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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Braided French Bread

This is a fantastic bread for beginning bread makers.  It's mostly foolproof, and despite a few mishaps I've had with it in the past, it always turns out delicious and beautiful.  The loaves are big, and if you'd prefer you can divide the dough into four smaller loaves instead of just two.  The loaves will freeze or you can share the love with a neighbor or friend. Start by combining 1/2 cup...
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Prisoners of War on a Utah Farm

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer's father Near the end of WWII, German POWs were brought to the United States and housed in camps around the country. They were brought here because there was no place to keep them in Europe, and there was a shortage of labor here. One of these camps was located here in Orem. Farmers could get these men to work on their farms. My father would get ten POWs to help...
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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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War from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy

My father, Roy, was born in 1900.  He was too young to serve in WWI and too old to be in WWII. (I wonder how high those numbers will go.) Many of the young men from our small town served in the war. Wesley Graff came home burned and disfigured. Every time I saw him I was reminded of the war. George Rohbock spent much of the war in a German POW camp.  He came home and became a florist. Phil...
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Valentine Pizza

I love Valentine's Day.  I know I may be in the minority here, but I do.  Even the years I didn't have a significant other I loved celebrating love.  I'd buy the cheap cardboard valentines and hand them out in my school classes along with delicious candy for everyone.  I did this well into college...seriously.  I would have girls' night with my friends almost every year where we would order...
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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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The Finished Quilted Present Quilt

Last month I showed you my beautiful present quilt top. I had sewn together all the fabric pieces to create the beautiful top, but I had not yet had a chance to add batting and backing and sew it all together. Today, I’m excited to show you the finished quilt, with top, batting, and back, all stitched together with the edges bound. After I finished the quilt top, I picked a backing fabric, and...
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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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