Breakfast Sausage Spice Blend



I have always loved Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage. However, when I became more aware of the detrimental effects of MSG, I promptly shunned Jimmy Dean.

Then, I found this recipe to make your own breakfast sausage from scratch! Perhaps it is not a perfect substitute for store-bought breakfast sausage, but I much prefer to know exactlywhat goes into my sausage.


I have found it handy to double or triple the spice recipe and store the leftovers in a spice jar. Just add 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon to every pound of pork. Also, if you do not wish to use ground pork, you could substitute ground beef. Just remember that the taste and texture will not be the same!

Breakfast Sausage Spice Blend

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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed summer savory
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Stir all ingredients together thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.

To make sausage: Mix the spice blend thoroughly with 1 lb of ground pork.

Makes about 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon, or enough for 1 lb of sausage.

16 Responses to “Breakfast Sausage Spice Blend”

  1. Lauren says:

    What a great idea! MSG is definitely a no-no for me, as well as many other (gluten) fillers so this looks like a fabulous solution! Not to mention, you get to control the flavours so it comes out just right =D.

  2. That blend of spices would brighten up any bland sausage!

  3. Nice recipe, thanks!

  4. Ron Jones says:

    You are forgetting to mention two major ingredients that make Breakfast Sausage to be Breakfast Sausage, and without which it won’t taste anything like Breakfast Sausage!:

    SUGAR (can be Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, or Honey)
    SMOKE (Liquid Smoke)

  5. Megan says:

    I’ve used this blend several times to make “homemade breakfast sausage” and I think it’s perfect the way it is. My husband loves it, along with knowing what is in our sausage. I’m sure sugar and smoke would be great, too. But it’s definitely not necessary. And I know I don’t need any more sugar in my diet. : )

  6. […] in a consistency I like for breakfast sausage. For spices, I relied on the excellent advice of Erica Lea, with one addition — […]

  7. Mycal Anderson says:

    Basic Breakfast Sausage>>>

    1 lbs Gound Pork shoulder, 1/2 tsp Ground Red Pepper, 1/2 tsp ground sage, and 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp brown sugar.

    Italian Sausage>>>>>>>

    1 lbs Ground Pork shoulder w/ fat… 1/2 tsp Ground Anise Seed, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder,
    1/2 tsp sugar.

    you can streech the meat by add 1 cup cooked TVP ( Textured Vegetable Protein)

  8. Lori says:

    I was wondering…..if I were to use ground turkey with these spices, would it taste like sausage? Has anyone tried this? I was thinking it would be less fatty? Thoughts??

  9. Erica Lea says:

    Lori: I have never tried ground turkey or chicken, but I would assume that it wouldn’t affect the flavor too much, mostly the texture. I have used ground beef instead of pork and it tastes like sausage but it’s drier than pork. I say give the ground turkey a try! :)

  10. monica says:

    I love this sugar free recipe. I don’t use sugar in anything and I really appreciate recipes without it. Your photo’s are amazing. I love your site.
    I am going to use turkey, because we don’t eat pork.

  11. David says:

    Great recipe. Made it this AM for the family. Everyone was satisfied.

    Not sure about the MSG bashing, though. Every time I read a comment about MSG being harmful, I go out and do another literature search to see if some new study has yielded evidence of negative reactions to MSG. I did that again this morning and found that there is still no scientific evidence showing a causal relationship between MSG consumption and the symptoms that many people claim to experience after eating foods containing MSG. In test after test, self-identified MSG-sensitive subjects, when participating in double-blind experiments, show no repeatable reaction to MSG.

    Also, regardless or your stance on the existence of “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” you should look into the difference between gluten intolerance and MSG sensitivity. Though they have similar sounding names, glutamate and gluten are not related. People who can not tolerate gluten are no more like than anyone else to react to MSG.

  12. Cindy says:

    My boyfriend’s uncle used to work for a butcher and suggests a mixture of pork and beef to offset the fat in the pork. We are making our first batch this week and I will be using your seasoning recipe – – will let you know how it turns out.

  13. Grampy Diddly says:

    Ground turkey works great. Just use one that is about 70 percent lean. Leaner turkey works but is dryer. Even though I use leaner meats, this is one that I prefer with the less lean mix. Still is healthier than store bought sausage!

  14. Bill says:

    I agree with Grampa Diddly except, I’ve never seen 70% lean turkey in our stores. I’ve used 94% lean and yes, it’s a little dry, but the flavor is all there. I’ve experimented with different spice mixes but imo, sage and marjoram are key. I like a little heat so I usually add a pinch of cayenne. I’m actually making some this morning. I think I’ll add a little blood orange flavored olive oil. That just might add the hint of sweetness without the sugar.

  15. JoAnna S. Cate says:

    As I can’t eat any thing with pork in it as I get sick from eating pork.I make my sausage mix with ground chicken & ground turkey it gives it a pork_like taste .it tastes great.

  16. JoAnna S. Cate says:

    May this will help others it says in the Bible in the book of Deuteronomy 14:3-19 you shoudn’t eat of the pig or pork . Now some will fuss that God Blessed all things . Some will use the New testament description in the book of Acts in chapter 10:9-20 but read it as it has to do with Men not Animals.Because in that time it was a No-No for any Jewish person to associate with Gentiles.God Bless you:-)


The Winner!


Using, I have selected the winner:

Hannah and Esther: We like COFFEE! But we also like tea. I love the Rooibos tea with a little milk. Yummy!

Congratulations, Hannah and Esther!


Just for fun, I tallied up how many people like to drink what. Here are the results:

#1 Tea (52%)

#2 Coffee or Undecided (both 16%)

#3 Cocoa (10%)

#4 Cider (6%)

Making Lefse

On Monday, my siblings and I went to Grandma’s house to help her make lefse (a traditional Norweigian flatbread). Stop by my personal blog to read more about it.


2 Responses to “Making Lefse”

  1. renee says:

    Do you have a recipe for that? I didn’t see it in your other blog. Would love to try it one day. Thanks

  2. Erica Lea says:

    renee: Unfortunately my grandmother prefers not to share family recipes. This recipe looks fairly similar: Hope that helps!

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Giveaway!


In case you have never heard of it, Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) is a tisane (herbal tea) made from the needle-like leaves of a bush which is native to Africa. It contains antioxidants, and is caffeine free. It became popular in the West during World War II when black tea from Asia was difficult to get.




The little Tea & Gift Shoppe in town sells many varieties of this delicious tea. Yesterday, I braved the below-zero temperature to obtain two varieties of Rooibos – Caramel Creme and Vanilla. Today, I would like to share some Vanilla Rooibos with you!



Here’s How to Enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me which hot drink you like best: tea, hot chocolate, coffee, hot cider, etc. Make sure to correctly fill out your email address in the comment form.

For another chance to win, blog about my giveaway. Come back and leave another commenton this post with a link to your post.

For another chance, twitter about my giveaway. Come back and leave another comment on this post.

For another chance to win, post about my giveaway on Facebook. Come back and leaveanother comment on this post.

No entries after 10 p.m. CST next Wednesday will be considered.

Next Thursday, using, I will select one winner.

Good luck!

This contest has now ended.



78 Responses to “Vanilla Rooibos Tea Giveaway!”

  1. We like COFFEE! But we also like tea. I love the Rooibos tea with a little milk. Yummy!

  2. LadySnow says:

    My hubby prefers coffee…as for depends on the season and my mood. Sometimes I like a mocha, tea, or hot just depends. ;-)

  3. Jenn says:

    we love tea – especially rooibos, actually!

  4. rachel says:

    Rooibos tea is my sister-in-law’s favorite! My favorite drink is black coffee =)

  5. Kristina says:

    I would have to say hot chocolate!

    Love your blog!


  6. Mireya says:

    I have had vanilla rooibos and it is absolutely delicious!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays :)

  7. Coffee probably comes in first place for me, but tea is definitely a close second!

  8. Connie says:

    Ooh… caffeine free tea is my kind of tea! My favorite tea is earl grey. I like to drink it with lots of honey or “london fog” style which is with a shot of vanilla and some steamed milk. So good!

  9. Jess says:

    I love coffee!

  10. Laura says:

    Tea…it’s the perfect comfort drink.

  11. Maureen says:

    Seems like a nightly ritual hubby and I have hot tea (herbal).
    Tea is it for us.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  12. Glenda says:

    I gotta have my coffee in the morning, but for a treat I like hot chocolate!

  13. amanda says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I must say that I generally like hot tea better. we like to use different herbal combination so that it not only tastes good but is healing to our body. But, every now and then I like a good coffee or hot chocolate.

  14. amanda says:

    I just posted your link on facebook for another entry;) Here’s the link to my facebook in case you need it:)

  15. amanda says:

    Last but not least, here is a link to my blog where I posted about your giveaway:)

    Thanks again for this giveaway.

  16. April says:

    I love tea! The caffeine in black tea really gets to me, so I always drink herbal tea (Except when I lived in Ireland. They have the best black tea.) I’ve never had Rooibos. I’d be really excited to try it!

  17. dawn says:

    mmmm….I love rooibos. I haven’t tried the vanilla, but I have tried mandarin twist, lemon chiffon, peppermint, blueberry, peach and the raspberry rooibos…and they are all very yummy!

  18. leslie says:

    I like spiked apple cider the best! (but I like tea too)

  19. Kelley says:

    I absolutely love hot chocolate :)

  20. Valerie says:

    I love hot chocolate! And this time of year is perfect for it. But I’d love to try this Vanilla Rooibos Tea as well. :D

  21. Annie says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE plain ole green tea and I’ve been wanting to try new teas. This is a perfect giveaway!


  22. JC says:

    Definitely coffee.

  23. bethany says:

    i started drinking coffee in college and kept it up for about 4 years, i guess. then i switched over to tea about 2 years ago, and i haven’t looked back.

    i like chai tea a lot, but good ole lipton is fine by me.

  24. Heidi Kratzke says:

    My favorite hot drink is coffee. I must admit, I’m an addict!

  25. Megan says:

    I like coffee to start my day and tea (especially rooibos) to warm me up as the day goes on.

  26. Sarah says:

    I love green tea with honey.

  27. Marta says:

    I am definitely a tea drinker, especially green! With local honey, of course!

  28. Stacey says:

    I love coffee (good coffee) but being raised by a British mum, I also enjoy a good cup of tea. Hot Chocolate is an occasional winter drink for me.

  29. Heather says:

    I love drinking hot coffee with hazelnuts and chocolate! Cheers,


  30. Michelle says:

    Coffee is my favorite!! White Chocolate Mocha please?!?

  31. Jeanine says:

    I love tea with lemon and honey.

  32. Sarah says:

    I love lattes…no hot tea… no hot chocolate!

    it’s impossible to chose!

  33. Sarah says:

    I tweeted! @princesssls

  34. Molomatic says:

    I’m a hot chocolate gal! I love tea also though. :-)

  35. Rachel says:

    Hot chocolate with marshmallows!

  36. kelly says:

    I drink a hot cup of green tea every morning. It’s a great way to start the day.

  37. Nina says:

    I am definitely a tea person – be it with lemon, milk, hot or cold!

  38. Tammy L says:

    Tea is my fave!! :) I’ve had vanilla rooibos tea before but haven’t found a kind that is very flavorful in my opinion! :) Still yummy though! :D

    Love your tea cup too! :)

  39. Jan says:

    Oh, I love vanilla rooibos! It’s the only thing I order at Starbucks, although I never pronounce it correctly!

  40. mary says:

    I love all kind of teas :)

  41. Karrie says:

    I love Hot Chocolate in the mornings, and Hot tea in the afternoon.

  42. Allison says:

    I like all hot drinks, Coffee in the AM, Tea in the PM, Hot chocolate anytime, Hot cider seasonally.

  43. Sarah Coulsey says:

    I am a HUGE tea drinker. Thats all I drink!!!! Right now I am drinking a cup of Black Earl Grey!!!! Yummy. My favorite is Red Rose because you get the little statues!!!!!

    Great Giveaway.

    Happy Holidays!!!!

  44. angela says:

    LOVE coffee but tea is a close second. Merry Christmas!

  45. Nicole Mancuso says:

    I love hot cider, but I must admit I get my starbucks fix at least twice a week

  46. molly says:

    Love some good caramel hot chocolate. Heaven in my mouth!

  47. Amy says:

    i love black coffee in the morning, and tea in the evening!

  48. nfmgirl says:

    I like mint tea. I drink it quite often! I also do a hot Toffee Coffee at the coffee bar.

  49. Deb K says:

    I love a nice cup of hot tea with Lemon:-)

  50. Stephanie says:

    I love a good cup of hot tea. =) Definitely my favorite.

  51. Kim says:

    It depends on what’s being served with it… but, tea would be at the top.

  52. Denise Gardner says:

    I love hot decaf tea. It is a relaxing treat at the end of the day.

  53. Lori says:

    I love TAzo chai tea with coffeemate! Yum! I’ve never tryed roobioos but would love to!

  54. Ann says:

    I like decaf… tea and coffee. No rhyme or reason, I just choose daily what to drink. Tea makes me happy…..

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  55. Beth says:

    I love vanilla rioboos tea!

  56. Melissa says:

    Tough question. I like tea and hot chocolate! But if I could only have one, I would go with the tea.

  57. laurie c says:

    I definitely love tea!

    Thanks for the giveaway~

  58. LaurenS says:

    That’s a tough one. I think I like tea best, but I am addicted to coffee.

  59. Barbara J says:

    I love a cup of hot tea….though some long afternoons just require coffee!

  60. Katie says:

    I like tea the best! Thank you!

  61. annalene says:

    My favorite hands down is tea, its something that I never get tired of and can drink at any time of the day. Its also even more perfect in the winter. I’ve mostly stuck to the same varieties of tea my whole life, so it would be nice to try something new. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  62. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I would pick Tea

  63. Caitlin says:

    I have just recently gotten into tea. My mother drinks at least 5 or 6 cups a day, so I guess I am turning into her in more ways than one!

  64. Peggy in Alaska says:

    Wow, that is a hard question! It all depends on the occasion. Favorite bedtime beverage would be Decaf Constant Comment tea (which is the only tea I’ve drank for so long that it might be time to try something new…) and for early morning or lazy days a cup of coffee freshly brewed from just ground beans w/ a touch of raw sugar, real cream, and maybe a touch of homemade hazelnut extract or a pinch of vanilla sugar.

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! It is so very kind of you!!

  65. Peggy in Alaska says:

    I just left a note on my Facebook account about your blog and this giveaway!Once again thank you for the opportunity!

  66. Lisette says:

    Oh tea of course!

  67. Dinghy S says:

    I like hot jasmine tea – it is soothing after a long day at school

  68. Jodie R. says:

    You mean I have to pick?! I’d probably go with hot apple cider though I love hot tea and hot chocolate too :)

  69. Julie H. says:

    Coffee is my staple but I do enjoy hot tea, hot cocoa and hot cider. Mmmmm…

  70. Julie H. says:

    Just tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Julie H. says:

    Just posted it on FB. Thanks again!

  72. Debbie says:

    I really love hot chocolate, but I would really love to find a tea that I can enjoy as well. Fewer calories, more health benefits… right? Thanks for the contest!!!

  73. Rachel says:

    My favorite hot beverage of all times is a nice, hot cup of tea. I enjoy it several times a day – in the morning with breakfast, coming home after work and in the evening with my husband. The vanilla rooibos sounds delicious – I would love to try it!

  74. In a bid to get off caffeine, but still consume hot drinks I switched to Rooibos. I love the flavoured variety…vanilla, orange etc

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies



I have been making this recipe for approximately 6 1/2 years. We printed the recipe (simply entitled Peanut Butter Cookies IX) from allrecipes on a thin sheet of paper. The page has been torn and has grease marks and purple scrawls. Penciled in next to the ingredient list are the measurements for doubling and TRIPLING the recipe. Yes, we like these cookies.



Of course, I have made some (healthy) changes to the original. If you would like to make the cookies as they were intended to be, simply use 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup white sugar in place of the raw sugar, regular peanut butter, and 3/4 cup white flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat.



Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup demerara sugar or sucanat or rapadura
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour (aka soft white wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1) Preheat the oven to 375 ° F.

2) In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), cream together the butter, sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter and sugar mixture. Add the oats and chocolate chips.

4) Form the dough into balls the size of golf balls and place on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten the balls slightly.

5) Bake in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and let the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing.

Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.




  1. Maria says:

    Love your cookies. I will be making these and soon!

  2. Lauren says:

    Gorgeous cookies! I love recipes that stay around for a long time – those ripped up stained papers are so comforting and familiar =D.

  3. I will be trying this out tonight–tho i will be making mine gluten free–excellent recipe to share with us!
    Thank you!

    Oh and btw I cook for 7 as well–my husband, our 5 kids and myself!