Warm and Comforting

What says warm and comforting better than a cozy fire and a big, fat casserole?

We had a couple of nights to get down into the 20s here, so in preparation for that, we had to get some firewood delivered. We have started cutting our own firewood, but it’s still too green to use for fire. We ended up ordering two cords of firewood.

Two of the boys worked hard to stack that for us. Don’t worry, they got rewarded nicely for their hard work.

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When it was all said and done, there were about two rows of firewood stacked here. The second row is stacked directly behind this stack they are working on.

With a nice, big stack of firewood, we were able to make a nice cozy fire. I’m pretty sure the cat was most appreciative of it.

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As the day went on, he would get closer and closer to the fire.

When it’s cold outside, I love to make soup and bread, or really-bad-for-you casseroles. This weekend, I decided on the casserole. I saw someone on Facebook had posted a recipe for a sausage, gravy and biscuits casserole and thought that looked perfect.

This meal was perfect for my family. It was very filling, and that’s great when you have a family of bottomless-stomached boys entering into their preteen years. I will say, you don’t want to eat this before a big work day or before a road trip or anything like that. It’s best to eat this on a day when it’s perfectly okay for you to go into a food coma immediately after. Also, I used refrigerated biscuits for mine but made a homemade gravy. You can make it simple by using a gravy packet or canned gravy, or you can make it “healthier” by using homemade biscuits. I’ve never mastered those, so when we eat biscuits, it’s because they came out of a can.

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  • 2 cans large buttermilk biscuits, cut each into fourths
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-2.5 cups milk (or combo of milk, cream, etc.)
  1. Layer the cut biscuits in the bottom of a large casserole dish. I used a glass 9×13 dish. Set the dish aside for now. {{You may want to grease your dish first. Also, remember that the biscuits will plump as they cook, so make sure your dish is big enough for that. Mine *almost bubbled over.}}
  2. Brown and crumble the sausage. When finished cooking, scoop on top of the biscuits, leaving the grease in the pan. Set the pan aside for now.
  3. Scramble 6-8 eggs, scoop on top of the sausage.
  4. Make the gravy. If you want you can use a packet and just follow those instructions. Or make your own. Since my sausage wasn’t too greasy for some reason, I ended up adding 4 tablespoons of butter to my skillet. You want about 4 tablespoons of fat in your skillet. Melt the butter. Add about 1/4 cup flour, salt, and pepper to the skillet and whisk until smooth. Pour in the liquids–I used about 1 cup of heavy cream and about 1.5-2 cups of whole milk. Whisk until smooth and thickened. You can add more or less milk depending on how thick you want the gravy. When the gravy has the desired consistency, pour over the entire casserole.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes.
  6. Finally, be fat and happy when you enjoy this meal.

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This was such a hearty meal. We actually had leftovers from this, which is almost unheard of in my household. I make another breakfast casserole using fresh crescent rolls, bacon, broccoli, and cheese, and there are never any leftovers, even though I make it in the exact same size casserole dish. The worst part about making this dish was having to use three different pots/dishes to prepare this. But in the end, so worth it!

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