5/10/2014

Sometimes You Just Need Sausage...Sausage Ball Recipe

Sausage balls are a favorite around our house.  While we don't eat them often, they're definitely our go-to for special occasions, party foods, Christmas Eve breakfast and more.  They do take a little while to roll up, so they're a favorite make ahead food.  Make a whole batch and just pull out 10 or so as you need them...or bake them all for a larger event.  I can't claim this recipe...it's been passed down from my mom...but I CAN guarantee it's yummy factor.  These always seem to be a hit wherever they go!



Sausage Balls

3 c. Bisquick
10 oz. Sharp Cheese (block)
1 lb. mild or spicy sausage

THAT'S IT!

Cut your cheese into cubes and place in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave at 30 second intervals until cheese is completely melted.  Be careful not to OVER cook.  Once cheese is melted, add Bisquick and sausage.  Mix well until a nice dough forms.  I get down and dirty with this...nothing works quite as well as your hands...not a spoon in my kitchen that will do the trick!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Roll dough into 1" balls and place 1/2" to 1" apart.  Bake for 20 minutes and serve warm.  Enjoy!

**If you're making ahead, cover a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Place 1" balls side by side and flash freeze for an hour or so. Once they're semi-frozen, remove from cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag.  These will keep well for approximately 3 months in the freezer.  Remove what you need and  back at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

We usually serve these alone or with mustard for the mustard lovers in our family.  These make a great breakfast for busy mornings and teachers LOVE them as a surprise "We appreciate you" breakfast.  You've got your dairy, your carbs, your protein...serve with some grapes or strawberries and it's a well rounded meal!  ;)

***Please note...these do not turn out well with any other form of Bisquick...Heart Healthy, Jiffy Mix, etc...for best results use ORIGINAL BISQUICK.  Block cheese is also preferred.  Pre-shredded cheese in the bag won't yield the same results.  If you're going to take the time to make them, make them well!***

5/09/2014

Do You Ever?

Do you ever say these things??  Anyone??  Or am I in this boat all alone?  I like to think not, but it never hurts to hear..."You're not the only one"...

TOP 25 Statements/Questions in My Home THIS WEEK...YES, Just This Week...

25.  Get out of the freezer.
24.  No, you cannot have another snack.
23.  That's a piece of WHAT?!
22.  No, I haven't seen Roberto (snail)...No, I don't see him in the jar, either...
21.  Brush your teeth.  Brush them again.
20.  Daddy won't be home for a long time and he's not going to save you anyway.
19.  Where did you get that?!
18.  Put the ball outside.
17.  No...I didn't know he ate a crayon.  Yes.  I do see it in his poop.  (Referring to the dog)
16.  FOR THE LOVE...If I step on ANOTHER Lego!!
15.  Brush your teeth.  No you didn't.  Your toothbrush is dry.
14.  Be truthful.  Your Bubba did NOT eat the candy.  YOUR tongue is blue, not his.
13.  Yes.  Worms need air to breathe.  No, you can't let them have recess in the indoor plant pots.
12.  Get the laundry basket off your sister's back.  No.  She is NOT a turtle.  Get her OUT.
11. The dryer button DOES NOT pull out.  You're thinking of the washing machine.  Is that the dryer button in your HAND?!
10.  Brush your teeth.  Again.  It doesn't count without the toothpaste.
9.  Are those shorts clean?  **sniff, sniff**...take them off...TAKE THEM OFF!
8.  It's NOT yucky, you ate it just last week.  Eat it.  Eat it now or you'll see it until you do!
7.  Yes, we've already had dinner, don't you remember eating?  No...I won't cook another one.
6.  Has anyone seen my earrings?  Lipstick?  Lotion?  Shoes? Remote? Toilet Tissue? Phone?  Pen?  Body Spray?  Keys?  Salt?  Pepper?  Gum?  Brush?  Glasses?  No...I haven't checked the shopping cart.  No...I DON'T have to pay to shop.
5.  Have you brushed your teeth?  Do you even know where your toothbrush is??
4.  Is this fingernail polish?!
3.  You sent a text to WHO?!
2.  Yes.  I DID have TVs growing up.  I'm 36, not 136.
1.  I love you...always, forever and then some...YOU make me smile.

Some days the redirecting makes me smile.  Some days it makes my head ache, some days I want to cry and some days I want to run...but most days...and at the END of all days, I thank God for my precious children.  I often think about my son's age of 9 as being the "middle ground".  The innocent years are fading and we're halfway to that point of...he's gone.  No longer in my home, no longer mine to redirect, but hopefully always willing to listen even if he doesn't "do" as I think he should or "act" as I think he should, I hope he always remembers...I love you.  I am here for you.  No matter what, no matter when, I will always be right here.  My daughter is younger, but it seems as if only yesterday my son were her age, so I know too well that it's fleeting...and I pray God would help me to enjoy every.single.second.  Whether my dryer works or not...whether I can find the toothbrush or not...but EVERY single second.


Happy Mother's Day to ALL the moms who have said these things, thought these things, long to say these things, will be saying these things soon and who have said these things in the past...you make our world turn...and some days you'll spin with it, but one day you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the spin as it slows, remembering all the days you said...I love you.



 
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