Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug

Well, my friends, I got a text earlier saying that our tickets for the midnight premiere of The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug have been ordered! I have to say I am immensely looking forward to it. It is the second of The Hobbit films to come out directed by Peter Jackson. Also, it is going to be in 3D! Ahhhh, I can't contain how excited I am.

There are a few new characters that are going to make appearances in this movie who we have yet to see in action.

One is Tauriel, an elvish warrior. In the picture below she is joined by Legolas who is also making an appearance in the next movie. I have heard and read several discussions about her, some are skeptical about the addition of her character, while others are excited at the idea of a new elf.

Another character that will be joining the cast is Beorn, a man who takes the shape of a bear at some times. I am looking forward to seeing his home, which was described as a warm, rustic home with beautiful scenery all around in the book. There have not been many pictures of him released, this is one of the only ones I could find.

The dwarves will be back in all of their glory and humor, to the delight of many fans. I am especially looking forward to the barrel scene (pictured below).

I hope this post satisfied the Hobbit fan inside you, or possibly encouraged you to look into reading the classic book and join the Hobbit fans worldwide in the theaters on December the 13th if you have not discovered a love of The Hobbit yet.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thoughts of a Child of The One True King

I am redeemed. When I committed my life to Christ years ago I stepped into a life of fulfillment, a life full of God's satisfying love. The problem with this is that I am a very emotional girl. I tend to base some of my thoughts and feelings on my emotions. Because of this I can sometimes let myself say, "Where are you God? Can't I just have a hug? Let me feel Your love". That is when He reminds me that He is always with me and He is always loving me. Its in those moments He comes to my side and says, "Can't you see, dear one? I have been here all along. I woke you up this morning. I gave you friends and family to make you smile. I gave you life. More importantly I gave you eternal life. I am here with you. Look up, darling. I am here". Even when life seems rough, He is with me. He is by my side offering me His eternal, loving hand to hold on to. One of my favorite things about Christ is the hope that He offers. Hope. Isn't that just the most amazing word? Hope. Say it again. Hope. The definition of hope is a certain knowledge. Hope isn't just something you wish for, its something you can depend on. That is why our emotions aren't always reliable.  We need to turn to God and trust that He is there. He is our hope. We were all born into a messed up world, we are all sinners. Meaning that we have all done something wrong at one time or another. We all deserve death. Let that sink in, you cannot get to heaven by your own power! In the moment we realize that, we realize that we need hope. We need to turn to a higher power. Christ offered to pay the price for our mistakes. He offered to give us hope. There is no hope without Him. He died on a cross 2,000 years ago and paid the price for our mistakes. In this He said that if we commit our lives to Him, acknowledge that hope is found nowhere else, and receive His love we can step from a life of death to one full of life. This is why I am so thankful for Him, but yet not thankful enough. One day I will die, because of His gift I will be in heaven with Him forever, fully consumed in His glory. All of these thoughts remind me how blessed I am to know God, how blessed I am to have a relationship with Him. People all over the world are in need of hope, in need of the Ultimate Hope. Turn to Christ Jesus. Accept His love. Give your problems to Him. In a speech I am doing this year there is a King who represents Christ, He turns to a little orphan girl, one of the main characters, who longs to be His child and says, "You will be my child, and I will love you just the way you are". To read the whole story read Just The Way You Are by Max Lucado. I hope that in this post you have seen a little glimpse into the hope I have in Christ. 

Have a wonderful day lovelies!

 P.S Don't you just love Fall sweaters?? 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Homemade Bread Recipe

This is a recipe that I got in my cooking class, It turned out wonderfully the first time I made it. The second time I used this recipe I was a little too generous on the flour and made it a bit too dense, although It still tasted wonderful. It's a very easy recipe and doesn't take too long to make.

Light Wheat Bread
(makes 4 small loaves)
1 1/2 C. whole wheat flour
2 1/4 to 2 3/4 white flour
2 pkg. yeast
1/4 C. sugar
3/4 t. salt
2/3 C. milk
2/3 C. water
6 T. butter

In a medium sized bowl, combine all the whole wheat flour and 1/2 C. white flour; mix in yeast, sugar, and salt, stirring well. Heat milk, water, and butter in a small saucepan to 125 degrees. (Your butter may not melt completely.) Make sure liquids are not hotter than this, or it will kill your yeast and your bread wont rise. Mix liquids into flour mixture in bowl with electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds. Stop mixer and scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula; then beat mixture on high speed for 2 minutes. With a spoon, stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. (Make sure you are mixing it well enough that it is not too sticky but yet you are not putting in too much flour)

Place dough on a floured surface, and kneed about 6-8 minutes. Cover dough and let it "rest" for about 10 minutes. (This will make the dough to shape and roll out later.) While dough is still resting heat over to 200 degrees.

Divide into 4 equal pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece out to a rectangle about 4-inches by 6-inches. Starting at the 4-nch side, roll up tightly; pinch seam to seal. Press ends to seal, and tuck under loaf. Place loaf, seem side down, in a greased mini loaf pan.

Place loaves in a 200 degree for 20 to 30 minutes to allow dough to rise. When dough has risen to double its size, turn temperature up to 350 degrees, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until done. Cool on a wire rack. Then.. enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

More Than a Failure


What a nasty word.  Far too often it seems to plague our thoughts.
It taunts us, makes us feel unworthy. It tells us the lie that we aren't good enough. It tells us we aren't tall enough, small enough, smart enough, that we are inadequate. 

God tells us a different story. He tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We were created in His image. In GOD'S OWN IMAGE, yet we still criticize ourselves. God made you for an invaluable purpose. He created you for a life of giving Him glory, for a life of joy and thanksgiving. 

Today turn to God, conquer the lies society tells you. You are beautiful, intelligent, creative, created in God's own image, and most of all you are worth it.