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You’re Invited!

Tuesday, April 21, thirteen other Amish authors and I will be hosting our cover reveal and pre-order launch party for Amish Christmas Miracles, a collection of 14 Amish Christmas romances just for you. If you haven't joined the Amish Christmas Miracles Collection Facebook page, you can do it here. Please join us for the party. We'll be playing games, talking about books, and doing some giveaways....
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Amish Christmas Miracles Is Coming!

Today, thirteen other Amish authors and I are launching a new Facebook page celebrating the release of Amish Christmas Miracles, a collection of 14 romantic Amish Christmas stories from some of your favorite Amish authors, all for only 99¢! You're going to laugh, cry, fall in love, and be inspired. Come to the Facebook page for updates on participating authors, the cover reveal party,...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a...
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A Little Cutie Shower

I'm not a very visually creative person, but with the help of Pinterest and the Internet in general, I can sometimes pull off something amazing. :) Three weeks ago, my daughters and I threw a baby shower for my niece. I really wanted to make it special, so I went to Pinterest and got all sorts of ideas. Thanks to my daughter Kate, who knows how to make a balloon arch, and my friend Brian, who...
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Delicious Pina Colada Cake

This is one of my absolute favorite cakes! It takes a little work but isn't hard. The cake is so moist, and if you like pineapple and coconut, you are going to adore this cake! The original recipe is a Utah State Fair winner, and you can find the original recipe here. I use my trusty Kitchenaid for a lot of the mixing that is involved in this cake. Make sure the butter is nice and soft. I got...
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FREE Apple Lake Amish Books!

Dear readers, This is a stressful time for everybody. We all need a little positivity in our lives, and I think one of the best ways to bring in a little sunshine is to read an Amish romance! So, until Sunday, March 22, the three books in the Apple Lake Amish series are free to download on Amazon.com. Know that I love you! I'm praying for the best possible outcome for all of us. Blessings!...
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Miriam’s Quilt Blocks Part 2

Last week I wrote about four of the quilt blocks in a quilt Miriam makes for her friend Seth in Miriam's Quilt. Miriam's Quilt is one of the first Amish romances I wrote, and I have reissued it in ebook form on Amazon. It's a heartfelt, poignant story of one girl's journey to knowing herself and understanding what's really important. This week, I want to tell you about the other five blocks in...
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Miriam’s Quilt Squares

In Miriam's Quilt, Miriam makes a quilt for Seth to help remind him of his mother, who has passed away. She makes a sampler quilt, which is a quilt made with many different quilt squares. Here is Miriam's quilt with an explanation of four of the quilt squares. CHURN DASH: This square is called the Churn Dash. It is a very popular pattern in Amish quilts. It is also called Hole in the Barn Door,...
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Miriam’s Quilt Giveaway!

Miriam's Quilt is loved by thousands of Amish fiction readers. Here's your chance to get it for free. Is there more to love than her bitter memories? Miriam Bontrager has loved Ephraim Neuenschwander for as long as she can remember. As young teenagers they made a secret pact to wed when they came of age. But when Miriam's headstrong brother is arrested and her sister is discovered with child,...
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Anna Helmuth’s Best Household Tips

A message from Anna Helmuth, Amish fraa, mater, and mammi and irrepressible matchmaker in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill books. Vie gehts, everybody? As a mater of 13 children, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and cleaning over the years. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. Not that I’ve ever seen a...
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