The Elk Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father In Utah permits to hunt elk were obtained by participating in a lottery. My father would pay the fee, enter the lottery, and hope to draw a permit. To my knowledge he went elk hunting only once. Here is what happened. I was just old enough to go on this hunt along with my brother. The entourage included several of my father's brothers, brothers-in-law, and...
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Valentine’s Dessert Skewers

By Nicole Thorpe: Jennifer's daughter I told you last year how much I love Valentine’s Day, and it’s still true. This year I’m having a Galentine’s Day Party (for some gals, on February 13th). I’m making a couple different treats and thought I would share this one with you all. It’s simple, and doesn’t require you to cook anything- assembly only! I usually use brownie pieces for...
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A Gift of Music

I ran across this recording last week. It is my family, me, husband, sons, daughters, and sons-in-law, singing at my mother-in-law's funeral three years ago. My husband is the first tenor soloist and my son--17-years old at the time--is the baritone soloist. My family and I sang this song at several funerals and in church a couple of times. I have so many memories and emotions associated with...
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Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

I jumped on the bandwagon and asked for an Instant Pot for Christmas. Santa was good to me and I got one, but I hadn’t tried it since I got it. I haven’t been especially nervous about cooking with an Instant Pot, but my husband and I go out to eat a lot and I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and figure it out. (It’s one of the perks of being an empty nester. I feel no obligation to...
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Doll Stroller Quilt

By Juliet Sanders, Jennifer's sister I have this cute stroller that my kids haven’t played with for years. I found it a few weeks ago and decided I could use it for the toddlers group I work with at my church. However, it has a stain right on the part where the baby doll is supposed to go. The stain is not appealing to look at, so I decided to make a little quilt covering to go in the bottom of...
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The Deer Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father My father loved the deer hunt. It wasn't just the hunt, but the social activities that went along with it. It usually turned into a big male family outing. It included my father's brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews, and sons. My aunt Edith would go along with us, but she was the only woman. The preparations beforehand took many weeks and included...
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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Happy New Year, everybody! I am so excited for the new year and all the promise of wonderful things! On my own personal New Year's Resolution List: Deepen my trust in God, strengthen my cherished relationships, and always choose love. And lose 5 pounds. What are your resolutions? This recipe is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe with a few of my own changes. These bar cookies are delicious and perfect for...
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Mexican Chicken

By Nicole Thorpe This chicken is a standby for all my Mexican cuisine. It freezes, so a double batch is not a bad idea. I do tacos, quesadillas, tortilla soup, enchiladas, chimichangas, and taquitos with this chicken. It would also be super tasty in a taco salad. Plus you make it in the crockpot so it wins. Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and set to high for 5 hours. Remove the chicken...
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A Pie for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. I hope you have a wonderful-gute day filled with food, family, laughter, and love. One thing we try to do in our family on Thanksgiving is to recount our many blessings and remember those who went before us and made it possible for us to have what we have today. We like to tell this story: "Thanksgiving Day is the expression of a deep feeling of gratitude by our...
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Horses on the Farm

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father In the 1930s and 40s farm tractors were available but most of the small farmers could not afford one. Some farmers would cooperate in the purchase of one and then share it. Because of scarcity of motorized equipment many farmers relied on the horse. My father owned several horses and we used them on the farm. My brothers and I spent many hours following a...
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