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The Chocolate Gravy Myth….And How I Think It Started!

The Chocolate Gravy Myth…And How I Think It Started!

Grandma Olfiel lived in a small three room house with brown pebble siding. It sat under a huge oak tree on a winding dirt road known as Front Street.

Sitting in and about my great grandma’s kitchen were beige colored pots and pans made of enamel-ware. Each piece had a green trim on the rim.

I remember the wash basin of that same enamel-ware that sat on the small back porch with the squeaky screen door.  I remember because she used to tell me to wash my hands in that basin before entering the small house.

She was a tiny woman who rarely left her little house with the gnarly tree roots snaking right up to the back door.  She was content to listen to the radio or read her Bible while the clock on the buffet ticked loudly in the silence.

Great-Grandma liked to cook and specifically, she liked to make home made biscuits and chocolate gravy.

This was my first introduction to Chocolate Gravy made in the beige enamel-ware saucepan with the green rim on a kerosene stove. 

My dear readers….some people have a difficult time saying these two words together, but try it please.

Chocolate and now…say, gravy!

See???? You can do it.

Now say Chocolate Gravy as if it is all one word. I do not know what it is about those two words together, but when you say them …. you will get one of two different reactions.


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Elite Fleet….Yes, We Are Over 50!

I thought I would share pics from an event the Captain and I hosted last night, it was our Elite Fleet…or over 50 group from our church….which is a monthly program we have started.

This is actually our third event as we started in February with a Valentine’s Day Party (we had 85 attend) and in March, we hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Party and last evening…our April event was a celebration of Easter.  We are averaging about 50 guests for each event which is such fun.


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I Love Daisies! And I Love This Easy Recipe For Making Them!

Sing with me……

Daisy, Daisy, give me you answer true.
I’m half-crazy all for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage;
But you’ll look sweet
Upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

I love daisies!!!!


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Two Ingredient Marshmallow Candy….So Easy!

Spring Marshmallow Candy made with white almond bark or white chocolate….two ingredients that made a wonderful candy for Spring.

Ok, so maybe some of you are still eating left over Valentines’ candy…I know, not all at once but maybe a piece or two a week?

OK. I am still eating Valentine’s Day Dove Candy hearts. 🙁


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Mashed Potatoes, That You Do-Ahead! The Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe!

Do Ahead Potatoes, The Easy Mashed Potato Recipe!

Have you ever had a “go-to” recipe that is a never fail and always there for you kind of recipe?

Of course you have.

We all have a family favorite that has become like a signature dish in our recipe files.

In fact, many times we do not need the recipe to follow because we already know the ingredients and the order they fall in…

…..because we have made the recipe so many times.

This is such a recipe and it is a recipe that I treasure because of who gave it to me, and yes, there is a story to tell.  


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Under The Weather, But I’m Back!

Under The Weather, But I’m Back!

Wow! I came down with a bug of some kind that layed me out flat on my back for a while.

It didn’t last long but I was miserable, so I did what I like to do when I am miserable….I stayed in bed.

And drank plenty of liquids.

And watched a lot of TV.

Mainly I watched a lot of the basketball games in the NCAA tournament, called March Madness!


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Coastal Florida Seafood Boil And Tablescape!

Coastal Florida Seafood Boil And Tablescape!


Today is the first day of Spring and a time of the year full of rebirth and new growth. I have always loved Spring and living in SW Florida our coastal climate for me is like a delicious frosting on a perfectly made cake. 

Living on the coast also means lots of fresh seafood, which has always been a favorite of mine….and it is the season of the stone crab which means fishermen are checking traps and bringing in all kinds of fresh seafood to our markets and restaurants.  


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Everybody Is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

I can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day is next week!

Yikes! Where has this year run off to? It seems we were celebrating New Years just a few weeks ago.

Oh,….. I guess we were. 🙂

I have been seeing so much green around town these days, the Sno-Birds are really getting into it. 

Green T-shirts, Green plaid golf pants….and yesterday after church, I saw 2 couples at Bob Evans restaurant all decked out in green clover-shaped sunglasses, hats and green beads.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. 


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Luncheons, Tea Sandwiches and BINGO!

Luncheons, Tea Sandwiches and BINGO!

My dear readers, I have another story to tell.

When I look back on my girlhood, I am not remembering Boyfriends or Proms…. I think about my grandmother and porcupine meatballs and chicken salad.

I guess one could say I have always been obsessed with food….and staying at my grandmother’s house meant lots of food.

And lots of “stuff”.

You see, my grandmother never threw anything away.

Nope, she kept drawers full of pieces of old tin foil and plastic bags that she had washed out before storing.  She could stretch a dollar and an aluminum pie plate pan farther than anyone in the family.

And….. she could stretch food.  

Nothing was wasted.


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Make It Yourself…You Can Do It!

We have all done it….

Yep, We are running late and need to grab dinner in a hurry and as we rush by the deli in our favorite supermarket…we grab a rotisserie chicken.

And that is cool….nothing wrong with that.


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