Happy National Coffee Day ☕️

I know today is usually dedicated to Tea, but it’s National Coffee Day! So in honor of Tea’s first Cousin, Coffee, I decided to follow the TikTok craze (No I’m not on TikTok) and make Dalgona Coffee! I think it came out pretty good.

So here’s the Tea on this coffee. I’ve tried it with sugar, stevia, and monk fruit, and sorry to say (to all my keto lovers) I only….and I mean ONLY liked the way this came out using sugar!

This is How I made mine👇🏾

In a large mixing bowl: I combined 2tbsp of Trader Joe’s Instant Coffee with 2 tbsp of room temperature water, and a ton of sugar!!!! The recipe calls for 2tbsp of sugar but that just wasn’t enough for me.

Then I whipped them together using a handheld electric blender. A whisk will work but takes too much time and lady-power. Blend or whisk until the mixture thickens and holds its foamy shape.

I filled my mug half way full with almond milk. I recommend Elmhurst because they only have 2 ingredients: Almonds and water. Not all that extra 💩 that your body doesn’t need.

Added Ice.

Lastly, I dolloped and swirled the whipped coffee mixture on top, then topped it off with Trader Joe’s chocolate covered espresso beans.

SO good! 😋 ☕️

What’s The Tea Sis ☕️

Hello all my Rose Buds and Flowers! I’ve missed you sooooo much! Since we’ve been stuck in Quarantine Land, I now have a little more time to get back to blogging! Yaaay! So I’ve decided to dedicate Tuesday’s to one of my favorite drinks….Tea 🍵

Isn’t my Frog’s Lily Pad Tea Infuser just the cutest! 🐸 Oh and check out my DIY sugar cubes😁

Although I do love me some plain old black tea. I often gravitate towards the more adventurous flavors like today’s flavor COTTON CANDY 🍭. Yes I said Cotton Candy!

How I prepared? I used to work for a Risk Management Firm, and we had a client who brought in his own Irish Tea to meetings, and he always requested cream. So, one day I decided to try it and was hooked! Well, I said all that to say; I usually always prepare my tea with cream now! With the Cotton Candy Tea, I used Leaner Creamer Original This brand is quite expensive. However, I purchased mine on sale at Home Goods, in the food section. I also used Golding Farms Raw Organic Honey This honey is not as sweet as Wildflower Honey, so I also added (1) pack of Organic Sweetleaf Stevia and served warm.

So what did I think? I loved it! This tea definitely smells like cotton candy! However in my opinion this tea has more raspberry overtones and although it tastes like you’re drinking a sweet treat; it doesn’t really taste like cotton candy.

Would I purchase again? Yes, and I recommend purchasing from Adagio Tea. They have very affordable cute little sample tins that you can purchase to get a feel for the tea to determine if you like it or not, without breaking the bank! Plus they sent me 5 days of sample teas to test and discuss with their online CommuniTEA. How cute is that!? BTW, we’ll discuss those sample teas soon.

Ingredients

Blended With Honeybush Tea, Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Natural Raspberry Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Raspberries, Natural Strawberry Flavor, Strawberries & Raspberry Leaves, Sprinkles

Twisted Cotton Candy Flavor! Comes in a very cute Sample Tea Tin for only $5.00

 

Spring Break 2016/ African American Guide to Savannah

African American Guide to Savannah

My daughter  and I are very passionate about our African American History. Savannah is the perfect city to explore our Southern African American Roots because Savannah is home to several Monuments and Tours dedicated to African American History.

One of my favorite Tours was the First African Baptist Church (Stop # 2 on the Old Town Savannah Trolley Tours).  Where we paid a small Tour Fee of $7.00 for adults ($6.00 for Students)  . If you watch The Real House Wives of Atlanta this is the church on a past Season that the ladies visited and Portia Stewart questioned was a real live train ran under the church LOL and SMH!  This church was the very first church built by and established by Slaves in the United States of America.  This church played a very important part in the ” Underground Railroad, as they would provide a safe haven for slaves looking to get to the river to head north and obtain there freedom!  Our Guides walk you through the church showing you the original pews built by the slaves,  allowing you to see the floors that the slaves hid under and used to crawled their way to freedom, and giving you the history of the churches founders and Pastors. This church was also home to the very first Credit Union for African American Parishioners and became the home to many Civil Rights Meetings.  The Church still holds regular Sunday Services at 9am and 10am. The churches current Pastor is Thurmond Neil Tillman.  I highly recommend this tour.  It left my daughter in I in tears.  BTW:  They no longer allow pictures in the inside of the Church due to past Visitors taking pictures and selling them on post cards

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My daughter Diamond at the First African Baptist Church in Savannah

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Spring Break / The Best of the New Old South!

 

City Market  (Trolley Stop #2)

I’m originally from Florida, so we have traveled to Florida on Vacation a million times! Therefore, needless to say my Daughter is burned out on Disney and Universal Studios!  So last year, for my  Daughter’s Senior Year in High School she asked to go somewhere different, other than the usual Spring Break Spot of Panama City Beach (PCB).

So in true Go 2 Rose  fashion, I began to look for somewhere different to Vacation.  I came across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans, which turned out to be an awesome experience!!  This year is my daughter’s first year in College (Spelman) and for her Winter Break we traveled down to Miami, FL.  For Spring Break we wanted to do something different, so we headed down to Savannah GA for a truly different and unique experience!

 March is a great time to visit Savannah because Savannah holds one of the largest  St.Patrick’s Day  Celebrations in the Country and they start celebrating about 2 weeks in advance! They even turn all of there fountains in the  city green!!  How cool is that?

                     💚💚The fountains were turned Green to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day💚💚

So the first stop on our Trolley Route that we decided to get off on was City Market.  This is a very diverse and unique  little area of Savannah that is home to a mixture of historical monuments, family owned restaurants, shopping boutiques, and modern and hip bars. 

My daughter and I spent a lot of time in City Market.  We stopped for some sweet treats and ice cream at the Savannah Candy Kitchen; where they make The Best Ever!!! Pralines and Taffy and hand out FREE samples!  This little Candy Shop also has a quaint little ice cream parlor where we enjoyed classic flavors of ice cream (Savannah Food Review Coming Soon)

We walked through the City Market square taking in the historical monument sites such as the Haitian Monument for Haitian Slaves who fought in the American Revolution. We made our way across the street to the First African Baptist Church. (as seen on RHOA) Where we paid a small Tour Fee of $7.00 for adults ($6.00 for Students)  The Tour Guides walk you through the church while giving you the historical facts of how this church was the very first African American Church in the United States.  How this church was built by slaves, was apart of the underground railroad system to help assist slaves to there freedom, and how the church later became an important meeting place for Civil Rights activist.(African American Guide to Savannah Coming Soon).  We made our way around several little shops and stopped by  Byrd’s Famous Cookies (Where they also give away FREE samples) on our way back to our Trolley Stop.

Now we did take another trip back to City Market the night before we left to go back to Atlanta. The night time is just as eclectic as the day time with everyone from Families with Kids, SCAD Students, 30’s and 40’s crowds, as well as plenty of Senior Citizens.  However the night Crowd was much larger and the streets were much busier!!  For example the Pizza Shop had a very small steady flow of Customers during the mid-day.  However, the line and wait for tables were very long on Saturday night.  We had to wait a good 45 min to get our take out slices of Pizza!  (Savannah Food Review Coming Soon)  The streets lit up with Bars on wheels,  green neon glow in the dark necklaces, and were lined with Green TuTu wearing young women and men everywhere!  Very fun atmosphere I must say!!🎆🎆🎆

 

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Trolley Stop 2 City Market

 

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Delicious Sweet Treats at the Savannah Candy Kitchen😋

 

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Monument of Haitian Slaves who fought in the American Revolution

 

 

Fun Activities to enjoy in Savannah!

 

First African American Church Established in North America

 

Part 1 Spring Break 2K16

The Best of the New Old South!!

Keep calm and Trolley on!

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Hello Love Muffins!

So this year is my daughter’s first Spring Break from College and I was lucky enough to have her still want to vacation with me (-:

My daughter is very passionate about our African American Culture and History, so I searched for something that we could do to not only have fun but to also pay homage to our History.  I found the perfect place right here in Georgia!  Savannah that is!

This City has everything in my opinion!  Southern Charm, Eclectic, Full of history, and surrounded by gorgeous views of water!

There was sooo much to do and see in Savanah that I couldn’t fit it all in just One Post!  So starting today.  I will be posting a series of Me and my  Daughters adventures of the New Old South!!

So lets begin!  My very 1st recommendation is to schedule a Trolley!  Savanah has very narrow streets, lots of traffic, and scarce parking! So getting around by car near some of the main points of interest can be a night mare!

 We scheduled with Old Time Trolley Tours. This Trolley Company has the option of choosing an All Day Tour Regular Price $32.00 per person (on sale now for $28.80 and 12.50 per Child  (on sale now for 11.25).  Along with several other Tour options such as Night Haunted Tours…. boohaha!

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In my opinion its worth every penny! I ordered my tickets online at   www.trolleytours.com ….printed them out,  parked my car FREE at the Welcome Center (located  at the 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd), and Hopped on a trolley, that has 16 stops around the City of Savannah.  The stops are near Historical Sites, Parks, Restaurants, and several Hotels.  The tour is guided and comes with a pamphlet to advise of which stops to get off on, for a particular attraction or restaurants.  The Trolley runs every 15 minutes so you can get off and do what ever you would like to do at one stop and then get back on the trolley and head to another stop. This made getting around Savanah very easy!

Although I feel like Old Time Trolley Tours was an excellent choice for me and my daughter.  While on the First  African Baptiste Church Tour, another Tourist advised us that there is another Trolley Company called Oglethorpe Grayline.  This Trolley Company is a little less expensive for there On and Off Tours at $25.00 per person.  Plus Oglethorpe Grayline Tours offer a free service that allows you to call them to find out the exact time of the next Trolley at your pick up stop!  I think that I’m going to try them out on my next visit to Savannah!  You can research them at www.oglethorpetours.com

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