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We didn’t get home last night until 6:30 p.m. and I was trying very hard (with all my might) NOT to succumb to my desires to just send Matt back to town for fast food. There was nothing inside me that wanted to make the (very simple) breakfast casserole I had put on the menu. But I forged on, consoling myself with the fact that the sausage was already browned and ready to go. Just a little ingredient assembly and it will be done.

So I shooed away my hungry little minions and went to the fridge for the can of crescent rolls the recipe calls for. But the ONE can I had had been busted (what looked like a while ago) and the contests had oozed partially out and were now hard. As a rock. Great.

You know I’m “Type A” and I like to follow rules (and recipes) to the letter and to not deviate from whatever plan I had planned. So it (again) took all that was inside me NOT to send Matt to town.

Instead I thought about the “Little House on the Prairie” books (cheesy, I know) and thought, “What would Ma do?” Crazy? Yes. But it worked. I summoned up my inner frontier woman and decided on a different breakfast casserole recipe. Daring.

But in the midst of congratulating my fortitude, frugality and overall awesomeness I realized I was out of my homemade Bisquick (a key ingredient to casserole #2). Deep breath. I can do this.

I bit my lip as I substituted flour and some other ingredients (I thought I remembered) were part of the homemade Bisquick. No measuring. More lip biting (remember, Type A).

Dish went into the oven and I hoped for the best. Prepared Matt for the worst. And waited.

After dinner (which was, according to Matt, great!), I breathed a sigh of relief. I didn’t give in to my inner fast food (and lazy) demons. Kids were in bed on time and best of all, there were no fast food remorse (and stomach issues).

Here’s the recipe (in its original form). I call it Jessicca’s Breakfast Casserole because I got it from my sister-in-law, Jessicca (she’s great, too)!

Jessicca’s Breakfast Casserole

Layer 1 lb. cooked (and drained) sausage in greased pie plate. Pour this mixture over top: 1/2 cup Bisquick, 1 cup milk, 2 beaten eggs. Top with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Categories: Food and gardening on the farm Frugal homemaking on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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