A few things they don’t teach you in college but they really should:
1. Be charitable. Give yourself: your time, your money, your thoughts, your prayers to someone in need. The more you give, the more you will receive, but try not to think about that part too much. I have a few friends (Seth and Lynn), that are seeking donations these days.
2. Don’t be so defensive. I’m always wanting to ‘set the record straight’ or ‘get my side of the story out there.’ Don’t do it. It doesn’t benefit you in the way you think it will.
3. Before making a big decision, get advice from as many people as possible. You don’t have to take everyone’s advice, but it’s good to understand everyone’s perspective. If, however, the person is your elder by quite a few years, you probably should take their advice.
4. Buy whole life insurance (not term). Just look into it, even if you think you’re too young.
5. If you ever find yourself in Waco, Texas, buy enough Dr Pepper made with real sugar to last you a lifetime. I had no idea the post-college cravings I would have for this stuff.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- ¼ cup Dr. Pepper (don’t use diet)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons Dr. Pepper
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350, and grease a 6″ round cake pan or spray with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the butter and sugar until fluffy and well-combined, about 2 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
- In another small bowl, stir together the Dr. Pepper and buttermilk.
- Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until lightly combined. Add half of the buttermilk-soda mixture and continue beating. Add another third of the flour mixture, followed by the last of the buttermilk-soda mixture. Finally, add the last of the flour mixture and beat until combined.
- Scrap the batter into the cake pan, and bake on a baking sheet for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few crumbs clinging and the cake starts to pull away fromt he sides of the pan.
- Once you pull the cake from the oven, begin making the icing (and not a minute before). In a small bowl, melt the butter, cocoa powder and Dr. Pepper in the microwave. Once the butter is melted and the mixture slightly bubbles, pour in the powdered sugar and little at a time, whisking vigorously by hand. When all the powdered sugar is incorporated, pour the warm frosting over the warm cake. Let cool slightly before serving.