Often times I feel like the most basic yet vitally important lessons of life can be taught to us in the simplest of ways – sometimes even without us being aware. The most perfect example of this was last week at Jack’s soccer game. It was the last game of the season and they were up against a formidable opponent – as formidable as 7 and 8-year-olds in brightly colored jerseys can be. The game was tied and the pressure was on. Coaches on both sides were yelling. Parents were chanting. Folks were seriously into this game. A ref blew the whistle. The game stopped. Now at this age, this might mean a penalty, an opportunity to correct an action, or someone might be hurt. But it was none of those. Nope, it was for a shoe lace. Yep, one of our players’ cleats had come untied and the ref called a timeout to allow him to tie it – you know, for safety reasons. But in all the chaos, it was realized that this little guy didn’t know how to tie his shoe. Did a coach run over to help? Nope. Did his parents dart onto the field to secure the loose lace? They didn’t. No, before anyone could do anything a player on the opposing team kneeled down to tie his shoe. There was a collective “awwww” from the crowd. In that moment, I was reminded that it’s perfectly acceptable for folks on opposing teams to be kind to one another. Just because our goals are on opposite ends of the spectrum, it doesn’t mean we have to be hateful in the journey toward that end.
It seems rampant these days that folks feel like we have to be cruel to one another just because our ideals are different. What happened to embracing our differences? Today, with the advent of social media, we see someone who doesn’t agree with us and we block them or hide their post. We’re raising a generation kids who don’t understand that it’s okay to disagree and move on – that every statement doesn’t invite an argument. We’re allowing our young folks to foster the idea that we should make opinions that differ from ours disappear.
Those kids reminded us that being on opposing teams doesn’t prevent us from being kind to each other. Be kind. Please.
Y’all, I can’t wait for you to try this kicked up cornbread dressing! The mushrooms, green onions, and bacon really give the dish a punch of flavor. Don’t like mushrooms? Simply leave them out. Don’t like green onion? Just omit them. Don’t like bacon? Well… you should probably leave. Ha! No, I’m just kidding. Kind of. 🙂 No, seriously, the recipe works great to alter it to suit your taste.
It’s a great flavorful alternative to traditional cornbread dressing. Y’all enjoy!
Bacon Mushroom Cornbread Dressing
- 6 cups crumbled cornbread
- 8 slices bacon
- 2 ribs celery thinly sliced
- 1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms (about 3 cups)
- 6 green onions chopped
- 1 (10.5-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 3 cups chicken broth
- In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp and drain on paper towels. Coarsely chop the bacon. Carefully pour away all but about 2 tablespoon of the bacon drippings. Return the pan with the reserved drippings to medium heat and add the celery. Cook about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the green onions and cook until they are wilted and soft - about 2 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the crumbled cornbread, cooked vegetables, chopped bacon, and cream of mushroom soup. Mix well. Add the broth one cup at a time until it gets to a soupy consistency - 3 cups seems to be just about right, but you may require a little more or a little less. Baking it will cause most of the moisture to absorb, so make sure that you've got enough liquid in there. You don't want tdry dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour it into the prepared dish and bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and set.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.