Monthly Archives: May 2014

05/23/14

Southern Sausage Cheese Pie

I love lazy mornings.

I don’t have too many of them, so when I do, I savor them.

I’m talking no make up, hair pulled back, still attired in my PJs and robe, sipping on a steaming cup of hot tea, and either catching up on reading, thumming through Pinterest on my iPad, or watching a couple of back-to-back episodes of Pioneer Woman on the Food Network.

It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?

One of my favorite lazy day breakfasts in the entire world is one that has been a family favorite for almost a decade. We have made hundreds I tell you.

Hundreds.

No exaggeration.

And I love it as much now as I did then. It’s Southern Sausage Cheese Pie. And it’s as easy as it is rib-sticking and delicious.

Serve it up hot from the oven with a big sponful of grits and some fresh fruit or yogurt for the perfect breakfast!

Southern Sausage Cheese Pie

A Southern twist on French-style quiche.

{original recipe from Southern Born & Bread Cookbook from the Junior League of LaGrange. GA.}

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen deep dish pie shells
  • 1 lb. Hot Pork Sausage
  • 1 lb. freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can Evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the 2 deep dish pie shells from the freezer and place on a cookie sheet. Prick the surface of the dough evenly with a fork so that the dough does not rise in the oven when baking.

2. Brown the pie shells for about 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and golden. Set aside.

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3. In a skillet, brown off the sausage until cooked all the way through and crumbly.

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Nothing, and I do mean nothing, may smell better than browning off hot sausage. It’s one of life’s true pleasures.

Spoon 1/2 pounds of the cooked sausage into each of the pie shells. Set aside.

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4. In a bowl, combine the cheese, evaporated milk, and eggs.

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Spoon the cheese evenly over the sausage pies allowing the liquid to seap into all the cracks and crevices of the pie.

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Ready for the oven!

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5. Bake at 350 degrees about 35-45 minutes or until the pies are set, no longer giggly, and nice and browned on the top.

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6. Allow to cool only slightly and cut into 4-6 even pieces for serving.

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*Note: This recipe yields 2 pies.

**Only need one? This recipe is a very friendly freezer recipe. Whenever you are ready to serve, wrap in aluminum foil, and heat in the oven until hot and bubbly. Cut into wedges and serve.

Makes entertaining super easy! Or lazy mornings even lazier.

Here’s to a great day!

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05/21/14

Habit of Gratitude Journal + Reaching 1000…

“It’s habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you.

But when thanks to God becomes a habit –  so joy in God becomes your life.”

And with this simple task, this simple habit of keeping a gratitude list?  You will:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression

2. Make progress towards important personal goals 

3. Report higher levels of determination and energy 

4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships 

5. Increase your happiness by 25% — (Yes, really! Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!)

{from Ann Voskamp’s #1000 Gifts study}

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This joy that He gives is a function of our gratitude, of our heart of thanksgiving. And that gratitude is a function of of perspective.

Choosing to be grateful, to see the small, and to be thankful has changed my perspective.

I give thanks!

I experience great joy!

I live in His joy!

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Counting your 1,000 gifts can seem daunting. But, I challenge you- just count 3 gifts per day. In one year, you will have counted 1,000 gifts. 1,000 of His great gifts. He gives you more than 3 each day!

They are gifts heard, unheard, or unspoken.

They are treasures from His word.

Things that are blue, red, green, or white.

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Gifts written on paper, typed out in an email, or seen on a wall or in a picture.

Gifts from the kitchen. {those are some of my favorites}

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Gifts that you can feel, touch, smell, hold; gifts that are tangible.

Gifts that grow and can be enjoyed.

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Some gifts are hard gifts, gifts you may not want to recognize or even still be grateful for.

A gift that makes you laugh…

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even ones that make you cry.

Gifts in a mug, a bag, a box, a page in a book, or a package.

A gift at 8 am, at 12 noon, and at 6 pm in the evening.

A gift you give. A gift you gave.

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Gifts are all around us.

So, take the dare!

Enter His courts with thanksgiving in your heart and live life in the abundance and fullness of full joy! God doesn’t want to give you any less.

So count them!

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It doesn’t matter how, but keep record of them– a note tab on your fridge, in a notebook, on your iphone or ipad, on your calendar, datebook, or to-do list… however or whichever method you choose… just count.

Count 3 gifts in a day and count 1,000 of His gifts this year!

And join with me and others and tag these precious gifts on Facebook and other social media using the #1000gifts so we can encourage one another and step into His fullness of joy.

{all photos used throughout this post are my original photos}
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