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Happy Harvest Sugar Pie Sister! I’ve been as busy-as-a bee-in-a-field-of-clover to create something very special for you! It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time!
It’s something that will reach more sweet mama’s, like you my dear Sugar Pie, to share my message about the vital importance of creating a nurturing, joy-filled, God centered home, sweet, home for our families!
In this new venture I want so much to communicate how valuable, precious and irreplaceable you are! That no matter how weary, frustrated, and tired you become in doing good in caring for your home and family, you will reap a bountiful harvest!
With the way the world is going we’ve got to restore the kind of nurturing and sweet devotion that every home needs for the well being of our families. To rekindle the flames of love for hearth and home for the preservation of our family, our beloved America and other countries around the globe, because the integrity, compassion and strength of a nation begins in the home!
So, do you want to know what this special thing is that I’ve been working on so hard?
Well, I’ll tell ya! I’ve jumped on the YouTube bandwagon! YouTube is the second largest Search Engine in the World. It has over a billion users — almost one-third of all people on the Internet — and every day, people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views. I know for myself that whenever I want to learn how to do something, I go straight to Youtube!
What a wonderful, FREE platform to be able to share my message of encouragement to homemakers!
Now here’s the scoop! I made two Fall Tour videos! Part 1 covers my entry way and living room and Part 2 covers my kitchen and great room. I’ll be sharing Part 1 here on my blog.
If you’d like to watch Part 2 (my kitchen tour) it will be over on my Youtube channel. Sister, would you do me a BIG FAT FAVOR? (heehee!) Pretty please with a cherry on top? Would you go to my Sugar Pie Farmhouse YouTube channel and subscribe to my channel? It’s free of course. I would so appreciate my Sugar Pie Sister’s support!!! Thank you!
From what I understand, the more subscribers and views you have the easier it is for people to find your videos…and for me that means my message will reach more mama’s! Feel free to share it on Facebook too! I hope my new venture is a blessing to you! Enjoy the Fall Tour I created just for you!!
Dear Sister, since there are only so many hours in a day, my blog will now be in the form of video on YouTube. I wish I could do both but my husband, kids and grandkids would like to see me once in a while (heehee) and I want to see them! With my Youtube videos I’ll be able to share my tips, ideas, thoughts, and behind the scenes stuff of life in living color! Now, I will be posting some of my videos here, but your best bet to see all of them would be to subscribe to my channel. I’d love for you to join me there to keep in touch and over at Facebook and Instagram too! Come jump on the YouTube Wagon with me!
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Hey Y’all!! Remember me? Oh goodness, I know I’ve been gone way too long!! Do you remember that old Morton Salt tagline…”When it rains, it pours”? Well, we’ve had our share of “when it rains it pours” kind of days this summer. But we’ve had some happy sunshine too! Our family has been through a lot in the last few months. We’ve experienced things that have been heartwarming, heartbreaking and challenging. I’m sure you can relate. There were so many times I wanted to get on the computer to let y’all know what was going on but guess what?? I didn’t have a computer! It had been in the repair shop for 4 weeks!! And when I got it back finally, I couldn’t figure things out. It was updated to a new operating system and a lot of things had changed. So I’m relearning stuff. Oh lawdy! But, here I am now to catch y’all up…
Let me start with the heartwarming part of my summer season…Introducing to you my 6th grand-baby and grand-daughter #2, Olive Rose! She was born 4 1/2 weeks early on May 29th. Her Mama and Papa, Tiffany and my son J.J. are over- the-moon in love with her like all of us of course! You might remember the story I shared of their engagement here and their wedding here. How fun to see their little family growing! As I mentioned, due to some complications, little Olive was born premature and was in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for 11 days. Thank the good Lord, she is home and doing wonderful! Praise Jesus!! Tiffany and JJ are such wonderful, loving parents! It warms my heart to see them as mama and papa!
Without going into a lot of detail, let me just say that my darling, daughter-in-love has been a real trooper with all that she went through to insure that sweet Olive would be born healthy. And of course caring for a premie comes with it’s own set of concerns. We are just rejoicing in the Lord at how much little Olive has grown and that she’s as healthy as can be!
Can I tell you what it does to my mama-heart to see my son love and cherish his little baby girl? To see him give his sweet daughter such gentle, loving care is such a blessing. I think baby Olive already has her daddy wrapped around her little finger!
Grandpa (my hubby), Summer and I could not wait to hold our precious Sweet Pea! She was so tiny in the NICU. She was only a week old when we got to travel to California to hold her.
Sweet Olive Rose has grown so much in two months! She is a ray of sunshine! A blessing from heaven! I can’t wait to hold her again!
THE HEARTBREAKING: My Mama-in-love, Ruth, had a heart attack. On the same day Tiffany was in labor and giving birth to Olive Rose we were told by the doctor in the hospital that her severe heart issues were not repairable and that she may not have much time left. He stated that she needed to be under hospice care. Our hearts sank and tears were shed. Coming to grips with this news has been difficult. We don’t know how long we will have her with us but we are thankful for each day the Lord keeps her here. Thank goodness for the comfort of the Lord at times like these.
You may recall, in earlier blog posts, HERE and HERE where I shared about Ruth’s life growing up on a farm in Southern Oklahoma. She has been the best Mama-in-love a girl could ask for! Always so cheerful, humorous, helpful, full of wisdom, and such a wonderful and amazing homemaker, cook and mother. I’ve learned so much from her and through the years I’ve tried to emulate the way she loved on her family in creating the most cozy, happy, loving home.
My gift to Mama Ruth is to bless her as often as I can with a homemade pie or a bowl of sun-warmed tomatoes from my garden. We sit and chat over a slice of pie and I cherish each conversation. I absolutely love hearing her stories of back-in-the-day in Oklahoma and the way her Mama, Jennie Mae, churned her own butter and cooked every meal with biscuits and cornbread in her cast iron skillets.
Thus far, Ruth has had some good days and some not so good days. Thankfully she’s in the comfort of her own home with the best of care provided by her daughter Linda, my niece Brianne and my daughter Ashley and Hospice professionals. I would so appreciate your prayers for Ruth and the entire family during this time.
THE CHALLENGING: Shortly after the events mentioned above, my hubby had an accident and broke his ankle (like I said “when it rains it pours” :D ) . Thankfully he did not need surgery and is healing nicely.
The hard part for Gary is since he broke his right ankle he can’t drive. That doesn’t work well if you’re in the Real Estate business! That’s our bread and butter. So guess who’s become his personal chauffeur? Yes, that would be me! (And he really likes it that way. Lol!) On most days we are on the road showing property to clients from morning till night. I open the homes, turn the lights on and give house tours to the buyers (If the house has more than two steps he can’t go in so I go for him). I have to say that I appreciate his job so much more now! It’s quite exhausting especially when we’re showing up to 8 houses in a day!
The challenging part for me was that in the back of my mind I kept thinking about all the things back home that were being neglected…all the things I needed to to…wanted to do. I was getting stressed about my ever-growing to-do list that wouldn’t get done for quite some time ( like writing this blog post). But then I had to have a little talk with myself. ‘Simmer down’…I said to myself…’This is time to completely pamper your beloved hubby…you remember…”love, honor and cherish in sickness and in health”…so what if there’s a pile of leftover stuff in the mudroom from cleaning out the laundry/craft room and every time you walk by it you cringe…so what if your garden is full of weeds because you aren’t home to tend to it, so what if you were planning a new project to launch this summer but now you can’t…it’s okay that those things on that long to-do list won’t happen right now…it’s okay. You’ll get to it eventually. Right now Gary is #1 priority. Put all of those other things on the back burner and relax! RELAX! Take advantage of the time you get to spend with him every day.’ In the words of my dear friend…”Have fun with it!” Sometimes we just have to give ourselves a pep talk or a kick in the pants…Lol! Sometimes we have to give ourselves some grace!
We were blessed to have family come visit from the east and west coast for a couple weeks. We’ve enjoyed BBQ’s, set off fireworks, watched fireflies, had fun conversations around the table and played with giggling grand-babies.
We’ve had our share of summer storms too…which are always magnificent to watch from our back porch.
About a two weeks ago this huge tree fell, after one of our summer storms, blocking the entrance on our road.
Life is full of ups and downs…of storms and sunshine. The good news is that storms do not come to stay, the clouds will blow away and the sun will shine again. Thankfully, the Lord works everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).
Well, I’m still driving and showing homes for Gary, at least for the next few weeks. His cast was just taken off a couple days ago, but he’s walking very slowly and trying to get mobility back. Thank you Sugar Pies so much for being patient and for sticking with me! So far this summer has been a doozie! It’s been a roller-coaster ride of emotions that’s for sure! Hey, it’s just part of life! “This too shall pass” and “the best is yet to come”! (My two favorite quotes!) If you are going through some rocky storms, hang on! Hang on to The Lord, he will calm the wind and waves. It’s going to be okay!!
Homemade pie. It's comforting. It's homey. It's nurturing. As are, fresh sheets on the bed, a bowl of hearty soup on a blustery day, candles glowing, delicious aromas perfuming each room, kind and respectful words spoken, smiles so warm you could pour it on your buttermilk biscuits, thankful hearts, prayers continuously sent heavenward and a sense of belonging. All these things create a merry mix of comfort, love, and joy. Without words they say "you are loved and cared for, this is a safe and cozy place to be." A happy home is filled with such goodness.
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"Is this not the cutest little cow? If you're a farmgirl for-reals or just one at heart, how sweet would it be to set this little moo-cow on your kitchen table alongside a mason jar of fresh daisies? Why not make the little things you do in your life extra special...fill'er up with milk or cream to pour into your cup of tea or coffee when you are enjoying some girl-talk-time with a friend? I have a couple of these that I've used to decorate my fireplace mantle and a shelf in my kitchen. I think it's "udderly" adorable! Heehee!"
"I love using these little old-fashioned wax paper bags to fill with treats for special occasions. Use them for party favors, perfect for picnics, you can even use them as a sleeve for invitations or handmade cards. Trim the edge with fancy scrap-booking scissors, add a label or sticker on the front to make them even cuter...they also look sweet tied with red and white Baker's Twine with a hang tag! Fill these food-safe bags with cookies, pretzels, nuts, candies, cherries, hand pies or small gifts! These are great to have on hand...there are so many fun uses with these darlin' bags!"
"This has been such a delightful addition to my kitchen utensils! When I'm baking, I gather my eggs and nestle them in this adorable Egg holder. I never have to worry about the eggs rolling off the counter and making a messy "splat" on the floor! I've also used this crate, from time to time, to hold hard-boiled eggs in the fridge, that way I can keep them separated from the uncooked ones. Having something so simple, cute and practical, like this sweet egg rack, sure makes whipping up yummy things for my family so much more enjoyable!"
"You know what gals? I'm always on the look-out for books that inspire vintage homemaking...and well, this one is the cream-of-the-crop! This book is jam-packed with pioneer secrets for simple and frugal living from gardening to canning, bread baking, stocking your pantry, candle-making, quilting, mending, soap-making, and so much more. There are recipes such as Amish White Bread, Bread and Butter Pickles and Blackberry Stew with Sweet Biscuits (Yes please!) It's a celebration of simple, forgotten joys for today's busy world. A fun book to curl up with!"
"Like cool refreshing water dipped from a well, this book quenches the thirst for living life down on the farm. Beautifully penned by Rachel Penden back in the 1960's, she reveals the "daily joys of family life on an Indiana farm". Rachel takes you on a nostalgic journey through a year of seasons. During the autumn harvest, canning kept a farmwife busy..."Sing of women making grape jelly...of the filled glasses set in a window where the light can shine through and show the beauty thereof." In the frost of winter..."Snow ice cream was a country luxury in the old-fashioned days, and it still is..." The joys of spring delighted her heart... "Sheets on the clothesline this morning flap in mighty applause". She found sweetness in blessing her husband in the summertime..."In the afternoon, having baked a batch of sour cream cookies, I took some and a jug of ice water back to the north side of the farm, where Dick was harrowing corn...". This book is as sweet as homemade pie."
"I have two of these! Besides the adorable name, this sturdy fork is wonderful for blending dry ingredients, whisking eggs, sauteing veggies or meat, lifting potatoes out of boiling water, tossing fruit, sugar and cornstarch for pies, making gravy, mixing batter and is a handy serving utensil. The handle is very comfortable and the fork tines are sturdy. Every gal needs one to mix up a batch of farmy-fixin's for her family just like granny!"
"If y'all love Miss Paula Deen, you are gonna flip for her son's (Bobby and Jamie) cookbook! There are tons of photos, stories and the best part...southern-style recipes such as their refreshing Chopped Chef's Salad with Homemade Brown Bread Croutons and Ultra Creamy Mac and Cheese Casserole...and wait until you try their Peaches and Cream muffins...woo weee! That's some good eatin' right there! I"ve gotta go, I'm gettin' hungry!"
"Oh my goodness gals! I have found a cookbook that is a down-home dream come true! It's filled with over 150 comforting recipes and bless-your-heart stories of life in the south.There are full color photos on almost every page in old-fashioned settings that will make your heart swoon...you should see the picture of the Corn Pudding on page 95 with fresh ears of corn piled in the background! So homey! So delish! It truly is a delicious trip down memory lane!"
"I was so delighted when I found this book! Published by Country Living magazine so it's down-home and darlin'! There are "501 Old Fashioned Ideas To Simplify Your Life." It's filled with inspiring color photos and chapter titles such as 'The Home That Welcomes'...'Behind The Scenes'...'In The Kitchen' and 'Harmony' (gardening). This is a must have for every farm-girl at heart! In fact it' ll make your heart swell with a passion for home and give you the motivation to make it cozier than ever!"
"Don't you just love Cath Kidston? Her products are so fresh and cheery! And who wouldn't love to get a letter in the mail with such joyful designs? I am working on a bulletin board right now and I love incorporating her papers and stickers as delightful backdrops! One of my favorite things to say is 'Beauty Inspires!'. These inspire me."
"When it comes to Cath Kidston more is better! Bright red and pink roses mixed with sassy polka-dot stationary and envelopes...such a delightful way to send someone a note to lift their spirit! I love the fresh cottage design and adorable sitckers!"
"I want to recommend to you my favorite kind of pan to bake in, the Pyrex Pie Plate! I prefer to use a glass pan (or pie plate) with handles. I like to be able to see through to the crust, to see if it's got that golden brown color that I like. It makes it so much easier to pull the pie in and out of the oven and of course to carry and serve it at the table."
"This is my all time favorite pan to cook with. Somehow the food tastes better and I love the even heat it produces while cooking. The other thing I love is that you can take it right to the table if you are having a casual- rustic dinner like tacos or Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie...it keeps the food hot for a long time and the extra handle on the end makes it so much easier to pick up and carry.This pan is ready to cook in, no pre-seasoning required. Grilled cheese sandwiches come out crunchy on the outside and gooey-cheese-y on the inside!"
"This 10 inch pan is just perfect for baking up a batch of good ol' southern cornbread! For perfect cornbread you start by oiling the pan with vegatable oil, set it on the stove, at medium temp, until hot, then pour the cornbread batter in. Immediately put the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven to bake (about 20 minutes or per your recipe instructions). By putting the batter in a hot pan you insure a crusty outside and a fluffy inside! Have that honey-butter ready!"
"Girls, out of all of the books on getting your home organized, this is one of my favorites! The subtitble reads: A complete guide to bringing order and beauty to your home. Author Sandra Felton has an easy, practical and humorous writing style, it's almost like listening to a girlfriend chatting on the phone! She talks about procrastination, goal setting and organizing without being overwhelming. Sandra is also an author that does not promote perfection, (life is too short to try to be perfect!) and yet she does not forfeit excellance. She'll give you a little kick-start to make your dream of a clean and tidy home are dream come true!"
"How adorable are cornbread sticks that look like ears of corn? Talk about farmhouse style! Besides being so cute, the corn-sticks are yummy if you like crunchy and chewy cornbread. I have two pans in order to have plenty to go around. This pan is not pre-seasoned, but it does comes with instructions which amounts to oiling the pan and putting it in a hot oven for an hour or so. Once seasoned, you want to be sure to pre-heat the oiled pan in the oven until hot before you pour in the batter to achieve a nice crust. It also helps to pour the batter from a pitcher to fill the pan. The more you use it the more non-stick it will become. This corny-styled pan is over 100 years old! Perfect for a farmhouse supper!"
"This is an "Oh, honey!" book! That's what I say when I see something too adorable! Oh, honey!! It's a sweet tiny book with a huge message. It's all about how God loves us. Here is a short sample: God is fond of you...If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it...if he had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it....He can live anywhere in the universe and he chose your heart....face it friend, He's crazy about you." The illustrations are as sweet as baby's breath. There is a hug on every page! It is full of wonderfulness, perfect to read to your kids or to give to someone, of any age, in need of a lot of love."
"Nothing says "Down-home" like a red and white checked tablecloth! I love this one because it's square and will fit any size table when you lay it in the center, on top of a full size white tablecloth, to add a punch of countrified color. This 52 X 52 size is also perfect for lining a picnic basket. Somehow farmhouse fixin's seem to taste better on a red checked tablecloth!"
"This is one of the best every-thing-you-need-to-know-about-keeping-a-house books! From preparing food, cleaning, laundering, stocking your pantry, creating a safe environment, caring for floors and furniture, basic home sewing, emergency preparation, to setting the table and so much more. This treasury is jam packed with author Cheryl Mendelson's passion for domesticity."
"Ahhh...the good ol' summertime...cook-outs, vegetable gardens, ice-cold watermelons, picnics, fireflies....Susan Branch's Summer Book is dripping with hometown charm like golden honey from a hive. The pages are filled with yummy recipes, little stories, summertime memories and the most adorable illustrations ever! When the warm breezes begin to blow across the Ozark hills, I know it's time to set out The Summer Book on my kitchen counter as I celebrate this breathtaking time of year!"
"This folksy little booklet is a sweet sampler of recipes, stories, vintage photos and Grandmotherly advice. Rural American goodies such as Mrs. Beaman's Ginger Snaps, Farmer's Apple Cake, and Verna's Icebox Butter Buns are just a few of the homey treats found in this dear little book. If you like reading cookbooks this one takes the cake!"
"This is another darling little booklet from Barbara Swell. All of the recipes are vintage from the 1940's and 50's, probably ones that your mom or Grandma might have made! Along with Aunt Martha's Coconut Cream Pie, Mrs. Vaughan's Chess Pie and Lemon Sponge Pie, she also includes helpful pie hints, The Secret Of Why Men Love Pie, and how to host a pie contest. The Old photos and down-home advice makes this book just as sweet as pie!"
"If you look up the word adorable in the dictionary I'm pretty sure you'll find a picture of The Farm Chicks book! Every turn of the page is a delight to the eyes! Not only does it have recipes such as Cherry Breakfast Swirl, Butterscotch Pie, and Enchilada Soup, but there are darling storage tips and decorating ideas that will inspire you to doll up your home! Teri and Serena also share their fascinating life stories. They are just the sweetest farm-gals ever! Included in the book you also receive a free one year subscription to Country Living magazine! (You need to save your receipt and send it in with the subscription card!). LOVE IT!"
"Gals, can I just tell you, Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix is really a time saver, all you do is add water, that's it! It's a great product to have on hand for when you are running low on milk and eggs, or when you've been snowed in for a few days! They cook up light, fluffy and delicious! I keep my mix in my Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Jar right on my kitchen counter, so it's ready to go, easy as can be!"
"Girls! I love this book! It's a jam-packed homemakers companion and the first book that I know of that takes you on an adventure in homemaking through each week of the year! That's 52 Weeks worth of great ideas! In her own chatty style, Author Lynn Bowen Walker includes tips, recipes, advice, and more, for each season as well as all of the Holidays. Here are some of the fun chapter titles: Here Come the Sun; Warm Weather Homemaking...The Seasons are Changing: Homemaking In The Fall....Company's Coming! Hospitality...Giving Homemaking Our Best...Christmas Is Here! Last Minute Ideas. The author does not strive for perfection (Yay!), but focuses more on how to create a loving and fun home!"
"This pretty baby, in lipstick red, is the Queen of my kitchen! I use my KitchenAid several times a week. From whipped mashed potatoes, creamed yams, whipped cream, meatballs and meatloaf, cookie dough, pie dough, pie fillings, cake batter, frosting and brownies, this sweet thing does all the work and looks cute to boot! It's a little pricey but it will last a lifetime, and give you a lifetime of help in the kitchen! What gal wouldn't want that?"