The Lost Castle Book Review

Prepare to embark on a journey with three different woman in three different time periods, and discover a lost castle nestled in the woods. A castle that touches each of these women's lives and a family heirloom that links them all together. Through the French Revelution, World War II, and present times travel with these women, through love, loss, war and an enchated castle.

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a masterpiece! Truly a work of art, a book not be read but inhaled. It takes you on a journey of fairy tales and legends secrets and love and the un-fairytale-like messiness of life. It follows the story of three women, in three different times but all touched by the Sleeping Beauty. This book had me laughing so loud I was worried I would wake everyone in the house and crying into my pillow. It's one the best books I have ever read and will forever remain one of my favorites. View all my reviews

Visiting Fort Boonesborough Part 1

After exploring east Tennesse and it's waterfalls, Kentucky is surprisingly flat -not completely, but nothing like east TN. The trees are turning brilliant shades of red and orange, no two alike so that as we speed by it looks like a forest fire punctuated by fields of dry corn stalks and yellowish-green tobacco plants. We passed a little white church nestled between the fields like a painting, so peaceful and American.

The flatlands give way to beautiful hills in a colorful skirt of trees a thousand colors splashed across them in a dazzling display- and just like that the flatlands return. We're still around 65 miles from the fort, the scenery has switched to drab shades of green and brown, occasionally pocked with yellow. 

We pulled into the parking lot and the outer walls of the fort greeting our eyes in drab and unimpressive colors against a muted sky. A Washington Memorial type monument sits in the center of a small flower garden bearing the names of those who lived at this fort.

Monument at Fort Boonesborough

The gates yawned wide as we stepped into the past, our families past. You see our family lived at this fort, they walked this ground (well not this exact spot this is the working fort, the original site isn't too far from here. We will be visiting there next), their blood sweat, tears, and dreams went into this place. We've wanted to come here for a very long time especially after Mr. Cottage got to explore his families roots in Germany, but it just never worked out until now.

The fort is deceptively large, cabins line the outer walls, the group that set this up have made each in a different stage of life at the fort to give you an idea of what it might have been like, along with several "workshops" like soap making, weaving etc.

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In each corner of the fort, there is a bigger building called a blockhouse, the dark wood against the light plaster is strangely beautiful and homie, I can almost picture my family here 200 years ago. 

We only had 30 minutes to look around before they closed because the drive took much longer than we expected. We got to speak with a very sweet lady who made soap there, she gave mom a book about the women at the fort and told us about some of the events they host.

All too soon it was time to leave, Mr. Cottage took a bit longer than us to finish looking around and the ranger locking up joked that he was going to lock him in. Now we are off to the original site before it gets dark and we have to head home.

Our Favorite Farmhouse Decor Items On Amazon

We're in the middle of remodeling the main bathroom and laundry room this week, the washer and dryer are sitting in the middle of the dinning room. Don't worry we'll be sharing picture soon! So we thought we would share our new Amazon boutique with you. 

Welcome to our Rosevine Cottage Amazon Store! Filled with some with some of our favorite farmhouse decor and fruniture on Amazon. It looks something like this, it's just like shopping on Amazon normally you just scroll through and click on things you like to see them it won't cost you any extra. 

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Irish Apple Cake Recipe

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner so we thought we would try a traditional Irish dish! This cake is really good! Not super sweet, the apple pieces, nutmeg and cloves are a wonderful mix of sweet and spice. 

St. Patricks Day Recipes


4 large Organic Granny Smith Apples
¾ + 2 Tablespoons Cup Raw Sugar
2 Teaspoon Aluminum Free Baking Powder
¾ Cup Whole Milk
6 oz. (1 stick plus 4 Tablespoons) Grass-fed Butter
2 Free Range Eggs
⅛ Teaspoon Himilian Pink Salt
¼ Teaspoon Ground Cloves
¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

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St. Patricks Day Recipes


Grease and flour a 9" round springform pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cloves, and nutmeg. Using a pastry knife cut in butter until it resembles fine crumbs. Add sugar. Peel and slice apples into 1/4 inch wedges, then cut each wedge into 3 pieces. Mix apples into flour mixture until well combined. In a small separate bowl beat eggs and milk, add to the flour mixture. Using a spatula fold until just combined, the batter should be thick and dough-like with no loose flour still at the bottom of the bowl. Transfer batter into a pan, flatten the top using the spatula. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons sugar over the top of the cake. Bake for 45-50 minutes, use a toothpick to test the center of the cake. 

St. Patricks Day Recipes

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He Drew Me Out Of Deep Waters

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. Micah 7:8NIV

Something about that verse calls to me, whispers like a balm to my soul... He reached down- it doesn't say He waited for me to find Him, or He reached down once I got myself out of the mess, out of the rising water no, just the opposite. 

He reached down... and took hold of me. My rescuer, when life's storms rage around me and when I royally mess things up.

Do you ever feel like your in deep waters? The water keeps pounding against you, dragging you along and no matter how hard you try to kick, it's never enough? Never enough to keep you above the water. Never enough to get you out of the water. Do you ever feel like your drowning? I know I do. 

Life is overwhelming at times.

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He drew me out of deep waters... He does something I could never do. Pulls me like lifeguard from the water.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalms 40:2 NIV

He is my rescuer. 

He drags me from the mud and pulls me from the waves. 

And yet time after time we doubt His goodness, we doubt that He will save us, we believe this time it's too bad, too hard, to fearsome for Him to save us. Why is that? 

The bible is literally filled from cover to cover with the power of God over our messes, our storms, our problems. So why do we believe our problems are so much bigger? He's never left me drowning under life's waves or sinking into the muddy places in my life. No, He comes, to save me every time- even when I can't see a way.

He brings hope to hopeless situations. He brings refuge to stormy places. He brings peace to my frayed places. And He brings Himself to me when I fall bruised and tired, wind tossed and wave-battered. He draws me close and whispers His promises to my heart, even in my darkest places. He stands beside me. He races like a loving parent to pluck me from the ground and strengthen me. He urges me forward, guiding me one step at a time don't look at the waves look at me... He restores my soul when I am too tired to go on.

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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