Pepper Update and Biscuits and Sausage Gravy for Sunday Breakfast

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Biscuits are one of the first things I can remember making with my Mom (Jean Graham).  She was always such a good cook and I’m not sure how she pulled it all off.  She had a houseful of kids and we always had someone drop and stay for what ever meal was cooking.  And there always seemed to be something cooking.  What amazes me is when I think back on the small budget she had for food was how she was able to make such a great menu of items.  My all time favorite had to be her fried chicken we had lasagna, pizza, oatmeal or chocolate cookies and homemade fudge were always mouth-watering.  She was a survivor a hard-working lady who was always able to see the good in everything and most everyone. But sad to say after a year-long battle with cancer.  She went home to our maker in April and has been greatly missed love ya Mom.

For the Biscuits Recipe: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees

  • 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (Crisco or Spectrum shortening)
  •  3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk ( you can use whole milk but your biscuits won’t be as tangy or tender)

Place flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl with enough room to work.  cut butter in to slices and add to flour mixture using a pastry cutter or two butter knifes cut butter into the flour. you want is small pea sized pieces of butter.  then add your milk 1/2 to 3/4 to start them fold the flour over the milk if it isn’t wet enough add the remaining 1/4 cup. only mix until the flour looks wet then turn out onto a floured counter top.  now fold the dough over onto its self 3 to 4 times it make the layers that are so loved in biscuits.  sprinkle with a little more flour and pat or roll to 1 inch thick.  with a round cutter or a glass dipped in flour cut the biscuits and place them in a cast iron skillet or on a cookie sheet  that’s been lightly sprayed with oil. ( I use a silpat for baking they work great and make cleaning up a breeze.) Now Bake in your preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes depending on how your oven heats. Remove and serve.

While the biscuits are cooking you need your sausage if your feeling really ambitious you can make your own which isn’t hard at all.

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • dash of cayenne or more to taste
  • dash of sage

the seasoning are endless depending on your own taste.  just make sure to add it all to a plastic zip bag and mix well.  Now you have sausage!  For those of you who would like to use the store-bought that works great too.  I like Jimmy Dean regular or hot both work great.

  • 1/2 of the chub package
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk

Crumble a cook sausage in a skillet ( I like cast iron but which ever you choose will do the trick).  cook over medium heat until no longer pink. Sprinkle flour, salt and pepper over cook sausage using a whisk stir in the milk slowly. The gravy will start to thicken and then simmer after coming to a simmer it is ready.  depending on how thick you like your gravy you can add a little more milk to then it.

serve over your freshly made biscuits and breakfast is served

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 Now on the Pepper puppy front:

Pepper is such a sweet girl, she has quite a personality too.  We so forgot what it was like to have a puppy.  Lots and lots of energy should I say endless it seems at times.  and not to mention our house was not puppy proof at all,  but it is now!  Merlin our Russian Blue Cat was not so thrilled at first.   But has welcomed the new addition with more than a few smacks to remind her he was here first.  Pepper is growing so fast and at 5 months old has diffidently come into her own.  One of her favorite pastime is to chase the rabbits out of her yard.   I have to mention the baby pool we got for her.  At first she wasn’t sure about it but it has become a  favorite when ever she goes out. That is messy I might add. Good thing we don’t have a full-sized on in the yard we would never get her out of it.   That’s okay she really enjoys it and with the temps hovering around 100 her in Texas who wouldn’t want a place to cool off.  Only problem is she insist on coming in wet and covered with grass then gets on the leather coach.  Such a dog what can you do but love them!

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Pepper (Australian Shepard) 2 months old

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Dad’s head is a great place to take a nap.  3 months old

Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Lury

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Pepper 4 months

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