Notes from the Lake

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Benefits of T’ai Chi

22nd August 2014

T'ai Chi at Lake Austin Spa Resort

Written by: T’ai Chi Sifu Donna Minshew

The most frequently expressed statement when a person walks in the door to our T’ai Chi class is “I have never done T’ai Chi before, but I have always wanted to try it.”  So at Lake Austin Spa Resort, we strive to introduce the guest to the art in a setting which is less intimidating than walking into a Kung fu Studio for the first time, yet will still provide them with enough information so that if they want to pursue it further, they…

Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. Beat ½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter with an electric mixer until fluffy
  2. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and beat until well blended
  3. Blend in 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. vanilla
  4. Blend in 2 cups of all-purpose flour—add about ½ cup at a time
  5. Put into a bowl, cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight
  6. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters
  7. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 7 – 10 minutes

Amazing Italian Jam Tart
After learning about the butter-sugar-flour-egg ratios for the classic Italian Crostata from Italian cooking teacher Judy Witts Francini, we made one with fig jam.  The Crostata, I learned during the class, can be filled with just about anything and a good jam is the easiest filling.   After one bite, I translated “crostata” to Amazing Italian Jam Tart.  This is one of those treasured recipes where the sum is greater than it’s parts!  The recipe’s list…