Way back before there were video recorders and DVD players, one of my favorite memories was to stay up late and watch classic movies on the television until the wee hours of the morning on the weekend with my family.
On Fridays, we would stay up and watch classic musicals, dramas or military films, while on Saturdays we would watch classic horror movies.
Because of my grandmother, one of my favorite movies is the 1952 movie classic "Singin' In The Rain."
Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, it made my grandmother laugh, cry and sing every time we watched it. She would hum the music from the movie for days after watching it.
A big fan of Gene Kelly, I believe that I know what it means to swoon over a movie star by watching her watch him in a movie, and especially his role as the iconic Don Lockwood!
For me, my favorite part of the movie is when the three stars sing the song "Good Morning." I learned the words to that song first because my grandmother would often sing it in the mornings to wake me up as a child.
"It's great to stay up late," she would sing while tickling me awake. "Good morning, good morning, we've gabbed the whole night through. Good morning, good morning to you."
Maybe one of the reasons I loved our weekend "movie fests" was the big breakfast she would make while we watched the movie, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits.
There is nothing quite like curling up with a warm coffee cup filled with a crumbled biscuit and steaming gravy over the top.
This gravy makes even canned biscuits from the grocery store taste great, so bake at least two or three cans according to the instructions while making the gravy or have someone else make biscuits from scratch while you cook the gravy.
Over medium heat in a large skillet sprayed with PAM, fry one-pound of sausage until crispy brown, but not overdone, making sure to mash it to a finely crumbled stage.
(For a special occasion, my grandmother would add a quarter cup of minced onion and celery and two cups of freshly sliced mushrooms.) Drain off the excess grease.
In a jar with a lid or using a bowl with a whisk, combine a half of a cup of flour, three cups of milk and three teaspoons of freshly crushed black pepper. Add this mixture to the skillet with the sausage and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly.
Turn up the heat and slowly add another cup of milk, stirring all the time until bubbling and the thickness you want.
If the mixture gets too thick, add more milk. When it's the consistency you want, turn off the heat and season with additional salt and pepper to your taste. (If you want a touch of spice, add a sprinkle of cayenne to the gravy.)
Now, if you are like my grandfather, you might want a little more to eat.
My grandmother would also fry several sunny-side up eggs and make a pan full of home-fried potatoes to fill up his hungry appetite