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Meandering outside the shop

One of my favorite little side trips is going to Cedar Creek Gallery, a nearby shop featuring pottery, glass, metalwork, and other works of art. Each time we go, we find new treasures. Before showing you some of the lovely items which we found at our last visit, here is a bit of the outside. Next week's post will feature some of the art work currently on display.

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Cinnamon Apple Pull-Apart Bread

Another favorite from King Arthur Flour’s website!


To make the filling: Melt the butter in a saucepan set over medium heat. Combine the sugar and ClearJel, and add to the saucepan along with the remaining ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes and set aside to cool.

To make the dough: Whisk together the butter, milk, water, eggs, and vanilla extract. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast, then add the wet ingredients. Mix and knead, adding more flour or water if necessary to make a smooth, soft dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Grease a 12" x 4" x 2 1/2" tea loaf pan or a 9" x 5" loaf pan.

Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly greased surface. Roll the dough into a 12" x 20" rectangle. Spread the filling mixture all over the surface.

Cut the dough crosswise into six 3 1/2" x 12" strips. Stack the strips on top of one another. Cut the stack into six pieces, about 2" x 3 1/2" each. Turn the pieces on edge, and place them in the loaf pan one in front of the other from one end of the pan to the other, squeezing them in tight.

Cover the pan and allow the loaf to rise for 30 to 60 minutes, until it's almost doubled in size. While the loaf is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
Waiting for it to rise!

Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes in the center of the oven, tenting it with foil after 30 minutes. Remove the loaf from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before turning it out of the pan to cool completely.

Yield: 1 loaf, about 12 to 15 servings.

My hubby holds the position of chief taste tester here. He gave it his D.H. seal of approval!

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Saints among us

Last week you saw photos from the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. This week we continue our tour by seeing some of the statues of saints that overlook the sanctuary.

Ladies from the Daughters of Saint Francis de Sales in front of his statue

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A tour of Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.

The Roman Catholic diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina had the smallest cathedral of any diocese in the United States with a seating capacity of 320. A decision was made to build a new cathedral to serve the needs of the diocese. Ground was broken in 2017, and the Cathedral was dedicated 2 1/2 years later. It can now seat 2000 people.
The weather didn't look promising, but the interior glowed.

 The organ is impressive. There are more than 3700 pipes ranging in size from 32 feet (speaking a frequency of 16 hertz) to ¾ of an inch long (producing frequencies of above  16,000 hertz). It was donated by a parishioner on 2 conditions: (1) that the name of the donor remain anonymous and (2) that the cost of the organ not be divulged.

The Cathedral was still decorated for Christmas at the time of our visit.

The Cathedral is one of only two churches in North Carolina with a dome, and it is beautiful.

Here is a photo taken at a prior visit. In it, you have a better view of the Carerra marble of the floor surrounding the altar.

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Cranberry Orange Babka

Before the stores sell out of cranberries, make this yummy bread. The recipe is from King Arthur Flour’s website, which is jam packed with tasty things to cook up in your kitchen!

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