Margaret Ann’s Biscuits & Sausage Gravy Recipe

My sweet friend Margaret Anne was gracious enough to visit this morning, and made quite possibly the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever eaten to share with you. 

 

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We met at Bible Study earlier this year, and the minute I heard her sweet Southern accent I felt all-of-a-sudden-at-ease in a group of women who were completely new to me.

 

Isn’t it funny how a kind voice can do that?

 

And once we got to talking, I realized she cared about so many things that I just loved too.

 

Margaret Ann’s been a wife, mom, teacher, realtor, culinary school professor, chef . . . and she’s even owned two restaurants in Rome, Georgia.

 

In fact, one of the scenes from the movie Sweet Home Alabama was filmed in her restaurant Magretta Hall. 😉

I knew you would love Margaret Ann too, so I was thrilled when she offered to do a few “cooking classes” with us here on PPP. 

 

Last week in the Dinner’s Done Facebook group she taught us how to make omelets (I learned so much from her!), and today she’s showing us how to make homemade biscuits and gravy.

 

Or as she calls it, ” thickening gravy.”

 

That you can lather with a little butter too. 😉

 

Honestly? They were all just a little heaven sent. 😉

 

The biscuits and gravy were perfection.

 

And if it were up to me, you would come right over to my kitchen and we’d let her serve us up biscuits and gravy all day long.

 

A girl can dream, right? 😉

If you’d like to make biscuits and gravy too, here’s what you’ll need to get started:

 

(Note: I DEFINITELY recommend watching the video to see all of her tips – I had no idea the importance of incorporating the shortening, and she had so many tricks that I’ve never read in a cookbook. Thank you Margaret Ann!)

Margaret Ann’s Biscuits & Sausage Gravy Recipe

*Makes a small batch of about 8 biscuits, but doubles beautifully.

Biscuit Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Crisco Shortening (or softened butter works too!)
  • 3/4 Cups of Buttermilk (or 3/4 cups of milk mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice, let sit on the counter for 15 minutes to sour the milk)

 

 

Biscuit Directions:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients
  2. Cut the shortening or butter into the dry mix with a pastry cutter (or you can use a couple butter knives if you don’t have a pastry cutter)
  3. Work the dough until there are no chunks of shortening left (watch video for exactly how long to cut the dough)
  4. Add buttermilk, and stir into the mixture with your hand until you have a nice dough
  5. Sprinkle a little flour onto a clean surface and place the dough in the middle
  6. Knead the dough with the palms of your hands (not using fingers) by pushing it down a few times and then folding it in half.  Repeat 4 or 5 times and then pat it into a mound.
  7. Roll out to a thickness of about 3/4″
  8. Tap a cookie or biscuit cutter in flour and cut out the biscuits (Number will vary depending on the size of your cutter)
  9. Place on a greased or sprayed cookie sheet and brush a little melted butter on top
  10. Bake between 400 – 450 for 10-15 minutes.  *Because all ovens are different you’ll want to just check for when they look just right to you!

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb of Pork Breakfast Sausage (Jimmy Dean is Margaret Ann’s favorite)
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk

Gravy Directions:

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage over medium heat (Do NOT drain)
  2. Turn heat down to medium-low
  3. Sprinkle a couple tablespoons of flour over the sausage and stir it in, cooking it for another minute
  4. Add 1/2 Cup of milk and stir around as it begins to thicken up.
  5. To stretch your gravy further or thin it a little, just keep adding more milk until it’s how you like.

 

The best part is that by making them from scratch, you’ll save a bundle, most likely using everything you have right in your pantry. 

I’m hoping I can get her tricks down soon and make a batch for my bunch (but for today, we have just a few biscuits all ready to try for after school snacks.)

Let’s just call it their lucky day. 😉

Let me know how the recipe goes for you, and share any other tips in the comments. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Here are some tools that you may want to pick up if you plan to make biscuits often:

Non-Stick Pastry and Baking Mat

Pastry Cutter and Biscuit Cutters

Rolling Pin

Flour Sifter

Nonstick Cookie Sheet

Wilton 3-Tier Cooling Rack

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My March Stitch Fix Review

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Here’s a peek at what’s in my Stitch Fix Box this month!

love how easy this process is ~ I put in my style profile, share what types of clothes I like, how things fit me, and share an idea of what I’m looking for on my profile. I also include a link to my “cute outfits” board on Pinterest, so my stylist has a pretty good idea of what I love.

 

 

 

This definitely wasn’t my favorite box so far (at least as I opened everything), however once I tried it all on, I was pretty impressed!

Here’s what was included

1. Madrella Knit Pocket Tank $38 ~ $28.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

2. Skies and Blue Cutout Top $44 ~ $33 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

3. Olive & Oak Flannel Top $58 ~ $43.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

4. Le Lis Knit Blazer $59 ~ $43.50 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ RETURNED 

5. Cosmic Blue Love Jeans $88 ~ $66 if I keep the whole box and get the 25% off entire box discount ~ KEPT

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So what am I keeping? 

 

Just the jeans.

 

With summer coming and someone who wears capris every single day, I just couldn’t pass them up, especially because I had a $25 credit and wanted to keep the $20 styling fee!

 

And, I have to say, if you want to find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly and look great on, it’s worth trying Stitch Fix out. (I’ve loved every single pair of jeans they’ve sent!)

 

 

 

If you dress up frequently for work and don’t have time to shop, I really think Stitch Fix can be a fantastic option (I have loved my previous boxes, and the quality of clothing is much nicer than what I normally wear), so it may be a great option for you. 

 

It also is fantastic for busy working moms – while I do think the pricing is high you’re paying not only for the clothing but also for someone to look at your needs and hand pick items that often can work for you.

 

If you’d like to try out Stitch Fix, here’s exactly how it works:

  • Sign up HERE
  • You’ll be charged $20 for your Stitch Fix Styling
  • Your box will come when you schedule it
  • If you keep ANY items in your box, the $20 you spend for the styling will be put towards your purchase (so it’s like getting $20 in free credit!)
  • If you keep your entire box you’ll save 25% off the entire purchase
  • Invite friends on Facebook or via email (or even text messages) to sign up through you and you’ll get $25 in free referral credit ~ love that!

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Check out my review of previous boxes HEREHERE, HERE and HERE, and let me know what you think! 

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25 Days of Budget Transformations Day 22: 6 Tips To Be Debt Free

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Ready for a new 25 day series? This month our 25 Days Series is aimed at inspiring you to tackle your family budget, with amazing budget transformation stories and helpful tips to keep you on track. I love the stories we’re sharing here!

Check out 6 odd tips that helped Myquillyn and her husband pay off $150,000 in 5 years over at The Nesting Place I love tip #5 🙂
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Last Chance!

Mrs. Potts getting a well-deserved bubble bath after a month of hard work. 🙂 

Do you need to get dinner DONE?

I love you too much not to remind you one last time!

 

The cost of the Eat at Home Menu Plans goes up TONIGHT, so you have just a few hours left.

 

Get them for as low as $1.21 per week when you use the code COUNTERTOP at checkout (which saves 25% ~ the lowest price we’ll see for awhile!)

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I definitely recommend trying out at least one month to see what you think, then you’ll be locked in at that price. Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up:

  • Weekly menu plans for the entire month
  • A set of slow cooker menu plans
  • A set of whole foods menu plans (those are the ones we’re using right now)
  • A set of traditional menu plans
  • 1 week of freezer recipes (included in the Slow Cooker menu plans)
  • One quick click to download all 3 sets of menus (in color or black and white ink)

 

If you struggle with getting dinner on the table, I promise this will help! Our family has saved hundreds this month (especially on eating out at the last minute), and I love having this part of my life so effortlessly taken care of.
I know you’ll be disappointed if you miss it, so hurry on over and download yours before it’s to late (don’t forget to use the code COUNTERTOP to get the best price!)

Looking for more ways to have dinner on the table? Be sure to sign up for my totally free Crocktober Cookbook with menu plan and grocery list. And don’t forget to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook group to get tons of support and encouragement as we all get dinner done.

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Amazon: Greenes Raised Bed Garden 30% OFF!

Are you thinking of doing a raised vegetable garden bed this year?  They are SO much easier to maintain than a full-size garden and they do so well!

Right now on Amazon – Prime Members Only can get the Greenes 4′ x 8′ x 10.5″ Cedar Raised Bed Garden Kit for just $68.12 shipped (regularly $99.99 and a savings of 32% off!)  Here are a few product features:

  • Made in the USA from naturally rot- and insect-resistant cedar. The wood is 100% chemical free.
  • Boards slide into the corner posts without tools forming a secure garden frame. To install the decorative tops simply use a screw driver.
  • Stacking 2 of these makes your garden 21 inches tall (each kit sold seperately).
  • Package contains 21 boards, 6 corner posts, 6 decorative tops (6 screws for tops), and instructions

Or if you really want to just try a small one before making a commitment on a large one – this looks like a VERY easy to use raised bed garden kit and it’s only $27.97 right now!

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If you’re new to Raised Bed Gardening, Amazon has Raised Bed Gardening: How To Grow Vegetables and Food With Easy, Simple Raised Bed Garden Designs (Kindle Edition) for just $2.99, or FREE for Amazon Prime members.

You can also take a peek at our raised bed garden over HERE. . .

See more Amazon Deals.

Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

 

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30 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

30 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes Round Up

If you have an Instant Pot, then you already know that it can make your life SO much easier ~ I’ve just started using mine but so far I’m in love!

If you don’t own one yet, today only at Target.com you can get the Instant Pot for 25% OFF with code KITCHEN!  You can also currently get a good deal on the IP-LUX60 (New Model) and the IP-DUO60 over on Amazon!

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Among other things, I love that I can cook meats quickly (even straight from frozen!) that are super flavorful, tender and taste like they cooked all day. One of the most popular meats by far to cook in the Instant Pot is chicken.

Here’s a roundup of 30 awesome instant pot chicken recipes to give you plenty of things to try in your Instant Pot!

 

  1. Pressure cooker salsa chicken burrito– I was born to cook
  2. Instant pot orange chicken– Living Sweet Moments
  3. Instant pot no washing up Mediterranean chicken wings– Recipe This
  4. Instant pot cheesy chicken and pasta– Food N Service
  5. Pressure cooker low-carb buffalo chicken tacos with blue cheese coleslaw– Kalyn’s Kitchen
  6. Green chile chicken stew– Mooshu Jenne
  7. Instant pot chicken tortellini soup-Real Mom Reviews
  8. 3 ingredients crockpot BBQ chicken wings-Intelligent Domestications
  9. Chicken paprika stew– Mooshu Jenne
  10. Instant pot peanut free Thai chicken satay-Recipe This
  11. 10-minute pesto chicken pasta– ABC’s and Garden Peas
  12. Instant pot recipe- Pomegranate Molasses Chicken– Little Family Adventure
  13. Instant pot chicken parmigiana-Food N Service
  14. Asian sesame instant pot chicken– Living Sweet Moments
  15. Pressure cooker chicken breast-Wholesome Yum
  16. Instant pot no washing up chicken tikka bites– Recipe This
  17. Pressure cooker chicken puttanesca– Gluten Free Pressure Cooker
  18. Pressure cooker chicken paprikash recipe– Gluten Free Pressure Cooker
  19. Incredible instant pot ginger garlic drumsticks-Living Sweet Moments
  20. How to cook a whole chicken in your instant pot– Recipe this
  21. Instant pot pulled chicken tacos– Mom N Mom’s
  22. Instant pot double cheese chicken rigatoni bake-Recipe this
  23. The best instant pot chicken noodle soup– Sidewalk Shoes
  24. Chicken enchilada soup in the pressure cooker-Life is Sweeter by Design
  25. Instant pot garlic coconut butter chicken & potatoes– Recipe This
  26. Frozen chicken breasts in an instant pot– Sidewalk Shoes
  27. Instant pot chicken taco bowls-Wonder Mom Wannabe
  28. Instant pot buffalo chicken wings– Mom N Mom’s
  29. Instant pot honey balsamic drumsticks– Living Sweet Moments
  30. Instant pot Cajun chicken pasta– Recipe This

What is an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that takes the “scary” factor out of pressure cooking and makes the job of cooking fast and easy!  It speeds up cooking by 2~6 times using up to 70% less energy, and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion.

If you need a support group for getting dinner on the table (especially using our Slow cookers and Instant Pots!) – come by and join our Dinner’s Done Facebook Group ~ so much great wisdom and encouragement there!

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22 Deals You Can’t Miss at Sam’s This Month (Ends 3/28/17)

Okie dokie folks,  here are a few more items that just started in the Sam’s sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.  Make sure you check with customer service to see if your card has all the instant savings included below on your card.  Some deals are for Plus members only. 

Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Sam’s when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their instant savings deals that run each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 3/28/17.

Also, check out this deal: Right now you’ll get a FREE $25 gift card when you join Sam’s Club! Simply enter your information and sign-up. Then take your emailed voucher to the membership desk at your local Sam’s Club to finalize your registration and receive your $25 Sam’s Club gift card!

Sam’s Best Deals Ending 3/28/17

1. Veggie Straws ( 20 oz) – $4.78

2. Cheez Its Crackers 2 pk 24 oz – $7.98

3. Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats (40 ct) – $6.47

4. Dawn Dish Soap 3 pk 24 oz- $8.78

5. Quaker Instant Oatmeal 52 ct – $9.87

6. Ziploc Bags (4 pk 125 ct) – $9.78

7. Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese 5 pk – $9.48

8. Bounce Dryer Sheets (320 ct) – $9.98

9. Cheez Its Single Bags (45 ct) – $10.98

10. Frito Lay  Variety Mix Chips (30 ct) – $11.98

11. Clorox Wipes (5 pk 78 ct) – $13.48

12. Cascade (105 ct) – $14.98

13. Downy Unstopables or Downy  (36.2 oz) – $13.98 

14. Members Mark Laundry Detergent (196 oz) – $14.98

15. Members Mark Trash Bags (90 ct) – $15.48

16. Members Mark Scented Wipes (1,000 ct) – $17.86

17. Members Mark Laundry Detergent Pacs (120 ct) – $17.98

18. Tide Powdered Laundry Detergent (254 oz) – $29.98

19. Charmin Toilet Paper (30 Mega Rolls 308 sheets per roll or 36 Giant Roll or 198 sheets per roll ) – $20.98 

20. Bounty Paper Towel (12 Enormous 107 sheets per roll) – $25.98

21. Member’s Mark Diapers Size 1-2 (252 ct) – $38.94

22. Phillips Sonicare 2 Series Powered Toothbrush 2 pk – $89.98

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Curious what else to buy at Sam’s? Check out this list of my favorite What to Buy at Sams Club every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:

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Sonic Half Price Slushes & Shakes – All Day Long! (3/1)

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**Today only March 1st, Sonic is offering 1/2 price Shakes and Ice Cream Slushes all day long!**

And don’t forget you can also score half price shakes and cream slushes everyday after 8pm.

Probably one of my favorite deals during summer is the Sonic Half Price Slushes from 2-4 PM each day, and it looks like they’ve brought back their Sonic Half Price Shakes (and Cream Slushes!) again as well each night after 8 PM! There are dozen of delicious flavors available, now through the end of summer.

We don’t visit Sonic often, but when we do we can usually purchases three small slushes for $1.79. This is a great little deal, and a good way to pinch a few pennies if you’re eating on the run!

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Logitech Wireless Mouse only $7.99 (Reg $29.99)

Right now Staples has these SUPER CUTE Logitech Wireless Optical Mouse (es?) for only $7.99 each – reg $29.99!

You can choose delivery OR skip any fees and opt for free store pickup 🙂

lFind more top retail deals.

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19 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 3/12/17)

Okie dokie folks, besides the Costco whole chicken you should probably pick up every time you shop Costco, here are a few more items that just started in the Costco sale ad which may be worth picking up this month.

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Just like any grocery store, you really do save more at Costco when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is really just their coupon book that runs each month.) Here are the items I think are worth grabbing before 3/12/17.

Costco Best Deals Ending 3/12/17

1. Finish Jet-Dry Plus Rinse Agent, 32 oz – $9.99

  • Use B1G1 Finish Jet-Dry Plus Rinse Aid – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 32 oz Only (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $4.99 after coupon or $.16 per ounce

2. Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety pack, 52 ct – $9.79

3. Cascade Advanced Power Gel, 125 oz – $9.49

4. Tyson Panko Chicken Nuggets or Perdue , 5 lbs – $12.49

  • Use $5.00/1 Tyson or Perdue Panko Chicken Nuggets – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 5 lb Only; No Limit (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $7.49 after coupon

5. Dawn Platinum Advanced Power Liquid Dish Soap, 90 oz – $9.59

  • Use $2.00/1 Dawn Platinum Advnaced Power Liquid Dish Soap – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 90 oz Only; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $7.59 after coupon or $.08 per ounce 

6. Nutri Grain Bars ( 48 ct) – $11.99

7. SunChips Variety Pack, 30 ct – $11.99

8. General Mills Fruit by the Foot, 48 ct – $12.59

  • Use $4.00/1 General Mills Fruit by the Foot Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 48 ct Only; Limit 4 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $8.59 after coupon or $.18 each

9. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 5 pk 78 ct canisters – $13.49

10. Kirkland Signature Free & Clear Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent, 194 oz, 126 loads – $13.99

  • Use $3.00/1 Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Regular or Free & Clear Ultra Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 194 oz 126 ld Only; Limit 2 Each (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $10.99 after coupon or $.06 per ounce

11. Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack, 20 ct 5.3 oz cups – $14.99

  • Use $4.00/1 Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 20/5.3 oz Only; Limit 8 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $10.99 after coupon or $.55 per cup

12. Finish Powerball All-in-One Tabs, 115 ct – $14.89

13. Downy Unstopables (36 oz) – $14.99

  • Use $3/1 Costco Monthly Booklet; Limit 1 Per Household (exp. 1/27/17)
  • $11.99 after coupon

14. Glad 13 Gallon Odor Shield Trash Bags with Febreeze, 140 ct – $16.99

15. Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, 2.5 lbs – $19.99

  • Use $4.50/1 Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee – Costco Monthly Booklet; Includes 2.5 lb Only; Limit 6 (exp. 03/12/17)
  • $15.49 after coupon 

16. Bounty Paper Towels (12 Rolls 117 sheets) – $19.99

17. Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, 146 loads, 225 oz – $19.99

18. Charmin (30 pk Jumbo Roll or 231 sheets) – $21.99

19. Tide Laundry Detergent (225 oz) – $23.79

This is what happens when your college kid comes home for the weekend!

Always a deal

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Milk $2.89 per gallon This is the same price at Kroger lately, but my Aldi has milk for $.99 a gallon so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.

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Chicken Breast – $2.79/lb

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Eggs 24 ct – $3.59 ($1.79 a dozen) My Aldi has eggs for $.69 a dozen so if you don’t have a Costco membership you can still easily save.

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Costco Rotisserie Chicken $4.99 which comes out to about 5 cups of shredded chicken ~ stock up price!

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Curious what else to buy at Costco? Check out this list of my favorite 15 items to buy at Costco every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:

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