Esther Zook Is Very Mad

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1 of The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby in which Esther gets quite a shock. Esther Zook had four hundred and thirty-five reasons to run screaming from the house and never come back. But she wasn’t really a screamer, and she’d certainly never been much of a runner. She found it completely incomprehensible that people actually ran for fun. But most of them...
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The Amish Quiltmaker!

Have you preordered my new book yet? The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is the first book in my new Amish Quiltmaker series. You are going to love Esther Zook and her earnest and sometimes comical attempts to care for the baby that has been dropped on her doorstep. Esther has a bit of a temper, which she takes out on her apricot tree, her pickle ball paddle, and an unsuspecting, innocent rug....
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A Year of Charity

Happy New Year! Recently, I was reading in the scriptures and happened upon one of my favorite passages. 1 Corinthians 13 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all...
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My Yearly (and 1st) Book Review

I love to read even more than I love to write. Last January I decided to keep track of all the books I read in 2020. Here is a list of books I read this year in the order in which I read them. I've bolded the books I especially liked or that shifted my paradigm. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: During WWII, many Londoners sent their children to stay with strangers in the...
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Christmas Cakes: Cranberry Crumble Cake

Here is the third Christmas cake made by my daughter Nicole. Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas CRANBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE: For a three layered 8" cake you will need 2 boxes of vanilla (french vanilla is fine) cake mix. You will have leftover batter- I suggest cupcakes :) Follow the instructions for the cake mix on the back with the following adjustments: 1- Use milk instead of water 2- use melted...
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Christmas Cakes: Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting

Here is the second Christmas cake recipe from my daughter that you can make for your next Christmas party. It is delicious! GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH EGGNOG CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: Walmart currently has a Betty Crocker gingerbread cake and cookie mix. You will need 2 boxes of it for a three layered 8" round cake. Use both mixes together, and add 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 4 eggs....
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Christmas Cakes: Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake

Christmas is the perfect time to spend in the kitchen creating baking traditions with your family. And Christmas is the perfect time for cake! My daughter Nicole is an excellent cake baker, and she loves making Christmas cakes. Here is her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake. Next week I'll feature her recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting, and the week after that,...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have always regretted giving up on music lessons at the tender age of seven, and as a young mother, I determined that my children would learn to play the piano or die trying. For one daughter, practicing was especially torturous. I cajoled, I bribed, I demanded, but nothing convinced her that practicing the piano was for her own good. On one particularly difficult day, while she pounded out her...
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Thanksgiving Is a Time for Pie!

Pie is actually my favorite dessert, but I rarely make pie because it takes a bit of time. Thanksgiving is pie making time for me. Last year, I made three different kinds of pie for Thanksgiving and a friend made another. The recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie is here, and the recipe for my favorite apple pie is here. I have always used the pumpkin pie recipe on the Libby's Canned Pumpkin...
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