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Horses on the Farm

| Written by Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father, age 82 | Every farm needs a few horses, either to ride, pull the wagon and the cultivator, or to look at. My father had them for all three reasons as well as to talk about them with his neighbors. He had a real gift with the horses. He loved them, respected them, and took good care of them. One of the biggest jobs with horses was to break them to...
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Sweet as Honey–Walmart Special Edition

I have some exciting news. Starting March 1, Walmart is now offering Sweet as Honey, the first book in the Honeybee Sisters series, as a special edition at a special price! You'll find Sweet as Honey at most Walmart stores or you can click here to buy at the special Walmart price.  If you haven't read The Honeybee Sisters series, you are in for a real treat! Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner,...
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A New Contest!

I'm celebrating 3000 Facebook likes with a giveaway! Forgive me if I'm a little giddy. It's taken me a few years to get to 3000 Facebook likes, and I want to celebrate! I will be giving away my three Honeybee Sisters books on March 3. All you have to do is go to my Facebook page and make a comment under the notification for the contest. Please feel free to share and like my page! My Facebook...
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Jelly Roll Race Quilt

| By Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister | You have probably heard of a fabric jelly roll. It's a bundle of fabric made of 2 1/2" wide strips by about 42" long. Here's one sold by the Fat Quarter Shop.  But have you ever heard of a jelly roll race? This is an event where quilters will see who can be the first to finish sewing together an entire jelly roll to create one quilt top. Visit this link to...
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A Valentine’s Day Treat!

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day! Romance writers especially like Valentine's Day. I hope you'll download one of my books for your romantic Valentine's Day reading! The last time I went to visit my parents, they gave me a cookie made by one of my mom's friends. It was so delicious, I had to share it with you! My mom's friend got this recipe from another friend who got it off...
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Easy Huckleberry Pie

If you live on Huckleberry Hill, you eat a lot of huckleberries. Here is a sweet, mild recipe for huckleberry pie from my friend Lori Peterson. My son helped me make pies one day. (He is a very nice son.) The directions are very straightforward. The hardest part about making most pies for me is the crust. My friend Lori goes to Idaho every summer to pick huckleberries. Then she brings them home...
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Big Ideas: Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever!

Romance writing is still my first love, but I recently co-authored a book that will change the way you think about problems, creativity, and life. Here are some highlights. What is BIG IDEAS about and why should I read it? What happens in the brain when someone has an inspired idea? BIG IDEAS explains the amazing way your brain produces Aha! Moments, how you can have more of these inspired...
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Easy Strippy Rag Quilt

I recently made a quilt for my friend's new granddaughter. It is a really easy quilt to make. I should know because I'm not a master seamstress, and it was easy for me. And it turned out so cute! Here are the instructions I got from the fabric store. As you can see, you need 1/3 yard of one fabric and 2/3 yards of 4 other fabrics. I used cozy flannel. Cut the fabric into 6 inch strips. The...
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An Amish Farm in Ohio

When I went to Ohio in June for Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston's Girlfriend Getaway, I got to visit an Amish farm. It was so much fun to feed the animals, take a buggy ride, and eat the ice cream. There was also a very gute cheese factory nearby. Don't worry. I got some cheese too. I really liked the goats. I did a lot of research on goats when I wrote "The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry...
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Happy New Year!

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Happy New Year! Do you ever wish someone a “Happy New Year” without really thinking about what it means? I believe that God wants us to be happy, and I believe that God wants us to be happy now. As I have contemplated what the future has in store for me, I truly want 2019 to be a “happy new year.” I...
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