January 10, 2014

Homemade Biscuits & Chocolate Syrup

I promise that I totally intend to finish the "mama wars" series eventually but there's just been so much craziness around here that it hasn't happened yet. For now I just felt like sharing some recipes and this one includes cocoa in the ingredients so you know it's gonna be good! :-)

If you're not from the south (or just in our family??) you might not have even heard of eating chocolate syrup with biscuits for breakfast, or lunch, or supper, or...you get the point. Ahem. Anyway, if that's the case then you have so been missing out! Or maybe you have heard of it but don't know how to make it. If so then this is the post for you. Enjoy!

                                  Homemade Biscuits

2 cups flour (if using self-rising then the next 2 ingredients aren't necessary)
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 oil, shortening, or butter
3/4-1 cup milk

Pre-heat oven to 450. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add in shortening and mix until flour is crumbly (if using oil then that step can be skipped). Pour in milk (starting with 3/4 cup) and mix until dough is wet but not too sticky. Can add more milk if needed until good consistency is reached. (practice makes perfect!) Grease a cookie sheet or large cast iron skillet then grease/flour hands and roll a spoonful of dough into a ball before pressing gently onto pan. Keep hands floured between each biscuit so the dough doesn't stick. Cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot!

                                  Chocolate Syrup

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 stick butter

Mix together sugar and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Add milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let cook for about 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken pretty well (be sure to keep stirring often and possibly lower the heat slightly so it doesn't stick). Remove from heat and add in butter and vanilla. After butter is melted in, stir and serve over hot biscuits!

So there's a new meal idea to try over the weekend. It's sure to be a favorite! If you do make it then please come back and let me know how it turned out. Also, if you're into real food or healthy eating these recipes are both easily modified for that! Do you have any favorites to share? :-)

(ps. if someone in the family isn't a chocolate fan ((gasp!)) then making regular gravy is super easy too.....1/4 cup oil or meat grease and a 1/4 cup flour plus salt/pepper to taste mixed together with a whisk over high heat in a skillet. After the flour mixture starts to bubble, slowly add in 2 cups of milk while whisking constantly. Bring to a boil to thicken and enjoy!)

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January 1, 2014

Be the Host to Win the Most!!

Just wanted to share a fantastic opportunity given by myself and other Lilla Rose consultants on our team! During the months of January and February if you host a party that has $200 in sales then you will be qualified to enter an awesome giveaway on top of the hostess rewards you normally receive. Here's some details in a graphic and a link to my FB page for updates. Don't live near enough to have a home party? You can do online or catalog as well! Comment here or email me for more info if you're interested and let's get these parties going so one of you can win big!

Fine Print:

Offer valid with participating consultants only. This offer is in no way sponsored by Lilla Rose. Consultants will list hostesses as qualifying parties are closed, and the hostess will be assigned a number. Only hostesses who hold a party between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28th and whose party totals $200 or more will earn an entry. Maximum of one entry per hostess.

Winning hostesses will be chosen via Random.org and winner will be contacted by their consultant on March 1st. Winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize. After that time a new winner will be chosen and original winner will forfeit prize.

Cash prizes will be awarded via check by March 15, 2014. Shopping spree award will be paid directly to winner’s consultant and will be redeemable only through said consultant. Winner is responsible for any taxes on their winnings. Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia provided they are physically residing in the United States or the District of Columbia and are age 18 or older at time of entry. In consideration of acceptance of the prize awarded in this Contest, the winner will release and exempt Lilla Rose and their personal consultant, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each, from all claims and liability relating to my participation, acceptance and use of prize. The winners will assume all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest or redemption or use/misuse of the prize. So, in short, your consultant and Lilla Rose are not to be held liable for any addiction that may follow winning said prize. :-)