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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 WeAllSew.com. 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

Prisoners of War on a Utah Farm

Prisoners of War on a Utah Farm

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s father

Near the end of WWII, German POWs were brought to the United States and housed in camps around the country.

They were brought here because there was no place to keep them in Europe, and there was a shortage of labor here. One of these camps was located here in Orem. Farmers could get these men to work on their farms. My father would get ten POWs to help with the fruit harvest. This was how I became acquainted with them. They did not turn out to be the monsters that we had been told they were….

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March 6, 2017  |  Faith, Family, Farming&Gardening  |  6 Comments

Quilting Bee: Two Ribbon-Star Quilts, Part 2

Quilting Bee: Two Ribbon-Star Quilts, Part 2

Last month, I showed you these beautiful ribbon-star quilts and explained how I made the stars. Now let me show you how I finished the quilts.

First, I laid out all 18 stars so I could decide which stars I wanted in each quilt. I tried to divide the stars evenly by color, trying various arrangements until I found two patterns that I liked the best. Then I numbered every star. (I had spent so much time finding the perfect arrangement that I didn’t want to risk forgetting what star went where.)

Next, I added a strip of the white background fabric…

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February 20, 2017  |  Quilting Bee  |  1 Comment

War from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy

War from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy

My father, Roy, was born in 1900.  He was too young to serve in WWI and too old to be in WWII. (I wonder how high those numbers will go.)

Many of the young men from our small town served in the war. Wesley Graff came home burned and disfigured. Every time I saw him I was reminded of the war. George Rohbock spent much of the war in a German POW camp.  He came home and became a florist. Phil Shumway was a P-38 pilot, the Cadillac of WWII fighters, whose plane had engine failure while flying over the Pacific Ocean and…

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February 13, 2017  |  Faith, Family, Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Valentine Pizza

Valentine Pizza

I love Valentine’s Day.  I know I may be in the minority here, but I do.  Even the years I didn’t have a significant other I loved celebrating love.  I’d buy the cheap cardboard valentines and hand them out in my school classes along with delicious candy for everyone.  I did this well into college…seriously.  I would have girls’ night with my friends almost every year where we would order Chinese and watch romantic movies and enjoy the love and bond we shared as women and friends.  I love me some love.

The tradition of Valentine Pizza started after I got…

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February 6, 2017  |  Cooking, Family, Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

The License Plate Game

The License Plate Game

As many of you know, Felty Helmuth, one of the matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, loves to play the license plate game. I made that part of Felty’s character because I adore the license plate game. So, I have decided that I want to play again in 2107 starting today! Would you like to join me? I’d love to hear of your license plate searching adventures and I would also love to hear when you find all fifty states.

In 2016 I found my last license plate in November. My daughter had been having a rough time with her pregnancy, and I…

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January 30, 2017  |  Amish, Author's Corner  |  15 Comments

What we need…

What we need...

Just sharing one of my favorite quotes today. I want to thank the many women in my life who embody this: my mother, my daughters, my sisters, my aunts and cousins, my dear friends, and very special readers. I would not be who I am today without you. Thank you for your quiet and loving example!

“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of…

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January 24, 2017  |  Faith, Family  |  8 Comments

Two Ribbon Star Quilts

Two Ribbon Star Quilts

This past Christmas Eve, my husband and I hosted a dinner for some wonderful friends who had never before been to Utah. I wanted to give the mother and grandmother something special, and to me, “special” is always a hand-made quilt. The quilts in the photos below are Ribbon Star Quilts.

The pattern is fairly simple, and I used fabrics from my stash. (Yes, quilters call an extensive fabric collection a “stash.”) The only fabric I purchased specifically for these quilts was the border and backing fabric. The resulting quilts are stunning!

I didn’t make one quilt and then the other, but worked…

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January 17, 2017  |  Quilting Bee  |  4 Comments