A Chocolate Gravy Companion

Well, I did it. I woke up Friday morning and starting slinging stuff into bags. I put all the van trash in a Walmart sack, and then I stuffed every nook and cranny with toys and shoes. For some reason every time I get the urge to make the long drive to Alabama, I pack like I’m going to be in a fashion show, even though I know I’ll somehow end up all muddy and smelling like a bonfire, not that there’s a thing wrong with that.

chocolate-gravy-bacon-and-butterMy sister is as pretty as a pregnant woman can possibly be. I came here to help her before and after she gives birth (to be induced on Wednesday), but really she’s running circles around me. Tonight she made breakfast for supper: biscuits, bacon, scrambled eggs with cheese, and CHOCOLATE Gravy! You want the recipe? It’s from one of my sister’s oldest and best friends, Annie.

Annie’s Chocolate Gravy

Whisk and boil the following until it looks like gravy: 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tblspn cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 1/2 tblspn butter


So, about the Sister Parties … I’m extending the deadline to link up until Tuesday evening. I know there are a few more posts out there, and it’s looking like every one has a great chance to get a prize, so if you want to whip up a gathering, do it and write a post.

I hope to announce the winners on Tuesday night, but if I don’t make it, you’ll know that Erin is in the hospital, and you’ll know to pray. I didn’t expect to get to come this week, and my wild hair is going to pay off. The women in the family are amazing. My aunt is taking off work to care for my boys while my Mama and I cheer the baby out of my strong and silly sister, something we’ve never been able to do together before.

Please pray for all our health, especially for my sister and her new baby boy.

About me


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How Right Living Was My Brokenness: a guest post from Kelly Smith
August 11, 2015
Marriage Letters: On Home
July 06, 2015
A Final Haines Home Companion: a Secret I’ve Kept
June 06, 2014
On Broken Parts in Regular Towns: Alabama, Arkansas, and Haiti
April 03, 2014
On Losing Place
September 05, 2013
How the Light Peeks Through
August 26, 2013
A Haines Home Companion: A Little Eden
March 13, 2013
A Haines Home Companion: Alter
February 22, 2013


Lora Lynn
Reply October 25, 2009

Ooo, you soak up this sister time but good, lady. Enjoy. And, um, enjoy that gravy, too. Hugs!

Boy Crazy (@claritychaos)
Reply October 25, 2009

That's fantastic that you can be there for the birth of your nephew! Praying for a smooth labor and birth and healthy baby and mama!

Reply October 25, 2009

That's so awesome!!! I'm so glad you get to be there; I know how much it means to you to be with your sister. Enjoy it!!

mandie segura
Reply October 25, 2009

That's awesome- it's like the ultimate sister party! :)

Reply October 25, 2009

That dinner sounds absolutely amazing.
Enjoy your visit! I'm sure your sister is loving having you there! Good luck to her :)

To Think Is To Create
Reply October 25, 2009

I'm so glad you shared this with us, so happy to pray for all of you. I know how special it is to BE there and to have people there for you in this situation, so HAPPY to hear that you can both be with her!

Love love love.

Reply October 26, 2009

When I saw Chocolate Gravy in the title, I knew you'd be talking about Alabama in this post!! [Or at least the deep south!!]
I'm from Alabama, and we used to have a cafe called The Chocolate Biscuit. YUM!!
Wonderful memories- thanks for bringing them back to me!

I'm so excited that you are able to spend this time with your sister and family! I'll be praying for her and her sweet little one.

Enjoy your time in Alabama! Wish I could be there!!

Reply October 26, 2009

What is it about breakfast for dinner that's so comforting? And chocolate gravy? Well that's one of our favs around this house :) we have to be careful of the chocolate intake with crazy little men running around, but every once in awhile I can take the fall out, it's worth it :)

Reply October 26, 2009

Ohhh, happy almost-aunt day! How exciting! Have fun and enjoy your time at home. :)

Reply October 26, 2009

How wonderful to be there when your nephew enters the world!

I'm a yankee I guess...what do you do with the chocolate gravy???

Please tell me it is not for the eggs...

Sara Sophia
Reply October 26, 2009

Oh, how I wish blessings for your sister as she waits to climb the mountain that will end in meeting her little person<3
It is lovely that you and your Mother will be there to cheer her on....

And I have nevah evah heard of something so splendiferous as chocolate gravy:

My ice cream needs chocolate gravy.
My pancakes need chocolate gravy.
My muffins need chocolate gravy.
My strawberries need chocolate gravy.

My chocolate needs chocolate gravy:)

Making making making POST HASTE.

I love you sunshine.
I miss you and I hope your trip is amazing.
Snuggle that new-one and smell his beautiful baby head.

--Sara Sophia

Muthering Heights
Reply October 26, 2009

Wow! What a fun recipe!

I hope everything goes well with the birth! :)

Ann Marie
Reply October 27, 2009

I loved reading your post - and I loved reading these comments...

I'm a yankee too and I was wondering too...

and then I saw Miss Sara Sophia comment on all the things in her life that need chocolate gravy...

So I will just tell you thank you for the recipe... and no one will be the wiser...

Autumn N. Brown
Reply October 27, 2009

Amber, Praying all is well with you and yours. Have a wonderful time. Also, thank you for posting the recipe for you fam's gravy. We called it "dog gravy" at my grandma Ivy's house. But no one remembers how to make it. I am betting y'alls is pretty close if not perfect!

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