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breakfast plate

Ok so what aYou know the choices eggs, toast, homemade biscuits (with apple butter, jam or peach preserves), bacon, sausage or country ham. Buttered grits, sausage grits or baked cheese grits. Scratch gravy made with sausage, bacon or even chocolate.Yes, chocolate gravy my friends served over buttermilk biscuits.

Southern Chocolate Gravy-Biscuits recipe really brings me back to my childhood. Every time I mention Southern Chocolate Gravy to people they don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. Mom used to make SOS gravy (browned hamburger mixed with a cream gravy similar to sausage gravy) for the adults, oh i just couldn’t tolerate that stuff.
I remember mom making the kids sit at the table and telling us we could not get up until we finished our plates.
There were many of morning that I sat at the breakfast table forever with my plate un touched.
To my surprise one morning my mom prepared “Chocolate Gravy” and Buttermilk Biscuits. From that day on my mother made SOS for adults and that chocolaty gravy for the kids.

These are the ingredients you will need: Flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, butter or margarine, vanilla extract and milk (not pictured, sorry about that) start by adding all the dry ingredients to a medium sized pot.

add milk using a whisk combine the dry ingredients with the milk. Continue…

Old Fashioned & Country Style Cooking: Southern Sausage Gravy & Skillet Biscuits Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. I don’t think any dish can get anymore southern than that. I was raised on sausage or hamburger gravy (SOS) poured over piping hot homemade biscuits. We love it so much that it occasionally graces our dinner table as well.

If you have never made sausage gravy from scratch I hope you’ll give it a try.

Start off by preparing and baking a batch of homemade skillet buttermilk biscuits. While the biscuits are baking let’s get started on the sausage gravy. Crumble and cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned. If the sausage does not render enough drippings you can add 2-3 tablespoon of shortening or bacon grease.  For recipe & directions continue reading…

Old Fashioned & Country Style Cooking: The Pioneer Womans Cinnamon Rolls made these wonderful bad boys for Christmas morning. One of the kiddos wanted cinnamon rolls, who am I to disappoint, I know I’m a push over.

I prepared the cinnamon roll dough on Christmas Eve. I let the dough do it’s first rise, rolled it out then added all the butter, cinnamon sugar and rolled it up. Sliced them up and placed the rolls into their pans and in the refrigerator they went till morning (covered with plastic wrap).
In the morning I removed the cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator and placed them in a warm place to rise. I usually place my yeast breads or rolls in the oven with the oven light on and place a bowl of hot water on the very bottom rack. This process works out perfectly every time and the rolls rise up beautifully.
While the rolls were rising we opened gifts and by the time we were done the rolls were ready to bake.

I think the next time I make this recipe I will freeze a tray or two for another day. We had plenty of leftovers, but that is OK my little guy was still enjoying these wonderful cinnamon rolls today.

If you haven’t tried out the PW Cinnamon Rolls I highly recommend it because this recipe ROCKs! PW Cinnamon Roll Recipe


Old Fashioned & Country Style Cooking: Frugal Breakfast Mixes Instant Oatmeal & Easy Pancake Mixes ever name they throw on me, well that’s OK. Today I want to share two easy frugal breakfast mixes you can make at home. Sure you can buy them at the store, but they are so expensive.

I found the recipe last December at the Gooseberry Patch Face book Page . It was part of their 12 days of Christmas gifts from the kitchen. By the way are you a Fan of the Gooseberry Patch Face book page? Well, you should be for a couple reasons……… One because Gooseberry Patch rocks and that’s all that’s to it. And two because Gooseberry Patch makes you feel right at home.If Down home comfort food and recipes are your thing then that’s where you need to be. Well that is besides here at Mommy’s Kitchen!!!!! LOL All I can say is Vickie and Joann make you feel so welcome and more like family than anything. So hop on over to their face book page and become a fan. You can also register at Gooseberry Patch and become part of their “Circle of Friends”. By becoming a fan you can not only keep up with all the great gooseberry patch happenings, but you also get goodies. What goodies am I talking about, well let me explain. The more fans GP receives the more free recipes we get. And believe me they have the most awesome recipes. Gooseberry Patch is trying to reach 100,000 face book fans! As they reach each milestone their face book fans win a new chapter of free recipes from their our exclusive, down loadable Circle of Friends Cookbook.Gooseberry Patch has already reached their first goal of 30,000 fans so now you can download 25 of their best melty, cheesy, creamy Macaroni & Cheese Recipes. Click on the link to download your copy. The more fans GP gets the more recipes we get. When they hit 40,000 we get 25 of their favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes. 50,000 fans we get hearty, meaty Meatloaf Recipes. 60,000 + fans and we get, well you will have to wait and see. So it is totally worth it to join. Old Fashioned & Country Style Cooking: Frugal Breakfast Mixes


Southern caramel Cake

Southern Caramel Cake is one of those desserts that is so rich and decadent, it’s a cake that surely takes any special occasion to a whole new level and is by far one of my family’s favorite cakes.  This cake takes me back to the days spent at my Grandma’s house.
I use the cake part for almost all of my “white” cake recipes.  It is delicious, moist and very easy.

Classic Southern Caramel Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Classic Southern Caramel Cake


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • For The Icing
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prepare 3 9-inch cake pans by greasing them and adding optional parchment paper.
  3. Beat butter and 2 tsp vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add 2 cups of sugar and beat for about 5 more minutes.
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well after each.
  6. Add flour and buttermilk, alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Mix well after each.
  7. Divide among the pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, until set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Turn out of pans onto cooling racks and let cool completely.
  9. Prepare the icing while cakes are cooling.
  10. Mix all ingredients in a 3-4 qt cast iron dutch oven.
  11. Cook over med heat, swirling (or stirring) to keep ingredients moving in the pan.
  12. Cook to softball stage (235-245 degrees on a candy thermometer). You can also use cold water method listed below.
  13. Remove from heat and beat with a wooden spoon, until creamy and ready to spread.
  15. Take some caramel and drop it into a bowl or cup of very cold water. Give it a few seconds to cool. Fish around in the cold water and try to retrieve the caramel and make a little ball with it.
  16. If you stick your fingers in and pull out a gooey mess and you can't do anything but smear the caramel, you need to cook it some more.
  17. There is still too much water in the caramel and the concentration of sugar is too low. The caramel may even form little threads in the water, but if you can't get the threads to form a ball, you have more cooking to do.

The cake stand, shown below, make s frosting so much easier.  it turns, and keeps the cake right in front of you.