Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review - The Rise of Aredor

 Although I don't read nearly as much as I used to, (or as much as I would like too.) I do still find time occasionally to read. I got this book last year in the Indie Author Sale and wanted to share this review with you guys.

The Rise of Aredor

The Rise of Aredor, by Claire M. Banschbach

   The story is compelling as it follows the life of Prince Corin, the second son of the King of Aredor. At twelve years old, Corin's life goes from the common routine of his education to a life of hardship and pain when he's kidnapped and brought to a far country as a slave. As the years go by, and Corin has no hope of ever making it home again, his memories of life at the castle, and his family fade. After eight years as a slave to the cruel lord Balkor, he's given the opportunity to take on a new life. No longer a slave, but still unable to go home, Corin settles into his life. Trying to push the pain from his past aside, Corin makes friends, and is trained to become a special guard for a wealthy lord. While battling wars, sickness, and his own past, Corin becomes a confident soldier who is fiercely loyal to his friends and the man who saved his life.
   Then one day, word comes that his home country had been taken over by the very lord Balkor that he had served under for eight years. If he stays in his new life, he knows he will regret not having done something, but what is there to return to? Can he ever be victorious in bringing his country back to freedom? And what of his family? His parents, and brother and sister haven't been seen since the invasion. Are they still alive? Will he find his family or will he lose the one position he has been given? Can he handle having friends on both sides of the war?
    Living in the forest as an outlaw isn't exactly the way that most prince's live, but it's better than being a slave, and when his past returns, he knows that there is hope. Hope for his family, and hope for his beloved country Aredor.

     Loyalty, friendship, intense action, and adventure are woven into the pages to make one compelling book! The beginning was a little hard to get into, but once I got started, the characters made you like them. I look forward to seeing more of her books as she continues to improve as a writer.

    As far as content, there is not a lot of spiritual content, some violence, (battle scenes etc.) and clean language.


      From November 24th-30th a huge selection of discounted books is available at indiechristianbooks.com. You can also join the Indie Christian Authors for a week long Facebook party during the same dates.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Four Fall Lattes!

When I'm stressed out, and under a lot of pressure, I can act kind of weird. . .  I know that some of you are probably thinking right now, 'She must ALWAYS bu under a lot of pressure and stress, cause she's always weird!' and you're probably right. For me, when I have a list of deadlines, and feel like crawling into a hole and hiding for a year, the best way to relax, is to make something in the kitchen. Of course, we have to be careful with the 'things' we go to when we're stressed. The only thing that can really help us, is spending time with Jesus, and HE should be the one we go to. Not books, not food, not movies, not people, we should go to Jesus. That being said, sometimes, I have the greatest conversations with Him while I'm working in the kitchen. Making something for other people's enjoyment helps me take my mind off of me, and focus on Christ, and serving others. This fall has been an especially crazy time for me, and since I hadn't been able to bake or experiment in the kitchen all summer, I've taken full advantage of this fall in the kitchen!

My latest 'creations' have been fall flavored lattes!


You've already seen the pictures of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.



But then there was the Apple Cider Latte. This one was good when it was fresh and still hot, but as it cooled slightly, the apple cider curdled the milk a little. Of course, it was still good, (I mean it had coffee in it!) but of the ones I've made, this one was definitely my least favorite. I didn't use any one recipe for a lot of the lattes. I kind of merged a few recipes and threw in my own twists, but this one had apple cider, milk, coffee, brown sugar, and vanilla. It didn't taste the greatest to start with, so we added some cinnamon and caramel and that did the trick!


The Caramel Latte was one of my favorites. You can't go wrong with caramel, milk and coffee! I also added a bit of vanilla and brown sugar. Then we topped it with whipped cream and more caramel.


This is my attempt at a Turtle Mocha Latte. Although it doesn't look the nicest, it tasted great! Not quite like one you'd get in a coffee shop, but close. I'll have to try making this one again and see if I can get it any closer to the taste I was looking for.

Basically, most of the recipes are 1 cup of strong coffee, to 2 cups of milk, then you add whatever flavor you're trying to get, and sugar to taste.

What is your favorite latte/coffee drink? I'm hoping to try making a few more, and I'd love some ideas! Till next time, this is Priscilla J. Krahn, reminding you to stay thankful in EVERYTHING, and enjoy the small moments of life.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Four Deer!

   There's nothing like sitting out in the freezing cold for hours. No matter how many layers of clothes you have the cold still manages to creep in. It starts with stiffness in your cold fingers as they grip your frozen gun, and moves to your toes, until your whole body is freezing. Then you see the deer, and the cold is forgotten as you try to stay steady despite your racing heart. That is hunting.

      For those of you who haven't already seen the pictures, here we are! Four of us hunters, and four deer on opening day! We are so blessed!!! God is good!!!! You may notice in the bottom picture there is actually five deer. One of them is my brother-in-law's deer. Now we just need to get together and cut them up for the freezer.




Proverbs 12:27 "The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hunting Season!

Saturday is the beginning of our deer hunting rifle season. Around here, that's like a holiday, even our local businesses give people a long weekend for it. The last few years, we haven't done much hunting because you were only allowed to get bucks, well this year it's open for buck or doe, so we're hunting again! Hopefully next week, I'll have some pictures and we'll have some meat in the freezer.
   Some years hunting, I didn't see any deer. Other years I saw deer and . . . well, I have some embarrassing stories. :/ Picture me with deer running circles around me and you'll get the picture! But there is one year of hunting that stands out. It was my second year hunting. I was thirteen, and it was one of those years that I'll never forget!
   Opening day I came home with a ten point buck and a doe! I won't tell you the whole story because if you're not a hunter, it would probably bore you, but a picture is worth a thousand words.


If you're interested in the picture of me gutting the doe, (with help from one of my brothers) you can look at the original post from seven years ago on my family's blog. 

Please pray for safety this weekend as there will be a lot of hunters out. The temperatures will be cold making it harder to sit still, but the snow makes it easier for tracking. Lord willing, we'll have some meat to put in the freezer by this time next week!


Friday, October 27, 2017

I couldn't resist taking a few more pictures of the beautiful snow!!! :) :) Despite the high winds and power outages, I still love this weather!




My first snow angel for the year! :):):)




Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Pumpkin Snow

       So my sisters and I went for a walk through the fresh snow today. It's a lot whiter now than when we took these pictures, but it gets the idea across :):)


And yes, I did throw a few snowballs. . . 


Despite the snow, and the fact that I was listening to Christmas music, I was still baking like it's October! Honestly, I've never been a fan of pumpkin flavored anything, not that I hated it or anything, it just wasn't my thing. I'm more of a vanilla and chocolate kind of person. I don't know if it's all the pumpkins around or what, but this Fall, I've been wanting to try some pumpkin recipes. (Maybe it's the Hallmark movies:) 

So, I made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies today!



And Pumpkin Spice Latte!




Ecclesiastes 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.



Monday, October 23, 2017

Writer's humor!

  Being an author is stressful at times, but as long as you can still laugh at yourself it's not too bad.

    I came across some writer's jokes that I wanted to share. This first one, you may have to be a writer to laugh at, but I thought it was funny!

   1.    An aspiring writer comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.

“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is—”

“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called? What did he say?”


   2. There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.
When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.

3. A  hungry African lion came across two men. One was sitting under a tree and reading a book; the other was typing away on his typewriter. The lion pounced on the man reading the book and devoured him. Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest and writers cramp.


4. Q. What's the difference between writers and the rest of the world?
A. You can negotiate with the rest of the world.


5. A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.

"It's a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway," he said.

"Actually," said his guide, "it's named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation."

The visitor was astonished. "Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?"

"Yes, indeed," said his guide. "He wrote a check."



   

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The End . . .

     I love typing those words. The End. They usually mean that I've finished writing a manuscript that I've been working on for weeks, or months, or years. But today, is the end of the most crazy weeks of my life. As of Saturday, the Corn maze is closed for the season! Now, we're back to getting the farm ready for snow! It was supposed to snow on Saturday, but thankfully, it didn't. We're not quite ready for that yet!!

    Now I'm not a photographer, but I did take a few pictures this last week of our life in the fall to share with you.
   

This time of year, Dad always takes 'the guys' duck/goose hunting. It's his favorite kind of hunting, and 'the guys' always love to go with him! (Us girls too when he takes us;) 'The guys' consists of Dad's nephews, grandsons, and church kids who have helped on the farm over the summer. Yesterday and today, some of my 'brothers' went back to their real homes and we miss them already but we're VERY thankful for all the help they've given us over the summer and fall!


Fall is the hardest and most stressful time of year for me, but I still really enjoy the Fall decorations! We always hang Dad's buck head in the dining room.  And that odd part of the wall does NOT have a paper plate on it despite what it looks like. It's a tin covering for the old chimney that used to be there when the house had a cook stove.


Our 'front' door is busy as ever with our 'flax straw season' when we sell flax straw to everyone who needs to cover there septic systems, or put bales around their houses for heat in the winter.


Okay, so this is a boring picture, but the trees are so pretty this time of year!


A picture is worth a thousand words . . .


You just have to go barefoot in the rustling leaves at least once.


My favorite shelf in the kitchen.


I always put my European mount on top of the piano for two reasons, one, it fits there, and two, Dad doesn't like it to close to his mount. Apparently mine is a little bigger . . .


The last of the garden is being taken care of before the ground is frozen for the year. We've had some really hard frosts, but the carrots are one thing that can handle that.




The pile of flax straw bales in the yard is quickly disappearing. If you need any flax straw come and get it!


When I hear about all the homes burning in CA it makes me even more thankful for the beautiful home God has blessed me with. It may be old and have it's quirks, but there's no place I'd rather be. When I write 'the end' it always means that I'm about to start another project. I'm glad that God holds the pen of my life story and when He writes 'the end' of one chapter, He always starts another chapter. I'm looking forward to that day in Heaven when I'll see my author face to face.

Until next time, this is Priscilla J. Krahn reminding you to stay thankful in EVERYTHING!!!!




Monday, October 2, 2017

Identity. . .

 I wanted to post more about what I've been doing recently, but besides the corn maze and editing, I haven't really had time to do anything worth blogging about! (Except maybe buying 40 lbs of Candy Corn . . .) But anyways, I was looking through the archives of my family's blog, and I came across this article that my oldest sister wrote almost ten years ago about identity.
      When she wrote this 'journal entry' blog post, she was a year older than I am now. At the time she wrote it, she didn't know if she was ever going to get married, (she's married now with five kids:) and I was an eleven year old girl who didn't care about reading long articles. But going back, and reading it now, it's almost funny how similar our identity struggles were.
       Naomi wrote this article after spending a summer working at a camp, and I just got through spending a summer at a camp. I realize that this article is a little bit long, but if you have ten minutes to read it, I think you'll be encouraged. And if you know Naomi, you'll enjoy this flash into her past.
   So without further ado, here's the article, Random Thoughts from Naomi, on the Krahn Family Blog posted October of 2008.