Category: Breakfast

Easy Breakfast Gravy 

Easy Breakfast Gravy 

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting many recipes the past couple weeks. Is it because I took a vacation from cooking? Ha! Nope. I challenged myself to eat out of the pantry and freezer for awhile. We’ve been having more “concoctions” than actual recipes 😉 Last night I got a pack of bacon out of the freezer. I can frequently get the irregular sliced bacon on sale for 2 dollars a pound. We have a 2 dollar a pound limit on meat to help stretch our food budget, so seeing bacon on sale just makes my day! 

I put a batch of bacon in the oven, baked some homemade freezer biscuits that Matthew helped with earlier in the day, and made some of this awesome gravy. 

When we first got married, and up until a year ago, I bought packets of breakfast gravy mix. We thought it was good, and I was afraid I’d mess up homemade gravy. When it comes to “eyeballing” ingredients, I’m fine with salads and mashed potatoes(except for the time I accidentally used sugar instead of salt), but I’m no good at winging it with gravy. I came across this recipe on Pinterest last summer. It is so good! You will seriously never want to buy a packet of gravy mix again! 


Easy Breakfast Gravy

-1/4 cup bacon grease 

-1/3 cup flour 

-1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

-1/2 teaspoon salt 

-1 1/2 cups water 

-1 1/2 cups milk 

Heat bacon grease in a large skillet. I use cast iron, because everything seems to taste better out of a cast iron skillet. 

Add the flour and whisk until slightly browned and bubbly. 


Add the salt and black pepper and continue to whisk. 

Measure out milk and water together in a large measuring cup. Slowly pour into the flour mixture and continue whisking to avoid clumps. 


Allow mixture to come to a boil, and boil on medium heat for 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Gravy will thicken. 

Taste and adjust seasonings. If you allow the gravy to cool for a few minutes, it will thicken even more. For biscuits, I prefer to be able to pour it. 


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Recipe from:http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2008/06/biscuits-homemade-bacon-gravy.html?m=1

Strawberry Banana Muffins

I love this time of year! The weather is getting warm, the morning sun fills my kitchen, and strawberries go on sale! Bring on the muffins! The Bearded Man isn’t a huge fan of sweets, but he loves it when I make these muffins. My kids do too…so I have to hide a few to put in his lunch box before they’re gone 🙂 Usually when I make a recipe off the internet, I end up tweaking it. Not this one, it’s awesome just like it is!   
Strawberry Banana Muffins 

(Makes 12)

-2/3 cup sugar 

-1 egg 

-6 tablespoons butter, melted 

-1 teaspoon vanilla 

-2 ripe bananas, mashed 

-1 1/2 cups flour 

-3/4 teaspoon baking soda 

-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

-1/4 teaspoon salt 

-1 cup chopped strawberries 

Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line muffin tin with liners. 

In the bowl of an electric or stand mixer, beat egg and sugar until blended. Add butter and vanilla until combined.

Add mashed bananas and mix until smooth and incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add strawberries and toss until strawberries are coated in flour mixture. 

Add strawberry mixture to wet mixture and mix just until everything is combined. 

Add mixture to muffin tin using cookie scoop or gravy spoon. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.

We love muffins for breakfast and snacks, but they never last long enough! 

Recipe credit goes to http://melaniemakes.com/blog/2014/04/strawberry-banana-muffins.html

Photo and wording my own. 

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How to cook bacon in the oven! 

Who doesn’t love bacon? I mean seriously, it’s in the same category as butter and cheese. There’s always room for bacon. Imagine how excited I was a couple years ago, when I discovered that you can bake it in the oven. And the fact that it’s baked instead of fried, makes it health food…

Right?
That’s what I thought. 

After I put ours in the oven this morning, Keira came in the kitchen twirling around and said, “I loooove the smell of bacon, I wish there were bacon scented candles.” 

A child after my own heart 😉 

So here you have it, bacon in the oven. This will free up your stove for other health foods, like sausage and pancakes…

🙂 

Here goes;

  
Preheat oven to 400. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Place slices of bacon on baking sheets. 

  
Bake on middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until bacon is starting to brown. Carefully remove from the oven and transfer bacon to paper towel lined plate. 

Allow grease to cool. Place grease in a mason jar and store in the fridge to make gravy and season green beans. This step is not optional. If you waste bacon grease, we can’t be friends. 

Just kidding. Maybe.  

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Homemade Belgian Waffles

Guess who slept ALL night? That was the first time in 11 months either of us has gotten a full nights rest. He’s probably feeling like he really slipped up….😂

 

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It was snowing last night and that always makes me crave carbs. Can someone explain that? I’m always looking for yummy and cheap dinner ideas. Waffles might be meant for breakfast, but we love them for dinner!! Sometimes I add some puréed pumpkin or shredded zucchini, to take away some of the “mom guilt” for not serving up grilled salmon and steamed veggies. These days, my motto is; “Anything I cook at home has got to be healthier than take out.” I came across this recipe from http://www.thefrugalfoodiemama.com/2013/04/homemade-belgian-waffle-mix.html?m=1#.Uw35FZK9KSN, and it has turned out great every time!! She even has a fun printable to put on your storage container that the mix goes in. This would be a nice gift to take to a new mom or neighbor! Here’s the recipe;

Homemade Belgian Waffles:
4 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour(you really can use whatever ratio of white to wheat that you prefer.)
4 Tablespoons baking powder
4 Tablespoons sugar
3/4 tsp. salt

Mix all of these together, and then store in a large container.

On the day(or night) I make waffles, I scoop out 2 cups of mix into a bowl and whisk in:
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla.

Whisk until combined, but still slightly lumpy. Add about 2/3 cup of the mix to a preheated and sprayed waffle iron. I cook mine for about 4 minutes. Keep an eye on it, and check it once steam stops rolling out of the iron. I can get 6 waffles, with plenty more of the mix left for next time!!

  
Recipe credit goes to “The Frugal Foodie Mama.” Picture is my own.