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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Knows How to Make Fire

Yeah, you know where to find the best Heat-Resistant Gloves around, but what good are they if you have no heat?

We pampered 21st Century kids certainly take fire for granted. Push the striker on the grill. Turn the knob on the stove. With the right app, I'm sure you can get flames to shoot from a smart phone.

But out in the woods, especially if the weather is non-Bahamas, staying warm and cooking food is no longer automatic.

It takes the right gear.

That's what the people at Gear We Are specialize in: helping you buy the right stuff for all your outdoor adventures.

From tents to kayaks to dog toys, they have you covered.

But the categories that put the twinkle in my eye all relate to fire.

No, nothing is wrong with me.
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I have a couple of camp stoves but none are as cool as what they've reviewed. I'm personally charmed by the simplicity of the portable Grilliput. Up in the woods and cooking over gas? No thanks. We're grilling over coals.

No spark, no dice however. I used to hike in fear my matches would get wet and it would be game over. Fear no more if you have the Polystriker XL by Exotac. Then you can harness the inferno-causing power of 5500FÂș molten globulars.

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I'm not sure what molten globulars are exactly, but I'm sure I don't have enough of them.

The Gear We Are people are dedicated outdoors-folk serious about separating the good stuff from the junk.

You can learn it from them or you can learn it ten miles up a trail.

The choice is yours.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Jen's Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole

I've known Jen since college. She was always the most outgoing and fearlessly social member of our gang.

We joked she should have "HI I'M JEN" as her license plate.

She's still getting to know people, understanding them and helping them be successful together. Now she's a career coach.

Since 2009 she's been building better careers and stronger teams through her own consultancy Career Coach Jen.

She started as a recruiter in 1998. Then she realized most businesses didn't really have to hire new people, they just had to do more with the talent they had.

I appreciate this, but she really had my attention when she told me about her food blog:

She features many great recipes, but her Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole is one of my favorites.

I'll let her tell you the story:
Image via by Jen Anderson
At the young age of 41, I became a mom and step mom for the first time. Every other weekend I find myself in a position to entertain and feed kids and I want to build special and unique memories with them too. I'm not their mom, but as their "bonus mom" I want to positively impact their time with us. So, cook for them, I do!

This Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole is a HUGE hit around here. The kids love it and hover around the kitchen as the smells permeate every taste bud in the house!

It means the world to me to have time with these great people, and it is an honor to cook and help their growing bodies develop. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as our crazy bunch does!

1 12-oz tube refrigerated biscuits
4 Tbsp. butter
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 lb cooked sausage – I used maple and the touch of sweetness was really yummy
1 cup shredded cheese

For the gravy:
4 Tbsp. flour
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups milk

  • Cook sausage in pan. Instead of links, I use a tube of Jimmy Dean which is crumbly and easy to spread in a dish.
  • Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix the eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper, and slowly add the 2 cups of milk. Simmer, stirring, until it’s thickened. This can burn easily so keep stirring. Should only take 2-3 minutes.
  • In a greased (I sprayed a light layer of Pam) 9×13 glass baking dish, layer the biscuits, sausage, cheese, egg mixture, and gravy.
  • Bake at 350°F/180°C for 35-45 min, until the eggs on the bottom are cooked.
  • Allow to cool 5 minutes, if you can wait that long!

Serve with Frank’s Red Hot sauce for an awesome vinegar-y kick. Enjoy!

I’ll see you at the table!

Next time I'm in Utah, hook this up, Jen. I love a big hearty weekend breakfast. And a nap.

Just don't burn your hands taking it out of the oven.