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Anna and Felty Top Ten

Anna and Felty Top Ten

Return to Huckleberry Hill comes out tomorrow, and I am so excited! In celebration of the book release, I am posting Anna and Felty’s top ten quotes from the book. Enjoy! And be sure to pick up Return to Huckleberry Hill at most online retailers and many in-store retailers.

#10 Anna: “I just throw this and that into the bowl, and it usually turns out well.”

#9 Anna: “I’ve invented a recipe for peach venison stew and one for Chinese dumplings. If you substitute tongue for the pork, it makes them nice and chewy.”

#8 Anna: “Barbara has an extra toe on her left foot,…

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May 29, 2017  |  Amish, Author's Corner, Romance  |  3 Comments

Babies-and-Bears Quilted Wall Hanging

Babies-and-Bears Quilted Wall Hanging

This small wall hanging is for one of my darling nieces. In fact, it is the center panel in a group of three wall hangings that include all of the baby’s vital statistics. Yes, I have covered up some of the details to protect the baby’s privacy. And don’t miss the saying across the bottom of all three little quilts.

The baby’s mom wanted animals on the quilt, so together we agreed on the three bear patterns. (Yes, I realize that only one of these is really a bear. The sources for these designs and any others used in the quilts…

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May 15, 2017  |  Family, Quilting Bee  |  2 Comments

German POWs

German POWs

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s father

In previous posting I have discussed experiences with the German WWII POWs. Now the war is over and it is time for them to go home. My father, my sister Beatrice, and I had developed a rapport with these men and were sad to see them leave. They were all very nice, polite men who were victims of this war just like many others. My experience with them made me realize that good people are forced into bad situations not of their choosing. Many of them gave us their home addresses and encouraged us to maintain…

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May 8, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Homemade Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake recipe is a must-have for cake lovers. Unlike most box cakes, the cake is moist and absolutely delicious. My daughter Haley made this for me, and I was blown away at how much I loved it. She made the cake from scratch and used store-bought frosting, but you can use your favorite frosting recipe if you like.

This recipe is adapted from the recipe you can find here:


May 1, 2017  |  Cooking, Family  |  No Comments

I’d like to save the butterflies, but I can’t even grow weeds.

I'd like to save the butterflies, but I can't even grow weeds.

Ever since I wrote “The Honeybee Sisters” series, I have been quite concerned about bees and butterflies. I canceled my pest spraying service and have been looking at flowers to plant that bees and butterflies love. One reason that monarch butterflies are disappearing across the country is because milkweed is disappearing, and milkweed is what monarch caterpillars eat. With no food source, monarchs have no place to lay their eggs.

So, I decided to do something about it. I sent away for a free packet of milkweed seeds. I planted them in March in some tiny cups and put them on my…

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April 24, 2017  |  Author's Corner, Farming&Gardening  |  2 Comments

The Rifle in the Cherry Tree

The Rifle in the Cherry Tree

By Richard Gappmayer (Jennifer’s father) When the German POWs would come to work on my father’s farm they would, during the first summer, be accompanied by a guard. This guard would be armed with an M1 rifle. I don’t know if it was loaded. I suspect that it was not. The guard would usually walk around with nothing to do while the men were picking cherries, or he would trade war stories with my father. Eventually he would sit down under a cherry tree and go to sleep.

One of my chores at this time was to carry drinking water to…

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April 10, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  1 Comment

Oreo Cookie Pie

Oreo Cookie Pie

This is a delicious pie and so easy. I am only annoyed with myself that I didn’t get a picture of it before it got devoured. Enjoy!

For pie crust:

Finely chop the Oreos in a blender or food processor. Place the Oreo crumbs in a medium mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter. Mix well. Pour Oreo/butter mixture into a 9 inch pie pan. Press evenly to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Refrigerate crust for an hour before filling.

For filling:

Beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

In a separate bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended.


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April 3, 2017  |  Amish, Cooking  |  2 Comments

Easter in an Egg Carton

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 colors and wrote the numbers 1 through 12 on the eggs with a Sharpie.

The eggs are opened one by one in order from 1…

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March 27, 2017  |  Author's Corner, Faith, Family  |  6 Comments

Braided French Bread

Braided French Bread

This is a fantastic bread for beginning bread makers.  It’s mostly foolproof, and despite a few mishaps I’ve had with it in the past, it always turns out delicious and beautiful.  The loaves are big, and if you’d prefer you can divide the dough into four smaller loaves instead of just two.  The loaves will freeze or you can share the love with a neighbor or friend.

Start by combining 1/2 cup of warm water (think 105 degrees Fahrenheit, so warm to the touch, but not hot) with 2 packages (or 2 Tbs.) of active dry yeast.  I always add a…

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March 20, 2017  |  Cooking  |  2 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day Wall Hanging

St. Patrick's Day Wall Hanging

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! When I saw the pattern for this cute, quilted wall hanging, I couldn’t resist making it.

The pattern is by Joan Ford on Bernina’s Each heart-shaped shamrock leaf is made from 11 different fabrics, so I started this quilt by gathering up all the scraps of green quilt fabric in my house. (I’m embarrassed to admit that the photo below shows just a fraction of what I found.) 

I wanted my shamrock to end up slightly bigger than Joan’s, so all of my measurements are bigger than hers. I cut 2” squares from 27 different fabrics,…

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March 13, 2017  |  Amish, Quilting Bee  |  2 Comments