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“Bring Back Mayberry” Winner and The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Ev-ah!!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on February 17th, 2016


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Well Howdy-do Sugar Pie! I’m so excited to announce the winner of some delightful Mayberry inspired goodies! On my last post I shared about filling our homes and lives with Old Fashioned Mayberry kind of goodness. Something that our country needs to restore and preserve! I gave some ideas on how we can do that and encouraged you to leave your ideas in the comment section. Y’all were so generous with your wonderful ideas of sowing seeds of kindness, graciousness and down-home friendliness! Well, one blessed girl is going to receive the following 8 prizes that even Aunt Bee would get giddy over!


Here are the Mayberry-inspired goodies!

1. A vintage-inspired cream and sugar set. Printed on the front are the sweet sayings,  “Give Me Some Sugar” and “You Are The Cream In My Coffee”.  I think Aunt Bee would have gotten a kick out of these and would have loved placing them on her kitchen table ready to serve some hot coffee to Andy, Barney and her best friend Clara! I found these at my local Cracker Barrel Restaurant.


2. Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook (affiliate): A wonderful tribute to Aunt Bee and the friendly townsfolk of Mayberry. “We can almost smell the pot roast simmering in Aunt Bee’s oven or the coffee brewing on the stove. We can practically taste her freshly baked apple or butterscotch pecan pies…” ~ Ken Beck

Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook is peppered with lots of photos of the folks of Mayberry along with nostalgic and humorous quotes and stories from the show.  Some of the recipes include Thelma Lou’s Corn Custard,  Andy’s Red Hot Applesauce, Mayberry Strawberry Pie,  Aunt Bee’s Apple Pie, and Great-grandmother Minnie’s Rolls.

3. A vintage-inspired apron like the kind Aunt Bee wore as she tidied up her home and prepared hot home-cooked meals for Andy and Opie.

4. A wooden spoon with a daisy embellishment on the handle. This adorable happy-spoon is from the Oh Gussie line at Cracker Barrel. The Oh Gussie line is designed by Kimberly Schlapman of the Little Big Town Band.

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5. A white lace-scalloped chalkboard from the Oh Gussie line at Cracker Barrel. The perfect spot to put a greeting to warm someone’s heart!

6. Two coffee mugs from Cracker Barrel. Sturdy and folksy, these cups, when filled with a  good cup of coffee or tea, will inspire some delightful, down-home conversation with a friend.

7. A DVD set of The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary–The Best of Mayberry. How fun to pop some popcorn, make some sweet tea, and sit back and watch the charming episodes of Andy, Opie, Barney, and all the heartwarming characters from the town of Mayberry…including one of my favorites, “The Pickle Story” with Aunt Bee!

aunt bee's pickles with Clara

And now, announcing the winner of all of these goodies from the Bring Back Mayberry Contest…JANAE!!  Congratulations Sugar Pie! I know you’re gonna love these dreamy goodies!


And as a thank you to all of you dear Sugar Pies for sharing your wonderful thoughts on how we could add a little Mayberry into our everyday lives, I am going to share my Happy Home Oatmeal Cookie Recipe! It’s a delicious and sturdy cookie, perfect for picnics, porch sittin’, or an after school treat with a tall glass of ice cold milk. They’re crunchy around the edge and chewy in the middle. This recipe makes a big batch… enough to share with friends and neighbors! That’s the Mayberry way!


  • Happy Home Oatmeal Cookie Recipe 

(These cookies will bring a whole lot-a happy to your home!)

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (not melted)

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. (This is a stiff dough so I use my KitchenAid stand mixer)

  • Cream together butter and sugars.
  • Add vanilla and eggs.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, mix well.
  • Mix in the oats until well combined.
  • Stir in the walnuts

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. You want the edges to be slightly golden. Let the cookies rest on the sheet for one minute then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

A fun little tidbit of back-in-the-day trivia…when my hubby Gary was a little boy his family went on vacation to Palm Springs, California. They spent the weekend swimming in the hotel pool. That same weekend in the same pool was Opie (Ronny Howard) and his family! Gary and Opie, two red-headed little boys, became fast friends for a weekend. Such a fun story!!

We can create a ripple affect by spreading old fashioned goodness to everyone we meet along life’s pathway. We truly have no idea how the little kind things we do can make such a huge impact on the lives of others and even the world. Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? Andy Andrews shares this amazing story. You have to watch this!

  • Let’s do what we can to bring Mayberry back!
  • God bless you!
  • Aunt Ruthie

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Warm Pie Happy Home

A Fresh New Year!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on January 4th, 2016

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Well, Howdy-do and Happy New Year to you! I don’t know about you but for me the holidays seemed to have whirled by so fast! And now, here we are, at the beginning of a whole new year and I LOVE it!! I absolutely get giddy about having a fresh new start!  The things that didn’t go well last year, and the things I didn’t accomplish that I wanted to,  I just tell myself “no worries!”. For today is a new day! It’s a new year! God’s mercies are new every morning and I’m so thankful I get to start anew! So sister, I’m energized and raring-to-go! 2016, let’s do this!!

So, the first thing I’m going to do this week is to make my list of very specific goals with completion dates and keep it out so I can review them daily (out of sight, out of mind! :D).

In general terms, I’d like to share with you some of the things I ‘ll be working on. With hands on my hips and my sturdy apron on this year I plan to:

  • Simplify and get more organized (this seems to be on ongoing process! hee hee!:D)
  • Incorporate more ways to add vintage goodness into my life
  • Finish writing my ebook
  • Get fit and healthy
  • Think of ways to bless my family and others
  • Grow closer to the Lord
  • Spend more time with my grandbabies
  • And to continue working toward encouraging you, my dear Sugar Pie, to keep the “Sweet” in Home, Sweet, Home… with lots of down-home goodness!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… ONE of the most important roles that our society and our world depends on us for is the role of Homemaker and mother! Our job is to be faithful in nurturing our home and family! Wholesomeness, goodness, love, care, guidance, nurturing and nourishment…are all words that describe what our families need to thrive!

I know that there are people out there who think taking care of your home and family isn’t a job. Nor do they think it’s important. But, Abraham Lincoln himself said, “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.”.  He also said “All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel Mother”. Well,  I’m not going to argue with good old Abe! A great nation does begin with a good and loving home. If you’re doing it right, it’s hard work. The future adults that we are raising are going to either be a benefit or detriment to society.  That’s how important our job is. Mother Teresa said “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family!”.  Amen Sistah!

So from me to you, dear Sugar Pie and homemaker, know that YOU are highly valuable and vitally needed! Keep up the good hard work! When you begin to grow weary remind yourself that the good seeds you are sowing will, in due season, become a bountiful harvest. And might I add, I’m not talking about being the “perfect” mother or keeping a “perfect” home. No way! I’m talking about doing what you can to the best of your ability to love and care for your family. That’s my message here at Sugar Pie Farmhouse! (As a side-note, I wholeheartedly believe the role of father and grandfather is equally as important but since I speak to primarily women on this blog, the homemaker is my focus. And when I say homemaker, I speak to every woman. Whether you work inside or outside of your home. If you live in a home, have a family and are taking good care of them you’re a homemaker.

Of course the most important truth comes from God’s Holy Bible.  Titus 2:1-5 says “Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine… guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives.”.   I  love the part in that verse that admonishes us women to be “models of goodness”.

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In fact, every year I pray about a word that will be my theme to focus on. This year the Lord impressed upon my heart the word is Goodness. As in, Old fashioned Goodness! The kind of goodness that we need more of in our culture and social media.

Here’s the thing… there’s a lot of turmoil, dishonor and darkness out there in this big old world. If you own a TV and flip through the channels, from the shows to the News, you will quickly see, by the language and content, that there’s been a huge decline of the good morals and values here in America and around the world. The same is true with those who use their bullying tactics on social media, displaying their lack of goodness…you know, those things that we teach our children at home which make a better society and nation.

Things like:

  • kindness
  • graciousness
  • integrity
  • honor
  • compassion
  • wholesomeness
  • courtesy
  • manners
  • good will
  • friendship
  • grace
  • mercy
  • morality
  • honesty
  • and just plain ol’ doing and saying the right thing to help and encourage each other.


I like to think of  this kind of Old Fashioned Goodness as the “Mayberry” kind of Goodness. Good-heartedness that blesses others. We need to bring Mayberry back!

Someone once said “Our smile is the front porch of our heart”. Every day we have an opportunity to bring love, joy, comfort, peace, encouragement and kindness to our family, those we meet along life’s pathway and here on the Internet.

Someone else said, “Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what battles people are fighting.”  Yes and amen! Good people bring out the good in people with words of goodness.

I feel like my blog is like the front porch to my home. And I love inviting you in to share tips, recipes, decorating ideas, thoughts about family life and even my faith. Y’all have been so kind and gracious with your uplifting comments through the years, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thanks for being my friendly Mayberry kind of  neighbor!  I could just hug you right now and offer you a slice of pie with a hot cup of something yummy!


Filling our lives and homes with Old Fashioned, Mayberry-Kind-of-Goodness is quite simple really and will enrich our lives with abundant joy! Living the Mayberry way will make a difference in our lives, our relationships and in our society.

Here are some ways to bring a little Mayberry back:

  • Smile more! :D Scientists say that if you start smiling even when you don’t feel like it, it sends a message to your brain that says “I think I’m happy!” and you’ll start to feel happier.
  • Intentionally think of ways you can bless your family and others. Everyone needs encouragement so why not leave notes of praise to hubby and the kids. Every now and then I’ll text an “I’m so proud of you” note to my family members and friends.
  • Make home a delightful and cozy place for family and friends.
  • Live The Golden Rule: “Do for others as you would have them do for you!” Matthew 7:42
  • Look for ways to help those in need.
  • Enjoy the simple pleasures of God’s blessings and goodness. Be thankful and say so!
  • Keep a happy attitude! Do that by being thankful. Thankful people are happy people! “The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, it starts feeling like one.” ~unknown
  • Be like the warm sunshine for others instead of a dark, damp cloud…Andy Griffith was good at that!
  • Take good care of your home, it makes your family feel loved and cared for…like Aunt Bee did!
  • Be neighborly and kind. Gracious and sweet…like Gomer on Mayberry RFD!
  • Bake something yummy for someone who could use some cheering up…like Aunt Bee would do!
  • Give your children the gift of happy memories…like Andy and Aunt Bee did for Opie!

Those are just a few ideas to get us started!  Let’s be willing to do what we can to preserve wholesomeness and goodness in our homes and lives.

biscuits and homemade jam

To start off this new year with a whole lot-a happy,

I am putting a box of Mayberry-inspired goodies

together for a GIVE-AWAY to one blessed gal!!

To enter this contest, I would love to hear your ideas on how to bring more of that

Old-Fashioned-Mayberry-Kind-of-Goodness into our lives! Please share!

(if you are reading this post in your email,

you need to come to Sugar Pie Farmhouse

website to enter your comment so you’ll have a chance to win!)

Well, If the Good Lord’s willin’

and the creek don’t rise

I’ll be back real soon!

God Bless your darlin’ heart!

Aunt Ruthie





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