It began with a VERY well buttered spring-form pan (2 tablespoons if you really want to know), a layer of 1/2 cups sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon allspice. Over all that? Cranberries. Oh yeah baby!
Then? Some batter. I mixed 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons of butter, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla. You know the drill, sugar and butter, then wet (minus milk), then dry, then milk.
Mixed and poured on top. Confession? At this point, I looked at the batter and thought, there is noooo way this is gonna be enough. Feeling too lazy to make more, this was not going to be good. But...
Guess what? It was enough! I know I had you all worried. I apologize for the anxiety I may have caused. If you were truly traumatized, I will make you an apologetic cranberry upside-down cake. Happy?
350 degrees and 35 minutes later? Ta-da! Oh man, I love fall! P.S. did you know that until this year I claimed summer as my favorite season? True story! But then I realized that the fall foods, scarves and boots really made fall my favorite season and I had been denying myself claim to the best season ever. I. love. fall.
O.K., so remember in the beginning of this blog when I was getting all sentimental over cranberries and the ooshy-gooshy back to my roots? Well here is why: this week I have been baking a lot and thinking a lot. Still as unaware of the next steps on this path of mine, I was drawn back to the basics. The basics of God's love for us, God's plan for our lives, God's goodness and the sweet blessing of His provision. So often, the uncertainties of life draw us back to those simple truths that roll off our tongues in the good seasons without a second thought and they sound so much bigger. To grasp these "simple" truths in these times seems difficult. I am grateful however, that these are ingrained in my memory much like the cranberry sauce recipe. God does love us. God does have a plan for our lives. God is good. God provides.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8