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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.

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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

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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.

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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.}

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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.

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

Enjoy!

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Psalms 115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

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I finally got it! Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor!

Deuteronomy 12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

Blessed, Blessed, Blessed is what I am!

toh-logo-redI am so excited!  I finally received the e-mail from Taste of Home     confirming my acceptance as a Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor.

This is such an honor for me and I can’t wait to jump right in and get started submitting original recipes, rating and reviewing recipes, actively participating in online community forums, getting all my friends and family to climb on board the Taste of Home train with me.

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A Servant’s Heart

1 Corinthians 13:1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Early this year, our church organized a bible study group for young ladies, 6th grade and up, to encourage and reenforce the principles they are taught at home: love Christ, embrace modesty, cherish your purity, serve humanity, and love one another. They call themselves the P.E.A.R.L.S.

Polished ~ Educated ~ Ambitious ~ Resourceful ~Loving ~ Souls~

…all characteristics that you would find in the Proverbs 31 Woman.

 

Dana’s husband had a superb idea, that for the men’s bible study meeting, the P.E.A.R.L.S. could prepare and serve a meal {with light supervision, of course}.

The girls had a blast!

emkitchThey chopped, baked, spread, and stirred their hearts out.

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Getting the salad and chili fixin’s ready

They served chili, salad, and pimento cheese sandwiches with all the fixin’s, as we say in the South.

And to end the meal; a choice of homemade Banana Puddin’ with Brown Sugar Meringue and scrumptious Pineapple Upside-Down Cake was on the menu {some of the fellahs had a little of both!}

The men were very impressed with how well the P.E.A.R.L.S. did.

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Our Pastor asking blessing for the food

Now, to some, I know that this idea seems sexist, backwards, or oppressed.
If that is where your head is at, then I ask you to open your heart. First of all, the world has made it ugly for a woman to serve a man outside of a food establishment environment.

One of my favorite quotes is by G.K. Chesterson that says:

“It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.”

I believe that God is pleased to see young women learning a role that is humbling and vital in the family dynamic, but I will save that thought for another time.

Secondly, this lesson wasn’t about “serving men”. This lesson was about serving mankind.

As a society, we have eradicated the idea of where love comes from and, in essence, what love really is.

Jesus said in John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Love isn’t just about how we feel. Love is about how we ACT. 

If we all chose to LOVE one another the way Jesus told us to, wouldn’t the world be a better place?

The men enjoying the meal and the top-notch service

The men enjoying the meal

May God bless all the young ladies across the globe. May they all know the peace and love of Jesus Christ through His saving grace, and extend His love to others.

 Matthew 13:45  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Feed Them For Life: Life Lessons From the Garden

Psalm 34:10-12 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

This summer, that thought occurred to me as I worked in the garden with my children. We learned the true value of a good sweat.

I was able to remind them of the burden that was given to Adam after he had eaten of the forbidden fruit, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Genesis 3:19″.

They had to learn to recognize the enemies of our food supply as well as our natural allies. We discussed God’s timing. Not only were my children picking squash, tomatoes, corn, and beans; they we were harvesting something greater than bodily nourishment. They We were harvesting knowledge.

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The Wheetshire Garden

Through the rows of peaches ‘n cream corn and above the okra shrubs, little voices merrily exclaimed, “Momma! I see a squash bug! I better squish it before it kills this plant”

“Momma! Look how big my pumpkins are getting! All that rain really helped.”

“I found a few lady bugs and put them in the tomato plants.”

That’s music to this momma’s ears.  I find myself smiling at this moment.

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I was going to toss philosophy around suggesting that we are God’s design and that everything we need to survive, He created in those first 6 days of creation.  All truths, however, the only things that I can think about are the carnal and spiritual lessons that God has shown me through this passion of mine. After all, isn’t the beginning of knowledge the fear of the Lord?

God’s timing? Do our provisions not come from He that feeds the sparrows and clothes the lilies, therefore we have no need to worry? Should we not trust in the Lord and lean not unto our own understanding? As the song says, “All I have needed thy hand hath provided…”

Teach a man to fish? Didn’t Jesus feed the multitude with just a few? My son leads our dinner prayer and ends it with “By HIS hands, we are fed…”

Recognize our enemies? Yes, there are those that try to decimate all that is good and they attack from all sides. They attempt to leach out our strengths and keep us from growing and bearing fruit. They try to take away our hope and block The Light.

Our allies? They are our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus; our church families. They help us to attack and snuff out the Enemy. They combine their Lights from within to chase away the looming Darkness that shadows us while we are weak. We are strengthened and are able to take in nourishment to grow and mature.

I like this quote from George Bernard Shaw:

            The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.

Should we learn and teach our children how to garden? I think so. But it’s imperative to teach them to love and respect the One who created everything that grows in it, whether you garden or not.

~Tangi Wheet

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