Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I Strayed from my Beloved Biscuit Recipe

 I have used the very same recipe for biscuits
for years and years...
the recipe came from watching Mr. Sweet's mama make them.

She never measured ANYthing so I had to pay attention and guess at the amounts....
but I finally got those biscuits coming out of a hot oven
down to a SCIENCE....
they are soooo tender...
and light....
and tasty...






Baking in a heavy cast iron skillet makes the bottoms of the biscuits crispy and sooo delicious.

and one day, our beautiful and funny blogging buddy,
DIANA
showed me how to make....
hold your breath...
you better sit down for this...
CHOCOLATE GRAVY.

CHOCOLATE GRAVY
1/3 stick butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups whole milk   
                                       
Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat. Mix in sugar, flour and cocoa. Slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the skillet and whisk well to remove lumps. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick, being careful not to scorch. Serve hot over biscuits. 
♥ ♥ ♥

 The first time I took a bite of this HEAVENLY stuff
served with a hot, homemade biscuit,
the Heaven opened up,
the Heavenly Choir opened their sweet little mouths
and

OK, so you ask,
"if YOUR biscuit recipe is so dang good, then....
WHY did you stray ????

We all know JOANNA from Waco, Texas
that owns MAGNOLIA PLATE...
her new restaurant.

Well, she has world famous biscuits served there.
and a magazine

printed out a recipe that is supposed to be VERY close to Joanna's.
SOOO,
of course, I HAD to try it.
I even made a special trip to the store for ingredients I didn't have...





like, self rising flour....

buttermilk...
which, without BUTTERMILK,
a biscuit is just a biscuit....


EGG ????
in a BISCUIT recipe..???
ok.....



and butter...
lots and lots of butter...

Instructions said to use a pan (not a cast iron skillet ..Boo...Hiss)
and place the biscuits touching each other...

I still am not sure where I went wrong.
I THOUGHT I followed the recipe very carefully.
However...
my biscuits were NOT light and fluffy...
nor did they rise enuf.
They were actually very tough and not much flavor...


Maybe...
just maybe if I had made
CHOCOLATE GRAVY
to go with them,
I would have been a whole lot happier....

So for those of you that say,
"OOO, you NEVER have a biscuit flop,
t'ain't  so !!

I'm just about to go make some of MY biscuits ...with a little gravy...
CHOCOLATE GRAVY, that is.....😍

 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

My Rustic Heart

I am such a fan of 

She lives in the most darling
cottage by the sea
and I love every single thing she sets her mind to
making her cottage cute, full of personality and so so warm.
Her sweet cottage has been featured in several magazines...💘💘💘

Not long ago, she made the most darling
wire wreath with roses....

She grows her roses in her very own garden...
and dries them to perfection.!

Most of my blogging friends know that I have not one lick of 
creative talent...
 
I don't paint...
I don't draw...
why...I can't even sing or dance...
♥ ♥ ♥
....but I knew, the very minute I saw this sweet creation,
I just HAD to have one, too...
and no one was going to make it FOR me
so I HAD to do it myself. 

Now....before I show MY little first try,
keep in mind that I don't grow roses nor really know
HOW to dry them properly....

I have learned a little bit about the subject of drying flowers, tho...
Carol says to chose pinks and yellows....
they dry beautifully. 

and I know you hang them upside down in a dark place...
and I just learned by Google to use hair spray to keep them looking pretty.


I know...
I know...
the color of MY roses isn't nearly as pretty as her darker pinks...
(they aren't nearly as orange in real life...not sure what happened here)




 ...just look at the darling spot she hung her wreath...




it looks PERFECT on her pretty hutch.

SOOO...
she put the pressure on ME to find a cute place for my
little 
rustic heart !!









Since I am totally in love with my shuttered room screen,
I chose to try it there first...

  


OK...I love it here.....for now, anyway


It's funny how something so simple 
can be so much fun to make.....

I hope all of you will go by her sweet cottage
and, I promise, you will be inspired just as much as I am.

OOO....and would you tell her bj said hey ?
XOXOXO