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Cherries, Rain, and Faith

Life on the farm for a young boy was usually very fun and exciting except for a few times when I had to perform some unpleasant task such as cleaning out the pig pen. This was also the case for my father, except the unpleasant task was trying to pay bills when the crop had failed. This happened several times and in different ways. One particularly brutal way happened one summer with the sweet...
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Coconut Caramel Syrup

You could probably eat a shoe if it were smothered in this syrup. Admittedly that's one of the few things I haven't tried it on, but if you ever have to eat a shoe, hopefully you have some of this on hand. I use this on waffles, french toast, pancakes, cake, cheesecake, ice cream, fruit, greek yogurt, or just on a spoon straight from the jar. It's quick and easy and lasts a long time, especially...
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Need a boyfriend? Try knitting.

Dear Anna, I don’t know how to knit or crochet, but I know your knitting has helped many of your grandchildren find true love. Can you give me some suggestions on what to knit if I want to attract a boy? Signed: Willing to Knit from Dalton Dear Willing, I’m wonderful happy to hear that you want to learn how to knit. You will be amazed at how many boys will flock to your door if they think you...
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The Quilting Bee—Decorating With Quilts: Try Something Small

Good morning, fellow quilt lovers! Today I want to tell you about different ways to display quilts in your home without hanging them on the wall. Last month, I showed you some beautiful quilts, but they were all large and required significant wall space to hang. Remember this quilt? I love the way it brightens up the room. But what do you do if you want to decorate with quilts, but you don’t...
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Putting chickens in a box and other fun activities…

By Alesha Thompson (Jennifer's sister) Fall in Wisconsin was in full swing when my husband and I decided it was time to sell the chickens. We keep chickens in the summer because they are fun, easy, and a great source of fresh eggs! But once it gets cold, which it always does in Wisconsin, the chickens become a whole lot of work that neither my husband nor I want to do. So every fall, my husband...
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Roasted Glazed Vegetables

In the world of healthy food, I love vegetables.  I prefer them to fruit 9 times out of 10.  So I love to look for new ways to prepare them.  This is a delicious way to eat root vegetables.  You can combine your favorites, or just stick with one kind.  Turnips, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and onions are all possibilities for this recipe.  I did this particular glaze recipe...
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The Honeybee Sisters are coming! Stay tuned…

My idea for my new "Honeybee Sisters" series was born on a beautiful September day on an Amish farm in northeastern Wisconsin. Our tour guide took us to a beautiful farmhouse on the outskirts of Bonduel and introduced us to the Amish woman who lived there. She had the most beautiful yard and garden with grape vines and chrysanthemums and pumpkins, and I fell in love with the place. This...
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The Quilting Bee — Decorating Your Home With Quilts: Large Wall Quilts

  It probably won’t surprise any of you to hear that I love to decorate with quilts and so do many of my friends and family members. For the next few months, I’m going to showcase some of these beauties and the way they dress up an ordinary room. Note: All of the quilts below are hanging in real houses, just the way you see them. Nothing has been changed for the photo shoot (if you can...
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Almost time for peach thinning!

It will soon be time to thin peaches. When the peaches are about the size of a walnut they need to be thinned. Peaches should be removed from the limbs leaving them about three to four inches apart. If the tree was pruned properly then not as many peaches will need to be removed. If the peaches are not thinned then the ones that are left will not grow big. It is better to have a few big peaches...
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Party Meatloaf with Smoked Gouda Stuffing

I love meatloaf. I love cheese. I love stuffing. I love this dish. I recommend serving it with two of your favorite vegetable sides. It will feed 6-8 hungry adults. Don’t let the unorthodox spice pairings scare you, this meatloaf is loaded with flavor. The Smoked Gouda Stuffing goes on top, and you bake it all together. *(insert angels singing here)* Not your mother’s meatloaf, but she’ll...
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