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Au Gratin Potatoes: Delicious, Easy, and Fattening!

One of my mom's best side dishes is her au gratin potatoes. Some people call them funeral potatoes because they are a good dish to serve at a funeral. In Home on Huckleberry Hill, I had these potatoes on the menu when Mary Anne makes Jethro a special anniversary dinner. After Jethro goes fishing instead of staying home to celebrate their anniversary, Mary Anne decides that funeral potatoes were a...
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Happy Week of Romance!

Happy Valentine's Week! Valentine's Day is likely every romance writer's favorite holiday because we are always thinking about romance and how to make two people fall in love. Below, I have rated my top ten romance books not written by me. If you want a great read, pick up any one of them. They are sure to make you swoon! #10 The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: This YA fantasy novel features betrayal...
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Groundhog Day and Do-Overs

Well! Thank goodness January is over and we can stop worrying about being perfect with our New Year's resolutions! Most of them have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are still going strong. But I like February because you start creating habits out of the resolutions that were really important to you, and you let go of the ones that just made you feel guilty or that were too hard or that were...
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Abraham: Lots of Belly Laughs and Smiles

If you haven't read Abraham, book 2 in the Petersheim Brothers series, what are you waiting for? Abraham is a feel-good romance that will pull you out of the winter blahs and make you want to give yourself and everyone you love a hug! I recently completed a blog tour for Abraham and here are some of the things bloggers and reviewers are saying about it! “Get prepared for adventure, matchmaking,...
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Abraham Blog Tour!

Please join me for my blog tour featuring the newest book in the Petersheim Brothers series: Abraham. Visit each stop listed below to read reviews and enter the contest for one of three $10 Amazon gift cards.  Texas Book-aholic, December 28 Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 28 She Lives to Read, December 29 Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 29 Older & Smarter?, December...
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A Family Back-to-Bethlehem Activity

This is a fun activity to do with your family on Christmas Eve or during any family Christmas party. It is an immersive experience that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. We decorated the church to look like Bethlehem, but you could do this in a room in your home. We wore Biblical costumes, ate foods that might have been found in Bethlehem, and pretended to be people who lived back then....
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It’s a Wonderful Christmas

This fall, I've had the privilege of directing "It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play" at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville, Utah. It's been a rare opportunity to work with such a talented cast on one of the most iconic Christmas stories ever.Several summers in a row when I was growing up, my sister and I produced, directed, and acted in backyard productions for our neighborhood friends....
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Abraham Release Day!

Today is release day for Abraham, book 2 in the Petersheim Brothers Amish romance series! Welcome to Bienenstock, Wisconsin, where the bees are buzzing, the peanut butter is flowing, and love is in the air. Things at the Petersheim house are getting too crowded for eight-year-old twins Alfie and Benji. As if things weren’t bad enough with the older brothers hogging all the bacon at breakfast...
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