Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Unicorn in the Barn – See What I have Done – Dairy Free Biscuits & Gravy

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I have two new books to share and an interesting recipe for dairy free biscuits and gravy that’s quite delicious! 25-Inspiring-Happy-Wednesday-Quotes-To-Share-6338-9.jpg

This is a recipe that I can eat any time of the day or night. I’ve even made biscuits & Gravy for dinner recently and it’s always so delicious!

Let’s get started…

I learned how to make biscuits & Gravy from my Stepmother Laurie. Just a few weeks before she passed away, she told me she wanted to show me how to make her biscuits and gravy recipe so that I would always know how. I’ve made this recipe ever since and my family loves it. I’m going to give you both recipe versions so that you can choose which one you’d like to try.

Laurie’s Biscuits & Gravy Recipe

My Stepmom loved using Grand’s Butter Tastin’ Biscuits with her gravy. Her gravy recipe is as follows:

1 – TB Bacon Lard

1 tube of hot ground sausage

1 tube of regular ground sausage

1 cup of whole milk

1/2 cup of flour

Salt and Pepper

Additional milk for thickening

So, my version of the recipe is made the same way as Laurie’s biscuits & gravy, but using almond milk. I used to make this with traditional cow’s milk, and in my opinion, it does taste best with real whole milk and even a splash of cream. I’m always searching for dairy free versions when it comes to cooking because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not supposed to be eating dairy and do much better without it.

My dairy free version…


My favorite biscuit recipe which you will find HERE. (Omit the butter and use Crisco for dairy free! Also use almond milk which works great)

1 TB oil or lard – whichever you like

2 tubes of ground sausage of your choice (I like Farmland MSG Free)


1 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 cup of flour

Salt, pepper, and a dash of ground cayenne pepper to taste (Farmland doesn’t make hot sausage that I can find so I use a little dash of cayenne pepper)

Additional milk to use with thickening



Heat your pan to medium and begin breaking up the sausage while frying until cooked through. I love using cast iron for this…

As the sausage is frying, prepare your milk by adding it to a jar or bowl. I like to shake my milk and flour in a jar because it makes it easy. You can also whisk it.

1 Cup of Milk


1/2 Cup of Flour


Shake it up real good!


Once the sausage is cooked through – Drain the fat


Now you’re ready to add your milk mixture to your drained sausage over medium heat. Pour it in and start stirring it up until it gets thick which is almost instantly.



Add in more milk. I don’t measure on this. I just add a little slowly over time until I get to the desired thickness.


Just keep stirring and adding in small amounts of milk over high heat. Once it starts to boil turn it down to a simmer. Don’t forget to add in your spices!


This is why I love cast iron – It’s naturally non-stick as you can see in the picture below.


After simmering for roughly 10-15 minutes, it’s done.


Serve with your fresh biscuits!




Continue reading for this week’s books!


This Week’s Books:

I hoped to catch up last week on my reading, but I’m still reading The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2) and I love the writing so far. I feel like I’m right back into the first story with more action.

In addition, I’m also reading these this week…

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn


Blurb: For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away. One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead. When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed. A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns. – Goodreads

*I picked this up in my Barnes haul a few weeks ago. This is a buddy read with my kids. We are absorbing every last drop of summer we have before we get back into school and this is the perfect read for it. It’s sweet, magical, and we are loving the illustrations.*

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt


Blurb: “Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.” —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling. – Goodreads

*I’ve had this on my Netgalley shelf for what seems like forever. I’m behind and plan to get caught up on these this month. I’ve seen some mixed reviews on this one, but have high hopes. I’ll be starting this on Friday and will have a review for you hopefully by the end of the week!*

Thanks for reading this week’s Breakfast and a Book! Please feel free to comment with thoughts and suggestions below! Hope your remaining week is amazing. 😉



29 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Unicorn in the Barn – See What I have Done – Dairy Free Biscuits & Gravy

  1. Nel

    Can I please come live with you?! Hahaha! That looks so delicious! We only keep almond milk in our house so I’m glad you shared the dairy free version. Thanks Mischenko for this wonderful post!

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    1. Haha! Thanks, Nel. It’s actually really good! Let me know if you try it. I love experimenting with almond milk and so far, most recipes have worked just fine, even the biscuits! 😉 ❤ Have a great day!

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  2. starjustin

    Looks scrumptious! I haven’t experienced the dairy free version before. I’ll have to try it. Home made biscuits are the best! I remember the story about Lizzie Borden and how terrible the events were, and the Unicorn book looks so cute and sounds very interesting. I think I’ll add them both to my TBR list. 🙂

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    That’s an interesting way to make sausage gravy. I fry the sausage (a spicy hot type works well) separately. When making the white sauce, I saute a roux made with flour and butter then stir constantly while adding 1% fat milk. I add more milk as needed while cooking thoroughly to a boil. Finally, I add the crumbled sausage and fat and enjoy. I admit your method looks easier with one less pan to clean!

    Great books too!

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    1. Interesting, David! That sounds like a great way to do it. My Stepmom swore by the spicy hot sausage and I have to agree, it’s better to me. I always like it spicy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing that! ❤ Have a wonderful day.


    1. Haha! Let me know if you try it. I will admit that my husband enjoys the cow milk version better. I personally like them both, but the cow’s milk is a bit creamier. I just really appreciate that there’s an option for people who can’t have dairy. Thanks for checking it out!


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  5. Noriko

    Yes, I’d love to move into your house!! looks so scrumptious and love to try it!!
    Gravy sauce is hard to come by in Japan, and every time, LITERALLY every time you make my mouth water…

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  6. Hi!! ❤❤ I’m trying to make some blog rounds today after being on a much, much needed internet break 😊 And one I’m going back on since I still have 5 vacation days left 😉 But I missed the blogs, lol!! I love this post! ❤ Biscuits and gravy is one of my all time favorite things to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner…anytime!! I want it now lol. My grandmother made it all the time! She taught my mom who showed me and my grandmother showed me too! ❤❤ I make it how David says he does though with a roux in one pan of flour, butter, salt, pepper, then add the milk and some cream and the fried sausage at the end and then serve with homemade biscuits. I may try your way though with just one pan!! Love using a cast iron skillet! I read your email today since I’ve been off the grid, lol. I’ll answer tonight or tomorrow 😊 We’re about to eat a late dinner/ drinks, so I’ll talk soon! Hope you are well! 😊❤😊

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    1. Hey, Stephanie! So happy to hear from you! I hope you’re enjoying your time off. 😉 How interesting that you make it like David. I’m going to have to try it! I can eat this anytime too!I Love recipes that are handed down from family. So special. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that.

      Don’t worry about replying tonight and enjoy yourself! I do miss you though. 😭 haha!❤❤❤ Take care and be safe!


      1. Hi!! I’m enjoying my time off but miss you too 😭 I’ve been so busy relaxing and doing fun stuff in the mountains I’ve not had much time for anything else, lol. They (my cousin and his partner) are trying to enforce an internet ban, lol. They know I’ll be doing school things if I get a hold of a laptop for long, so I’m just squeezing in blog visits and texts when I can from my phone hahaha! I will say that it’s been freeing and so stress free not to be “tied down” to technology and deadlines every day. I’m feeling better than I have in weeks!! That could be the gorgeous North Carolina mountain air and scenario too! 😍 And the pampering…I have had a pedicure, a manicure💅, and a hot stone massage while here! Bliss! My body felt like jello after the massage! We all had the pedis together, which was a blast lol! Kayley, my daughter loved it and got glittery purple toes. 💕💕

        Anyway!! Isn’t it great to have recipes handed down? I have an entire book of recipes given to me by my grandmother, aunts, greataunts, mother, cousins, etc. They put it all together for a reunion almost 20 yrs ago! It’s one of my most prized possessions. One of my 1st book reviews on my blog, Sticks and Stones by Carolyn Haines, has the recipe to my aunt’s fried chicken and my grandmother’s biscuits and cole slaw. That was fun to write because it special…❤😊❤

        I have 3 more days of vacay and back to work/my classes on the 17th…boo, but I’ll touch base with you before things get insane!! Hope you are well!! Miss you!❤💕❤

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