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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Deer Oh Deer

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s dad | Our hometown is a beautiful place to live. My wife and I have lived here for about twenty years, and we love it. We have spectacular views of the mountains and the lake, great neighbors, beautiful skies, quiet surroundings, and deer. Our lot seems to be a thoroughfare between where the deer are and where they want to be. While passing through our yard,...
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Yum! Banana Muffins

| By Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer’s daughter | It's FALL y'all!  We moved down south just over a year ago, so my "southern" is coming along nicely. The weather here is still warm and muggy, but this just may be one of my favorite months anywhere in the world. Maybe it's because November is the prelude to the holiday season, and there are some wonderful flavors I start to crave. So for the first...
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The Letters Are in the Mail!

It has arrived! The Amish Christmas Letters, a collection of three novellas by some of your favorite Amish romance authors, is finally available in stores and online! With Christmas around the corner, it’s time for Amish families to include holiday greetings in their circle letters, each writer adding to a growing collection as it travels on to the next. In this delightful trio of stories,...
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Ohio Readers Event

In June, I had the privilege of attending the Girlfriend Getaway in Sugarcreek, Ohio hosted by Amy Clipston and Shelley Shepard Gray. Eleven Amish authors and over 150 readers attended the getaway, and we had a blast. My husband was kind enough to come with me because I’m a nervous traveler. We flew into Columbus, rented a car, and drove the hour and forty minutes to Sugarcreek through some of...
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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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My (Sort of) Battle with a Skunk

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | On our mini farm in Wisconsin, we have lots of critters. Mostly our awesome tomcat, Pippin, takes care of them—mice, chipmunks, and even rabbits. But there is one critter that even Pippin can’t defeat. We know this because we will periodically smell the strong scent of skunk on him, and we’ll know he’s lost another round with a skunk. Anytime I...
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Salted Caramel Layer Cake–Delicious!

| by Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer's daughter | It was my birthday last week! I made my own birthday dinner, and my own birthday cake, but my husband did 100% of the clean-up, so it was actually a sweet deal. I’ve always wanted to experiment with caramel flavors in a layer cake, but was always intimidated as caramel seems sort of “one note” to me. Well, this little beauty did not disappoint, and...
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Baby Elephant Quilt

By Allison Sharp: Jennifer's sister I am thrilled to announce that I have another grandchild! There is nothing in the world that is better than a grandchild, and her birth means, obviously, that I got to make a baby quilt! Her mother requested something purple, but the rest of the design decisions were mine. First, I decided to make the quilt out of flannel, and after spending a few hours in the...
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