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Warm Pie Happy Home

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on November 20th, 2018

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Thanksgiving greetings Sugar Pie Sistas! In just days families and friends all across America will gather ’round the dinner table to celebrate the founding of our wonderful United States Of America by the Pilgrims over 380 years ago. The aromas of  each family’s hand-me-down recipes of roasted turkey, dressing or stuffing,  sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie will be swirling through the air drawing everyone into the warmth of the kitchen for a peek of what will soon delight their taste buds. It’ll be  a time to catch up with loved ones, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cheer for a football team and snuggle by the fire to watch  Hallmark and home movies. And hopefully, amidst the flurry and joy of the festivities, each one will remember to thank the Giver of all good gifts, our wonderful Lord.

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 Thanksgiving can be hectic if you’re getting your house ready and bustling about in the kitchen orchestrating the cooking and baking not to mention the things on your mind that have caused you stress. It’s amazing how God’s Word can calm our heart. I love Psalm 94:19… “In the multitude of my anxious thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!”Wow! I would venture to say that all of us have anxious thoughts…things we’re worried about…things that makes our heart hurt. But oh my darlin’s! God is here…and in the sweetest most endearing things His comforts cheer and delight our soul if we just look for them! Let’s open our eyes, smell with our nose, listen with our ears the blessings that God and placed all around us.  Let us be quick to thank Him!

Have you ever thought of the aroma of a Thanksgiving turkey roasting in the oven, or the warmth of a crackling fire or the familiar ticking of the clock at grandma’s house as one of God’s comforts that “cheer and delight our soul”?  Or the words spoken with excitement “Time to eat!”…hands held around the table and grace being said…that first bite of mom’s savory stuffing and then Auntie’s creamy pumpkin pie?  Comfort. Cheer. Delight. 

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How about the basket of old family photos filled with faces you love and memories that make you smile. Or time spent with loved ones, good conversation shared over a hot cup of coffee and fresh baked cookies on a crisp blustery day, where  smiles and laughter warm and revive your heart?  Or cozy slippers… a cuddly hug from a child… Christmas music…  falling leaves twirling in a gust of wind as they fall from the sky. How about stopping to really take in the precious view of your family gathered around the dinner table…the smell of the furnace turning on to warm the house on early frosty mornings…these are God’s comforts to “cheer and delight your soul”. These are the things to be thankful for. Our God is so good!

So this Thanksgiving, let’s be mindful and thankful of the little things that warm and hug our hearts! Everything doesn’t have to be picture perfect…it’s being with our loved ones and savoring those moments that is most important!


butter crunch pumpkin bars

Worried you won’t have time to make a pumpkin pie? My Butter Crunch Pumpkin Bars are easy to make and to tell you the truth they are maybe even more delicious than pumpkin pie! (Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone I said that! Heehee!)  Get the recipe HERE!



Thanksgiving Day Song

Thanksgiving day has come, Light the fire, gold and cheery,

Let’s be glad of heart and merry, Thanking God for home.

It’s chill November weather, But the fire-light’s on the wall,

Home, dear home, is best of all, Let’s thank God together.

(From an old School Song Book 1945)

Have a Blessed

Thanksgiving Day

Sugar Pies!

Sending big hugs

from Sugar Pie Farmhouse!

Aunt Ruthie

P.S. For more yummy goodness:

The Neighbor Lady’s Banana Nut Sweet Bread     

Old School Snickerdoodles!

Aunt Gen’s Date Nut Bars

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

Aunt Ruthie’s Chewy Golden Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Butter Crunch Apple Pie

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Warm Pie Happy Home


Written by Aunt Ruthie on October 18th, 2018

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Well, howdy Sugar Pies! I finally got my fall home tour on YouTube and here on my blog! It has taken hours and hours to get it done but I had so much fun! Hey, that rhymes! Heehee!

Anyhoo! Here in the Ozarks there’s been a chill in the air and has truly become sweater-weather!  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!  The evening temps are in the 40’s…so crisp and smelling so sweet! 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 and the fire crackling 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.

Well, I’m mighty glad y’all came for a visit! Pour yourself somethin’ yummy to drink, relax, make yourself at home and enjoy celebrating Fall at Sugar Pie Farmhouse!


The theme for my entryway this year is Autumn skies and Apple Pies! I recently went apple picking with a few of my kids and grandkids and we had so much fun! When we lived in California we would take the kids up to the mountains of Julian to go apple and pumpkin picking. The town of Julian was so quaint, filled with adorable country stores and our favorite Mom’s Apple Pie Shop! We would stop and get a warm slice of fresh baked pie from local fresh picked apples! YUM!!


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“Autumn means apples as crisp as an October morning.”

~ Celebrating HomeIMG_7041

I just had to add a vintage red-handled rolling pin since it goes with my Autumn Skies and Apple Pies theme!


Buckets filled with fresh hay and apples rest cheerfully on the rungs of my orchard ladder. This ladder was left on the property when we purchased it. I’m so happy to have a little piece of our land’s history! It was an old cattle farm that belonged to the Rosenbaum family since the Civil War. Mama Rosenbaum had a peach orchard and this could be the very ladder that she used to pick fresh peaches! I love it!


Vintage books stacked with plump pumpkins on top and milk cans filled with golden prairie grass.


My cute corn stalks are from Michaels…I got them for 40% off and I love them! They are so farmy! The best part is there are no bugs in them! Haha!


I recently found these adorable tea stained, ticking stripe pumpkins with wood stems at a local craft mall. They had to come home with me!

“During these golden days, we want nothing more than to be home again.”

~Celebrating Home


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


More corn stalks in my vintage Borden’s milk can and my pie safe is lined with homemade plum jam and Cupboard Cookie mixes for easy baking.

“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


I’ve shared the picture of my hubby’s grandma when she was a wee little girl, whom I came to love as my own. She was always sharing recipes with me…handwritten ones that I still cherish! Every year during the holidays I make her Ginger Snap cookies just like she did. I made a few jars filled with the ingredients for Ginger Snaps, except of course for the wet ingredients. If I know we’ve got company coming or I want to make a quick treat for friends it’s so easy to whip up a batch! I love decorating with pantry items…they look so homey!

“She looketh well to the ways of her household.” Proverbs 31:27IMG_6870



Here is one of Grandma’s vanilla-stained recipes clothes-pinned to the tea-towel. Her sweet handwriting makes my heart happy!


“The cheerful joyous season,

The Autumn time is come.

With song and shout we welcome

The Golden Harvest Home.”

~Author Unknown


thanksgiving book

Every season I feature a book on my baking center and this year I bought Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. I found it at Cracker Barrel and I can’t even tell you how darling and charming the story and illustrations are!


The farmhouse kitchen in the book is DREAMY!! I plan to read this to my grandkids soon!


“When I was a little girl,

I always wanted to be in the kitchen

because it was warm,

and that’s where my mother was.

You never lose that feeling.”

~ Dolly Parton


Cute little pumpkins all in a row, old books piled high, autumn leaves in creamy white pitchers. So simple…so farmy!

IMG_6655Isn’t it so adorable that God thought of pumpkins? ~Aunt Ruthie

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I hope you enjoyed my Fall Home Tour! Be sure to check out my Fall Home Tour Video on YouTube! I always love hearing from y’all! It’s what keeps me inspired and motivated to continue my blog. Be sure to say howdy below! Tell me what your favorite part of fall is! I’d also love to know your state or country that y’all call home too!

To browse all the farmy goodies in my Farmhouse Country Store click here!

Bless your family…make home sweet!

Aunt Ruthie


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