The Lace Maker Book Review

We are very blessed to be asked to review books from time to time before they are released to the public.  We love to read and this is just a delight for us. One of the books was the book called "The Lacemaker" by the author Laura Frantz.

First of all, I loved this book so much! This author did amazing research and wove into it these wonderful characters.

Our main character Elizabeth "Liberty" is a lacemaker in Colonial Williamsburg, VA just before the American Revolution explodes on the scene changing the fledgling nation forever and her life forever. Abandoned by her Father, accused of being a spy, can she survive?

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This was such a beautiful story, I didn't want it to end. The characters were rich, wonderful, believable and I was left in the end feeling like I was walking away from a beautiful friendship. I hated to say goodbye.

It showed the strengths and weaknesses of the characters and really pulled you into the beginning of the fight for freedom for our nation. This is a don't miss book. 
The author and her friend and fellow author wrote books about lacemakers and the books touch in such wonderful ways. So Check out "A Refuge Assured" by Jocelyn Green to see the way the lives of these two women touch. 

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We were given these books for free for our honest opinion. 

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Giveaway Time!!

This week we passed 5K followers on Facebook! We're so excited, so we decided to do a giveaway to thank you all for being with us! You guys have no idea how blessed we are by you all. You make our day brighter and encourage us.

Scroll down and enter below! It's really easy! This giveaway is open to USA residents (sorry to everyone else! We still love you and are so glad you are with us.) The contest ends on February 24th 2018 at 12 AM CST. We will draw a winner and contact them, the winner has 24 hours to claim their prize and respond or a new winner will be drawn. 

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The Best Farmhouse Beds On Amazon

There is nothing like coming home after a trip or a long day and falling into bed, you just sleep better when you are in your own bed. Comfortable, safe, cozy it's your bed and no one else's. It's been rather dreary here, the perfect weather to curl in bed with a cup of coffee and a good book, speaking of which check out our recent book reviews to see what we've been reading!

We've had some readers ask how to get the farmhouse/cottage look in their house, our answer- starts slow, add bits at a time until you get your finished look. Soooooo today we thought we would share with you our favorite farmhouse beds on Amazon.

Bowery Hill Twin Metal Bed

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Which one is your favorite? 

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Churches Of Nuremberg | St. Sebald

Hi everyone! Welcome back to Nuremberg Germany, this is my very last post from this gorgeous city. I truly love this place and will be so sad to leave. In just over a week I will be heading back to the states. The last 3 months have been amazing and I will never forget this trip. 

Today we are stopping by St. Sebald, this church and Frauenkirche (Missed that trip? Check it out here) are two of the most important churches in the city. It sits across from the old city hall and gets its name from an 8th-century hermit, missionary and patron saint of Nuremberg. It has been a Lutheran Parish church since the Reformation.

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Construction began in 1225, it was originally built as a Romanesque Basilica with two choirs. During the 17th century, several important changes to its construction were made, the side aisles were widened and the steeples made higher. The late gothic hall chancel was built between 1309-1345.

In the middle of the 17th century, galleries were added and the interior was remodeled in the Baroque fashion.

The church suffered severe damage during World War II, and later restored.

Not much is known about this church's namesake, but there are several legends about who he was. One of the earliest (ca. 1280) claims he was contemporary of Henry III and was of Franconian origin. After a pilgrimage to Italy, he became a preacher at Nuremberg.

Another says he was a Frankish nobleman while another says he was the son the king of Denmark and still another says he was a student in Paris who married a French princess but then abandoned her on their wedding night to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. Is one of these legends the truth, I guess you will have to make up your own mind.

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Rosevine Cottage Girls Lasagne Recipe

This is a recipe that has been part of the family for years but it has changed as people have added their own touch to it. The sauce in this one has become our own after Auntie Betty stepped into our lives and taught us how to make her sauce and even that became our own. So, put on some Frank Sinatra and head over and learn the art of the sauce.  Click the word sauce and get it simmering first. Then come back here. 

(singing) When the moon hits your eye...

Ok, the sauce is in the pot simmering?



Lasagne Noodles
Ground Beef or Pork
Cottage Cheese
Himalayan Pink Salt
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder


Now fill up another large saucepan with water and add a dash of salt and a bit of olive oil and put it on to boil. Now we are ready to work some magic.

In a skillet on your stove place your ground beef or ground pork or combination of the two. Season this will some Himalayan pink salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley. Let it brown and drain the meat.

When the water is boiling place your pasta in the pan and cook to the directions on the box, usually 8-10 minutes. Check to make sure it is done and drain. Set aside. 

Get your cottage or ricotta cheese and add 2 eggs to it and 1/2 cup each of Parmesan and Romano grated cheese and stir and set aside.

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You are going to want to get a 9x13 casserole dish. In the dish place about three lasagna noodles to cover the bottom of the pan overlapping slightly. 

On top of this place 1/2 of your Breakstone's cottage cheese or ricotta cheese mix spreading evenly over the pasta.

Ladle a bit of sauce over the cottage cheese and then top with 1/2 of your meat mixture. Top with a portion of your cheese (1/3). Repeat this for each layer. When you are at the top layer place your pasta, then sauce then the remaining cheese. Add extra cheese if you like! 

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Cover loosely with a dome of foil and put in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 45 min. Remove foil and put back in the oven for about 5 minutes. Then remove to a trivet and let sit a couple of minutes.
Cut and eat. 

Taking The Training Wheels Off Your Faith

Recently an opportunity pounced upon us, it would be life-changing, to say the least. Everything we've longed for, everything we dreamed about. Terrifying and yet promising. And then a small voice whispered..."No,".

It was perfect, and yet this overwhelming dread filled our hearts.

"No," So simple, just two letters but packed with so much meaning.

"Walk away..."

"Do you trust me?"

"Walk away,"

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Genesis 22:2 NIV

I think sometimes God draws you to places that requires you to exercise your faith muscle. He brings you to a place and then takes one of your "training wheels" off like my parents use to do. A place that scares you but you must face to grow. You can't keep the "training wheels" on forever. So He brings you to a place and asks you to trust Him, asks you to have faith and learn to teeter on first three wheels and then only two. 

...When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. Genesis 22:3 NV

He brings you to a place where everything you thought you ever wanted sweeps out before you, honestly the road is pretty flat and smooth you could keep your training wheels and swoop in, or you could trust Him and follow His leading away from all of that.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Genesis 22:9 NIV

It's easy to trust Him on the smooth road with everything you've wanted is before you, it's quite another matter when He asks you to take the training wheels off your faith and follow Him off roading if you will. It's hard to trust Him when He is drawing you away from the sparkling appeal of dreams. But honestly, those dreams are just glittery rocks without Him there. I don't know about you but I would rather have be off-roading with Him, then have a fistful of shiny worthless rocks any day.

But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”... Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:11-12 NIV

Abraham loved God with all His heart when God asked Him to take the training wheels off of His faith and trust Him he did it. No buts. No, what ifs. No questions. The bible says he got up early the next morning- he wasn't loitering about. He didn't hit the snooze button a dozen times. He didn't make sure God's plan lined up with His schedule and dreams He just went. Trusting God and willing to sacrifice his greatest dream, his greatest treasure. Because the truth is this life is nothing without Him.

The House On Foster Hill Book Review

The last two years haven't been easy on Kaine Prescott, after the death of her husband and her pleas for the police to investigate further falling on deaf ears and a stalker that no one believes exists but her she fleas her San Diago life and moves to a small town in Wisconsin. She bought a house sight-unseen with plans to fix it up and she attempts to get her life on track. 

But then she see's the victorian monstrocity, the ad said only needed some TLC and discovers the realtor was less than honest. Slowly the houses sorted history comes to light, leaving her questioning her rash decision. All to soon the demons of her past begin to catch up with her, can she discover the past of the house and her own families before whoever is chasing her catches up with her? 

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The House on Foster Hill
by Jaime Jo Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could not put this book down! I think I practically inhaled it. The author did an outstanding job weaving past and present mysteries together in a way that will leave you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. I highly recommend this one!
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