#52PROJECTS: Project #8

Purchased: 2018
Completed: 2024

Sometimes a wreath makes the entrance.

“You can’t always get what you want” as the song goes. You can create if you take the time.

I needed a spring wreath for the front door of the Manor. I have a fall wreath. Sized appropriately using the fall wreath for scale, I am pleased with the results. My mother would have knocked it out of the park. Getting ready for British Mother’s Day this Sunday, March 10, 2024. Love you, Mom! Miss you!

Happy early Spring!

Ticket sales end tomorrow for the tea on Sunday, March 10th. Here is the link– Book now!

Wonderfully yours,


#52PROJECTS: Project #2

Commencement Year: 2020
Completion Year: 2024

Someone special knew I loved rocking chairs, but thought this one unique to North Carolina. Is it an early recliner designed in a shop during the era when North Carolina was the ‘building capital of the South’? What a great thought! Probably not. Nonetheless, it is an interesting research project. We found out we have more than one piece that are likely from the same source.

Oak furniture was plentiful in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Apparently, the Larkin Soap Company incentivized buying a soap subscription to homemakers by offering a piece of furniture with the subscription– including rocker recliners. While I believe ours to be a Larkin chair, there is also an E-Bay listing that shows a “Victorian” chair with precisely the same woodworks. Fun piece of history!

Linked to ‘Victorian Rocker with Footrest’ on E-Bay

Project Background

This chair was given to me from my sister, so it is a family piece. The left arm had a piece broken off, but Sister had saved the piece which was mostly intact. Until this repair was completed, we did not risk sitting in the chair, so it held its place in a corner of our private sitting room. Now repaired to the best of my ability with the broken piece, clamps, glue, wood putty, stain, and a hefty screwdriver, the chair is tightened, sturdy, and back in use. By adding a lumbar pillow, it fits me so well, Sister is not getting it back. 🙂

Wonderfully yours,


Cheshire Cake– Not Always Wanting Sweet

Quintessentially British, cheese wheel wedding/celebration cakes–usually with white roses involved– are the only cakes we make here at the White Rose Manor and only by special request (I am a baker, but not a talented piping decorator, so I do not claim it). Most often, we serve as the Bed & Breakfast lodging for guests or families and their small events up for up to 20 attendees. If you desire a small event like an intimate wedding, bridal shower, memorial service, etc., the White Rose Manor may be just right for you. If you need a cheese wheel cake, we can do that, too. Come to Lincolnton. You will love it!

Pictured here is one of our Cheshire Cakes. Produced here on a larger scale for approximately 120 people, this cheese wheel cake was featured at our 2023 Christmas High Tea as the table centerpiece and then portioned as gifts to our guests. While we can create several styles of scalable cheese wheel cakes for weddings, charcuteries, etc., many cheeses work well for this lovely, edible addition to your table.

Fun fact: “Cheshire is one of Britain’s oldest and finest cheeses.”

White Rose Manor is something special, just like you.

PONDERING: Finding Purpose

PONDERING: Finding Purpose

My word for the year is PURPOSE. I have had an impactful year in 2020. The unexpected losses of my nephew and my mother are two very impressionable events. For this year, I have chosen to ponder a specific word for the year—PURPOSE. I have placed the word on my calendar in a recurring event with a daily reminder in anticipation of targeting one, or more, purposeful activity each day. I shall strive to recapture it in my personal journal.

Right now, I know that much still overwhelms me. Sorting through photographs of the past eighty years is just one thing.—here I come. At the very least, I can share these pictures where they may help others better identify with a newfound relative.

Now, it is off to the race with a cup of tea. Back to sharing our lovely bed and breakfast with “the world”.

Wonderfully yours,


TRADITIONS: Twelfth Night

TRADITIONS: Twelfth Night

King Pepin 12 Days image from 1780 book Mirth Without MischiefSome traditions are celebrated but the origins are unknown. Twelfth Night is one of them. It arrives on January 5th, twelve days after Christmas. Sound familiar?

Many know the Twelve Days of Christmas song which is believed to have been sung at a ball during King Pepin’s reign (752-768 AD); others give meaning to each line of the song or consider it to be a memory game with each person adding a something new to the song—think of the memory game “I am going on a picnic and I am going to bring ___________” with the next person adding his/her own item and then repeating the preceding ones in reverse order.

Meanings given to the song may include the numbers like in this paired list of biblical references:

  • A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
  • Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
  • Three French hens: Faith, hope, and love
  • Four calling birds: The Four Gospels
  • Five gold rings: The Torah/Pentateuch, first five books of the Old Testament
  • Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
  • Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Eight maids a-milking: Eight Beatitudes
  • Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
  • Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful apostles
  • Twelve drummers drumming: Twelve points of the Apostles Creed

While Twelfth Night can be meaningful in many ways, its true meaning is a bit mottled. For my husband and me, it is a chance to quietly spend the last of the holiday season in celebratory fashion with dear friends.

For us, this year’s Twelfth Night will be a private, dinner celebration with close friends. Small gifts, often handmade, will be exchanged between individuals, and in our group they usually are simple and/or functional. For instance, I made leather covers for small composition booklets for each person. My husband forged icicle-shaped ice picks.

Whatever your traditions are, make your season merry and bright! From our home to yours, we send the absolute best wishes for Twelfth Night and the new year.

Wonderfully yours,


RECIPE: Kahlua Tiramisu Trifle

RECIPE: Kahlua Tiramisu Trifle

Jump to Recipe icon  Tiramisu is always a great finish to a hearty Italian meal, but what do you do if you are English and craving this decadent dessert? Why, you make it into a trifle!

Christmas High Tea is an annual tradition at the White Rose Manor. Each year, an English Trifle takes its rightful place on the serving table along side the Marinated Lamb with Mint Sauce. For fun, we experiment with different flavours as well as modify traditional desserts to fit the trifle theme. Here is the tiramisu version for you to enjoy! Individual serving size assembly is noted at the end.

Bain Marie (double boiler)
Wooden spoon
Stand or hand mixer with larger mixing bowl
Medium-sized mixing bowl
Dry measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Knife (for cutting ladyfingers to size, if desired)
Vegetable peeler
Parchment paper
Freezer (to freeze mixing utensils for whipping cream)

Kahula Tiramisu Trifle Recipe

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6 egg yolks
1.25 (1 ¼) C. Sugar
1.25 (1 ¼) C. Mascarpone Cheese
1.75 (1)¾ C. heavy Whipping Cream
2.5 (12 ounce) packages Ladyfingers
0.33 (⅓) C. Kahlua, or other coffee-flavoured liqueur (regular espresso/strong coffee for non-alcoholic version)
1 tsp. unsweetened Cocoa Powder, for dusting
1 (1 ounce) square semisweet Chocolate, for chocolate curls garnish


Step 1
Add water to base of bain maire (double boiler). Combine Egg Yolks and Sugar in the top of a bain marie. Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and whip until thick.

Step 2
Add Mascarpone Cheese to whipped egg yolk mixture Beat until combined. In a separate bowl, beat Whipping Cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.

Step 3
Line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl with Ladyfingers. Brush with Kalua, other Coffee Liqueur, Espresso or strong Coffee. Spoon half of the cream filling over the Ladyfingers. Repeat process (Ladyfingers and Coffee Liqueur) until bowl is almost filled. Garnish with a sprinkling of Cocoa Powder. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Step 4
Just prior to serving, garnish with Chocolate curls. To make the Chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and shave the edge of the chocolate bar onto a piece of parchment paper, then sprinkle as the finishing touch on the trifle.

INDIVIDUAL SERVING SIZE: Broken Ladyfingers? Smaller guest list? Here is an alternate serving suggestion–make individual servings instead of using a trifle bowl. To assemble, place broken ladyfingers into the bottom of individual serving bowls, add coffee flavour of choice, then a layer of the cream filling. Garnish with cocoa powder, chocolate curls, and stand two ladyfingers for the finished dessert.

Wonderfully yours,