Guild Wars 2

May Newsletter 2017

May 2, 2017
May 2017-2

“‘Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’;

whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? Is it even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.'” – James 4:13-15

        Hey Saltines a happy May to you all! I have the privilege of writing our newsletter editorial again this month and so I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all a thought that I have been challenged by this past month. “If God were to say to me today, that my life – in my case, my schooling/future career, family, friends, church, etc – situation were to remain the way it is now, for the rest of my life, could I still say that I am satisfied with His plan for my life?” That may seem like a trivial question, and perhaps for some it is, but the more that I have considered it, the more I have realized that a portion of my faith is invested in the idea that God’s plan involves a future more appealing than my present. Not to say that I am ungrateful for the situation I am in, I am blessed beyond all I could ask of Him, but I tend to endure unpleasant events in the present, by waiting with expectation for the future.

        I’m certainly not trying to say that I don’t think that God has a perfect plan for our lives (we know He does), but I believe He is challenging me to focus on the present and to surrender my future to Him. I find it easy to attach “God willing” as a sort of disclaimer to a plan I make (especially if it’s a plan to do my homework, haha), but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to contemplate the weight of surrender that James is exhorting in these verses.

        The beauty of this is, however, that it isn’t a surrender due to defeat. James isn’t telling us that we shouldn’t have any expectations for our future, but that we don’t have to worry about our future. We don’t need to fret about where we’ll be and how we’ll be profiting, instead we know that is out of our control, and in the hands of He who loves us. In the words of Jesus: “…Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV).

         In May we celebrate two major holidays: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. For many these are as much days to contemplate what was, and what may not be in the future as it is a celebration of what is, and so I hope to leave you with the comfort of knowing that we are in the hands of an almighty loving God Who has had our futures planned since before Creation!

       “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

-Matt
(Mice, Sarcasm Lead)


• New Saltines •

Dercylidas; GeekDavid.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!


• May Verse of the Month •

Psalm 91
NIV

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, now the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the Lord, who is my refuge—then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will deliver him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” “


• May Song of the Month •

I Wanna Go Back
David Dunn


• May Recipe of the Month •

Cheesecake
Crust:
– 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
– 5 Tbsp sugar
-1/3 cup melted butter
Filling
3 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 4 eggs, separated
– 1 Tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Crust: Combine all ingredients and press against sides and bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (I use a measuring cup to do this – works great!)

Filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together cream cheese, sugar, 4 egg yolks, lemon juice and vanilla. In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites until stiff and creamy. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture. Pour into crust in springform pan.

Bake for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another hour with the door closed.Freeze several hours before serving. Remove from freezer and remove from pan before allowing the cheesecake to thaw.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Plain Chicken.

Vasshti’s Notes: This is one of the easiest and most delicious things I have made in a long time! We like to keep ours frozen and eat it right out of the freezer with fresh fruit! It defrosts really fast so it’s usually a great consistency with the slightest ice cream like freeze in the middle! Yum!


• May Tip of the Month •Guild Email Address

Did you know that we have a guild email address in addition to our website, facebook and twitter? This is a great way to get in touch with us if you can’t get in game or just can’t seem to catch us there. Our email address is gw2saltoftheearth@gmail.com so hit us up with any questions, prayer requests or suggestions and I promise I will do my best to check it on a regular basis!


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16

Guild Wars 2

April Newsletter 2017

April 1, 2017
April 2017-1

“That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ.
And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.”
–  Winifred Mary Letts

Did you hear the news?!?! Anet ran out of money and will be shutting down Guild Wars 2!!
April Fool’s!

Ok, that was a lame one but who doesn’t like pulling a good April Fool’s prank? I always love a good prank, assuming it’s a harmless one. In high school, like many other high schoolers, it was quite fun to prank our friends and neighbors. TP’ing was a classic favorite in our area but I never liked that one, it was a huge mess and awful to clean up. I stuck to more innocent pranks, like forking their lawn (hundreds of plastic forks stuck in their lawn) or plastic flamingos on their lawn. My Grandma was the instigator in our family. Her motto was always, “don’t get mad, get even”. This ensured many wrapping paper fights, whoopee cushions, extending forks and other such harmless fun between the cousins. What is the best prank you have ever pulled or that someone has pulled on you? If done right, it can be great fun. If you have never seen the show Just for Laughs Gags I highly recommend you find it on YouTube. It is a hilarious show all about pranks being pulled on the public. It is quite funny to watch. There is no deep or meaningful point to this segment, just to wish you some fun and laughs on April Fool’s day!

 Every year for Easter, we gather as a family for an afternoon of food and fun. We have a tradition of an Easter game where we do some fun activity relating to the Easter story and grandma gives us bags full of goodies as a prize! Everyone gets a bag whether you play the game or not, things like chips, cookies, gum, bite sized candies, gummies, jerky, etc. Since I was a kid our family has grown a ton. All the kids became adults and many have kids of their own, we have to start a whole new generation of Easter game. After so many years of this tradition it is proving difficult to invent new games each and every year, specifically ones that cater to both generations of “kids”. Grandma passes the chore off to different people each year, I get it most often than not, but this year my mom gets to create the game. She decided to do an Easter egg hunt for the babies and some minute-to-win-it sort of games for the rest of us (She even got her own special prizes just for those who play!!).  The most important part of these games is that we do the Easter Story, since that’s the whole point anyway, you know? In an attempt to get all ages involved in the Easter Story portion of the game, my mom assigned each family group (there are 42 of us in total, so quite a few family units) a specific portion of the story to present in any way that suited them; like, sing it as a song, mold it into clay, build a scene out of legos, etc. I am very excited to see what people come up with! Each family has different strengths and different passions and I hope they use those to get creative in making this over told story new and real to them this Easter. As you may or may not have figured out over the past few years, I love making poems. I am in no way an insightful or deep poet but I quite enjoy taking a topic and making it into a poem so that’s what we did. I am not going to lie; it was not super easy to create a poem about the crucifixion, but I got to put my own personal passion to work in order to share this part of the story! We can hear the same story every year for most of our lives and sometimes it loses its meaning and just becomes words. But, nevertheless this horrid story of a perfect and innocent man giving up his life for us, it happened. All the retellings in the entirety of the universe will never change that. I encourage you to take some time this Easter Season to take a fresh new look at the Easter story this year and retell it in a way that is meaningful to you. You will not regret the time you take to bring this story to life for you in a new and meaningful way.

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I hope you have been enjoying the Super Adventure Box Festival! I think I may have to play favorites with this one because it is just so fun! I love the new adventures and world this opens up and always enjoy running with other Saltines! With this event came two new upgrades to the guild hall! Super Guild Anthem and Super Adventure Box Guild Hall music! To complete these upgrades we need 2 World 1 Super Boom Boxes, 1 World 2 Super Boom Box and 600 Continue coins! I really hope you will consider helping us out and donating some of these items! You can buy Continue Coins from Moto in Rata Sum for 10 Baubles and the Super Boom Boxes can each be bought from Moto for 35 Bauble Bubbles! Also don’t forget to exchange your Fancy Furniture coins for Super clouds at the Guild Decorations trader in the Guild Hall! We’ve made some cool things with those clouds so let’s get some more so we can have some more fun!

I hope you have been enjoying our weekly events lately though I must admit they have been a challenge for us. Low attendance has been making it a challenge week by week. Without enough people some of our events just can’t happen. So please consider joining us for one of our weekly events! Salt Family Gaming has been canceled due to little/no attendance, and the open Friday night raid has also been canceled for the same reason. So join us for TBDT, Fabulous Fractal Friday, and our Sunday Guild Missions. Got an idea for an event? Or want to help out and make our events happen? Let me know!

That’s all from me for now, I hope you have an incredible April!

God bless you!

Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” 1 Peter 4:11


• New Saltines •

RickyFromEarth; vobunk; Jayshua; Annestel; HDawg; DeadTreeJig; nivekdadremag.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!


• April Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 5
NIV

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lords and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Brothers, pray for us. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”


• April Song of the Month •

O Come to the Altar
Elevation Worship


• April Recipe of the Month •

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing
the Old Spaghetti Factory Copy Cat

Ingredients:
– 1 cup mayonnaise
– 1 ¼ cup low-fat buttermilk
– 1 ½ Tbsp dried basil
– ½ tsp garlic powder
– 1/8 tsp salt
– 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
– ¼ cup freshly, finely grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth and creamy. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate 1 hour (this will help the flavors develop, I don’t always do it if I don’t have an hour to wait). Serve over salad or use as a dip.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Cooking Classy
Notes: OSF is my favorite restaurant to go to for spaghetti (A few locations around the country but mostly in CA)! I always loved their creamy pesto salad dressing and now I can make it at home!


• April Tip of the Month •

Guild Wars 2 Gaming Resources

Did you know that we have a list of our most used game resources on our website? That’s right! Our favorites include Dulfy.net for Boss Timers and Guild Mission guides, Guild Wars 2 Spidy for Trading Post prices, and GW2 Wiki for most everything else. Check it out!

(Guild Wars 2 Tab → GW2 Resources)


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16

Guild Wars 2

March Newsletter 2017

March 1, 2017
March Newsletter 2017

I’m no good a poems but I’ll certainly try,
A poem about March and the lovely blue sky.
This month is a breath of much needed fresh air,
some much needed sun and lots of yard care.
The rains have been brutal, the ground is so wet,
the hills are gladly drinking all the water they can get.
The daffodils have bloomed, their yellow petals shine,
Spring has arrived, it’s finally time!
So, soak in this spring, like the land that is parched,
Thank you, my Lord, for the lovely month of March.
-Vasshti

I’ve never done a newsletter like this, so I think it’s about time. The growth we have seen over the past two years has been too amazing for words. I have no doubt that God’s hand has been at work in Salt and I know He is personally responsible for all the blessings and growth we’ve seen in our Guild. Thank you for your sweet presence and the wonderful community you bring to Salt! For those of you who have thoroughly stalked the website this may not be new information to you, but for those of you who are new or haven’t had time to read it all, I want to take this month to talk about the guild; about our foundations, our beliefs and our core values as a guild. I think it’s so important to be open with you so you can get a glimpse into what it really means to call yourself a Saltine.

As you all probably know (and if you didn’t, then News Flash!), Salt was created and remains to this day a Christian Family-Friendly guild. We are founded on the truths in the Bible and we hold to that very seriously. We are Christian first, family-friendly second; thankfully for us those two go together like milk and cookies!

One of the things that has always been hard for me to see are divisions in the church. One prime example of that would be differing denominations of Christians and Christian Churches. I know people have different views and interpret everything differently and I totally respect that. My views aren’t always in line with others views and I respect their view like I would hope they respect mine. Salt is not founded based on one denomination or another. I’ll admit I have my own views and my newsletters may reflect that, but my goal in those is to share my heart and how the Word is speaking to me that month. Instead of leaning on a denomination of Christianity and risking views and opinions that could divide us, we choose to focus on the three things that instead unite us: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. There is a great song performed by The Newsboys that I think illustrates this so well. The song, We Believe, has a chorus that says this “We believe in God the Father. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit and He’s given us new life. We believe in the crucifixion. We believe that He conquered death. We believe in the resurrection. And He’s comin’ back again, we believe.” This is what it is about friends! We all come from different backgrounds, different cultures, different denominations and different walks of life, but we all believe in God our Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the crucifixion, the resurrection and that He’s coming back again. Theologians have been debating different aspects of the Bible for… just about ever, and the bottom line is, there are some things we just won’t know until we are standing face to face with God and can ask him personally.

I don’t say all this as a way of discouraging Biblical discussion in the guild. I believe having a place to talk openly is so healthy for a community of Christ followers. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:27. Maybe we can help you in an area you are struggling with, maybe we can shed some light on an area of scripture you are confused about, but let’s not let theological differences get in the way of healthy and loving community rooted in what brings us together. In all honestly, it sometimes doesn’t really matter what your opinion is. For example: what does heaven look like, how long did it REALLY take to create the Earth (old Earth vs. new Earth creation), or what form of worship is most pleasing to God. This is why we choose to focus on what we do have in common rather than what we don’t. Those and other theological discussions are wonderful, but at the end of the day what matters is that you “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38. From there everything else will fall into place. The very next verse says this “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” Matthew 22:39. This is our call as leaders in Salt of the Earth. You are all our brothers and sisters in Christ and we will do our best to love on you the way God has called us to.

Earlier in Matthew when Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount he says this “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16.  This is our namesake! So let’s take what unites us, our belief in the God of Heaven, the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16b) and let’s use that to be Salt and Light in the world of Tyria and in our everyday lives.

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I think I have talked your ear off enough this month so I will end with just a quick guild update. The game has been going very well for us as a guild and most of us have been thoroughly enjoying the new Living Story and the map it brought to us (no spoilers, I promise). Events have been plugging right a long and we’ve enjoyed some good fellowship! Fabulous Fractal Friday is henceforth meeting every Friday night at 10:00pm EST (instead of the standard 9:00pm) so please be aware of this as you approach your Friday Fractal time. I do my best to make TBDT fun and exciting for everyone, but if there is any event you would like to see me host for this standing Tuesday event night, please let me know! Got any other ideas of things you want to see on the event calendar? Let me know that too! We do our best to meet your needs in terms of events, but if you don’t tell us what you are interested in, then we can’t help you there. 🙂

Well, I think that is all from me for now. God bless you and keep you this month!

Jess
Vasshti (Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11


• New Saltines •

Grafin von Wandernd; Tiny; NowHere; Danae; Apollos; SoulIris; Sewjie; Ragerz Abyss; Fourdogs; Saige; gordongreeman; WalleWorld; bountyhunterrockets; Mogatz; Razor; Derpules; MungoMchaggis; Kilgareth; Kilger; Alice.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game


• March Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 4
NIV

“Finally, brothers, we instruct you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in a passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God, to love each other. And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”


 • March Song of the Month •

Forever
Kari Jobe


• March Recipe of the Month •

Chocolate Mousse Buttercream

Ingredients:
– 10 Ounces fine-quality milk chocolate, chopped
– 6 Ounces fine-quality dark chocolate, chopped
– 1 ½ cups heavy cream
– 2 Tablespoons golden syrup (or corn syrup)
– 1 salted butter, slightly softened
– ¾ cup unsalted butter, slightly softened

Directions:
Place both chocolates in the bowl of a stand mixer. In a small saucepan, bring the cream and syrup to a boil. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is melted, about 203 minutes. Starting in the center of the bowl, whisk the chocolate mixture by hand until completely smooth. Set aside a cool to room temperature.
Once the chocolate mixture has cooled, add the softened but still cool butter. Return the bowl to stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat of medium speed until mixture is well blended and thoroughly combined. At this point, the frosting should be completely smooth with a silky appearance.
Chill frosting in bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes. Stir with rubber spatula. Repeat 3 to 4 more times to reach desired mousse consistency. Return bowl to stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment and whip until mixture is light and fluffy like the mousse.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Wicked Good Kitchen.


• March Tip of the Month •

Prayer Requests

I consider it a divine privilege to be able to pray for you all throughout the week. I pray for the guild as a whole and all of its members, that the Lord will bless you and keep you. Got something specific you want me to pray about? Please let me know! If it is something you don’t mind sharing with the community you can post it on the Prayer Requests page on the website forum. If it is something you would rather remain between us then let me know anytime you see me in game or email me a gw2SaltoftheEarth@gmail.com.


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt. 5:13-16

Guild Wars 2

February Newsletter 2017

February 1, 2017
Feb 2017-2

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.”
William C. Bryant

I haven’t taken that many notes in church in a long time. Sometimes there is just a message at church that just smacks you right in the face and leaves you encouraged and challenged. For me that was a recent message on Stewardship. My church spent the month of January in a sermon that my pastor was calling “Money: The reasons God cares about yours”. Money is often a challenging topic to talk about in church; no one likes to be told how to spend their hard earned money! The message on stewardship focused on the reasons why God asks us to give and tithe: it all comes from Him, it’s not really ours anyway. The principle of stewardship doesn’t only apply to our monetary wealth but to many other areas in which the Lord has blessed us and this is just what I needed to hear. “For most people, the word ‘stewardship’ makes them think of money and that’s fine because it has a lot to do with money. But, stewardship isn’t just about money—it’s about everything: time and talent and treasure. It’s about your health, your gifts, your skills, your home, your family, your car, your job, your hobbies, your creativity, your sharp mind, and your strong back. James says it: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights…” (1:17). Every bit of everything that you have and properly enjoy is from Him… God is the Source of all that we have in our lives—whether great or small. Your time. Your talent. Your treasure. He’s the Source of all of it and He’s chosen to put you in charge of it. I am not an owner. I am a steward of all that God has put before me. I have been appointed to manage His stuff!” Phil Christiansen; COTF. Isn’t that just freeing friends? Everything belongs to God! I don’t have to stress about gaining anything I just have to do my best to use what God has given me to the best of my ability! I could quote this sermon all day because it impacted me so deeply. As a housewife I don’t work and I don’t earn money to give back to God but He as given me other things that I can use,  that I can steward well, for His glory! Pastor Phil also said: “If you have a knack for making money, then make all you can and honor God with it. If God has given you a sharp mind, then use it for His glory. The gifts and talents you possess, like the ones listed in Romans 12 & 1 Corinthians 12, use them to build the Body of Christ and invest them in the Kingdom. Our abilities, including the ability to earn, are God-given. The question is: how will we steward those abilities?” Everything I have, everything I can do is from God. He has given me time and talent that I can use to honor Him. He has given my husband the ability to work and make money to provide for our family, how can we be the best stewards of that? Like the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30 (read it here), I don’t want to bury my treasure in the ground! I want to use what God has given to me, I want to put it to work! I am blessed to say God has given me a talent for music and I am even more blessed to say that God has already led me into using that gift for His glory! I can also say God has blessed me with time, way too much of it and I feel his call to put that work as well. To serve in a ministry, to bless friends or family who need help, to use my time to bless my husband. I’m not exactly sure what God has in mind for my time but I recognize His calling on my heart in this area and I am praying that He will reveal his plan for this part of my life that he has given to me. I love this sermon so much that I am not only going to link it here but I am also going to embed it below:

I hope you find time in your day to listen to this sermon and be encouraged and recognize the “Time, Talent and Treasure” that God has given you to manage.

P.S. Happy February! The month of “love” as some see it. Regardless if you have a significant other in your life, celebrate this month of Love, for Christ first loved you!

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The last month has gone great in the guild. If you haven’t been into the Guild Hall recently I encourage you to check it out! Edhalreth has done an amazing job in decorating and creating another wonderful jumping puzzle for us all to enjoy! Thank you to her and all the scribes that have been making wonderful decorations for us! Edhalreth still has many new decorating ideas in mind and is in need of a few things to make it happen. If you feel called to help us out in terms of materials for decorations you can put the following items in the guild bank: Dust of any tier (though luminescent or radiant would be most helpful), Flaxseed or Linseed Oil, Pigment of any color (I find brown, yellow, orange, and blue are used often), Potatoes with which to craft brown dye to salvage into pigment, Piles of coarse sand, Seasoned wood logs (or any T1-4 wood), Coarse leather sections, Lamp finials, Glacial shards and glacial fragments, Molten shards and fragments, Onxy shards, Auric crown. This is totally voluntary but we do appreciate anything that you can do to help.  If you don’t have mats to spare but do want to help in another way you can help with gold donations. Any gold donations can be placed in the Guild Bank, first tab, and will be used for guild decorations and blessing guild members in need. Thank you in advance for any help you can give us in these areas!

This is more of a personal ambition that I want to share with others. I have been enjoying and playing a lot more WvW recently. I know a bunch of you enjoy WvW or try to do it for the dailies and want/need others to help you out. If anyone is on Fort Aspenwood or our linked server (which changes) and you are interested in WvW let me know! I run pretty randomly but I would love to get some more Saltines with me if you are interested!

Be sure to check the facebook page and group for reminders of weekly events! TBDT has been happening regularly as have our Fractals, Family Gaming and Guild mission events. These are a fun way to connect and fellowship with members of the guild. The best way to get to know each other is by hanging out together, so I hope you will consider joining us for some of our events.

Finally, if you enjoy the songs from the newsletters I have put them all in a playlist linked to our Guild email address. I will be adding songs from future newsletters as well. If you would like to check that out and listen to those songs again, or on repeat all day like I do, you can find it here.

Well that’s all from me for now. I pray you guys have a blessed month. Keep our Guild in your prayers, that we can have God led fellowship together and that we can be a light shining in the GW2 community!

God bless you my friends,

Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11


• New Saltines •

Cerritus Animus; Saevus Animus; Tourettes Tuna; Kilga; genesis; Meatballsub; Crusader for Christ; vanRijn; Jared; Northlander; Tinkerbell Babe; Nicknow; rainymarcelo.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game


• February Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, 3:1-13
NIV

“But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan stopped us. For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.
But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”


• February Song of the Month •

Prodigal
Sidewalk Prophets


• February Recipe of the Month •

Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes

Igredients:
– 3 Pounds red potatoes, washed and halved (quartered if potatoes are on the medium/large side)
– 3 Tablespoons olive oil
– 6 Cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon dried thyme
– ½ teaspoon black pepper
– ½ teaspoon dried oregano
– ½ teaspoon dried basil
– ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a large baking sheet with non-stick spray or olive oil. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss together all of the ingredients except the parsley until potatoes are evenly coated. Pour coated potatoes onto prepared baking sheet, spreading them out as evenly as possible. Bake for 45-55 minutes, turning every 15 minutes with a spatula, until browned and crisp. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving. Potatoes are best served immediately, but will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave as needed, or reheat on baking sheet or large casserole dish, covered, in a 300ºF oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog fresh april flours

Vasshti’s tips: These are incredibly delicious and super super easy to make! My new favorite side dish! I usually make a half batch and that is more than enough for the hubby and I. I usually sprinkle about 1 Tablespoon dried parsley to the bowl with all the other ingredients, so I don’t have to use fresh. Enjoy!


• February Tip of the Month •

Guild Enhancements

Did you know that the Guild has a number of FREE guild enhancements in the Guild Hall? From the spawn Waypoint go South into the Tavern and find Nathan the Bartender [Guild Enchancements]. He has a 20% Crafting Boost, 10% Map Bonus Rate, 20% Gathering Boost, 10% Karma Boost, 10% Magic Find Boost, 10% XP Gain, 10% PvP Reward Track Gain, 10% WvW XP Gain, and a 10% WvW Reward Track boost. All of these boosts are totally free and last for 24 hours! You can only have one active at a time but you can switch them out at any time! Come find Nathan the Bartender for your free boosts today!


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt. 5:13-16

Guild Wars 2

January Newsletter 2017

January 1, 2017
january-2017-1

“The New Year, like an Infant Heir to the whole world, was waited for, with welcomes, presents, and rejoicings.”
–  Charles Dickens

Happiest of New Years to you my friend. If you’re anything like me you are reading this all sleepy eyed after a late night. I may have shared this with you last year but my favorite new tradition is the “I haven’t all year!” Every year at midnight, whether my family is together or not, we play this game: “I haven’t brushed my teeth ALL YEAR!”, “Oh yea? Well I haven’t showered ALL YEAR!” My dad is a goof ball and started this tradition too long ago to count. Laughing is always a great way to ring in the new year with those you love. But really though, the New Year can be a bit of blank slate can’t it? Don’t think of all the bad that happened last year but think of all the good that could happen this year! 2016 came with it’s challenges but there was plenty of good. Look to that as you venture into 2017 and do your best to make this the best year yet. It’s not about setting resolutions that you will or will not keep, but it’s about daily choosing joy, grace and forgiveness. It’s about daily choosing to live following God. I encourage you, if you’re going to set a New Year’s resolution for 2017, set one to be in God’s word daily. I guarantee you, if you do, you will be blessed this year.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

(I know, it’s short this month but the holidays happened, then all of a sudden it was January. You know how I mentioned last month that the Christmas season usually eats me alive and spits me out on the January side dazed and confused…..yea…)

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Salt is doing great in game; I am so blessed to see God bringing us so many new friends every month. If you are one of them, then know, I am so glad God brought you to us. I truly hope you can feel at home here and make many new friends among our Saltines. To those of you who are new, the best way to get plugged in with all our friends is to do our weekly events with us! This gets you connected on a small group basis and it is great fellowship! You can find our weekly event calendar here on our website (Guild Wars 2 → Events Calendar) and we post reminders for every event on our Facebook Page (so check that out and get plugged in). Over all event participation has been a little low this month, but that is to be expected with the holidays. I do hope to see you at events in this New Year. Because we miss seeing you!

The guild treasury is still full and at max,  so we don’t need anything for the guild hall. Again a huge thanks to those who helped us get there. We do have some friends and allies who don’t have a maxed guild hall and would be blessed by any help they can get. Not necessary just an option for those who want to help. If you do want to help let me know and I can tell you what they need.

I have been enjoying leading the TBDT event and I hope those of you who have come have enjoyed it as well. For those who are unfamiliar TBDT= To Be Determined Tuesday: an event that changes every week. That being said I would love suggestions on things you would like to see us do for TBDT! If you have any please let me know and I’ll get it on the schedule! On another note, participation for our guild missions has been a little low recently so I hope you will consider joining us. We do guild missions every Sunday night at 9:00pm EST (with tonight as an exception, holiday and all). The guild itself doesn’t need the favor or influence but it’s a great time of fellowship with friends and gives you guild commendations which can be used to buy many things in the guild hall! Anyway, I hope you will consider joining us for that sometime!

The guild bank is super full again which is an awesome problem to have because it means our saltines have been super generous to share with each other! Thanks for that! But because it’s full that means we are running out of room for new items. Therefore, I will be cleaning out the guild bank sometime during the second week in January (the 9th-13th). The first tab in the guild hall, Guild Stash, is for officers only, but the second two tabs, Treasure Trove and Deep Cave are for all saltines. So if there is anything at all you want in those two tabs, don’t be shy! Take anything you might want! Anything that is left will be sorted, sold and cleared (any proceeds from the sales will go back to the guild bank). Any Gold donations to the guild bank will be used to create guild hall decorations or will go into helping the community! I will keep a collection of food, Potions and WvW blueprints, but many of the other randoms will be purged. So check it out and enjoy whatever you find there!

Well my friends, that is all from me for this month. I truly hope that you have an incredible year! Please be praying for our Guild. Pray that God’s will and plan will remain top priority in our guild and that He will bless us as a community this year.

God bless you!

-Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11


• New Saltines •

MadGar; Ragerz Abyss; Kantazo; Locenehtar; drjones; Amber Dawn; CindyKa; dannyjones; daniel ray; Ryokozekem; Page; AngelBrady; LittleDago; Donum Lux; Soothsayer;  Ekhetrima.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!


• January Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 2
NIV

“You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or to impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.
As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displeased God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.”


• January Song of the Month •

Chain Breaker
Zach Williams


• January Recipe of the Month •

Blueberry Scones
by: Perkysaurus

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of sour cream
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 4 cups of flour
– 1 cup of white sugar
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 cup of butter
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of blueberries or raisins, or whatever fruit you want.

Directions:
Preheat to 350 degrees.
Take your bowl with your cup of sour cream, and mix in the baking soda.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives (or a fork) in a criss-cross fashion, until the butter is broken into pea sized morsels in the flour.
Beat the egg and mix in into the sour cream.
Add the sour cream mixture into the dry mixture, working it in.
The dough can be a bit dry, but if you use your hands to combine it, it will be perfect. If needed add milk until it’s combined. The secret to a good scone is a drier dough, not gluey.
When the dough is combined, mix in the fruit. I fold in delicate berries by hand.
Divide into three equal circles, patting each into a circle that is one inch thick (width ranges from 6-7 inches). Cut each circle into six equal triangles.
Bake on a well-greased or parchment lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, until the scones are browned nicely on the bottom and slightly on the top. Watch them carefully!


• January Tip of the Month •

Guild Commendation Traders

Did you know that there are two Guild Commendation traders in the guild hall with TONS of different items you can buy? Stalwart Ben is a new addition to our Guild hall and he is located just north of the spawn waypoint. He has so many items I can’t even tell you about all of them, but I will tell you a couple highlights: Guild Weapons, Guild Back Items, Ascended accessories, Rare gear, minis, WvW blueprints, banners and more! There is also Sigurlina Jonsdottir (wow that’s a name!) She has three tabs of available materials that all cost 1 commendation. These items change daily and you can buy three items a day at that price. The first tab is basic materials, bags of gear and runes/sigils, wvw bluerpints, Resonating Slivers etc (and during Wintersday you can get Personalized Wintersday Gifts!); the second tab is Materials and Ascended Recipes, from which you can get Obsidian Shards, Ascended Recipes and the like; the final tier is Scribe Materials, things like, Tubs of Woods Glue, Bolts of Embroidered Silk that you need to craft scribing items but also basic scribing decorations that are deposited. Even if you are not a scribe those basic decorations can be used by our scribes to make other decorations. You worked hard for all those commendations and now you know two great vendors to dish out some much needed reward! Also join us every Sunday night at 9:00pm EST for our weekly guild missions and earn more guild commendations for use with these two awesome merchants!


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt. 5:13-16

Guild Wars 2

Salt Secret Santa 2016

December 5, 2016
secret-santa-3

Merry almost Christmas Saltines! As a way to celebrate Christmas and the gift that our Savior gave us in His birth, we are going to have our own gift giving in the form of a guild-wide Secret Santa Gift Exchange! This is our 2nd Annual Secret Santa and it is completely voluntary for anyone who wants to participate and give a special Christmas gift to another Saltine. If you sign up we will send you the name of another guild member who has also signed up and you will be their Secret Santa, likewise, someone will get your name and be your Secret Santa! Secret Santa gifts don’t have to be anything extravagant, could be a dye, a mini pet, crafting materials, toys, weapons, anything! Just a token and small something to make someone’s day!

So here it is! A few things you should know:

1) In order to participate you must sign up using this form by Noon EST on the 18th of December 2016. Once sign ups close we will randomly assign each person a Secret Santa recipient. Your recipient won’t know who you are until you send your gift. Likewise someone will receive your name but you won’t find out who until you receive your gift. One of the Salt leaders will send you an in-game mail with the account name of your recipient. Account names will not be used for anything other than a way to mail you your Secret Santa Gift. Only Vasshti and your Secret Santa will know what your account name is.

2) Once you receive the account name of your recipient you will have up until Christmas day to mail your gift to them. You can mail it as soon as your receive the name or wait until Christmas morning to build suspense. Gifts don’t have to be anything extravagant, could be a dye, a mini pet, crafting materials, toys, weapons, or any little token to show you care. Please try to keep gifts below 5G in value.

3) If for some reason you sign up and receive a name but can’t follow through on the gift giving please let Vasshti or Caiti know so we can find someone else to give a gift to that person. Things come up and we totally understand if that’s the case, but we want to make sure that everyone who signs up will get a gift.

Let me (Vasshti) know if you have any other questions pertaining to this event, and have fun everyone! I hope to see many Saltines participating and making this a fun and memorable Christmas as a guild!

Thanks friends and happy gift giving!

SIGN UP HERE!!!

Guild Wars 2

December Newsletter 2016

December 1, 2016
december-2016

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.”  – Sarah Kay

Do you ever get the feeling that you swear it was only July yesterday? But somehow you woke up today and it’s almost Christmas? Not exactly sure how that happened but I checked Facebook today and it is indeed December 1st! While I do have all my Christmas shopping done (totally NOT bragging), my house is decorated and Christmas music is playing on the stereo; I don’t feel ready. Every year I feel like I am clinging onto the Christmas season for dear life or else it eats me alive and spits me out on the January side a little dazed and confused and now wondering what the heck I am supposed to “resolve” for the next year. Whew! What a whirlwind! There are 24 more days until Christmas and I am determined to make the most of it. But how?

As we get into the Christmas season my Church just started a new sermon series which they are calling “The Promise of Better Days”. This week we started the series by learning about hope. Pastor Brian dug into hope and the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. That was all fine and dandy and well worth hearing but what stuck with me in this sermon was the very beginning: Advent. Advent is a season of preparation, waiting, and looking forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Well duh Pastor! We are all waiting and looking forward to Christmas! But how am I preparing for it? Well, I’ve decorated, I’ve bought gifts, but other than that it’s business as usual. Pastor Brian touched on a few different ways to prepare yourself: prepare your gift giving, prepare your hearts and (in my opinion, the most overlooked of the three) prepare your calendars. Gift giving is an easy one for me! Check. Preparing my heart is a no brainer! Check. But preparing my calendar? Huh? I think about preparing my heart and I think of how much more my heart would be prepared if my calendar was prepared. After hearing that sermon I look at my calendar and laugh! Not only is my calendar NOT prepared it is in fact significantly busier than normal! For some, preparing their calendar might mean doing more; but for me it needs to mean doing less. It means having more time of rest and reflection. It means NOT going to every little thing and being so stressed out by the time Christmas comes and I feel like I’m going to explode. It means clearing my calendar and enjoying quiet personal time with those I am close to. If I am less busy I am less stressed, If I am less stressed I am less emotional/irritable, if I am less emotional I am more grace filled, if I am more grace filled I am a brighter light for Jesus. And in all honesty, being less busy sounds INCREDIBLE! Doesn’t it? Having free evenings at home with my husband; being able to do more for others just because I can; baking Christmas cookies to take to my neighbors (because I have the time now). Sounds nice right?!

Christ came to earth as a tiny baby. That is the reason for the season! Christmas parties, gift giving, Christmas music, decorations, traffic, lines. These are only the good (and bad) things that come with it. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. Don’t let all the craziness of this season swallow you whole and spit you out on the January side of Christmas. Take control of your calendar and prepare yourselves to celebrate the incredible real story of a Savior who was born this day!

(if you would like to watch the full sermon preached by Pastor Brian you can do so here)

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Wintersday is coming to Tyria soon! The past two years it has come out around the 14-16th of December and though I have yet to hear about a release date this year I expect it to be in that time frame! This is always one of the best events in game and a ton of fun! With any luck there will be cool new items we can get but I am not holding my breath on that. Wintersday usually comes with a jumping puzzle, a dungeon, a pvp game, the bell choir and a makeover to Divinity’s Reach. I am probably forgetting something but the bottom line is it is awesome and you don’t want to miss it! Wintersday usually hangs around until the first or second week in January so there will be plenty of time for Wintersday fun!

This year Salt will be holding its Second Annual Secret Santa Gift Exchange! We started this last year and it was so much fun we decided to make it an annual thing! There will be a separate post on the website, twitter and Facebook with the rules and sign-up sheet but you can go to the link here if you want to get started earlier. It is important to remember that you MUST sign up on the form to be included and you MUST sign up by Noon EST on the 18th of December 2016. You will be able to give a Christmas gift to another Saltine! Just as God gave us the gift of His Son, so we too will practice gift giving with other Saltines. Be on the lookout for that!

I am happy to announce a new event that is being added to our weekly calendar! Our Dungeon Leader Moira has switched gears and created a new event. Dungeons have been a very slow event for months and since the interest just isn’t there he has decided to start something new: Salt Family Gaming. This new event has been designed to target the youngest Salt members out there. This is specifically intended for kids and parents playing together, but will be open to everyone in the guild to come along. “I really enjoy watching my own children’s wonder and pleasure in doing different things in the game, some of which I have never even tried! I hope that this can be an opportunity for the kids in the guild to play together and make new friends doing something we all love.” -Moira. Salt Family Gaming will be held at 4:00pm EST on the 1st and 3rd Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month! That’s a little confusing but you can see it listed on the events calendar a long with the time and a description (Guild Wars 2 → Events Calendar). You don’t have to be a kid, or have a kid in the guild to enjoy this event! Stay tuned on the Facebook Page/Group/Twitter/Forums for more info and we hope to see you THIS SATURDAY as this awesome new event kicks off!

I am both bummed and relieved that the newest living story patch was not released with new upgrades for the guild hall. Bummed because new things are always fun to have, but relieved we don’t have to collect anything more for a time. Our guild hall continues to be awesome and should be seeing more winter decorations soon! You may recognize King Thor and Lt Fog from our guild, they play often and say ‘Hi’ to us but they are part of a small Christian guild that we have formed an alliance with. They often come and help us on our guild missions and we try to help them where they need it. We helped them claim their Guild hall and we have formed a good friendship with them. Since we have completed our Guild hall I thought I would let you know about needs they have, in case you feel called to help them out. Their guild Avengers of God [AOG] has 11 members (a bunch of which are Salt alliance members) and have, remarkably, gotten their guild to level 43 already! That’s crazy progress for a small guild! If you would like to help them as they continue their trek, they are in need of a bunch of materials for upgrades, some of which include Cured Thick Leather Squares (over 2,000), Ley-Line Infused Tools (about 24) and Thyme Leafs (about 500). This is a totally optional thing and I have no expectations, but, I do think it’s amazing when God’s people come together to help each other. So think about it! If you want to help you can send those things to either myself (vasshti) or Thor/Fog or put them in the guild bank. Thank you in advance for anything you can donate to our friends.

I think that’s all from me for now! May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. -Amen
Merry Christmas Friends

-Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)

“To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11


• New Saltines •

Thurnis Haley; Silent; Cobra; Blion King; Purgatoris Purifier; Krallen; Kelvor; Laurel Jr.; Speerit; TheRapture.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!


• December Verse of the Month •

1 Thessalonians 1
NIV

“Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath”


• December Song of the Month •

Mary, Did You Know?
Pentatonix


• December Recipe of the Month •

Cranberry Sauce
by: The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond

Ingredients
– 1 bag (12 Oz. Bag) Cranberries
– 1 cup Cranberry Juice (or Orange, Apple or any other juice combination)
– 1 cup Pure Maple Syrup (not Pancake Syrup!)
– 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice (you could also do orange zest, lemon zest, lemon Juice – anything citrusy)

Directions:

– Wash bag of cranberries under cool water, then dump into a medium saucepan.
– Pour in 1 cup of cranberry juice (or whatever juice you choose).
– Pour in 1 cup maple syrup.
– Add orange juice (you could also do orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice – anything citrusy).
– Stir together and turn heat on high until it reaches a boil.
– Once it comes to a rolling boil, turn the heat down to medium low and continue cooking over lower heat for about 10 minutes, or until the juice is thick. Turn off the heat.

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from The Pioneer Woman.


• December Tip of the Month •

Guild Hall Farming

Did you know there are many free Guild farming nodes in the Guild Hall? You may recall that we have had a Mining, Farming and 3 Plant nodes in the guild hall but we now have more! We still have those but we also have a Cloth and Leather node as well! You can farm these once per day and each node gives you 3+ materials! Material tier varies but you can get Ori ore, Ancient wood and Omnomberries! To make it additionally awesome, farming in the guild hall even counts for the Daily Heart of Maguuma Miner/Lumberer/Forager! So make your way to the Guild Hall today for free and easy goodies!


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt. 5:13-16

Christianity

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016
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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
to him alone who does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights–
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.
to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
to him who led his people through the desert,
His love endures forever.
who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
and killed mighty kings–
His love endures forever.
Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
and Og king of Bashan–
His love endures forever.
and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
an inheritance to his servant Israel;
His Love endures forever.
to the One who remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
and freed us from our enemies,
His love endures forever.
and who gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.”
Psalm 136
NIV
Happy Thanksgiving my friends! There is so much to be thankful for. The Lord in Heaven created the Heavens and the Earth, He delivered us from Egypt, from sin, He provides for our every need and His love endures forever!
I am so thankful for all you Saltines who make Salt of the Earth such a wonderfully friendly and kind environment. If it wasn’t for you I probably would have stopped playing long ago. Thank the Lord for you!
-Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)
Guild Wars 2

November Newsletter 2016

November 1, 2016
November 2016 -2

“How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.”
–   Elsie N. Brady, Leaves

                Oh fall, the most beautiful time of year. The changing leaves, the rainy days, the trees that become bare. The days aren’t too hot, they are not too cool and the weather is perfectly fair.

Ok, that’s enough rhyming, but really I am in my happy place right now. I am home and it is fall; what could be better? I have recently returned home from the longest and most exhaustingly wonderful trip. While I was away on Sabbatical, my husband and I spent that 40 day period traveling the world. Affectionately known as “16 in ’16: Around the World in 40 days” we traveled over 12,000 miles, through 8 different countries, in over 7 different types of transportation. We saw such iconic things as the Cliffs of Moher, the Book of Kells, La Sagrada Familia, the Roman Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, St. Paul’s Bay, the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, the Hagia Sophia and much much more. We ate incredible cultural foods such as Bangers and Mash, Shepard’s Pie, Paella, Flan, Pesto Gnocchi, Spanakopita, Crepes, Belgian Waffle and Belgian Fries. We were constantly walking, paying for water at restaurants, lugging suitcases over cobblestone streets, running out of toilet paper and struggling to understand the language. It was the most incredible adventure of my life but I am so thankful to be home to the land of public toilets, good tap water, street signs I can read and most importantly all the friends, family, church and kitten that we left behind.

The history of Europe is so intense. We in the States, most notably California, are just infants compared to the deep history rooted in these European countries. We saw castles and temples that date back to over 400 BC. The oldest things I come across in California these days only date back to the 1800’s. We traveled through parts of Greece, including St. Paul’s Bay, which are known to be areas visited by the Apostle Paul on his missionary Journeys. St. Paul’s Bay, on the Greek Island of Rhodes, was visited on his 3rd missionary journey, I swam in the bay that Paul sailed in nearly 2000 years ago. I also stood on Mars Hills (a.k.a The Areopagus) in Athens Greece which is said to be the place where Paul preached to the Athenians; “Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an alter with this inscription ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD’. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in the temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”” Acts 17:22-25 (The whole passage is Acts 17: 16-34). This is where Christianity was born my friends! This is where it started, this is where it grew and spread. I was conflicted sometimes when I’d find myself in these immaculate old cathedrals and basilicas. Sometimes I thought how cool it was that someone would build such an incredible place for Christ. That something like that was a testament to His greatness, that He deserves all the pomp and circumstance of such an incredible building. Other times it looked like it was over the top or felt like the builders began thinking more about their Cathedral being the best than making it a place for worship. Regardless of the builders intentions I know the Lord has used these places to reach people for Him for thousands of years. That’s no small feat. One basilica in particular was truly remarkable: Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. This basilica’s creator was Antoni Gaudi. You may have heard about this as the famous basilica in Barcelona, Spain that has been under construction for the last 133 years and is set to be completed in 2026 for the 100 year anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Gaudi was a lover of Jesus Christ and felt compelled by the Lord to build this absolutely stunning place. He sounds like one who truly designed and constructed this church for the glory of God the Father, and you can feel his reverence for the Lord when you walk through it. You would be amazed at this incredible piece of art that gives glory to God. This is the kind of piece that gives you chills as you walk through because regardless of the world around it you can feel that God is still in that place. It will be amazing to see once it is complete.

All this traveling and seeing amazing things really pulls you out of the world for a little bit. You see things and eat things that are so far away from your normal reality it’s almost like time has stopped. You check in on Facebook or the internet (when there is internet) and you see the world is still turning, that people are still hurting, that elections are still coming, and it’s almost like waking up from a good dream to find that the world is still as you left it. Except now, now, you have a better appreciation for what the world you left is. When I left the USA I was feeling so glum about the state of our nation. About where it is and about where it looks like it is headed. After being overseas I awaken to the reality that the world is broken, not just the USA. Everywhere has darkness, but also has its light. I come back to the USA with a renewed sense of hope for our nation. I realize how good we have it, maybe not in all areas, but in most. I missed the USA. I missed it a lot. I choose now to look at this nation with hope because God is NOT blind to what is happening here. And He will NOT give up on us.

This is election month and I’m not going to say anything about the right or wrong way to vote. What I will say is vote. God has given you a voice and an opinion, even if it feels like a small one, it’s a chance for you to contribute to saving the world. Listen to God’s voice follow his leading and vote how you feel God is leading you. The Bible says in Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Did you catch that? “for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” You can read it again if you need to, I know I do. Alright got it? Now, breathe in……and breathe out. Now let it go. God’s got this! Over 2000 years ago it was recorded in Romans that God’s got it. For better or for worse God’s got it and that’s all the hope I need.

•    •    •

Seeing as I was gone for so long, this section could be a little short.

I was pleased to see that there were a few new upgrades in the guild hall while I was gone, got us up to level 68! I was also extremely pleased to see that we have over 130 of the Ley-Line infused tools we need for the last Mine upgrade. So much has come in during the weeks I was gone and I can’t keep up with it all. A most sincere thank you to everyone who donated toward our upgrades in the last few weeks. I can’t begin to thank you enough for the contribution you made to make our guild hall awesome for everyone. So again, thanks, from the bottom of my heart!

I have still been a little MIA since I have been back because the jet lag is still holding onto me pretty good and now it’s even made me sick (just a cold, no worries). Jet lag is no funny business, especially after so long on a different time zone. Because of that I will be waiting another week before we start TBDT up again. Our next TBDT will be on Election Day, Tuesday November 8th at 10:00pm EST, the event this week will be Guildy Presidential Popcorn Prayer night. Give us a chance to come together as a guild and pray for the future of our nation. It will be popcorn prayer so anyone can pray, but if you’re like me and not a huge fan of praying out loud, don’t be afraid to come. You do not have to pray out loud, but attend and join us as we reach out to the Lord in this time.

I am working on revamping the events calendar, getting it back up to date, and getting events going on a regular basis. The game has changed a lot since we created our events calendar and events haven’t changed with it. We need your help in creating our calendar. Please message me in game, email me gw2saltoftheearth@gmail.com, message me on the Facebook group or post on the forum and tell me what events you are interested it. It does us no good to create events no one wants to do. 😉 So please help us by telling us what you are interested it! Thanks in advance for all your brilliant suggestions!

I think that is all for me for this month.

I hope you all have a fantastic month and an amazing Thanksgiving!

Praise be to the Lord in Heaven who is our hope in the storm.

God bless you,

Jess
(Vasshti, Guild Leader)


• New Saltines •

Ellie Fisher; nateboyd; CoalescaMarenus.

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!


• November Verse of the Month •

James 5
NIV

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day or slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The judge is standing at the door!
Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your ‘Yes’ be yes, and your ‘No’ be no, or you will be condemned.
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up, if he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins.”


• November Song of the Month •

This is Amazing Grace
Phil Whickham

 


• November Recipe of the Month •

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

Ingredients:
– 2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
– 3 TBSP butter, melted
– ½ cup maple syrup
– ¹̷₃ cup packed light brown sugar
– ½ tsp cinnamon
– ¼ cup chopped pecans, optional
– ¼ cup chopped almost, optional

Directions:
Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (if desired). Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures. Bake at 375°F for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy!

Found and deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog The Jones Way.


• November Tip of the Month •

Guild Wars 2 Gaming Resources

Did you know that we have a list of our most used game resources on our website? That’s right! Our favorites include Dulfy.net for Boss Timers and Guild Mission guides, Guild Wars 2 Spidy for Trading Post prices, and GW2 Wiki for most everything else. Check it out!
(Guild Wars 2 Tab → GW2 Resources)


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matt. 5:13-16

Guild Wars 2

October Newsletter 2016

October 1, 2016
October 2016 -1

“Hey Saltines, Happy October!

Fall has fallen upon us here in the US of A and in the spirit of changing seasons, we have something a little different for you in this month’s newsletter: our dear Vasshti is away exploring the far corners of Tyria Earth this month, so you have the unfortunate pleasure of hearing from me! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matt/Mice(ign)/Xagittus(character) and I have had the privilege of being one of the Guild Leaders of [Salt] for the past two years.

The past few months have been a fairly chaotic time of transition for me (hence this letter being a few days late, forgive me folks) with good friends moving (and passing) away, and ever growing responsibilities at school with classes and research; so if you’ll humor me for a moment, I’m going to wistfully reminisce about my early years in Salt (this has a point, I promise, bear with me guys):

I joined [Salt], along with my brothers and father, three and a half years ago in my Junior year of high school. At that time, Salt was a small – repeat small – guild with roughly 6 (possibly 5) members. I was a little underwhelmed to be frank, but my family had wanted to join a Christian guild so I had googled “GW2 Christian Guild” and discovered [Salt], and went along with the rest of my family.

Enter a really rough couple of years of my life stage left. I was having issues both at home and with my schoolwork (I was homeschooled, they were somewhat indistinguishable); and, more or less, pretty much shut myself in my bedroom for two years: I did schoolwork and played Guild Wars 2 (and went to church on Sunday: I played for the youth worship team) and nothing else. My social life was, by all appearances, beyond nonexistent (although I did have some extended conversations with my dogs – and blank walls… and myself… 😉 ); however, it was during that time that I really became plugged into [Salt]. People in [Salt] rapidly became my best – and only – friends; a portal into a fun, friendly world I didn’t have outside of gaming. I was a WvW roaming nut (#thiefLife, D/D backstab spam OP) and eventually became the WvW officer. Skip forward a little bit to the summer before I left for college (two years ago now O_o) and I became one of the [Salt] guild leaders.

For the first semester of college, [Salt] continued to be my safe place, much as it had in high school; but, the positive influence of [Salt] had made me more confident and outgoing (not that I was outgoing, but I was more outgoing than before), and in much the same way that [Salt] started to grow under the leadership of Lady Cateline and Vasshti (and my lesser influential and more advisory leadership), I started to make friends in my new town and new church and gradually had less and less time to invest in [Salt]. Now, two years later, I’m on my church’s worship team, I co-teach a Bible study, I’m a behavior analysis lab lead therapist and supervisor, and I’m significantly more comfortable in my own skin – I’ve found myself if you will.

If you’re still with me and awake (I ramble, sorry), I say all that because I want to tell you all this: God has given us, as a guild, as a community, an opportunity to touch the lives of those who otherwise might be on their own. Don’t underestimate the influence you guys all have in people’s lives simply because we’re “just” playing a game in the company of other Christians; we’re also fellowshipping together as brothers and sisters in Christ. I know this awesome community has had a huge impact in my life, and I know others have told me much the same thing, and shared similar (and generally way cooler and less boring) stories.

Keep it up guys and gals! We’ve been blessed with a community of amazing people, not just friendly and amazing members, but genuinely passionate leaders and officers who love the community y’all have made. Continue being friendly. Continuing loving on the awkward weirdos (like me). I love watching our community in action – stay awesome Salt!

In the words of the Apostle Paul: “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NKJV)

/endRamblingReminiscence

Back to your regularly scheduled programming! A shout out to everyone who has been donating resources to Guild Hall upgrades – we are nearly done! If you want to donate (we still need “Ley Line Tools” – in the words of Cateline – “desperately”), message Lady Cateline (or Vasshti when she returns) in game and they’ll let you know what’s needed! Also, don’t tell Vasshti or Cateline that I’m telling you guys this as it’s strictly on the down low, but there’s also rumours (and whispers of rumours) rumbling in our officer page about new weekly events possibly appearing on our guild calendar soon(TM)… or so I’ve heard *wink wink*. Make sure to check out our event calendar on our facebook page for the exact times of all of our regularly scheduled events!

 

God Bless Saltines,

Matt”

 

 


• New Saltines •

MonoSodiumGlutamate; Mortred; TinyK; Jordan; JustJeremy; Ekhetrima; TwinDestroyer; Viciman; ElmerFudd; Kill Appeal; Hainesmurders; Kytlock

Be sure to give a warm Salty welcome if you see these new Saltines in-game!


• October Verse of the Month •

James 4
NIV

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes and enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why the Scripture says:
‘God opposed the proud
but gives grace to the humble.’
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgement on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?
Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”


• October Song of the Month •

Jesus We Love You
by Paul McClure
Bethel Music


• October Recipe of the Month •

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
– 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
– 1 ¼ cup yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix
– ½ tsp baking soda
– ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
– ½ cup granulated sugar
– ½ cup packed light brown sugar
– 1 egg, at room temperature
– 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
– 1 cup chocolate chips (I use a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
– ½ cup sprinkles

Directions:
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months.
Once the dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350° F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Shape your cookie dough balls to be taller than they are wide. Keep dough chilled when working in batches.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned.
Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Found a deliciously tested by Vasshti from the blog Sally’s baking addiction.


• October Tip of the Month •

Member Profiles

Did you know that you can customize your member profile? Add a profile and cover photo, tell us your in game character names, and even let us know your favorite spot in Tyria! Check it out!

(User tab → Profile → Gear Symbol → Edit Profile)


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-16