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Baby Elephant Quilt

Baby Elephant Quilt

By Allison Sharp: Jennifer’s sister

I am thrilled to announce that I have another grandchild! There is nothing in the world that is better than a grandchild, and her birth means, obviously, that I got to make a baby quilt! Her mother requested something purple, but the rest of the design decisions were mine. First, I decided to make the quilt out of flannel, and after spending a few hours in the fabric store, I found this darling elephant flannel print:

Even with the polka dots and bright colors, the shapes on this print are fairly simple: hearts, flowers, even the elephants…

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February 19, 2018  |  Family, Quilting Bee  |  3 Comments

The Elk Hunt

The Elk Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s father

In Utah permits to hunt elk were obtained by participating in a lottery. My father would pay the fee, enter the lottery, and hope to draw a permit. To my knowledge he went elk hunting only once. Here is what happened.

I was just old enough to go on this hunt along with my brother. The entourage included several of my father’s brothers, brothers-in-law, and others. The truck was loaded with horses and enough supplies for an army, and off we proceeded to the hunting area which was on Mount Nebo in central Utah. This mountain was…

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February 12, 2018  |  Family  |  No Comments

Valentine’s Dessert Skewers

Valentine's Dessert Skewers

By Nicole Thorpe: Jennifer’s daughter

I told you last year how much I love Valentine’s Day, and it’s still true. This year I’m having a Galentine’s Day Party (for some gals, on February 13th). I’m making a couple different treats and thought I would share this one with you all. It’s simple, and doesn’t require you to cook anything- assembly only! I usually use brownie pieces for these, but I wanted at least one treat that wasn’t saturated with milky, fudgy goodness, so for this rendition I used pound cake cubes. I did a trial run for my family. My kids…

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February 5, 2018  |  Cooking  |  2 Comments

A Gift of Music

A Gift of Music

I ran across this recording last week. It is my family, me, husband, sons, daughters, and sons-in-law, singing at my mother-in-law’s funeral three years ago. My husband is the first tenor soloist and my son–17-years old at the time–is the baritone soloist. My family and I sang this song at several funerals and in church a couple of times. I have so many memories and emotions associated with this song, not the least of which is the great privilege and spiritual boost it is to sing with my family. The message of this song is one that always moves me…

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January 29, 2018  |  Faith, Family  |  1 Comment

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

I jumped on the bandwagon and asked for an Instant Pot for Christmas. Santa was good to me and I got one, but I hadn’t tried it since I got it. I haven’t been especially nervous about cooking with an Instant Pot, but my husband and I go out to eat a lot and I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and figure it out. (It’s one of the perks of being an empty nester. I feel no obligation to cook.) Well, I am so glad I finally tried it on Saturday night! It is amazing. I tried…

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January 22, 2018  |  Cooking  |  No Comments

Doll Stroller Quilt

Doll Stroller Quilt

By Juliet Sanders, Jennifer’s sister

I have this cute stroller that my kids haven’t played with for years. I found it a few weeks ago and decided I could use it for the toddlers group I work with at my church.

However, it has a stain right on the part where the baby doll is supposed to go.

The stain is not appealing to look at, so I decided to make a little quilt covering to go in the bottom of the stroller to hide the stain and make the stroller seat nice and soft.

A few months ago, I had cut out some…

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January 15, 2018  |  Family, Quilting Bee  |  1 Comment

The Deer Hunt

The Deer Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s father

My father loved the deer hunt. It wasn’t just the hunt, but the social activities that went along with it. It usually turned into a big male family outing. It included my father’s brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews, and sons. My aunt Edith would go along with us, but she was the only woman.

The preparations beforehand took many weeks and included collecting enough food and supplies for an army. The hunt started on a Saturday in October and would last for ten days. We would load the horses into the truck on Friday and proceed to the traditional camping site…

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January 8, 2018  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  2 Comments

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Happy New Year, everybody!

I am so excited for the new year and all the promise of wonderful things! On my own personal New Year’s Resolution List: Deepen my trust in God, strengthen my cherished relationships, and always choose love. And lose 5 pounds. What are your resolutions?

This recipe is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe with a few of my own changes. These bar cookies are delicious and perfect for any occasion. Here is the original post.

I have added some of my own improvements.

 

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January 1, 2018  |  Cooking, Family  |  4 Comments

Mexican Chicken

Mexican Chicken

By Nicole Thorpe

This chicken is a standby for all my Mexican cuisine. It freezes, so a double batch is not a bad idea.

I do tacos, quesadillas, tortilla soup, enchiladas, chimichangas, and taquitos with this chicken. It would also be super tasty in a taco salad. Plus you make it in the crockpot so it wins.

Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and set to high for 5 hours.

Remove the chicken breasts and shred using a hand mixer for convenience. It takes about 20 seconds on the lowest setting, and it’s perfectly shredded.

Add a little liquid from the crockpot to your…

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December 4, 2017  |  Cooking, Family  |  1 Comment

A Pie for Thanksgiving!

A Pie for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. I hope you have a wonderful-gute day filled with food, family, laughter, and love.

One thing we try to do in our family on Thanksgiving is to recount our many blessings and remember those who went before us and made it possible for us to have what we have today. We like to tell this story:

“Thanksgiving Day is the expression of a deep feeling of gratitude by our people for the rich productivity of the land, a memorial of the dangers and hardships through which we have safely passed, and a fitting recognition of all that God in…

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November 21, 2017  |  Cooking, Family  |  No Comments