Anne and Spud

| By Anne Gappmayer, Jennifer's mother | A few years after WWII, I was in sixth grade when I met Spud. He was the new kid at our school. Spud was big and husky and quickly became known as a bully. He was constantly beating up other boys, pulling girls’ hair, taking things away from kids, and generally making a nuisance of himself. One warm spring day I was walking on the playground with a...
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

The Petersheim Brothers series comes out in June starting with Andrew. The Petersheim Brothers are also known as the Peanut Butter Brothers because they make and sell their own homemade peanut butter. In celebration of the release of Andrew in June of 2019, I am featuring a peanut butter recipe that will knock your socks off. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie has quickly turned into one of my...
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Introducing my new Western! Jessie and James

The Gold Diggers Collection Book Bundle is almost here! Amy Lillard, Chautona Hauvig, Caryl McAdoo, and I have put together a collection of four Western novels you are going to love. My novel, Jessie and James, takes place in a Western mining town. Jessie Madsen has her hands full helping her parents run their small farm and boarding house while every fortune-seeker in the country seems to be...
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Happy Pi Day!

I love pie! I think it is my favorite dessert. I also love math, so Pi Day is a very special day for me. My daughter works at our local school district offices and she wanted to do something really special for Pi Day. She decided she wanted to give a mini pie to every employee at the district--about 250 people. So a couple of days before Pi Day, she and I and her husband spent the evening making...
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Horses on the Farm

| Written by Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father, age 82 | Every farm needs a few horses, either to ride, pull the wagon and the cultivator, or to look at. My father had them for all three reasons as well as to talk about them with his neighbors. He had a real gift with the horses. He loved them, respected them, and took good care of them. One of the biggest jobs with horses was to break them to...
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A New Contest!

I'm celebrating 3000 Facebook likes with a giveaway! Forgive me if I'm a little giddy. It's taken me a few years to get to 3000 Facebook likes, and I want to celebrate! I will be giving away my three Honeybee Sisters books on March 3. All you have to do is go to my Facebook page and make a comment under the notification for the contest. Please feel free to share and like my page! My Facebook...
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A Valentine’s Day Treat!

I hope you have a very Happy Valentine's Day! Romance writers especially like Valentine's Day. I hope you'll download one of my books for your romantic Valentine's Day reading! The last time I went to visit my parents, they gave me a cookie made by one of my mom's friends. It was so delicious, I had to share it with you! My mom's friend got this recipe from another friend who got it off...
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Easy Huckleberry Pie

If you live on Huckleberry Hill, you eat a lot of huckleberries. Here is a sweet, mild recipe for huckleberry pie from my friend Lori Peterson. My son helped me make pies one day. (He is a very nice son.) The directions are very straightforward. The hardest part about making most pies for me is the crust. My friend Lori goes to Idaho every summer to pick huckleberries. Then she brings them home...
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Easy Strippy Rag Quilt

I recently made a quilt for my friend's new granddaughter. It is a really easy quilt to make. I should know because I'm not a master seamstress, and it was easy for me. And it turned out so cute! Here are the instructions I got from the fabric store. As you can see, you need 1/3 yard of one fabric and 2/3 yards of 4 other fabrics. I used cozy flannel. Cut the fabric into 6 inch strips. The...
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An Amish Farm in Ohio

When I went to Ohio in June for Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston's Girlfriend Getaway, I got to visit an Amish farm. It was so much fun to feed the animals, take a buggy ride, and eat the ice cream. There was also a very gute cheese factory nearby. Don't worry. I got some cheese too. I really liked the goats. I did a lot of research on goats when I wrote "The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry...
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