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main reason is my website has not been working properly due to the fact that the behind-the-scenes techy stuff is old, outdated and on the verge of crashing.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?
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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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A Very Merry Country Christmas to You!

Written by Aunt Ruthie on December 23rd, 2019

 

 

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Well, howdy-do Sugar Pie and a very Merry Christmas to you!! I was hoping to get my blog post finished waaaay earlier than now but I volunteered my time to too many  things in the month of December and even though I got all of my Christmas shopping finished early I was still running behind and other things.  I want to do “all the things” but alas I cannot. Note to self: do not overcommit yourself in December! Lol!

All is good though! I’m one happy mama! All my kids and grand babies will be home for Christmas! YAY!!! That doesn’t happen every year but when it does joy-bells ring in my heart!

At the end of this post I will give you the link to my Country Christmas Home Tour on YouTube! When you get a chance come on over for some down-home goodness!

Now honey, get yourself comfy with something yummy to drink and enjoy my Country Christmas Home Tour!

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This year my theme for my front entryway centers around  Grandma’s Christmas recipe for her snowball cookies. Every christmas Grandma would always make these delicious snow-white morsels that absolutely melt in your mouth. You can’t eat just one! Lol!

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I decorated this little tree with pom pom snowballs, iced Christmas cookie ornaments and grandma’s handwritten recipe! She originally named these cookies Nutty Nuggets back in the 1940’s but we all called them Snowball cookies. She wrote at the top of the recipe “a nice Christmas cookie”

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These cookies are like a vanilla shortbread cookie with the perfect crunch of pecan nuts. Then they are rolled in Powdered Sugar twice! They freeze wonderfully too! IMG_9353

And here is grandma as a little girl…she looks as sweet as her snowball cookies!
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I found this vintage wood stove years ago at a flea market and I love how cozy it looks with the flickering lights poking through the vent.
Grandma loved her hot coffee so I put this enamel coffee pot on top of the stove and it fits perfectly.
The gingerbread cookie trees harken back to another yummy cookie Grandma would make…her delicious gingersnaps. You can find the recipe HERE!
The little stocking hanging on the side looks like it came out of grandma’s attic but it’s just a childs sock from walmart that I tea stained and filled with frosted boxwood and berries and embellished with a little rusty jingle bell.
And how cute is this old cookie jar…the Cookie Barrel! Oh the stories it could tell of hundreds of cookies made with love!

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My hubby grew up in the mountains of Idylwild, California and his grandparents lived just a few blocks away and would stop by often to visit with cookie treats.
On the left is my hubby’s old sled, he had hours of fun sliding down snow covered hills. There’s a huge crack in the wood slat at the top which is evidence that he crashed in to something at one point… but he survived because I married him! Lol!
And after I married him I got to know his sweet grandma well. We would spend the weekends just after Thanksgiving and Christmas in the old log house that he grew up in. We enjoyed  grandma’s treats and hot chocolate by the fire crackling in the large stone fireplace.

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I recently found this gothic window frame that came from an old church. I love the simplicity of it as well as the history. On top of the mantle I placed these flickering  battery operated candles  they look so real and beautiful without the hazard of real flames. They are the best ones I’ve found! You can find them HERE!

IMG_7959Just like every year I bring out our sweet baby Jesus in the manger. I’ve had this since my kids were babies, so it’s tradition! 

IMG_7966The starry heavens sparkled brightly as God sent us the greatest Christmas gift ever! 

“I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior – yes the Messiah, the Lord  has been born tonight in Bethlehem!’     Luke 2:10 -11 TLB

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“This will be a sign to you:You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:12

 

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Someone said “The kitchen is the heart of the home”…I agree! Especially at Christmastime! It smells like love. The kitchen seems to be the happiest room in the house.
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One of the things that makes my kitchen cheery is this darling Susan Branch Calendar that I get every year. It’s old fashioned charm is like eye-candy for my vintage lovin’ heart!
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This is where I hang mine…right outside my pantry. It’s so sweet I want to eat it! Lol!
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Here’s the front cover for 2020!! You can find it HERE!

IMG_8699 (3)“The whole house smelled good, with the sweet and spicy smells from the kitchen, and the smell of the hickory logs burning with clear, bright flames in the fireplace, and the smell of a clove-apple beside Grandma’s mending basket on the table. The sunshine came in through the sparkling window panes, and everything was large and spacious and clean.”  Little House in the Big Woods- Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Moo-ry Christmas!!I don’t know why but I love cows…old milk bottles…milk signs. I Love milk gravy with biscuits and milk with my cookies . I think cows are cute and go with Christmas too…especially when you put a wreath around their neck. ☺️♥️ And it’s quite possible that there was a cow or two in the stable when baby Jesus was born…away in the manger. Pass the biscuits and Praise The Lord!

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Frosty is jolly-cozy in his hat and scarf! He welcomes us home as we come through the garage door into the mudroom.

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“The cheery warmth of the blazing fireplace sets the tone, and the evergreen smell of the decorated Christmas tree fills the air along with the music. We can almost hear the angels singing!” ~ Emilie Barnes
Whether plain or fancy, I think we should decorate in a way that brings comfort and joy into our heart! It’s a scary world out there, let’s do what we can to make our home sweet, safe, clean, cozy, comfy & joyful so our family will feel blessed and loved.

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I hope you enjoyed my Country Christmas Home Tour! If you want to see the live version of it come on over! CLICK THIS LINK!

Well, darlin’s I hope you have the 

MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVER!! 

BLESS YOUR FAMILY…KEEP HOME SWEET!

Aunt Ruthie

 

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