My sweeties playing checkers at the Cracker Barrel
I have reinvented myself with my family. Do you know how? Biscuits. Not just any biscuits. THE biscuits. The other day, I picked up one of my Southern Living magazines, that I had laying around on my coffee table. (That might should be “lying around on my coffee table” but you see, things don’t “lie around” at my house. They “lay around”.) There was an article about biscuits. As I perused the pages I saw one that had a different recipe than I normally use. Who am I kidding? For years I have resorted to frozen biscuits in the name of convenience. I was, however, given the biscuit test before my beloved & I were married. Hey, he couldn’t marry a woman that couldn’t make a biscuit. A man has to have his standards, ya know? Clearly, I did a good enough job that I was worthy of matrimony. Anywhoo, I took this recipe & created quite a stir at my house.
2 cups of self rising White Lily flour (You can use whatever brand you have. This is just my favorite.)
1 stick of frozen butter (Cannot be margarine. It won’t turn out the same.)
1 cup of buttermilk (Or sweet milk works fine, too.)
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
Pre heat the oven to 425.
Grate the stick of butter in a bowl. Add your flour. With a fork, mix the 2 ingredients together. Make a well in the center of your mixture. Add in about ½ of the milk. Stir. Then, slowly add more & stir, until you get a doughy consistency. You may need more or less milk. I don’t measure things much. If the dough is too wet, add a little more flour. If too dry, add a little more milk. When you get that mixed up, turn it out on a couple of paper towels or tin foil that has been floured. Knead the flour, only folding over no more than 15 times. Take your biscuit cutter or a glass or whatever you use- put in the flour, then cut into the dough. Do this using an up, down motion. Do not twist your biscuit cutter. This will make your biscuits tough. Take the biscuits & arrange in a greased cast iron skillet. Put in the oven & check after 10 minutes. Start out with them on the bottom rack. Then after 10 minutes put them on the top oven rack. Let them cook about 5 more minutes & check them again. When they are golden brown on top, take those little dickens out & eat them up!
Here are my biscuits, don’t hate me.
We also had some other delectable dishes that day such as
Mustard Greens & Purple Hull Peas
Fried Chicken- my Mamaw would be proud.
Seriously, these are some good biscuits. For the past few weeks around mealtime, everybody has been like, “So, are you going to make biscuits?”. Nobody has ever asked me to make biscuits before this, Who would have thought biscuits could have made my popularity rating go way off the charts with my peeps? Just goes to show you people who love to eat are always the best people.
Now, for some Jesus…..We were in a food team meeting Sunday night & I was caught a little off guard. One of the ladies said to our church secretary, “Put mom on my food team. She doesn’t feel like she’s doing anything.” What? It seems like she has her finger in everything. I know she helps with a Sunday School class. She’s always cooking & at the fellowship meals. She is a faithful member. She encourages others. The younger kids LOVE her. She takes care of her family. She is always at church. She is an example for her grandchildren & anyone who is around her very long. These are things I can think of right off the top of my head. I know she does much more. And she’s 84 years old. It makes me stop & think- Am I that on fire for God? If I’m not, I had better be a makin’ plans to do something about it.
Matthew 5:16 says
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (NKJV)
Titus 2:7-8 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. (NKJV)
Doing good is not something you do on special occasions. It’s a way of life. We must strive to stay busy for Jesus. Just like this precious Christian lady has done. When the sky splits open & Jesus comes, will he find us working? Think about it.
I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. The sun has been out a little & it’s been WONDERFUL. Ya’ll, I am looking forward to some warmer weather, that’s for sure. Until it’s time for biscuits & fried chicken again, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.
Mr. Sweetie Pants acting so good for his Grand because he promised her he would.
Meanwhile back at home, he’s back to standing on the barstools, that swivel. He’s just talented like that.