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The Dr. Seuss Burger

Did you catch our California Dreamin' Burger last week? Well, we have another delicious burger to delight your taste buds and imagination. This one we affectionately call The Doctor Seuss, you know- Green Eggs and Ham? Tender beef patty on a soft bun topped with a delicious fried egg cooked to perfection.  Top that with a slice of nitrate-free ham, fried onions, melted Colby Jack cheese and jalapeno peppers.

Ingredients:  Fried Egg
Sliced Ham
Sauteed Onions
Ground Beef
Colby Jack Cheese
Hamburger Buns
Ground Beef
Himalayan Pink Salt
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder

Related Article: All American Burger
Directions: Slice onions into rings and saute in olive oil until done. Cook patties in large skillet, sprinkle with salt, onion powder, garlic powder and cook until done. Melt cheese over hamburger pattie. Heat slice of ham in the pan (you can just toss it in the burger pan). Spread mayonnaise on bun, follow that with a burger pattie, then the ham, onions, and jalapenos.

This a…

Failure Is Never Final

Seven little letters that cause so much fear. Failure. One word that has the power to make or break us, to cause us to hold back and wait on the sidelines. 
Fear of failure, it keeps us firmly planted in the bleachers, shackled and quivering. It keeps us down and out sure that we are worthless no good wrecks. Our past raises its ugly head and shouts at us to sit down, that we are too broken, we've made too many bad choices, too many mistakes to ever be worth anything.

Truth is, we are all going to and have made bad decisions. We've raced ahead instead of seeking His will. We've fallen and stumbled, slipped and slid like it's our first-time ice skating. The question is how are we going to recover. Are we going to claim that grace and let it bridge the gap? Or are we going to let the Devil knock us down on our booties and stay down?

Related Article: Kissing Fear Goodbye And Making A Splash

Thank God, He doesn't see us through the lens of our past, our history- but th…

Wilhelmshöhe Palace Museum Kassel Germany

Wilhelmshöhe Palace Museum in Kassel Germany

In the 12th Century, this was a home of a castle used as a monastery.  After the landgrave Philip I came to power (1504-1567) he made this a home.  A new replacement castle was built in place of the 12th-century castle in 1606 and not completed until 1610.  After the French / Prussian War, the Prussian king offered the losing Emperor Napoleon II a place to stay here at the castle.

During WWII the center portion of the castle was almost completely destroyed by the Allied Forces.  Reconstruction of the castle began in 1968 to rebuild the damaged building as an art museum so the new portion is not like the original to make it a better space to display the works of art.  This museum has a large collection of the Masters.

I felt that artifacts wise the castle in Marburg had more interesting things but the paintings this museum has are truly awesome.  The time we spent in the museum was worth it. There were some amazing and really old artifacts -…

8 Things To Plant Together | Companion Planting Part 1

Spring is just around the corner, and nature is holding its breath to burst into new life. Here at the Cottage, our fruit trees are already beginning to bloom, and spring planting is just a few weeks away! I don't know about you but this is my favorite time of year, I love the planting, watering and dreaming and honestly that work that goes into gardening.

Some of my earliest memories are working in the garden with mom dad and even grandma. To say the green thumb runs in my family is a bit of an understatement, don't believe me? Take the Garden Tour!

Related Article: Making and Using Raised Beds With Trellises

With each spring the decision of where to plant what comes up, it can be a bit like a bus full of little kids. Who doesn't like who? Who likes the same fertilizer, sunlight, and soil etc. So we thought we would help you out a bit!

CarrotsBeans Corn (this can be used as a windbreaker for bush beans)Cucumbers Egg PlantPeas Radish StrawberriesRelated Article: Re-Grow Your…

Traveling Alone - My 3rd Week In Germany

Guten Morgen, 

Well, here I am, finishing up my 3rd week here in Germany. 

I thought that I would talk about my time in Germany generally.  I have enjoyed my stay here and the people that we are working with have all been so kind and seem excited to work with us and to show us how everything works. The mentors are going to be leaving Germany and coming to America for six months and they are so excited to experience the United States and wondering what it is like here.  
These first three weeks have been so interesting and culture has been so rich with history. Most of my time has been in training but I have tried to make hay while the sun shines as they say in the southern U.S. and make a good use of my time and learn about this amazing place while the opportunity is here. I have made a couple of friends that I have been traveling with locally and that has been nice - but it is interesting how you miss what you had when you no longer have it. The things you don't realize that you may…

California Dreamin' Burger

This burger brings us to the west coast of the United States and it brings with it memories of the briny breezes that caress the majestic palms and the surf spray fills the air.  Join us for an amazingly healthy juicy turkey burger served on a crisp organic lettuce leaf.  This is really the best turkey burger we have ever tasted.

Recipe: 1 Pound Ground Turkey
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
Mrs. Dash lemon pepper to taste
1 Pastured Egg
1 Small Onion Diced
2 Cloves Garlic Minced
1 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil
More Olive Oil (to cook burgers in)
1 Teaspoon Nutritional Yeast
1 Teaspoon of Parsley
1 Teaspoon Coconut Aminos
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce

Related Article: All American Burger
For Topping: Sliced Organic Tomato
Organic Lettuce (something with a large leaf to hold your burger)
Bell pepper sliced thin
Safflower Mayonnaise
Feta Cheese
Organic Catsup
Directions: Chop onions and saute until tender in olive oil add minced garlic and cook until done.
Add this to y…

Saint Marien's Church Marburg Germany

Saint Marien's ChurchMarburg Germany So as we parted company in my article last week we were leaving Marburg Castle high on a hill in Marburg Germany.  My team was walking down the steep stairs on the other side of the castle down the hill.  While we were walking we passed the church whose steeple that I had taken the photograph of in the sunrise shot that morning. It was so beautiful we had to stop.  This church goes by several names. It is the Lutheran's Parrish Church of St. Marien's Church, St. Mary's Church and The Church Between The Castle and the Market. 

St. Marien's was consecrated to the "dear woman Beatae Mariae on May 1, 1297.  It was built after St. Elizabeths but since at that time the city limits were different St. Elizabeth's church was not considered in Marburg so that made St. Marien's Church the oldest church in Marburg Germany. She was the first construction by the Teutonic Order. After the reformation, she became the Hessian Cathed…

A Note Yet Unsung Book Review

Hello, friends, here again with a new book by one of our favorite authors to share with you and it is a true treasure. We had the opportunity to read "A Note Yet Unsung" by Tamera Alexander. Be prepared to be swept away and soar on the wings of the master's that came before us.

Despite being trained as a master violinist, Rebekah Carrington is refused admittance int the Nashville Philharmonic by a young conductor Nathaniel Whitcomb who bowed to the public opinion. Now with a reluctant muse and pains in his head, he needs her help to finish his symphony. But will he be able to win back her trust after he's crushed her dreams?

You can almost hear the resounding notes echoing across the halls of time as we follow these amazing characters in all of their strengths and frailties. A beautiful story- great characters and a wonderful plot. I think you will love this story as much as I did.

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Marburg Germany and the Marburg Castle

Marburg Germany and the Marburg Castle or the “Marburger Schloss”Marburg is an ancient university town.  The town is magical with its cobblestone streets and amazing architecture that is something out of novels. We walked to the train station from our hotel while it was still dark and got on the train.  It was not long before we pulled into the Marburg station.  It was early still so there was not much open yet. We walked up the ancient cobblestone roads up toward the center of town. The sky was still darkened as we looked up to the hills we saw in the distance a castle. It was the Marburger Schloss or Marburg Castle and boy was she a sight to see.

The schloss or castle was built in the 11th century as a fort, it became the first residence of landgravate of Hesse.  The place is amazing to visit.  If you joined us for our tour of St. Elizabeth’s church we talked about Elizabeth’s life and the life of her husband the landgrave. 
This was where they lived and then his brother was the new …

Baked Penne Pasta

We love Italian food at the Cottage, one of our favorite dishes is Baked Ziti. This is so easy to make, and absolutely delicious! 
Related Article: Bread Sticks

1 Container of Penne Pasta
Parmesan Cheese
Cheddar & Colby Cheese
Auntie Betty's Pasta Sauce

Related Article: Garlic Knots

Cook pasta according to package, strain, and place in a casserole dish. Cover with sauce, then cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese and parsley.

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The Long Way Around

God took the Israelite's the long way. He didn't take them on the "super-God short cut". The easy peasy way- the Autobahn at high speed. He didn't put them on a jet and say have a nice comfy flight. No- he knew their hearts. He knew the people intimately, personally and he knew their hearts. He saw the rough craggy places that needed to be shaved away, he saw the weak places that would falter and fail.

He knew they would not have the heart to go into battle and the shortcut, well that required battle- it would mean war. He knew they weren't ready for that, weren't ready to face the giants that awaited so he took them the long way 'round. He put them through boot camp- well the 40-year-plan. They had to earn blisters and then calluses before they were ready to get where they were going.

40 years of God leading them through the dry places, serving them His M.R.E.'s, teaching them to lean on him, and waiting for them to be ready. They had to go throu…

How To Make Valentine Envelope Cookies

Looking for a last-minute romantic treat? Look no further than these adorable and tasty cookies. These are really easy and fun to make whether it's for work or school or to top off Dinner you are going to love these!
What You Will Need: Rectangle Shaped Cookies
Edible Markers
Melting Wafers
Heart Sprinkles

1 Cup Organic Grassfed Butter,
1 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Large Organic Free-range Egg
1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Organic flourInstructions Preheat the oven to 350 F.. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 1 minute. On medium speed, beat in the egg, vanilla, the other extract of your choice, baking powder and salt. Add flour to the mix 1 cup at a time, beating until combined after each cup that you add. 5. Divide your dough into two balls. Lightly flour your rolling pin so it will not stick. Roll your dough to about 1/4" on a piece of parchment paper and cut small rectangles. Line coo…

Still Life Book Review

Last week I had the great pleasure of reading Dani Pettrey's new book Still Life. Ms. Pettrey is one of my very favorite authors so to say I was excited to read this one is a big understatement *Squeal* Yeah, yeah tone it down, trust me you'll be as big a fan after a few books- or just one. 

This book had me on the edge of my seat from page one, it's a fast-paced mystery that is truly nerve-wracking. The only thing I can think to compare it to is a very clean version of Criminal Minds (never actually seen the show by the way so don't get freaked out). Terrorists, art theft, a mysterious killer, a stalker and second chances it has it all.

 This action-packed book is truly a delightful read! The characters are quirky and lovable and the story line is worth every one of the nails you bite off (and people wonder why my nails are so short) and ever hour of sleep you lose! 

If you love thrillers and murder mysteries (if you do we'll be the best of friends) you are going to …

Valentine Heart Pasta And Shrimp

Looking for a great dish to serve this valentines day? Look no further! This delicious pasta dish will have you singing "That's Amore'" as the delicious aroma fills your kitchen. Turn on some soft romantic music and let's get cooking. 
Ingredients: Shrimp
Heart Shaped Pasta
2 Tablespoons Grass-fed Butter
2 Organic Flour
1 Cup Organic Milk
Direction: Cook pasta and shrimp until done, combine and set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add flour and stir until combined. Add milk and stir until thick. Pour over pasta shrimp mix and toss gently.

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Storm Proof

Life is perfect, your soaring with the world at your feet. Sure there are the occasional storm clouds but with some cute galoshes and a poke-a-dot umbrella, you got through it just fine. And then out of nowhere, your sunny day turns into an all out typhoon, the wind tears away your umbrella the mud inches up on your galoshes sucking you deeper and deeper. 
The test results come back, it's cancer. The company you work for is downsizing, and your job is no longer necessary. The promotion you were in line for, gets handed to someone else. You step into the bathroom stall, and loud voice -voices you recognize echo through the room- spews garbage like a leaking sewer about you, never mind that it isn't true. Not a word, it spreads anyway. A knock at your door at midnight, an officer on your doorstep.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2-4Related Post: What Does His Voice Sound Like

Nowhere in the bible does it say the &quo…

Nutrish By Rachael Ray Dog Treat Review

 Thanks to Influenster we have the opportunity to try out Rachael Ray's new line of dog treats Nutrish, we got Burger Bites and Pawsta. These are made from simple natural ingredients and US. farm raised meat with no by-products, artificial flavors, corn, wheat or soy.

Faith is such a big part of our life that we want to do our very best to make sure she is healthy so she can be around for as long as possible. These treats are a great way to help us keep our promise to take care of her. They are made to look like the actual burgers and pasta that you would make for your family.

And even better, Faith loves them! Check out our video below of her trying these delicious treats on camera! Also if you like our Welcome To The Cottage Pillow you can get your own here.

We received these products free for our honest review.

Saint Elizabeth's Church | Visiting Marburgh Germany Part 1

Hello again! Ready to hear about how my second weekend here went? Buckle up! Two of my colleagues joined me in a trip to Marburg, Germany which is a 15-minute ride by train. We went to the station to check the schedule so we could figure out which train to catch, bought our tickets for the next morning and set back out to the hotel for a nice dinner.

I tried to set up a morning wake-up call with the front desk so I could be up and at it bright and early- but sadly I found out that no one works the front desk from midnight to six AM. In fact, the front door is locked. The only way out of our hotel is a side door that will let us out but, I can't forget my key because I need it to get back in. The Hotel uses real keys here not those sliding card keys in America. Not to be beaten I tried to set the alarm clock in my room, come on how hard could it be... right?

Wrong! I woke up the next morning to my colleagues pounding on my door. I was up and dressed in less than 10 minutes!  Good …