Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Recipe (Healthier Tips, Frugal Tips and Gluten-Free Version Too)

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Biscuits and gravy is the classic American breakfast staple.  It is cheap, easy, tasty, warm, comfort food! Well, we want to share a homemade version that gives you some cheaper, some healthier and some gluten-free options so that all can enjoy this breakfast classic!

For the biscuits:

  • You can save time by using canned biscuits.  Works well for those busy mornings!
  • You can make homemade ones that are really easy with little time.
  • You can also make homemade gluten-free biscuits by replacing the flour in our recipe with this gluten-free flour mix.  This mix makes for amazing gluten-free baked goods – they come out fluffy, tasty and will hardly notice that it is gluten-free.

Homemade Biscuits Recipe Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of flour (or gluten-free flour)
    • 1 TBSP of baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup of shortening
    • 3/4 cup of milk

To Make Homemade Biscuits:

  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder
  • Then cut in the shortening with a fork until it’s coarse and crumbly
  • Then add the milk and mix until the dough is soft and sticks together
  • Dump the mix onto a floured surface and toss in the flour until the dough is soft and not sticky
  • Roll the dough out and cut with a biscuit cutter…. or what I do – a glass.
  • Keep rolling out the dough from the bits left until you have no more dough and just biscuit shapes
  • Put on ungreased baking sheet about 1″ apart and bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees (until golden brown)

I have also made drop biscuits to save a lot of time.  They are not as fluffy, but just as tasty! Follow the recipe above and just drop by spoonfuls onto the pan instead of making biscuit shapes.

Now on with the gravy!

First, we want to share a tip on the sausage that we have shared before.  We shared our natural (no preservatives, nitrate-free, msg-free) sausage that is cheap and how you can get 26 breakfasts worth for $19!

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See the post on the sausage HERE 

We have used only this sausage for 3+ years now because any breakfast recipe that has had sausage, this has been a great option.  And with it pre-cooked, much of the time in the kitchen is saved! This is also the most expensive part of breakfast, but as we share, this is a more natural, convenient way to go and it is affordable!

The next frugal trick is using the SOS mix that we talk about all of the time to make your gravy! This is the miracle mix that replaces all of your creamed canned soups, cheese sauces, gravies and other sauces.  We use it many times per week and have saved loads of money over the years by using this instead.

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See our SOS Mix recipe and ideas HERE to use it for your common replacements in the kitchen

So the 3 main things needed are the sausage, SOS mix for the gravy and the biscuits.  I just shared how to quickly and very frugally have all of this on hand and ready to go for a super yummy, hearty, healthy and even gluten-free breakfast!

Alex is the big biscuits and gravy fan in our house.  It is his favorite!

Once you have the sausage cooked and the SOS mix made, then you can throw this breakfast together very quickly, even by making homemade biscuits.

Here’s how to make it:

    • Make your biscuits.
    • While your biscuits are baking, you will want to make your gravy. The BEST thing to do is to create SOS mix. We have talked about this miracle mix over-and-over again.  It is really a kitchen miracle! This base will make cheese sauces, gravies and cream soups very quickly. Basically, you can make this dry mix and replaced many,many canned goods! The white gravy recipe is on the SOS page HERE.
    • Once you make your white gravy, you want to add the sausage crumbles and stir until warmed and well mixed!
    • Then just place your warm biscuit on a plate and ladle gravy over the top and enjoy!

*Please note: to make it gluten-free, when you make your roux for your gravy, you will want to use the gluten-free flour again.

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Yummy, frugal, healthier, breakfast classic in no time! 

Here’s a printable recipe for you to put into your home binder!  AND details on the Home Binder with FREE downloads are HERE.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Breakfast (Gluten-Free Options too)
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Try a healthier, frugal and easy spin on Biscuits and Gravy with the recipes and tips shared in this breakfast classic of biscuits and gravy
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of SOS Mix (see TheThriftyCouple.com/SOS for the recipe!)
  • 2 TBSP of Flour (for gluten-free: gluten-free flour, rice flour, sorghum flour)
  • 2 TBSP of Butter
  • Sausage Crumbles
Instructions
  1. Cook your rice
  2. While your rice is cooking, you will want to make your gravy from the SOS mix.
  3. Once you make your white gravy, you want to add the sausage crumbles and stir until warmed and well mixed!
  4. Then just "scoop" your rice onto a plate and ladle gravy over the top and enjoy!
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For the biscuits:

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Homemade Biscuits Recipe Ingredients:
◦ 2 cups of flour (or gluten-free flour recipe found at TheThriftyCouple.com/recipe-gallery)
◦ 1 TBSP of baking powder
◦ ½ tsp salt
◦ ½ cup of shortening
◦ ¾ cup of milk

To Make Homemade Biscuits:
• Mix flour, salt and baking powder
• Then cut in the shortening with a fork until it's coarse and crumbly
• Then add the milk and mix until the dough is soft and sticks together
• Dump the mix onto a floured surface and toss in the flour until the dough is soft and not sticky
• Roll the dough out and cut with a biscuit cutter.... or what I do - a glass.
• Keep rolling out the dough from the bits left until you have no more dough and just biscuit shapes
• Put on ungreased baking sheet about 1" apart and bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees (until golden brown)

Quicker:
Make drop biscuits (not quite as fluffy, but still just as tasty) by following the ingredients and directions above, but instead of making biscuits, just drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.

Quickest:
Use canned, store-bought biscuits.

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30-Day Organization Challenge Day #12 – Organize The Rest of the Bathroom Drawers

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by Cassie

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Welcome to day #12 of the 30-day organization challenge – we are getting close to the half way point!

You may have seen today’s challenge coming already, so let’s just get right into it!

Day #12 Challenge – Organize the Rest of the Bathroom Drawers

Yep, total shocker, right?!?  Well, after yesterday’s challenge of organizing the first half of the bathroom drawers, we are going to work on completing the task today.  We are trying to break this down into small, manageable daily tasks.  Although our drawers were pretty chaotic, it did not take long to complete the task. We hope you are finding the same.

The biggest step is just getting started.  But once you start, progress is made quickly!  Yesterday, I organized two of the six drawers we had, so today I organized four…. but the two were large and today’s are all very small.

I have always wondered what you do with these tiny drawers in a bathroom?!?  They are not very practical, but they can sure collect a long of stuff.

Let’s get to it!

First up is the kids’ bathroom.  

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First small bathroom drawer before

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 Second small bathroom before 

Really, these drawers are not used for much of anything except a few needed personal care items that they kids share. Primarily hair things…… That’s always the story when you have 3 girls with long hair!

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First drawer after

These are the very few other non-hair thingy items that they really use.  No sense in jammin’ up the drawer with other stuff! 

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Second drawer after

I made this the hair drawer, but I only let a few hair things in the basket and the big clips, headbands, etc. are going to be in a different spot (you will see later on in the challenge). 

Now for the main level half-bath, really just a small guest bath.  What do you keep in the drawers?  I can’t really think of a lot as it is literally a stop in room.  But it is amazing that the drawers will eventually collect a little of everything bathroom related.  I understand that it’s hard for all of us to put everything back where it goes and it is just easier to shove bathroom like items in there.

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First bathroom drawer on main level before

I guess I forgot to snap a before picture of the second drawer, but it basically looked like this – lip balms, lotions, hair things, kids’ jewelry and bandaids galore! I have a large first aid kit in this cupboard as it is in the central location and close to the outdoors.  Well, my kids love bandaids and will find any excuse to use them! But instead of putting things back, they just shove them in the drawers!

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First bathroom drawer on main level after

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Second bathroom drawer after

I did decide to make a second hair thing drawer down here because we often do hair downstairs on our way out the door.  But after putting all of the bandaids back, it was quite a simple re-organize in both drawers.  Like I said, what do you really put in drawers in a pop-in/pop-out bathroom used for guests?

How is your challenge going? What tips do you have for a more organized bathroom or bathroom drawers specifically? 

And don’t forget…. to help you as you are working on the kitchen for the next few tasks, don’t forget to see these clever ideas and get some DIY Organization Inspiration!

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30-Day Organization Challenge Day #11 – Organize Half of the Bathroom Drawers

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by Cassie

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Welcome to day #11 of the 30-day organization challenge.  It’s a new week and time to move into a new area of the home! It is so great to see some amazing progress with just a few minutes of effort each day!

Today’s challenge is going to be divided into two days so that it is just a little task each day. 

Day #11 Challenge – Organize the Half the Bathroom Drawers

This will work whether you have one or many bathrooms, just organize half of the drawers.  We have three bathrooms, but only six total drawers, two large and four small.  Which is funny because in our previous home, we two bathrooms, but seven drawers (four large and two small). Our very first residence ever – an apartment, had one bathroom with five large drawers.   So I am thinking that no matter how many bathrooms you have, the drawers may work out to be about the same for all. :)

I actually organized the two large drawers first as I considered this about half!

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 Large bathroom drawers before 

This was a fun task because I found so many items! I actually started sorting the excess of stuff.  For example: tooth care, lotions, skin care, small bottles shampoo/conditioner, eye care, samples that are great to have for guests, to have on hand when you run out or to use up before buying more, great for going to the gym, etc. I sorted these and took them out of these drawers and only left what we are actually using right now!  Then when we need something, we can go to our basement storage and grab more.  But I think what was happening, we just threw excess stuff that we found or brought home into these drawers and it piled up quickly and got out of control.  It now feels great to have it organized and to have a good supply of stuff when needed in a location that makes more sense.

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Large bathroom drawers after 

Now guess what?  There are only two more spots left in the kitchen the rest of this work week and then we are ready to move on to another area! I can’t wait to get out of the kitchen, but so happy to see the drawers and cupboards again!

How is your challenge going? What tips do you have for a more organized kitchen? 

And don’t forget…. to help you as you are working on the kitchen for the next few tasks, don’t forget to see these clever ideas and get some DIY Organization Inspiration!

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How To Make a DIY Pallet Chair from Old Pallets: Practical Pallet Furniture

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We love sharing ideas for what you can do with old pallets! There are so many creative ideas for those old pallets and we are hoping that you can find lots of inspiration on a dime with this useful and free or cheap wood source.  

So today’s pallet DIY inspiration is for a practical purpose – a nice oversized chair, that can be used outdoors, on a porch, or even in the house of you want! 

What a great, practical and easy use for old pallets!  This project was done by Tiffany at Breakfast with Tiffany

She shares how she cut apart the pallet chair and how she reassembled it for a large oversized chair.  

Check out the step-by-step process on the Breakfast With Tiffany site HERE

What do you think of this idea? Have you made anything out of pallets.  

Share with us and we would love to feature your project! 

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How to Perfectly Reheat Leftover Steak or Prime Rib

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by Cassie

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I finally found a way to reheat leftover steak that turns out nearly as perfect as when you ordered it in the restaurant! It is always such a disappointment to have a nice dinner out every once in a while and have this beautiful steak or prime rib that you just can’t finish to bring it home and have the reheat not so great!

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So I wanted to share a method to recreate that perfect steakhouse steak at home again!

It is actually going to be by steaming it! But you want to retain the juices and the flavor of the original steak.

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So this is how to perfectly reheat leftover steak and prime rib:

  • Place your leftover steak or prime rib in a piece of foil.

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  • Then, using the au jus your steak came with, or a beef broth, use cover your steak in 2-3 tbsp worth. Hint: most restaurants provide au jus for prime rib and you can ask for a “to-go” cup of it.  In addition, if you have a regular steak, you can just ask if you can have a small to-go cup of au jus with your leftover steak.

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  • Fold the foil around the steak and au jus, so it is fully sealed and covered.

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  • Then, place in the steamer basket and steam on high for 3-6 minutes (depending on how big your steak is) with the steamer covered with a lid.

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  • Once it has been steamed, unwrap and place on your plate and enjoy!

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Enjoy your perfectly reheated steakhouse steak once again! 

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