The Deer Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father My father loved the deer hunt. It wasn't just the hunt, but the social activities that went along with it. It usually turned into a big male family outing. It included my father's brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews, and sons. My aunt Edith would go along with us, but she was the only woman. The preparations beforehand took many weeks and included...
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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Happy New Year, everybody! I am so excited for the new year and all the promise of wonderful things! On my own personal New Year's Resolution List: Deepen my trust in God, strengthen my cherished relationships, and always choose love. And lose 5 pounds. What are your resolutions? This recipe is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe with a few of my own changes. These bar cookies are delicious and perfect for...
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Mexican Chicken

By Nicole Thorpe This chicken is a standby for all my Mexican cuisine. It freezes, so a double batch is not a bad idea. I do tacos, quesadillas, tortilla soup, enchiladas, chimichangas, and taquitos with this chicken. It would also be super tasty in a taco salad. Plus you make it in the crockpot so it wins. Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and set to high for 5 hours. Remove the chicken...
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A Pie for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. I hope you have a wonderful-gute day filled with food, family, laughter, and love. One thing we try to do in our family on Thanksgiving is to recount our many blessings and remember those who went before us and made it possible for us to have what we have today. We like to tell this story: "Thanksgiving Day is the expression of a deep feeling of gratitude by our...
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Horses on the Farm

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father In the 1930s and 40s farm tractors were available but most of the small farmers could not afford one. Some farmers would cooperate in the purchase of one and then share it. Because of scarcity of motorized equipment many farmers relied on the horse. My father owned several horses and we used them on the farm. My brothers and I spent many hours following a...
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I Spy Quilt

By Allison Sharp Have any of you ever played “I-Spy?” Before the age of electronic toys, I would play this game in the car with my children. “I spy with my little eye a … blue car.” The children would then look around until they saw the blue car, and the first one to see it would be the next person to “spy” something. Even better than the game is an I-Spy quilt (mostly because...
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Surgery on the Cow

By Richard Gappmayer Years ago bales of hay were secured with wire. Yes, metal wire. One of my father's cows became sick and would not eat, so he called the veterinarian. The vet thought that the cow might have been poisoned by fragments of this hay baler wire. The cow was put in a stanchion, and the vet prepared to operate on her. I don't know if he gave her an anesthetic, but she stood there...
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The Chicken Chronicles: Hatching the Beautiful Hen

By Jennifer's sister Allison Sharp Last month, I told you the sad-but-true tale of one cowardly rooster and two deceased chickens. I was particularly saddened by the death of the beautiful hen, a Polish chicken with feathers that looked like one of Phyllis Diller's hats. In the photo below, she is standing next to the cowardly rooster. Love her feathers! My husband decided to try hatching three...
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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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