my ozark backyard

Well Howdy Sugar Pie! How is your summer going so far? I hope you’re enjoying the warm weather! Boy, after such a harsh winter here, I sure am! As usual, here in the Ozark hills of Branson, Missouri, the views are absolutely breathtaking! This is my backyard view. That little red roof barn over on the left makes me so happy along with the sounds of roosters crowing in the distance. I love the fluffy clouds that fill the sky like generous dollops of meringue on a pie! :D

We’ve had lots of summer storms bringing lots of rain, which is a good thing because it fills up our well that we depend on for water. But I have to say that I’ve been yearning for some bright blue skies and sunshine. Happily we headed out West for a wee little vacation where there was sunshine a-plenty!


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Just before we left, I got busy, trying to be a Farmgirl, in my garden. My daughter Summer and I planted pumpkin, corn and sunflower seeds. I love wearing my vintage Granny apron!

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I watched a Youtube video on planting pumpkin seeds in round mounds. So I thought I’d give it a try. I planted seeds in 4 little hills and carved a mote around them to fill with water to saturate the roots once sprouted.

farmer summerMy daughter, Summer Rose, was a part of FFA (Future Farmer’s of America) in her Agriculture Structures class this past year in 9th grade. It was her favorite class! She was happy to help me plant our pumpkin and corn patch…I’m hoping it will spark her inner farmgirly-ness! She’s not into the farmgirl thing as much as I am, but ya never know! She might end up marrying a farmer one of these days!  Can I get a YEE HAW?!! Heehee!

I can’t believe my baby girl is going to be 16 in August! What???? She is such a joy! I’m so proud of her! Her heart belongs to Jesus, she’s funny, caring, helpful, compassionate, adorable, is a great little cook and makes straight A’s…something I never did!


In my horse-trough planter I’ve got my tomatoes growing again. My little salad garden is just outside my kitchen door.


My big green tomatoes remind me of one of my favorite movies Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.


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Crispy, fried, green tomatoes, served hot out of the frying pan are a Southern Thang! They sure are yummy, especially with a fruit jar filled with ice-cold sweet tea! That’s a whole lotta special right there! The photo above was taken at the actual Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette, Georgia…y’all!


Cherry tomatoes are my favorite! Especially warmed by the sun!


I’ve got apples on my trees!


When we got back from our trip I was thrilled to see my corn stalks sprouting!


But then a few days later, this is what I found. My corn sprouts were nibbled on! And so were my sunflower sprouts! I think I know who the culprit is! It’s a fat and sassy groundhog that lives nearby. Oh good gravy!  It’s a good thing I’m not depending on my harvest to sustain my family!  Anyone got any ideas on how to get rid of this critter? Everyone in these parts tell me the only answer is to use a 22 Rifle. I don’t have one of those. For now I’m going to make a scarecrow. (Or should I call it a scare-groundhog? Heehee!) I found a great pair of faded, farmers overalls at a flea market and a flannel shirt and plan to stuff it soon. Once I stand it in my garden I’ll hang some pie pans from twine to create movement, clanking noises and  reflect the light, to hopefully, scare that varmint away! At the very least it will look cute in my pumpkin patch!  :D


 Fortunately, it has not touched my pumpkin plants…yet!

Well, I’ve not only been busy as a bee trying to be a farmgirl, I’ve also been having fun gussying up my wee little shop at Spring Creek Tea Room & Antique Mall in Ozark, Missouri!

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I brought out the flags and bunting in honor of Independence Day. My flicker timer candles are a big seller and create a cozy glow. Yummy candles like Lemon Drop Cookie, Vintage Lilac, and Snickerdoodle make your mouth water. Lanterns, a milk-cow creamer, and chippy white enamel pans, all add to the “farmy” feeling.

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You know I have to sell chalkboards! I love ’em so much I wanna marry ’em! Fruit-jar Sippy Cups, a slice of watermelon, and a piggy BBQ sign, all seem to shout “Hooray for Summertime!”

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I’ve been asked several times about selling my things online. Hopefully some day I’ll be able to. I would need some help to do that. Right now, it’s just me trying to juggle everything. But it’s something I would love to do!

delicious dilly veggie dip

Well, the 4th of July is just around the corner so I thought I’d share with you my most favorite veggie dip!



It’s just 6 ingredients…things that you probably already have on hand!


 You just mix them all together…



Pour the mixture into a cute bowl (mine is vintage, Hobnail, Milk-Glass)

and chill for a few hours or make it the day before.



Wash and chop a variety of “dipping veggies”…broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower, bell peppers, cucumbers etc.

I like to put a tea towel under my cutting board to keep it from slipping or wobbling. I love my Aunt Martha’s Tea Towels, there so homey and farmy! They come in different colors…my favorite are the BLUE and the RED striped!

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Summer loves this dip so much she just couldn’t wait for me to finish my photo shoot! It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies!


IMG_2315Click here to get the recipe! It’s the perfect dip for your 4th of July celebration and for all seasons!

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Any day now, my eBooks, Watermelon & Fireflies and Pumpkin Pickin’ & Hayrides will be available to  purchase year-round in my New General Store! I’ll be adding more videos too soon! Click here to go to the General Store!



I want to thank all of you, my dear Sugar Pie’s, for purchasing the first, of many,  Sweet Home Revival Homemaking Video Series! Your glowing feedback truly warmed my heart. I pray that it was a blessing to you! Your support will help me keep my blog up and running so I can continue to bring you farm-fresh decorating ideas, recipes, helpful hints and all things homemaking to encourage and bless you!


Well, darlin’ thank you so much for stopping by! I always love to hear from you! If you have any gardening tips… (or ideas about getting rid of groundhogs! Hee Hee!) I sure would love to hear! But mostly, it just warms my heart to know that you took the time to read this and say howdy!  Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Sending you love and hugs!

God Bless your darin’ heart!

Aunt Ruthie

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