- Holidays and Celebrations
Breakfast Traditions-From My Home to Yours
My favorite tradition to do with family is making special breakfasts. Between family gatherings, community festivities, and other obstacles tackled on special occasions, these breakfasts motivate everyone for the busy time ahead. I have come up with some of my favorites to share with you, along with when I make these. My family looks forward to these once that special day draws near. I hope you enjoy!
Biscuits and Gravy
My grandmother and mother always told me that gravy was difficult to master. My first attempt at making the gravy from scratch was perfect (to me anyways)! We don't like thin gravy, so this recipe calls for a little less milk than most recipes. The end result makes this appealing dish extremely filling. I prepare this breakfast for New Year's Day, 4th of July, or any holiday that requires a quick and easy breakfast-outside of cereal and frozen waffles.
1 lb breakfast sausage (any flavor)
1/4 cup white flour
2 Tbsp butter
2 cups milk
1-2 tsp white flour (if needed, for thicker gravy)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can buttermilk biscuits (I used Pilsbury Grand biscuits)
1. In large skillet, over medium heat, cook sausage till browned.
2. Add 1/4 cup flour and butter. Mix until dissolved.
3. Turn stove to medium-low heat. Slowly add milk and stir constantly until desired thickness is achieved. If gravy is still thin, add flour 1 teaspoon at a time until consistency is reached.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake biscuits as directed on package. When done, split biscuits in half on plate and top with gravy mixture.
Recipe serves 4 to 5.
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
All the favorites in one dish! I recommend this meal be prepped the night before, and to be chilled in fridge overnight. so the flavor is at it's best once out of the oven the next morning. Holidays recommended for this casserole include Christmas, Easter, or any Sunday brunch.
6 to 8 slices of wheat bread
8 large eggs
1 lb breakfast sausage (any flavor)
8 oz. smoked sausage, sliced (optional)
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
1. Grease 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Crumble bread, and arrange on bottom of pan.
2. In skillet, brown breakfast sausage.
3. *Optional step* In separate skillet, warm smoked sausage till done.
4. Layer breakfast sausage on top of bread crumbles in pan.
5. In medium mixing bowl, combine eggs and milk. Add ground mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix well, and add to bread and sausage pan.
5. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of mixture, evenly.
6. *Optional step* Add smoked sausage slices to top of casserole.
7. Add additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
8. Place pan in 350 oven. Allow to bake for 45 minutes. Dish will be done when egg mixture hardens, and cheese is golden brown.
Serves 8 to 12.
Crock Pot Oatmeal
I was inspired, once again, by Pinterest (picture available when you click on link) when making this recipe. Thanksgiving is a busy time of year for me. We have two to three dinners to attend, and I am in the kitchen A LOT during that time. Making a breakfast overnight, in a crock pot, was a lifesaver for this busy mom, and a satisfying breakfast for the family who ate it.
3 medium apples, your choice (I use Granny Smiths)
1 cup steel cut oats
2 Tbsp butter
1.5 cups milk
1.5 cups warm water
1 tsp cinnamon (and a little extra, if needed)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp white sugar
1. Spray inside of crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Cut, slice, peel, and dice apples. Arrange at bottom of crock pot.
3. Add steel cut oats, milk, water, cinnamon, sugars, and butter. Stir well before applying lid.
4. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
Optional Add-ins: Walnuts, honey, warm syrup, milk, raisins.
Other Breakfasts-To Name a Few
You may be thinking at this point what I do for the other occasions, like birthdays, 4th of July, Labor Day, and the other holidays throughout the year. Don't get me wrong, but I do a little special something. If I kept going with writing a recipe for each breakfast, this blog would be forever long! Instead, I thought I would create a list of other traditional breakfasts that I do for my family, and hopefully you could start something like this with yours.
Kids' Birthdays-I make pancakes. The cakes vary....from chocolate chip, to something of their favorite color, or even funny faces!
Husband's Birthday-Apple Crisp. His birthday is in the fall, which is the prime time for me to prepare this amazing fall dish for his breakfast-it is one of his favorites!
The cookout days (what I call 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc.)-Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwiches. I attempt to get the protein in before the kiddos get wild with the sweets and junk at these places.
These are to only list a few of my family feasts. More to come as I improve with blogging, and have more ideas to share!