Love and Coronavirus

Advice for the Lovelorn By Anna Helmuth Dear Anna, Because of the pandemic, I am having a hard time finding a girlfriend. Nobody wants to go to gatherings or singeons, and when we go to church, girls can’t tell when I’m interested because they can’t see my expression behind my mask. Four girls have turned down my invitation to drive them home because it’s impossible to social distance in...
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German Chocolate Cake

This cake is the go-to cake in our family for birthdays. The coconut-pecan frosting is amazing, but the cake itself is really moist and delicious. Sometimes I spread chocolate frosting up the sides, but I usually serve this cake naked—without frosting. I think you can taste the cake and the coconut-pecan frosting better without chocolate frosting. But most of my family like it better with...
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I Visit an Amish School

A few years ago while doing research for one of my Amish romances, I visited an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the middle of January. Note: (My apologies to everyone who lives in Pennsylvania) Don’t go to Pennsylvania in January unless you absolutely have to. The wind was biting, and I thought my face might fall off just walking from the car to the warm indoors. I...
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Easter in an Egg Carton

In recent years, to help my grandchildren learn the Easter story, I made them "Easter in an Egg Carton." The carton contains 12 plastic Easter eggs with a part of the Easter story and a token to go with each. I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to copy! First I collected empty egg cartons. You can buy unused egg cartons at a farm or country store. I bought some plastic Easter eggs in a...
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Miriam’s Quilt Giveaway!

Miriam's Quilt is loved by thousands of Amish fiction readers. Here's your chance to get it for free. Is there more to love than her bitter memories? Miriam Bontrager has loved Ephraim Neuenschwander for as long as she can remember. As young teenagers they made a secret pact to wed when they came of age. But when Miriam's headstrong brother is arrested and her sister is discovered with child,...
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Happy Week of Romance!

Happy Valentine's Week! Valentine's Day is likely every romance writer's favorite holiday because we are always thinking about romance and how to make two people fall in love. Below, I have rated my top ten romance books not written by me. If you want a great read, pick up any one of them. They are sure to make you swoon! #10 The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: This YA fantasy novel features betrayal...
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Groundhog Day and Do-Overs

Well! Thank goodness January is over and we can stop worrying about being perfect with our New Year's resolutions! Most of them have fallen by the wayside. Some of them are still going strong. But I like February because you start creating habits out of the resolutions that were really important to you, and you let go of the ones that just made you feel guilty or that were too hard or that were...
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Abraham Blog Tour!

Please join me for my blog tour featuring the newest book in the Petersheim Brothers series: Abraham. Visit each stop listed below to read reviews and enter the contest for one of three $10 Amazon gift cards.  Texas Book-aholic, December 28 Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 28 She Lives to Read, December 29 Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 29 Older & Smarter?, December...
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A Family Back-to-Bethlehem Activity

This is a fun activity to do with your family on Christmas Eve or during any family Christmas party. It is an immersive experience that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas. We decorated the church to look like Bethlehem, but you could do this in a room in your home. We wore Biblical costumes, ate foods that might have been found in Bethlehem, and pretended to be people who lived back then....
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It’s a Wonderful Christmas

This fall, I've had the privilege of directing "It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play" at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville, Utah. It's been a rare opportunity to work with such a talented cast on one of the most iconic Christmas stories ever.Several summers in a row when I was growing up, my sister and I produced, directed, and acted in backyard productions for our neighborhood friends....
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