Friday, June 24, 2022

Exercism: Monthly Poetry Group


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Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane, Mimi, and I take turns,
"Exercise" is the theme this time.
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.  

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Church was not just spiritual,
but a social place for many.
Parishioners got together in
fun groups, and there were plenty. 

One day, a new group was formed,
exercise, the mutual plan.
Going on a daily walk,
with all of those who can.
Though he was much older now,
Father joined in when he could.
But to their shock and awe, he said
that they were up to no good.
"No, I cannot do that," 
he exclaimed, "I'm much too old.
And wrong, stay home and bible read,
if I may be so bold."
Shocked, dismayed parishioners,
went along their way.
On the phone that night, though, they,
agreed to meet up the next day.

Next day, about to have coffee and
some freshly baked quick bread,
saw a group in the parking lot,
so he headed outside instead. 

Blueberry Cinnamon Loaf is a quick bread both encrusted and infused with cinnamon, and loaded with plump blueberries. | recipe developed by | #recipe #bread
Blueberry Cinnamon Loaf

Yes, the group had gathered,
they were ready for their walk,
when from inside the rectory,
Father came out to talk. 

"Good morning," Father, smiling, said,
"What's up on this fine day?"
Worried, Mabel told him,
"Going walking, we'll be on our way."
"That sounds like a fine idea," 
Father asked "can I go with you?"
Everyone looked to Mabel,
her answer? Blunt but true.

"Father," Mabel calmly said,
"you were invited all along.
but you told us quite clearly that,
exercise was somehow wrong?"
"Exercise? Oh, exercise!
Guess I didn't hear it.
Thought that you'd said exorcise 
as in . . . you know . . . expel a spirit."

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Blueberry Cinnamon Loaf

2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/3 cup cinnamon baking chips
2 1/2 cups flour plus 1 TBSP, divided
1 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg 
1 1/4 cups blueberries 
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP blueberry jam
1 TBSP lemon juice

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.
*Mix together the 2 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Dust the loaf pan with this mixture, moving it around to coat the bottom and sides. Set aside.
*Place the cinnamon baking chips in a clean coffee grinder or a food processor. Grind to a powder.
*In a large bowl, whisk together the cinnamon chips, the remaining cinnamon, 2 1/2 cups of the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
*To the bowl, add the milk, oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix until incorporated.
*Toss the blueberries with the remaining 1 TBSP flour to coat. Set aside about 1/4 cup of blueberries, and fold the rest into the dough.
*Spread the dough evenly into the loaf pan. Top with the reserved blueberries. Bake for 55 - 60 minutes, until the top springs back to the touch.
*Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and cool completely.
*Whisk together the powdered sugar, blueberry jam, and lemon juice. Drizzle over the cooled loaf.


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