Fall Goodness

Written by Aunt Ruthie on November 24th, 2020

Hello dear ones!

I so hope you are all doing well. I’m sure you would all agree that this has been a difficult year! Thankfully the Lord has been right by our side, and will continue to strengthen us for the days ahead. It’s so important to keep our eyes on Jesus and to trust Him even though the world around us looks like it’s out of control.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

We can’t control the world but we can set the tone in our home! We can bring in comfort, beauty, order, loveliness, grace, kindness, joy, and thankfulness, all of which feeds our soul.

Proverbs 4:23 says “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Taking good care of our home and family emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally guards our heart. Those things are so important to the well being of our lives.

I want to share with you little pieces of my home that I adorned for fall to celebrate, with thanksgiving, this glorious golden season.

One thing that warms my heart are stories from days of old. That’s why I love decorating with vintage furnishings! They bring a calmness and comfort from simpler times.

I have a dear friend who recently told me that when I decorate this old white armoire for each season it’s like looking through a window back in time… That just blessed my heart! I love that!

Well this fall my “Window Back in Time” takes a peek at the cozy attic of the Ingalls cabin. I’d love to share a little snippet of pure warm and cozy goodness from the Little House in the Big Woods.

“Laura and Mary must play in the house now, for it was too cold outdoors and the brown leaves were all falling from the trees. The fire in the cookstove never went out. At night Pa banked it with ashes to keep the coals alive till morning.

The attic was a lovely place to play. The large, round, colored pumpkins made beautiful chairs and tables. The red peppers and the onions dangled overhead. The hams and the venison hung in their paper wrappings, and all the bunches of dried herbs, the spicy herbs for cooking and the bitter herbs for medicine, gave the place a dusty-spicy smell.

Often the wind howled outside with a cold and lonesome sound. But in the attic Laura and Mary played house with the squashes and the pumpkins, and everything was snug and cozy.”

Doesn’t that just warm your heart?

“The cheerful joyous season,

The Autumn time is come.

With song and shout we welcome

The Golden Harvest Home.”

“Afterwards, they always had tea in the kitchen, much the nicest room in the house.” ~Flora Thompson

When all the leaves are off the boughs,

And nuts and apples gathered in,

and cornstalks waiting for the cows,

And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,

Then Mother says, “My children dear,

The fields are brown, and autumn flies;

Thanksgiving Day is near,

And we must make our Thanksgiving pies!”

~Author Unknown

One of my favorite things to decorate in my kitchen is this old farm table. This big ol bowl is my Mason Cash Turkey Stuffing bowl ready for Thanksgiving! The Chicken Sisters under the table keep me company while I’m cookin’ up supper! Lol!

In this sweet old pie safe I’ve filled it with my homemade plum jam that I made this past summer, and some cookie mixes! I filled these jars with the dry ingredients for my Snickerdoodles and Grandma’s Ginger Snaps! When I want to make cookies all I have to do is pour it in a bowl and add the wet ingredients! Sure makes baking a breeze!

Several years ago I painted this Granny’s Apple Farm sign and so it was my inspiration to follow an apple theme. I added a basket of apples, jars of apple butter, and a crock full of old rolling pins. In my vivid imagination “Granny” loves to make apple pies, apple fritters, apple cake, apple butter, apple dumplings and apple crisp…and any other apple thing that you love to eat! Lol!

“Oh the Lord is good to me! And so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun and the rain and the apple seed! Oh the Lord is good to me!” ~ The Johnny Appleseed song

I love all things pie related so I have some old pie tins I’ve collected as well as some pie stands also known as cake stands.

My favorite pie tin is from Knott’s Berry Farm! Knott’s Berry Farm has such a wonderful history of a farmer and his family who developed the Boysenberry! They sold the berries on the roadside in front of their berry fields. Mrs. Knott would make jams and jellies with the fruit that they didn’t sell. She also started making her famous Boysenberry pies and fried chicken! That’s when their business really started to boom! They built a tea room which turned into a full fledge restaurant then into an old western theme park! My hubby and I spent a lot of time there when we were dating and then brought our kids there years later. The thing we most looked forward to was eating supper at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant! The meals always included a fresh slice of Boysenberry pie!! So dreamy!!

Mrs. Cordelia Knott’s story of her life as a farmers wife is fascinating! It truly makes you appreciate the hard work that farmers in the 1920’s endured. Cordelia’s story is truly heart warming! You can find this sweet-as-boysenberry-pie book HERE!

Years ago I found these faux pies at different craft fairs! So fun! I don’t make pies every day so these are cute to look at in the mean time! You can find faux pies on Etsy!

Little touches of seasonal beauty placed thoughtfully throughout our home adds a sense of celebration, warmth and welcome to our loved ones.  Galations 6:10 says ” Be mindful to be a blessing”,  as homemakers, making our home feel cozy and delightful blesses our family! Every home needs a woman’s nurturing touch, it sends a message of love and care to all who enter it.  It’s a troubled world out there and that’s all the more reason to make  our homes a place of comfort and joy. Oh girls, we must never underestimate the significance of  our role as a homemaker…we set the stage for our family’s sense of belonging, safety and well being.

When we make the effort to cozy up our home and fill it with an atmosphere that glows with the celebration of the season, it is a gift to our family and those who come to visit. It’s those extra little things we do, to create a feeling of warmth and whimsy, joy and goodness, that communicates a message to our family that says: you are loved and it is my pleasure to make  you feel nurtured and cared for. It’s a message that hugs the hearts of those we love and it gives them a delicious affection for home. Remember we are planting seeds in everything that we do…plant happy moments and harvest a lifetime of happy memories.

Be sure to watch my Fall Youtube video for more down-home goodness! CLICK HERE!

Well, I hope y’all have a blessed Thanksgiving! I know that it may look different this year than in years past, but do keep your eyes on the good things that the Lord has done. Let’s count our blessings and brighten the corner where we are! Take heart dear ones & stay safe! I believe that because of Jesus the best is yet to come.

God bless your darlin’ hearts and y’all come back now ya hear?

Love,

Aunt Ruthie

P.S. If you’re feeling like it would be fun to browse some farmy goodness in the warm, comfort of your home, instead of running out in the rain and the cold, come on over to my Sugar Pie Farmhouse Amazon shops here! Make a good cuppa somethin’ yummy, relax and enjoy!

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You Hoo! It’s Little O’l Me!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on April 28th, 2020

Yoo Hoo!

HELLO dear ones! I hope and pray that you are well and safe during these unprecedented and challenging times! I’ve thought about y’all so much and have prayed for safety and comfort for you and your families. We are staying home for the most part with the exception of picking up groceries curb-side, walking by the lake and visiting a few family members in their front yard. Thankfully we are all well!
 
Well hunny’s, it’s been too long since I’ve blogged! Eeeeek! The main reason is my website has not been working properly due to the fact that the behind-the-scenes techy stuff is old, outdated and on the verge of crashing.  So I had to make the decision to pay for someone to transfer over 10 years worth of blog posts to a new server. Obviously, this isn’t the best time to spend that kind of money but it was either that or possibly lose years worth of content that is so very close to my heart.

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So, my website is being worked on as I write this. A website expert has successfully transferred all of my content safely (whew!) but is still tweaking things before it goes live. I’m writing this post on my old website and hoping it works!
 
Here’s the thing… because of the cost of renewing my website, along with yearly fees I have to pay to have it maintained, I’m going to need ads on my website to help pay for it so I can continue to bring you delightful down-home ideas from my home to yours! I truly hope that won’t deter you from coming by for some encouragement pie! I know some folks don’t like ads on blogs but in many cases it’s needed to pay for ongoing expenses.
 
I have some very exciting things I’m working on that I know will make you want to tie on an apron, light a candle, play some happy music and make your home as sweet and comforting as peach pie!

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I’m excited about getting back on my blogging soapbox to share about the joys and importance of creating a home of comfort and delight for you and your family!

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I’m excited about preserving the old timey ways through recipes, vintage decorating ideas and thoughts on how we can incorporate old-fashioned goodness into our everyday lives!

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I’m excited about sharing how to create a home your family loves to be…a place that nudges your loved ones to happily sigh, “Ahhh…it’s so good to be home!”… a place where everyone feels loved, safe and nurtured.

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I’m excited about sharing the importance of enjoying the simple things in life, looking for everyday blessings in the little things, being thankful and content with what you have and how it will give you a sense of well being, peace and joy.
 

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I’m excited to share ways to keep our pantries stocked for easy meals and for emergencies. Planning ahead and being prepared to provide for our family, as we know, is so important.

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I’m excited about sharing encouraging tips for keeping our homes clean, tidy and cozy! As we all know, especially these days, that “home” is our safe place…at least for those of us who understand the meaning and importance of creating a home, sweet, home.

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If we ever needed to turn our hearts toward home it is now! This is a topsy-turvy world we live in and we’ve got to keep the homefires burning. Keep our eyes on The Lord. Keep happy-memory-making traditions alive. Keep our homes stocked with necessary items to provide for our loved ones. Keep nurturing our homes and families with old fashioned goodness.
 
 
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If ever we needed to circle the wagons to preserve the virtues of home and family, it’s now!  We need to come together to maintain the goodness of the good old days before it fades away like a neglected heirloom photo gathering dust up in the attic! I’m not just talking about nostalgia, although that does warm my heart (teehee!), but about keeping family values and our way of life as  our top priorities.

Our culture seems to have spun out of control in regards to morals and values by neglecting the things that are most important like honoring God, keeping Him first, maintaining high moral standards and taking the best care of  home and family.

Up until this pandemic hit I feel like so many people were rushing through life with so many activities, so many obligations, so much time spent on Social Media, so over-committed, and so overwhelmed. It’s easy to do in this day and age. No judging here.  But now folks are home with time to think about their life and how they are living it. It’s a good time for a reset. I’m thankful that God’s  Word says “God’s mercies are new every morning!”.

“I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.” Psalm 143:5

 
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Gals, I just know there are so many of you out there that feel the same way. That’s why I think we are so drawn to vintage things and the whole farmgirl-at-heart way of life. It reminds us of a simpler time. It’s about learning to be resourceful. It helps us to look for the sweet and simple blessings each day. It causes us to reflect on God’s faithfulness. It’s comforting and it encourages us to comfort others like bringing a plate of cookies to a neighbor as an act of kindness. The farm-girl-at-heart kind of life is filled with simple joys, a deep down contentment, thankfulness to the Lord and of course good old fashioned goodness that I love so much I wanna marry it! Lol!
 
 
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My new updated website will be the same, only refreshed a bit, with the exception of the Girl Talk Forum which is going to be discontinued because it couldn’t be transferred to the new website. We now have our private Sugar Pie Sisterhood on Facebook! So if you are looking for like-minded old fashioned gals to chat with come on over! I do want to encourage you, if you were a member of the Girl Talk Forum,  to copy and paste any content that you want to keep. Now is the time to do so!
 
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Well sisters, are ya gonna stick with me?
Pretty please with a cherry on top?
 
Well, God bless your darlin’ heart!
Do comment below to say “Howdy-do!”…
just so I know y’all are still popping over!
Stay safe dear ones!
Aunt Ruthie
 
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