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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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ยฉ 2016 Victoriaโ€™s Rose ~ All Rights Reserved.


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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Happy Mother’s Day

๐Ÿ“ก May You All Feel Blessed Today ~

gardentea3My Mother’s Tea And Me

Mother my darling,
Mother my dear.
I love you now and tomorrow
Each and every day of the year!

My Mom’s Recipe for Love,
Hangs on my kitchen wall.
I mix it up now and then,
To catch my child when they fall.

Take a cup or two of laughter,
And a pinch of good advice.
Pour in patience by the bowlful,
Then stir it once or twice.

Fold in lots of hugs and kisses,
And a mother’s gentle care.
Cook it ’til it’s nice and warm,
Then spread it everywhere.

Serve it at the table,
Share it with cakes and tea.
Listen to the stories of woe,
In the shade of Mother’s Tree.

ยฉ 2014ย Victoria Lynn
(My expanded version of an old favorite poem).

I discovered a great website a few years ago, that shares old poems, tales and craft ideas for everyone young and old. It’s called The Virtual Vine and I really recommend it strongly, for inspiration in all seasons, warm, hot and cold.

VR-Hanko ~ All Rights Reserved ยฉ

ย ยฉ 2014 Victoria’s Rose ~ All Rights Reserved.

Recipes – Traditional Cucumber Sandwich

cucumbersandwich๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

Lifestyles of the Victorian upper crust were sedentary. This sandwich was designed for taste, not for nutritional value. You’re not going to build a house or plow the garden on this sandwich alone.

That makes the recipe and preparation of the perfect cucumber sandwich that much more important. You don’t want to end up with a soggy mess or a tasteless sandwich. And believe it or not, even some of the worlds most celebrated chefs can have a hard time creating the perfect cucumber tea sandwich.

Should you need any further persuading of the merits of this excellent dish, the cucumber sandwich was lauded by American scientists in 2012 as the best thing to eat to regulate body temperature and stave off dehydration during a heat wave –ย  Telegraph.co.uk : Food and Drink. Continue reading

Recipes – Southern Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

applebundtcake๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

My Aunt Betty loved to bake. And boy was she good at it. She would always invite us over to dinner when we went down to see family for a weekend or week of summer vacation.

Going home was always one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid. We lived 7 hours away from where we were born. My parents were the only members of the family to leave the place they were born and raised. It was kind of weird sometimes. But it was also a lot of fun to go visit. Continue reading

Recipes – English Vanilla Biscuits

American & English Biscuits

American & English Biscuits

๐Ÿ“ A Tasty Recipe

Biscuits and tea. They go together like milk and honey. But which biscuits are the proper serving with tea? Some believe that depends on where you come from.

Here in the U.S. we see biscuits as a soft quick bread, like the one on the left side of the plate. Where as the English biscuit is a hard, dry, twice-baked product suitable for long-term storage, such as the ones on the right side of the plate.

The idea of biscuits, cookies and crackers gets even more confusing because of meaning and use throughout history and cooking perspectives. The etymology also plays a part in the confusion. You could drive yourself a little crazy, but Wikipedia is here to help explain the Biscuit. Continue reading