Southern Recipe: Sausage and Grits


I was raised in Upstate New York and never, ever tried grits or even heard of them until the Cracker Barrel restaurant came to our area and grits were on the menu.  One of you wanted to give me the opportunity to try grits for myself and for my family.  This recipe was included in the package of grits.

Let me say that these are DELICIOUS! They got my families seal of approval and a make again!  Whether you are new to grits or have been making them for ages, you need to try this recipe.

I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we all did.


Southern Recipe: Sausage and Grits
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This recipe is a great first timer recipe if you have never tried grits before.
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 12
  • 2lbs pork sausage (mild or spicy or a mix)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1¼ cups grits
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (I used ¼ tsp)
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  1. Brown sausage and drain well
  2. Set aside
  3. Bring water and broth to a boil
  4. Stir in salt and grits and then return to a boil
  5. Cover pan and reduce heat to medium
  6. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat
  8. Add cheese, milk, butter, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne pepper
  9. Stir until cheese melts
  10. Add sausage and eggs; mix
  11. Spoon into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish
  12. Bake uncovered @ 350F for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean
  13. Let stand 15 minutes before serving


FREE Home Birth Supply Checklist: What Should You Have For A Home Birth


After having three home births, I have had many questions about what supplies do you need to have on hand for the birth.  I have made a compilation of supplies that were recommended to me from my midwives at different times. I consider most of these the bare minimum and I wouldn’t want to have much less than this on hand.

My midwife makes me collect all of these supplies prior to our 36 week home visit.  She also has her own bags of medical supplies that she brings, uses and has on hand for emergencies.

Two of the websites that I have used to order supplies for my birth kit is Radiant Belly and Everything Birth.  I have had great experiences with both of these sites and would recommend them.

You can watch my complete “What’s In My Birth Kit” video to see what everything looks like.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.


For a PRINTABLE version on the supply list below, click here:



Medical Supply List

  • 10 Underpads, Moderate Absorbency, 23″ x 36″

  • 5 Underpads, Heavy Absorbency, 30″ x 30″

  • 4 Attends Shaped Pads, 24″ Heavy Absorbency

  • 3 Protective Underwear, Super Plus, choose size above

  • 1 Perineal Instant Cold Pads – standard

  • 1 Perineal Irrigation Bottle

  • 1  Instant Cold Peri Compress

  • 1 Paper Tape Measure, 36″

  • 1 Cord Ring – Umbi-Ring

  • 1  Newborn hat, cotton

  • 1 Flexible Straws

  • 50 Non-sterile Gloves – Kimberly Clark Nitrile, med

  • 2 Sterile Gauze, non-woven 4 ply, 4″ x 4″, 2 pack

  • 1 Emergen-C Packets, choose flavor above

  • 1 Kleen-Print Footprinter

  • 1 Ziploc Bags, gallon size

  • 1 Garbage Bags, 13 gallon “Kitchen” size

  • 1 Glycerin USP Skin Protectant, 6 oz

  • 1 Lansinoh Lanolin, 1/4 oz

  • 1 Homeopathic Arnica 30c

General Supply List

Besides the Birth Kit, the following are a very good idea:

  • A laundry basket or hamper, for soiled linens (gather the supplies below and place in basket, well not the snacks)

  • A medium trash can and several trash bags (dark and strong are great)

  • A medium bowl or plastic container (‘Tupperware’, think 1/2 gallon ice-cream size)

  • Light snacks that appeal to you (crackers? popsicles? soup? toast? yogurt? fruit? etc)

  • Drinks that you will drink (tea? juice? water? Recharge? EmerganC? smoothies? etc)

  • A written phone list (not just in the memory of the phone or iPod)

  • A camera (that someone besides the mom-to-be knows how to use)

  • Working Flashlight (in case the power goes out)

  • Extra batteries

  • Feminine Hygiene products (overnight Kotex pads). Also a few ‘hospital underwear’ (Depends) are useful

  • Digital thermometer

  • A roll of paper towels (I love Bounty!)

  • Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Things that are comforting to you (aromatherapy oils? candles? pillows? music? etc)

  • Lots of clean towels, wash clothes, and baby blankets, about a dozen each. Used and worn are perfect!

  • Newborn diapers and outfits for the first few days

Great Grandma’s Raisin Filled Cookies: Old Fashion Recipe


These cookies were my great grandma’s recipe and she always made them for my mom. My aunt then started the tradition of making them for my mom’s birthday every year. The cookies are tender and sweet, filled with a wonderful, cooked raisin filling. These take a little extra time to assemble, but they are worth the effort.

I hope you enjoy this delicious, old fashion recipe!


Great Grandma's Raisin Filled Cookies: Old Fashion Recipe
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This old-fashion cookie was always made for my mom's birthday, which was around Christmas. A holiday favorite, this cookie takes a little bit longer to make than your traditional drop cookie, these are worth the effort. It will transport you back to a time of simpler things. Enjoy! -Janelle
Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 2dz
  • Dough:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup chopped raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Topping:
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp water
  1. Place all filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and boil until thick, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Set filling aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter and eggs.
  4. Mix in remaining ingredients.
  5. Roll out dough maybe ⅛" thick (not too thick).
  6. Use a 2-2.5" round cookie cutter and cut out.
  7. Repeat with remain dough.
  8. Place a small amount of filling on one circle and cover with another circle.
  9. Carefully press edges together to seal the filling.
  10. Mix egg and water and brush on top of sealed cookies.
  11. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  12. Bake until golden brown at 350F for 10-12 minutes.