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Warm Pie Happy Home

Spring Decorating at Sugar Pie Farmhouse

Written by Aunt Ruthie on April 8th, 2016

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Well howdy Sugar Pies! Goodness gracious it’s been too long since I posted last! I’ve missed y’all so much! Life has been cray-cray busy for lots of good reasons! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I’ve been,

  • Taking care of my itty-bitty shop at Spring Creek Antique Mall in Ozark, Missouri.
  • Spending time with my grand-littles, adorable soccer games, the kindergarten book fair, and circus performance and some babysitting so their mama’s and papa’s can go on a date!
  • Birthday parties at my house.
  • Starting my spring cleaning!
  • Weekly Bible Study with my gal-pals
  • Hosting our annual Easter dinner and egg hunt.
  • Prepping for the Prom with my daughter Summer
  • Spent a whole week with Summer during spring break–we took a road trip up to Eureka Springs, Arkansas and St. Louis! (She’s a Junior in High School and I see the “writing on the wall” that she is growing up and will be off to College soon, so I’m savoring every moment with my baby girl!)
  • Hosted a Slumber Party for Summer and her friends.
  • Taking care of my sweet hubby and home!

Well, those are just a few things on my list! All good, thank the Lord!

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I’m so happy the gray winter chill has melted into warm, soothing breezes and sunshine. The trees and flowers are bursting with color, the birds are singin’ their happy tunes once again. Oh happy day!! So my goal in decorating for this happy season was to keep things simple and cheerful and spring-y!

Well, come on in and take a peek of how Spring has sprung at The Farmhouse…

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I found this cute bunting at the Antique Mall where my booth is. The fabrics look vintage and remind me of old flour sacks. The ladder is from the old homestead on the property where I live. I was told that it’s a chicken ladder! The farmer had tall chicken coops!

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I recently purchased this cow canvas and found a spot for her on my mantle. I named her Daisy-Belle. I don’t know why but cows put me in a happy mooo-d!

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Fresh tulips atop my hubby’s great grandma’s trunk. I love it and feel honored to have this family heirloom! The family called her Gammy.

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Down in the meadow the flowers appear,

Blossoms all pink and white make every garden bright,

Sing, Sing, Springtime is here! ~German Folk Song

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I found this nest on the ground in my front yard after a gusty storm. Looking closely at it, that mama bird found all kinds of fibers and twigs to weave into her cozy nest. She made do with what she could find. It’s so amazing to me how God put that nesting instinct in mama birds and in us!

  • “My favorite kind of weather is bird chirping weather!”

~ Terri Guillemets

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In the hallway sits the fireplace mantle that my dad made for me. I cherish it! Lots of chippy goodness here…an old window frame, shutters, and tin crown molding. A cotton wreath hangs as a nod to my Mama-in-law’s southern roots and memories of pickin’ cotton with her Mama, Jenny Mae. The Sugar Pie Farmhouse was a sign I made a couple years ago for a booth I had at a different shop. It was just leaning against the wall in the garage and I had a light-bulb moment and decided to hang it in the house!

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I added to my collection of vintage plates from thrift stores. I only paid around $4 each. Each one is so sweet.

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This one is my favorite. I shared a story that I dreamed up on Instagram and Facebook so I’ll share it with you!

The Biscuit Plate:  As with a lot of the vintage things I bring home, I always like to think about the story they could tell. I imagine that this plate belonged to a cheerful, rosy-cheeked, hymn-singin’, Mama who used it to serve the most flaky, buttery, mouth-watering buttermilk biscuits with her homemade blackberry jam. I reckon, that even though Mama made biscuits for every meal Pa’s eyes always lit up like a harvest moon as she set the piping-hot biscuit-laden plate down on the kitchen table. He would shake his head back and forth with an affirmative and exaggerated “Mmmm!”, which always made mama smile and blush a little. Mama was sweet on Pa and Pa thought he was the luckiest fella this side of the Mississippi to have her as his bride. Well, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

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The Yardbird Sisters keep me company in the kitchen. They grace my old farm table, on top and below in a whimsical way that make my heart happy.

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I’m a little chicken,
Ready to hatch,
Pecking at my shell,
Scratch, scratch, scratch.
When I crack it open, out I’ll leap,
Fluff up my feathers and cheep, cheep, cheep!

~ Susan Peters (Sung to  the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

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I LOVE enamelware! It’s so farmy! I love the scratches and rust spots. They were every day essentials and work-horses to every woman on the farm. These basins were used for everything back in the day. Bathing babies,  washing dishes, carrying vegetables in from the garden, filled with water to wash up for supper,

“Our family members

will carry the atmosphere

we create in our homes

for the rest of their lives.”

~Mrs. Dunwoody

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My great room mantle continues to change with the seasons. Once dripping with felt snow has now warmed up with simple spring flowers in well-used milk buckets.

“I value this delicious home feeling

as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.”

~ Washiongton Irving

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The blossoms on my apple trees are whispering apple pie promises.

I’m so happy you stopped by dear sisters!

Happy spring to you!

Please do say hello, I always look forward to hearing from my Sugar Pies!

(If you’re reading this in your email and you’d like to say Hey,

come on over to my website!

If you respond by email I won’t see it.

And that would be sad.)

God bless your darin’ hearts!

Aunt Ruthie

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Warm Pie Happy Home

“Bring Back Mayberry” Winner and The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Ev-ah!!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on February 17th, 2016

 

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Well Howdy-do Sugar Pie! I’m so excited to announce the winner of some delightful Mayberry inspired goodies! On my last post I shared about filling our homes and lives with Old Fashioned Mayberry kind of goodness. Something that our country needs to restore and preserve! I gave some ideas on how we can do that and encouraged you to leave your ideas in the comment section. Y’all were so generous with your wonderful ideas of sowing seeds of kindness, graciousness and down-home friendliness! Well, one blessed girl is going to receive the following 8 prizes that even Aunt Bee would get giddy over!

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Here are the Mayberry-inspired goodies!

1. A vintage-inspired cream and sugar set. Printed on the front are the sweet sayings,  “Give Me Some Sugar” and “You Are The Cream In My Coffee”.  I think Aunt Bee would have gotten a kick out of these and would have loved placing them on her kitchen table ready to serve some hot coffee to Andy, Barney and her best friend Clara! I found these at my local Cracker Barrel Restaurant.

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2. Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook (affiliate): A wonderful tribute to Aunt Bee and the friendly townsfolk of Mayberry. “We can almost smell the pot roast simmering in Aunt Bee’s oven or the coffee brewing on the stove. We can practically taste her freshly baked apple or butterscotch pecan pies…” ~ Ken Beck

Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook is peppered with lots of photos of the folks of Mayberry along with nostalgic and humorous quotes and stories from the show.  Some of the recipes include Thelma Lou’s Corn Custard,  Andy’s Red Hot Applesauce, Mayberry Strawberry Pie,  Aunt Bee’s Apple Pie, and Great-grandmother Minnie’s Rolls.

3. A vintage-inspired apron like the kind Aunt Bee wore as she tidied up her home and prepared hot home-cooked meals for Andy and Opie.

4. A wooden spoon with a daisy embellishment on the handle. This adorable happy-spoon is from the Oh Gussie line at Cracker Barrel. The Oh Gussie line is designed by Kimberly Schlapman of the Little Big Town Band.

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5. A white lace-scalloped chalkboard from the Oh Gussie line at Cracker Barrel. The perfect spot to put a greeting to warm someone’s heart!

6. Two coffee mugs from Cracker Barrel. Sturdy and folksy, these cups, when filled with a  good cup of coffee or tea, will inspire some delightful, down-home conversation with a friend.

7. A DVD set of The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary–The Best of Mayberry. How fun to pop some popcorn, make some sweet tea, and sit back and watch the charming episodes of Andy, Opie, Barney, and all the heartwarming characters from the town of Mayberry…including one of my favorites, “The Pickle Story” with Aunt Bee!

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And now, announcing the winner of all of these goodies from the Bring Back Mayberry Contest…JANAE!!  Congratulations Sugar Pie! I know you’re gonna love these dreamy goodies!

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And as a thank you to all of you dear Sugar Pies for sharing your wonderful thoughts on how we could add a little Mayberry into our everyday lives, I am going to share my Happy Home Oatmeal Cookie Recipe! It’s a delicious and sturdy cookie, perfect for picnics, porch sittin’, or an after school treat with a tall glass of ice cold milk. They’re crunchy around the edge and chewy in the middle. This recipe makes a big batch… enough to share with friends and neighbors! That’s the Mayberry way!

 

  • Happy Home Oatmeal Cookie Recipe 

(These cookies will bring a whole lot-a happy to your home!)

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (not melted)

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. (This is a stiff dough so I use my KitchenAid stand mixer)

  • Cream together butter and sugars.
  • Add vanilla and eggs.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, mix well.
  • Mix in the oats until well combined.
  • Stir in the walnuts

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. You want the edges to be slightly golden. Let the cookies rest on the sheet for one minute then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

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A fun little tidbit of back-in-the-day trivia…when my hubby Gary was a little boy his family went on vacation to Palm Springs, California. They spent the weekend swimming in the hotel pool. That same weekend in the same pool was Opie (Ronny Howard) and his family! Gary and Opie, two red-headed little boys, became fast friends for a weekend. Such a fun story!!

We can create a ripple affect by spreading old fashioned goodness to everyone we meet along life’s pathway. We truly have no idea how the little kind things we do can make such a huge impact on the lives of others and even the world. Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? Andy Andrews shares this amazing story. You have to watch this!

  • Let’s do what we can to bring Mayberry back!
  • God bless you!
  • Aunt Ruthie

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