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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.

aunt bee in her apron


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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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