Sisters, sisters!

When I envisioned "The Honeybee Sisters" series, I wanted it to be about a trio of sisters who shared a special bond. There is nothing like the friendship, closeness, and love of a sister. I have five sisters and no brothers. Growing up, our house was filled with prom dresses, sewing lessons, curling irons, school work, singing around the piano, heart-to-heart talks, estrogen, the best mother...
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Halloween Quilt!

Halloween can be such a fun holiday, but, unfortunately, my house is sadly lacking in decorations. I decided to remedy this problem by making a Halloween quilt, pattern courtesy of Amy Bradley Designs. The pattern is available for download on Amy’s website. (amybradleydesigns.com) I love the way this quilt includes 12 different Halloween characters, so I wasn’t required to choose my favorite....
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Pruning, stacking, and burning limbs on the farm

Peach and apple trees need a substantial amount of pruning. Too much foliage on peach trees will result in small peaches and unhealthy trees. The same is true of apples. This pruning is usually done in the winter after the leaves have fallen and the trees have become dormant. My father would spend many very cold and dreary days in the winter pruning. I don't believe that he enjoyed it, but he...
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Creative Quilting: Fusible Applique

A few weeks ago, my niece Jessica asked if I would help her make a quilted wall hanging for her toddler’s new bedroom. In the photo below, he’s holding his favorite ball, wearing his favorite jacket, trying to decide if he approves of having his picture taken. This little guy loves balls, so Jessica decided to make a small quilt with fabric pictures of four different balls. Below is my rough...
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Whole Wheat Pancakes with Honey Peach Syrup

This recipe was originally posted on Amish Wisdom a few weeks ago, but I've had several requests to feature it on my blog too. It's delicious! The newest book in the Honeybee Sisters series, Like a Bee to Honey, came out on August 30, and I am as excited as a bee on a honeysuckle bush! Rose Christner, the youngest of the Honeybee sisters, is timid and cautious, but she’s not shy in the...
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Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers

My husband is a teacher, a great teacher.  He works well above 40 hours a week during the school year, and is dedicated to helping his students expand their minds and experience beauty through music.  The school year can get LOOONG for our little family, and so when summer comes we are ready to PAR-TAY!  We have the best couple months soaking up our family time, but when mid-August rolls...
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Amish Top 5

As a writer of Amish romances, I am fascinated by the increased media interest in the Amish. I think many of us are attracted to the Amish way of life because it takes us back to a simpler time, when faith and family were society’s most important values and cell phones and computers didn’t distract us from building and strengthening important relationships. There are many things the Amish go...
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The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is here!

I am thrilled to announce that the Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is now available for purchase! The cookbook is a collection of delicious honey recipes inspired by my Honeybee Sisters book series, featuring quotes and recipes from Sweet as Honey, A Bee in her Bonnet, and Like a Bee to Honey. I am deeply grateful to Tearsa Daines for her amazing culinary talents and to Alicia Johnson for her...
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School time!

Yes, I know that this is a quilting blog, and, yes, I know that I have only written about quilts (or sewing) since the blog began. Today, however, in honor of all the children returning to school in a few weeks, I’m writing about a fun way to celebrate this occasion: a back-to-school tree. My family physician’s waiting room contains a Christmas tree, not just during Christmas time, but all...
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Cherries, Rain, and Faith

Life on the farm for a young boy was usually very fun and exciting except for a few times when I had to perform some unpleasant task such as cleaning out the pig pen. This was also the case for my father, except the unpleasant task was trying to pay bills when the crop had failed. This happened several times and in different ways. One particularly brutal way happened one summer with the sweet...
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