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Warm Pie Happy Home

11 Simple Summer Pleasures

Written by Aunt Ruthie on June 2nd, 2013

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Well, howdy-do Sugar Pie! I don’t know about you, but I’m sooooooo ready for the sunshine and warm breezes of summertime! Here in Southern Missouri we’ve had a long, cold winter…we even had snow at the beginning of May! So yes indeedy! Bring on the sunshine and pour the sweet tea y’all!  I’ve already begun to dream about what I want to do this summer! Here’s the top 11 things on my wish list!

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1. Grow my little salad and herb garden in my fun little horsey trough!

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2. Go on a picnic or two (and bring some hand-pies!)

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3. Make my favorite Plum Jam! My mouth is already watering!

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4. Go on a road trip adventure!

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5. Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield, Missouri! (Only 1 hour from where I live!) I’ve been wanting to do this, so I’m putting this on my list!lemon-merenguePhoto Source: Williams-Sonoma

6. Try some new pie recipes!

img_6966-500x3587. Spend time with my adorable grand-babies! Kade, Johnny and my dolly Polly!

AND…welcome the birth of another grand-baby boy due at the end of June!

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8. Sit and enjoy God’s amazing creation on the front porch…

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9. Enjoy some healthy and refreshing strawberry water (just ice water with strawberry slices –or any fruit– and fresh mint)

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10. Read something vintage-y and fun! –My pick is  Welcome to the World Baby Girl by Fanny Flagg. This charming, down-home, Southern story revolves around good-hearted “Neighbor Dorothy”, who is a Radio Homemaker in the 1940’s.  She cheerfully shares recipes, tips and the goings-on of her quaint and quirky small town life in Southern Missouri! Sounds like my kinda book!

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11. I’ll also be writing down my dreams and ideas in this darling Cath Kidston Notebook. This is something that I love to do! (especially in a brand new notebook with fresh clean pages and a smooth writing pen!) I write down decorating ideas, product ideas, craft ideas, drawings of my antique-mall booth displays for the seasons, dreams and goals for the future, tips, quotes, words, anything and everything that inspires me. I found that by getting my  ideas on paper I won’t forget them and they are more likely to become a reality. It’s good thing to find a quiet spot  to think, reflect and daydream…for me, in the summertime, it’s on my front porch in the early morning or at dusk… just about when the fireflies start to twinkle in the hydrangeas.

Yes, these are very simple things that I’m looking forward to this summer…but don’t you think it’s the simple, sweet things that are such a blessing! How about you? What fun summer things are you looking forward to?

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If you need some inspiration my Summer E-book is available again for a short time! I only make it available during the summer months so if you did not get it last year, here’s your chance!

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If you’re a Sugar Pie Newbie, my E-book, Watermelon & Fireflies, is a sun-drenched, farm fresh, sweet-as-corn-on-the-cob adventure to the good ol’ summertime! It’s jam-packed with a bucket-full of fun ideas! Although there are recipes it’s way more than a cookbook! Each page is decorated in full color with vintage images, photos, charming quotes and of course 51 farm fresh ideas including family fun tips, recipes, decorating ideas, encouragement for homemakers and so much more!  “Watermelon & Fireflies” is just drippin’ with sweet southern nostalgia like honey from a honeycomb!

The photo above is just a sampling of the 50 pages of pure, all-American nostalgia! If you don’t have it yet, I can’t wait for you to see all of the ideas I’ve gathered to bless your heart!

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Here are just a few of the idea titles…(there are 51 ideas!);

*Breakfast in a bucket
*Rise and shine!
*Come and get it!
*Sunshine fresh
*Diner pie
*Meet me at the fair!
*Gathering joy!
*Farm-girl treasure hunt
*Dreamy strawberry butter
*Jingle bells in july
*Fresh farm style
*Have a summer pie party
*Golden moments
*Yankee doodle macaroni salad
*Sweet wonderful you!
*Have a cow! (moo!)
*Fresh as a daisy
*Splashing good time!
*Going on a picnic!
Plus so many more! I’ve even included my recipe for Oh My Stars! Fresh Peach Pie…it’s my favorite pie EV-AH and everyones favorite! When you taste it you’ll squeal “OH MY STARS!”

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Linda said… “I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Summer day than to relax in a cooling afternoon breeze with an iced cold glass of sweet tea, a jar of yummy ”Farm Wife Banana Pudding” and Ruthann’s new e-bookWatermelon and Fireflies. Jam-packed with the best that Sugar Pie Farmhouse has to offer, it’s a joy to read and sparks the imagination quicker than fireflies at sunset. It is charming, homey and conveys in the sweetest possible terms Ruthann’s love for home and family and it will inspire you to make the most of this summer with your family. It’s at the top of my summer reading list.” Linda Lee Sister-in-Law to sweet Ruthann

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Marla Said… “What an incredibly delightful read! From the beautifully decorated pages to the precious stories and funny anecdotes, Watermelon and Firefliesmakes your heart sing and reminds you of all of the beauty of sweet summertime. Aunt Ruthie shares so many of her wonderful and creative ideas that inspire one to not let the season go by without “making a memory.” I’m excited to purchase this southern jewel for each of my grandmas, aunts, mom and sister and look forward to taking a little walk down memory lane with the women who were such an integral part of the summers of my childhood. Thank you Ruthann for sharing your amazing heart with your Sugar Pie Sistas! Marla Robison (Editor) Your Kindred Sista

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Also included are 14 of my Sugar Pie Sisters Summertime ideas and sweet memories of summer’s past. When I read these I could almost feel the warm summer breeze flow across my face and taste the fresh blueberry pie! And I could almost hear Grandma hummin’ an old hymn as she hung her linens out on the line…the wind snappin’ the sheets…and the bees a-buzzin’.

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I think you’ll find that Watermelon & Fireflies will remind you of an old fashioned country church picnic. The background graphics resemble homey kitchen tablecloths and the recipes are like the dishes women-folk of yesteryear would proudly set on the long tables, pot-luck style under the breezy shade of an old oak tree. The activities and ideas are family-friendly, easy on the pocket-book, and are sure to create many heartwarming memories and traditions.

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Watermelon and Fireflies is an E-book that you download and read on your computer or ipad. You can print it out and put it in a binder or bind it like I did; After printing it on quality Premium paper, I put the pages inside plastic Sheet Protectors and then tied them together with 3 strips of wide gingham ribbon. If you cut the ribbon at a slant it’s easy to thread it through each hole and tie a double knot to secure it. Tied together with ribbons adds to the vintage, down-on-the-farm look. I also slipped a sheet of poster-board behind the front and back cover to give it a firmer, hardback feel.

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So for a limited time only, I’m offering Watermelon & Fireflies for $9.95… a 50% discount from the original price. This discount will be available during the summer months and will expire on August 15, 2013. To get your copy and to receive the 50% discount click here or click the giant pink button below. Once you’ve purchased the E-Book, you’ll receive an email with all the download instructions. Just so there’s no confusion, I want all my sisters to know that this is a PDF document that you can download to 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 Dusty at (auntruthie@sugarpiefarmhouse.com). Please know that he has a full time job, a wife, a toddler and a baby due at the end of  June so it may take a few days for him to get back to you. He helps me with my computer stuff out of the goodness of his heart when he has a few moments to spare!

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Summertime is full of so many wonderful blessings! I’m always so thankful for the beauty and down-home simple pleasures that the Lord blesses us with in each season! I’m also so thankful that you stopped by and when you leave me a comment to say hello! I would love to know what fun stuff you are looking forward to this summer! AND I would also love to read about your sweet memories of summer’s past …things you did back in the day that still warm your heart today! Please, oh, please with a cherry on top…do share!!

Have a blessed day honey and may God Bless your darlin’ heart!

Sugar and hugs!

Aunt Ruthie

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Warm Pie Happy Home

Sweet Polly June

Written by Aunt Ruthie on May 19th, 2013

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Oh Happy Day and howdy darlin’!

Well, I’ve been a little busy…my first grand-daughter was born! She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces!

And what a baby-doll she is!!

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Sweet Polly June!

Bundle of joy sent from above, glorious treasure to cherish and love!

mamaMy first baby girl had her first baby girl!

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This was the first time big brother Johnny got to hold is little sister in the hospital! Lots of emotions! He was so careful, a little timid at first, then full of nervous giggles!

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For Polly’s homecoming, my daughter Ashley wrote this heartfelt greeting on the huge chalkboard in their kitchen.

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Sweet as sweet can be!

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“A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty.”

~Author Unknown

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A button nose, cherry lips and ten tiny toes

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“A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above, a handful of happiness, a heart full of love.” ~ Helen Steiner Rice

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I need to kiss that face!

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OH HONEY!

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I can’t even express to you what a blessing it is to hold my sweet grand-baby! To think my hubby and I tried for several years to conceive…time after time we were met with disappointment. After lots of tears (even while watching Pamper’s diaper commercials!) and lots of prayers, my dream of becoming a mother finally came true. Although my first pregnancy sadly ended in a miscarriage  I soon became pregnant with my son Dusty. Two years later came Ashley (Polly’s mama) then J.J. and 11 years later came Summer Rose (A very happy surprise!)  It’s so wonderful to see how the Lord not only blessed me with my 4 children, He gave me two lovable daughter’s-in-love and one adorable son-in-love…and now  I am doubly blessed with my grandchildren! In June, I have another one coming…that will equal 4 grand-babies! God is good! I’m one thankful mama.

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“Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world.” ~Maya Angelo

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Ashley made these darling, colorful Russian inspired soft dolls…Polly’s little friends!

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“Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”  ~A. A. Milne

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Daddy’s little girl has melted his heart

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I couldn’t be more proud of the wonderful, tender, loving mother my daughter has become. I’m equally thrilled with the amazing artist and creative photographer she is. Most of the photos of sweet Polly on this blog post were taken with her iphone!  You can follow her on instagram under her user name @owlbolt.

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“Precious and priceless, so lovable, too-

The world’s sweetest miracle

baby, is you.

~Helen Steiner Rice

Thank you darlin’ Sugar Pie for coming by for some sweet Polly Pie!  If you have any motherly words of wisdom for Ashley as she begins a new chapter in her life as a mama of two, I encourage you to share! I know she would love to read your advice!

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God bless your darlin’ heart!

Aunt Ruthie

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