Easy Huckleberry Pie

If you live on Huckleberry Hill, you eat a lot of huckleberries. Here is a sweet, mild recipe for huckleberry pie from my friend Lori Peterson. My son helped me make pies one day. (He is a very nice son.) The directions are very straightforward. The hardest part about making most pies for me is the crust. My friend Lori goes to Idaho every summer to pick huckleberries. Then she brings them home...
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Easy Strippy Rag Quilt

I recently made a quilt for my friend's new granddaughter. It is a really easy quilt to make. I should know because I'm not a master seamstress, and it was easy for me. And it turned out so cute! Here are the instructions I got from the fabric store. As you can see, you need 1/3 yard of one fabric and 2/3 yards of 4 other fabrics. I used cozy flannel. Cut the fabric into 6 inch strips. The...
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Happy New Year!

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Happy New Year! Do you ever wish someone a “Happy New Year” without really thinking about what it means? I believe that God wants us to be happy, and I believe that God wants us to be happy now. As I have contemplated what the future has in store for me, I truly want 2019 to be a “happy new year.” I...
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Every Quilt Tells a Story

I absolutely love quilts. When I was growing up, my mom would often set up a quilt for my sisters and me to tie. We grew so close as a family as we tied quilts and visited with each other. One of the reasons I love quilts is because each quilt has a story to tell. I want to share just a few of my family’s quilts with you. This is a t-shirt quilt I made for one of my daughters. She played...
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The Tractor Mishap

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | I love it when spring comes to Wisconsin. It takes awhile to get here and we don’t get to enjoy it for too long, but when it comes it is stupendous! The one drawback to spring is the tractors. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support Wisconsin farmers, but there is only one way to get a tractor from a farm to a field and that is via the roads. During...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love getting together with family and taking time to reflect on our bounteous blessings. God has been so good to all of us, and it's nice to have a holiday set aside to remember and give thanks. One of our family Thanksgiving traditions is gathering around the table and reading the story below. I put five grains of corn at everyone's...
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Narrating Audiobooks

My sister, Andrea Gappmayer, is one of the funnest, most energetic, kindest people you'll ever meet. She is also an audiobook narrator. She narrates my newest nonfiction book, Big Ideas: How To Unleash Your Creative Self and Have More Aha! Moments, available November 23, 2018. | By Andrea Gappmayer, Jennifer's sister | When I woke up, I realized that I was there. Have you ever been there? I’m...
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Welcome New Author

I'd like to introduce Rachel Fordham. Her first book comes out July 3 with Revell, and I asked her to come on my blog and talk about her book, "The Hope of Azure Springs." I've read it, and it is truly a wonderful book, and the cover is beautiful. Rachel is my cousin's daughter, but we've never met in person. Welcome, Rachel! I am so excited to be here with Jennifer Beckstrand. Not only do I...
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The Old Washing Machine

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | When I was growing up, my mother could not do the laundry because the two-tub washer was in the basement and she had rheumatoid arthritis. She was confined to a wheelchair many times in her life. One of my brothers or I did the washing. About this time the automatic washer was brought onto the market. It was new and had to be bolted to the floor because...
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Peaches and Fuzz

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's dad | My father had about five acres of peach trees of several varieties. Each spring, before the blossoms came out, we would prune the peach trees. They had to be pruned quite heavily each spring or they would not produce big peaches, and if not pruned regularly, they would grow so much foliage that the root system could not support the tree and it would die. ...
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