Friday, April 18, 2014

Because A Human Body Cried Out

On the cross, we find the one whose self-offering transformed all suffering and forever lifted the finality of death... we find the very figure of God with us, a body who cried out in a loud voice in the midst of anguish, on the brink of death, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Precisely because the cross was not empty, the coming resurrection is indeed profoundly full.

~Jill Carattini, RZIM, Slice of Infinity

Monday, April 14, 2014

Medicine for the Mind

This is the kind of music I have played in our home from the earliest days. I believe the structure, balance, and intricate patterns of beauty help calm the spirit and keep the mind clear, fresh, and vibrant. I've seen some studies that suggest Mozart is "medicine for the mind." I'm a believer.  :)


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

Oh, my goodness! I shouldn't have cleaned out that basket today!
I ran across a recipe I had printed out from somewhere online, and it looked so good I decided to try it. 
My, my! There goes my calorie counting regimen! 

This is a bread that is supposed to taste like Texas Roadhouse Rolls with cinnamon butter. It's pretty amazing. I usually have little problem stopping with one roll. I didn't manage that tonight. I decided to skip meat and dessert, and just eat my veggies and cinnamon buttered bread. ; )

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup whole milk (heated for 3 minutes in microwave and cooled to lukewarm)
1 1/2 T butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
1 egg
1 tsp fine sea salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water with a tsp of sugar; let stand until frothy.
Combine yeast mixture, lukewarm milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and enough flour to make a medium batter (about the consistency of pancake batter.) 
Beat thoroughly. Add melted butter, egg, and salt. Beat well. Add enough flour to form a soft dough. 

Let dough rest for 3 or 4 minutes. 

Knead dough until smooth and elastic (I use my Kitchen aid mixer with dough hook and let it knead the dough for 5 or 6 minutes) and put in a greased bowl; turn over once to grease all sides. Cover with towel and let rise till doubled.

Punch down. Turn onto a floured board or counter. 
Roll out dough into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick, then fold rectangle in half, making it about 1-inch thick. Use rolling pin and roll over the dough, ever so gently, just to seal the two halves together. (If you are too gentle, they will come out looking very funny, like an open book. One of mine was like that.)
Using a pizza cutter, cut into squares, whatever size you like. I cut mine into nine.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes. 

Cinnamon  Butter

1/4 cup softened butter
3 T. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp honey

Whip with beaters until light and fluffy!