Recipe Friday: Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

My sister and I were chatting online yesterday, on Thanksgiving, about cinnamon rolls. She made my mom’s recipe, and I made a different recipe, one that wouldn’t make me sick. But I started getting all nostalgic about my old classroom. I taught in a differently-abled classroom for several years. I retired from this position, and really it was one of my favorites. We (by “we” I mean myself and the para pros who worked with me) had students ages 13 – 21 in our self-contained room. We had the students all day, and they were in our room for 7 or 8 years in a row. So, we got to know them pretty well, along with their parents.

Another teacher, in the same building, started a student-run coffee shop in school. It was the making of a perfect partnership: They made the coffee and ran the shop; my class made the baked goodies to sell. We made scones and granola and muffins, mostly. But the biggest seller was every Friday: Gooey Cinnamon Rolls. We started them on Thursday afternoon, and on Friday morning we baked them and walked down the pre-first-bell hallways to deliver the fill-your-senses, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. My students and I created this recipe; it got lots of tweaking (all with delicious results) until we got it just right. It includes cream cheese in the filling. (Yum!)

Although this recipe comes too late for this Thanksgiving, it comes in plenty of time for Christmas and a second batch for the cold winter months to come.

Yes, this recipe makes enough dough for two large batches (18 rolls). The filling and gooey part sections make enough for one batch: the idea is to make one batch now, and freeze the other half of the dough for the second batch.

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 packages             active dry yeast 2.5 tsp each
  • 1/2 cup     sugar divided
  • 1/2 cup     warm water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons        butter
  • 7 cups      white & whole wheat flour
  • 3                eggs
  • 1 teaspoon             salt

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup     butter softened
  • 8 ounces    cream cheese softened

Gooey Stuff:

  • 1/4 cup     butter melted
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup        corn syrup
  • 1 cup        buttermilk or ice cream, or milk
    • cinnamon sugar
    • more cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Dough:
    In a small bowl, dissolve yeast, 1 Tablespoon of the sugar, and warm water. This is proofing: you are making sure your yeast is still good. It should foam up.
  2. In a saucepan (or microwave) heat milk and butter, just until butter is melted.
  3. In a large bowl, mix 3 cups flour, the rest of the sugar, warm milk & butter, yeast mixture, eggs, and salt.
  4. Beat 3 min on medium speed.
  5. Add remaining flour; stir until incorporated.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured or oil-sprayed surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover with a damp towel; allow to rest while you make the filling and the gooey part.

Filling:
Beat together the butter and cream cheese.

Gooey part:
Stir together all the Gooey Part ingredients. Pour into a large baking pan (11″ x 15″). Note: If the baking pan is non-stick, you don’t have to grease it; if it isn’t, you should grease it first.) [Another Note: If you cut the rolls thick, then you can use a smaller pan.]
Sprinkle gooey stuff liberally with cinnamon (as much as you like).

Assembly:

  1. Knead down the dough. Cut it in half; freeze one half.
  2. Roll the other half into a large rectangle (like, 10 x 16ish). Spread with half the filling (refrigerate the other half of the filling, for the other half of the dough).
  3. Sprinkle the filling liberally with cinnamon sugar (as much as you like).
  4. Roll the dough up, starting from the long end.
  5. Slice the dough into ½-inch to 2-inch pieces, depending on how thick you like them, and how many rolls you want. Skinnier slices means more rolls. I usually get 16 – 20 rolls out of one recipe. (Note: these rolls rise pretty well.)
  6. Place each roll into the prepared pan, into the gooey part.

[You can refrigerate the whole pan until you’re ready to bake them: if you do, cover with foil or plastic. Refrigerate overnight. ]

Plan on an hour and a half between dough rising and time to serve.

Whether you bake right away, or refrigerate first:
Place into a warm oven (170°) to let rise: 30 – 40 minutes from the ‘fridge; 20 – 30 minutes if already at room temp.
With the pan still in the oven, turn the temperature to 350°. Let bake 25 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

To Serve:
Cut between each roll with a table knife.
Lift each roll out of the pan with a spatula, invert onto serving plate.
Drizzle gooey stuff from the pan over the rolls.

Give Thanks, Get Peace

Philippians 4.4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Note the progression of events:

  1. Rejoice in the Lord always.
  2. Rejoice!
  3. Let your moderation (gentleness, mildness, fairness – all of which come through Jesus) be evident to all. The Lord is with you.
  4. Be careful for nothing (like Matthew 6.25 Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.).
  5. Talk to God about your requests via prayer and supplication
    1. WITH THANKSGIVING
  6. And then what?
    • PEACE!
    • Peace which passes all understanding!
    • This peace shall keep your hearts and minds
    • How?
      1. Through Jesus Christ

~ sigh ~ Don’t we all want peace in our hearts and minds? Family, friends, the world may rage around us, but we can have peace in our hearts and minds. We can display that peace to all around us.

Have you noticed that peace calls to peace? Peace – as in “Jesus is our Peace” – is tangible and evident in our lives. When we encounter someone else who has that same Peace, we notice; it draws us. Others are drawn to us who have that Peace. We have kindred Spirits.

We can all achieve that peace in our hearts and minds through thanksgiving.

Talk to God. Bring Him your thoughts, your supplications, your fears and worries and dreams. And in all of it, give Him thanks. Give bountifully. We can thank God in all things and for all things because we know that He loves us infinitely and unconditionally. We know that He really is taking good care of us. Our perspective isn’t the same as His, so we don’t see it all. But He does. And He is wrapping His loving arms around us with everlasting tenderness.

Remember:

  1. Rejoice in the Lord
  2. Give it all to God
  3. Talk to Him
  4. Thank God for everything
  5. Receive His Peace.

Recipe Friday: Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Boy, there’s hardly a better comfort food than good old-fashioned pot roast. You can use up an arm roast, a chuck roast, or pretty much any cut of meat you like. Using a pressure cooker almost guarantees a tender meat, and it cuts the cooking time needed to achieve that.

My pressure cooker is an Instant Pot. But if you have a stove-top pressure cooker, the directions are all the same. Pressure cooking (and the addition of some coffee) is the secret to moist, tender pot roast, no matter how tough a cut your meat is. The acid in the coffee breaks down those tough strands, and you don’t taste any coffee flavor.

Also, be sure to take the ten minutes (more, if you like) of natural pressure release: a quick release of pressure leads to dry meat. (Natural release = turn it off and leave the lid on; let it sit. After that, a quick release: move the vent to release the rest of the pressure.) Safety tip: Never try to remove the lid of a pressure cooker until all the steam / pressure is released through the valve, and the pressure pin drops.

Timing: Plan at least 3 hours from start to sitting down.
Amounts: I don’t measure anything by the pound. Our roast is maybe 2 1/2 pounds. Use 4 medium-large potatoes and 5 medium-large carrots (or the equivalents thereof). Just make sure everything fits in your pot without overfilling. For cooking time, chunks refers to a size of 1 – 3 bites, depending on your mouthful.

Tip: When I want thicker gravy, but don’t want to add more cornstarch, I sprinkle in some instant mashed potato flakes to the simmering gravy and stir, adding more until it reaches the desired consistency.

This recipe serves 4, generously.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup           olive oil

3                      stalks celery, with leaves, chopped

1                      large onion, chopped

1/4 cup           cooking red wine

3 pounds       beef chuck pot roast, thawed (mine includes fat, and a bone)

1 teaspoon    Himalayan pink salt

2 cups            beef broth, with a tablespoon

1 tablespoon instant coffee

                        dashes of Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and Tamari sauce

3 pounds       potatoes, cut into medium-small chunks

1 pound         carrots peeled and cut into chunks

1/4 cup           cornstarch mixed well into 1/2 cup beef broth

Directions: Turn the pressure cooker to sauté. Once hot, add in the oil, then chopped onion and celery.
Brown the vegetables, then remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.
Sear meat on all sides, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove meat to the vegetable plate
Pour in red wine and scrape up any browned bits on bottom of instant pot.
Add roast back into pressure cooker, along with the cooked onion and celery.
Mix the instant coffee, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and Tamari sauce into the 2 cups of beef broth. Pour it all into the pot, over the vegetables and meat. Close and seal the lid.
Cook on high pressure for 45 min.
When the cook time has elapsed, allow for pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release the rest of the pressure.
Open instant pot and add in carrots and potatoes. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
Allow pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before quick-releasing pressure. Remove the lid.
Remove meat, potatoes and carrots (along with the onion and celery, if you wish) to serving dishes; keep warm.
Set Instant Pot to Sauté. If needed, add more beef broth to make gravy. Let it come to a boil, then add broth and cornstarch slurry. Stir constantly until gravy comes to a boil again and thickens. Remove to a gravy boat.
Serve.

The Comfort of Paul is also Ours

God has comforted me in His Word this week as I read through some of Paul’s epistles. As I meditated on The Word, I imagined Paul there, in prison, receiving comfort. From whence did his comfort come?

I know he received many visitors, as he notes in his letters.

Psalms 42.11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God

But I imagined him receiving much comfort from the Psalms and other of God’s Word. I think Paul must have memorized and meditated on much of the Old Testament, brilliant as he was. God put into Paul’s heart exactly what he would need for his days ahead.

God does the same for us. We often don’t realize it at the moment, but God orchestrates our hours and days and meetings with others all the time. He is comforting us, preparing us, and equipping us; giving us exactly what we will need now and for the days ahead.

Look at Psalms 119.17 – 24, and imagine the comfort Paul must have received. Imagine receiving that comfort, yourself:

Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellers.

Some days may not feel joyful. But we still have joy: God filled us with His Holy Spirit when He called us by name. David knew the joy of the Lord, the joy of KNOWING His salvation. On those tough days, when David was feeling far from his Lord because of evil in his own life and evil around him, he called out to his God:

Psalms 51.12 – 17:

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

What comfort does God bring you from His Word?

Psalms 39.7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Psalms 121:

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Herbs and Essential Oils 2020 Super Bundle Offer

Early on in my health issues journey, I started researching (online) natural health (aka functional health or functional nutrition). I investigated essential oils, herbs, and eating properly. Why this route, instead of pharmaceuticals? Because God gave us what we need, and I needed to learn from people who understood that. After all, steroid use was primarily what got me into my health issues in the first place (well, that and the fact that I had been such a poor steward of the original health God gave me). I no longer wanted chemicals and medicines: these are the widely-used tools that, to me, represent what people have been messing up, mostly to make money.

I learned a lot in that first year. One of the most beneficial tools I found was the Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle that I purchased. Mind you, this was the only purchase I made in my pursuit of health knowledge: all the other information I gathered was free.

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Food Matters TV Free Screening

From a Natural Living Family (Dr Eric Zelinski) e-newsletter:

Have you heard? Food Matters TV just launched their biggest F-R-E-E screening of the year and you can get a front row seat by going HERE. If you could unlock the secrets to good health, natural healing, and longevity would you?  Our friend & colleague James Colquhoun and founder of Food Matters is hosting a global screening event the and our Natural Living Family community is invited! The great news is, it’s live today! –> Go HERE to begin watching From now until Monday, November 23, you’ll get unlimited access to the Food Matters library of films, including Food Matters, Hungry for Change, and Transcendence Seasons 1 & 2. You’ll be joining 64 leading health & wellbeing experts in this free screening event to discover:

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Recipe Friday: One Pot

This dish is like a fraternal twin to Chili. It’s made the same way, tastes as good, and is just as versatile.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled, and is even better when you eat it as left-overs.
Serve this in a big bowl with sides of a salad and crusty bread or corn bread.
Or, spoon into a casserole dish and top with biscuits, corn bread, or tater tots. Bake at 350° until the topping is cooked and brown (20 minutes or so if biscuits and corn bread start as dough).
Optional ingredients:

  • black olives
  • green/red/yellow/orange peppers
  • macaroni
  • rice or quinoa
  • a mixture of brown sugar and vinegar.

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 20 min + simmering

Ingredients:

1 pound                    ground meat (can be beef, venison, buffalo, etc)

1                                large onion

1 tablespoon           minced garlic

1 (15-ounce) can    diced tomatoes with juice

1 (15-ounce) can    tomato sauce

1 (15-ounce) can    black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15-ounce) can    pinto beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons         Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon           liquid smoke

1/4 cup                     barbecue sauce

Directions:

In a medium-large pot, over medium-high heat, brown the ground meat and onions. In the last minute of browning, add the garlic. Stir and cook.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, black and pinto beans, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and barbeque sauce.
Stir well. Bring to boiling.
Allow to simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes.
Alternatively, this can be put into the oven (covered or uncovered, depending on how thick you want it) at 250° for several hours.

Baked Goods Free Webinar by Melissa K Norris

Melissa K Norris is hosting a free webinar this Thursday. Here is information from her e-mail:

I figured out how to have Easy & Healthy Homemade Baked Goods in One Hour Per Week

This week I’m teaching this method LIVE with a Q&A at the end.

Thousands of people have gone through this FREE training and are now serving up delicious homemade food to their families every day without slaving in the kitchen every single day.

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Once you enter your information in the new tab, you get a link to her recipe website. It includes stuff like this:

Prayer

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Colossians 4.2

In God’s Word, He instructs / adjures / commands / encourages us to pray. The good news is, This is for EVERYONE! Everyone can pray, regardless of limitations, circumstances, or economic status.

How to pray? Pray for what?

First, prayer is simply talking with God. In prayer, we can praise and worship Him, speak words of adoration, and talk with Him about how grateful we are for Him, His presence, His gifts, and His ways. The Psalms are great for finding words of expression. God’s Word always carries power, and praying God’s Word back to Him carries power.

  • Psalms 18.1-3 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
  • Psalms 19.1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  • All of Psalms 23
  • Psalms 117 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
  • Psalms 118.28, 29 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Be sure to make time for confession and repentance as you pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to search you

  • Psalms 139.23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  • Psalms 41.4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
  • Luke 18.13, 14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Prayer includes supplication, which is bringing needs to our Father’s throne. The needs can be for ourselves or loved ones, friends, family, neighbors, community, state, country, and world.

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.

Tools for prayer / supplication:

  • Pen and paper (or your smartphone, if you’re good with that): When you hear prayer requests, write them down. This is important, as it is so easy to forget a request. Also very important: remember to LOOK AT your prayer list when you pray and/or throughout the day.
  • Quiet time is a luxury for some. If you can squeeze it in, do so. If your schedule doesn’t allow for dedicated prayer time, then pray on the go: driving, waiting room, grocery line, TV commercials, doing dishes, in the bathroom.
  • Prayer trigger:
    • Think of something (an event, an item) that reminds you to pray for something particular. When you see a pharmaceutical ad, pray for your ill friend. On your drive to work, and you pass a bus stop, pray for someone in a traffic accident. When it’s time for laundry, pray God to quicken and cleanse the spirit of a loved one. When you see a hospital, pray for the patients, families, and workers inside. When you see a fire / police station or vehicle, pray for law enforcement and rescue personnel. Pray for our military when you see a uniform or news spot.
    • Set an alarm at a certain time to pray about abortion or persecuted Christians or your country.

Pray for:

  • Fellow Christians (Ephesians 6.18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. 2 Peter 3.18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.).
    • Pray for your church and your pastor (Luke 22.32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.).
  • The lost, and God’s people to do His work (Luke 10.2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.)
  • The sick (James 5.16 Pray one for another, that ye may be healed.).
  • Our enemies (Luke 6.28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.).
  • Our authorities (1 Timothy 2.1, 2 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone— for kings and all those in authority—so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.)
  • A heart to pray as God wills (1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.)
  • Friends, family, loved ones (1 Thessalonians 2.8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.)
  • Jerusalem (Psalm 122.6-9 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
  • God’s will be done (Matthew 6.9, 10: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 26.42: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.)

Remember, too, that prayer is talking WITH God. Be sure to watch and listen carefully, because He answers. He speaks to us in so many ways.