Hi, my name is Katie, and I’m not a hoarder. Ouf, that was good to get off my chest. In fact, when I (finally) sit down to clean out my closet, I can be ruthless – my mom taught me at a young age. Oh gosh, wait, that sounded terrible…she didn’t teach me to be ruthless; she taught me to only save things that I need or are really important to me. Moving around so much the past seven years (and the 18 years before that), I’m truly thankful for this discerning skill. It’s really one of the few areas of my life in which I’m confidently decisive. (I’m constantly striving for more executive decision-making in my life…it’s an uphill battle.) Was I sad when I got rid of my favorite troll doll slippers in the first grade? Yes. But in retrospect were they something to hold on to? No. They were weird little guys with purple hair that quickly became too small for my feet.
(If I were you, I’d really be wondering how in the world this story is going to connect to homemade biscuits right about now. Just wait for it…)
I’ve also gotten better about not taking things I know I will just throw away – yes, I support your cause, but I don’t really want the rubber bracelet…just being honest. I will however keep pictures, family keepsakes, and personal notes that really mean something to me. And if you’re cleaning out a closet and come across something that a family member or friend would enjoy, heck, send it to ’em! Those are often the most special gifts. For my college graduation, my Aunt Nancy gave me my great grandmother’s wedding band and engagement ring, and (a little small for me) I now wear the engraved wedding band on a necklace. My mom gave me a beautiful stone ring that she used to wear when she was my age. And recently, my mom was cleaning out her bureau, and mailed me an old recipe card written by my Great Aunt Sissy. It’s for “Sky-High Biscuits.” :)
This one will stay in my recipe file until I pass it on (hopefully to my daughter who will be wearing a matching apron – look. It’s a dream of mine, ok?). I loved my Aunt Sissy. I remember going to her assisted living apartment for big meals with our extended family that were always prepared with such care :) She was a great lady, and boy did she know what she was doing with her biscuits!
Here’s how she did it back in the day, and EXACTLY how I did it too :) (It’s hard for me to follow a recipe sometimes, but this one was important to me…I even bought the last bottle of cream of tartar.)
Aunt Sissy’s Sky-High Biscuits
-2 c. all-purpose flour
-1 c. whole wheat flour
-4 1/2 tsp. baking powder
-2 Tbs. sugar
-1/2 tsp. salt
-3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Cut in quickly (with two butter knives crossing each other in opposite directions), until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. (You may have to break up some large bits with your fingers, but don’t overdo it!):
-1/2 c. (one stick) cold butter
-1 egg, beaten
-1 c. milk
Stir quickly and then briefly knead on a lightly floured board. Roll or pat gently to 1 inch thickness. Cut into biscuits using a biscuit cutter (orrrrrrr a pint glass if you’re me :). Place in greased 10 inch iron skillet or on a greased cookie sheet for crusty biscuits. Bake in 450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Enjoy with butter or for breakfast – jam or apple butter!
J’adore ma famille!
I love my family!