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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Best Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

"The best" is a pretty big claim, eh?
I'd put this recipe right up there with the best. It's a pretty easy recipe as long as you have all of the ingredients.

Chances are if you've stayed over at the LOC house, you've been served these the next morning. It's my go-to recipe for feeding about 4 adults because it's so hearty and such an unforgettable meal. The taste is great by itself, or add a bit of hot sauce for dimension.

"The Best" Biscuits and Gravy Recipe
 (Yields about 4 adult servings)

You'll need...
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour total (2 for biscuits, 1/4 for gravy)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder (not baking soda!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt and more for the gravy (1/2 t for the biscuits, to your liking for gravy)
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, diced (1 stick)
  • 3 3/4 cups of milk (1 1/4 cups of milk for biscuits, 2 1/2 for gravy)
  • 1 loaf of sausage, thawed if frozen
  • Black pepper to taste 

1) Preheat oven to 450.
2) In a bowl, mix 2 cups flour, 2 1/2 tea. baking powder, 1/2 tea. salt, and 1 Tbl. sugar in a bowl.Once mixed, cut your butter up into small cubes, and cut it into the mixture. I often use my hands for this part to get all of the butter mixed in. It should look like crumbs once it's mixed in. Not everything will be covered in butter.
3) Slowly add 1 1/4 cups of milk to the dry goods mixture. Stir as you pour.

4) Now, drop spoonfuls of the batter to an ungreased cookie sheet. By this time, your oven should be close to preheating or already there. Place the biscuits in, now it's time to make the sausage gravy.

5) Place the sausage loaf in a pot. Brown the sausage, crumbling it as you go.

6) Once all brown and crumbled, add the 1/4 cup of flour to the sausage. Stir to coat.

7) Gradually stir in the 2 1/2 cups of milk. Add salt to your taste (I would start with 1 teaspoon and go from there) and black pepper to taste. Let the mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and let the gravy simmer for about 2 minutes.

8) By about this time, your biscuits should be ready! Let both cool for a minute or two, then enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Arrivals, 3/23/15

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Steals! {3.21.15}

Good morning, readers! I'm back with a vengeance. ;) Since early childhood, the allure of getting a good deal and passing it along to others has been one of my favorite things. What began as a hobby is now a full-time gig for me, and now I sell and resell full-time. So now I am sharing my other passion besides cooking, baking and DIY with this blog! Keep your eyes locked here for the best deals, rare finds, and more!

Now, on to Saturday Steals!

Anthropologie Yoana Baraschi Dress
Anthropologie Yoana Baraschi Dress, size 4
Anthropologie has some of the most high quality, desirable and attractive items. From the Anthropologie website:
"Yoana Baraschi, Born into a family of artists, designer Yoana Baraschi was formally trained as a sculptor in her hometown of Bucharest before entering the Paris fashion scene to work in some of the most famous couture houses. Her delicate, feminine designs reflect her fine art heritage while incorporating vintage references and a sense of humor."

I have this gorgeous, lilac, semi-sparkly dress starting at $4.99 this week! In fact, mine is the lowest priced one as of this moment. Other dresses by this designer on eBay start much higher. See it and get it here, on my eBay.

Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things Bra, size 32C
 I love all things Victoria's Secret. This bra is no exception - and pictures just don't do this one justice. This one is in excellent condition too - a great addition to any collection. As we all know, VS things are not cheap to buy new.

I have this bra starting at only $9.99 this week! See it and get it here, on my eBay.

Spartina 449 Cell Phone Wristlet
Spartina 449 Cell Phone Wristlet, in pattern "Chaplins Landing"
Spartina 449 is a new brand for me... as soon as I grabbed this wristlet, I knew it was high quality. Plus, I'm a suck for navy and emerald... what can I say. Mine's new without tags - comparable models start at $36+. As of the time of writing, mines the only one on eBay with this gorgeous pattern.

I have this wristlet starting at only $17.99 this week! See it here and get it here, on my eBay.

See more steals and deals in my eBay store!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Refreshing Refresh VoxBox!

In early February, Influenster contacted me and said that I would be receiving another box filled with goodies for my review. Enter the Refresh VoxBox!

Filled to the brim with goodies, I was looking forward to this one.

1) Beanitos Nacho Cheese and Restaurant Style chips. I can truly say that these were one of my favorite products from the entire box. I've actually had a Chipotle BBQ chip from this brand and they were DELICIOUS. But the restaurant style white bean chips? WOW. They have everything a "normal" chip would have but no MSG, gluten free, vegan, on and on... absolutely will buy again. The nacho cheese one - it was okay. I only had about 7 chips in the entire bag, so kind of a bummer, but still very good. Would rate 5/5.

2) COVERGIRL UltraSmooth Foundation. I can say that I'm on the fence for this one. I think the applicator is awesome, and it's smooth enough to drag all over your face. The foundation itself is lacking, though. It tends to blob on and read really heavy in certain spots even after "blending". The applicator doesn't really do a great job of moving the product around, it tends to just smush it farther into your face. With a more mousse-type foundation, I think the applicator would work well. 3/5

3) L'OCCITANE Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream. As a lady with no babies, the baby powder smell didn't do it for me. Nobody really WANTS to smell like baby powder, I'm pretty sure. The formula was light enough, but nothing is different enough about it for me than regular lotion. Unfortunately, just another lotion for me. 2/5

4) Listerine Pocketpaks. I remember when these came out... am I putting an age on myself?? These are really, really awesome and a quick fix for stinky breath. While not new to me, I think they're a much quicker fix than a regular mint. 5/5

5) SkinnyGirl Tasty Nutrition Bar: Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt. You'd think this winning combo of chocolate and peanut butter would be a win/win. But sea salt with peanut butter? I feel like you usually see sea salt with caramel, not with peanut butter. I actually made a mistake when I tweeted that the bar I had was with caramel. But the reason is... I couldn't tell that it was peanut butter. I couldn't really tell if it was chocolate. It had no taste except for the spike of sea salt every few bites or so. What a bummer. It did keep me full until lunch though, so 2/5.

6) Montagne Jeunesse Manuka Honey Peel-off. I can say that I've always been a fan of this brand. I always remember them being a grab-and-go product, sometimes even in the impulse buy area of a check-out line, with their bright colored packages and promises of spa-like treatments right out of the pouch. This product smelled delicious and made my face feel great - it was also nice to have a mini "spa" session too. 5/5

7) Orgain Organic Shakes. I have not had a moment to try and locate this in my store yet, but Influenster and Orgain provided us with a coupon for a free bottle, so I definitely will give it a try. -/5

 8) DenTek Flossers. DenTek and Influenster provided us with a bag of Comfort Clean Floss Pics and a small sample of kids Fun Flossers. I love the idea of being able to reach for a little piece of floss, and I think these are actually pretty handy to carry around in a purse. I will say, it's pretty easy to push the floss down pretty far into your gums - good if you can control it, if you push too hard, they'll hurt. The pick part on the Clean Floss Pics is pretty sharp too, so watch your hands if you're reaching into your purse blindly for them. 3/5

Influenster is always keeping me looking good and feeling good, thanks to their highly successful and highly rewarding program, where I review products, give my honest opinion, and tell you about it. I received everything you see in this post for free, thanks Influenster!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. I was not compensated monetarily or otherwise to provide a positive or negative review.