Happy Homemaker

Housewifemakingcake_3Today I took enjoyed a step back in time, pretending I was the domestic goddess my mother was. I even pulled out my Mom’s Kenmore sewing machine. The antique we used when I was growing up was so hard to thread that I’d have to call Mom to the basement to help me every time it came undone, which was often. By the time I graduated from high school, Mom upgraded her machine to a 1978 Kenmore "Zig-Zag Sewing Machine," with it’s built-in cabinet. I’m too embarassed to tell you how long it took me to figure out how to work the prized Kenmore (I never did get the fancy zig-zag feature to work), but here it is . . . that little bit of stitching on my paper apron.


Here’s what it looks like with the recipe card outside the apron pocket.


Img_1243_3Here’s the card recipe:
Stamps: Tart & Tangy and From the Kitchen Of
Summer Picnic Designer paper, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, and Whisper White

Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Embellishments: Blue Bingham Ribbon, Bashful Blue buttons, 1/4" Polytwill Old Olive ribbon
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Fiskers Embellishing/Border Punch, Cuttlebug folder, and Mom’s 1978 Kenmore

You’ll notice my recipe card doesn’t actually have a recipe, so I thought I’d offer you one of my favorites, my Uncle Gerald’s Tamale Pie. Uncle Gerald was a salesmen for Del Monte in Indianapolis during the 1970s, so, well, get out your can opener.

1 lb. ground beef
1, 12 oz can whole kernel corn
2, 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tsp. sugar
dash salt and pepper
1 or 2 tsp chili pepper
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup olive chopped
Cornbread batter (follow your own recipe or follow the directions on two packaged corn muffin mixes)

Cook the meat, onions and green peppers in skillet until the vegetables are tender and the meat is done. (You do not have to brown the meat, just cook it until it’s done.) Drain the grease off the meat; add the corn, olives, tomato sauce, and seasonings, but not the cheese. Simmer this for 20 minutes until it thickens. Add the cheese and stir it until it melts.

Put all this is a 9" by 9" by 2" glass dish (sprayed with Pam). Spread the uncooked cornbread batter on top of the meat/vegie/cheese combination and bake it at 375 degrees or until the cornbread is brown.

So, whether you’re a fab career feminist or the SAHM of the new millenium, I hope you enjoyed our trip down happy housewife lane.


Sweet Comments

  1. Nannette says:

    Thanks for the recipe! That apron is so cute! And that is the exact sewing machine that I have! My mom bought it for me, with the cabinet, as a wedding present! And, no, I don’t do anything on it other that straight stitch, for piecing my quilts! zig-zag, what’s that?!? lol !

  2. I have been on a mission to find a good tamale pie recipe! It’s been my dad’s favorite for years, but never gets to eat it. Happy Father’s Day to him! :) Cute apron too! I just really love those! :)

  3. That is SO CUTE! love the apron.. zig zag stitch or not!
    thanks for sharing. Very inspiring blog Sharon!
    Liz (Fellow Track Niner!)

  4. Linda ~ You have out done yourself with this one!!! This is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time…Thanks for the recipe too!!

  5. Linda, Linda, Linda ….. this apron is jaw-dropping CUTE! Love it! Every single detail is just perfect, especially the stitching! Well done, my friend!

  6. I have this same sewing machine…it was the first one I bought and I still have it!
    The apron is adorable and I am going to make one and hang in my kitchen. I’ll have to put one of my mom’s recipes on the card and put on display. Thanx for sharing!

  7. I know I’ve told you on the Card of the Week group site, but what a FAB card! You got a shout out over at Card of the Week.com — check it out at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/05/card-of-the-w-3.html
    Thanks for sharing your work with us!

  8. Linda, great job on this–SO lovely!

  9. carol v says:

    My old machine, looks like that, almost but I purchased mine in 1973, when I had my first daughter, and I have handed it down to her. Your apron is so cute. TFS

  10. This is just about the sweetest thing! My dh was sitting next to me too and he made a comment about it too! Love this! TFS!

  11. Colleen Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing this with me! This is what I’m looking for, Great inspiration. And a tamale pie recipe as well. My DH loves tamale pie and I haven’t made it in ages.

  12. I happened upon your blog because I was lead to the card of the week blog by Julie Buhler and saw your apron. What a cute thing! I already printed your template and want to give it a try! I had fun poking around your blog and am adding you to my reader!
    Have a great Day!

  13. awsome idea

  14. you are right

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