Katy and the Tale Of Candied Apples


**This recipe is now on SouthernPlate.com! Get it by clicking here**

You know, my life has changed a great deal over the past couple of years but in many ways, it hasn’t changed one little bit. The best part is that no matter what goes on outside of these four walls, inside them I’m just Mama to my kids.

While Brady (who is eleven) understands a great deal of what has gone on with Southern Plate, Katy Rose is another story. I remember when the Southern Living feature came out. I was so thrilled to see my kids inside and especially to see Brady and Katy Rose on the table of contents.

I showed it to Katy and said “Look Baby, you’re in this magazine! See how pretty that picture is? You’re here, too…”

I went on through the magazine, showing her photos of herself.

She begrudgingly sat still long enough to look and as soon as I was finished she was off again, clearly not impressed.

The next day she came home from Kindergarten and said “Mama, a teacher showed me one of those magazines at school today.” I lit up with pride and waited for Katy to go into a story of how it felt that others were seeing her in a magazine and such. But instead she looked at me with a shocked expression and said “Did you know there were TWO of those magazines?”

For a brief moment I contemplated explaining to her how important Southern Living was (I often say every Southern household is required to have a Holy Bible and subscription to Southern Living), but then I just nodded looked at her sweet little face and smiled and said “Really? How cool is that Katy Rose!”


That is when I realized that to my kids, none of this is a big deal and none of it should be. The important thing to them is whether or not I’m going to be able to chaperone on their field trips, be there for school events, or be here to tuck them in at night. To them, that is the important stuff and I’m so thankful that I have the good sense to see my worth and value in their lives through the eyes and wisdom of my kids.

Today I have another cute story to share with you about my daughter’s lack of understanding of all things Southern Plate. I was sitting at the computer a few weeks back and Katy walked into the room holding my book with the back side up. She handed it to me and pointed to the photo of candied apples on the back cover.


“Yes Baby?”

“Do you think you could read this book and figure out how to make these for us sometime?”

I turned to see what book she was holding and my heart melted as I smiled at her sweet little face. Taking the book from her I turned it over and pointed to the photo of me on the cover.

“Katy, baby, look. Who is this?”

She looked and shrugged “You.”

“Katy baby, this is my book. I wrote it. These are my recipes in this book.”

She didn’t even pause as she took the book from me, turned it back over to the back and pointed again to the candied apples.

“Okay but do you think you could read this book and figure out how to make these for us sometime?”

I just smiled and pulled her into my arms.

“Yes baby, I think I could do that.”

Of course, I’ve made candied apples for Katy Rose before but as it turned out, she was just too young to remember. So this past Monday I worked as fast as I could and then set my work aside a little over an hour before time for the kids to get home from school. I still had deadlines to meet and projects to get done but all of that was just going to have to wait because I had work to do in my kitchen.

When they got off the bus I was waiting at the front door.

“Close your eyes, I have a surprise for you.”

I led them to the kitchen and had them stand around the table while I got my camera ready for their reactions…

“Okay, open them!”

This was a good Mama moment for me!

Katy said they tasted even better than the picture in “that book” looked!

and Brady said they tasted even better than they did last time I made them.

Thank goodness for “that book”.


The moral of this story is:

Your kids don’t really care whether or not you are a great engineer, a published author, or an award winning ______. All the accolades on your resume mean nothing to them. While it is important to enjoy your career (whether chosen or happened upon as in my case), It is much more important to let your children see that you enjoy being their parent.

Special thanks to all of the members of my Southern Plate Family. Without you my book would have never happened and I would have never had this wonderful moment with my kids. **This recipe is now on SouthernPlate.com! Get it by clicking here**




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  1. Thala says

    Wow, what a touching post! I’ve been coming to your site for some time and never before left a comment but this post really moved me to respond. Thanks for the little reminder of what really matters in life…it’s such a delight to find more than just stellar recipes on your blog. Your children are adorable and lucky to have such a grounded, sharp-sighted mother and role model. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful, family-centered weekend.

  2. Charlene Beck says

    Christy, you are so right about looking at life through your children’s eyes. The accomplishments of our lives is the memories we leave with those we love and those things last longer than anything else we may do. Continue to keep yourself grounded in those things that count.

  3. says

    Such a sweet story. My kids are all almost grown now (just one 17 yr old left in the nest) and through part of their lives I was a single, working mother and through the latter part, mostly middle and high school, I was able to stay home and be there more for them. Whether you work or not, they really will remember the efforts made to be there for their events, big and small, and to provide special touches that make them feel as if they are the most cherished beings on the planet. Sounds like you are doing just that!

  4. Lauren says

    Christy, can I just say that I have never in my life have I had a candied apple? I’ve had caramel apples, but not a one candied apple :( I guess this is as good a time as any to try them out! Will let you know how they turn out!

  5. David says

    My heart melted on this one Christy. You know, several post back you mentioned wanting to do something in life substantial… you do to your family and kids and those of us lucky enough to have found Southern Plate. We have our Paula Dean and all… but so many young people today don’t know how to be a parent and I’d say the most important.. just takes having a baby to be a Mother… but takes a special person to be a “Mom” and that is what you are and share. That is what is so awesome too about home cooked food… a person stood there and added them to the dish, be it extra salt, their secret ingredient, but it has the touch of a human that makes it so special. No chemical additions, machines cranking it out and packaging it. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all that you do an share!!!

  6. Ann Tracy says

    OH MY HECK!!! I read the WHOLE post, and figured I would see the recipe at the end……it was NOT there!!! AND…..you KNOW my mouth was watering!! I’ve been to 4 different county fairs in the past two summers, TRYING my best to buy one of those RED CANDIED APPLES…and all they had were the carmel ones. SO…..you can imagine my disappointment when I did NOT see the recipe for yours here. Does that mean I have to buy the cookbook?? Almost makes me wish I was RELATED to you!!! Keep up the good work, I really enjoy reading and trying……………………..ann in Indiana

    • Juanita says

      Ann Tracy, it is the best $20.00 or LESS that you will spend!

      Thanks for the story about the candied apples. I love to hear about your family adventures. Your children are just precious!

  7. Allison says

    So precious! I just read this story because I saw it on Pinterest, but I have a Katy in my life and she LOVES caramel apples. Sadly, she has had braces for the past two years and can not eat them. She always says one of the first things she wants to eat when those braces come off is a caramel apple so my mission is to have some ready for her on the day she gets those things off (which should be soon!). It’s these kind of stories that make parenting so wonderful and it’s also these little memories that our children will fondly remember some day.

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