Life Warrior – The Everyday Summit

A transformational metaphysical journey to becoming a leader and warrior within.

Embark on one of 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 warriors path is about to begin if you are ready this moment offers you a new journey, one that will change your life forever.

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/life-warrior/

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Warrior-Everyday-Karolee-Krause-ebook/dp/B08BKTN4YJ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=life+warrior+the+everyday+summit&qid=1592925646&sr=8-2

Hot Stuff!

On a recent trip to my local outdoor garden market, I found that most of the veggies and herbs were already gone.  There were a few pots of chili peppers left.  I had planted some peppers from seeds and was going to pass on purchasing anything, then came across a pepper that I did not recognize, Chocolate Barrackpore Chili, so I decided to add it to our tiny garden.

I got the pepper home and then did some research.  I found this online.

“Chocolate Barrackpore is a rare 7 pod pepper from Trinidad. If you love the insanely hot peppers, this is one for you. Of all the 7 pod peppers the Chocolate Barrackpore is insane and we have seen people curled up in a fetal position after eating this screamingly hot pepper.”

In the world of peppers, the chocolate barrackpore chili ranks high:

  • Scoville heat units (SHU): 1,000,000 – 1,300,000 SHU
  • Median heat: 1,150,000 SHU
  • Origin: Trinidad
  • Jalapeño reference scale: 125 to 520 times hotter
  • Flavor: Sweet, Fruity, Bright, Bitter

Not sure that I will be brave enough to try this one but Tim loves the heat and and will most likely come up with a fabulous new recipe that I can share in the future.

I would love to hear from others who have tried this pepper!

Restless Soul Syndrome

Enter the world of psychotherapy and the search for purpose and meaning.

Through individualized therapy sessions, explore common everyday struggles with career, life changes, relationship conflict, grief and loss.

Some people simply question, while others search for a lifetime.  What are you searching for?

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/restless-soul-syndrome/

https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Soul-Syndrome-Karolee-Krause/dp/1693415054/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?cv_ct_cx=restless+soul+syndrome&dchild=1&keywords=restless+soul+syndrome&pd_rd_i=1693415054&pd_rd_r=b6d945b6-9739-4ba2-9296-5f5252f1d8f7&pd_rd_w=kPNPd&pd_rd_wg=sg3XJ&pf_rd_p=7f71fdcf-aa37-4d97-b40d-864dcfdc13e5&pf_rd_r=S5FMSX006DDPDT2BRZ80&psc=1&qid=1592229904&sr=1-1-beb77b32-1078-477f-b152-b09baa1ee7f7

Helping Kids to Adjust to Life Post Pandemic

Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic

Through the use of storytelling and humor, Pesky Pinkerton’s Post Pandemic is about a cat that had adjusted to his nutty human parents being home with him every day. But now he has to adjust to his parents going back to work and life resuming as it was before the pandemic. This story is about how Pinkerton the cat copes with anxiety as life changes and moves forward again.

Available at Tomorrow River Publishing, Amazon and Kindle

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/pesky-pinkertons-post-pandemic/

https://www.amazon.com/Pesky-Pinkertons-Pandemic-Karolee-Krause-ebook/dp/B089B5ZW74/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=pesky+pinkerton&qid=1591278216&sr=8-1

 

A Home Filled with Soul

A few years ago I bought a rather large house in the White Mountains of Arizona.  The house was at an elevation of over 7000 feet and had huge natural wooden beams in the vaulted ceiling and on the 27 step staircase to the loft.  The fireplace was built of natural stone.  It was a beautiful house with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It was actually to large for myself, but I loved it.

Shortly after I moved into it, I discovered a tiny village near Show Low, Arizona.  I spotted a tiny house for sale and immediately fell in love with it.  It was rustic and had a lot of character.  Although the tiny village was not off grid, it was somewhat off grid, only a few miles from town.  I was disappointed because if I hadn’t purchased my large house, I would have purchased the tiny house and have experienced a new lifestyle.

Now I live in a small 1000 foot home.  The size feels large with the exception of having literally no storage space, something I neglected to notice when I purchased it, but because of its size, I know that I could downsize again and minimize what I have on an even smaller scale.

I think about how when we release what we do not need and minimize our collection of material goods, that we see and experience life in a new and different way.  What was once important, no longer is.  Our time is not spent on yard work, cleaning the house, or making home repairs, but is spent on what truly matters to us.

Large houses cost more money to repair, to heat, and to cool.  The more space we have, the more stuff we naturally accumulate.

It’s inspiring to watch others downsize and live tiny.  At a time when life is so precious and most of us are facing some kind of major life change or challenge, it leads me to reflect on what I have, what’s important, and what needs to go.

Tiny living?  I would love to experience it some day.  I don’t want to get lost in the clutter of life.  One or two frying pans, a few forks and spoons, what else do we need other than  a home filled with soul.

Flavorful Fiddlehead Ferns

I first tried fiddlehead ferns last year for the first time and was somewhat reluctant to try them.  Not something you see in your everyday grocery store.  Not knowing what to expect, but surprised at the taste, a mix between asparagus and spinach, was really flavorful.

Fiddlehead ferns can be found in the springtime growing in the forest and in damp shaded environments.  Nutritionally they are packed full of vitamins including:  protein, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

Not to be eaten raw, they need to be boiled until tender first and then can be fried, sauteed or baked.  We made a tasty meal of sauteed fiddleheads in garlic, mushrooms and olive oil, with gluten free pasta and vegan Parmesan cheese for me and a squeeze of lemon.  Nutritious and tasty.

Again, do not eat anything you pick wild or raw unless you are sure you know what you are eating.  Fiddlehead ferns can also be ordered online through specialty suppliers.

 

Marvelous Morels

Not only is it asparagus season, but the morel are up too!

Wild food hunting and harvesting is rather new to me.  I first started going in search of natural foods last year and have to admit that I have become addicted.  It’s like a treasure hunt, as you never know what you will find.

The other day when we were out mushroom hunting, we found two large morel mushrooms.  I know with mushrooms you really have to know your stuff as many can be poisonous.  My husband knows his mushrooms, and over the last year, has turned me into a mushroom connoisseur.  With a large stash of wild asparagus and two morel mushrooms, we headed home and cooked up a feast.  We sautéed the mushrooms in garlic oil and added them to our pasta.

I used to love going to the grocery store to shop for healthy foods before the pandemic, although I still go, it’s not as fun as it used to be, but hunting for wild food in natures grocery store is much better.  Fresh air, sunshine and tasty food right out of the ground.  Yummy!

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/