by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Home
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 2 Cups Whole Milk
- 1/4 Cup Self Rising Flour
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pat of butter when serving over your favorite biscuits.
- In a medium saucepan, combine dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add whole milk and vanilla extract. Mix well. Should have a very grainy texture.
- Place over medium-high heat and stir continuously. Make sure to scrape the bottom and get the bottom edges of the sauce pan to prevent sticking. As the milk warms, the sugar will start to dissolve and the texture will become more smooth.
- Once you reach a boil, keep stirring! Gravy should start to thicken and rise in the pot.
- Reduce heat to medium or low-medium heat and allow to thicken to suit. If allowed to become too thick, the grainy sugar texture will return.
- Remove from heat, serve over fresh biscuits and a small pat of butter on top.
Christmas at the Cabin
by Josh Beasley, President, Honest Abe Log Homes
My passion for log homes was kindled within the warm atmosphere of a small country kitchen many years ago.
My aunt and uncle built their Honest Abe log home in the 1980s. Throughout my life, my family would make a very early morning trip each Christmas Eve to visit and eat breakfast. My aunt would be up well before the sun, preparing the most wonderful breakfast one could imagine.
From about five o’clock until past ten in the morning, family, friends and it seemed like the whole local community would come through their kitchen. They would eat, share stories and memories and celebrate the holiday with one another.
My aunt and uncle would juggle greeting everyone that stepped through the door, flipping pancakes, filling coffee cups and asking the grandkids if they were due a lump of coal from Santa or not.
That started it all for me. There was a lot of preparation, work, organization and functional needs that came into play to pull off such an event year after year. I’ve always thought it would make a beautiful Norman Rockwell scene.