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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread (It is fall, after all!)

 I don't remember where I got this from, but this recipe for pumpkin bread tastes amazing. Just know that this is not my own recipe, and If I could remember where I found it, I would link the site. 
 
My notes: The bread tastes so much better if it is eaten within the first week or so. Freezing it works as well, but if you do freeze it, plan on eating it immediately after thawing it out. Otherwise, after about two days the moisture will sink to the bottom, and it will taste gross. This recipe makes two loaves. I and my family ate one right away (It was very delicious), and I froze one to take with me to college. When I got into college, I started eating one slice a day. I found that the bread was really good (tasted the same as the fresh loaf) for the first three days. After that,  it really didn't taste good at all. I ended up throwing it away.
 
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup smooth applesauce
3 large eggs
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
2 teaspoons ground cloves
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter and flour two 9x5x3 loaf pans or muffin tins.
Beat sugar and oil in a large bowl to blend.
Mix in eggs, pumpkin, and apple sauce.
Sift four, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and baking powder into another large bowl.
Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions.
Divide batter equally among prepared pans (muffin tins).
Bake until tester comes out clean, about 1 hour for loaves, 20 min for muffins.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Film Review (new style): Cabin in The Woods

Cabin in The Woods (2012) is a horror film about five college students who take a weekend to spend some time in a secluded cabin in the woods. Soon after arriving they discover that nothing is as it seems. As they are subsequently attacked by zombies, they must find out what is going on before they all die.

I give this film a 1 out of 5 stars. It SUCKED. It was not scary at all, and whatever humor it possessed looked extremely forced. the whole of the plot is given away almost immediately when the "Cabin in the woods Crew" is introduced. This is the crew that makes all the scary stuff happen. This film would have been so much better (though never topping 3 stars) if the crew had not been introduced until the end. I must say that Chris Hemsworth is the best part of the movie, aside from the end credits.The whole move is nothing more than a sad joke.

I'd love to hear what anyone else has to say about this movie, especially if you enjoyed it. I haven't met anyone yet who liked it, so a new opinion is always appreciated.




Sunday, September 15, 2013

Romans 2:1-11

Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge one another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same as yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.

Romans 2:1-11, NASB

I use the MacArthur Study Bible, which is an excellent source of study and cross-reference.
 You can find the MSB HERE.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

As life Progresses... Sometimes it Rains

It has been approximately three months since my last post. How did this come to be? I mean, I used to post every day! I guess it has something to do with life and things. I'm entering the world as a college student. I am in my second year. There are many things that I must attend to. Still, it makes me mad at myself that "you don't even have time to post something on your blog???" Nope, I'm sorry.


Anyway, I thought I'd post a little poem today.

Rain, rain, fall all day.
Please don't stop,
fall as you may.
Wet and clean; good for the earth,
Rain, rain, you  can stay.

-RK

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lemon Sugar Cookies!

This is a great recipe. I found it on Taste of Home. Whomever came up with it is a great cook. I like to stamp the cookies down with a cup that has a design on the bottom, that way they look nice coming out of the oven.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Additional sugar
 Roll into 1-inch balls. Stamp down on pan with a sugar coated cup. bake at 350 degrees until brown around the edges.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Poem: The Arrival Of Spring

This is a new poem of mine. The events and opinions are my own; they do not apply to everyone.

The Arrival of Spring

I was outside
The wind was blowing.
The space was wide
The sun was showing.
It is, of course
Spring for the present,
There's no remorse
no shame, no lament
At Winter's end.
In fact, we're happy;
It came and went.
No we're not snappy
'Cause Winter's gone!




Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Film: Ghostly Music Box

Ok, It is not the greatest film. But we had limited resources, so we went with what we had. I liked it anyway. Leave your comments on YouTube, please.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Book review: The Emperor's Edge



Hey, everyone, this is my first book review, so bear with me. I’m really not very good at this. Today I will be discussing the book The Emperor’s Edge by the amazing self-published author, Lindsay Buroker. 

The Emperor’s Edge is a swashbuckling steampunk tale of suspense and adventure, with just the perfect twist of humor. Amaranthe Lokdon is a police enforcer in the capitol of the Empire of Turgonia. When the chance arises to get promoted to Sergeant,  Amaranthe jumps at the opportunity. There’s just one small problem. To get her long awaited promotion, Amaranthe must hunt down and kill the notorious assassin, Sicarius, who has a kill list miles long and has never been captured. But Amaranthe will do anything necessary to get her promotion. Besides, the assassin has killed dozens of police enforcers, so shouldn’t he be brought to justice?  
Things take a turn for the worst when while receiving her assignment, Amaranthe learns of a plot by a powerful company to kill the young Emperor, Sespian. She feels obligated to protect him by stopping the responsible party. But can she stop them? It will take all of her police training, plus a team of misfits to save the Emperor.

OK, Here’s my opinion of The Emperor’s Edge in one word: gripping. Yes, this book is certainly a page-turner. The descriptions, the danger, the character personalities, all of it combines to make a book so thrilling, I honestly couldn’t think of anything else for weeks. I read it all in one day; I just could not put it down. Amaranthe’s schemes are creative, and her team she puts together is both funny and loyal. I think my favorite Character is Sicarius, simply because he is the very definition of awesome. He is so good at not being caught that everything in me screamed, “How could he be a bad guy?” Fortunately, After Amaranthe fails to kill him, it is revealed that he is one of the good guys. Amaranthe and her team’s mission is simple: Protect the Emperor, even though they have been branded outlaws by the government. They will stop at nothing to protect the Emperor, even if it means blowing a lot of things up. Especially if it means blowing things up. Together, Amaranthe, Sicarius, and all her team make up the best team of hero misfits Turgonia has ever seen: The Emperor’s Edge.

You can get The Emperor’s Edge ebook free on , AMAZONBARNES AND NOBLEKOBO and SMASHWORDS. You can also visit Lindsay Buroker’s PAGE for more tidbits. Thanks for reading!

Also, The Emperor's Edge is the first in a series of seven novels.  the sixth and seventh have not been released yet. I highly recommend the series!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Reminder

I must constantly remind myself that I would not be here in my present state if it weren't for God. he made all this possible, and I will never be able to thank Him enough for it. Every day is a gift from God, and if He wanted it to change, it would. I have found that the minute I start relying on myself alone, the  second I give myself credit for any of my accomplishments, that is when things start getting unbearably tough, and I must look to God for guidance.    It is only because of Him that I am here.

I'm here, in this town
but I'd never be here
if you weren't around
Lord, You're near
all the time, to me
And all I've done,
All I've made, and seen
Who is it from?
You, O Lord
have given me all.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Watercolor #8

I caught a glimpse of a cigarette package (Sonoma if you must know) the other day and noticed the unique design. Why not paint it? Here is my Watercolor 8, inspired by a pack of cigarettes. Though simple, I had a great time with it.




Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Watercolor #7

I decided out of the blue to paint Iron Man. I have no idea what inspired me to do it. I painted the first one with the intention to get all the shadows and shades right like they are in THIS (link) picture, but I didn't think that worked very well, so I painted another one, and here are the finished results:

Iron Man 7.1

Iron Man 7.2
 I like the second one, but the first one has better structure. All in all, I'm proud of both.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Film Week 6: Battleship Potempkin

Name: Battleship Potemkin
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Release Date: 1925
Studio: Goskino
Cast:
·         Aleksandr Antonov — Grigory Vakulinchuk (Bolshevik Sailor)
·         Vladimir Barsky — Commander Golikov
·         Grigori Aleksandrov — Chief Officer Giliarovsky
·         Ivan Bobrov — Young Sailor Flogged While Sleeping (as I. Bobrov)
·         Mikhail Gomorov — Militant Sailor
·         Aleksandr Levshin — Petty Officer
·         N. Poltavseva — Woman With Pince-nez
·         Konstantin Feldman — Student Agitator
·         Beatrice Vitoldi — Woman with the baby carriage

Summary:

            The story of the crew of the Russian battleship Potempkin’s mutiny and the uprising against the Tsarist Regime.


            As an entertainment film, I would say that Battleship Potempkin isn’t the best. However, The film was not made for entertainment purposes. It is a propaganda film, which is a film that is meant only to send a message. I think this one did the job. There is, near the end of the film, a police massacre in the town which tells the story of the Bolshevik uprising. That in itself sends a message. I think this film was a really good one.
            I was a bit confused at first as to who was who in the film. I get that way with black and white silent films. But I was able to sort it all out by the middle of the film.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bless the Lord!

Q: What is the chief end of man?  
A: Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Psalm 103

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

And just because I felt like it, here's another painting; my watercolor #6:


Monday, April 1, 2013

April Fools!

Some of the year's best entertainment can be had on April fools day. But I never really think about that, rather, I busy myself with intellectual thoughts to stimulate my brain. However, this year I had a brilliantly lame idea. Probably the best idea I've had all year!

I haven't pulled an April fools day joke in several years, so I thought to myself, Hey, why not today? I had this brilliant thought at 12:02am on this beautiful April fools morning. Now into the back story that leads to the climax of this brilliant plan of mine that wasn't actually fully developed until 8:34am.

I haven't cut my hair in seven years. I used to like it really short, but one day, out of the blue, I just didn't get my hair cut, and it's been growing ever since. Every time I think about getting my hair cut, I just can never do it. I mean, it took me seven years to get it this long. How could I just go and get it chopped off?  Every time my sister or my  mother suggests it, I look at them with  a what-planet-did-you-come-from-and-where-is-my-real-mother/sister look. I just can't get my hair cut. Today, it was down to my hips. There was just one slight problem.

My hair has some horrible split ends. I knew that I had to get it cut whether I wanted to or not. I figured, what the hey, three or four inches wouldn't make a difference. And it didn't. I got the four inches clipped off, and so my maniacally weak plan was in place. I had told my mother that I was going to get my hair trimmed, so she knew that I would be loosing a few inches. But I made sure to emphasize the trim part, so she would know about the slight change in hair length. Phase one of my lame plan was complete.

After I got back from my hair appointment, I tucked my hair into my shirt, making sure to pull some out to make it look like I had shoulder-length hair. I then snapped a picture and shot it off to my unsuspecting victims sister and mother. My sister was the first to receive the diabolically stupid clever photo. She exploded.  She was so bewildered. I mean, come on!  How in the world could I have even thought to cut my hair that short? It was incredible. My mother was just as amazed. She told my it looked wonderful; she was so happy that I decided to get a new look, blah, blah, blah, mom stuff. Then I told her the truth. I totally fooled both of them. I was elated. Good for me! My Mother wasn't so happy about it, but she laughed. My sister thought it was hilarious. And there you have it.

Ah, it's so fun to be away from the family where pranks such as this one are possible.

Oh, just as a side note: If you are in college, living in the dorms, never, under any circumstances duck tape your friend's room door shut. It will not end well. Thank you, and have a wonderful day. :)

Film Week 5: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind



Name: Eternal Sunshine of the spotless Mind
Director: Michel Gondry
Time of release: 2004

Cast:
Jim Carrey as Joel Barish
Kate Winslet as Clementine Kruczynski
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Svevo
Mark Ruffalo as Stan Fink
Elijah Wood as Patrick
Tom Wilkinson as Howard Mierzwiak
Jane Adams as Carrie Eakin
David Cross as Rob Eakin
Deirdre O'Connell as Hollis Mierzwiak
Thomas Jay Ryan as Frank

Summary:
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

This was not the best movie. For one, I hate Jim Carrey. For another, I thought that Clementine was a girl who just couldn’t keep her mouth shut and needed to stop thinking about herself all the time. The other characters were all right, but I just didn’t like the overall theme.