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Warm Pie Happy Home

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL HOME TOUR!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on October 18th, 2018

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Well, howdy Sugar Pies! I finally got my fall home tour on YouTube and here on my blog! It has taken hours and hours to get it done but I had so much fun! Hey, that rhymes! Heehee!

Anyhoo! Here in the Ozarks there’s been a chill in the air and has truly become sweater-weather!  Autumn has arrived with glowing candy-corn colors here at Sugar Pie Farmhouse! My nesting instinct has stirred my heart to tidy-up my home, fill it with golden light, yummy aromas, and the splendor of fall! This is such a blessed time of year!  The evening temps are in the 40’s…so crisp and smelling so sweet! Soon, the leaves will start to turn colors of butterscotch yellow and candy-apple red. Wild gusts of  wind will rattle the screens as heavy, grey, storm-clouds fill the sky and thunder rumbles in the distance. That’s what I’m waiting for! There’s nothing cozier than to be safe at home, with a pot of soup simmering and the fire crackling on a cold, blustery, fall day! What a privilege to be a homemaker! To make warm and cheerful the place that we call home! To bless our loved ones with an atmosphere of comfort and tender loving care.

Well, I’m mighty glad y’all came for a visit! Pour yourself somethin’ yummy to drink, relax, make yourself at home and enjoy celebrating Fall at Sugar Pie Farmhouse!

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The theme for my entryway this year is Autumn skies and Apple Pies! I recently went apple picking with a few of my kids and grandkids and we had so much fun! When we lived in California we would take the kids up to the mountains of Julian to go apple and pumpkin picking. The town of Julian was so quaint, filled with adorable country stores and our favorite Mom’s Apple Pie Shop! We would stop and get a warm slice of fresh baked pie from local fresh picked apples! YUM!!

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“Autumn means apples as crisp as an October morning.”

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I just had to add a vintage red-handled rolling pin since it goes with my Autumn Skies and Apple Pies theme!

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Buckets filled with fresh hay and apples rest cheerfully on the rungs of my orchard ladder. This ladder was left on the property when we purchased it. I’m so happy to have a little piece of our land’s history! It was an old cattle farm that belonged to the Rosenbaum family since the Civil War. Mama Rosenbaum had a peach orchard and this could be the very ladder that she used to pick fresh peaches! I love it!

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Vintage books stacked with plump pumpkins on top and milk cans filled with golden prairie grass.

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My cute corn stalks are from Michaels…I got them for 40% off and I love them! They are so farmy! The best part is there are no bugs in them! Haha!

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I recently found these adorable tea stained, ticking stripe pumpkins with wood stems at a local craft mall. They had to come home with me!

“During these golden days, we want nothing more than to be home again.”

~Celebrating Home

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Oh, it sets my heart a-clickin’ like the tickin’ of a clock,

when the frost is on the pumpkin

and the fodder’s in the shock.

~ James Whitcomb Riley

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More corn stalks in my vintage Borden’s milk can and my pie safe is lined with homemade plum jam and Cupboard Cookie mixes for easy baking.

“What Keats aptly called ‘the season of mellow fruitfulness’ is the season for simmering pots on the stove, pies in the oven, canning jars in the cupboard, and trusted family recipes on the kitchen counter.” ~Celebrating Home

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I’ve shared the picture of my hubby’s grandma when she was a wee little girl, whom I came to love as my own. She was always sharing recipes with me…handwritten ones that I still cherish! Every year during the holidays I make her Ginger Snap cookies just like she did. I made a few jars filled with the ingredients for Ginger Snaps, except of course for the wet ingredients. If I know we’ve got company coming or I want to make a quick treat for friends it’s so easy to whip up a batch! I love decorating with pantry items…they look so homey!

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Here is one of Grandma’s vanilla-stained recipes clothes-pinned to the tea-towel. Her sweet handwriting makes my heart happy!

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“The cheerful joyous season,

The Autumn time is come.

With song and shout we welcome

The Golden Harvest Home.”

~Author Unknown

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Every season I feature a book on my baking center and this year I bought Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. I found it at Cracker Barrel and I can’t even tell you how darling and charming the story and illustrations are!

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The farmhouse kitchen in the book is DREAMY!! I plan to read this to my grandkids soon!

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“When I was a little girl,

I always wanted to be in the kitchen

because it was warm,

and that’s where my mother was.

You never lose that feeling.”

~ Dolly Parton

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Cute little pumpkins all in a row, old books piled high, autumn leaves in creamy white pitchers. So simple…so farmy!

IMG_6655Isn’t it so adorable that God thought of pumpkins? ~Aunt Ruthie

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I hope you enjoyed my Fall Home Tour! Be sure to check out my Fall Home Tour Video on YouTube! I always love hearing from y’all! It’s what keeps me inspired and motivated to continue my blog. Be sure to say howdy below! Tell me what your favorite part of fall is! I’d also love to know your state or country that y’all call home too!

To browse all the farmy goodies in my Farmhouse Country Store click here!

Bless your family…make home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie

 

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Warm Pie Happy Home

Stormy Seasons

Written by Aunt Ruthie on September 26th, 2018

 

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Hello Sugar Pies! Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged! A lot has been going on! In fact this has been one of the most challenging seasons that I’ve been through in a long time! This summer has been very difficult for our family. Although, I’m so excited about the fall season and all the cozy goodness that Autumn brings that I’m so looking forward to blogging about, I felt it was important for me to share with y’all how the Lord has brought myself and my family through the last few months.

Some of you may be facing stormy seasons in your life and I want you to know that we have a God who cares, heals, redeems, restores, comforts, loves, and rescues us! I also want to point out that behind all the creatively styled pictures that we see on social media, including my own, that’s just a part of someone’s life, their creative side.  We don’t always get to see behind the scenes. Many times we don’t know their personal stories and struggles unless they are willing to share them. That’s what I want to share with you today. My hope is that you will be encouraged to know that we all go through hard stuff…you are not alone. And if I can make it through so can you!

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Here are a few of the hardships we have faced this summer:

  • My dad (age 93) was in the hospital for Pneumonia for a week (he is home and well now, praise the Lord!).
  • My mom (age 88) fell and broke her hip (she is still recovering, prayers appreciated!)
  • My brother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time (receiving treatments, prayers appreciated!)

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  • A few of my kids had health scares (they are all doing better, praise the Lord!)
  • My house almost burned down on the 4th of July (the same day this family photo was taken.) It was the Lord that prompted us that evening to check the garage, where our two cars were parked, before going to bed. Our home was just minutes away from being fully engulfed in flames. We are so thankful we caught it in time!
  • One of my grand-babies had several seizures due to a high fever and was hospitalized for a week and spent time in the ICU.  Mama and papa were by their baby’s side every minute of every day as we all were praying fervently for healing. My grandbaby was healed! Our sweet twinkly-eyed baby is  home…healthy and happy! Praise the Lord!

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  • In my hometown, Branson, Missouri we all mourned the horrible accident of a tourist boat that sunk on Table Rock Lake during a severe summer storm where 17 people perished. This was devastating to everyone in our small town. Our community had a candlelight service in the parking lot of the Ride the Ducks attraction to pray for the families that lost loved ones. The cars of those who perished were still parked there.

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  • In the middle of all of this I was trying to catch up on all of my yearly doctor, dentist, and dermatologist appointments, including some medical procedures…all of which are emotionally draining especially when you’re waiting for biopsies to come back. Thank the Lord all is well!

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Matthew 7:24-27 says ““Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

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It is so important that we build our life on the rock who is Jesus and fill our hearts and minds with the Word of God, because when the storms of life hit we will be strong to withstand it. Doing so builds our trust and faith in the Lord in knowing that He will take care of us.

Here are a few go to scriptures that I meditate on when I am facing scary things:

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Proverbs 3: 5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Deuteronomy 31:8  “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Psalm 103: 2-5 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

God is so good! He is such a comfort and loves us so much! When facing hard times please know that “This too shall pass!”. IMG_5793

Bless your hearts dear ones!

I’ll be back soon with some cozy fall goodness!

Aunt Ruthie

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