Old Fashioned Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings – what a treat! Summer is here produce is bountiful.  There are so many choices of fruits and vegetables.   Canning season is in progress and before we know it, autumn will be here. This is the recipe that my mother used, and it comes from The Mennonite Community Cookbook. I grew up with this recipe, but my mother didn’t use red hot candies in the sauce.  I married a man whose mother did  … Read more

A Survey For My Readers

  It’s August.  That means summer is nearly over and schools are about to open.  Have you been as busy as I have?! If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, would you help me out by filling out this survey via Survey Monkey?  It will  help me learn to know my readers better.  I hope to get a feel for the struggles you have and the trials you face. And, in case you’re wondering, I … Read more

Persistence: A Mother’s Fight

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Plucky Mama. She is a plucky little thing, our wren. But then, she’s a mother, and I haven’t met a mom yet who wasn’t plucky when it came to her children.  She definitely has that nesting instinct! I first discovered evidence of her pluck when it was time to do laundry one Monday morning. The kids were in school, and when I reached into my clothespin bag hanging on the screened-in porch, I found a … Read more

What the Cow Pies Did to Our Berries – And Other Things

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  Where it Started We’d been living in our new house for a few months when we found the blackberry bushes along a path by the woods.  It was pretty slim picking, but we braved the thorns and thistles to reach in through the brambles to fill our buckets.  I was delighted because every place we’d lived there had been blackberry bushes of some sort or another.  This place was where we planned to stay, … Read more