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Vacation Bible School

Galatians 3:23-26

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.



Our church family starts its yearly Vacation Bible School tonight. This is a four night event that brings about eating, learning God’s word and crafts.

We love this time of year as we get to see many familiar faces, those we rarely see, and some new faces as well.

I (Dana) and my Aunt Tenito (pronounced Ta-ni-ta) is in charge of feeding the multitude.  Tangi will be teaching the 5 and 6-year-old class and Laura will be capturing all the action via still photos and videos.

Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

This year we will be learning about Proverbs 31 – The Virtuous Women.  Our writers chose Women in the Bible that exhibited different traits described in Proverbs 31.

Monday night we learn about Hannah, an example of a Faithful Woman.

Tuesday night we learn about Abigail, a woman of beauty and wisdom. And Deborah, whom was both a prophetess and a judge.

Wednesday night we learn of Compassion from three women, Lydia, Ruth and the Shunammite Woman.

Thursday night we learn about Esther, an orphan girl who became queen.  She was also a woman of Courage and clear judgement.

Friday night we learn about Purity and how Mary, the Mother of Jesus exhibited this trait.

We hope to bring you all the action, plus a little learnens’ about God’s wonderful word, cooking and craft making!

Hopefully, you will find something along the way that will help you in your life and possibly with your VBS.

Sound exciting?

Let’s get started!

Good Bless ya,




2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 

2 Corinthians 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.


CONGRATULATIONS CHERYL CASTEEL YOU ARE OUR WINNER!  You will receive a 1-years subscription to TASTE OF HOME magazine


Thanks to Cheryl and all those who subscribe to our blog, like us on Facebook, follows us on Twitter and pins us on Pinterest, we are forever grateful.  Without our peeps we could not do this!

Cheryl, please e-mail your address to southerngalscook@yahoo.com to receive your subscription.  Don’t worry, we will NOT share your information with anyone else.

This was fun!!!!!  Can’t wait to do it again, and we will.


Southern Sausage Gravy

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matthew 5:13

I’ve noticed that foods that I consider “comfort foods” are those that take me back to my childhood. My Mom’s pineapple upside-down cake, my Pop’s manicotti, and my Grandmother Bryson’s sausage gravy and biscuits.



Taking a bite of this gravy is like stepping into a time machine, dialing the time of arrival to 1983 when I was 3 years old, and stepping into her kitchen. I remember standing on a stool next to her while she let me pat out the biscuits and put them in her baking pan.

Even though I was a pretty good cook when I got married, I did my best to recreate the foods that my loved ones served, to my new husband.

Gravy was one thing that I had to attempt several times before I got the consistency just right. There were times that I served my husband gravy so thick and pasty we could have spackled dry wall with it. There were other times that the gravy looked more like a creamy soup. But now, lucky for him, I’ve got it just right.

To make this Southern Sausage Gravy, you will need:

1 lb bulk sausage

3 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups whole milk {I’ve used 2% and it’s fine, I just prefer whole milk}

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper



Step 1: Heat your skillet over medium high heat. Crumble your sausage into your skillet and cook to a golden brown. DO NOT DRAIN YOUR GREASE! This is the fat you need to make this dish.


Step 2: Thoroughly incorporate your flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for about a minute being sure scrap the bottom of your skillet. The flour can stick and burn if you aren’t careful. {I find using a whisk and a cast iron skillet are the best tools for this job.}


Step 3: Vigorously stirring with your whisk, pour in your milk. Stirring continually will work out any lumps giving you a smooth, creamy texture. Continue to stir and cook for a couple of minutes or until your gravy is the perfect, velvety consistency.


Step 5: Serve over Dana’s amazing biscuits to some of your favorite people.




Southern Traditions

Hebrews 12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This week is one of the most anticipated events in our great Commonwealth of Kentucky– not just by Kentuckians, but practically the world.

The Kentucky Derby is watched by a broad range of people.

Some watch for the horses, the jockeys, the chance to win a bet, to see what celebrities show up, to check out the bizarre and elegant hats, to cheer for the underdog, or to simply carry on an old Southern Tradition.


Kentucky Derby

A lot of our acquaintances aren’t able to attend the Derby, but they do attend Derby parties! They incorporate all the “must haves” from pretty dresses, Derby hats, mock mint juleps {we’re a non-alcoholic bunch}, and all the time-honored traditional delicacies.

Mock Mint Julep by Taste of Home

Just before the race, everyone picks their favorite horse using their own method for choosing their winner. Either they pick a favorite name, go by favorable odds, or simply choose by their “gut feeling”.

Some of us don’t care for the race at all, really. We just enjoy the ambiance of being with people we cherish, the sights and sounds of the excitement, the taste of heirloom recipes, and the satisfaction of being a part of something that ties us to our southern heritage.

Pretty Derby hat

We hope that you will join us this week as we share with you a bit of our Commonwealth’s history and traditions.

Don’t forget to check out our Derby Hat Contest for a chance to win a 1 year subscription to the Taste of Home magazine!

SGC’s Reflection: On a more serious note, we want to point out the scripture that is posted above. We don’t know if you have noticed, but every SGC blog post has scripture accompanying our thoughts. These are verses that we find to be relevant in some way to what we are sharing with you, and to provoke thought about your physical and spiritual life. There are a lot of spiritual comparisons that can be drawn between a race of sport and the race of life.

Now– to be totally honest and transparent, I {Tangi} debated on publishing this post. Not because this post is scandalous, but because there is sometimes a bad connotation associated with horse races, especially throughout the Bible Belt, because of the gambling and drinking alcohol associated with it.

We aren’t going to tell you what is right or wrong, but we do ask that you search scripture and prayerfully consider these things for yourself.

Our personal feelings are if you habitually drink and get drunk, you mar your witness and ability to effectively spread the gospel. The same applies if you gamble and lose all of your money, causing heartache and hardship for yourself and your family.

We don’t see anything wrong with racing horses as long as the jockeys are healthy and the horses are  treated well. We are called to be stewards of God’s creation and that includes the beautiful animals that He has given us to enjoy. Some jockeys have been known to starve themselves to be light on the horse, thus allowing the horses to run faster. God loves us more than the animals so we’re confident that this harmful practice is displeasing to the Lord. With all of that being said, we’ve decided that, for us and our families, we won’t gamble so that we won’t be a stumbling block to someone else. {Romans 14:21}

The Bible teaches that all things should be done in moderation including strong drink {Ephesians 5:18} , but because we have joined a local body of like-minded, baptized believers that have a covenant with one another that alcohol should not be partaken of as a beverage, we abstain {1 Corinthians 6:19-20}.

Here at Southern Gals Cook, we are not perfect, but we do want to please the Lord in our endeavors.

Kentucky Derby Hats + SGC Derby Hat Contest = Winner and 1-year subscription to Taste of Home magazine!

Kentucky Derby is fast approaching and you know what that means?

Yep, Derby Hats will come out of the closet.



So, drag yours hats out because SGC is having a contest.

We want to see the most unusual, funny, tall, small, fat, thin, beautiful, flowered, whimsical, colorful, bizarre hat you can come up with.

And it doesn’t even matter to us that you don’t attend the KY Derby, we just wanna see hats! (doesn’t take much to entertain us)


It’s very simple to enter and WIN!

For each one of the following you complete you will receive an entry into the contest.  So, you can receive one entry or up to five entries.  The choice is yours.

All of the following can be found in the right side column of this article

First, like us on Facebook

Second, follow us on Pinterest

Third, Follow blog via Email.

Fourth, Follow us on Twitter

Fifth, click the Follow Southern Gals Cook blue button to subscribe to our blog

Lastly, take a photo of yourself (or have someone take a photo) wearing your derby hat and E-MAIL it to southerngalscook@yahoo.com

Once you have completed these task, leave a comment in the comments section to let us know.



But ya better hurry, contest ends Saturday, May 3 2014 at 12 midnight.

The winner will be announced Sunday, May 4 2014 at 6:00 p.m.


We are so looking forward to seeing all the spectacular hats and drawing a WINNER!


Also, watch for upcoming recipes for your Derby party!


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