The Elk Hunt

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father In Utah permits to hunt elk were obtained by participating in a lottery. My father would pay the fee, enter the lottery, and hope to draw a permit. To my knowledge he went elk hunting only once. Here is what happened. I was just old enough to go on this hunt along with my brother. The entourage included several of my father's brothers, brothers-in-law, and...
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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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Time for an End-of-Summer Dessert

Summer seemed to fly by this year! Is it just me, or are the years getting shorter? Maybe the Earth is speeding up on its axis. Whatever the reason, summer is almost over, and it's time for your end of summer get-togethers. This recipe appears in The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook and is perfect for entertaining. The calzone can be cooked outside on the grill on a pizza stone. That's something Amish...
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I’d like to save the butterflies, but I can’t even grow weeds.

Ever since I wrote "The Honeybee Sisters" series, I have been quite concerned about bees and butterflies. I canceled my pest spraying service and have been looking at flowers to plant that bees and butterflies love. One reason that monarch butterflies are disappearing across the country is because milkweed is disappearing, and milkweed is what monarch caterpillars eat. With no food source,...
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Quilting Bee: Two Ribbon-Star Quilts, Part 2

Last month, I showed you these beautiful ribbon-star quilts and explained how I made the stars. Now let me show you how I finished the quilts. First, I laid out all 18 stars so I could decide which stars I wanted in each quilt. I tried to divide the stars evenly by color, trying various arrangements until I found two patterns that I liked the best. Then I numbered every star. (I had spent so much...
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Strawberries and Seagulls

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father. My father  planted fruit trees and while waiting for them to mature, he planted strawberries in rows between the trees. We would plant the berries one spring, and then they bore fruit the next spring and several springs to follow. We used a horse-drawn cultivator to stir up the ground between the rows of plants to remove weeds and to make the ground more...
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Delicious Christmas Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are easy and delicious! They never last long at my house! What you'll need: One chocolate cake mix (any kind will do, but for me, the more chocolate the better) 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 can of frosting (I used vanilla, but any flavor will do.) 1. Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl until combined. 2. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350. 3. Roll dough...
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The Present Quilt

I know that last month I promised to show you a Thanksgiving table runner this week, but I just couldn’t resist starting my Christmas sewing. I love this present quilt! It is very happy, almost whimsical, and you can make this pattern for any occasion, using happy birthday colors, baby colors, really, anything you want. And this quilt is fairly easy to put together. First, I cut all my pieces:...
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Pears, $3.00 a bushel

By Richard Gappmayer (Jennifer's dad) In September of each year after the pears had been picked, sorted, boxed and shipped, I would walk through the orchard and observe that many of the trees had a few pears left on them. Because there were just a few in each tree it would not be worthwhile to carry a ladder around to pick them. They were, however, still very good. Since they had been on the tree...
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