This week my world turned upside down. My little girl went in to surgery on Friday to have a large lump removed from her chest. To say I was nervous all day is to put it mildly. I grilled her doctor before hand in a way that surely embarrassed the both of us. “So what about the anesthetic?” and “Have you done this before?” Antibiotics, what about those??” I was a paternal wreck to say the least.
While she was under, our lives together kept running through my thoughts. Had I been good to her, given her enough attention, fed her well? Did I discipline her too much . . too little? What would she think of me after? What does she think of me now?! Will I be able to take care of her when she comes home? Too many hard questions. And those times she ran away just break a father’s heart. I remember when she first came to me. She was only one year old and so delicate. We had quite a time of it the first couple years. She would rarely leave me side when I was at home, and the noises she would make when I left each day . . .
I held my breath when I saw the hospital’s caller ID pop up on my phone . . . “She’s doing great Mr Judt. She’s waking up right now and everything went extremely well.” Whew! To say it was a relief to hear is to not say nearly enough. My baby girl was alive and well and coming home.
So in honor of my baby girl making it through surgery I dug deep in to my parental trove of recipes for that one thing I know would make me feel better about . . . everything!
Betty Crocker’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
9 slices pineapple in juice (from 14-oz can), drained
9 maraschino cherries without stems, if desired
1 1/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 Heat oven to 350°F. In
9-inch square a round cast iron pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.
2 In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
50 to 55 30 – 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.
My baby girl feels better, I feel better. Make this and you’ll feel better too!!
Eat Well and Smile Often!
p.s. Upside down, who’s to say what’s impossible and can’t be found?
I don’t want this feeling to go away
Please don’t go away