The Finished Quilted Present Quilt

Last month I showed you my beautiful present quilt top. I had sewn together all the fabric pieces to create the beautiful top, but I had not yet had a chance to add batting and backing and sew it all together. Today, I’m excited to show you the finished quilt, with top, batting, and back, all stitched together with the edges bound. After I finished the quilt top, I picked a backing fabric, and...
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Delicious Christmas Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are easy and delicious! They never last long at my house! What you'll need: One chocolate cake mix (any kind will do, but for me, the more chocolate the better) 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 can of frosting (I used vanilla, but any flavor will do.) 1. Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl until combined. 2. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350. 3. Roll dough...
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A Simple Amish Christmas

I love Christmas. I love the decorations and the lights. I love being with family and eating good food and singing Christmas carols. But every year around this time, my chest gets tight and I start to panic about all the things that need to be done before Christmas. December is such a busy month that the busy-ness often overshadows the joy of the season. I always wish it could be different, but I...
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The Present Quilt

I know that last month I promised to show you a Thanksgiving table runner this week, but I just couldn’t resist starting my Christmas sewing. I love this present quilt! It is very happy, almost whimsical, and you can make this pattern for any occasion, using happy birthday colors, baby colors, really, anything you want. And this quilt is fairly easy to put together. First, I cut all my pieces:...
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Pears, $3.00 a bushel

By Richard Gappmayer (Jennifer's dad) In September of each year after the pears had been picked, sorted, boxed and shipped, I would walk through the orchard and observe that many of the trees had a few pears left on them. Because there were just a few in each tree it would not be worthwhile to carry a ladder around to pick them. They were, however, still very good. Since they had been on the tree...
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Hawaiian Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is my husband's very favorite meal.  He always requests it for his birthday dinner.  It's different from a typical sweet and sour chicken because it isn't as sticky, but it is delicious.  The recipe comes from Grandma Vicky and my mother-in-law Lisa.  Her five sons eat two pans of this chicken any time she makes it. 4-6 chicken breasts (cut each breast into pieces) 1/2 cup cornstarch...
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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, fellow quilt lovers! And just in time for this fun holiday, here is the finished Halloween quilt top I promised to show you: I love it! I think it is worth all the time it took create. And guess what was the hardest part of the quilt? Creating the long, green panel that says, “Happy Halloween.” Appliqueing the letters themselves was a little time-consuming, but not really...
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Sisters, sisters!

When I envisioned "The Honeybee Sisters" series, I wanted it to be about a trio of sisters who shared a special bond. There is nothing like the friendship, closeness, and love of a sister. I have five sisters and no brothers. Growing up, our house was filled with prom dresses, sewing lessons, curling irons, school work, singing around the piano, heart-to-heart talks, estrogen, the best mother...
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Halloween Quilt!

Halloween can be such a fun holiday, but, unfortunately, my house is sadly lacking in decorations. I decided to remedy this problem by making a Halloween quilt, pattern courtesy of Amy Bradley Designs. The pattern is available for download on Amy’s website. (amybradleydesigns.com) I love the way this quilt includes 12 different Halloween characters, so I wasn’t required to choose my favorite....
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Pruning, stacking, and burning limbs on the farm

Peach and apple trees need a substantial amount of pruning. Too much foliage on peach trees will result in small peaches and unhealthy trees. The same is true of apples. This pruning is usually done in the winter after the leaves have fallen and the trees have become dormant. My father would spend many very cold and dreary days in the winter pruning. I don't believe that he enjoyed it, but he...
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