Monday, March 30, 2009

Two Recipes and a Movie

For those of you who wanted the recipe for the muffins I showed in the last post, click here to link to the recipe that I used.

Next, is a photo of the pineapple upside-down cake that I made for the guy's graduation ceremony at church tonight.

It is my version of a very simple recipe, but it is Steven's favorite and I have made it for the guys in his study group before, so I know that they like it! All it takes is a plain yellow cake mix with the ingredients called for on the box, except that I substitute the drained juice from the canned pineapples for the water. I use two 9" round pans instead of a rectangular pan. In the bottom of each pan, I put a half stick of melted butter and a quarter cup of brown sugar, which I spread around evenly to cover the bottom. Then in one pan I put a layer of canned crushed pineapple. In the other I put a layer of canned sliced pineapples with maraschino cherries to fill all the holes. Next, I pour half of the batter, that I have mixed according to directions on the box, into each pan. You may want to mark which one has the sliced pineapples and cherries by sticking a toothpick into a cherry if you're prone to forget like me! lol! Then I bake them in the oven according to directions on the box. You may have to cook them a bit longer, since the ingredients are heavier than the box ingredients. But when the tops are medium brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, they're done. Then you take them out and let them cool for about 10 minutes. After that, you invert them to make a two-layer cake on a plate, with the sliced pineapples and cherries for the top layer. The cake is good warm, or cold.

Lastly, I want to share with you about a movie that Steven and I got recently. It's called "The Fabric of Time". Here's a photo of the case with the 3-D glasses that came with it.

You might enjoy this documentary more if you have some scientific background. But I found it fascinating, even though I have a hard time wrapping my brain around some of the concepts. Basically it's about some of the latest studies and theories about the Shroud of Turin. Now, admittedly, I have never really put much confidence in relics. And even if these studies and theories prove false, my faith in Christ will stand. But if you enjoy studying the mysteries of the universe, particularly as they relate to what the Bible says, this movie is for you! The makers of this documentary spend some time pointing out problems with the carbon-14 dating that showed a recent date for the Shroud and theories that a great artist like Da Vinci painted it. Then they show more recent scientific studies of the Shroud that demonstrate that early photographic records of it are holographic (the reason for the 3-D glasses). The studies of the flowers and coins found in the image on the Shroud are very intriguing. The exact matching blood types and stain patterns of the Shroud with the Facecloth that is in Spain, (that has its own separate ancient history)is fascinating. And the fact that the image on the Shroud is a negative, like for film photos is interesting. The part that blew me away (and I'm still trying to understand), is the theory that the Shroud is not so much a record of Christ's death, as His resurrection! And it relates to Quantum Mechanics, black holes, event horizons, and the beginning of time! Whoa! Yeah!! You really need to see this movie!

God bless!

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting, sounding movie. And I just love pineapple upside down cake. This one looks yummy.