Monday, February 27, 2012

Beautiful Green Egg!

I got the most wonderful surprise! I hope you enjoy it too !

 While collecting my eggs from The Little Red Barn, ( I love calling it that, he he!)
 I was blessed with my first green egg!

And as any normal person would do..  I wooped and hollared and jumped up and down.. 
Ran into the house and showed the family with much delight!

Look, look!! Isn't it pretty!

See, I haven't had any green egg layers for years. Last fall, while I was at the local feed store, I looked in the bin that they had all lit up with heat lamps. In the straight run bin (That means unsexed girls and boys mixed)

 I saw them! 
Little striped backs like chip munks. 
I gently picked one up in my hand and looked at it's little face! I was looking for tufted cheek feathers!

Yes, they had them! Cute little faces!
I never wanted to keep peeps through the winter, 
here in Colorado, 
but these are rare little birds for me in this neck of the woods!
(Unless I mail order large quantities)

So I prayed they were Araucanas, or Americaunas 
which are known for their beautiful green and/or blue eggs!

I picked out 4 and then went to the Pullet (baby girls) bin, which was full of little black pullets (usually brown eggs layers) and made sure to get one baby girl. 
I knew that all my straight runs could end up being boys, 
and wanted to know if I took care of babies all winter, at least one would be a girl.

So the chicks have been housed in the nursery side of my coop all winter. 
Where they have been kept warm and fed and away from the older flocks.
In a recent post I was pleased they started laying!
 I ended up with three tufted cheek pullets, one black pullet, and one very pretty tufted cheek cockerel! I was getting a little brown egg a day! Must be the pretty black pullet!

Now don't get me wrong! I love all the eggs that all my lovely girls lay.

But if this doesn't say photo shoot, what does? 
I just adore all the colors from soft pinks through the browns and white and now green!

So I hurried and didn't even iron my vintage family tablecloth, 
Got out one of my favorite jade-ite glass plates, 
and now you know why this is one of my most favorite colors!
I love the color of Jadeite and the color of this egg!

I also, just recently started playing with Google Picasa. 
So bare with me on this. Just having fun!!

I hope you enjoy my pictures. Please share any comments you wish to leave.
I am always so amazed when I hear from one of my kind readers. You are the best!

Little Susie Home Maker

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vintage Egg Cartons

 Many people like to collect vintage items. Here is a collection of beautiful egg cartons from my friend Sandie of Steadman's Corner. I decided to put them in a group with my new-old milk glass egg cups in front of my newly remodeled dish rack, china hutch, cabinet! (Isn't that what we all call them?) See inside the yellow carton? Those are fresh eggs from my girls in My Little Red Barn! 
6-month old pullet, see her cheek tufts?

So I was visiting Sandie at Steadman's Corner when I was looking at one of the beautiful photographs that Sandi takes. She is not only a Vintage Junkie, but a great photographer. I commented to her that My Girls (my chickens) would love vintage cartons like that. (Actually, it was me)

Sandie was just so kind to send me these cartons. Isn't she just the sweetest person? Thank you, Sandie. You are the greatest! She also included that vintage chick card, it says "Slick Chick" I love it!

My 6-month old pullets are beginning to lay eggs finally!

They have been integrated into the whole flock and are getting along just fine. Chickens are curious creatures. They love checking out each others diggs. Here are a few of my older ones checking out the nursery side.

This is 10 month old "Speedy"
Isn't this Rooster pretty? His name is Speedy. When he was just a peep, my son named him that, because he was just so speedy! The surprise came when we realized he was a boy, because he was sexed as a girl! We love him, anyways!

Thanks Sandie, again for your generosity and I hope you like my pictures of the cartons!

Blessings to everyone,

Little Susie Home Maker

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Little Susie Home Maker's Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

Little Susie Home Maker's Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Ever want to put a quick and easy smile on your families face with a yummy semi-homemade treat? I love things that are easy, but have that home made touch. This morning, I looked in my refrigerator and saw a package of crescent rolls. These little guys would be perfect to add some sweetness to breakfast.

Home made "Happy Cinnamon Sprinkles"
Now I don't know about you, but I discovered this secret magical happy ingredient years ago when my children were very little. It is, "Happy Cinnamon Sprinkles" other wise known as Cinnamon Sugar. I actually discovered the happiness myself, as child, when my own mom would make cinnamon sugar and sprinkle it on fresh buttered toast. That was always so good!

So this morning, I took the crescent rolls, and lightly buttered them, 

Sprinkled them with Cinnamon sugar,

 rolled them up

 and baked as directed.

Fifteen minutes later, we had warm, yummy Cinnamon Crescent rolls. 
Everyone enjoyed them along side breakfast.

The kids are thrilled once again, and how simple was that.

Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

Hope this adds a smile to your face.
Remember, you don't always have to work hard to bring a smile to somebody.

Little Susie Home Maker

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I am seeing Dots!!

Good evening everyone! It is time to reveal the Dotty Swap between myself and Mom Wald's Place. Back in January our lovely hostess, Holly from Cutie Pie Cottage organized a most wonderful swap. She wanted to hold her very first Dotty Swap. It was a great idea and many responded. 

My partner for this swap was Mary and her lovely blog Mom Wald's Place. Thanks Holly for all the fun!
Mary, packed me the prettiest 3 packages in the cutest red and pink dotty tissue.

The first package that I opened had this pretty little refrigerator notepad with this wide-eyed owl on it. 
And Mary wrote this kind little note. She included a yummy little box of Jelly Bellies!

The second little package had the most precious little hand made clutch in it!

 Look at the pretty fabric, different shades of pink and green dots, with tiny kittens and flowers, also in bright green shades! The inside lining is a light green with white dots.

Mary hand quilted these layers together with many brightly colored embroidery floss circles, or dots! The little flap is held together with tiny snaps. I can't wait to use this! It is such a handy size, and ready for Spring time!

On to the third package.. That is Harley there on the table having fun discovering what is inside. He is curious! Yes this is so exciting...

It is the prettiest hand embroidered linen towel. Look at the little saucer with red polka dots! Oh, my it is tumbling around, dots are all around the towel! Doesn't it look happy!

 Look how pretty all of this is. I am just so happy! The linen towel is so pretty, too It has such a pretty edge and embossed floral, that is hard to see in the picture. Mary did the most delicate stitching. The red will be perfect with all my kitchen accessories. I think I may use it as a table center topper for the dining room.

This picture is sideways, I don't know why, because when I transfer it from the computer, it is not.. so look sideways..

This is my Harley, he is always in the middle of all my crafting, so he was interested in what Mary sent as well.
Here is another close up of the pretty tea cup stitching...

Mary you have been a wonderful partner in this swap. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into these beautiful exchange of gifts!

I pray that Mary likes the Dots I sent her as much as I will enjoy mine!

My dotty gifts for Mary
 Here is a sneek peek at what I made and sent to Mary, but go see for yourself!
Dotty tags I made for Mary. That is Harley's paw in the bottom left corner! He likes them too!
Holly, Thanks so much for having such a fun swap!

God bless you all!

Little Susie Home Maker

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Hoo" Wants a Valentine?

Not a long post.
Just want to wish my friends a Happy Valentine's Day!
I think these little wide eyed owls are just so cute. Don't you?

Little Susie Home Maker

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Seven Random Things About Susie

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing great. February is well on its way, and here in Colorado, we have been enjoying a lot of snow and freezing temperatures. Well, maybe we are not always enjoying it, but it sure looks pretty!

If you haven't visited White Wolf Summit Farm Girl, go take a peek and let Heidi know I sent you! She really is a great gal, and has a very nice blog. I am really happy that Heidi and I have met through blogging, and that we can follow each other this way.

To my joyful surprise, Heidi awarded Little Susie Home Maker with The Versatile Blogger Award! She asked me if I would accept it.
Oh, me, oh, my... Yes I will! Thank you Heidi!
It is so kind of you to notice my little blog and sure appreciate the recognition!

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award-
  • Add the award to your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
  • Mention seven random things about yourself. (see below)
  • List the rules.
  • Award to 15 bloggers.
  • Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.
Seven Random Things about Susie
1. My favorite kind of food is Mexican.
2. I wish I owned my own pottery kiln.
3. I learned to play Fiddle by ear when I was a teen.
4. My favorite color is green, but most people think it is red.
5. I cry everytime I watch Titanic.
6. I can never remember peoples names when I first meet them. (I hate this)
7. I would rather spend time with my family that any other thing.

I award the following 15 Blogs with The Versitile Blog Award:
Wow, That was fun picking these blogs and my list could have gone on...
I have had so much fun reading, learning, and exploring these blogs. I have had fun choosong these blogs to pass this award along, and hope they accept them, But even if they don't (I know eveyone doesn't do this) I still hope you visit, because they are great blogs!

Bless you Heidi, and thank you for reading my blog.
Happy Blogging everyone!

Little Susie Home Maker

Monday, February 6, 2012

These Cupcakes say LOVE

Pretty cupcakes, yummy!
 My favorite cupcake say, "Love", by the hands of my children.
Today, I am bringing you a reminder that some of the simplest things bring the greatest pleasure.
I know that there are so many wonderful recipes, and cute and beautiful decorating ideas for cupcakes that are really nice. 

But to just get in the kitchen with your kids and make a simple box of their favorite flavor of cake mix into cupcakes, seems magical. 
They enjoy their accomplishments!

Don't forget the frosting that comes already made and some sprinkles. 
I keep a large variety of sprinkles on hand.
 We make the batter and fill the pretty paper cups, set the timer and bake.
When the timer goes off, the children can hardly wait for them to cool.

I let my children open the frosting and decorate to her own content!
They are so pretty and so yummy. Each one made with love. 
Don't forget to let them lick the spoon! My favorite part. as well.
 Remember to really enjoy your kids. 
Let them have fun, and show off their cupcakes with the family! 
These are Cupcakes that really say LOVE.

Little Susie Home Maker

I am thankful for my children.

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