Best, Most Simple, Christmas Brunch

You will need:

  • 2 lbs off breakfast sausage
  • 2 dozen biscuits (homemade is best, but if you are going for simple or quick , read down below for great options)
  • 1/4 Cup of flour
  • 1/2 gallon of milk
  • dash of black pepper
  • Some hungry folks 😉

In large skillet or cast iron frying pan, brown 2 lbs of breakfast sausage. Once the pork begins to cook down, a potato masher works great to finely separate the pork breakfast sausage.

Meanwhile warm your biscuits. Of course homemade are best the family will say. What if I told you they would never know if you use these or this off brand… 🙂

Seriously, frozen Grands biscuits do taste so close to from scratch biscuits if you have a particular crowd. However, my kids love biscuits and gravy with “Womp-Em” biscuits AKA refrigerator Buttermilk biscuits. (Really any kind will work. For a kids gathering we used the little mini refrigerator pop biscuits, turned out, the kids loved it just the same! Whatever you pick, warm or bake your biscuits. The refrigerator biscuits take less than 15 minutes, the frozen are about 25 minutes to bake.

Once browned add, sprinkling, approximately 1/4 Cup of flour. Now this is most often with our fresh pork sausage that tastes amazing. However, any sausage works, just add enough flour to begin to soak up the grease. (At most 1/2 Cup). Now the key is to let the flour brown. If it’s warm and soaks up the grease and then you add your milk, it will turn out biscuit gravy, but you will have your floury taste too. The essential element is to let the white flour brown a bit. Once brown, add 5 Cups of milk and a dash of pepper. Let the milk warm and gradually bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer. (Stir constantly.)

Remove just prior to desired thickness. I do immediately because the gravy will thicken a bit more, so to take that into consideration means thicker gravy.

Enjoy! Happy Winter Break!

***Now you can play with this gravy as well. Remember you can make more gravy without adding more meat too. If you are aiming for that goal, simply add some fat at the browned stage, lard or Crisco works the best. Alternatives would be butter, coconut oil or worst case, margarine. Just add a nice Tablespoon or two and when you add flour, a Tablespoon or more as well. Adjust milk as well. Keep in mind, the more flour you use, the more it affects the taste of your gravy. If you are needing a lot of extra gravy, perhaps create your rue in another skillet by melting your butter, browning the flour then adding milk (About 1/2 Cup of flour per 4-5 Cups of milk).

All You Need for the Perfect Family Game Night

Christmas vacation is HERE!!! School break means lots of baking, crafts, some travel, lots of loved ones and visiting, some cool activities and so on. However, my kids will not let winter break pass without a couple of FAMILY GAME NIGHTS! Now I could tell you the happy & sunny personalities is all you need for a great game night, and there would be some truth to that, but a few other things do help! So here is a list for some great ideas to get things rolling…

  • Food- Let’s face it folks, people gather where there is good food! Make some treats, even if it’s last minute, break out the popcorn, chips & salsa, cookie jar, maybe a small junk food stash, etc. On our somewhat planned family game nights, I just whip up some taco meet, we always have salsa and a can of nacho cheese in our pantry; we make a “nacho buffet”. If I have at least a couple hours or think we might have a day coming up we’ve stocked up on a full taco/ nacho buffet bar OR we do hot subs & munchies. Find my quick recipes for those here. **Now don’t be alarmed, family game night DOES NOT have to be binge night either. There are so many healthy snacks out there that taste awesome! Even a fruit & veggie platter! During Christmas break, we tend to avoid sugars with flu & cold seasons and all the visiting that already has plenty of sugar and we’ll do hot subs, veggie & fruit tray with dip OR sliced meats & cheeses with the different varieties of crackers. The kids stay excited, since we always try to find some “new” to us flavor or cracker, if unavailable, we just make sure to select a favorite!
  • Drinks- Even if it’s last minute, run to the gas station or store and get some sodas, Kool-Aid, etc. Better yet, mix and make a punch with some juice. Again, it doesn’t have to be fancy, but if time permits, the kids will love a “new drink”. An example for us was when apple soda came out, it was a hit at our house! Soda is not a regular thing at our house; so we bought a couple packs and left them in the basement just for special occasions or family game nights. *Don’t forget about warm drinks too. An easy fix we always have in our home is hot chocolate or tea, these are great too!
  • Pillows, Cushions, etc.- something to set out and sprawl out on the floor with.
  • Blankets, throws, etc.- Anything that helps everyone get comfy. Our kids play board games often, but family game night is a marathon of games the kids love and stack up on “what’s next”! So, get comfy, everyone will enjoy themselves so much more!!!
  • GAMES- certainly not last, but pick out some games. Must haves for the kids were : (in order from the little to the older) were Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Mancala, Checkers, Pie Face, & Trouble, to Operation, Mousetrap, Sorry, Battleship, Chess, The game of LIFE, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, UPWords, Scrabble, Clue, Ticket to Ride, Risk, and Bohnanza. Even my 1st grader will take part in all but the last 2, he will team up, but they do get long. HOWEVER, is you have mostly teens and up, the games now are amazing. My oldest has found so many treasures, I know he’ll love to play them as his siblings get older. Check out this awesome game list put out by Ranker.

So, whether you bake together, find some treats, make some cocoa or decorate some cookies, HAVE FUN! Enjoy those precious days you have together and bring them to mom’s fun house! Have fun on you winter break or Christmas vacation! Happy Homemaking!