Breakfast, Uncategorized

Sausage Gravy


Those biscuits I made the other day, they tasted very good with this gravy. I usually end up with extra sausage that we haven’t ate. Usually the day before. I’ve been known to skip the sausage and use bacon grease too. It works either way. Gravy is simple. All you need is grease, flour, milk, salt and pepper. It’s very good.

It’s my comfort food. It’s one of those guilty pleasures that you just know you need to stay away from. It’s loaded with calories, carbs, and all those other yummy bad for you foods. Cooper was disappointed that we weren’t having chocolate gravy for breakfast, but he was very happy all the same that he was getting a cooked breakfast. I don’t always get to make my boy hot meals every day, even though I’d like to. It’s difficult.

1/4 cup sausage crumbled, with grease

4 tablespoons of all purpose flour

2 cups milk

salt and pepper to taste

Brown sausage, keep grease. Add flour and cook for at least a minute. Add milk. Cook until thick. If too thick add more milk. Add salt and pepper.

Seasonings, Uncategorized

Burger, fries, and a shake…


I hate buying prepackaged anything. I prefer to make my own.   It just tastes better and I feel accomplished in the end. A few years ago, my little boy fell in love with Steak and Shake.  I’ve been on the hunt for a recipe that tastes similar to their seasoning, but I’ve yet to find that. I did find this one though. I really like this recipe, but only in small amounts, otherwise it tends to be kind of strong.

1/4 cup salt

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon pepper

1/2 tablespoon dried basil

1.2 tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon chili powder

1.2 teaspoon celery salt

Mix all together. Blend in ground beef, or shake onto hot fries, or roasted potatoes. Store in an air tight container.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Amish Potato and Chicken Bake


It was a nice day for some chicken. I did do this a little differently than I anticipated. I was just trying to get dinner on the table. We had a meeting tonight and I just needed to get done. Next time I’ll do it the way the recipe calls, but honestly I didn’t notice much difference between the way I did it and the way that the recipe actually calls for it to be done.

I’m sitting here reflecting on this day. I’ve been frazzled the majority of the day. I’ve tried super hard to get everything in order. It’s hard being in charge of things. I have so much to get in order for so many different people. I had to get papers typed up for everyone. I had to schedule the events. It was just hectic. I can’t even begin to list everything that I had on my plate, because I was so frantic to get it done, I forgot some of it…and on top of that I don’t even remember what I did.


I can’t even remember. I get so busy and distracted with so many things. It’s impossible to keep up sometimes. Lucky for me, I write myself notes on post it notes. I love post it notes. So today’s lesson for me… post it notes rock!

9×13 pan half full of shredded potatoes

6 chicken breasts cooked and cubed

1/2 cup butter

1 small onion, chopped

8 Oz sour cream

12 Oz grated cheese  (I used cheddar(

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups crushed Ritz crackers

1/2 cup butter, melted

Lay chicken on top of potatoes Sauté onion in butter. Add sour cream, cheese, soup, and salt. Pour over chicken and potatoes. Mix crushed crackers with butter. Put on top, just before baking. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. YUM!

Breakfast, Uncategorized



It’s simple. I always used to make these gross flat little biscuits. Cooper gladly would eat the flat biscuits, because I made him some yummy Chocolate Gravy. He always thought they were so good. Recently, I’ve realized my biscuits just really suck and buying those biscuits in a can or frozen just don’t cut it like the homemade goodness. I tried new recipes, they tasted like cardboard. Finally I realized after watching a few episodes of well every cooking show on Food Network, I was rolling my dough too thin.  Once I plumped up my dough width, suddenly I was making beautiful little tasty gems of biscuits. Finally after all these years, I did it! You need to try these biscuits!!

2 cups self rising flour

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons shortening

3/4-1 cup milk

Put flour in a bowl. Add butter and shortening. Mix with fingers or a pastry blender until it resembles crumbs. Add milk. Sometimes I have to add more, sometimes less. It really depends. You want it to be stick. Flour a surface and hands. Roll dough into about 3/4 inch thickness. Cut with round dough cutter. Put on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 450 until lightly brown on top. Usually about ten minutes. Pay attention to biscuits after about 5 minutes.

Tips, Uncategorized

Do your eggs look like you’re Edward Scissor Hands got ahold of it?


Today I am thinking about the I Love Lucy episode of Vitia Vita Vegemin. I can’t spell that, but you know what I mean. Lucy get’s drunk and she’s veeeeerry happy. There were days I’d stand in the kitchen peeling eggs and I’d say “Do your eggs look like Edwards Scissor hands chopped them to pieces? Do bits of shells get stuck on them and you just can’t seem to find a way to get them off? If so, then try this cool way of peeling eggs tip.”. If you have to have these eggs in the next ten minutes, get a bowl of ice and water and put a colander in it. Take the eggs out of the boiling water and put them in the cold water. Let sit for a few minutes.  Once they are cold, then you should peel them. Do not try to peel eggs that are even remotely warm, otherwise you get Edward Scissor Hand eggs. If you have the time, just let them sit out a few hours…but honestly I prefer to still shock them. It really seems to help.

Soups and Stews, Uncategorized

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup


We love soup. We eat soup often. I am not sure why we have such a love, but we do. This soup is one of those stick to your ribs hearty, rich, copycat soup recipes. I’ve learned that you can add less half and half and it’s still as good. It also makes it less rich. No matter how you look at it, it’s so very good. I’m not sure why I think this way, but the soup is way better at home than in the restaurant. It really can make the blues go away. It’s that kind of soup.

Today has been a pretty good day. I really enjoy the fact that I decided to get some spring cleaning done. So far I’ve done our upstairs. I’ve gotten rid of about 3 bags of junk. Next I plan to do the downstairs. Our nephew moved out back over summer. I had held off on repainting the room, because I didn’t know if he’d be back or not. It’s time to move on with the room though.

I have converted it to a craft room temporarily, but it has red walls. Why the walls are red is beyond me. I decided that as I’m doing this spring cleaning, I will also do the two rooms downstairs that need painting. I’m going to have to find someone to paint my walls in our staircase. It’s so tall, I know we wont be able to do it in a safe manner by ourselves. My hope is that we’ll be able to get to the stuff in the attic. Yes….I still have things packed in the attic from over a year ago when we bought the house and moved in. I could probably just donate it all and never think of it again, but I just can’t part. UGH…Who else has junk in the attic hiding, that you’ve not used in twenty years, or so it feels?

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoon butter

4 tablespoon flour

1 quart half and half

1/2 cup celery, finally diced

1 cup onion, finely diced

2 minced garlic cloves

48 oz chicken broth

1 cup carrots, finely shredded

1 cup cooked and dicked chicken breasts

1 package gnocchi

1 cup fresh baby spinach

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon salt for about a minute before adding half and half. Add

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon parsley

Sauté the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic in butter and olive oil, over medium heat. Add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook until the gnocchi is tender. Add spinach and wilt. Serve. Great reheated too!

Chicken, Uncategorized

Kona Honey Chicken


We always loved foods that have that Chinese and Hawaiian vibe. It’s just that we like simple things. There’s nothing like throwing something in a crockpot. For that matter nothing like a good, quick, and hearty meal that takes 30 minutes to cook. Those type of meals make me happy.

Last night my intentions were to make something with beef, but I woke up and I thought, you know…I am going to make the chicken I have out instead. I don’t know why, but it just sounded like what needed to be made. Unfortunately though, I don’t have any plain rice, so yellow rice it is. I guess I could make a potato hash or something…I’ll decide later. I have a little time.  At least I’m not making something crazy with it. I’m sure it’ll be good either way.

I really woke up in one of those moods where I have a lot to do, but I don’t want to do it. In fact, my house could use a good cleaning, but I’m just not in the mood to do it. I really want to get every room perfectly clean to where I can do a quick pick up during the week and on weekends do a good clean. It annoys me that I can’t seem to get to that point. What’s so bad is my house is clean, but I have some clutter that annoys me and it seems to never be clean all at the same time. Am I the only person with this issue??


3 or 4 pieces of chicken breasts (use any kind you’d like)

1 tablespoon dried chives

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup apple juice

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup honey

Mix everything together. Place in crockpot on low for 8 hours. Serve.