Monday, June 11, 2012

Thrifty Vintage Finds

 You know how you are driving down the street with no intentions to shop for vintage antique collectables, and then something happens. In my case there was a young man waving a Thrift Store sign trying to get my attention. And He did! So I pull into the little shopping center on my way home from a doctors appointment. It looks like a little second hand store, just a hole in the wall. Hmm.. This might be interesting!

So I venture into the little store. It is a bit messy and cluttered. I see some shelves with dishware. I start looking and the prices are not bad! My eyes first make a b=line straight for this little pyrex stackable square dish and lid in red! I have been wanting one of these! I am so surprised to see this in here! I look at the tag and it says $1 , yes!! It is in good condition, too! So looking more diligently, now. I wonder what else I may find in this shopping adventure. Then I spot  a milk glass vase and a milk glass bowl. They are marked $2 each.  I am starting to get excited now. This is really getting fun!

Now, you know my love of chickens. Here is the sweetest salt shaker, but no pepper to be found. It says made in Japan on the bottom. The little hen and rooster scratching to eat. So cute! I don't mind a little chipping along the bottom. No price tag. I will ask.

 As I go through the store, there really is not a lot of so great stuff. Mostly just second hand clothes, etc. But then I find a little bin and dig out these sewing notions! Oh, me, oh my! One zipper marked 50 cents and one marked a dollar. I grab up the cards of little hooks and eyes, and a card of buttons to cover.

 I wonder how old these are?

Check out the lady on the zipper pull packaging! Isn't she pretty! I am so pleased with my finds, I get this feeling that I am getting away with something! Gee, why do I feel this way?

Getting ready to check out and ask the attendant what they want to charge for the sewing supplies, I spot some pictures hanging on the wall. 
Nothing too special...  except this!

Isn't it lovely! It is a heavy molded frame of some kind of metal. The glass has a curved dome shaped, with the prettiest floral print in the frame! The back is a sun faded purple felt. The price tag.. $2 eek! I am really happy to take that to the register as well. I ask the kind lady behind the counter what the unmarked items will cost and she decides to charge me $8 for the whole bunch of goodies! I am thinking,  "WOW! I Scored!! Yippy!!" But I politely tell her, "Thank you so very much." with a smile.

I am so happy that I saw the young man with the thrift store sign waving me into the parking lot! I am feeling very happy and blessed with all my vintage discoveries! And I feel that some times these little unexpected changes in our day are the little things that make an ordinary day just a little bit more special!

Do you ever get excited when you find some little treasures?


Little Susie Home Maker

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Little Susie Home Maker's Baked Hake or Cod

Baked Hake Fish Recipe
Recently, I came across some beautiful Hake fish filets. They are considered a white fish and said to be similar to Cod with a mild flavor. Being sure to include fish in our diet is a great way to increase our cardiovascular health and good brain function. So please, count me in!

When it comes to cooking fish. I always love to oven-fry mine. Here is my recipe that I use to oven-fry these wonderful fish fillets. Please feel free to substitute your favorite fish in this recipe!

Susie Home Maker's Baked Hake (Cod)

4 Hake or cod fillets
Juice of 1 lemon, (or lemon juice in a little yellow plastic squeeze container)
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 400* F
Place butter, olive oil and 2 cloves of crushed garlic in a small saucepan over simmer. 
Slowly melt butter while stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, rinse and pat dry the fish fillets with paper towels. 
After the fillets are dried, cover them with lemon juice on both sides. 
Pour the melted butter mixture into a pie plate or shallow dish. 
Next, saturate the fish well with the butter mixture.
In another shallow dish that is filled with the bread crumbs, 
place the fish fillet and turn to coat evenly.
Then you can place the fillets onto a shallow baking pan
 that is coated with about 1-2 Tbsp oil.
Repeat with remaining fish fillets.
 In a small bowl add mayonnaise, pepper, salt 
and remaining 2 cloves crushed garlic and mix together.
Spoon mixture onto the top of the fish fillets on pan.
You can leave this mayo mixture off, 
but this adds a lot of flavor to the mild fish, so I slather it on!
Place into oven and bake for 20 minutes. 
Fillets should be flaky and golden.

Serve on a favorite platter. 
This goes well with a wild rice and roasted veggies, and a simple green salad!

My family loves this dish.
I hope that you will try it. 
Do you like to include fish in your weekly dinner menu?

Little Susie Home Maker

It's Looking Like Fall Again

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