Friday, November 21, 2014

You've Got Mail


Your responses to this idea have
been FANTASTIC! Thank you SO

Here are the first four greetings
that went out. Yes, I did stamp
and put a return
address labels
on each of them.

Two stayed in Kansas, one went
to New York City and the other
went to southern Missouri.

More will be going out this week-
end. So be watching those mail-
boxes. Remember to e-mail me
your address if you would like a
Kansas greeting!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, November 17, 2014

You've Got Mail


Good Afternoon!

So today we are begining something
new for the holiday season. For the
rest of this month, through next
month and ending on New Year's

The holidays are a time for connecting
with those we don't see or hear from
very often. It used to be a time when
families sent Christmas cards and
letters too.  So this holiday season
Country Dreaming is introducing:
"Hello, from Me to You!"

Over the past years as a blogger I
have heard from or recieved goodies
from many of you--my blog friends.
I have saved each new address and
put it into my "Blog buddies address
book. So...

In the upcoming weeks I will
be sending post cards, notes,
greeting cards etc. to my
blog friends. If you would like
to join the fun let me know. If
you have addresses of blog
friends, you can send greetings
If you would like a note or card f
rom the Midwest and you know
that I don't have your address, 
just e-mail it to me.

We live in a time where social
media, texting and e-mail has
taken the place of a good ol'
greeting in the mail.

So be watching your mailboxes,
there might be something in there
from me!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Fall Outing

Good Morning--I hope everyone is
staying nice and warm.
Today we have the last Fall outing
installment of "catching up."


On a cool Fall Saturday...


this fantastic foursome loaded in the
car and headed out to an apple orchard.
We stopped at one but it seemed to us
to be closed so we went to a different


A cool windmill at the entrance.


The boys rode the bus


and the girls posed with the apples and


Pumpkins galore for sale.


BUT...this is what we came for!
The variety we got to pick was
Empire. Had not heard of this
variety before but they sure
were tasty. Makes great apple-


Oh, they never stop being boys.
Dan and Mr. Ken ready to
pick some apples.


Would you look at that! Using this "tool"
was a lot harder than it looks!


These three look like they are up to
no good. But at least apples were


Ta-Da! We did itm there was enough in our
basket to split evenly between us.


Future farmers of America?
NOT!! :)


A short rest in the gazebo for
Ms. Nancy and Ms. Melinda.


We made some new friends while
walking around. His other companions
were elewhere on the grounds.


Inside the barn,


More new friends.


Last stop...The bakery.
Oh boy--do they have the
yummies here!

We had a great adventure at the orchard,
It had been a very long time since I had
picked apples, Mr.Ken had never picked
them before and our buds had some

So that is it, I think I am caught up with
our Fall fun outing and adventures.

Come back on Monday because I am
introducing something fun for the holiday
season and I hope you will join the fun!!!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Food For Thought


Today we are going back in time
for a little food trivia. So settle in
and buckle up.

The 60's

Andy Warhol exhibits his  famous
Campbell's Soup Can painting.

Julia Child's "The French Chef"
TV show debuts.

Pop top aluminum cans open
a new way to enjoy soda with-
out a bottle opener--Coke being
the first to introduce this concept. 

New products hit store shelves:
Cool Whip and Tang appear.

Pringles appear in stores. Don't
recall these until I was much older.

Toasters become the most popular
kitchen appliance.

Fondue loved it then and love it now!

Other interesting arrivals in the 60's:

Ambrosia Salad
Vodka Martinis
Deviled Eggs
Seven Layer Dip
Moon Pies
Cuban Sandwich
Berry Granola

The 70's

Bell bottoms and the "Me
Vietnam War ended in 1975.

Crock-Pots made a lot of meals
in this decade for many families.

1972 introduces One Pot Italian

The "Brunch Culture" puts
Quiche at top of the menu.

Ben and Jerry's opens in 1978
with gourmet ice cream.

Holiday Blue Cheese Logs make
an appearnce at dinner parties
and buffets.

The 80's

Boomboxes hit the music scene,
just in time for artists like Michael
Jackson and Madonna.

Cabbage Patch Kids hit the stores
along with Rubik's Cubes.

It's all about Health Food--including
bagged salads and microwavable
alternatives such as Lean Cuisine.

The Stock Market Crash of 1987
leads families back home for
dinner and the casserole dish
appears with dinner in it. Top
picks were Mac and Cheese
and Hash Brown Casseroles.

Other things from the 80's:

The Tex-Mex movement.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Tuna Noodle Casserole

The 90's

More interest in healthy eating
continues with "fat-free", "low-
salt" foods. Also, "sugar-free"
"lite", "baked."

Jam Thumb print cookies came
from Martha Stewart 's thoughts
on "nesting." A time to enjoy
family and friends.

New to the 90's

Grilled Fish Tacos
Frozen Pizza gets a
makeover with self-
rising crusts
New York Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Crunch
Cereal Bars
Forrest Gump---"Life is
like a box of chocolates."

The 00's

Food Network debuts
Rachael Ray and other
celebrity chefs

Pinterest--nuff said :)

Artisan Breads
Fancy Cupcakes

Old terms and new ones:

Vegan, gluten-free and
locally sourced foods
become popular.

Bacon Flavored ANYTHING!

Lettuce Wrapped this and that



A lot has changed over the years,
we have gone from dinner and
cocktail parties to backyard BBQ's.
Less formality to more a more casual
way of living.  And... I have been
around for most of it. Oh WOW!

What do you remember from the
past decades?

Happy Veteran's Day to all who
haved served and those that are
serving. Thank you for all you do
to make our country safe!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Secret Ingredient

Good Morning All!

It's time for: Sunday Savor

I have a fun recipe today so
pull up a chair and relax.

Surprise Meatloaf

Take your favorite meatloaf recipe,
divide in half, place one half in the
bottom of a sprayed loaf pan.

Mix together:

3 C Shredded frozen hashrown

1 tsp. Parsley

1/ 2 C shredded cheese

Place the potato mixture on top of
the meatloaf half in the pan and
top with the remaining meat
mixture. Pinch close if necessary.

Bake for 1-1/4 hours. Sometimes the
potatoes may take more or less time
to thoroughly cook. If in doubt cut
into the loaf to check.

This recipe comes from the Penzey's
Spice Catalog. They suggest that this
will serve 10. At my house it served
2! We did have leftovers for lunch.
It was yummy good.

Let me know if you try this.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, November 6, 2014




In early October we had the privilege
to help this couple celebrate...


Yep, that's right 60 years! Mr. Ken's
Aunt and Uncle celebrated 60 years
of marriage! In this day and age I
find that to be AWESOME!


Aunt Agnes-she's the lovely lady in


Uncle Arnie-one of the most orneriest
guys (in a good way)  that I have ever
met. Arnie is Mr. Ken's Dad's brother.


Aunt Agnes had a wonderful display
of framed pictures and photo albums
of pictures taken over the past 60
years so fun to look at them.


The beautiful cake. There was also
cupcakes too!

The tables set up in the barn had
more framed photos, this being
one of them.

It was a fun afternoon for family,
friends and neighbors to celebrate
such a wonderful occasion!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, November 3, 2014

Shh...Someone had a Birthday this Weekend!!


This past weekend was my birthday.
29 again...
Saturday we went on a little shopping
trip to a variety of places I like to go.
Mr. Ken trailed around with me to most
places and was a good sport about it.
Fun, fun, fun!

Sunday we enjoyed a Thai lunch at one
of our favorite Thai restaurants.
Pad Thai for me and Beef with Peanuts
for Mr. Ken. Yummy good.


We went to Smallcakes for birthday


Pink Vanilla goodness. Love this place!

Oh yea!!!

It was a wonderful birthday weekend
and the celebrating continued today
at school with a party in the afternoon.
One of my co-workers made a delicious
Apple Spice Bundt Cake.  More yummy

~Keep on Dreaming~

We Believe!!!

We Believe!!!
World Series here WE come!!!

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  • Garage/Yard Sales
  • Mission Road Antique Mall-Leawood, Ks

Goodies to Treasure

  • Children's Tea Sets
  • Snowmen
  • Vintage Linens

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