The Shack Movie Review

If you haven’t seen The Shack yet, you need to stop what you are doing and watch it. I’m not even kidding. The book (found here on Amazonthe shack) is one of my favorite books. I literally could not put it down. It was beautifully written and left you really thinking. When I heard the book was being made into a movie, I knew I had to see it.

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About The Shack

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) & Destin Cretton (The Glass Castle), and directed by Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched  by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premier Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the movie. Even though I knew what was going to happen, since I read the book, the movie was beautifully executed and drew me in immediately. I personally believe that Octavia Spencer was the PERFECT person to play Papa.

The Shack is available for purchase right now! So don’t wait, pick up your copy today!

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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Memorial day is coming up quick, which means the official BBQ season will be in full swing. BBQ’s are one of my absolute favorite part about summer. Typically the foods are all the same, but there is nothing like a burnt hot dog or a big cheeseburger with bread and butter pickles. While watermelon or strawberry shortcakes (what we usually have at BBQ’s for dessert) are great for dessert, surprise your guests with these delicious key lime bars! Like lemon bars, the tartness of the lime will be the perfect end to your BBQ meal!

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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)
  • 1/2 C Powder Sugar
  • 1 C Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 tsp Key Lime Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 C Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and spray your 9×11 baking dish with your favorite non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the 2 C of flour, powder sugar and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutterkey lime bars or a fork, cut in the butter until the crust mixture looks like crumbs.
  4. Pour the crust into the pan and pat evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, begin making the filling.
  6. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, lime juice, 1/4 C flour, sugar, key lime zest and baking powder. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crust and return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until set.
  8. Once the bars are cooled, sprinkle with powder sugar and cut into squares. Top with a key lime slice and enjoy!

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Don’t they sound delicious?!? Make them and tell me what you think! Be the hit of your next BBQ. Your guests will absolutely love them!

What is your favorite, must have BBQ food?


15 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

We have a little over 4 weeks left of school. I can hardly believe it. I know I say it every year, but this school year literally flew by. Pretty soon I will have a 5th grader and an 8th grader. Crazy! It’s not just the school year ending, however. This time of year also means the end of my favorite TV shows (like Grey’s Anatomy…really looking forward to the finale tomorrow night). So that means I need to find some Netflix shows to binge watch in the evenings.

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We’ve been loyal Netflix customers ever since they started. Back then we used to get three DVD’s in the mail at a time. I don’t even know if you can still get DVD’s in the mail from them! Now we stream what we are watching through our cable box, the Xbox or a Rokunetflix shows <–that is a really really good price for the Roku 4…you may want to snatch that up before the price goes back up!

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15 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

  • Orange is the New Black
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Gilmore Girls
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • House of Cards
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Parenthood
  • Making a Murderer
  • Dexter
  • American Crime
  • The West Wing
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Wonder Years

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I’ve seen some of these shows and others have been recommended by many people for me to watch. If you are looking for something very lighthearted, but funny, then you need to check out Hart of Dixie. I absolutely loved that show and was sad when it was over! The same with Santa Clarita Diet. There is really only one gross scene, the rest is pure comedy! I have always been a huge fan of Drew Barrymore and this show makes me love her even more!

What are your binge worth Netflix shows?


Honey Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a pork loin. The last one I made was a huge hit. Everyone, including the kids, devoured it. Before you keep reading, I suggest you check that recipe out and put it on your menu for next week. You won’t regret it! This new Honey Dijon Pork Loin recipe is the same way. Once you make it, you will want to make sure it stays on your short list of recipes to make over and over. Before you go any further, be sure to pick up this menu planning padhoney dijon pork loin. It is magnetic, so you can put it on your fridge and quickly plan out your meals for the week. Makes shopping easier and a lot less stress in the evening!

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Honey Dijon Pork Loin Recipe

Ingredients

  • One 3-5 lb Loin Pork Roast, center cut
  • 1/2 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Season your pork loin with salt and pepper.
  3. Place your pork loin in an oval roaster panhoney dijon pork loin (I like this one and it’s on a super sale!).
  4. Remove the pork loin from the oven and reduce the heat to 375°.
  5. Brush the entire surface of the roast with the dijon mustard using your Silicone Basting Brushhoney dijon pork loin (another super sale!!). Sprinkle the minced garlic on top and then press some of the brown sugar into the mustard, all over the roast.
  6. Return the roast to the oven. Continue to roast for another 30 minutes.
  7. Pull your pork loin out of the oven and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top and then drizzle honey over the top.
  8. Place back in the oven for 1 hour. Baste the roast in the drippings/sauce several times during the cooking time.
  9. Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving.

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Doesn’t this honey dijon pork loin look delicious?!? Pair this a nice salad or this creamed spinach recipe or my famous whiskey carrots and you have yourself a delicious meal!

Do you have a favorite recipe that people ask you to make over and over?


Family Fun Night Plans

One of the things I like, more than anything else in this world, is family time. I crave it. Literally. Between having a husband that travels a ton for work and two kids that are both in travel sports, we don’t have a lot of family time. So, as you can imagine, the time we do have together, I want it to be special and fun! As often as we can, we plan a family fun night. The kids love them and so do we!

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Planning a Family Fun Night

To be honest, there are times that we do something really low key like pizza and a movie from the movie rental place…they still exist! The kids enjoy walking up and down the aisles looking for a movie. Zack usually disappears in the video game section, while Bella is trying to find some 80’s or 90’s movie that I used to watch like The Gooniesfamily fun night. I love that she wants to watch all the movies I grew up watching! If you are looking for movies with a faith based background, then check out Pure Flix’s collection of Christian movies.

I will admit, we love video games in our house. Some really fun, family friendly video games that we enjoy are:

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When we are planning a family fun night, at least one of those games (usually Mario Cart) is on the list of things to do. The fun part is how competitive we are with each other. The kids laugh so hard when I tell them they’re going down! If you are a fan of the Lego video games, then you really need to consider the Jurassic World Lego game. It’s my favorite out of ALL the Lego video games!

If we aren’t playing video games, then we love to play board games. One of my FAVORITE things about Christmas is when we are with our entire extended family and we sit around and play board games. It’s so loud, but fun. It’s because of those times, that my kids always want to play a board game on our family fun night. Some board games we like are:

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In my opinion, and if you ask my kids, it is truly essential to plan a family fun night as much as possible. Not only are they fun, but the things your kids will remember when they are older are all the fun times you had together as a family.

What is your favorite family fun night activity?