Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Charlie Browm & Lucy Bubble Bath Fun

Remember bubble baths as children? I remember having a big tub of bubbles and then a big puff of bath powder that my mom would pat me down with. It always made baths so much fun! I still think an amazing bubble bath and powder are wonderful. But those childhood memories just made them seem like moments of fun and love!

And then there we these two. I found that with Peanut characters, people either love them or think they are little brats.

Today I have a great little pair of Vintage Avon Charlie Brown and Lucy Bubble Bath containers to show you

I found these a few years back from a charming elderly lady at her yard sale. She did not want me to pay much for them. She also wanted me to have a few other neat items, that I will show you at another time. I believe she thought we (my children that were toddlers) would make a good home for her little trinkets. That is what she called them, "Trinkets". She said she had them since they were new, and only wanted 75 cents for them. I remember wanting to give her more and she wouldn't accept it!

The Charlie Brown is missing his cap that hides the lid. It should be a baseball cap.See his catchers mitt in his left hand? His head is cracked, she told me that they were played with and that is why he is not in the best shape. Lucy is in much better shape. She has no cracks and is wearing her cute little cap.

Charlie Brown is marked 1950 on the back, along with the other Avon markings.
 Lucy is also marked on the back, but her year is 1952.

The paint on both of them is in pretty good shape. Just a little bit of wear. Which I think just makes them that much more charming,

I love the look on their sweet little faces. Charlie Brown kinda has that funny grimace on his face,

and Lucy has her smart little smirk!

I assume these would be great for collectors of Avon or Peanuts both! I like them just because!

I also have this other cute little peanuts toy. He came from a toy box of "used this and that". My son pulled him out for a give away when he was a baby.  I have no idea about it. My son is way passed wanting to play with it now, so it goes with the other two characters. do you think it is also Charlie Brown? Just not wearing his traditional outfit? It looks like his hands were holding something, but that was all gone when my son received this little guy.

At any rate, they all just look cute together. I love the vintage look of these and adore the red, black and white colors.

They always remind me of that sweet little Grandma, and make me smile. It is nice to know that they were loved. I adore them. I am glad the woman found us to give Charlie Brown and Lucy a new home!

Blessings to all my dear friends,

 Little Susie Home Maker

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Quinch Your Citrus Thirst, LemonLimeAde

Hello Dear friends. Today I want to share a recipe for LemonLimeAde, it can be made with sugar or sugarfree, or Lemonade or Limeade. However you mix it up, It will be simple and great tasting!
 I will also talk about re-hydration a little.
With summer time in full swing, and temperatures hotter than ever, it is so refreshing to have an ice cold glass of something Citrus!
Lemons and limes are so plentiful and they are perfect sliced and added to ice water, or iced tea.
 But beside being delicious for a thirst quenching taste. They are also so good for you.
If you are like me, then you may be spending quite a bit of time outdoors in your yard and garden. Don't forget a quick pick me up of a hydrating drink, it is such a replenishing need for you. 
 So have some citrus fruits, lemons, limes, and orange slices on hand to add to your favorite drink, or even just add it to your water.
Not only will you be hydrating yourself, 
but cleansing out toxins and adding some all important Vitamin C to your day.
And don't forget the kiddos.
They play hard and forget to drink!

Yes, lemonades and limeades are good, but forget the sugar, and go for a little Splenda or Stevia if you want to subtract a few calories.
 I am including my recipe for Lemonlimeade.

Lemon-Limeade Sugar Free
  • 1 Quart Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Splenda (or sugar) *
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice 
Start by heating 1 cup of the water in a saucepan. Add the Splenda when the water is warm. Stir the Splenda or sugar until it is dissolved and remove from heat.

Place the remaining 3 cups of cool water into a large Pitcher and add the lemon and the lime juice. ( Of course you can use only 1 cup of either type of juice if preferred). Then slowly add the sugar water mixture into the picture as well. Stir and chill. 

Serve with sliced lemon or lime twist over ice.

*For Stevia Conversion:

Sugar amount Equivalent Stevia powdered extract Equivalent Stevia liquid concentrate
1 cup 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon 1/4 teaspoon 6 to 9 drops
1 teaspoon A pinch to 1/16 teaspoon 2 to 4 drops
From The Stevia Cookbook, copyright 1999 Ray Sahelian and Donna Gates

Please enjoy staying refreshed this summer.
And don't forget to drink!

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so go ahead and leave a comment, please!

Little Susie Home Maker

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Homemade Hummingbird Feeder & Recipe

The other day, I was looking out the window at one of our new tube bird feeders. I didn't think about it's bright red color when I bought it. Just thought it was pretty. Well we had been really having some of the most terribly windy days recently. My old feeders were blowing in the wind, and came crashing down. Needless to say, a few new feeders were in order.

Unfortunately, I hadn't replaced the hummingbird feeder. I noticed a humming bird fly about the red tube feeder! The tiny feathered beauty seemed disappointed to find only seed offered.

Well, I knew I needed to do something. So, I looked around and found this little old salt shaker. It is one of those tiny mason jar types with the handle. I figured I would try to make one out of it. Now, how would I do it? I decided to scrape out the holes with the small point of a steak knife and make the holes a more accommodating size. Then looked around and found a piece of red button hole elastic that was cut from a pair of child jeans. I looped it through the handle. I found some red pipe cleaners with my Christmas craft supplies, and twisted three of them together and formed a few petals. Then twisted them around the neck of the jar. 

Cool! Now I need to hang it some how. I just found a wire hanger and bent it so the hook hung down to pick up the loop in the elastic... Voila! A hummingbird feeder!

So I filled it with 
Home Made Hummingbird Food:
1 part granulated sugar
4 parts boiling water, cooled.

I was happy to hang it outside and offer some food for the liking of my hummingbird visitor!
I was pleased that I found everything already on hand. I managed to get it all together rather quickly.
 The hummingbirds have been attracted to this little feeder, and it's cute as well! 
Hope you enjoyed my little story about my feeder!

Little Susie Home Maker

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