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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...
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Embroidered and Quilted Patriotic Wall Hanging

Probably one of the most visually stunning quilts I have ever made is this patriotic wall hanging by Anita Goodesign. It is made up of nine embroidered panels which were created by my daughter on her ten-needle embroidery machine. Each panel is embroidered individually with about an inch of seam allowance on all sides so the panels can be sewn together. You can see in the photo above that this...
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A Good Old-Fashioned Barn Raising–Sort Of

(This post was written by Jennifer's sister Alesha, who lives in Portage County, Wisconsin) My husband hosted a good old fashioned barn raising a few weeks ago. The only difference was that it wasn't a barn, but a high tunnel he was constructing. Have you ever heard of a high tunnel? I hadn't either. Essentially it is a very large greenhouse. My husband is a closet farmer who works his day job as...
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Anna and Felty Top Ten

Return to Huckleberry Hill comes out tomorrow, and I am so excited! In celebration of the book release, I am posting Anna and Felty's top ten quotes from the book. Enjoy! And be sure to pick up Return to Huckleberry Hill at most online retailers and many in-store retailers. #10 Anna: “I just throw this and that into the bowl, and it usually turns out well.” #9 Anna: “I’ve invented a...
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Babies-and-Bears Quilted Wall Hanging

This small wall hanging is for one of my darling nieces. In fact, it is the center panel in a group of three wall hangings that include all of the baby’s vital statistics. Yes, I have covered up some of the details to protect the baby’s privacy. And don’t miss the saying across the bottom of all three little quilts. The baby’s mom wanted animals on the quilt, so together we agreed on the...
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German POWs

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father In previous posting I have discussed experiences with the German WWII POWs. Now the war is over and it is time for them to go home. My father, my sister Beatrice, and I had developed a rapport with these men and were sad to see them leave. They were all very nice, polite men who were victims of this war just like many others. My experience with them made me...
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Homemade Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake recipe is a must-have for cake lovers. Unlike most box cakes, the cake is moist and absolutely delicious. My daughter Haley made this for me, and I was blown away at how much I loved it. She made the cake from scratch and used store-bought frosting, but you can use your favorite frosting recipe if you like. This recipe is adapted from the recipe you can find...
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I’d like to save the butterflies, but I can’t even grow weeds.

Ever since I wrote "The Honeybee Sisters" series, I have been quite concerned about bees and butterflies. I canceled my pest spraying service and have been looking at flowers to plant that bees and butterflies love. One reason that monarch butterflies are disappearing across the country is because milkweed is disappearing, and milkweed is what monarch caterpillars eat. With no food source,...
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The Rifle in the Cherry Tree

By Richard Gappmayer (Jennifer's father) When the German POWs would come to work on my father's farm they would, during the first summer, be accompanied by a guard. This guard would be armed with an M1 rifle. I don't know if it was loaded. I suspect that it was not. The guard would usually walk around with nothing to do while the men were picking cherries, or he would trade war stories with my...
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