Tested in the Wilderness: Willis Tower

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What will you do if you are taken to the United States tallest building in the United States?

Sear’s Tower! (Willis Tower)

Would you go up to observation deck – known as the skydeck –  at 1,353 ft or 412 m to throw yourself down because you cannot have the world’s greatest Cheesecake?

The ledges on the Sears Tower

Maybe not!
But what if Satan test you to throw yourself over a Cheese Bagel at Starbucks Coffee at the Wacker Drive Lobby in Willis Tower, would you consider to obey him?
For Satan will tease over to throw yourself over the world for you to obey him. Furthermore he will quote prophets concerning your safety over the matter. As he will quote that angels will keep us safe from indulging our appetites as to worship Satan. Strike your foot in a stone as to even trip over it. This is to commit sin that will not make God happy.
Don’t overstay at Starbucks, you could do the “Everything with Cheese Bagel” of Starbucks Coffee at home…even better….

Homemade Asiago Cheese Bagels

[adapted from both foodnetwork  and king arthur flour ]

makes 12-15 bagels

10-12 ounces freshly grated asiago cheese

2 cups warm water

2 packets active dry yeast

2 tablespoons honey

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon brown sugar (for the water bath)

vegetable oil for brushing

In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine water, yeast and honey, stir to combine, then let sit until foamy, about 10-15 minutes. Once foamy, gradually add in salt, 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 2 cups of bread flour with the mixer on low speed. After 5 minutes or so, if the dough is still sticky, add the remaining bread flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and mix until combined. Remove the dough from the bowl (it should be thick and stiffer than most yeast breads) and knead a few times with your hands, forming it into a ball. Add the remaining all purpose flour if the dough is still sticky.

Brush a large bowl with oil and place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place (I turn on my oven and set it on top) until it’s double in size – about 1 hour.

Once doubled, punch down the dough and place it on your counter, using a little more flour if needed to prevent it from sticking. Divide the dough into 12 pieces (I actually got 15) that are 2.5-3 ounces each. Using your kitchen scale here is priceless! Rolls the dough into balls, then places on an oiled baking sheet, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. At this time, grate your cheese and place it in a large bowl.

After 30 minutes, fill a large pot with water and add brown sugar, letting it come to a boil. While the water is heating up, take each round of dough and poke a hole straight through the middle, twirling it gently on your finger to create the bagel “look.” Place back down on the baking sheet and let rest for 10-15 minutes, while the water comes to a rolling boil.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If needed/desired, grease another baking sheet. I did this as I found it was easier to place the bagels on.

Once boiling, add 3-4 bagels at a time. Let cook for 2 minutes on one side, then using the end of a wooden spoon, flip the bagel and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove bagels one at a time and place in the bowl of asiago cheese, turning to coat and lightly pressing to adhere. Transfer to the greased baking sheet for final baking and repeat. Once all the bagels (or as many that can fit on your sheet) are finished, place in the oven and bake for 28-35 minutes. I began checking mine after 20 minutes just to ensure that they cheese wasn’t burning. It never burnt, but it did get golden and delicious!

Let bagels cool completely before serving, then toast or eat as desired.

[Note: I did try making the “starter” as noted in the king arthur recipe three times, and all three times I did not like the result of my bagels. This basic recipe without a starter or sponge is what worked best for me.]

You could even have a simple Baked Cheesecake at home in mere minutes.

Baked Cheesecake



2 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted


1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
Dash of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs


2 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla


1. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter, press into buttered 8 inch pie plate to form crust on bottom and sides.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add in lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, milk, salt and vanilla.

3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour filling into crust.

4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until set.

5. Combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar, sour cream, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla; spread over top of cheesecake then bake for 10 minutes longer. Chill for 5 hours or more before serving.

Do not let Satan lure you in throwing yourself to pleasure just to test God to send His angels concerning you, to lift the bread up by

Some typical biological leaveners:

Gas bubbles or carbon dioxide in your dough may lead you to become ill with cancer, sin is like cancer. Noli Me Tangere (touch me not), sin of society is  the prevalent corruption of the government and the church.

Jesus even said “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Do not test the Spirit by accumulating sins that will it unhappy.


Tested in the Wilderness: Las Vegas

Get Cheesy in Vegas?

Wasted your bread here?

Lick on the cream cheese…? Do it for your own sanity and do not be let into the wilderness of temptation… LAS VEGAS!
Do you salivate over Swiss chess? Jesus has fast for forty days and forty nights and he was hungry when he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Jesus was without bread or water.
What variety of flavor, texture, and color is your cheese?
Creamy cheeses like brie should be served with crusty bread or simple crackers. Soft cheeses should be presented whole with a spoon or small knife for spreading. Hard, aged cheeses such as parmesan can be broken into bite-sized chunks. Read more: How to Serve Cheese Video Clip – Redbook
Now, The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these STONES to become bread.”
How to make a Bread out of CORN
For a golden brown crust, bake this unsweetened southern corn bread in a cast iron skillet and then serve it warm. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place 4 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet, or a 9-inch square baking pan, and place it on the stove just until the butter melts, about 3 to 5 minutes. Tilt the skillet to coat evenly. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups of cornmeal, one cup of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a teaspoon of salt. In another bowl, beat 2 large eggs with 1-3/4 cups of buttermilk, and a generous pinch of salt. Add the melted butter to the buttermilk, and then add this to the flour mixture. Stir it just until the flour is moistened, leaving the batter a little lumpy. Now, pour the batter into a skillet and move the skillet to the oven. Bake it until it’s golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, which takes about 25 minutes. Read more: Corn Bread Video Clip – Redbook
Do you want to have cheese with it?
Serving cheese makes a great appetizer or dessert course.Remember to always serve cheese at room temperature. This will ensure the cheese is at its full flavor. Read more: How to Serve Cheese Video Clip – Redbook
LIGHT STRING CHEESE is fun to pull apart and snack on alone, but you can also use the shreds instead of mozzarella cheese to top a personal-size pizza. Each stick has 50 to 60 calories. The built-in portion control is key.
IF YOU LIKE HARD CHEESES like cheddar but can’t be trusted with an entire block, individually wrapped single-serving options are a great bet. The classic Mini Babybel cheese rounds are terrific, with only 50 calories for the light variety and 60 to 80 for regular ones. And I recently discovered Cabot Vermont Serious Snacking Reduced Fat Cheese Snacks, which have 50 or fewer calories each. The flavors–from zesty to super-spicy–are awesome.
FOR SPREADABLE CHEESE, you can’t beat the Laughing Cow Light wedges (35 calories, 1.5 to 2 grams of fat each). Try them on light bagels instead of regular cream cheese, or on apple slices or high-fiber crackers. They even work great as the base to a slimmed-down Alfredo sauce–just melt and mix with fat-free sour cream and reduced-fat Parmesan, either in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave. Read more: Low Fat Cheese Options From Hungry Girl – Healthy Cheese – Redbook
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. New International Version (©1984)