Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

What you need
For biscuits:
• 5 cups of flour
• 5 tsp baking powder
• 1 cup of cubed butter
• 1.5 cups of whole milk
• 3 large eggs

For gravy:
• Ground pork shoulder
• Sage, finely chopped
• Fennel, finely chopped
• Bay Leaf, finely ground
• Himalayan or Sea Salt
• Freshly Ground Black Pepper
• Crushed Red Pepper
• Butter
• Flour
• Milk
• Water

What you do
Biscuits:
Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Mix butter and flour by hand until well incorporated. Add baking powder and continue mixing by hand. Add milk and two eggs and mix until the dough forms into a ball. Flour a clean work surface and knead the dough until it becomes a smooth ball. Roll the dough out to half inch uniform thickness and cut out biscuits. Place biscuits on a non-stick baking sheet. Beat the last egg and brush the tops of the biscuits with it. Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops have a golden brown finish.

Gravy:
Note: Make the sausage the day before you make your gravy. Combine pork, sage, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, fennel, and bay leaf and mix well using your hands. Cover and set in fridge. Cook sausage in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Once cooked, remove sausage and keep the grease in the skillet and the stove on. Add butter to the skillet. When the butter has melted, add about 2 tbsp of flour and whisk well. Next add water and whisk. Then add milk and whisk. Once the water, grease, milk, and flour are well combined add the cooked sausage and stir well. Lower the heat and allow the gravy to simmer and thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over your homemade biscuits!

Do you have a biscuit or sausage gravy recipe you’d like to share?

Simple Chicken Dinner

Chicken
Ingredients
Thinly sliced chicken breasts
South African Smoke seasoning
Himalayan salt
Ghee

Directions
Rub the chicken on both sides with SAS seasoning and let your pieces sit for 10-30 minutes afterwards. When ready, turn stove on to medium heat and set skillet on the burner. Add a generous amount of ghee and let it melt for a bit before adding the chicken. After chicken is placed on the skillet, add salt then cover and let cook for about 3 minutes. Uncover and turn the pieces over. Continue cooking uncovered for about 2 minutes. Turn stove off and remove chicken from the skillet.

Potatoes
Ingredients
Red potatoes
Olive oil
Butter
Himalayan salt
Freshly ground pepper

Directions
Boil water in a pot. Once boiling, add potatoes. Boil until you can stick a fork or a toothpick into the potatoes easily. Drain potatoes. Add olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper. Mash with a masher.

Kale
Ingredients
Kale (rinsed and with stems torn off)
Olive oil
Freshly minced garlic
Fresh lemon juice
Himalayan salt

Directions
Massage kale by hand with olive oil and lemon juice for about 5 minutes. Once massaged to your liking, add garlic and salt. Lightly toss.

Serving this simple, delicious meal with cucumber water.

What are you making for dinner tonight? Do you have a favorite chicken recipe you’d like to share?

And Now About Money…

People are always curious as to how I’m able to live in my own place, pay off debt, save money, and afford certain luxuries. This is my answer:

1. I make my own food, laundry detergent, cleaning products, and beauty products from inexpensive items I buy at the grocery store (or grow myself).

2. I participate in clothing swaps and I shop at thrift stores.

3. I grocery shop once a week, and I don’t go back to the store until I’ve eaten everything in my fridge and cupboards.

4. I never buy frozen, instant, canned, pre-chopped, or pre-made food.

5. I tithe.

6. I budget according to my needs, not my wants, and pay off debt using the money that’s left over.

7. I don’t use credit cards or take out loans.

8. I rent free books, dvd’s, and cd’s from the library, and I don’t have cable.

9. I trim my own hair, I give myself manicures and pedicures (without using nail polish), and I don’t wear makeup.

10. I review my bank statements every month and cut from my budget monthly. 

11. I ONLY seek financial counsel from people who are currently living the way I choose to live. (I mean, you don’t go to the guy who still drinks to learn how to get sober… right?)

This lifestyle takes practice and, although I don’t do it perfectly, my responsible financial habits are becoming more comfortable the longer I practice them.

 

What are some of your favorite money saving techniques? What do you consider necessities? What do you consider luxuries? Do you tithe? How often are you reviewing your bank statements? Do you know where your money is going every month? Do you spend according to a budget?