Psalm 96:4

"For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise..."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another day of baking...

Another day of baking...

"cinnamon rolls" which are always fun to make and smell so wonderful as they are baking. It always brings back special childhood memories of coming home from school to the delicious smell of fresh buns my mom was baking. Oh, how I enjoyed them!!!

I do the kneading as I don't have a mixer.

It never takes long for the dough to raise here...

I put a little cream cheese frosting on them and sprinkle a few pecans on top.

I made these a little smaller so I would have one for everyone at the office. I think I ended up with 36 cinnamon rolls. I saved a few out for Larry and me to enjoy too.

Next came the "sour cream twists". These take a bit more work to do but the staff really likes them so I try to include them when I bake for the tea breaks. 

I left some unfrosted for those that like less sweet.

The cream cheese frosting with a drop of almond flavoring in it and then a few slices of almonds on top.

I did not do so good today as far as not tasting ...yikes I tried a few too many goodies today. I really like breads and it is so hard to make them and not eat a few while they are still warm from the oven.

This concludes my baking spree for a while.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Baking Extravaganza!!!

Today I began baking for our upcoming Asia Management Team meetings that will be in September. I really enjoy baking for the tea breaks and decided even though I will be away that week I could bake ahead and freeze the goodies for the team and staff to enjoy that week.

This is an old favorite of mine "Peanut Butter Blossoms" but since I did not have the Hershey kisses I improvised and used some chunky chocolate chip pieces. They turned out fine and I know because I tasted one to be sure:) 

I also did a favorite of most people chocolate chip cookies but forgot to take a picture of them.
The "Chocolate Syrup Brownies" are always a great hit...they are so easy to do... just dump everything in a bowl and mix well and bake. The frosting is like a fudge and makes them so yummy! And because I like nuts I usually add them to the top.

These muffins are from a recipe I discovered a few years ago and have made many times since. They are called "Morning Glory Muffins" and they are delightful. They have carrots, apples, raisins, coconut and walnuts in the batter and are so moist.  I used my mini muffin tin so I only had to do one batch to have enough for everyone.

"Never Fail Banana Bread" is another favorite of my Asian friends. I read on someones blog about sprinkling a little brown sugar and cinnamon on top of the dough before baking and I like the extra crunch it gives the top of each slice. And again since I really like nuts I added some walnuts to the bread.

I am done baking for the day...tomorrow I will do some cinnamon rolls and some sour cream twists...

Friday, August 13, 2010

The gospel message in song...

And Can It Be That I Should Gain
by Charles Wesley (1738)

And can it be that I should gain an int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died he for me who caused his pain? For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left his Father’s throne above (so free, so infinite his grace!).
Humbled himself (so great his love!), and bled for all his chosen race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free; for, O my God, it found out me.
Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray; I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.
Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

The beloved disciple John writes, “…Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:9, 12 NAS).

These truths remind us that Jesus’ work is the basis for our acceptance, forgiveness and freedom!