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I Spy Quilt

I Spy Quilt

By Allison Sharp

Have any of you ever played “I-Spy?” Before the age of electronic toys, I would play this game in the car with my children. “I spy with my little eye a … blue car.” The children would then look around until they saw the blue car, and the first one to see it would be the next person to “spy” something.

Even better than the game is an I-Spy quilt (mostly because quilts are better than just about anything). These quilts usually contain many different shapes, objects, designs, and pictures, so you play I-Spy with whatever you find on…

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September 18, 2017  |  Amish, Quilting Bee  |  1 Comment

Surgery on the Cow

Surgery on the Cow

By Richard Gappmayer

Years ago bales of hay were secured with wire. Yes, metal wire. One of my father’s cows became sick and would not eat, so he called the veterinarian. The vet thought that the cow might have been poisoned by fragments of this hay baler wire. The cow was put in a stanchion, and the vet prepared to operate on her. I don’t know if he gave her an anesthetic, but she stood there nonchalantly eating while he operated on her.

He made an incision high on her side and opened up her stomach. A very foul smelling gas came…

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September 11, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Time for an End-of-Summer Dessert

Time for an End-of-Summer Dessert

Summer seemed to fly by this year! Is it just me, or are the years getting shorter? Maybe the Earth is speeding up on its axis. Whatever the reason, summer is almost over, and it’s time for your end of summer get-togethers. This recipe appears in The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook and is perfect for entertaining.

The calzone can be cooked outside on the grill on a pizza stone. That’s something Amish often do to keep their kitchens cooler in the summer.

Be sure to spread a generous amount of Nutella!

It’s easy to make the edges look pretty.

Put the calzone on your pizza stone…

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September 4, 2017  |  Amish, Cooking, Family, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Safe House: A new book by Shannon Symonds

Safe House: A new book by Shannon Symonds

I met Shannon Symonds at the funeral of my friend Stacy who passed away from cancer about two months ago. Stacy was Shannon’s sister and a beautiful person taken from us too early. Shannon is just as lovely as her sister, and I was touched by her poise and loving spirit at such a difficult time in her life.

Shannon told me that she was on the verge of publishing her first book. That got me very excited because I love meeting fellow authors.

Her first book, Safe House, was recently released, and I had the privilege of reading it.

Safe House follows Grace James, a domestic violence victims’ advocate, as…

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August 28, 2017  |  Author's Corner, Faith, Family  |  2 Comments

Spread Some Back-to-School Love

Spread Some Back-to-School Love

It’s back-to-school time, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. I created these two handouts for the young women in my church group because I wanted them to know I was thinking about them in what can be an exciting and stressful time. We passed these handouts out to their homes the day before school started. I found SOBEs at the store for a dollar a piece.

Last year, I bought Koolaid Koolers and attached the note to the pouch. Feel free to copy and use!

August 23, 2017  |  Faith, Family  |  1 Comment

The Chicken Chronicles: Hatching the Beautiful Hen

The Chicken Chronicles: Hatching the Beautiful Hen

By Jennifer’s sister Allison Sharp

Last month, I told you the sad-but-true tale of one cowardly rooster and two deceased chickens. I was particularly saddened by the death of the beautiful hen, a Polish chicken with feathers that looked like one of Phyllis Diller’s hats.

In the photo below, she is standing next to the cowardly rooster. Love her feathers!

My husband decided to try hatching three new chickens from the eggs he had collected the day before, including an egg laid by the beautiful hen. He put a small, plastic, inexpensive incubator, the kind you would buy for a science fair project,…

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August 8, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  13 Comments

Finishing Some UFOs

Finishing Some UFOs

By Allison Sharp

In the quilting world, UFO stands for UnFinished Objects, and most quilters have several lying around, just hoping someone will work on them. One of my goals for the summer was to get rid of some of mine. Here’s the first:

This is a hand-embroidered Christmas wall-hanging that my daughter made when she was 13, about 15 years ago. I wanted to display it at Christmas, but the edges were fraying, and I worried that the embroidery thread on the back would come loose. In order to protect this little project and make it easier to hang, I decided…

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July 17, 2017  |  Amish, Family, Quilting Bee  |  2 Comments

The Great Rooster Rescue

The Great Rooster Rescue

Written by Jennifer’s sister, Allison Sharp. Yesterday morning, after my husband had left for work, he called me. “Have you been outside yet?” “No.” “Walk out the front door and look in the window well.” As I got out of bed and walked down the hall, I noticed that the rooster seemed especially loud that morning. He lives in the back yard with the four hens, well away from the house, so his crowing is usually fairly faint. When I opened the front door, I understood why he seemed so noisy: he was sitting in the window well, about five…

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July 10, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  4 Comments

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

This is a delicious, refreshing drink perfect for that 4th of July party or barbecue. It’s so easy, and my family loves it!
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July 3, 2017  |  Cooking  |  No Comments

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

In Return to Huckleberry Hill, Reuben Helmuth’s best friend, John, steals Reuben’s girlfriend right out from under his nose. Reuben is deeply hurt and flees to Huckleberry Hill to nurse his wounds. Reuben clings tightly to his resentment and vows to never forgive John for what John did to him. But John’s sister Fern is determined to make things right, and she comes to Wisconsin to convince Reuben to forgive her brother.

One thing I love about the Amish is that they truly try to live their faith. When an Englisch milkman in Nickel Mines, PA went into an Amish schoolhouse…

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June 26, 2017  |  Author's Corner, Faith, Family  |  3 Comments