2015 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2015 annual report for my little blog.

Here’s an excerpt of what they calculated and discovered:

The busiest day of the year was October 11th with 135 views. The most popular post that day was Tea & Coffee & Chocolate Pots.

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Tea & Coffee โ€“ Homemade Coffee Creamer

irishcreameโ˜• Making Your Own Creamer ~

I’ve mentioned before I’m a diabetic. Finding a flavored creamer that is diabetic friendly isn’t easy. And when you do, you still have to be careful what the makers version of “sugar” might be.

Are they sweetened with Splenda? Which can still raise sugar levels in diabetics? Or could they be sweetened with something like Stevia, which is a little more diabetic friendly?(Stevia in the Raw is my sweetener of choice).

It’s a hard and laborious process to find the right product. Then I thought, hey, what about homemade where I can sweeten with my own sweetener?! And thus a new search ensued.

I found a lot of versions of homemade creamer and all have their own tweaks and variations. It’s not at all hard. And nearly all start with a base of condensed sweetened milk. That sweetened part is a problem again for diabetics. But the base is flavored from there. So everything begins with the base, how about going the other way to find the flavor and add what you require on the back-end.
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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2014 annual report for my little blog.

Here’s an excerpt of what they calculated and discovered:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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It’s Been A While

Letters To Myself๐Ÿ“ช Letters To Myself ~

It’s been several months since I’ve done anything on my blog. Some of that is time, but most of it is from a lack of energy and desire. Depression is an annoying thing. And when you don’t have health insurance to see someone about it, it can be debilitating.

Thankfully I was able to take a free HealthCare.gov seminar at the county community center and I learned some things about the program. Last time I tried to get insurance through their site, I was told I qualify for the expanded Medicaid program. But I don’t really because we’re in a state that refuses to expand that program. Fricken Republican Bastards; and Bitches.

Thus people like me are meant to suffer and die to decrease the surplus population and make it easier for the greedy. Whatever. Another case of trying to do everything right and getting screwed over by the System. What are we supposed to do? Well….there’s an option. Continue reading

PoorMan Pantry – Homemade Chili

Poor Man Chili w/ Cheese

Poor Man Chili w/ Cheese

๐ŸŽ‚ Rummaging The Cupboards

I didnโ€™t grow up in a rich family. We got by and we were certainly better off than some. We were the definition of middle class. There were times when I was a kid that we didnโ€™t have money for the grocery store so my Mom and Dad rummaged the cupboards and we had whatever was in the pantry.

A lot of families are really hurting in these tough financial times, I decided to share our PoorMan Pantry recipes from my childhood. I hope it helps those who need it most.

This weekend the man-child asked if we could have chili for dinner. We picked up a can of Hormel Chili and a bag ofย Tostito’s Scoops Tortilla Chips and waited for the weekend. A Saturday dinner would be perfect for this and we waited for the weekend to arrive.

Yeah, if anyone finds a stray can of Chili, let me know where it is. How we lost an entire can of chili I have no idea. But when $1.98 is a lot of money to your family, it’s worrisome and upsetting at the same time. And then there’s the desire to give the child what he asked for so he doesn’t feel neglected or deprived. Which means using supplies in the kitchen that could be used for something else that gets you through the week. It was frustrating!

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Recipes – Homemade Southern Banana Pudding Pie

Homemade from Scratch Southern Banana Pudding Pie

Homemade from Scratch Southern Banana Pudding Pie

๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

There’s Easy Southern Banana Pudding Pie and then there’s Homemade from scratch Southern Banana Pudding Pie.

What’s the difference? Time, effort and the tender loving care that goes into making any thing from scratch by your own hands. “Baking with Love for those you Love” is what my paternal Grandmother called it.

My Dad’s mom wouldn’t be caught dead making something from a box. She’d spend hours in the kitchen, shuffling back and forth between the pantry, the counters and the stove. And her house always smelled so inviting, warm and wonderful.

She and my Grandfather raised 3 boys, until WWII. The middle son, was killed in action in his tank in Germany. Within a year, my Grandfather too had left this world. But even with grown sons, my Grandmother still worked in her garden, canned, cooked and baked. She never had much to dote on her grandchildren. But my sisters and I, who were her only grandkids were treated with some of the best down home cooking you could ever want when we went to visit.
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