The Amish Quiltmaker Is Almost Here!

The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby is the first book in my new Amish Quiltmaker series! And it will be here in 15 days! I am so excited for you to read the story of Esther Zook, whose plans for a quiet existence of quilting and growing apricots are turned upside-down when a baby comes screaming into her life. And the poor child's name is Winter! What is Esther supposed to do about that? Be...
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A Year of Charity

Happy New Year! Recently, I was reading in the scriptures and happened upon one of my favorite passages. 1 Corinthians 13 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all...
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My Yearly (and 1st) Book Review

I love to read even more than I love to write. Last January I decided to keep track of all the books I read in 2020. Here is a list of books I read this year in the order in which I read them. I've bolded the books I especially liked or that shifted my paradigm. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: During WWII, many Londoners sent their children to stay with strangers in the...
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Christmas Cakes: Cranberry Crumble Cake

Here is the third Christmas cake made by my daughter Nicole. Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas CRANBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE: For a three layered 8" cake you will need 2 boxes of vanilla (french vanilla is fine) cake mix. You will have leftover batter- I suggest cupcakes :) Follow the instructions for the cake mix on the back with the following adjustments: 1- Use milk instead of water 2- use melted...
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Christmas Cakes: Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake

Christmas is the perfect time to spend in the kitchen creating baking traditions with your family. And Christmas is the perfect time for cake! My daughter Nicole is an excellent cake baker, and she loves making Christmas cakes. Here is her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake. Next week I'll feature her recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting, and the week after that,...
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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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