Daydreams and Surprises
Listened to the show Saturday, and it was not bad. I was in the garage all the while, getting ready for a garage sale that went for three days this week and let me tell you, it’s been nice to sit in my rocking chair and just chat with people after all that preparation. Lots of unpacking boxes dropped off by friends and folding and sorting and marking and I have to say when the garage door opened on Wednesday afternoon, it looked pretty dang good, what with a few lit candles in the corner and five tables full up with good things and soft music playing in the background. I covered a wall with framed pictures even, and it looked mighty well put together if I may say.
Always did want to have my own shop of curious things, along with coffee and pastries and such, maybe in a little room off the main one. When I was a child I played “store” with my brothers and had day dreams of one of those lovely pastry cases filled with pies and tarts and truffles and cookies I made myself. Never worked out for me to do all that, but a girl can dream, and I still do, and perhaps that’s why I enjoy putting on a garage sale every few years. Feels like my own little shop and I get to meet and talk with people and watch them find things that bring them delight and there’s some cash for me after it’s all said and done to do with what I wish.
I always designate a purpose for garage sale money and this year it’s Mr. S’s Surprise Birthday Party Fund. The kids have been hoping to throw a big one for him, and though Mr. S is not the world’s #1 fan of Surprises, I figure why the heck not. You can’t live a good life without being showered with surpriseful love in a big way at least once, so we’re going for it. And you can’t live a good life without daydreams, either. I have them still. My own bookstore. My own therapy practice. A business where I go to people’s homes and help them pare down. A gig as a life-coach. A sweet shop. A ranch where people come to ride horses. An apple orchard complete with a cider stand and rides in a hay wagon. All that. And more. Day dreams, and some even in the night. May you have them, always. Daydreams and surprises alike, all along the way.
Yet another version of a classic, and a perfect cake for a gathering out on the deck. Goes well with margaritas, for the record.
Pineapple Upside Down Bundt Cake
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 20-ounce can pineapple slices, juice reserved
1 small jar maraschino cherries
1 box yellow cake mix
1 3.4-ounce box vanilla pudding mix
⅓ cup vegetable oil
⅓ cup milk, plus more as needed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick spray, and evenly pour the melted butter into the bottom of the bundt pan and top with the brown sugar. Cut the pineapple rings in half and, alternating with the cherries, place into the butter-brown sugar mixture in the bottom of the pan.
In a large bowl, combine the cake and pudding mixes together. Add the reserved pineapple juice and milk. Add the eggs and vegetable oil, and mix until fully blended, and pour the batter evenly over the pineapple and cherries.
Bake for 30 minutes, following the cake mix instructions for a Bundt pan, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool the cake for about 10 minutes before running a knife around the edges and inner ring of the pan. Invert onto a serving plate and slice between pineapple rings to serve.
Just so you know, when you add the reserved pineapple juice and milk in step 4, they should equal 1 cup of liquid. If you like, you can first pour the reserved pineapple juice into a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk until you have 1 cup of liquid. Add the liquid to the combined cake-and-pudding mix, then proceed with the recipe.
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