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C is for Chili

It's winter in Wisconsin. A pot of chili is simmering on the stove. There must be a million chili recipes. And a million cooks, too. DO YOU PUT NOODLES IN YOUR CHILI? Before moving to Wisconsin, I had never heard of chili "with noodles". I've heard the same thing from other Wisconsin transplants. I don't know if this is just a Wisconsin thing...or a midwest thing...or what. I'm originally from Michigan's upper peninsula but have lived in other states and countries. Until Wisconsin, I never heard of noodles in chili. What about you? OLD-FASHIONED CHILI 2 pounds lean ground beef 1 medium sized yellow onion, chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 3 Tablespoons chili powder (

B is for Barns

Barns. Old. New. Working. Fads. Entrepreneur. Here in Wisconsin, barns are serious business. Barns are an important part of Wisconsin’s history…and its future. Wisconsin is the dairy state. It’s sad to see abandoned barns dot the countryside. Especially, since I’ve always had a passion for barns. Barns filled with country sights and sounds...hay and animals. When we bought our farm, sunlight flooded through the barn roof. So did rain, snow, and everything else. Exterior boards needing patching. And paint? The faded red was barely visible. Yet, the timbers were wonderful. Thick, heavy beams. Potential. It was a labor of love and a costly venture. We gutted stalls, poured concrete, replaced do

A is for Alpaca

Ten years ago, a television commercial advertised adorable docile creatures that looked like nothing I had ever seen before--alpacas. My husband and I visited Wisconsin alpaca farms and attended information sessions. We were hooked. We are pictured here with one of our first alpacas, six-month-old Mya. Like the heroine in the book I'm writing, we learned the ropes of country living. There was never a dull moment! Alpacas each have their own personality. They can be as tame and friendly as the amount of time spent getting them that way. The more time spent, the better the results. Alpaca products...scarves, gloves, rugs...that's a topic for another day. We've touched the tip of the proverbial

Country Christian Author

This is me… Rebecca McLafferty. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother who writes primarily Christian fiction and devotions. I am an active writers’ group leader who takes her writing seriously and finds joy in mentoring writers. An avid reader, I enjoy genres not limited to Christian fiction, historical, and devotions, and non-fiction. When not reading or writing, I am most likely in the kitchen, pursuing culinary passions. Oh, we watch a bit of football, too. I am currently a Wisconsinite; however, years of living in Michigan, abroad, and across the U.S. have put my roots in all places “country”. My writing reflects the importance of knowing God, I rely on His mercy and guidance to make ever

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