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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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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 coursethe 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”.
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 fashionedGoodness! 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.
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.
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!
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you need to come to Sugar Pie Farmhouse
website to enter your comment so you’ll have a chance to win!)
Homemade pie. It's comforting. It's homey. It's nurturing. As are, fresh sheets on the bed, a bowl of hearty soup on a blustery day, candles glowing, delicious aromas perfuming each room, kind and respectful words spoken, smiles so warm you could pour it on your buttermilk biscuits, thankful hearts, prayers continuously sent heavenward and a sense of belonging. All these things create a merry mix of comfort, love, and joy. Without words they say "you are loved and cared for, this is a safe and cozy place to be." A happy home is filled with such goodness.
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"Is this not the cutest little cow? If you're a farmgirl for-reals or just one at heart, how sweet would it be to set this little moo-cow on your kitchen table alongside a mason jar of fresh daisies? Why not make the little things you do in your life extra special...fill'er up with milk or cream to pour into your cup of tea or coffee when you are enjoying some girl-talk-time with a friend? I have a couple of these that I've used to decorate my fireplace mantle and a shelf in my kitchen. I think it's "udderly" adorable! Heehee!"
"I love using these little old-fashioned wax paper bags to fill with treats for special occasions. Use them for party favors, perfect for picnics, you can even use them as a sleeve for invitations or handmade cards. Trim the edge with fancy scrap-booking scissors, add a label or sticker on the front to make them even cuter...they also look sweet tied with red and white Baker's Twine with a hang tag! Fill these food-safe bags with cookies, pretzels, nuts, candies, cherries, hand pies or small gifts! These are great to have on hand...there are so many fun uses with these darlin' bags!"
"This has been such a delightful addition to my kitchen utensils! When I'm baking, I gather my eggs and nestle them in this adorable Egg holder. I never have to worry about the eggs rolling off the counter and making a messy "splat" on the floor! I've also used this crate, from time to time, to hold hard-boiled eggs in the fridge, that way I can keep them separated from the uncooked ones. Having something so simple, cute and practical, like this sweet egg rack, sure makes whipping up yummy things for my family so much more enjoyable!"
"You know what gals? I'm always on the look-out for books that inspire vintage homemaking...and well, this one is the cream-of-the-crop! This book is jam-packed with pioneer secrets for simple and frugal living from gardening to canning, bread baking, stocking your pantry, candle-making, quilting, mending, soap-making, and so much more. There are recipes such as Amish White Bread, Bread and Butter Pickles and Blackberry Stew with Sweet Biscuits (Yes please!) It's a celebration of simple, forgotten joys for today's busy world. A fun book to curl up with!"
"Like cool refreshing water dipped from a well, this book quenches the thirst for living life down on the farm. Beautifully penned by Rachel Penden back in the 1960's, she reveals the "daily joys of family life on an Indiana farm". Rachel takes you on a nostalgic journey through a year of seasons. During the autumn harvest, canning kept a farmwife busy..."Sing of women making grape jelly...of the filled glasses set in a window where the light can shine through and show the beauty thereof." In the frost of winter..."Snow ice cream was a country luxury in the old-fashioned days, and it still is..." The joys of spring delighted her heart... "Sheets on the clothesline this morning flap in mighty applause". She found sweetness in blessing her husband in the summertime..."In the afternoon, having baked a batch of sour cream cookies, I took some and a jug of ice water back to the north side of the farm, where Dick was harrowing corn...". This book is as sweet as homemade pie."
"I have two of these! Besides the adorable name, this sturdy fork is wonderful for blending dry ingredients, whisking eggs, sauteing veggies or meat, lifting potatoes out of boiling water, tossing fruit, sugar and cornstarch for pies, making gravy, mixing batter and is a handy serving utensil. The handle is very comfortable and the fork tines are sturdy. Every gal needs one to mix up a batch of farmy-fixin's for her family just like granny!"
"If y'all love Miss Paula Deen, you are gonna flip for her son's (Bobby and Jamie) cookbook! There are tons of photos, stories and the best part...southern-style recipes such as their refreshing Chopped Chef's Salad with Homemade Brown Bread Croutons and Ultra Creamy Mac and Cheese Casserole...and wait until you try their Peaches and Cream muffins...woo weee! That's some good eatin' right there! I"ve gotta go, I'm gettin' hungry!"
"Oh my goodness gals! I have found a cookbook that is a down-home dream come true! It's filled with over 150 comforting recipes and bless-your-heart stories of life in the south.There are full color photos on almost every page in old-fashioned settings that will make your heart swoon...you should see the picture of the Corn Pudding on page 95 with fresh ears of corn piled in the background! So homey! So delish! It truly is a delicious trip down memory lane!"
"I was so delighted when I found this book! Published by Country Living magazine so it's down-home and darlin'! There are "501 Old Fashioned Ideas To Simplify Your Life." It's filled with inspiring color photos and chapter titles such as 'The Home That Welcomes'...'Behind The Scenes'...'In The Kitchen' and 'Harmony' (gardening). This is a must have for every farm-girl at heart! In fact it' ll make your heart swell with a passion for home and give you the motivation to make it cozier than ever!"
"Don't you just love Cath Kidston? Her products are so fresh and cheery! And who wouldn't love to get a letter in the mail with such joyful designs? I am working on a bulletin board right now and I love incorporating her papers and stickers as delightful backdrops! One of my favorite things to say is 'Beauty Inspires!'. These inspire me."
"When it comes to Cath Kidston more is better! Bright red and pink roses mixed with sassy polka-dot stationary and envelopes...such a delightful way to send someone a note to lift their spirit! I love the fresh cottage design and adorable sitckers!"
"I want to recommend to you my favorite kind of pan to bake in, the Pyrex Pie Plate! I prefer to use a glass pan (or pie plate) with handles. I like to be able to see through to the crust, to see if it's got that golden brown color that I like. It makes it so much easier to pull the pie in and out of the oven and of course to carry and serve it at the table."
"This is my all time favorite pan to cook with. Somehow the food tastes better and I love the even heat it produces while cooking. The other thing I love is that you can take it right to the table if you are having a casual- rustic dinner like tacos or Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie...it keeps the food hot for a long time and the extra handle on the end makes it so much easier to pick up and carry.This pan is ready to cook in, no pre-seasoning required. Grilled cheese sandwiches come out crunchy on the outside and gooey-cheese-y on the inside!"
"This 10 inch pan is just perfect for baking up a batch of good ol' southern cornbread! For perfect cornbread you start by oiling the pan with vegatable oil, set it on the stove, at medium temp, until hot, then pour the cornbread batter in. Immediately put the pan in a preheated 400 degree oven to bake (about 20 minutes or per your recipe instructions). By putting the batter in a hot pan you insure a crusty outside and a fluffy inside! Have that honey-butter ready!"
"Girls, out of all of the books on getting your home organized, this is one of my favorites! The subtitble reads: A complete guide to bringing order and beauty to your home. Author Sandra Felton has an easy, practical and humorous writing style, it's almost like listening to a girlfriend chatting on the phone! She talks about procrastination, goal setting and organizing without being overwhelming. Sandra is also an author that does not promote perfection, (life is too short to try to be perfect!) and yet she does not forfeit excellance. She'll give you a little kick-start to make your dream of a clean and tidy home are dream come true!"
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"This is an "Oh, honey!" book! That's what I say when I see something too adorable! Oh, honey!! It's a sweet tiny book with a huge message. It's all about how God loves us. Here is a short sample: God is fond of you...If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it...if he had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it....He can live anywhere in the universe and he chose your heart....face it friend, He's crazy about you." The illustrations are as sweet as baby's breath. There is a hug on every page! It is full of wonderfulness, perfect to read to your kids or to give to someone, of any age, in need of a lot of love."
"Nothing says "Down-home" like a red and white checked tablecloth! I love this one because it's square and will fit any size table when you lay it in the center, on top of a full size white tablecloth, to add a punch of countrified color. This 52 X 52 size is also perfect for lining a picnic basket. Somehow farmhouse fixin's seem to taste better on a red checked tablecloth!"
"This is one of the best every-thing-you-need-to-know-about-keeping-a-house books! From preparing food, cleaning, laundering, stocking your pantry, creating a safe environment, caring for floors and furniture, basic home sewing, emergency preparation, to setting the table and so much more. This treasury is jam packed with author Cheryl Mendelson's passion for domesticity."
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"This folksy little booklet is a sweet sampler of recipes, stories, vintage photos and Grandmotherly advice. Rural American goodies such as Mrs. Beaman's Ginger Snaps, Farmer's Apple Cake, and Verna's Icebox Butter Buns are just a few of the homey treats found in this dear little book. If you like reading cookbooks this one takes the cake!"
"This is another darling little booklet from Barbara Swell. All of the recipes are vintage from the 1940's and 50's, probably ones that your mom or Grandma might have made! Along with Aunt Martha's Coconut Cream Pie, Mrs. Vaughan's Chess Pie and Lemon Sponge Pie, she also includes helpful pie hints, The Secret Of Why Men Love Pie, and how to host a pie contest. The Old photos and down-home advice makes this book just as sweet as pie!"
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"Gals, can I just tell you, Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix is really a time saver, all you do is add water, that's it! It's a great product to have on hand for when you are running low on milk and eggs, or when you've been snowed in for a few days! They cook up light, fluffy and delicious! I keep my mix in my Anchor Hocking Glass Storage Jar right on my kitchen counter, so it's ready to go, easy as can be!"
"Girls! I love this book! It's a jam-packed homemakers companion and the first book that I know of that takes you on an adventure in homemaking through each week of the year! That's 52 Weeks worth of great ideas! In her own chatty style, Author Lynn Bowen Walker includes tips, recipes, advice, and more, for each season as well as all of the Holidays. Here are some of the fun chapter titles: Here Come the Sun; Warm Weather Homemaking...The Seasons are Changing: Homemaking In The Fall....Company's Coming! Hospitality...Giving Homemaking Our Best...Christmas Is Here! Last Minute Ideas. The author does not strive for perfection (Yay!), but focuses more on how to create a loving and fun home!"
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