Friday, April 28, 2017

Pie Jesu Domine, Dona Eis Requiem

Father, into Your hands I commit my friend Coemgein, who believes he is above friendship. Have mercy on his soul, give him peace in his heart, forgive his sins, and let him know to-day how much you love him.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Blue skies with white clouds on summer days.
A myriad of stars on clear moonlit nights.
Tulips and roses and violets and dandelions and daisies.
Bluebirds and laughter and sunshine and Easter.

See how He loves us!

~Alice Chapin

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Recipe #420 Napoleon Pizza

I do some sort of pizza every Wednesday when Survivor is running on CBS at 8:00; lately I've been trying different dough and sauce recipes and I think I found my winner-winner-pizza-dinner last night.

The dough starts with two packages or 4 1/2 tsp of yeast, two tsp of sugar, and 1 1/2 c warm water and let it rise.

Then, mix three cups of flour with two tablespoons salt. Wisk it, wisk it real good.

Add the water/yeast to the flour and combine until you get a ball. Remove to a floured surface and knead for about about three minutes.
Let it rise covered in a warm draft-free environment til it is doubled in volume.

Punch the dough ball down, and cut in half. It will make two 16 inch pies this way. Let each proof again in a warm area (or overnight in the refrigerator) until you are ready to bake.

My sauce this time was about one third tomato sauce, one third tomato paste, and one third from a Chef Boyardee pizza kit, embellished with dried oregano, garlic, basil, black pepper, and thyme. Not too demanding, the tomato flavor really came through.

I grated some fresh Monterrey Jack cheese to go with two cups of shredded mozzarella

Pepperoni is mandatory, as are mushrooms, but I wanted to not do the entire pie with everything:

So green pepper, white onion, Kroger sugar ham fried nicely, and ground sausage topped about 65% of the pie. At exactly 18 minutes cooked at 450 degrees she was done.

'It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.'

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

1. Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
'Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, 'tis He! 'tis He!
'Tis the long-expected Prophet,
David's Son, yet David's Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it:
'Tis the true and faithful Word.

2. Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning,
Was there ever grief like His?
Friends through fear His cause disowning,
Foes insulting His distress;
Many hands were raised to wound Him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced Him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

3. Ye who think of sin but lightly
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
Son of Man and Son of God.

4. Here we have a firm foundation;
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ's the Rock of our salvation,
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hope have built.

"Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted"
by Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #153
Text: Is. 53:3-5
Author: Thomas Kelly, 1804
Tune: "O mein Jesu, ich muss sterben"
1st Published in:_Geistliche VolksliederTown: Paderborn, 1850

 "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"
by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

1. When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that harm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

3. See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were a tribute far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #175
Text: Gal. 6:14
Author: Isaac Watts, 1707, ab. and alt.
First Tune: "Hamburg"
Tune based on First Gregorian Chant
Arranged by: Lowell Mason, 1824
Second Tune: "Rockingham Old"
Composer: Edward Miller, 1790

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TLH #648 I Am Jesus' Little Lamb

This song has been running through my mind lately. Another hymn from The Lutheran Hymnal I probably sang a thousand times as a young lad in Detroit.
The video I just found on YouTube, and you couldn't have made a more precious movie scene.
God is good, no?!?

1. I am Jesus' little lamb,
Ever glad at heart I am;
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need, and well provides me,
Loves me every day the same,
Even calls me by my name.

2. Day by day, at home, away,
Jesus is my Staff and Stay.
When I hunger, Jesus feeds me,
Into pleasant pastures leads me;
When I thirst, He bids me go
Where the quiet waters flow.

3. Who so happy as I am,
Even now the Shepherd's lamb?
And when my short life is ended,
By His angel host attended,
He shall fold me to His breast,
There within His arms to rest.

Hymn #648
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: John 21:15
Author: Henriette L. von Hayn, 1778
Translated by: composite
Titled: "Weil ich Jesu Schaeflein bin"
1st Published in: Brueder Choral-Buch, 1784
Tune: "Weil ich Jesu Schaeflein bin"

"I Am Jesus; Little Lamb"
by Henrietta L. von Hayn, 1724-1782

Monday, April 10, 2017

Recipe #13 Easy Baguettes


2 packets (1/2 oz, or 4, 1/2 tsp) active dry yeast
2 tbs sugar (honey, if you have it available)
2 cups water

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt

corn oil for the rising bowl
corn meal for dusting the pan

Start the yeast in one half cup of warm water and then add sugar. It should rise a bit and get frothy.

In a larger bowl, combine flour and salt. Then add the yeast mixture, and stir in one more cup of warm water. Add more flour or water until the dough comes together and is workable.
Knead for 3 or 4 minutes. I don't know what this does, but I read it is necessary.

Place the dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place to rise.

When it has doubled in volume, punch it down ( I like that), cut it tin half, and roll each half out into cigar-shaped loaves. Score the tops, and put on your baking pan dusted with corn meal.

Preheat your oven to 425 F and cover the loaves for the second rise. When they've doubled in size, or after about 20 minutes, they are ready.

Bake for 20 minutes (keep an eye on them) and allow to cool before you indulge.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Opening Day at Comerica

Had to scrape about an inch of frozen snow off the windshield this morning, but the sun is shining and according to The Great Voice of the Great Lakes @WJRRadio, the crowd downtown is growing.

The Tigers are honoring Mr. I this season with the grass, and uniform patches

Wish we were there...bundled up, of course!!

Thank you, Mr. I

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Out early this morning to run errands on a beautiful Saturday and the robins stole the show. Hop hop hopping on the grass, sitting in our bare crab apple tree or on the rooftops, or even hopping on the pavement - their song is a song of joy!

Tweet tweet tweeeeeeet; the new day is here!
Tweeeet twit tweet tweeet; rise and shine oh sleepy heads!

Right now, though, the red bellied woodpecker is looking for food in our chimney stack: the vibrating metal gives his error away.

The starlings and red-winged blackbirds have massed in the trees across the street, like a gang of sweet-singing thugs in the middle of their pillage-planning. There goes a starling chasing away the crab tree robin! What a bully!

I have a squirrel baffle over my suet hanging right off our deck - the thugs don't like to eat with something overhead like that. It has done the job well, as has the safflower seed - which they do not like for some reason (I think it's too hard for their beaks to crack open. The chickadees, cardinals, blue-jays, house-finches, and downy woodpeckers eat the safflower seeds. The little chickadees are so cute this morning. Two at a time, they will take a seed from the feeder, hop up to a branch, and peck at the seed they hold between their feet :- ).

The sun is coming out from behind the clouds and it is a beautiful sight. I think we will have un-stuffed cabbage in the crock pot to-day, with some mashed potatoes on the side.

Now the robin was investigating a nest from last year, and the starling was not having it.

Last night was my MLB fantasy baseball draft, and overall I am pretty happy with the results (except for the one time the cheap laptop began 'not responding' to my clicks and I mistakenly turned on AutoPilot, causing Neil Walker to become my second second baseman.

C Sal Perez (I had him on and off a couple three years ago, I was going to take Posey in the fourth round but the guy right before me got him.:-(
1B Freddie Freeman (oodles and oodles of homers last year, over 100 RBI each of the last three)
2B Daniel Murphy (can play first or second base, a big bat in the lineup if he stays healthy)
SS Xander Bogaerts (the one Red Sox I wished I'da had last year, along with Pedey, Papi, and Mookie)
3B Jose Ramirez (Indians third sacker - a young guy hopefully under-estimated)
OF Mike Trout (I had him two years ago and never took him out the lineup - the overall #3 pick)
OF Charlie Blackmon (this guy did damage against me all summer last year)
OF Yasmany Tomas (nicknamed El Tanque - 'nuff said)
U Adrian Gonzalez right now, but he'll have to perform to stay in the lineup, as the bench consists of

OF Billy Hamilton (lots of sb, career best obp of .321 last year)
OF Dexter Fowler (.393 obp last year, and it seemed every night he was on MLB Quickpitch)
OF Joc Pedersen (he hit a ton of homers two years ago before the break, then fell off the map. hopefully he'll continue his resurgence from last year)
OF Keon Broxton (a young Brewer stud I don't know much about, but he's ranked really high amount OF, he's my replacement for the aforementioned Mr. Walker)

I didn't take a starting pitcher until the seventh round (after Kershaw and Max, who I'm gonna take?!!?) so I kept grabbing sluggers. I'll need to trade one of the relievers for a starter after 4/20 for sure
SP Carlos Corassco (Indians should be good again this year, he's their #2 guy)
SP Julio Teheran (Atlanta's ace, he was an all-star last year)
SP Lance McCullers (#2 behind Keuchel in Houston, strong LOB #s last year)
SP Kenta Maeda (Dodgers #3 behind Kershaw and Hill, added 10 lbs of muscle in the offseason)
SP Matt Moore (Giants #3 behind Bumgarner and Cueto)

RP Kenly Janson (picked him in the fifth round, my first pitcher; career best in WHIP, ERA, and S)
RP Jeurys Familia (he's suspended until 4/20, but he's been a great reliever for my in the past)
RP Tony Watson (Pirate's closer, but I really just needed someone until 4/20)