Biscuits & Jesus

My sweeties playing checkers at the Cracker Barrel

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.

Here are my biscuits, don’t hate me.

We also had some other delectable dishes that day such as

Mustard Greens & Purple Hull Peas

Mustard Greens & Purple Hull Peas

Fried Chicken- my Mamaw would be proud.

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,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.

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.

Meanwhile back at home, he’s back to standing on the barstools, that swivel. He’s just talented like that.

 

Nobody likes a tough biscuit-what to do when you are spoken to through a cooking show

On Saturday I watch 2 shows on Food Network. One is The Pioneer Woman.

The Pioneer Woman & her sweet family

The Pioneer Woman & her sweet family

The other is Trisha Yearwood’s show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. I love these 2 ladies on these show. They make food that we eat. They are funny, down to earth, & people I would be friends with in real life. The Pioneer Woman, Mrs. Ree Drummond, & I have a connection.

She has a house full of kids & so did I.

She is not ashamed of cooking with butter & sugar & neither am I.

She has a very cute husband & so do I. 

She lives in the country & so do I. 

I think she is the awesome sauce of everything & she doesn’t have a clue I exist.  (That’s not weird at all, right?)

She put the icing on the cake on Saturday’s show. She proclaimed her dislike of bananas. I told my kids, “See there I told you we were kindred spirits!” I do not like bananas. My family, however, does. So, when I make dishes with bananas, I have to ask,

“Well, is it fit to eat?”

Because obviously, I am not doing a taste test on it.

Trisha & her sister Beth

Trisha & her sister Beth

A little later, I was watching Trisha’s show, though, & they said something that spoke to me. She & her sister were making Strawberry Shortcake. One of them said,

Yeah, you can’t work the dough too much, because it’s like making biscuits. The more you work the dough, the tougher the biscuits. And nobody wants a tough biscuit.”

Kneading that biscuit dough made me think of life’s situations. When you are overthinking what someone said or dealing with a frustrating problem, the more you lull it over & keep it on your mind, it seems the tougher the problem becomes.ROCKING CHAIR

Matthew 6: 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Meaning worry gets you nowhere. So, why waste your precious time on it?
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Live each day to the fullest. Spend your time on what is at hand. Most of the things we worry about never happen or happen like we think, anyway.

The more time and energy you give to it, the tougher it gets on your well-being & spirit. Nothing will worry you to a frazzle any quicker than keeping unnecessary things on your mind. Lulling over things just makes things much tougher than they have to be. The outcome is no peace of mind & contentment for you, my friend. Like eating a tough biscuit.

What’s the answer, then?

When you run into a hard situation in life, address it, pray about it, and then move on. Don’t dwell or lull over it. Get your mind on something good.  Think happy thoughts! I need to practice what I preach. Sharing with you about it helps me remember what’s important. It helps remind me I don’t want to be eating tough biscuits all my life. So, that means I need to quit lulling, so much, all together. Hey, I’m trying.

One year for Christmas, my father-in-law gave all of us kids & the grandkids this scripture in a frame. He signed his name to it, so that we could always remember he was passing along some great truths to us.

Philippians 4: 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. You know, we had some snow last week. Yesterday, I talked to a fellow co-worker that put it all into perspective. He said, “I don’t know why everybody runs to the grocery store for bread & milk. Just give it a day or two & it (the snow) will all be gone.” It’s easy to say all this whilst only a few short days later, we are having 60 degree weather. No, I have never heard of anyone dying from not having milk or bread on hand. On the other side of that, I don’t want to be the first one to. Oh the wonderfulness of living in the South! So, what do you do when you are spoken to through a cooking show?  Well, you blog about it silly! I hope you are having a great day wherever you are. As for me, I should be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: Food Network, Serious Eats, LOL Wall