Beneath Copper Falls Book Review

Step with me into the pages of Colleen Coble's new book Beneath Copper Falls, a fast-paced mystery based in Rock Harbor. If you have read many of her books you may remember many of these beloved characters.

This book tells the story of Dana a 911 operator who returns to Rock Harbor in hopes to escape her abusive fiance. She must learn to let people in, and trust her new friend Boone. But danger lurks around the bend, and one day she answers a call only to hear her friends desperate cries. Can they solve the murders and the mysteries of her past before time runs out?






Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think I finished this in a day, I couldn't put it down! Such a great book! It leaves you guessing until it finally springs the killer's identity on you, drawing you into a race against time as the characters attempt to stop him before it's too late. Received this book from the publisher for our honest review.

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Indoor Garden Party

Over the weekend we hosted our indoor garden party for Brianna and my 20th birthday. If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you may have caught our sneak peeks. This party was a huge success! Everyone loved it and with our unpredictable Tennessee weather, it was perfect. We were originally planning a beautiful party out in the garden- but we were expecting strong storms so that plan was quickly abandoned. 

You see we have a bit of a problem with events at the Cottage and the weather. Most of the time it pours, a few times we have even had severe weather and the tornado alarm blaring as Mr. Cottage grills out the back door. But we make it work. 


Therefore the indoor garden party was born! We gathered all of our mismatched yard-sale find chairs and a few fold out tables that Mr. Cottage got from his last job.


We decided to place one of the fold out tables against our dining room table, and the longer folding table across from those two.


Over the tables, we strung Edison lights that we picked up at Kroger on clearance last season on cup hooks to add a that our door garden feel. Plus it added more light! Score! I had to get Mr. Cottage to help me put them up so I wouldn't clank them together and break the bulbs.


Mrs. Cottage and Brianna stopped by Dollar Tree and Walmart and bought those beautiful clear confetti balloons and the gold disk garlands. We cut the disk garlands in 1/4ths and used clear thumb tacks to hang them. I found some left over white balloons from another party so Brianna and I blew them up after the first to our pump died so we had to do the rest by hand- or should I say mouth? We hung them inspiringly by a bit of thread and more clear thumb tacks (I knew my obsession with all things office/stationary would come in handy!).


Mrs. Cottage picked up these adorable miniature roses at Kroger for 99 cents a piece- now who can pass up a deal like that? Especially on roses! We put a beautiful cupcake holder that we picked up from Ross several years ago in the center for a touch of bling. You may recognize it from the Mother's Day Brunch we did.


We used some vintage table clothes in white and cream to cover the table. One of the lace ones my grandmother use to use at every family gathering so it was almost like she was there with us.


We decided to incorporate a few benches into our set up. So we borrowed the one from the front porch that we picked up at the 400-mile long yard sale a few years ago. We also used the Butterfly bench from Kirklands Mr. Cottage gave Mrs. Cottage for their anniversary last week, which was a big hit. Everyone wanted to sit in it!


They also picked up some white Chinese lanterns that we hung from the ceiling also with small electric tea candles in them. Don't they add a romantic, magical effect?


For the second table, we used our purple garden globe between two miniature red roses. On the far side, we paired a single miniature white rose with to candle sticks. Above the mantle, you can see the Cottage sign we painted a few months ago.


We wanted to keep it really classy so we tried to keep our colors white, with splashes of gold, and of course silver confetti in the clear balloons. On the back wall, you can see another one of our DIY projects the collage print.



We served drinks in these adorable beverage dispensers our little red side table. Behind it is our chalkboard inscribed with Sail Away With Me.


On the opposite side of the room, we placed a three sum of cloche displaying shells, and a three tiered galvanized tray to serve chips on top of an antique dresser.


We picked up this beauty at Hobby Lobby years ago, it pulls in the garden feel and still adds a touch more bling (you guys know how I like shiny things!) with out over doing it.


We talked about painting these pots or adding a bit of glitter, but in the end decided to leave them just as they are. This is a garden party after all.


I love how the confetti filled balloons looked dangling from over head next to the crisp white ones. It gave the room such an enchanted magical feel. Which is really good because it took forever took forever to blow them all up.


Mrs. Cottage also found those beautiful tissue paper flower garlands at dollar tree. We hung them with some more thumb tacks. I love how girly they are!


Our menu included smoked bbq pork on brioche roll sandwiches (I'm drooling just talking about them), hot dogs and hamburgers for the kiddos, chips and salsa, baked beans, fruit punch and sweet tea.

We picked up this cute bee hive dispenser at Ross, it's so cute and summery. We found those cute napkins at dollar tree, they fit our theme so well that we got them.


We were expecting 20+ people to arrive for our indoor garden party, ironically we checked the weather the night before and it said 0% chance of rain... But with Tennessee weather, you can never really trust it to do as they say. The weather turned out to be hot and muggy so inside was perfect. The adults got to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning while the kids fished for frogs in the ponds. 

At first, we planned to bake all the cakes ourselves but we just ran out of time. So we picked up that delicious chocolate piece of heaven in the middle from Publix and an angel food cake that we topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries. We made the lemon cake up front (it was DELICIOUS).

We wanted them to be really pretty, so we served them on some of our favorite cake plates. The galvanised one beneath the angel food cake is from World Market (I swear I get into way too much trouble at that store- but I love every minute), the vintage glass beauty under the chocolate is sitting on a charger from Decor Steals and for the final cake we used an adorable green Pioneer Woman cake plate.

To all of our friends and family that came to help us celebrate, and to all of our dear followers that wished us happy birthday thank you so much! You guys mean the world to us. Much love!

~ The Girls

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Exploring Nuremberg

Welcome back to Germany, this is one of my favorite cities that I visited (actually it was third behind Istha and Weisenheim am Berg because my family lived in these towns). Seated on the river Pegnitz and the main-Danube canal it is the largest city in the German State of Bavaria after Munich. This is where we found ourselves heading, Nuremberg. I wish so much that I had more time in this city rich with history.

Nuremberg Germany

Before I go any further I would like to thank the wonderful ladies that work at the visitation center who so graciously set us up with information maps, passes for the city and recommended the Hotel Keiml for my traveling companion to spend the night. The lady who runs the hotel was very nice and gracious. If you are going to be in the area I highly recommend staying here!

Nuremberg Germany

The earliest mention of this beautiful city was in 1050 the location of an Imperial Castle between the east Franks and the Bavarian March of the Nordgau.

Nuremberg Germany

Between 1050 and 1571 the city expanded and became influential sitting on key trade routes. Nuremberg is often referred to as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, partially due to the Imperia Diet –Reichstag and courts met at Nuremberg Castle.


In 1219 Frederick II granted the Great Letter Of Freedom which included town rights, Imperial immediacy and the privilege to mint coins and independent costumes policies. Nuremberg quickly became one of two great trade centers on the route between Italy and North Europe.


In 1298 the Jewish people living in the city were accused of desecrating the host –or sacramental bread- as a result 698 were killed in one of many Rintfleisch Massacres. They suffered many such massacres during the Black Death plague years.


In 1349 Nuremberg’s Jewish population was again under fire, subjected to a Pogrom. Burned at the stake or expelled. Later a market place was built over the Jewish quarter.


The largest gains for the city were during the 14th century, Charles IV of the Holy Roman Empire’s Golden Bull of 1356 (a decree issued by the Imperial Diet at Nuremberg and Metz which fixed for more than 400 years important aspects of the constitutional structure of the Holy Roman Empire it eas named for the golden seal it carried) which named Nuremberg as the city where newly elected kings must hold their Imperial Diet making it one of the three must important cities in the Empire.


In 1349 the members of the guilds unsuccessfully rebelled against the Patricians in the Craftsmen’s Uprising. Supported by merchants and some councilors it lead to a ban on any self-organization of the artisans in the city and abolished the guilds that were customary across Europe. Unions were dissolved and Oligarches remained in power while it was a free city.

Nuremberg Germany

Charles the IV conferred the right to form alliances independently, placing the city on a politically equal footing with the princes of the empire. Meanwhile frequent fights broke out between the Burgraves none left lasting damage on the city.


The castle was destroyed by fire during a feud between Fredrick IV (the Margrave of Brandenburg since 1417) and the Duke of Bavaria-Ingolstadt in 1420. The ruins and surrounding forest were purchased by the city in 1427.


The Hussite Wars (also known as the Bohemian Wars or Hussite Revolution) were fought between the Hussite’s and various European monarchs who sought to enforce the authority of the Roman Catholic Church on them and different Hussite fractions lasting between 1619 to about 1434. The Hussite community included most of the Czech population of the kingdom of Bohemia and formed a major military power. They defeated five crusades against them declared by the pope in 1420, 1421, 1422, 1427 and 1431. The fighting ended when the moderate Utraquist fraction defeated the radical Taborite fraction. The black death put in another appearance in 1437 that and the first Margrave War led to a severe drop in the population in the mid-15th century.


At the beginning of the 16th century the city sided with Albert IV Duke of Bavaria – Munich in the Landshut War of Succession the result of a despute between Albert and the Bavaria-Landshut, an earlier agreement between different Wittelsbach lines. The treaty of Pavia struck in 1329 concerning the Law of Succession and stated that if one branch should become extinct in the male line then the other would inherit disregarding imperial law stipulating the Holy Roman Emperor would inherit.


George Duke of Bavaria-Landshut and his wife Hedwig Jagiellon had no sons, so the Duke in breach of laws named his daughter Elisabeth his heir. The war ended in 1505 with the death of Elisabeth and her husband. Nuremberg gained substantial territory after this.


The cultural flowering of the Nuremburg in the 15th and 16th centuries made her the center of the German Renaissance. In 1526 Nuremberg accepted the Protestant Reformation and in 1532 the religious Peace of Nuremberg by which Lutherans gained important concessions was signed there. During the 1552 revolution against Charles V, Nuremberg tried to purchase its neutrality but the city was attacked without a declaration of war and was forced into a disadvantageous peace.


At the Peace of Augsbury – a treaty between Charles V and the Schmalkaldic League signed on the 25th of September 1555 it officially ended the religious struggle between the two groups and making a legal division of Lutherism or Roman Catholicism as the official confession of their state.


The 16th century saw increased trade routes elsewhere and ossification of the social hierarchy and legal structures contributed to the decline in trade. The frequent quartering of Imperial Swedish and League Soldiers the cost of war and cessation of trade cause irreparable damage to the city and cut the population in half.


In 1632 the city was besieged by the army of Imperial General Albrecht Von Wallenstein. After the war the city declined only to reclaim it’s importance in the 19th century as an industrial centre.


After the 30 years war Nuremberg sought to remain detached from the external affairs but contributions were demanded for the war of Austrian Succession and 7 Year War. Restrictions on import and exports deprived the city of many markets for its manufactures.


Charles Theodore appropriated part of the land obtained in the Landshut War Of Succession to which Bavaria had maintained it’s claim while Prussia claimed part of the territory. The city wished to be incorporated into Prussia but Frederick William II not wanting to offend Austria, Russia or France refused.


At the Empiral Diet of 1803 the independence of Nuremburg was affirmed, on the signing of the confederation of the Rhine. It was decided to hand the city over to Bavaria, with Bavaria guaranteeing the cities 12.5 million guilder debt.


After the fall of Napoleon the cities trade and commerce revived.


Being incorporated into a catholic country the city was compelled to stop discriminating against catholics who had been refused citizenship before.


In 1810 the first Catholic Parish was established, by 1818 the parishioners numbered 1,010. In 1817 the city was incorporated into the district Rezatkreis later renamed Franconia. 1835 saw the first German railway, the Bavarian Ludwigsbahn established from Nuremberg to nearby Furth.

To be continued...

Mr. Cottage

Simple Loaf

Need a simple and delicious bread recipe? We've got the perfect one! Soft with a yummy crust, this loaf is perfect for sandwiches or with butter. 

simple bread loaf recipe

1 Cup Spring Water Warmed
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil or Grass Fed Butter
1 1/2 Teaspoons Raw Sugar 
1 1/2 Teaspoons Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast

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Bread Machine Way:

Place wet ingredients in the bread maker, Then add flour. Put salt, sugar, seasonings in different corners then make a small well in the center and place yeast in it. Mix on dough setting then make into rolls, loafs or boule' Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

The "By Hand" Way:

In your bowl add liquid ingredients (oil and water) that have been warmed (not hot) with your sugar. Sprinkle your yeast on top and cover and let set in a warm draft-free place in your kitchen till bubbly. Slowly mix in the remaining dry ingredients. With a spoon or fingers start mixing until combined fully. Let rise for 20 minutes then begin kneading. Let rise again. Pull it out of the bowl shape it into whatever shape you want and let rise again. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes

King's Hawaiian Rolls

Today we are sharing our version of King's Hawaiian Rolls. These are SO good! Lightly sweet and deliciously soft. We wanted something special for one of our Hawaii inspired hamburgers and went to the store to buy these but the ingredients were not things that we eat, so we tried our hand at them.  They came out really well so we just had to share with our friends. 


3 1/2 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Raw Sugar
1 1/3 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
2 1/4 Teaspoons Yeast
3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Free Range Egg (Lightly Beaten)
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream (Warmed)

Glaze:

2 Tablespoons Honey
1 Egg White (Lightly Beaten)

In a mixer with a bread hook attached, dissolve yeast with cream. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk in coconut oil, egg, pineapple juice, raw sugar, and salt. Turn the mixer on low and add flour until the dough forms a ball pulling away from the edges of the bowl. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap, leave in a warm place until doubled in size. Punch the dough back down and divide into 12 pieces. Place in a 9x13 baking dish, return to the warm place for 30 minutes. Gently brush the glaze over the rolls. Bake at 375 for 23 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

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YAD- Hashmona -Memorial To The Eight

A beautiful and interesting stop today was to a real communal village- like a kibbutz but families also can work outside of the village, while contributing a portion of their income to the running of the village. It was started by a small group of Finnish believers who had come to Israel as volunteers to help the Jewish people who were returning from around the world to their new homeland. These Finns were believers who loved Jesus and felt compelled to honor 8 Jews who had been turned over to the Nazi’s during World War II by Finland. This, of course, ended tragically for the 8.

The site is built on a hill and overlooks the beautiful Judean countryside. Especially on this rainy day, everything was especially green and wonderful. Over the years they have built a country hotel with cute cabins, and a large restaurant. The site also includes a large biblical garden which provided a great visual of what life must have been like so many years ago. It brought to life the terms you read about so often in the Bible – like wine press and threshing floor. So, in spite of the rain that was heavy at times, we were able to take a tour and explained the workings of that ancient wine press as well as an olive oil press, a burial cave, an agricultural watchtower, and a Galilean-type synagogue and yes that threshing floor. It was so lovely and rather fun, to stroll through the gardens, dodging the rain and imagining all of the “what ifs” you think about when looking back in time.


Eventually, the rain became a downpour, so we took off running into the conference center building laughing and pulling off the soaked layers of clothing. Of course, I had left my waterproof poncho on the bus so my sweatshirt- jacket was very wet! Our hosts had set up rows of chairs in the front and both sides of the room looking towards a movie screen, a table and some couches surrounding the table.

Once we were all settled down, they showed us slides about the last supper and invited volunteers from the audience to don robes like Jesus and the Disciples wore and to take a seat at the table.


It was a square table with low-backless couches- like long ottomans on three sides of the table. The front was left open. They had the volunteers sit as the people of the time sat and dined, reclining with the left elbow/arm leaning on the table, facing to the right with their legs outstretched, almost – but not quite laying down. They would use their right hand to eat. The original meal was very simple. Unleavened bread for 7 days, meat and bitter herbs accompanied by bread, olive oil and the fruit of the vine. In those days, those dining would share the bread, the olive oil for dipping the bread and other food rather than each having their own servings. 

Our host informed us that the most important person would typically sit on the left side towards the front of the table. So, he then asked us based on this information where did we think Jesus would be sitting? Obviously, we all said the front left seat. Wrong. They speculate – and only speculate, that Jesus would have been sitting at the second left position and that John would be sitting in the first seat. Why? For several reasons: 


1. There is a principle of having a right- hand helper. Someone sitting to the right to serve and help the important person to the left of him.

2. Jesus sent both John and Peter to secure the Passover room and arrange all of the details. They would typically be sitting on the ends in order to see to everyone’s needs.
…” And he sent Peter and John saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?” And He said to them, “Behold when you have entered the city a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” Luke22:8-11

3. The Bible says that John leaned against Jesus’ chest while dining. You can see from the picture that this would be a very easy and natural position and he could have easily leaned back and been laying on His chest.
Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. John 13:23” NKJV(Don’t you love how John always describes himself as the disciple Jesus loved?)

The next guess we had to make was where Judas Iscariot was sitting and why? You probably know that Judas Iscariot was the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Jesus very troubled during dinner, obviously knowing He would shortly be crucified, compounded by the fact that one of His own disciples was about to betray Him. Numerous options were suggested, but the most logical place was to the left of Jesus. Why? Jesus announcement:
“Then leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, Lord, who is it?”
Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it”. And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. ” John 13:25-26 NKJV
“…. Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me” John 13:21

Simon Peter motioned to John (the disciple whom Jesus loved😊) to ask Jesus who He was talking about. If Peter was, in fact, sitting straight across from John at the other end of the table, his natural vision would be looking straight at John across from him. John sitting next to Jesus, in fact leaning on him, would have been able to speak to Jesus and hear clearly what Jesus said! Because Jesus was dipping bread with Judas, He had to be close. Then Jesus told Judas,…
“What you do, do quickly” John 13: 27.
How sad!

Passover originally was to be eating in haste, with their jackets on and staff ready to flee the Egyptians! 

Because, the Jews are now in the promised land, they eat a leisurely two-hour Passover dinner with Joy and in celebration of their freedom. They are no longer slaves and no one is chasing them. Passover is, therefore, a joyous reminder of what God did for them. It was therefore surprising and rather shocking to the disciples when Jesus, the most important person at the table, jumped up and began washing the disciple’s feet. Jesus, their master, our Messiah was a humble man with a servant’s heart. He was teaching them one more lesson, in order to lead, you must be willing to serve. Peter, as only passionate Peter does, objected. He didn’t feel right having Jesus wash his feet. 



“You shall never wash my feet! John 13:8 NKJV But Jesus, as only Jesus does said, … “if I don’t wash your feet, you have no part with Me.” John 13:8 Peter then said with even more passion, well then wash all of me, give me a shower – (my words not his exact words LOL.) Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” John 13:9 NKJV
We then solemnly shared the Passover bread and cup thanking Jesus for the sacrifice that He made for each of us.

When this was complete, they led us off to the large dining room next door. Luckily the rain had subsided. Awaiting us was another wonderful family style feast with meats and salads and hummus and desserts. Lots and Lots of food. You’re not going to starve on this trip!


Another wonderful experience in Israel!

Shalom from Israel

Debbie

Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her children and grandchildren.