Anna Helmuth’s Best Household Tips

A message from Anna Helmuth, Amish fraa, mater, and mammi and irrepressible matchmaker in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill books. Vie gehts, everybody? As a mater of 13 children, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and cleaning over the years. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. Not that I’ve ever seen a...
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Au Gratin Potatoes: Delicious, Easy, and Fattening!

One of my mom's best side dishes is her au gratin potatoes. Some people call them funeral potatoes because they are a good dish to serve at a funeral. In Home on Huckleberry Hill, I had these potatoes on the menu when Mary Anne makes Jethro a special anniversary dinner. After Jethro goes fishing instead of staying home to celebrate their anniversary, Mary Anne decides that funeral potatoes were a...
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Happy Week of Romance!

Happy Valentine's Week! Valentine's Day is likely every romance writer's favorite holiday because we are always thinking about romance and how to make two people fall in love. Below, I have rated my top ten romance books not written by me. If you want a great read, pick up any one of them. They are sure to make you swoon! #10 The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: This YA fantasy novel features betrayal...
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Groundhog Day and Do-Overs

Well! Thank goodness January is over and we can stop worrying about being perfect with our New Year's resolutions! Most of them have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are still going strong. But I like February because you start creating habits out of the resolutions that were really important to you, and you let go of the ones that just made you feel guilty or that were too hard or that were...
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