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The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is here!

The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is here!

I am thrilled to announce that the Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is now available for purchase!

The cookbook is a collection of delicious honey recipes inspired by my Honeybee Sisters book series, featuring quotes and recipes from Sweet as Honey, A Bee in her Bonnet, and Like a Bee to Honey. I am deeply grateful to Tearsa Daines for her amazing culinary talents and to Alicia Johnson for her stunning photography.

The cookbook is full of delicious recipes like Bee’s Knees Corn Dogs, Honey Pecan Sticky Rolls, Honey Bee Lemon Pound Cake, and Honey Glazed Pretzels, plus mouth-watering photographs and quotes from the Honeybee Sisters books.

Since it is against…

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School time!

School time!

Yes, I know that this is a quilting blog, and, yes, I know that I have only written about quilts (or sewing) since the blog began. Today, however, in honor of all the children returning to school in a few weeks, I’m writing about a fun way to celebrate this occasion: a back-to-school tree.

My family physician’s waiting room contains a Christmas tree, not just during Christmas time, but all year long, and the office manager changes the decorations on the tree according to the season. This tree is one of the first things you notice when you step in the…

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August 15, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  3 Comments

Cherries, Rain, and Faith

Cherries, Rain, and Faith

Life on the farm for a young boy was usually very fun and exciting except for a few times when I had to perform some unpleasant task such as cleaning out the pig pen. This was also the case for my father, except the unpleasant task was trying to pay bills when the crop had failed. This happened several times and in different ways.

One particularly brutal way happened one summer with the sweet cherry crop. My father owned about five acres of sweet cherry trees and the cherries were at the peak of perfection and ready to be picked. It…

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August 8, 2016  |  Faith, Family, Farming&Gardening, Inspirational  |  9 Comments

Coconut Caramel Syrup

Coconut Caramel Syrup

You could probably eat a shoe if it were smothered in this syrup. Admittedly that’s one of the few things I haven’t tried it on, but if you ever have to eat a shoe, hopefully you have some of this on hand. I use this on waffles, french toast, pancakes, cake, cheesecake, ice cream, fruit, greek yogurt, or just on a spoon straight from the jar. It’s quick and easy and lasts a long time, especially if you refrigerate it.

There are only 7 ingredients and the majority of them are pantry staples. You will want to use a medium saucepan for…

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August 1, 2016  |  Cooking  |  4 Comments

Need a boyfriend? Try knitting.

Need a boyfriend? Try knitting.

My chickens love their winter sweaters.

Dear Anna,
I don’t know how to knit or crochet, but I know your knitting has helped many of your grandchildren find true love. Can you give me some suggestions on what to knit if I want to attract a boy?
Signed: Willing to Knit from Dalton

Dear Willing,
I’m wonderful happy to hear that you want to learn how to knit. You will be amazed at how many boys will flock to your door if they think you can make a scarf. Over the years I have found potholders, scarves, and mittens to be wonderful helps in matchmaking. My scarves have even saved…

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The Quilting Bee—Decorating With Quilts: Try Something Small

The Quilting Bee—Decorating With Quilts: Try Something Small

Good morning, fellow quilt lovers! Today I want to tell you about different ways to display quilts in your home without hanging them on the wall. Last month, I showed you some beautiful quilts, but they were all large and required significant wall space to hang. Remember this quilt?

I love the way it brightens up the room. But what do you do if you want to decorate with quilts, but you don’t have any large, unused walls? No need to fret. The photos below show examples of small quilts displayed in unusual ways. …

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July 18, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  2 Comments

Putting chickens in a box and other fun activities…

Putting chickens in a box and other fun activities...

By Alesha Thompson (Jennifer’s sister)

Fall in Wisconsin was in full swing when my husband and I decided it was time to sell the chickens. We keep chickens in the summer because they are fun, easy, and a great source of fresh eggs! But once it gets cold, which it always does in Wisconsin, the chickens become a whole lot of work that neither my husband nor I want to do. So every fall, my husband posts “chickens for sale” on Craig’s List and the chickens go to some other happy farmer for the winter.

This worked all well and good until…

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July 11, 2016  |  Family, Farming&Gardening, Humor  |  13 Comments

Roasted Glazed Vegetables

Roasted Glazed Vegetables

In the world of healthy food, I love vegetables.  I prefer them to fruit 9 times out of 10.  So I love to look for new ways to prepare them.  This is a delicious way to eat root vegetables.  You can combine your favorites, or just stick with one kind.  Turnips, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and onions are all possibilities for this recipe.  I did this particular glaze recipe here at The Slow Roasted Italian.  They use it for pork, which I’ve done, and its excellent.  But today I’m using it to give some life to my veggies, and because…

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July 5, 2016  |  Cooking  |  2 Comments

The Honeybee Sisters are coming! Stay tuned…

The Honeybee Sisters are coming! Stay tuned...

My idea for my new “Honeybee Sisters” series was born on a beautiful September day on an Amish farm in northeastern Wisconsin. Our tour guide took us to a beautiful farmhouse on the outskirts of Bonduel and introduced us to the Amish woman who lived there. She had the most beautiful yard and garden with grape vines and chrysanthemums and pumpkins, and I fell in love with the place.

This farmhouse is the setting for “The Honeybee Sisters” series, starting with “Sweet as Honey,” which comes out June 28. I first considered a family of girls who grew chrysanthemums, but my thoughts…

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The Quilting Bee — Decorating Your Home With Quilts: Large Wall Quilts

The Quilting Bee -- Decorating Your Home With Quilts: Large Wall Quilts

 

It probably won’t surprise any of you to hear that I love to decorate with quilts and so do many of my friends and family members. For the next few months, I’m going to showcase some of these beauties and the way they dress up an ordinary room. Note: All of the quilts below are hanging in real houses, just the way you see them. Nothing has been changed for the photo shoot (if you can call taking pics with my camera a “shoot”).

One of the best places to use a quilt is on a large, blank wall.  Blank walls…

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June 20, 2016  |  Quilting Bee  |  6 Comments