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Wednesday, September 9, 2009


THE other afternoon, my doorbell rang and a package was left on my porch swing....

IT was full of the BEST things....and all from my friend GLORIA at HAPPY TO BE
She is one of the sweetest ladies around and I am so proud to call her a bloggy friend.

Go over and read her story of why her blog name is HAPPY TO BE....and please tell her that I said HELLO.

The cutest little DUTCH CLEANER tea towel that her mother created..... NOW...let me see...what WAS the name of that cleaner...BON AMI ??

A 'to-die-for' cup towel that has ALL the right colors and STRAWBERRIES, to hang on my newly dressed bakers rack....How did you know, Gloria?

A vintage DUTCH CLEANER tin ....
this is so so OLD as I am, I've never seen one of these before...

In order to show off the precious, RED, bridge napkins Gloria added to my package,

I just HAD to make something special for breakfast to show them off...
several SOUTHERN bloggers have mentioned this delight but I had never tried it...
Aren't the RED strawberry napkins just perfect for SWEET NOTHINGS COTTAGE ?
Gloria knows how much I love strawberries... and the color RED !!!
I hope this photo will qualify for TABLESCAPE THURSDAY.... for the CHOCOLATE GRAVY....
Since I had NEVER had Chocolate gravy before...and, YES, I AM SOUTHERN..
over biscuits, it provided a very strange taste for me.
I love biscuits....I love chocolate....but I'm afraid, NOT TOGETHER. (O, I hope I don't get flogged!)
The gravy is almost like a chocolate pudding so, to me, it just didn't go with biscuits...
NOW...don't you know it would be awesome over cake...!!
2 cups milk
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
4 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons flour
(altho it didn't call for it, I added a pinch of salt)
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Slowly bring milk to just below boil.
Whisk in dry mixture. Stir constantly until gravy thickens.
Good over scrambled eggs or biscuits
I still say it would be good over cake !

I am praying for all of you out there in California...praying that the fires are totally extinguished before more damage is done and lives are lost.

This post linked to TABLESCAPE THURSDAY



Judi said...

Hi BJ!
Aren't you so lucky to get such a lovely package....with all those goodies. Oh I love the colour red has to be one of my veryiest favourite colours too.

The towel and strawberries...soooo sweet..

You know I think I would feel the same about chocolate gravy biscuits and I tend to like things that are a little I am very happy you gave it a try for us!

hope you've had a great day

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Girl how sweet of you to do this post...Now had I known you were showing it to the world I would have wrote better ha ha!! Glad you liked your goodies box my friend...I love ya sis...Now about that gravy I love me some biscuits and gravy...but don't think I would like chocolate gravy...I could eat those strawberries now with it...Wuld't that be YUMMY with cheesecake...May you have a great day my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Stacey said...

What sweet gifts! They are just perfect for you and your cottage.

You do know how to tempt a girl with biscuits and chocolate gravy!

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

That Gloria is a sweet one! Such lovely presents. :)

I'm with you on the "chocolate gravy", BJ. This southern girl has never had it either but somehow it just doesn't sound so good with scrambled eggs or biscuits. I agree...CAKE, especially angel food or pound cake!

Chari said...

Hello BJ...

Ahhh...that Gloria is just the sweetest!!! She's such a thoughful and generous lady!!! Girl, I love all of your sweet! I just love your little Bon Ami cleanser embroidery...and that Gloria's mama made it...sooo special! The strawberry towel and napkins really do look pretty in your beautiful home, my friend!!! I'm so happy for you...enjoy!!!

Warmest wishes,

Chari said...

Ooops...just lil' ol' me again! Wanted to say that I'm with you on the chocolate gravy! Hmmm...I'm southern and never heard of it before? Maybe Texas doesn't count? Hehe! I guess I'm old fashioned...I still like my homemade bisquits smothered in good ol' country sausage gravy!

Love ya,

blushing rose said...

Woo-Hoo! What a lovely parcel to receive ... I couldn't pick one over the other, they are so wonderful. Lucky you! Have a great eve! TTFN ~Marydon

Mevely317 said...

Whaaaat? At first I thought you were putting us on; somehow chocolate and gravy never sounded right, next to each other. But I've been known to fix some pretty strange combos, so I'm not gonna knock it ... yet. LOL!

Beej, I love your 9/11 tribute! ...and (I) agree one-thousand percent that all Americans should be required to watch each year. I've a suspicion the media's trying to brush it under the rug or something. 'Want to do something on my site tomorrow night .. just haven't figured out what yet.

G'evening now,

Shauna said...

What a nice package you got!
I am southern too and I don't think I would even try the chocolate gravy. There is just something wrong with that! lol
Now tomato or red eye, different story!

SmilingSally said...

I've never heard of chocolate gravy, but that Gloria is the sweetest thing.

Kathleen Grace said...

Aren't people just the sweetest? The towels and napkins are so pretty and the little old fashioned cleanser container will look so cute in your kitchen:>)

Kathy said...

BJ , your a hoot!! Chocolate Gravy!!! Who needs biscuits or cake, just eat it right out of the gravy boat!!!!Lol, xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Theresa said...

Great blogger friend to send such a sweet gift! Yep, no chocolate gravy for this Georgia Peach:) In fact... I don't even eat regular gravy either! I know, everyone thinks I am crazy:) but I like Karo syrup with my biscuits! My Mama always had that for me when I was a little girl... ahhhh sweet memories! Love to you and have a blessed day!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful package of goodies! Now, I have never heard of chocolate gravy either! I can't imagine it over eggs!!

Dena said...

Oh BJ, I love those towels! Now about the chocolate gravy...I really need to make a batch now! My sister makes that all the time for her kids :) Yumm!!!


Brenda Eason said...

Love your package and it all looked wonderful.
Here at the Eason home we love Cocoa gravy,but I have never used that recipe. Mine is not thick and no flour. As a matter of fact I learned as a young bride from my mother in law and do it from remembrance so i wouldn't have a clue.
I do agree you have to love the taste of sweet, buttery and salty.
It made for beautiful photos =)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi BJ, What a sweet and charming gift to receive! Too cute! Your tablesetting was charming and vibrant as well!

I was wondering how the chocolate gravy turned out. I'm southern, LOVE chocolate, could live on biscuits ALONE!!!...but couldn't imagine how they tasted together. LOL! Oh well, at least you tried it! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

Kitty Valerie said...

Hey, BJ!
I loved the butter recipient. All looks so delicious!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I've never had chocolate gravy!!

Beautiful gifts, from Gloria!

Liz said...

Hi BJ! I have never in my life heard of chocolate gravy... Interesting....

Cute stuff from Miss Gloria! That was a sweet thing for her to do! They made a cute table!


Betty said...

BJ, I have had what we call Cocoa and Biscuits since I can remember, my Mom was from NC and everyone has it where she is from. Now I make mine real thick and serve it hot and I dip my biscuit in it. Now I am not saying I would eat it on top of eggs but I would dip my biscuit in it any day. But I guess some folks just are different cause my husband loves sausage gravy and biscuits and I just don't see any appeal in that at all! lol

Cocoa and Biscuits
1 cup of cocoa
2 cups of sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 cup milk
Stir together and heat
I use evaporated can milk but you can use whole or even 2 % but it won't be as thick and in my opinion not has good!
My Mom used to make this for me; you dip the biscuit in the cocoa. For a chocoholic like me it doesn't get any better.

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Hi BJ, my first time here. I saw your post over at Cherry Hill Cottage about the chalk markers. I got mine at Michaels.

Justine said...

BJ, isn't that Gloria just the sweetest little toot ever? I love the stuff she sent you!!!!!

Ewwww... I haven't tried it, but I agree. Chocolate gravy and biscuits just don't go. Need that nice sausage gravy with a kick!

Justine :o )

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Everything looks delicious...even the goodies our sweet Gloria sent to you! That was so nice of her!
Not too sure about the chocolate gravy..but since I love anything chocolate...I may just have to give it a try! :)
XO Mona

Rhondi said...

What a thoughtful gift you received in the mail and everything custom suited to you too!!
I love the music you have playing. We got to see RayCharles once and every time I hear him sing that song it stirs me.
((hugs)) Rhondi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria truly is the sweetest, and I love what she sent you, BJ! So cute!

And that gravy sure looks interesting. I would think it would be pretty delicious, but I'm on diet restriction (no sugar) fpr right now and can only lust from afar...

Happy FF!


Sheila :-)

prof en retraite said...

Hi BJ...What a lovely surprise!! Isn't that Gloria just a sweetie pie? I have been the lucky recepient of her sweet surprises, too! I love your Old Dutch cleanser tea towel! And how extra special because her mom made it!!! I am also Southern and have never had chocolate gravy. I'm not sure I would like it on biscuits, either! Happy weekend...debbie

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi BJ!

Love that tea towel.... and your Sept. 11th banner!

You are darling!

love, kelee

honeysuckle said...

What a fun package to receive! Strawberries and chocolate are some of my favorite foods. Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary said...

bj, I've never heard of chocolate gravy but now that's been remedied I'll have to go back to the gym. Your goodie box was filled with such wonderful things. You must be really pleased. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

When I was a young girl...I had a friend with a sweet southern grandma she'd refer to as "Mamaw." Mamaw would make the most divine biscuits I'd ever tasted!! They'd melt in your mouth, delicious. We'd have them hot with butter and jam. We never had them with chocolate gravy. I sure miss those biscuits!

Miss Gloria is such a generous soul...she can bring a bit of sunshine on any rainy day.

Sweet wishes,

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

I love the red napkins, and that chocolate gravy looks delicious!


Sarah said...

BJ, never heard of chocolate gravy. I'm with you, give my my biscuits with cream gravy or just some butter. Sweet little towels. ~ Sarah

Megan said...

Maybe over ice cream and/or pound cake. that sounds yummy!

Kathleen said...

I never had chocolate gravy either!
Love your sweet gifts...
Glad today is over..just too sad!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi BJ,
Awww, what wonderful gifts from glad you used them in your tablescape this week! BJ, I'm a southerner...born and raised in GA, but I've never heard of chocolate gravy. Sound interesting, though. Thanks for the recipe!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Yup--a good way to ruin a good biscuit!