Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's time for Gratituesday again, ladies! Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

I have so much to be grateful for, especially after some news received today. My husband works for Walpole Woodworking here in Maine and he simply LOVES his job. I love that he is supporting the family in a way that allows him to use years of skills and talent he has built in the woodworking, home decor and furniture making trades. It is SO nice to have a hubby that comes home from work praising what went on and uplifting his co-workers instead of one like so many I know firsthand that come  home from work and want their wives and kids to leave them alone; kick back in a chair in front of a TV with and beer and act like their families are burdens instead of blessings at the end of the day. 

Minus the beer part, his last job at a flooring mill in a neighboring town was like that. He was SO wiped out at the end of each day that he just wanted to come home, shovel dinner down and go kick back in bed with a good book. Too much noise and interaction were upsetting to him because he was pushing a broom  instead of using his considerable skills.

Another thing I am grateful for today is my daughter's continued recovery from heart surgery on the 17th. Due to vehicle conflicts and people not following through I had to miss her follow-up appointments with her surgeon and cardiologist; however both called and told me she looks great, is doing fabulous at this point in her recovery and probably will be able to return to school next week. She is VERY excited about that according to Dr. Hourihan.

Finally I am grateful for my love of cooking. Today is rainy, chilly and kind of blah SO I am going to whip up a biscuit and gravy casserole for dinner tonight. Basically you cook and crumble a half pound of your favorite breakfast sausage until it is cooked. Set it aside and whip up a batch of biscuits using your favorite recipe, mix, or even canned refrigerator biscuits. Bake til they're done and while they're baking cook up some home fries until golden brown and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Dump the home fries in a casserole dish, top with the split baked biscuits, and set in a low (200* F) oven to keep warm. Return the sausage pan to the heat, add 2 cups of milk, 1 tsp of black pepper and salt (to taste). Bring to a boil slowly, stirring constantly. Once it has boiled add in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch  mixed with two tablespoons of COLD water to make a paste. Keep stirring until the gravy has thickened to the consistency YOU prefer...we like ours a little thicker than most. Pour it over the warm biscuits/taters and serve. MMMmmmmm....can't wait to get cooking!

Thanks for joining me on Gratituesday! What are YOU grateful for?

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