail. Everyone is piling up the floats and the boats and headed to the lake. WE are all going to pay for it tonight with sunburns but we have to grab good weather when we can.

I’m taking my Tea, which is the Tazo Orange Tea, that I chilled and it is great! Along with Lisa Unger’s newest book and I am one happy Momma!

 

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Leaving My Anxiety Safety Zone…with a Cupcake!

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It’s that time again..Time to grab a cup and a treat! It may be Thursday for most people but it’s my Monday. After the thunderstorms we had last night I wasn’t feeling hopeful for today’s plans, but to my surprise we have a severe thunderstorm warning and no one has told the sun! It is just beaming into the office like it hasn’t even listened to our esteemed weatherman.

My Memory of the Day on FB included our lovely Vangie with her Dora paper dolls so I had to share her smiling face with you all.

Our tea of the day is Matcha! Yummy and we are having a nice little biscuit with it.

So on to the tale…. Tuesday I went to my therapy appointment to discuss how I was dealing with the transplant thingy. I told him I had named it Dru. And that strange things had been happening in my house that I could not explain and how now I’m worried I’m doing things as Dru that I don’t remember. His response? ” Oh you mean like that Stephen King movie with the hand?” Yes. Does that make me crazy? No, it doesn’t apparently. It means you have a very active imagination. And you may need a new television set.

My going out of my safe zone anxiety is getting better. I still don’t like it but I can stay longer each time. My main concern is germs or getting bumped. I mean there are 16 stitches holding my graft on. So some of the anxiety is good, it makes me aware of any possible threats to the eye. But I have discovered I also use it as an excuse to get out of anything I don’t want to do. And that is what I’m working on this week.

laidback      xx Patricia

 

Tea of Life Blueberry Tea…and a Secret!

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Good Wednesday to all of you! Come in and sip awhile!

Today I tried out the Tea of Life Blueberry White Tea

From the minute the water hit the tea sachet, the aroma of blueberries filled the air! It was so nice that I hoped the tea would retain a blueberry flavor, which it did. It was so delicate and the color was very nice. I even had OU Boy try it out and he agreed that the blueberry taste came through like a champ. No bitterness, not overpowering, just right!

I also wanted to tell you all that over at Harney & Sons they are doing a great giveaway and all you need to do is follow them on Pinterest to see the details, but it’s a good one in honor of Mother’s Day. I didn’t really want to tell anyone else, but I like y’all so go Pin some tea pins and maybe win some really good gift cards! Of course we can keep it a secret!

xx Patricia   bluebird    Take some time for Tea and Be Kind!

Release Day for Fern Michaels “The Godmothers Series. Spirited Away”

Part Two of the New Three-Part Godmothers Serial!

The best of friends, Toots, Ida, Mavis, and Sophie have been there for each other through thick and thin. Now Sophie needs the rest of the Godmothers to help her through something they’ve never faced before . . .
There are no secrets between best friends. At least, Teresa “Toots” Loudenberry has always believed that to be the case. In the decades since she, Sophie, Ida, and Mavis met in Catholic school, they’ve shared all the joys and hardships of their colorful, extraordinary adventures. But right now, Toots can tell that Sophie is hiding something.

Sophie wishes she could confide in Toots. But she can’t reveal her hunch about her home’s history and the unhappiness that still seems to linger there. There’s too much at stake, including the safety of Toots’ daughter Abby and her twin girls. But though Toots, Ida, and Mavis are all entering new phases in their lives—and love lives—they won’t let Sophie face this challenge on her own . . .

I was really excited about this new novella series. These women have been friends since 7th grade and they have had some adventures.

In this second book, they have all moved to Charleston,South Carolina and Sophie is hiding a secret from the others. But not for long. Toots is way too nosy for that!

Somewhere in Sophie’s new house is a spirit that looks like it is there to destroy the entire house. Bt Sophie knows there is a story here and she will get to the bottom of it with help from her friends.

Nobody does strong women better than Fern Michaels. For some reason I feel better about life in general after reading her stories!

Good Job with this one and can’t wait for the next!   This one is out May 9th so check it out!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and of course I thought of Tea Gifts and started hunting. Harney & Sons is offering up to 30% off plus free shipping. There is something for everyone’s budget so I chose these two. At each end of the cost spectrum.

 

Tea with Mom Gift $ 74.95 

Wishing you a lovely tea time with your Mom this year! Sip a cup or two of tea from our elegant logo teacups. Mother’s Bouquet is an herbal blend of flowers & citrus. Cherry Blossom is a blend of green teas with a flavor of plump, fragrant cherries. Sweeten your tea with Demerara sugar cubes and enjoy some delicious Lemon Sugar and Almond Toffee cookies from Grey Ghost Bakery.

Includes:

  • Mother’s Bouquet Tea Tin (20 sachets)
  • Cherry Blossom Tea Tin (20 sachets)
  • Harney & Sons Log Cups (2)
  • Gilway Demerara Sugar Cubes (1 lb)
  • Lemon Sugar Cookies (4 oz)
  • Almond Toffee Cookies (4 oz)

 

 Mother's Tray Gift

$ 19.95 

A perfect little gift for Mom or any special lady! Our slide draw gift box holds some treasures!

Includes:

  • Mother’s Bouquet Tagalong tin (3 sachets)
  • Louis Sherry Chocolates (1.3 oz)
  • Bare English Cherry Berry Lip Balm (1)
  • Raw Sugar packets (6)
One of my favorite places to pick up inexpensive tea gifts is beau-coupe. I discovered them when I was planning a wedding tea and they have some really cute stuff for tea lovers. Check them out! beau-coupe
Mini Teapot Tea Infusers This cute little Tea for Two set is less than $4!
Personalized Tea Time Heart Shaped Tea Infuser  This little cutie can be personalized and is under $5!

Color Cupcake Stands  And these little cuties here are under $1 each!

They have so much more on their site. I use them for showers, weddings, tea parties and more.

Tea people are really easy to shop for. WE get excited over a new bag of tea, a cute strainer or teapot. So whether you are introducing someone to tea or shopping for a tea veteran, you can’t lose here!

And Harney & Sons because they are my favorite brand of tea and I’m addicted to the tins, which incidentally beau-coupe sells empty ones for decorations!

Tomorrow we’ll have some more ideas and a tale of a dessert that I have no idea what it was. Seriously no idea.

xx Sit and Sip!  Patricia

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