Sausage and Cheese Grits Recipe

I am a southern girl – born and raised in Texas.  Growing up, one staple in our household was grits.  My mother didn’t get too adventurous with it – we ate it for breakfast with eggs.  But, I loved grits and always looked forward to eating it.  My mother and grandmother always made a perfect bowl of grits – adding a little salt to the boiling water and when it was done scooping a huge helping onto our plate.  With just the right amount of butter placed in the middle, melting quickly into that steaming, savory pile of grits sitting next to a beautifully fried egg along with sausage or bacon – it was something hard to resist!

When I married my husband, I found out he did not like grits!  Oh, the horror!!  His family is from up North, so I couldn’t really hold it against him.  So, if I wanted grits, I would have to eat it by myself.  I could never order grits at a restaurant because they don’t prepare them correctly.  Usually, they don’t add any salt and that makes all the difference in the world.  Adding the salt afterward just isn’t the same.  A few years ago, we went to a local restaurant for dinner and they had grits on the menu as a side dish – I was intrigued, especially when I saw it was mixed with andouille sausage and cheese.  I had to try it and I am glad I did.  It was wonderful.  The next week, I made some at home for breakfast and even my non-grit loving husband said it was good.

I thought I would share my recipe for Sausage and Cheese Grits with you today.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  Be adventurous – try it with different sausages or meats, spice it up – make it your own!

Sausage and Cheese Grits

1/4 cup cooked breakfast sausage

1 cup water

1/4 cup grits

pinch of salt (you don't need much since you are adding sausage and cheese)

dash of pepper (more or less to taste - use red pepper or other if you like a little kick!)

grated cheese

Place the cooked breakfast sausage in a small pot.  Add one cup of water.  Add your salt and pepper.  Bring this to a boil.  Remove the pot from the burner and add the grits while stirring.  This is important, otherwise, the grits may not cook correctly and will be lumpy - yuck!!  Turn your burner OFF and place the pot back on the burner and cover it with a lid.  Turn on a timer for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, stir the grits. Put the grits on your plate, or in a bowl, and add the cheese. EAT AND ENJOY!!

Sausage and Cheese Grits

If you have something that your family loves to eat, share it with us in the comments below.

LLOL,

Kathryn

 

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”  Psalms 34:8

Best Five Laundry Tips

What is the one chore that all of us do that just never seems to get completed? For me, it is doing laundry. I will do one load every day just to keep dirty clothes getting out of hand. Laundry is a three step process for me which includes gathering and sorting, washing and drying and finally folding and putting away. Sometimes the last step does not get completed and clothes are worn straight from the laundry basket. Does this happen at your house?

The following is my list of my 5 best laundry tips that I use to see my laundry basket empty and all clothes cleaned and put away.

1. Every day I pick up all dirty clothes throughout the house and put in a laundry basket together. This will keep things looking less cluttered and more organized. My laundry consists of all the clothes just what my husband Donny and I wear, but add workout clothes and my husband’s work clothes, it can get overwhelming at times for me. My husband has a habit of leaving his clothes where he takes them off so I just make it a point a gathering all the clothes every evening.

2. Sorting laundry, yes this is still a necessity and needs to be done to ensure that clothes are properly washed and not accidently damaged. I separate light colors and dark colors with our clothing. I separate out Donny’s work clothes because he is a generator mechanic and his clothes are always dirty with grease, grime, and diesel. Last but not least is bath towels, wash clothes and kitchen towels. These are washed together because all my towels are dark colors and I have no white towels.

3. Laundry detergent and stain remover, these items are very important to ensure clothes are clean and stay clean. Take the time to pre-treat stains and use extra detergent for heavy soiled items. I use less detergent for dress clothes. I have used homemade laundry detergent and purchased detergent, I have front loader machines so lately I have been using purchased detergent for washing. I have found that some detergents are very strong and have cause my skin to become irritated. Here is my personal laundry detergent recipe.

Patricia’s Laundry Detergent recipe   

1 Fel-Naptha soap bar – grated

1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (yellow box) – not baking soda or detergent

4 cups of warm to hot tap water

½ cup of Borax

½ cup Blue Dawn Dishwashing soap

2-3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

As stated above, grate the bar of Fels-Naptha soap or Ivory soap. Place grated soap with water in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Stirring constantly until it is dissolved. Take a 5-gallon plastic bucket that is clean and fill with 2 ½ gallons of hot tap water.   Add melted soap, washing soda, borax, Dawn dishwashing soap and essential oils. Mix well with a wooden rod for at least 50 stirs. Then cover laundry detergent and let sit overnight.   In the morning you will get a liquefied detergent. I use ¼ to ½ cup in a load of laundry.

4. My next tip is an important one and it is removing the clothes from the washer when the cycles have completed immediately and put in the dryer or hang outside. If you don’t, your clothes will become stagnant in the washer and start having an odor. I have had to wash the same load several times when I leave them overnight or even all day. The extra cost of laundry detergent, water and electricity are not financially sound. The best thing is to set your complete chime as loud and long as you can to notify you the washer is finished. Also, keep a mental note of when the timer will go off and check. Put clothes in dryer immediately.

5. This is the most difficult tip for me to achieve but I have been working on this in 2016 and have been successful at it. That goal is folding and putting away all the laundry as soon as it is finished drying in the dryer. I have a small table in my utility room with a small hanging rack where I fold my clothes and separate to be either put in drawers or hung up in the closet. I keep extra hangers so I can immediately do this step. Once all laundry is folded, I take to the appropriate room and put away.

RealityHanging folded

 

 

 

 

After completing these five steps I have the satisfaction of knowing my laundry is all completed and all our clothes are clean and put away.

What is your process for handling laundry? Please share your tips in our comment section.

LLOL,
Patricia

Psalm 51:7

7 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.

Leftover Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Leftovers…we always have leftovers after a holiday weekend.  It never fails.  We cook a little too much or not as many people as we planned for show up.  Though, I would rather have too much than not enough.  I couldn’t bear for someone to leave the house hungry after we promised to feed them!  And, the leftovers don’t last long.  The next day it goes to work for lunch and then is transformed into something altogether different for dinner.

Such was the case for Father’s Day and 4th of July.  Father’s Day, we cooked a little too much.  4th of July, a few people had last minute change of plans.  So it goes, but we don’t let the food go to waste!  My husband is amazing with the grill and he loves any excuse to fire it up.  Grilled chicken, sausage, ribs and pork roast – it was WONDERFUL!  Of course, we had the obligatory side dishes – potato salad, camp potatoes, green beans, black beans, veggies, and watermelon.  We sent a to-go plate home for those who wanted one, had lunch the next day and, for dinner, I whipped up some quesadillas with the leftover chicken and beans.

Quesadillas are a quick and easy lunch or dinner.  I always keep tortillas on hand around our house.  They come in handy for easy breakfast tacos and for dinner recipes every now and then.  Cheese is always in the fridge in some form and flavor, block or shredded, cheddar, colby jack or mozzarella.  I kept this one simple – just beans, meat, and cheese.  I made a side dish of Spanish rice to go along with it.

Below are the ingredients and directions:

  • Leftover chicken: deboned and shredded
  • Beans: refried, whole or smashed (a good way to use leftover beans)
  • Cheese: shredded
  • Tortillas: flour or corn – 2 for each quesadilla
  • Optional ingredients: corn, avocado, lettuce, tomato, peppers, sour cream

Ingredients

  1. Spread the beans on the tortillas if they are refried or smashed; if they are whole, add them after adding the chicken.Tortilla and Beans
  2. Place the tortilla on a skillet or griddle pan on your stove on medium-low to medium heat.Quesadilla B
  3. Add a layer of cheese.Quesadilla CB
  4. Add the shredded chicken.Quesadilla MC
  5. Add another layer of cheese and any other optional ingredients.Quesadilla MCB
  6. Place another tortilla on top and flatten with a spatula.Quesadilla Side One
  7. Once the bottom is browned and the cheese starts to melt, carefully flip the quesadilla over and brown the other side.Quesadilla Flipped
  8. Serve immediately or keep covered and warm as you make more.Quesadilla and Rice

 

 

 

Do you transform your leftovers?  What is your favorite thing to make?  Let us know in the comments below!

LLOL,

Kathryn