Recipes from the Books

Ten minutes later, Joe was propped on his bed upstairs in Harry’s house, handing off his fourth emptied bowl of soup for Cobeau to cart away, and accepting a mug from Anna. Steam curled up from the cup as he wrapped his eight un-broken fingers around the hot pottery and inhaled the scent of pumpkin, spices, and coffee. Every inch of him hurt. But he felt deliciously safe, warm, and cared for, and the pain hardly even registered in his mind. Nothing registered there now except the safety, good food, and sweet company. He was content and didn’t try to think. Oh, it was so nice to be safe. Joe slumped, and Anna deftly slid a pillow between him and the headboard. A sigh slid from the mute and he smiled a happy, painful, lazy thanks before turning to his coffee.

-from The Raven and the Wolf 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or to taste)
3/4 cup heavy cream or 1 cup half n' half
2 cups espresso or your favorite coffee
Directions: Place pumpkin, brown sugar, and spice in a pan on the stove, on medium heat, and stir until combined and sugar is dissolved. Add cream and heat to boiling, stirring often. Add coffee. Enjoy with a good book and a good friend.
Serves 2.

A Few Select Favorite Quotes

"To be a good ruler one must be the best of servants." – Aaron Gruben, King

"Nearly all the best and most precious things in the universe you can get for a halfpenny. I make an exception, of course, of the sun, the moon, the earth, people, stars, thunderstorms, and such trifles. You can get them for nothing." - G.K. Chesterton

"'Sometimes in the middle of the night, the sun can seem like it was only ever dream. We need something to remind us that it still exists, even if we can't see it. We need something beautiful hanging in the dark sky to remind us there is such a thing as daylight. Sometimes, Queen Sara’ - Armulyn strummed his whistle harp – ‘music is the moon.''" -Andrew Peterson, The Warden and the Wolf King

"The heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a cup full to overflowing." – Spurgeon

"Bah! If a Frenchman can get on his knees, two Americans ought to be able to get on their feet." - Michel Ardan from Jules Vern's Round the Moon