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Warm Pie Happy Home

Aunt Ruthie’s Christmas Home Tour

Written by Aunt Ruthie on December 4th, 2013

 

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Merry Christmas Sugar Pie Darlin!! I’m so thrilled that you came to share some Christmas joy with me! I’ve been happily decking the halls, hanging wreaths, adorning my mantles with twinkly lights and garlands, while sipping Eggnog and listening to a lot of Bing Crosby and Amy Grant. My Nativity scene got center stage, it’s one of the things I look forward to the most when I’m decorating for Christmas. Baby Jesus in the manger represents the whole reason why we are celebrating! “Joy to the world The Lord is come…!” Now go grab a cup of something yummy to sip and turn on your favorite Christmas music! May your heart be blessed and filled with love as I welcome sweet, adorable, you into my home this Christmas…

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There’s a chill in the air.

The lights of home beckon you, dear one, to come in from of the cold!

So come on in, where it’s warm and cozy and sparkly!

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 Just inside the front door this happy, little, snow scene greets you!

A sled, ice skates and snowballs…

just waiting for a romp in the frosty snow!

snowfun   The Good Old days!

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“The ice is sparkling cold and clear,

the laughing girls and boys are here,

and skates so merrily with jingle bells ring,

as over the ice we go,

Heigh-o Heigh-o- Heigh-o!”

~1950 Children’s song Book

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Weeeee! This is SNOW fun!!

 

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 A bucket-full of icy snowballs

and a sweet little snowbird from Target!

Oh honey!

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Sing a song of snowflakes flying in the air,

sing a song of sleigh-bells tinkling everywhere

Earth in dazzling white, sparkling in the light.

~Louise Liddell

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 It’s so funny that these kids are just a-waitin’

for the horse to get-a-move-on! Ha!

Giddy-up horsey!! Umm…Horsey!

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Oh and who do we have here?

It’s my grandson Johnny, looking quite dapper and dashing! A few of my Grand-littles came by while I was doing my photo shoot. I couldn’t resist taking a few pics of my cuties! During this photo we were singing Jingle Bells…he was swaying back and forth to the melody! “Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh, O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way! HEY!”

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 “The snow is falling all around,

like a beautiful blanket it covers the ground;

It glistens and shines in the pale moonlight

like a million stars all shining bright.

Even the houses look happy tonight…

In the hearths, yule logs burn warm and bright.”

~Mavis Miller

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How ’bout a hot cup of Christmas TREE? Tee hee! I’ve had this silver tea service since my kids were babies. I love using things that I already have to decorate with!

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This jolly snowman has been around for a long time too!

I love that he’s wearing snow-pants and fancy shoes! Ha!

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My vintage horse and cow toys are all dressed up for the season!

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“The cattle are lowing, The poor Baby wakes,

But little Lord Jesus, No crying He makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus; Look down from the sky,

And stay by my cradle,Till morning is nigh.”

~Away in the Manger

 

“The Light that shines from the humble manger

is strong enough to lighten our way to the end of our days.”

~ Vita-Rays

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  2 Corinthians 9:15

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 Miss Polly June…my real live baby doll! Here she is sitting on the cow!

She’s a cow-girl now! Yee haw!

I need to kiss those cheeks!

OH HONEY!

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My other grand-son Kade came over too!

I love having my grand-littles live close by!

Cousins Kade and Johnny singing more Jingle Bells.

This scene did not last long…

they were up and running around in a flash!

 

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I love Christmas. Christmas is love.

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Love came down from heaven…Jesus is love. (“God is Love” 1 John 4:8) He left the splendor and glory of heaven to bring peace, joy, everlasting love and abundant life to a fallen world. He could not bear the thought of living in eternity without us…He loves us so!! So He came, as a sweet baby boy, born in a manger. He grew up and was crucified on a cross to pay the debt of our sins. (“The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23) He chose to take our place for a debt that we owed. Jesus died for us. Oh, but the great and wonderful news of the gospel is that on the third day, as the scriptures foretold, he came back to life! He’s alive! Our rescuer! The lover of our soul!

“For God so loved the world that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16,17

Jesus chose to come, to die, to save us (such Love!!). In turn we must choose Him to be able to go to heaven and be with Him in forever. He gave us that choice. Choose Love! If you need comfort, hope, or need to know wonderful Jesus click here.

I share the good news of the gospel because I love you.  Jesus is the reason for my joy, peace and hope, so of course I would want the same for you, dear darlin’!

 

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One of my most favorite songs in the whole wide world is,

Mary Did You Know such and amazing song:

To hear it click here

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You’ve kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
And the dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the great I am

~Song written by Mark Lowry~

“Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

Can you tell that I LOVE  Jesus?

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“Heap on more wood! The wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will,

We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.”

~ Sir Walter Scott

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Christmastime is sure to find me

on a high snow-covered hill,

Where an old farmhouse is standing weather-tight and sturdy still

There the plumes of smoke ascending from the Chimneys low and wide

And are a silent invitation to the glowing fires inside.

Where the warm sweet air is laden with fragrance that combines

The pleasant smells of cookery and the spicy scent of pines.

~ Ida M. Brookshire

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One of my favorite finds this fall was this lighted Marquee metal star.

I got it at a vintage Junkin’ show called Two Friends and Junk.

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 “O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.”

~We Three Kings Christmas Carol

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You may remember this vintage wooden tool box, in my Fall Home Tour,  it became a perfect book holder on my coffee table. I replaced my Autumn inspired books with Christmasy ones. I love the convenience of having some of my favorite books handy and being able to see their pretty covers makes me happy!

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Ahhh…there’s nothing like curling up with a good book

and a mug of hot chocolate by a crackling fire!

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The Pastry Queen Christmas, Baby’s Christmas,

 

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The Farm Chicks Christmas, Christmas in My Heart, What God Wants For Christmas,

 

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A Little House Christmas, Gooseberry Patch Comfort & Joy

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 Sitting at the player piano…the boys are singing again!

Yes…JINGLE BELLS! Teehee!

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 My little vintage child’s kitchen cupboard

all gussied up with candy canes and silver garland.

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 Jars of plum jam from summer’s bounty!

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“I love all the smells of Christmas;

bayberry candles, freshly cut evergreens,

the smells of baking and cooking~

vanilla, cinnamon, apple pies,

and all the other things that make Christmastime

like a little bit of heaven on earth.” ~ Kathy Healy

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I found a wee little spot for one of my “aged” child’s stockings that I made for my little shop at Spring Creek Tea Room/ Antique Mall. Complete with a little frosted, rusty bell, a sprig of boxwood and a candy cane. It fits perfectly next to my hubby’s grandma’s recipe for Pound Cake, from her friend Dorothy. The vanilla stains are my favorite part…evidence of  mixing, stirring and baking a treat that made everyone swoon and lick their lips.

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Memories of grandma’s are the best! Delicious aromas of supper cookin’, and scrumptious desserts are baked into the walls. Just walking into the house  and taking a deep breath (ahhh!), a sense of calm comes over you. It’s the most nurturing and loving feeling EV-AH!!

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Grandma’s kitchen…pure coziness!

The place where the cookie jar is always filled,

and a listening ear is ready to hear.

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Her signature Christmas treat was gingersnap cookies.

I want to pass along that tradition.

I also want to bake up batches of my grandma’s Italian cookies!

I have a lot of baking to do!

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 I want to be the kind of grandma

that my grandkids love to be with.

I heard a wonderful quote the other day,

and it fits for anything we want in life:

If you want to be…DO!

That just struck a chord in my heart.

If I want to be something I need to do something about it!

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And so I’ll try to make my home as cozy and happy as I can…

and keep the cookie jar filled…and play games,

read stories…tell my loved ones I love them…and give lots of hugs.

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After I took this photo and uploaded it I noticed a container of frosted shredded wheat cereal in the background. I think someone was getting the grand-youngin’s  a snack…and that’s how it should be! Just keepin’ it real!

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I think it would be so fun to have an old red Ford truck! But for now I’m happy with this vintage toy truck, that, without a doubt, gave some cute little boy a lot of happy playtime! I mean this truck was well loved! The cute jersey cow is from Michael’s Craft store…she was singing my name…well, maybe she was mooing my name! Ha! (Oh Moothie!) Vintage Christmas ornaments from my own childhood fill the little white bowl. Happy memories warm my heart whenever I look at them!

 

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Nightfall. Candles glowing.

All is calm. All is bright.

So thankful for home.

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My baking center/pantry dolled up for Christmas.

Ready to make my Christmas pies and cookies.

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My favorite Pie Cookbook, Sweetie-licious Pies,

has a place of honor sitting on my baking center…

It’s my inspiration as I roll out my dough and fill my pies.

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 The base fell off of this tinsel Christmas tree

so I stuck it in an old milk bottle filled with salt.

Very farmy–Me likey!!

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Well, thank you darlin’ so much for coming by for some Christmas pie!

I loved sharing my heart for home with you!

I so appreciate your comments,

they are the fuel that keeps me going!!

So, pretty please with a cherry on top, do say howdy!

And let me know where you call home,

it’s always fun for me to see which town, state or country you live in.

Be sure to follow me on FACEBOOK,

INSTAGRAM (@sugarpiefarmhouse)

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AND TWITTER (sugarpiefarm)!

GOD BLESS YOUR DARLIN’ HEART!

I WISH YOU A  VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Aunt Ruthie

 

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Warm Pie Happy Home

Sweetie-licious Pies Cookbook and the Cutest Pie Maker in the Whole Wide World

Written by Aunt Ruthie on November 30th, 2013

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Pie, oh my! Just the mention of the word “Pie” opens the door to warm and comforting memories. Nothing says “Home, Sweet, Home” more than homemade pie. To me,  pie made from scratch is the essence of sweet domesticity. Such a nurturing gift of love! It’s so June Cleaver! It’s so Aunt Bee! Which you know I adore!

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Beloved pie takes you back home. It’s an endearing, golden memory of a cozy kitchen where the air is thick as pudding with buttery aromas of pastry, sugar and spices. Breathing deep this pie-perfume is like getting a big Ol’ hug around your heart. It’s a soothing feeling of love that is both happy and delicious!  Maybe it was Mama, Grandma, or Auntie who stood at the kitchen table wearing a sun-faded apron, rosy cheeks and a smile. Kneeling on a chair, arms folded on the table, your eyes followed the rhythmic motion of the rolling pin as it pushed the dough back and forth.  Soft hands, dusted white with flour, gently lift the round pastry into the pan.

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Warm sunlight streams through the window and shimmers on the juicy, berry pie-filling, it sparkles like rubies. You get to lick the spoon, sweet and gooey. Gentle conversation, mixed with giggles stir a deep sense of belonging and thankfulness in your soul. A glowing memory is made…one that will forever bring a twinkle to your eyes and comforting warmth to your heart.

 Even if you didn’t grow up with a memory like this, you can imagine it! You can create it! You can learn to make pie. You can make yummy pie-memories for your loved ones. But how?  Well, let me introduce you to the “cutest pie maker in the whole wide world”! She’s got the heart, the know-how and the recipes for the most amazing pies!

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Her name is Linda Ruth Hundt. She is adorable! A little bit June Cleaver, Doris Day and Donna Reed all wrapped up in pearls and a darling pink bow! She’s perky and  bubbles joyfully like sweet, fizzy, soda pop! Her love for pie started with her Easy Bake Oven when she was a wee little Miss. He motto is “Eat Pie, Love Life”!

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I’m blessed to call her my “Pie Sistah”! Linda Ruth wished that her name was Lindie when she was growing up so I nick-named her Lindie Ruthie and she calls me Ruthie Annie! Ha! She loves everything vintage like I do, so when we’re chatting on the phone, the minutes turn into about an hour and a half! She is so fun!! I kinda want to be her when I grow up!

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Linda (or Lindie Ruthie! Ha!) had another wish…to have her own pie shop one day! She began by making pies at home with all of the fruit from her trees that ripened sweet in the summer sun. She began selling pies at the local Farmer’s Market. Soon her business grew and grew…and so did her dream. Finally, after a lot of hard but happy work, her dream came true! She opened Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe’ in DeWitt, Michigan.

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And just recently, she opened another  Sweetie-licious Pie Shop at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Both shops are truly a slice of Americana!

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Linda’s homemade pies are a sensation! Folks, with mouths watering, happily wait in lines that wrap around the corner!

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Linda is also a 16-time National Pie-baking Champion! Including the 2011 Crisco 100-Year-Anniversary Innovation Best of Show winner and Food Network Amazing pie Challenge. This girl knows her pies!!!

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 She also got to feed Willard Scott a slice of pie on the Today Show!

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Linda’s been featured in dozens and dozens of magazines,

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and during the Presidential Campaign, Mitt and Ann Romney stopped by on their Michigan tour to bake pie with Linda!

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 At Sweetie-licious pie shops each pie crust is hand-rolled and crimped by her and her amazing group of happy pie makers.

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 Linda pours her love into each pie she bakes. She believes that loving people and making delicious pies is her mission in life.

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And now I’m so excited to tell you that my pie sistah just had her first pie cookbook published! SWEETIE-LICIOUS PIES. It’s jam-packed with all of her award winning recipes! So now we all can make the yummiest pies! It’s truly an All American pie treasure-book! Wanna see a peek inside?

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Sweetie-licious Pies Cookbook is full color throughout with THE MOST ADORABLE PHOTOS!

Here she’s making pie with her twin sister and sweet mama!

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I just think this is the cutest photo of her hubby of over 28 years and two darling daughters!

They live on a “farmette” in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse in Michigan.

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This is Linda’s dreamy vintage stove in her farmhouse kitchen!

Oh how fun it would be if ovens could talk!!

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Okay! How cute is this?!! A vintage table with a vintage tablecloth set with YUMMY pies next to an ADORBS vintage red barn!!

UMMMM..Seriously, I WANT TO LIVE IN THIS BOOK!

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The cherry on top is that each recipe comes with the sweetest, most endearing story! That is my FAVORITE kind of cookbook! The kind that you want to curl up in a cozy spot with a hot cup of tea and read all about the wholesome goodness of sweet down-home folks who shared their love from the heart of the home…the kitchen. And then getting to savor the very recipe that became a treasured treat! Those kinds of stories inspire me with ideas on how I can show my love in fun ways to my family and friends.

In this pie-treasury, there are 220 pages of pure all-American, small-town, down-home, adorable-ness AND over 50 recipes for the most scrumptious pies EV-AH!  Here are just a few:

* Laura’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Caramel Apple Pie

* The Little Miracle Fresh Rhubarb Custard Pie

* Ellie’s Cherry Blackberry Peach Pie

* Mom McComb’s Mocha Hot Chocolate Pie

* Betsie’s Cool Key Lime Pie

* Aunt Ruby’s Beautiful Butterscotch Praline Pie

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 YES PLEASE!

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Just a few days ago I made her award winning

Tom’s Cheery, Cherry, Cherry Berry Pie.

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!

This was a PAR-TAY in my mouth! So DeLiCiOuS!!

Yes!! The recipe is in the book!

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If you love to bake or know someone who does, this would make the best Christmas or birthday gift! You can order Linda’s Cookbook here  or on her Website here.

 

“Sweetie-licious Pies transports you to Small Town America,

where pies cool on the windowsill, there’s a watering can in the garden,

and everyone gathers for family dinner.

Linda Hundt is truly changing the world, one pie at a time.

Make mine a slice of The Farmette’s Blueberry Basil Cream Pie!”   

 Judith Fertig, BBQ Queen and author of Heartland: The Cookbook 

 *The links to Amazon are affiliate links which help me to keep my blog,

recipes, decorating ideas and down-home goodness coming your way.

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In celebration of Linda Hundt’s,  new cookbook, Sweetie-licious Pies, I’m giving one away, along with, this sweet vintage reversible apron, pictured above, from my very own collection! Just tell me your favorite kind of pie in the comment section below by December 17th. I will announce the winner right here on this Sweetie-licious blog post. The winner will be chosen at random.  After December 17, come back to this photo and look for the word “UPDATE” to see who the winner is!

UPDATE!!! THE WINNER OF THE SWEETIE-LICIOUS PIES COOKBOOK

AND MY VINTAGE APRON IS…..

DIANE TAYLOR!!

CONGRATULATIONS DIANE!

SWEET BLESSINGS ARE COMING YOUR WAY!!

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Pie + hugs = love.

 If you would like to follow Linda on Facebook here’s her link:

SWEETIE-LICIOUS PIES ON FACEBOOK 

On Instagram go to @lindahundt

and for her Website click here! 

 

Be sure to enter my give away!

***Keep a look-out for my Christmas Home Tour coming very soon!!***

God Bless  your  darlin’ heart!

Aunt Ruthie

*all the photos  are courtesy of Linda Hundt.

(except the wooden spoon with berry pie filling,

Tom’s Berry pie I made, and the give away cookbook and apron)

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