A few years ago, I went out on the 4-wheeler with Luke and some friends all day. We were about an hour from home, and it was probably about -20 degrees that day in the middle of January. I'm not sure why we were crazy enough to go, but we somehow survived with our 5 layers, hand and foot warmers, scarves, hats, 3 pairs of gloves, 3 pairs of socks...you get the idea :-) It was a really fun day, but definitely a long, tiring, COLD day. I remember that somehow we all accidentally skipped lunch too. So when we finally got home we were cold, tired, and HUNGRY!
That night we had chili and cornbread for dinner made by my aunt. And lots of it! The chili was amazing, but for some reason the cornbread was even better. It was the most perfect meal we could have had after a day like that!
Since I relate cornbread to that day, I always also relate cornbread with warmth and comfort (I mean really, who doesn't? :-P)
Luke had 2 softball tournament games for his fall league this afternoon/evening. They started the games late, and they ended up lasting pretty much forever. So it was a long afternoon outside in the cold! I thought tonight would be the perfect night for soup and cornbread!
I cheated a little with the soup, and used minestrone from cans. But I made some cornbread to go along with it, so I didn't feel totally lazy :-)
The first time I made this particular recipe of cornbread, it was one of the first meals I ever made for Luke after we were married. I tried to make chili and cornbread. I failed a little with the chili, but the cornbread was a success! It was very sweet, and just delicious! And SUPER easy to make. I thought I would share the recipe with you in case you need a good comfort food since the temperature is dropping. I unfortunately don't remember where the recipe came from...somewhere on the Internet I'm sure!
Easy Corn Bread:
2 c. buttermilk baking mix (Bisquick)
4-6 tbsp. cornmeal
1 c. sugar
1 c. milk
1/2 c. butter, melted
Combine baking mix, cornmeal, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and milk. Beat until well blended. Mix in melted butter. Place in greased 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out dry. Cut into squares and enjoy!