Yes-sir-eee! Sugar Pies!
Have I got a treat for you!
The secret is out!
I’ve been as “busy-as-a-bee in a field of clover” the last several months pouring my heart into Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides…
my new fall e-book! Woo Hoo!!!
It’s a wagon-load of fall wonderfulness!
Take a lookie at my grand-babies Kade and Johnny…the two farm-boys on the front cover!
Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides is everything I love about fall…
…the starry-eyed passion I have for gathering autumn goodness
to adorn my home and making my nest warm and cozy
before the blustery winds of winter chill the air.
Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides is a celebration of God’s blessings and goodness to us! It’s jam-packed with 96 pages of dear and sweet blessings from the Lord that are meant to warm your heart…to make it swell with thankfulness & joy and put a twinkle in your eyes. My hope is that this e-book of fall wonderfulness would make you feel delightfully and joyfully domestic as you cozy-up your home so you and your family would wholeheartedly enjoy this delicious fall season!
Throughout the book I’ve sprinkled old time photos and images…
what I call “vintage eye-candy”.
Images of the “good ol’ days” to remind us of the goodness of old fashioned fall fun…
…images that will hug your heart with the comforts of hearth and home!
Darlin’ it’s drippin’ with nostalgia like sweet golden honey from a hot buttermilk biscuit!
“As mama hens, we love that feeling of being prepared, having all of our needful provisions stocked and ready in our snug homes. And when the icy frost sparkles on our windowpanes, we’ll be simmering hearty soups, and baking old family recipes; scrumptious cookies and delicious pies to bless and nourish your family and mine.”
- Excerpt from Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides, by Aunt Ruthie
Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides is divided by chapters,
each focusing on a theme to get you down-right giddy
about celebrating this glorious time of year!
I share tips for getting your home tidy and smelling sweet to welcome your family home…
…simple and delightful decorating ideas…
…ideas for preparing for Thanksgiving Day…
I’ve also included lots of heartwarming Harvest-time quotes!
It’s chill November weather,
the firelight’s on the wall.
Home, dear home, is best of all,
Let’s thank God together.
~ Henry Alford 1850
Oh, but there’s more!
I’ve included several recipes under “The Dinner Bell” chapter… yummy fall country fixin’s! There’s not a sweeter sound on the farm than the Dinner Bell a-ringin’! It means supper is on the table and its good ‘n hot! This collection of recipes is a “cream of the crop” sampling of my home cookin’ during this chilly fall season.
- Hot ‘n’ Savory Artichoke Dip
- Mama’s Warm-Yer-Tummy Cold Day Soup
- Thanksgiving Cranberry Salad
- Sugared-Pecan Sweet Potato Bake
- Granny’s Secret Apple Pudding Cake
(That is Granny’s Secret Apple Pudding Cake, pictured above. This dreamy recipe came from an old newspaper clipping. The day I made it, my daughter and I took a bite of the sweet-warm-gooeyness and together our eyes got big-as-saucers and our mouth’s squealed! Oh. My. Goodness! I think I know why Granny kept this a secret…it’s fabulous! It’s worth getting the book just for this recipe alone!)
Also included is Grandma’s Praline Pumpkin Pie …
I can’t wait for you to see all of the ideas I’ve gathered to bless your heart!
There’s lots of family fun ideas too!
The chapters “Harvesting Joy” and “Harvesting Comfort” were meant to hug your darlin’ heart. To open your beautiful eyes to see the love that God has for you! To see and cherish His blessings. To fill your heart with thankfulness…for that is the key to joy!
“May I encourage you Sugar Pie, in the midst of the flurry of your Thanksgiving celebration that you take a minute to step back and intentionally savor the moment. By that I mean, take a minute to stop and look around you…take note of your loved ones…their faces…their smiles…the sounds…the aromas…the blessings…breathe in the beauty and the wonder of the moment. You know, each day is precious and life itself is a gift. So stop and smell the pumpkin pie…stop and listen to little girl giggles…stop and hug grandpa a little longer…stop and breathe in the sweetness of a newborn baby…stop and thank the Lord for His blessings. Let’s make sure these sweet moments of our lives don’t become just a blur when we look back, but will glimmer as treasures in our hearts.”
– Excerpt from “Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides” by Aunt Ruthie, Sugar Pie Farmhouse
I think you’ll enjoy seeing several never-before-seen- photos of my family fall memories!
I had some interesting back-in-the-day hairdo’s!! Oh dear!
Here’s what a couple of my dear friends said about Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides:
Cat from the Vintage Housewife said: “OH MY WORD!!!!!!!! I can’t hardly stand it…. This is like the biggest Christmas gift under the tree …it’s like blowin’ candles out on your Birthday cake…Good golly can you see me running all over the room clicking my heels?!!! Oh my word, could this book be any more adorable?! Um…NO! For sure it’s the most wonderful thing ever!
Melissa from Huckleberry Prairie said: “Oh my goodness, I pretty much lost my marbles for your new ebook. haha Literally. I am telling you, God has blessed you with such a beautiful gift and you are glorifying Him by sharing it with all of us. What a blessing you are! Shining like a big ol’ light on a hill… such refreshment for the soul. :) I cannot wait to blog about it, facebook, instagram, tweet… (haha!) because I think this is the very encouragement that homemakers need. In a world that likes to distract and scatter your attention every which way, minimizing the role of “homemaker” as just something you are when you aren’t busy being everything else…it is SO refreshing to be encouraged that our role as a homemaker IS important.That home is the foundation for security and comfort, love and memories…and we have the privelidge of facilitating this for our family. What an honor God has given us! Now, it certainly didn’t hurt that this ebook was full of pumpkins and pie (and pumpkin pie) and all of the goodness that Fall is. ;) All of your images alone made my soul as giddy as a schoolgirl! I really am looking forward to sharing it!”
Maryjane from The Beehive Cottage said: “Oh my, I am so excited! I am half way through reading it but had to stop for a moment to write you. I LOVE it to pieces! You never disappoint in making…being a woman, wife, mother, sister and a friend a blessing! Your uplifting words of wisdom just make ya want to be the best Mama/Grandma ever!!! Thanks for all your tips, recipes and praises to the Lord. Everything a gal needs in these times. The pictures are beautiful too!”
Lisa from The Warming House said: “Thank you for sharing your delightful new book with me! I adore the precious autumn vignettes throughout the pages of “Pumpkin Pickin’ and Hayrides.” Love the “Home Sweet Harvest Home” vignette; the vintage towel draped above the jars of beans with pumpkins on top; the clothespins hugging colorful leaves onto the line; the lantern, crow and pumpkin on the rustic table . . . and on and on. Your artwork, photos, recipes, quotes, and scripture references are absolutely charming. And, of course, I appreciate the endearing way you continue to refresh our souls with encouragement and inspiration to be better homemakers – and remind us of the significance of that essential role in our families. The warmth and coziness of this book made me want to crawl inside and live there!”
When you read Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides on your computer you’ll be able to view two pages at a time, just like a book. Each time you click the “down” arrow it will automatically switch to the next two pages.
You can also read it on your ipad or Kindle. You’ll see one page at a time but it will be crystal clear! You can also print it out if you prefer!
So Sugar Pies, pour yourself a mug of something warm and yummy to drink. Relax and settle yourself into a comfy spot as you embark on this armchair adventure filled with delightful vintage charm and old fashioned fun!
I’m so happy to tell you that a portion of the proceeds from this book will go to “Samaritans Purse” (A relief organization founded by Billy Graham’s son Franklin Graham) and “Feed The Children.” What an incredible opportunity to help support these two amazing organizations in their efforts to relieve human suffering around the world.
25% Discount to all my Sistas!
For a limited time only, I’m going to give all my Sugar Pie Sistas a 25% discount on my new eBook, Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides. This discount will be available during the next 5 weeks and will expire on November 30th, 2012. To get your copy and to receive the 25% discount click here or click the giant button below. Once you’ve purchased the eBook, you’ll receive an email with all the download instructions.
Just so there’s no confusion, I want all my Sugar Pie Sistas to know that this is a PDF document that you can download, view and print on your computer. This is NOT a printed book that you’ll be receiving by mail. Due to the fact that this is a digital download, I won’t be able to accept any refunds. If you have any questions about your download you can contact my son at (auntruthie @ sugarpiefarmhouse.com). Understand that he has a full time job and fatherly duties. He will answer your emails as quickly as he can.
Happy Fall Y’all!
From yours truly, (and a wee bit silly!)
Well, Howdy-do and Happy Fall y’all!! I know this has been a long time comin’ …thank you for your patience! I’ve had soooo much on my plate, but it’s all good and here we are! 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! Here in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri, the evening temps are in the 50’s…so crisp and sweet! I finally get to fling open the windows to air out the house! 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, 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. Even though it might still feel like summertime in your neck of the woods and you’re not quite in the mood for autumn yet…I’m hoping as I share a peek inside my home, that you’ll start gettin’ giddy for fall and will feel motivated to cozy-up your own home-sweet-home! Giddy-up! Yee haw!
Here’s a closer peek inside…
“During these golden day’s, we want nothing more than to be home again.”
How about a some Hot Spiced Cider? It’s a hug-in-a-mug, just for you darlin’! I’ll share the recipe at the end of this post! I gotta tell ya, it makes the whole house smell soooooo scrumptious! (My glass mugs are from Target!)
Come on in honey!
Every pumpkin you see on this table I grew in my own “accidental” pumpkin patch! If you didn’t read my story on Facebook here it is in a nutshell; last winter my hubby threw the pumpkins, that I decorated with, over our deck on a 20 x 20 patch of dirt to feed the deer. This spring we looked out and lo and behold pumpkin plants were growing! I decided to plant more seeds and I got lots of pumpkins in so many different varieties! I would have had many more but a couple of groundhogs thought they were in “pumpkin heaven” and got fat ‘n’ sassy gobbling up the rest of them! Next year, if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be putting up a chicken-wire fence! Those rascals!
A few years back I found this baby buggy frame, at an antique store, it’s very fun to decorate with for all the seasons. This year I found an old rake that had been re-fitted to a cast-iron stand to display photos, or in this case, a sign…Hello Fall!
At my entry, I have another rusty rake leaning up against a vintage barn gate. I added the old gingerbread corbels on top and barn shutters on either side. The petite “pine” trees are the color of caramel and are nestled in old galvanized buckets. I’ve gathered more of my butter-yellow pumpkins and mixed them with faux white ones in a large enamel dish pan. I still love decorating farmy!
“Autumn means apples as crisp as an October morning.” ~ Celebrating Home
The golden twinkle lights on the trees really show up at nightfall…it casts a warm ‘n’ cozy glow!
“The air is cool as an old coin teaspoon,
and a faint tang of blue wood-smoke spices the wind.
The color of the great Sugar Maples is so dazzling
it seems I must have dreamed it.” ~Gladys Taber
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
I got my rustic framed cow picture at the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, California this past summer. It set the theme for my mantle which is; “I’ll-love-fall-till-the-cows-come-home!” (and even when they get home, I’ll still love fall!!) Moo! You know, the land where my house sits used to be an old cattle farm dating back to the Civil War. I love driving the little country roads here and seeing the cows grazing behind white rail fences. It’s such a calming and peaceful view!
I went around my house and grabbed all of my cows to place them on the mantle. I only had four so in order to make things somewhat symmetrical, I put a vintage cream pitcher on the left side…I figure, cream comes from a cow, so that’s close enough! Lol! That’s makin’ do with what-cha got!
To make my mantle fall-ish I tucked some preserved autumn leaves in these white pitchers
that I got from T.J. Max last year.
Come on into my kitchen! Above my stove I strung a garland of fall leaves and fresh bittersweet. So easy to do with just twine and clothespins! I also painted the sconces white (they used to be kind of a dark bronze.)
For this photo shoot I lit the candles…it looks pretty but it’s a bit impractical since I have to get up on a ladder to light them. So, I plan to purchase some battery operated candles with a timer. That way they’ll come on every night at the same time and turn off about 5 hours later.
Here’s my chalkboard once again (it used to be a twin headboard!).
This year I made it quite simple with just the heartfelt word “Home”.
“The cheerful joyous season,
The Autumn time is come.
With song and shout we welcome
The Golden Harvest Home.”
Soon it will be time to make some Apple Pies!
“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
A simple bouquet of fall leaves in a vintage milk glass vase.
Milk glass and white cake stands are things I love to decorate with all year long.
(This cake stand is from the Martha Stewart Collection from Macy’s…it was a mother’s day gift!)
My friends, Crystal and Stacy, from Spring Creek Tea Room in Ozark, Mo, made these darling burlap pumpkins! I love ‘em! I found the smaller knitted pumpkins for only $4 each at Riverview Antique Mall, also in Ozark. What a deal!
My kitchen and family room are actually one big great room.
The theme for my mantle this fall is “Barn Dance and Hoe down!”
“Down in the barn yard and swingin’ on a gate,
swing your honey and don’t be late” ~ Square dance call
Artist: Lu Ann Barrow
I have the old farm sign, pumpkins, leaves,
a rusty well used shovel
and a garland of lantern lights strung across the wood beam…
oh yeah…and a cute rooster!
“The lanterns twinkle up above,
The old barn rings with mirth and love.”
~Square dance call
I got my rooster at T.J. Max recently.
He was actually a solid brown color,
but I thought he would look more handsome
painted white and red!
“A right and left around the ring,
While the roosters crow and the birdies sing.”
~Square dance call
One my favorite scenes in the movie The Magic of Ordinary Days is at the barn dance. LOVE that movie!!!
I have to share about these wonderful battery candles! I got them from QVC during their Today’s Special Value. They REALLY look real! The “flame” flickers and dances, casting a glow of light on the wall. These are the ones that Disneyland uses too! The brand name is Luminara. These candles turn on the same time every night and then turn off 5 hours later. I can get the effect without the fire hazard!
Woo Wee! Don’t you think it would be so fun if every town had a wholesome Friday night barn dance for the whole family?
Us gals would wear cute farm dresses, and the guys, their cowboy hats!
“Promenade this cute little chick, make those heels go clickity-click” ~Square dance call
As promised here is my easy-peasy Hot Spiced Cider Recipe:
1 gallon apple cider
1 cup brown sugar (or a little more to taste)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange sliced
Pour apple cider in a crock pot. Add sugar, stir. Put whole cloves and cinnamon in a tea-ball or cheese cloth and place in pot. Add orange slices. Simmer covered on high until hot, stirring occasionally. Once hot, lower heat to low to keep warm. Enjoy the taste and aroma throughout the day!
My favorite fall scented candle so far this season is Cider Lane from Bath and Body works! It does have an apple cider scent but I also smell a hint of roasted marshmallows! Instant fall wonderfulness! They often have two-for-the-price-of-one sales! I always wait for the sales!
“Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.”
~ Henry Alford
Artist: Currier and Ives: Homestead Winter
Well darlin’, now is the time to feather your nest and make it all comfy ‘n’ cozy before the storm clouds roll in and the air gets so shivering cold it makes your cute little nose pink! So light your yummy candles, stock your pantry, simmer some soup, and let your home glow with love and thankfulness for this glorious season!
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galations 6:9
If you’d love to see tons of fabulous fall decorating,
head on over to Centsational Girl blog for the Autumn Link Party!
Also check out Layla’s blog The Lettered Cottage for more inspiration!
Thank you so much Sugar Pie for stopping by for some
I sure do love hearing from you!
Please say hello!
I’d also love to know what State or country you live in!
God bless your darlin’ heart!