Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy … and Love It!

With ten kids (and eight at home) it seems I’m always in the kitchen. As a mom I want my kids to eat as healthy as possible, but at the same time I don’t want to spent all day, every day in the kitchen! I’ve discovered that taking time to prep makes all the difference. Here are some things I do to prep. Get your kids to eat healthy . . . and love it! Prepare vegetables. I cut carrots, {Read More}

The Essential Amish Cookbook

The Essential Amish Cookbook Taste the goodness of Amish life. Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills {Read More}

Cooking + Audiobooks = Unexpected Me Time {+ Recipe and a Giveaway}

*Note: This first appeared as an eblast. To read first and for more exclusive giveaways, be sure that you are subscribed to my mailing list!  One of my favorite things is cooking dinner. It’s a good thing that I like it because I cook for 11 people every night. I like to try new recipes, but I also have old favorites. It’s extremely satisfying to gather my whole family around the table every night and see my family members enjoying {Read More}

7 Amish Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

In search of a recipe for your Thanksgiving celebration? Look no further! Here are a few of my favorite good old-fashioned family and Amish recipes: Banana Sour Cream Bread Come again? Banana bread made with sour cream!? Don’t worry—I was skeptical when I first saw the recipe, but trust me, it’s the best. The sour cream makes the bread so moist and doesn’t taste funny at all. Recipe from Simply Delicious Amish Cooking. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie Thanksgiving and pies go hand {Read More}

Shortcake For Fresh Strawberries

Happy day! The latest book in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series releases TODAY!! To celebrate I’m sharing a delicious recipe for strawberry shortcake from my co-author, Sherry Gore. Check out Sewn with Joy and the other books in the series for more Amish recipes. Shortcake For Fresh Strawberries 1 cup butter 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 cups whole milk whipped cream for topping Preheat oven to 350*F. In a large bowl, crumble the butter, flour {Read More}

Planted with Hope Release Day!

Happy day! Planted with Hope, book two of The Pinecraft Pie Shop series, releases TODAY! Here’s a little bit about the book: When Hope Miller is offered the plot of land behind the Me, Myself, and Pie shop to start a garden, she jumps at the chance. Finally—some space away from her four sisters! But everyone in town seems to have an opinion about what she should grow and how she should grow it. When the widower schoolteacher, Jonas Sutter, asks {Read More}

Healthy Recipes & Tips for Teen Moms-to-Be

Healthy Recipes & Tips for Teen Moms-to-Be {by Marie Dittmer}   Nutrition is always important, but it is super important during pregnancy. How and what you eat and drink affects the outcome of your pregnancy and the health of both you and your baby. A nourishing diet that provides adequate calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals keeps mom and baby healthy, and helps baby grow and develop. If you’re a pregnant teenager, there are additional challenges. There’s the potential for premature {Read More}

Must-Try Recipe: Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

With the holidays coming up, you can never have enough pie recipes on hand. One of my new favorites is the old-fashioned buttermilk pie recipe from Made With Love!  Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie 4 eggs 1 cup of sugar 3 tablespoons of flour 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk 1/4 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg whipped cream (optional) Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar together. Add flour and mix together. Slowly {Read More}

Must-Try Recipe: Banana Sour Cream Bread

You’ll never need another banana bread recipe again. One of the things I love about writing the Pinecraft Pieshop Series is all the wonderful food that finds itself withing the pages of these novels. Here is a recipe for Banana Sour Cream Banana bread. Can you say? YUM! Banana Sour Cream Bread ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¾ cup butter 3 cups sugar 3 eggs 6 ripe bananas 16 ounces sour cream 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ {Read More}

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