I’d like to save the butterflies, but I can’t even grow weeds.

Ever since I wrote "The Honeybee Sisters" series, I have been quite concerned about bees and butterflies. I canceled my pest spraying service and have been looking at flowers to plant that bees and butterflies love. One reason that monarch butterflies are disappearing across the country is because milkweed is disappearing, and milkweed is what monarch caterpillars eat. With no food source,...
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The Rifle in the Cherry Tree

By Richard Gappmayer (Jennifer's father) When the German POWs would come to work on my father's farm they would, during the first summer, be accompanied by a guard. This guard would be armed with an M1 rifle. I don't know if it was loaded. I suspect that it was not. The guard would usually walk around with nothing to do while the men were picking cherries, or he would trade war stories with my...
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Oreo Cookie Pie

This is a delicious pie and so easy. I am only annoyed with myself that I didn't get a picture of it before it got devoured. Enjoy! For pie crust: Finely chop the Oreos in a blender or food processor. Place the Oreo crumbs in a medium mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter. Mix well. Pour Oreo/butter mixture into a 9 inch pie pan. Press evenly to cover the bottom and sides of the pan....
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