Easter in an Egg Carton

Last year to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a variety of...
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My (Sort of) Battle with a Skunk

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | On our mini farm in Wisconsin, we have lots of critters. Mostly our awesome tomcat, Pippin, takes care of them—mice, chipmunks, and even rabbits. But there is one critter that even Pippin can’t defeat. We know this because we will periodically smell the strong scent of skunk on him, and we’ll know he’s lost another round with a skunk. Anytime I...
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Salted Caramel Layer Cake–Delicious!

| by Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer's daughter | It was my birthday last week! I made my own birthday dinner, and my own birthday cake, but my husband did 100% of the clean-up, so it was actually a sweet deal. I’ve always wanted to experiment with caramel flavors in a layer cake, but was always intimidated as caramel seems sort of “one note” to me. Well, this little beauty did not disappoint, and...
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The Reviews are In!

I recently completed a blog tour for "A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill," my latest Huckleberry Hill novel that came out on December 26. I was humbled and thrilled with the response to this book! Here is a small collection of the reviews from my blog tour.  “Elsie and Sam were fun and sweet. It took them awhile, mostly due to their own stubbornness, to open up to each other. I enjoyed seeing...
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Baby Elephant Quilt

By Allison Sharp: Jennifer's sister I am thrilled to announce that I have another grandchild! There is nothing in the world that is better than a grandchild, and her birth means, obviously, that I got to make a baby quilt! Her mother requested something purple, but the rest of the design decisions were mine. First, I decided to make the quilt out of flannel, and after spending a few hours in the...
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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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