Wild Tasty Asparagus

For those of us who love asparagus hunting, the season is here!

Last year was my first experience asparagus hunting.  I remember slowly driving down country roads as my soon to be husband spotted wild asparagus growing in tall grasses, alongside fences and under trees.  I was shocked that he could spot anything as it all looked the same to me, green grass and weeds, but eventually with some help from him, I was able to start spotting asparagus as well.  It became a treasure hunt for us and after several hours of searching, we took our prized asparagus home and cooked up a tasty feast.

Since we are still limited as to what we can do with the COVID 19, and not wanting to spend our time in stories but prefer to be out in nature, asparagus hunting as brought some tasty excitement back into our lives.

30 Years – Aftermath of a Serial Killer

I just released my latest book in honor and in memory of a close friend.

There are many different ways to die, by accident, illness, and unknown causes. Then there is death so unspeakable and horrid that one rarely talks about it, death that ends with decapitation, dismemberment and serial killing. This is the story about the ongoing search for Anthony Sears, one of Jeffrey Dahmer’s first victims, and the thirty-year aftermath of his death.

Available on Amazon, Tomorrow River Publishing and Kindle.

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/aftermath-of-a-serial-killer/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088LKF8R3?pf_rd_r=KCVRJDH92Y38KXW900MZ&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

 

 

Stinker Pinkerton’s Smelly Pandemic

I’m excited to share the second book in my Pinkerton series for children!

Stinker Pinkerton’s Smelly Pandemic was written to help children deal with fear and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which resulted in global change and transition.

Pinkerton the cat starts to overeat in response to the pandemic, causing him to have horrible smelly farts. He eventually realizes that overeating does not help him feel better, so he returns to eating ordinary cat food and learns that everything is going to be ok. Life is still good.

This book is the second in a series of stories about Pinkerton the cat and his nutty human parents who manage to cope during the pandemic.

Available on Amazon, Kindle and Tomorrow River Publishing

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088455H4T/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1588789827&sr=8-1-fkmr0

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/stinker-pinkertons-smelly-pandemic/

Half Sun – The Way of the Warrior

Half-Sun, the Way of the Warrior was written as a personal guide and developed from life lessons learned from my time living and working on the White Mountain Apache reservation.

Embark on the journey of a lifetime, one which will be the most rewarding and challenging adventures that you have ever taken.

As a warrior, your journey is a solo one in which you will commit to a new path, one of personal strength and power that will ultimately lead to a new life.

A new path, the warrior’s path is about to begin. If you are ready, this moment offers you a new journey, one that will change your life forever.

“The half circle represents home and is made in the image of the rising sun. In the center of the home is where life is.”

Available on Amazon and Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0882J1ZGD/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1588688565&sr=8-1

Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Today was a creative day in the kitchen.  We wanted to explore some new flavors and recipes and came up with a blueberry grilled cheese sandwich.  Yummy!

All the ingredients are vegan and gluten free but you can always substitute any of the ingredients to create your own specialty sandwich.

Ingredients:

2 Slice of Simple Kneads sourdough bread

3 slices of Daiya Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup of frozen (thawed) or fresh organic blueberries (I cooked the frozen blueberries and vinegar prior to grilling)

Dash of balsamic vinegar

Handfull of mixed greens

Directions:

Butter the bread (vegan butter).  Mix the blueberries and balsamic vinegar and mash into a chunky paste.  Place bread slice in a pan, layer with cheese, greens and blueberry sauce.  Top with sliced bread and grill.

Its a tasty, tangy modern take on the old grilled cheese.   I’ll continue to experiment with this one.

Mother Earth Medicine

April is usually a hiking month for me somewhere on this beautiful planet, but not this year as I stay indoors in isolating due to the pandemic, but it makes me appreciate and value nature even more.  Hiking has always been a way for me to feel whole.  Mother earth heals body, mind and spirit.  there is no medicine more powerful than nature.

Today being Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful planet in isolation. This year is different as we are forced to slow down and reflect on how we impact our world.  With restrictions on materialism and consumerism, many of us are spending time in nature at home, gardening, cooking and observing.

Today I want to celebrate Earth Day with everyone in isolation by challenging you to plant some seeds, hug a tree, take a walk, watch the birds or squirrels and say thank you.

We all live on one planet.  Let’s celebrate it, take care of it and keep it alive.

Costa Rican Kitchen

During a past trip to Costa Rica, I was invited into one of the local’s home for a traditional Costa Rican meal.

I was surprised at how simple yet efficient the kitchen was and loved the wood burning stove.  The entire house had no windows and was totally open and exposed to outside elements.

I was served a wonderful Costa Rican meal of rice and beans by gracious hosts who spoke limited English.  The experience was unlike any other that I have had on my travels, and it later inspired me to expand my cooking skills.

During this time of the pandemic, being stuck at home for longer periods of time, I am again exploring new foods and new recipes.  It’s the perfect time to be creative in the kitchen, cooking foods from the past as well as new recipes from other places around the world.

Although our physical travel may be limited at this time, we can still travel through our cuisine and experience the spices and flavors of other countries in our own homes.

Beet the Pandemic

As we continue to live our lives in isolation and spring approaches, we may be struggling with projects to keep us busy or occupied in a positive and healthy way.  I love creative projects but miss being outdoors as I find being outside healthy and a huge stress reliever.  Unfortunately the past week has delivered a ton of snow and extreme cold temperatures, so I have been confined indoors.

I like to stay healthy by eating organic fresh vegetables and love the idea of growing a garden but the ground is still frozen.  Yesterday, I grabbed some beets out of the refrigerator and noticed that one was growing!  I put the beet in a jar with some water and placed it in the window.  I then decided to plant the beet outside in a flower pot when the weather was warmer, hoping that I would have some tasty beets later in the summer.

I’m not sure how hardy beets are or if it froze to death outside, but it inspired me to start being creative indoors with foods.  At this time, we have to think outside of the box in creative ways in order to stay healthy and happy.

Beet the pandemic by staying healthy!

 

Corona Beauty

During this difficult time of the pandemic, we are forced out of our normal everyday routines and habits as life slows down and comes to a standstill.

Like most, I have some good days and some not so good days.  I have become mindful of things that normally I would be in too much of a hurry to see.  Things that in the past, would seem insignificant.

Yesterday on one of my many daily walks, I came across tiny white and blue flowers near the corner of the road.  The flowers were tiny, yet so beautiful and delicate.  I snapped a photo and thought in the midst of all this life changing pandemic, life continues to flourish.  These tiny flowers were there as a reminder, that our lives will continue to grow and be beautiful, although we may not see it yet, hope is still there.

During this time of job losses, health issues, and death, it’s hard to see anything else, so we have to look even harder to see the beauty that already surrounds us.  Yet, if we look, we will see that beautiful things continue to grow, and like the flowers, we too shall grow despite the pain, the losses, and endings.

Although separated, we too, are the beauty and help each other to grow.

Be in peace.

 

Social Distancing Humor

Fart the wiener dog practices social distancing.

With all the seriousness, and yes, it is serious, laughter is a way of relieving stress and helping to alleviate anxiety and fear.

The Fart of the Day was developed as a humorous take on my book, Barf and Fart, a funny and stinky adventure about an odd character, Barf, and his farting wiener dog, named Fart.

https://www.amazon.com/Barf-Fart-Karolee-Krause/dp/1703155645/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=barf+and+fart+krause&qid=1586437733&sr=8-1

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/barf-and-fart/