Catching The Wind Book Review

Are you ready to embark on a journey through time? Get a cup of coffee or tea, and settle in your favorite reading spot and let me tell you about this beautiful story. I am not exaggerating when I say this is an amazing story. The story opens to children playing knight and princess in a treehouse. But all too soon the joys of childhood are crushed and Brigitte and Dietmar must leave all they know behind and flee their homeland to escape the Gestapo. Together they journey across Europe to reach England, only to be separated in the worn torn country vowing to find each other once more.

old books, tea cups, and pearls at a picnic

70 years later Dietmar, now Daniel Knight a wealthy old man still seeks to fulfill his promise to his friend. He enlists the help of a reporter Quenby Vaughn in one final effort to find Brigitte.

Broken pasts, demons thought long buried, WWII espionage, deception, sacrifice and the beauty only He can bring from the ashes of our past.

Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book I've read all year, maybe ever. It draws you in and you get lost in the story until suddenly you find yourself closing the back cover. This book is heartbreaking and yet strikingly beautiful. These characters will haunt you, draw you to tears, inspire you and make you laugh and leave you changed. Received this book free for our honest review.

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Heidelberg Castle - Germany

Heidelberg Schloss / Castle

Heidelberg Germany

Welcome back to Heidelberg Germany.
In the last article, we talked about the history of the town of Heidelberg.









Now we get to the fun stuff, of course, that is after we eat lunch at the Zum Guldenen Schaf the Golden Lamb in English






The restaurant has been located at the same location for over 250 years. It was also our guides favorite restaurant while he was attending college here.








I ordered ravioli and it was delicious,  even though it was baked and had no sauce. The others had a variety of specialties and enjoyed them as well.







Now we arrive at the castle. The Heidelberger Schloss is a ruin in Germany and it is also a landmark of Heidelberg. The earliest structure of the castle was built before 1214 and later anther was built around 1294.



 It was during the reign of Louis V, Elector Palatine I (1508-1544) that Martin Luther came to Heidelberg to defend one of his theses. While there he paid a visit to the castle and was shown around by Louis's younger brother Wolfgang, Count Palatine, and praised the beauty and the defenses of the castle.



In 1537 the upper castle was hit by a lightning bolt and was destroyed.

 In 1619, Protestants rebelled against the Holy Roman Empire and offered the crown of Bohemia to Frederick V, Elector Palatine and this triggered the 30 Years War. This time brought destruction to the castle. After Frederick V loss the Battle of White Mountain on November 8, 1620, he went on the run leaving the Palatinate undefended against General Tilly who was in command of the Imperial and the Holy Roman Empire's troops.



On September 16 Tilly captured Heidelberg and then a few days later had control of the castle.



On May 5, 1633, the Swedes captured the city and the castle. In July 1635 the emperor's troops recaptured the city. It remained in their position until the Peace of Westphalia ended the war.



The new ruler Charles Louis and his family did not move into the castle until October 1649. Then in 1688 the 9 Years War hit causing more damage to the cities walls towers and castle.

Since the castle was in ruins people started taking things for other castles and buildings elsewhere. Finally, they stopped taking from the ruins and started trying to rebuild it. In 1764 the castle was hit by another lightning bolt which destroyed some of the rebuilt sections.





 Next time we look at 3 of the churches that I visited, so until then be Blessed.

Mr. Cottage

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Lime Beef Tacos

Summer is a busy time! Pool parties, cookouts, family adventures, kids going back to school. Quick and easy recipes are life savers, so today we are sharing one of our favorite meals. Savory and fresh these are sure to please. 



Fresh Parsley
Cheese
Sour Cream
Garlic Powder to taste
Onion Powder to taste
Himalayan Salt  to taste
Nutritional Yeast to taste
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Carne Asad
Corn Tortillas 

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In a skillet cook meat over low to medium heat, season with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice and nutritional yeast until done. Fry tortillas in oil. Spoon meat into cooked tortillas, top with parsley, sour cream, and cheese.

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As High As The Heavens Book Review

Here we are with another terrific book, to share with you! Grab a cup of your favorite tea, snuggle up in your reading spot and get ready to check out your next book! If you love historical fiction, or are interested in World War I this book is for you.

Old books and tea

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High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! Just Wow! This book is truly a treasure. I found myself laughing, crying and biting my nails as I turned the pages. Step back in time and experience occupied Belgium, feel the fear and hopelessness. The pain that only war and the loss of the ones you love can bring and the hope that only God can give. The characters are real, the hardships unimaginable and the dangers unspeakable. Be prepared to lose sleep over this one. Received this book from the publisher for our honest review.

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Our Beautiful Cottage Duvet Covers

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Sand Dollar Snickerdoodle Cookies

Today we are sharing with you this tasty summer treat! Aren't they adorable? Going to the beach? Just got back from vacation and missing the sand, salt water and sunshine? These are perfect! Slightly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Bite into it and let the sweetness of the raw sugar and the savory warm taste of cinnamon swirl across your tongue.  

I made these yesterday after we spent all day cleaning out the garage in preparation for a yard sale (does that tell you how easy these are?), little did I know that we would have a friend driving through that needed a place to stay. They had to hit the road again bright and early and didn't have time for breakfast but who doesn't have time for cookies? P.S. they are AMAZING with Lifeboat Coffee! *Leans in and whispers* and they even have snickerdoodle coffee!!! Be still my beating heart, snickerdoodle coffee, can one die of happiness?

Organic Snickerdoodle Recipe

Ingredients:

 3 3/4 Cup organic all purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon organic baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon cream of tartar
2  Cups raw sugar
1 Cup grass-fed butter
1/4 Cup milk
2 Free range eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla (try our our tutorial to make your own!)

Related Article: Triple Treat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Toppings:

3 Tablespoon raw sugar
1 Teaspoon organic cinnamon
Sliced almonds

Supplies

Electric mixer
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups
Cookie sheet
Silicone baking mat
Spoon

Organic Snickerdoodle Recipe

Stir together flour, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar. Beat butter in mixer for 30 seconds, add sugar, beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients one cup at a time until combined. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Pinch off 1-inch pieces of dough, roll between your palms until smooth. Plop into sugar-cinnamon mix, toss it a couple times to cover it. Press dough between your hands until it forms a round circle. Press sliced almonds into a cross shape in the middle of the cookie (make sure you press them in until they don't slip around so they won't pop out in the oven). Place cookies on a silicone baking mat on top of a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. 


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Waiting On The Lord | Lessons From The Farm

If you've been following us on Facebook and Instagram you probably saw our little rescue over the weekend. Yesterday afternoon when I was checking the pool filter I happened to look up only to see a little face that kind of looked like a skeleton's head and big ears. Quickly I retraced my steps, retrieved the camera -I wasn't about to stick my face over the edge of the pool to see what it was and run the risk of getting it in my face- and Mr. Cottage. 


After holding the camera over the edge and snapping a few pictures my guess was confirmed. A bat. Yes, you read that right B-A-T bat. Somehow it had taken a dive and now sat just above the water line looking mostly drowned. Our guess is it was trying to drink and fell in. Thankfully for it, Mr. Cottage was able to scoop it out with our net.

It's kind of ironic that we do the same thing. We rush ahead without seeking His will, we dive in at the first sign of something glittery without a thought about if this is His plan for our lives. I'm just a guilty as the next gal. We get caught up, sidetracked if you will or maybe we get tired of waiting on Him. It's so easy.

We can do it on our own! Girl power, pixie dust and whatever else and then we end up in a situation something like the bat. Alone, hurting and scared. In way over our head with no hope of getting ourselves out and needing someone bigger than us to swoop in and rescue us.


But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31  KJV

It's easier to attempt to grip the controls of our life than move over and let God take the pilots seat. But when we wrestle the controls back from His hands and insist on our own way we miss all of the amazing things He has planned for our lives.


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot

We can't keep the controls, every time we try we only end up in the proverbial pool. But when we allow Him to steer our lives we will end up where we never imagined.