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German Chocolate Cake

This cake is the go-to cake in our family for birthdays. The coconut-pecan frosting is amazing, but the cake itself is really moist and delicious. Sometimes I spread chocolate frosting up the sides, but I usually serve this cake naked—without frosting. I think you can taste the cake and the coconut-pecan frosting better without chocolate frosting. But most of my family like it better with...
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Huckleberry Summer On Sale Now!

One of my RITA nominated books is on sale now! Huckleberry Summer is the second book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and my first book to be nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. And you can get it on Kindle for $1.99 until May 30. With one of their grandchildren happily married, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking success. Because there's...
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Amish Christmas Miracles Cover Reveal and Trailer

Amish Christmas Miracles is coming! 14 Amish authors and 14 Amish Christmas romances will be released on November 10, 2020. You can preorder now, and it's only 99 cents for the entire collection! You can preorder on Amazon here or on Barnes and Noble here. What could be better than cuddling up with a book of romantic Amish Christmas stories this holiday season? Last week, your preorders made it...
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We Pray for Children

May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Prayer has meant so much to me throughout my life. I never get voice mail or a busy signal when I want to talk to my Heavenly Father. He is always there for me. He is my rock and my salvation. I can't remember where I found this poem, but it holds...
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I Visit an Amish School

A few years ago while doing research for one of my Amish romances, I visited an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the middle of January. Note: (My apologies to everyone who lives in Pennsylvania) Don’t go to Pennsylvania in January unless you absolutely have to. The wind was biting, and I thought my face might fall off just walking from the car to the warm indoors. I...
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You’re Invited!

Tuesday, April 21, thirteen other Amish authors and I will be hosting our cover reveal and pre-order launch party for Amish Christmas Miracles, a collection of 14 Amish Christmas romances just for you. If you haven't joined the Amish Christmas Miracles Collection Facebook page, you can do it here. Please join us for the party. We'll be playing games, talking about books, and doing some giveaways....
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Amish Christmas Miracles Is Coming!

Today, thirteen other Amish authors and I are launching a new Facebook page celebrating the release of Amish Christmas Miracles, a collection of 14 romantic Amish Christmas stories from some of your favorite Amish authors, all for only 99¢! You're going to laugh, cry, fall in love, and be inspired. Come to the Facebook page for updates on participating authors, the cover reveal party,...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, 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...
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A Little Cutie Shower

I'm not a very visually creative person, but with the help of Pinterest and the Internet in general, I can sometimes pull off something amazing. :) Three weeks ago, my daughters and I threw a baby shower for my niece. I really wanted to make it special, so I went to Pinterest and got all sorts of ideas. Thanks to my daughter Kate, who knows how to make a balloon arch, and my friend Brian, who...
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Delicious Pina Colada Cake

This is one of my absolute favorite cakes! It takes a little work but isn't hard. The cake is so moist, and if you like pineapple and coconut, you are going to adore this cake! The original recipe is a Utah State Fair winner, and you can find the original recipe here. I use my trusty Kitchenaid for a lot of the mixing that is involved in this cake. Make sure the butter is nice and soft. I got...
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