Monday, September 24, 2012

Good Wishes and Good Crafters

Sent and made by Donna

When I started blogging 
Donna made this pretty for me.

I had no idea how blessed
Tammy made me a get well home maker package

I would become by this community.
Tammy's Poppy Seed Bread

Women with the same interests 
A  Little Susie card by Tammy

and the biggest hearts in the world!
This has to be me! by Tammy

Taking the time to get to know me
Tammy's tag

and share in my life and my trials.
Pretty wrapping

Woman with hearts full of prayers and good wishes.
More fun

Thank you so much for blessing me and 

being the kind of friends every girl loves to have.

I won this made by Erica, 1 year blogaversary!

I plan on continuing down this road and being happy every step along the way.
Extra goodies from sweet Erica
Thanks to all my new and old blog buddies
for reading my blog, for leaving me comments, and interacting with me!

I am amazed by how talented and kind you all are! 

Bless you all,
Little Susie Home Maker

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Vintage Doll-E-Crib, Chicken Scratch Embroidery and Color-Flyte Cream and Sugar Bowl

Not being able to go out and do some of my favorite things has been needless to say, a little frustrating. I have not been released to start driving as of yet. Friday when my daughter was taking us on some errands with her drivers permit, she made me so happy by driving me to two new thrift, antique stores in town. It was a fun day, and I am so thankful she is old enough to help me out like this!!

Ansco Vintage Doll-E-Crib 1950's
I found this to be kind of like a kid in the candy store kind of excursion! We went inside the first and I found this  vintage Ansco Doll-E Crib. Isn't it the greatest? I am guessing 1950's . It is made of metal. I think it was repainted white at some point, but the white is a little chippy with a pale yellow showing through.

Doll-E-Crib Lamb Decal
It has the cutest lamb and bunny decals on the headboard and the foot board. Look how sweet they are!!
Do you see the beads in the corners? Tactile fun for the toy and just cute. One is missing, so I think I can replace it. the crib also looks like maybe it might be missing some roller wheels on the legs. But that is fine with me.

Doll-E-Crib Decals lamb and bunnies

The bottom has a wire mattress, holder that is bent up a little. I can imagine a small child climbing inside of this crib! The side rail still functions and moves up and down and locks into place. 
This is going to be perfect to fix up with a new mattress and baby bedding. I will have to start planning what I want to do!! I will have a cute bed to put my childhood baby dolls into for display. Won't this be fun!

Light Blue Gingham table cloth with Chicken Scratch

Then the next thing I wanted to buy was this cute hand embroidered table cloth. it is the Chicken Scratch stitch that I adore! 

Look at the design that was brought out on the light blue gingham. I know somebody can tell me what this is called. It looks like a quilt block design to me? I think this is so pretty.

I really should have ironed it before I took pictures. I was so excited to be able to have something to share on my blog, I skipped this step!

 I thought the clothesline would be the perfect place to take the picture.

Then the last item I found was at the second store.They had lots of really high priced things in there, but I found these cute vintage Cream and Sugar bowls! I adore the lime green color, they are from a line called Color-Flyte. the actual name of the color is Spray-Lime.

Branchel LaMoyne Color-Flyte

I also, took the picture outdoors to get the best lighting! So no, I won't be displaying them on the tree stump! The bottoms read.. A BRANCHELL melmac Product el finest quality The Branchel Co. St Louis, MO, LaMoyne Designer 

This is great because in an article I found here . This dates the cups between 1952-1958. The designer Kaye LaMoyne achieved his greatest success designing melamine dinnerware for the Branchell Company, before it was sold to Lenox in 1958. If you are looking to find out some history on your Melamine. This is a good link to follow for more information and history of the company and designer.

My afternoon was a fun distraction. I was pleased to find some fun vintage items that I can enjoy. You will have to let me know if you know anything else about these items I found.

May you all be blessed and filled with joy and happiness.

Little Susie Home Maker
Harley wanting his best friend, Bear to come in and play!

Come and visit the fun blog hops!

Thursday Favorite Things 
Junkin Joe Vintage Thrifty Finds 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Kelly's Hearty Kraut Burgers

Guest Post from Kelly!

Today I am happy to share with you my sister, Kelly. She has been making great meals since she was a teenager. Today she is going to share one of her recipes that she has added her personal twist. I can tell you, "It Rocks!" ..  Kelly's Hearty Kraut Burgers! 

 Kelly will be taking the role of guest blog author today! 
Thank you, Kelly!

Hi everyone! I enjoy creating fun dishes that I love to share with family and friends. I also, live a very busy life and love to take short cuts when I can. You will find a few in this recipe that are great time savers.

After trying other versions of Kraut Burgers, I decided it was time to create a burger that was to my own tastes and improve upon what I found out there. This is the first time I tried this recipe. I will admit adding the potatoes were my idea to make it heartier.

I also used the red cabbage because that is what we like. I didn't get it cut small enough before cooking so had to cut it down a little after it cooked. The cooked red cabbage is very prominent in the meat mixture. We liked it better because it is a sweeter taste.

I also added the dill pickle juice and mustard because I don't enjoy the fairly bland flavor of the typical kraut burgers that I have tried. I love the flavor of dill pickles and mustard in rouladen, so this is where I got my flavor inspiration.

 Kelly's Hearty Kraut Burgers
  • 12 frozen yeast dinner rolls (I used Rhodes brand)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced thin
  • 1/2 head cabbage, sliced thin*
  • 1 can diced potatoes or about 1 1/2 c. fresh potatoes, diced small
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice

Let dough thaw and rise.

Preheat oven to *350 F

Brown beef, drain and add onions and dash of salt and pepper. Let onions cook until translucent. 
Add sliced cabbage, and pickle juice, cook until cabbage is tender. (*note.. Make sure cabbage is cut small enough to not be "BIG" bites) 
Add potatoes and mustard. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.

 Let filling cool and transfer to bowl to cool in refrigerator until able to handle.
Place dough on floured board and roll out to 6" circles. Can also be stretched like pizza dough. 
Place about 1/4 cup of meat mixture in the center of the circle.

Bring edges to close at top, pinch edges together. 

Place gathered side down on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes. 

Can be served with a spicy mustard or brown gravy. 

To make ahead, wrap baked burgers in plastic and refrigerate, they can be microwaved 45 seconds for an awesome meal.

I hope you enjoy making and serving these pretty baked burgers as much as I do!


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Friday, September 7, 2012

Preview to Farewell Leaves

I don't know about you, but I am feeling the crisp morning air and anticipating the wonderful Autumn weather. Just around the corner leaves will be changing colors and dropping soon after. I already have some doing this now. It is one of the prettiest times of year here in Colorado. So I decided to look back into my blog and last year when I had barely started my blog.. I had posted some beautiful pictures, that I am going to share again with you now. They were from my Cottonwoods in my yard, and I don't think a single person even looked at the post. So now I will do a little preview of my fall leaves in my yard from last year 11-26-2011.


With Thanksgiving past, and what a wonderful time it was, I am now switching gears to prepare for Christmas. For me this means saying farewell to the gorgeous Autumn color pallet.
I will first take down all my Autumn leaf garlands and little pumpkins and gourds, etc. Out with the oranges, yellows, reds and browns. What a pretty pallet of colors.

This always makes me a little sad because I don't believe my Harvest theme gets enough time to be on display. Next year I must start right in September!

Just like my pretty trees, the leaves just start to glisten in gold and a cold snap hits and BOOM! They all drop to the ground! Don't blink or you will miss it.
So I decided to share a couple of pictures I took of my large Cottonwood tree that was in full golden beauty just a few week ago. I really believe that trees change to these fire colors in the Fall so we will look at them in awe. Not to mention, make us feel as if we are really the worlds greatest photographers.

It is really God that does all the work, but He gives us these beautiful views to photograph, paint, or just enjoy. We can feel good about it. Thank you Father for the beautiful Autum color pallet! I love it.

Hope you enjoy my trees pretty fall colored leaves!

Little Susie Home Maker