Country Gravy

Country Gravy

Country Gravy

This delicious gravy is perfect poured over biscuits for a warm and hearty breakfast. You can whip this up without the sausage and serve it over mashed potatoes, country fried chicken or a savory ham steak. Any way you use it, country gravy can turn a few simple ingredients into a hearty meal.

The Secret to Smooth Country Gravy

Brown one package of Ground Sausage in a skillet. I prefer to use Maple Sausage, since it gives just a hint of sweetness. When the sausage is fully cooked, turn off the heat but do not drain. Sprinkle ½ cup Flour over the sausage and mix it in. The fat from the sausage will absorb the flour, allowing the sauce to thicken without creating lumps.

Country Gravy

 

Thicken to Your Hearts Desire

Pour in 8-10 cups of Milk. I recommend using 2% or whole milk, as a lower fat content will keep the gravy from thickening as much. Let this mixture simmer until it has thickened to a sauce-like consistency, about 15 minutes. When you scoop up a spoonful and pour it back in, the mixture should be somewhat slowed and not flow back into the pan as quickly as water. Add 1 tablespoon Pepper and a ½ teaspoon Salt. These can be adjusted for taste.
Serve this delicious sauce straight out of the pan or package in an airtight container and refrigerate for later use.

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce

 

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce

Never use store-bought sauce again

 

Spaghetti is such a classic and simple dinner to make. It can also be a great place to squeeze in an extra serving or two of vegetables. This delicious crock-pot spaghetti sauce is a breeze to throw together and filled with big bites of flavor! The best part is that you can prep it in the morning and let the sauce simmer while you go about your day. This recipe also makes enough sauce for several uses, just package up the extra and freeze. Having a jar of this spaghetti sauce on hand will help you create delicious homemade meals without all the extra time and effort.

 

Crock-pot Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients

 

Get those veggies in

Begin this simple spaghetti sauce by chopping up some fresh vegetables. This gives your sauce a boost of vitamins and flavor! I like to include Zucchini or Yellow Squash for a rich flavor and a splash of color. Sliced White Mushrooms will make this a more hearty dish. Chop onions and mince garlic to flavor the sauce. I always add Green Peppers, but mixing it up with Red or Yellow Peppers can give this sauce an added burst of color. Dice a few fresh Tomatoes and mix in enough Tomato Sauce to cover the veggies. You can keep this dish vegetarian or add either Ground Beef or Italian Sausage slices that have been fully cooked. Brown the ground beef or sausage in a skillet while you chop your vegetables and you can throw this sauce together in minutes! Add Italian Seasoning and let this dish simply simmer in the crockpot on low heat while you go about your day (about 6 hours).

 

Breathe

Breathe

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth”

-Sanskrit Proverb

The Need to Slow Down

Too often I find myself rushing through the day so quickly that I don’t even notice the little things passing me by. In an attempt to be more mindful in my life, one of the simplest exercises I’ve found is to focus on my breath. This helps me clear my mind and let go of stress, helping me be more energized and focused throughout the day. Walk through this simple exercise with me to feel the powerful effects that something as simple as mindful breathing can have on your day.

The Simple Act of Breathing

Slow down. Quiet your thoughts. Just breathe. Feel the air coming into your lungs and the cool, calming sensation it brings. Feel the sense of release as your exhale the warm air inside. With each new breath we are drawing in life. Refreshing and calming each part of you. The rush of thoughts and list of tasks for the day can all be let go for these few moments as you just breathe.

As you focus on your breath notice the changes throughout your body that this simple act of mindful breathing creates. Your heartbeat slows. Your nerves relax. Worries and stress from your day slowing start to sink away. The stress we build up throughout our day can slowly start to wear us down. The fast paced buzz in our system needs a few minutes of rest and quiet. Our heads clear from the cloud of thoughts that build up and we can see things more clearly.

Physically and mentally each new breath draws energy to your body. You are able to focus on the tasks at hand and break them down into manageable pieces. You feel refreshed and prepared for the rest of your day.

Taking Your Breath With You

Challenge yourself this week to take a few minutes every day to just breathe. You can set aside this time in the morning before you start your day or in the evening to unwind. Practice it when you are feeling overwhelmed and notice the difference this small exercise in mindfulness can make.