Last night I was busy making some icing for cupcakes for Jack’s school. He was ready for bed when he came into the kitchen wanting to taste the icing. I explained that he had already brushed his teeth and that he didn’t need any sugar. Nonetheless, I turned away for a few minutes and then I heard a loud “yuck” followed by the sound of him spitting into the trash can. In an effort to be sneaky and get a taste of the icing, he inadvertently got a big swipe of pure vegetable shortening. Needless to say, he learned his lesson.
You know, life is like that in a lot of ways. Often times we set out for something and end up with something completely different in the end. Sometimes that end result is the sour taste of failure. Other times we might end up with something we didn’t set out for, but something that is ultimately better in the long run. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for poor Jack, but it is true in many cases. We set out to accomplish a particular goal and end up with a much sweeter victory than we could have expected.
Southern Bite is a great example of that for me. I didn’t set out to build a recipe blog or write a cookbook. In fact, when I started SouthernBite.com my goal was for it to be a restaurant review site. That initial goal was a failure of sorts, but the blog evolved into something that I have more passion for than I could have ever imagined. Sharing my recipes with y’all, helping you get a home cooked meal on the table, and preserving the recipes of my family are all amazing things that I’ve been able to do but weren’t the initial goals for me.
I think the lesson here is that sometimes our plans and God’s plans aren’t exactly the same. And just when you think you’re a failure, you might end up with successes beyond your wildest dreams… just in a slightly different direction. We all face disappointment and regret at some point, but you’ve just got to keep on keeping on.
I hope some of y’all needed to hear that. I know I did.
Y’all this Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake is crazy easy and ridiculously delicious – plus, it’s purdy, too! It’s ooey, gooey and just perfect for Fall. Y’all enjoy!
Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 large Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow or butter flavored cake mix
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 325° F. Add 1/2 cup (1 stick) of the butter and the brown sugar to a well-seasoned, medium (about 10.25") cast-iron skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat, and stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is combined. Remove from the heat.
- Melt the remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in a small bowl in the microwave. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, melted butter and 1 cup water. Mix well.
- Place the sliced apples in the skillet on top of the caramel mixture arranging them in whatever fashion you like. Pour the cake batter on top of the apples. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Immediately cover the skillet with a platter and invert to remove the cake.