When I envisioned “The Honeybee Sisters” series, I wanted it to be about a trio of sisters who shared a special bond. There is nothing like the friendship, closeness, and love of a sister.
I have five sisters and no brothers. Growing up, our house was filled with prom dresses, sewing lessons, curling irons, school work, singing around the piano, heart-to-heart talks, estrogen, the best mother in the world, and one very long-suffering father. My dad was proud of his daughters and always told us we could do anything we set our minds too.
I have four daughters, and they were very close growing…Read More Post a comment (10)
Halloween can be such a fun holiday, but, unfortunately, my house is sadly lacking in decorations. I decided to remedy this problem by making a Halloween quilt, pattern courtesy of Amy Bradley Designs. The pattern is available for download on Amy’s website. (amybradleydesigns.com)
I love the way this quilt includes 12 different Halloween characters, so I wasn’t required to choose my favorite. And although the quilt is rather time-consuming to create, I think the finished product is worth it.
First, I picked out fabric for all the characters. This took more time than you might think. I used approximately 35 different pieces…Read More Post a comment (13)
Peach and apple trees need a substantial amount of pruning. Too much foliage on peach trees will result in small peaches and unhealthy trees. The same is true of apples. This pruning is usually done in the winter after the leaves have fallen and the trees have become dormant. My father would spend many very cold and dreary days in the winter pruning. I don’t believe that he enjoyed it, but he knew that it had to be done.
In the spring after the snow had melted and it had warmed up a little, my brothers and I would go to…Read More Post a comment (3)
A few weeks ago, my niece Jessica asked if I would help her make a quilted wall hanging for her toddler’s new bedroom. In the photo below, he’s holding his favorite ball, wearing his favorite jacket, trying to decide if he approves of having his picture taken.
This little guy loves balls, so Jessica decided to make a small quilt with fabric pictures of four different balls. Below is my rough sketch of the quilt on graph paper. (Yes, the orange and brown blobs are supposed to be balls.) I always design quilts on graph paper because the grid lines make…Read More Post a comment (2)
This recipe was originally posted on Amish Wisdom a few weeks ago, but I’ve had several requests to feature it on my blog too. It’s delicious!
The newest book in the Honeybee Sisters series, Like a Bee to Honey, came out on August 30, and I am as excited as a bee on a honeysuckle bush! Rose Christner, the youngest of the Honeybee sisters, is timid and cautious, but she’s not shy in the kitchen.
One of Rose’s favorite recipes is Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes, which she makes for Josiah Yoder and his energetic nephews in Like a Bee to Honey. Honey Peach…Read More Post a comment (0)
Apples and pears can both be victims of the codling moth. This moth lays eggs which hatch into worms which eat their way into either apples or pears as well as some other fruits. This, of course, ruins the fruit and makes it unsellable. My father fought this problem in his orchards for as long as I can remember. Some early sprays for this bug included lead arsenic, sulphur, and horticulture oil. These were only partially effective and had to be applied almost weekly. A big side effect of this regimen was that the horses that pulled the spray machine…Read More Post a comment (6)
My husband is a teacher, a great teacher. He works well above 40 hours a week during the school year, and is dedicated to helping his students expand their minds and experience beauty through music. The school year can get LOOONG for our little family, and so when summer comes we are ready to PAR-TAY! We have the best couple months soaking up our family time, but when mid-August rolls around we are ready to get back to the routine of school, and husband is excited to start another year. These burgers are our traditional “Back-to-School” meal. They are really…Read More Post a comment (1)
As a writer of Amish romances, I am fascinated by the increased media interest in the Amish. I think many of us are attracted to the Amish way of life because it takes us back to a simpler time, when faith and family were society’s most important values and cell phones and computers didn’t distract us from building and strengthening important relationships.
There are many things the Amish go without to keep themselves separate from the world. Different Amish districts have varied guidelines, but as a general rule they don’t use electricity, drive cars, or own cell phones. Their clothes are plain…Read More Post a comment (10)
I am thrilled to announce that the Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is now available for purchase!
The cookbook is a collection of delicious honey recipes inspired by my Honeybee Sisters book series, featuring quotes and recipes from Sweet as Honey, A Bee in her Bonnet, and Like a Bee to Honey. I am deeply grateful to Tearsa Daines for her amazing culinary talents and to Alicia Johnson for her stunning photography.
The cookbook is full of delicious recipes like Bee’s Knees Corn Dogs, Honey Pecan Sticky Rolls, Honey Bee Lemon Pound Cake, and Honey Glazed Pretzels, plus mouth-watering photographs and quotes from the Honeybee Sisters books.
Since it is against…Read More Post a comment (2)
Yes, I know that this is a quilting blog, and, yes, I know that I have only written about quilts (or sewing) since the blog began. Today, however, in honor of all the children returning to school in a few weeks, I’m writing about a fun way to celebrate this occasion: a back-to-school tree.
My family physician’s waiting room contains a Christmas tree, not just during Christmas time, but all year long, and the office manager changes the decorations on the tree according to the season. This tree is one of the first things you notice when you step in the…Read More Post a comment (3)