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Warm Pie Happy Home

American Summer Decor at Sugar Pie Farmhouse

Written by Aunt Ruthie on August 3rd, 2018



Howdy-do! Sugar Pies! Well I sure hope your summer is filled joy! I just said goodbye to lots of family visiting for the past nine days! Every room of my home was filled with sweet family. Every night we had 33 people over for supper! Fortunately, everyone pitched in potluck style so I had a lot of help. Lots of fun memories were made! If you are on Instagram you can get a little glimpse of our festivities in my video stories under the title “Summertime”!

Well, since summertime will be over in about 4 weeks I think I oughta show y’all my summer home tour!! LOL!! Eeeeek! Time has just gotten away from me! Hey, better late than never right?? LOL!

I also have my home tour on video on Youtube! I’ll leave a link at the end of this post!

IMG_6486This is my entry way and I’m over the moon for this Homemade Ice Cream sign! I sold them in my shop (Spring Creek Tea Room & Antique Mall in Ozark MO.) and had to have one! What’s more summery than ice cream on a hot day? I decided the black and white colors of the sign would be my color palette.  So I gathered some things around my house that tied into that old fashioned, cool and delicious dessert…ICE CREAM!

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! (Do you remember saying that? Lol!)  Rocky Road is my favorite along with Chocolate Chip! What’s your favorite ice cream flavor in all the world? Tell me in the comments below!

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Good old summertime ice cream days!


I created this shiplap backdrop to showcase my ice cream themed vignette! If you’d like to see how I built it let me know in the comments below! Well, along with my sign I added a black and white cow…you can’t have real, dairy fresh ice cream without one!


I also gathered some of my vintage milk bottles! These are very special because they’re ones from my childhood! Golden Arrow Dairy from San Diego, CA! I remember getting to ride our milk truck down the street with my friend and the clinking and clanging sounds of the glass milk bottles banging together.  The milkman dropped us off just down the block and we skipped back home. I love the idea of home delivery of milk and butter! The good old days!!

My white and chippy ice cream churn fit in perfect with my vignette. I filled it with silk flowers I got from Michael’s Craft store at 40% off!


The good old days…fresh milk delivered to your doorstep! I found this on the internet…it’s just like the one I got to ride down the street!

IMG_6479 I also added a vintage silhouette of a cute little boy to my Ice Cream vignette. I found it at a flea market for a few dollars and thought it looked a lot like my grandson Johnny! And the cherry on top was that it was from Disneyland! Squeal!! I remember eating ice cream at the Carnation Ice Cream Shop on Main Street USA at Disneyland when I was a little girl.

I still love my glowing cafe lights…they provide such a happy glow!

I thought the soda pop bottle would be a sweet addition too because of those old-timey coke and root beer floats that were so popular at  the diners and ice cream shops back in the day. I tucked in some summer daisies and an American flag as a nod to my American Summer Theme!


I placed this old pie tin behind the soda pop bottle so you could see the graphics. It’s Hill Billy Soda which I thought was funny and adorable especially since I live in Hill-Billy-land here in the Ozarks! LOL!


I’m not sure if you noticed that I painted my mantle white but I’ve been wanting to paint it for a long time. It really brightens up the room and I think the snowy-white color is going to look so pretty with my Christmas decorations! Yippeeeeeeeee!


I also sold my  upholstered chairs and brought these up from downstairs. I’ve had them for probably 30 years or more. They were oak stained and I painted them white too! To me it looks so fresh and clean. I feel like I have brand new chairs! I also painted the armoire! Paint is an inexpensive way to make old things look like new!


On top of the armoire I added some farmy things that look like they belong in granny’s attic…some old crates, a white pitcher, egg basket, milk bucket, white-washed harvest basket and an oil lamp.


My all american Menu sign was from Pottery Barn a few years back. I added a little red lantern, a vintage potato chip tin and a vintage ice cream churn and scoop that belonged to my mother in law. The chicken sisters are hanging out under the farm table.

IMG_6456IMG_6518I kept my baking center simple with just a little bucket of green silk plants from Ikea with a little  American flag tucked in. I like to feature a seasonal cookbook on the counter to inspire me. This one is called What can I bring? Southern Food For Any Occasion Life Serves Up. I love it!! The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are yummy!! I recently made the Cheese Enchiladas and they were soooo delicious and easy! It’s now a new family favorite!

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I also changed the area above the mantle. I used to have an old sign that said Cedar Hill Farm but the family was tired of it… (not me!) Lol!  So I decided to change it out. I made another shiplap backdrop so I could add different signs for the seasons.


I embellished the corners of the shiplap backdrop with some vintage corbels that I had. IMG_6415

I love using these flickering battery candles especially on a mantle. They look real and completely safe. They also have a remote control so I can turn them off across the room or use the timer feature.


Well, that’s my better-late-than-never Summer Home Tour!! Lol! Hope y’all are doing well! Anyone thinking about fall yet? Heehee!

Here is the link to the video version of this home tour…CLICK HERE!!


Just in case, here’s a few other posts you may like!

My Summertime Video 2017 and a Chat About Planting Happy Home Seeds!

Daisy Mae Peach Pie

5  Simple Things You Can Do To Make Home Sweeter

5 Ways to Make Your Home Warm and Wonderful

Sweet Goodness

Stocking up for Emergencies: A Good Mama is Prepared

Be sure to say Hello in the comments!

Bless your family…keep home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie

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Warm Pie Happy Home

Someone’s in the Kitchen With Aunt Ruthie!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on July 11th, 2018


Howdy Sugar Pies! How is your summer going? So far mine has been busy with family events and get-togethers, going to a few of my grandson’s baseball games, a little traveling and enjoying the fun of living in Branson, Missouri!

Recently, my dear, kindred pie-sistah Melissa from down south in Alabama came to my house for pie!  Melissa and I met probably 7 or 8 years ago through our blogs, and then in person a few years back in California. We both have the same heart for all things vintage, home & family, old fashioned values, Jesus and pie! Melissa’s blog was called Huckleberry Prairie and was one of my favorites! She has a gift for writing, decorating, pie making, creating a cozy home for her family and has such an adorable sense of humor that always makes me laugh out loud when I read her texts.

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Well, Melissa has been mighty busy the last several years raising her family of two girls and two boys and is married to her wonderful hubby Jon who is a Fighter Pilot…God bless him for serving and protecting our country and Melissa for holding down the fort and keeping the home fires burning!

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Imagine my delight when Melissa told me that she would be traveling through my hometown on her family vacation road trip! I told her she had to stop by for pie! It was so fun having her family in my home. We sat down at my kitchen table and chatted over Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie while the kids colored and played. Her darling children were so well mannered and melted my heart when they would say “Yes Ma’am”. Seriously, with their adorable faces and their sweet southern politeness  it was just the cutest thing in the whole wide world!


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I decided to make Strawberry Rhubarb Pie since I recently harvested my first batch of Rhubarb from my garden. Here in the Ozarks rhubarb is one of the only plants that critters won’t touch so I had plenty! After washing, chopping and drying I put the rhubarb in the freezer for when I was ready to make my pie!


Strawberry Rhubarb is one of my favorite pies and this one is so easy to make! The recipe is from the Sweetie-licious Pies Cookbook written by my other pie-sistah, Linda Hundt! Linda owns three pie shops in Michigan and is an award winning pie baker several times over. So if anyone knows pie she does!

If you don’t have this cookbook yet, oh  goodness, don’t miss out on not only the most delicious, mouth watering pie recipes but the cozy and charming stories and pictures of her vintage farmhouse and barn, which she endearingly calls her farmette! Seriously, it’s so heartwarming I want to live in her cookbook!!


You can find Sweetie-Licious Pies cookbook here!  Check out Linda’s website Here!

IMG_6181Well, I sure enjoyed my time with Melissa and her family! What a blessing it is when the Lord brings into our lives sweet, adorable sister-friends who totally “get us”! Who swoon over the same things…all things homey, farmy, cozy, vintage, pie, Fall, Christmas and Jesus!! Heehee!

If you’re on instagram be sure to follow Melissa…click here! When the time is right Melissa wants to start blogging again, and when she does I’ll let y’all know!

For more down-home goodness you’ll enjoy these posts:

Someone’s in the Kitchen With Aunt Ruthie…oh it’s just the Pie Queen of Round Top Texas!

Royer’s Junkberry Pie!

Daisy Mae Peach Pie

Aunt Ruthie’s All Butter Pie Crust

Planting Happy Home Seeds

If you love farmy goodness take a look around my Farmhouse Country Store here!

I’d love to know your favorite things about the good old summertime! Please share!

God bless you Sugar Pies!

Bless your family…make home sweet!!

Aunt Ruthie

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