The longer I’m a mom the more and more I see just how important family is to me. It’s not that I didn’t know before; no, for a very long time I’ve known that family would be a huge factor in my life. But seeing just how much of an impact having a close family makes has been a huge encouragement for me.
I read a quote on the Humans of New York instagram account yesterday that, long story short, said that family can be anyone. It can be friends who care for you and love unconditionally. It can be other families that pray for you constantly. The meeting of basic and emotional needs by someone you trust – that can be your family.
Because Nate and I are both very strongly feel that our future includes adoption, the concept of family being not just biological is huge to us. So as we start to examine our life and when adoption makes sense we also wanted to include ways to explain that kind of love to Wes. The second I saw the preview for The Boxtrolls, which comes out on 9/26, I just about lost it – in short it’s a story about a boy who is adopted into an underground family of Boxtrolls who love him, befriend him and raise him to be brave and fight for freedom. It’s both completely adorable and has a message that we believe in. And, well, Wes and I are both kind of a suckers for any movie that’s animated! (P.S. you can enter for a hometown screening here! So cool!)
When Great Day Farms reached out about this super fun partnership I couldn’t help but jump on board! I love that company and this movie is fantastic and I KNEW I’d want to share it with you guys! And since I always love a challenge (making a recipe with both eggs and cheese) I signed up right away.
Speaking of family, Nate and I both used to argue that our respective grandmothers made the best biscuits and gravy. And each time we would try to compare it was always made with so much love that we couldn’t taste a difference. When I thought of a family-inspired dish to make it was a clear choice to make this breakfast dish that is always made with so much care…but this time I put a little spin on it. Rather than traditional gravy, there’s a cheese sauce to slather all over your biscuits and eggs! A super delicious and super decadent way to start the morning right. Y’all enjoy!
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- 1 can biscuit dough of choice
- 8 whole eggs
- 4 Tbsp butter, divided
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- pinch of nutmeg
- Cook biscuits according to package directions.
- Whisk together eggs and season with salt and pepper as desired. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter.
- Add the flour and whisk together, allowing the flour to cook for 30-60 seconds.
- Slowly stream in the milk, whisking constantly, until it's completely combined with the roux.
- Cook over medium-low heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- While the sauce is cooking, heat another large skillet over medium-low heat.
- Melt the butter.
- Add the egg mixture and scramble the eggs, stirring constantly, until desired doneness is reached - about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the biscuits from the oven, the eggs from the stove, and the sauce from the heat.
- Stir the cheddar cheese into the sauce, along with the salt, pepper and nutmeg, until smooth.
- To serve, slice a biscuit in half and top with the egg mixture. Top with the other half of the biscuit and then smother in cheddar cheese gravy.