Sausage Biscuit Gravy Casserole

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  • 6 Pillsbury Grands Low Fat Homestyle biscuits (this also works with croissants that’s what I used)
  • 10 oz turkey sausage (I used regular sausage)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Fair Life skim milk (whatever milk you typically use works)
  • 1/2 cup (56g) 2% shredded cheddar
  • 1 packet Pioneer country gravy (can also use a homemade gravy)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a medium-high heat pan, brown ground turkey sausage
  • Cut biscuits into 8 slices, like a pizza
  • Fill the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish with biscuit slices (lightly grease the bottom)
  • Top biscuits with cooked sausage crumbles
  • Top sausage crumbles with 1/4 cup of cheese
  • Whisk eggs, egg whites, salt & pepper, and milk in a medium size bowl
  • Top the casserole with egg mixture
  • You can either prepare country gravy & top the egg mixture with it now or hold off and add the gravy after cooking. I’ve done both and prefer omitting gravy until after it’s cooked
  • Cover with foil and cook for 45 minutes
  • If you haven’t already, while the casserole is cooking prepare your country gravy according to the package
  • Once the casserole is finished cooking you can pour gravy on top of individual servings

    1 serving of the meal

Sausage gravy biscuits are a southern tradition and this is a great take on that idea that is perfect for before-school breakfast. You can make this the night before and just warm it up the next morning.

I don’t have any kids but I do have a boyfriend and he eats like a kid sometimes and he loved this meal. Even if you have a picky eater that doesn’t usually enjoy the sausage gravy they will love this meal.

The nutrition information is here 295 calories, 12g fat, 27g carbs, 18g protein, 0g fiber, and 9 smart points. The nutrition is for the original recipe, not my add-ins. The original recipe can be found at

Ravioli Bake Recipe of the Week

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  • 1 Bag of premade ravioli
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (any sauce you like works)
  • 1 Cup Cheese divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Layer your ravioli on the bottom of the dish, then add sauce and cheese.
  3. Repeat until full dish, then add to the oven for 20 minutes.

Fits great in lunch containers.

School started back last week and now dinner needs to be fit around practices and homework, well ravioli bake is something simple and easy that also makes for great leftovers for school lunches the next day. You can serve it by itself or add a salad and some garlic bread whatever your preference.

Also if you want to make this a slightly healthier option but not let the kids know you can get the ravioli already stuffed with spinach or just shred some and throw it in there. You can have this setup beforehand so that when everyone gets home all you have to do is pop it in the oven and while everyone gets cleaned up it’s cooking.

I didn’t find this in a particular place however there is a very similar recipe in Copycat Restaurant Favorites. There is nutrition information provided for that recipe and it is called Spinach Ravioli Bake. Since they are so similar I’ll provide that recipe information as a general guide for this one but it does depend on the type of ravioli, sauce, and cheese you use so this is just a guide.

Copycat cookbook

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving size 1 cup
  • 470 calories
  • 17g of fat (7g sat. fat)
  • 67 mg chol.
  • 1441 mg sodium,
  • 54 g carbs.
  • 7 g sugars and fiber
  • 27 g protein

Another recipe that goes great with the busy school time schedule is burrito casserole. To check out that recipe visit For even more ideas on back-to-school dinners, I recommend checking out Pinterest until next week.

North Carolina rural educators get support for remote learning

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North Carolina Rural Educators

RALEIGH: More than 1,300 educators from rural North Carolina participated in a virtual conference focused on remote learning to help them be better prepared to teach throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cooper opened the REAL(Remote Education and Leadership) Conference and gave the welcoming remarks via a video message.

“When we had to close schools for in person learning in March, you were quick to adapt, staying connected to your students and making sure they continued to get the best education possible,” Governor Cooper told the participating educators. “I appreciate your efforts to help address the challenges to remote learning and help students get connected to stay on track in their studies.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic schools across North Carolina switched to remote learning in the spring and many students will continue to learn remotely as the new school year begins. Remote learning can be especially challenging in rural communities due to a lack of internet access and other technology resources and funding challenges.

The REAL Conference offered a professional development opportunity for rural educators designed by rural educators. At the conference, rural educators got the opportunity to learn best practices in remote learning and discuss how to addressing unique challenges faced by rural educators.

Participating educators chose from over 40 sessions throughout the day covering all grade levels. Sessions provided first-hand experience of remote learning tools and best practices. Topics included: Virtual STEAM: Hands-On Learning at Home; Digital Tools to Support Distance Learning; Accessible Remote Learning for Exceptional Learners; Connecting with Disconnected Students; Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning; How to Assess Learning Games; Ed Puzzle: Actively Engaging Students with Videos; Bitmoji Interactive Lessons in Google Slides; Museum Learning Opportunities; and multiple topics on Google Classroom. Dr. Mary Hemphill, former superintendent of Scotland County Public Schools and current director of K-12 Computer Science at the NC Department of Public Instruction, gave the keynote address.

Educators and parents can view the recording of the REAL Conference HERE.

Conference hosts included the North Carolina Business Committee on Education (NCBCE), a nonprofit housed in the Governor’s Office, along with Governor Cooper’s Hometown Strong initiative for rural North Carolina, the Department of Public Instruction and the NC Virtual Public Schools.

When schools transitioned to remote learning, NCBCE partnered with Hometown Strong to launch the Remote Learning Working Group) to help improve remote learning in rural counties by getting more students connected to the internet and helping educators adapt to teaching remotely. The Working Group includes experts in education and technology from the public and private sectors.

Content for the REAL Conference was developed by the Remote Learning Working Group as well as a team of educators from rural North Carolina: Joseph Hayes from Edgecombe County Schools, Sonia Boone from Halifax County Schools, Kristy Marslander from Hyde County Schools, Heather Herron from Swain County Schools and Wendy Harrell and Phyllis King from Robeson County Schools.

Thanks to Google, Smithfield Foods, AT&T, Fidelity Investments, Dell, American Tower, and Tony Brown of Public Consulting Group for their sponsorship of the REAL Conference through NCBCE.

Quote from members of the Remote Learning Working Group:

“Google is excited to help facilitate this important conversation between educators, the business community and state leaders regarding remote learning—a challenge that is top of mind for nearly everyone as we approach a new school year,” said Lilyn Hester, Head of External Affairs – Southeast, Google and leader of the Remote Learning Working Group. “We look forward to discussing solutions to ensure our children have the connectivity required to keep their education on track.”

Dr. Eric Cunningham, Superintendent of Halifax County Schools said, “The REAL Conference, the remote learning conference focused on supporting North Carolina’s rural educators provides a much-needed benefit for rural school systems. Halifax County Schools will benefit greatly. Our teachers are excited and ready to participate.”

Dr. Steve Basnight, Superintendent of Hyde County Public Schools said, “I want to thank all the fantastic educators who worked to make the REAL Conference a reality. This will provide a tremendous opportunity for our staff to receive professional development on remote learning and collaborate with other educators right before we begin our teacher workdays to open the new school year!”

About the North Carolina Business Committee for Education:

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is a business-led, education non-profit (501-c3) that operates out of the Office of the Governor. Since 1983, NCBCE has provided a critical link between North Carolina business leaders and the state’s education decision makers, helping to create connections between the education curriculum and the overall work readiness of citizens across the state. Learn more at

About Hometown Strong:

Governor Cooper created Hometown Strong to build partnerships between state agencies and local leaders to champion rural communities. The effort leverages state and local resources, identifies ongoing projects and community needs and implements focused plans to boost the economy, improve infrastructure and strengthen North Carolina’s hometowns.





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Health Department offering back to school vaccinations

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GAINESVILLE, GA – District 2 Public Health reminds all parents that now is a good time to get those required school vaccinations. With the challenges and uncertainty that we face with Covid-19, it can be easy to forget about school and necessary vaccines for your child (or children).

Kids need pencils, paper, and other supplies for school. Just as important, children entering kindergarten, middle school, and high school are required to have certain vaccinations and not all children are up-to-date on their shots. To help ensure all children get their vaccines, District 2 Health Departments will hold special clinics for school immunizations at certain locations on these dates:

July 13 – 17                Dawson, Habersham, Union, and White Counties

Seventh-grade vaccines: Monday and Thursday                                 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Kindergarten and Pre-school:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday                8:00 am to 5:00 pm


July 20 – 24               Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Franklin, and Towns Counties

Seventh-grade vaccines: Monday and Thursday                                 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Kindergarten and Pre-school: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday                8:00 am to 5:00 pm


July 27 – 31                Banks, Forsyth, Hart, and Stephens

Seventh-grade vaccines: Monday and Thursday                                 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Kindergarten and Pre-School: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday                 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Vaccinations are by appointment only to help protect the health of our customers. Please observe social distancing and wear a mask when coming for your appointment.




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