I am a self-professed control freak. I think I’ve always been that way. It can present a variety of problems – especially when you try to wrap your mind around the fact that the big guy upstairs has a plan for you that you have no control over. For years, my prayers were always about God making the things I wanted to happen happen. But when I look back over the last few years and my experiences with Southern Bite, I realize that I never set out to do nearly any of the things that I’ve been able to accomplish. The blog started as a way for me to share some family recipes and a few restaurant reviews to a very local audience. Now, we have millions of page views every month from people across the globe. I never ever considered writing a cookbook, but I got to do that too. I say all this because I realized that God’s path for me was quite a bit different than what I could have expected for myself. But that path has allowed me to meet some amazing people and have some incredible experiences – and hopefully reach a few folks with a positive and uplifting message. Since all these realizations, my prayers have changed a bit. My prayers are no longer asking for one particular thing to happen, but for God to lead me down the path He has set for me. Now, they sound less like, “Dear God, please give me the opportunity to write another cookbook,” and more like, “Dear God, if your plan for me includes the opportunity to write another cookbook, please show me that path and offer me the strength, patience, and understanding to do so.” You see, there are never unanswered prayers. Sometimes, no answer is the answer. You might find yourself praying profusely for that new job. But when you don’t get it, it’s not God telling you no. It’s God telling you, “I’ve got something even better in store for you!” For me, I was struggling with my own faith and trust in God and his ability to plan for and guide me. It’s a hard pill to swallow for us control freaks, but once I had the realization, my relationship with God is much different. For me, it’s no longer about getting what I want, but more about following the path he’s set out for me. And it’s been my experience, following that path can lead to some pretty amazing things.
Y’all this Bacon Green Onion Cornbread is TO DIE FOR! It’s certainly a new favorite at our house. I just know it will be at yours too. It’s the perfect hearty cornbread you expect, but it’s filled with tons of flavor from the green onions and bacon. And we all know what bacon does… 🙂 Y’all enjoy!
Bacon Green Onion Cornbread and the Prayers of a Control Freak
- 2 cups self-rising cornmeal white or yellow
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 1 (3-ounce) package real bacon bits (or about 1/2 cup freshly cooked, crumbled bacon)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. (This can also be cooked in a 10.25 cast iron skillet. Simply coat the skillet with vegetable oil at this step).
- Whisk together the cornmeal, four, and salt. Add the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and sour cream and stir until just combined. Add the green onions and bacon and stir to combine. Pour into the greased pan and bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.