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Anne and Spud

| By Anne Gappmayer, Jennifer's mother | A few years after WWII, I was in sixth grade when I met Spud. He was the new kid at our school. Spud was big and husky and quickly became known as a bully. He was constantly beating up other boys, pulling girls’ hair, taking things away from kids, and generally making a nuisance of himself. One warm spring day I was walking on the playground with a...
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

The Petersheim Brothers series comes out in June starting with Andrew. The Petersheim Brothers are also known as the Peanut Butter Brothers because they make and sell their own homemade peanut butter. In celebration of the release of Andrew in June of 2019, I am featuring a peanut butter recipe that will knock your socks off. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie has quickly turned into one of my...
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Introducing my new Western! Jessie and James

The Gold Diggers Collection Book Bundle is almost here! Amy Lillard, Chautona Hauvig, Caryl McAdoo, and I have put together a collection of four Western novels you are going to love. My novel, Jessie and James, takes place in a Western mining town. Jessie Madsen has her hands full helping her parents run their small farm and boarding house while every fortune-seeker in the country seems to be...
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Lizzy and Hyrum: the Wedding Quilt

| by Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister | Whenever I finish a quilt, I usually have one of three reactions: I like it (I hope they like), I love it (I hope they give it back), or it's stunning! (I had no idea this quilt would be so impressive! Why do I keep giving them away?!) Lizzy's and Hyrum's wedding quilt fits in the third category. After Lizzy announced her engagement, I told her to pick out...
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The Gold Diggers Book Collection!

I'm writing a Western! And you are going to love it! I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of a book bundle called "The Gold Diggers Collection" which comes out in July 2019. The four authors in the collection are me, Amy Lillard, Caryl McAdoo, and Chautona Hauvig. I can't tell you about my book yet because it's a secret, but we are having a cover reveal party for all four...
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More Quilts Disliked by Joshua: Jelly Roll Races, Again

| by Allison Sharp, Jennifer's sister | I know: You're thinking, first, who's Joshua, and, second, how could he possibly dislike the beautiful quilt Allison wrote about last month? (Click here to see it again.) Joshua is my youngest son, and he does not like the complete randomness of jelly roll race quilts. Sadly, my husband doesn't really care for them, either. I don't know how you feel about...
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Happy Pi Day!

I love pie! I think it is my favorite dessert. I also love math, so Pi Day is a very special day for me. My daughter works at our local school district offices and she wanted to do something really special for Pi Day. She decided she wanted to give a mini pie to every employee at the district--about 250 people. So a couple of days before Pi Day, she and I and her husband spent the evening making...
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Horses on the Farm

| Written by Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father, age 82 | Every farm needs a few horses, either to ride, pull the wagon and the cultivator, or to look at. My father had them for all three reasons as well as to talk about them with his neighbors. He had a real gift with the horses. He loved them, respected them, and took good care of them. One of the biggest jobs with horses was to break them to...
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Sweet as Honey–Walmart Special Edition

I have some exciting news. Starting March 1, Walmart is now offering Sweet as Honey, the first book in the Honeybee Sisters series, as a special edition at a special price! You'll find Sweet as Honey at most Walmart stores or you can click here to buy at the special Walmart price.  If you haven't read The Honeybee Sisters series, you are in for a real treat! Lily, Poppy, and Rose Christner,...
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