Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014



Mr. Ken and I would like to
wish EVERYONE a
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

May it be filled with family,
fun, peace and happiness!

Wow 2014--can you believe it?!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HO! HO! HO!



We wish YOU a Merry Christmas!






~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Something for a Party


Today's Sunday Savor
features two fun holiday
recipes. These would be
great for family upcoming
family gatherings.
So pull up a chair and relax.




Peppermint Oreo
Cookie Balls

6 candy canes, finely chopped
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
36 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
4 pkgs (4 oz. each) Semi-Sweet
Chocolate, broken into pieces,
melted.

Reserve 1 T chopped candy cane.
Mix remaining candy with cream
cheese and crushed cookies until
blended.
Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls.
Freeze 10 min. Dip balls into
melted chocolate; place on a wax
paper covered cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with the reserved candy.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Prep. time: 20 minutes plus
refrigeration/Makes: 48 servings





Chocolate Peanut Butter
Saltine Toffee

16 saltine crackers
1/2 C  butter
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 1/4 C milk chocolate chips
6 T creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously grease an 8x8 inch
pan with not stick pan spray.
Line the bottom of the pan
with the saltines; set aside.

In med pan, bring butter and
brown sugar to a boil over
medium heat. Once at a boil,
continue to cook without
stirring for about 3 minutes.
Pour mixture over crackers.
Bake for 5 minutes. Right
away sprinkle with the
chocolate chips. Let sit for
1 minute, then gently spread
melted chocolate. Place pan
back in the oven and bake
for about 3 minutes.

In a small bowl, microwave
the peanut butter for 15 to
30 seconds or until melted
down. Pour over the chocolate.
Place pan in the freezer for 1
hour to chill.

Prep. time: about 15 minutes/
Makes: 16 servings

Enjoy!

~Keep on Dreaming~







Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oh, Happy Day!



image: Google

It was a hectic morning
at our house so I decided
to go through one of these
on the way to school.
I ordered and pulled around,
when I handed my money to
the drive through guy he said
the nicest thing to me. " Go
ahead, the car in front of you
paid for your order." I was so
dumb struck that I almost
forgot to pull forward. :) 
I also wanted to thank the
person in front of me. Luckily
they were looking in their
rear view mirror and saw me
wave my thanks!
After I got my food and drove
off, I thought-oh, I should of
done the same for the person behind me. So my friends,
that is my mission--to pay for someone else's order when I
am in the drive through. It
really made my day!
What a super way to pay it
forward and help someone
else have a great day!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, December 15, 2013

What do you think?



Sunday Savor brings
you a recipe that you
may want to try for the
upcoming holidays.
So pull up a chair and
relax.




Nutella Cheesecake

2 pkgs. cream cheese,
room temperature
1/2 C white sugar*
1 13oz. jar Nutella
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 graham cracker crust

Beat cream cheese and
sugar until smooth.
Blend in the Nutella and
vanilla until no streaks
remain.
Pour into crust.
Chill for at least 4 hours.
Serve and Enjoy!


*Some make this without the
added sugar because the
Nutella is sweet.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Fun




Webster's dictionary says that
a Tradition is a way of thinking,
behaving or doing something
that has been used by a group,
family, society etc., for a long
time.

What holiday traditions does
your family have?

A favorite meal?
A specific activity?
Special decorating?
Specific places to go?
A family picture?


Do you have your own
holiday traditions?

Lunch with friends?
Special activities?
Sending cards/letters?

Some of our traditions are:

*Looking at the lights around
the city and our neighbordhood.
*Sending Christmas cards.
*Ken buys me a specific
ornament each year.
*We pick Christmas angels and
buy gifts for them. This year it
is a family at my school.
*When we see a Red Kettle we
always try to put a little some-
thing in it.
*Watch--White Christmas.

Everyone celebrates differently
and that is part of the fun.
Looking forward to hearing
about YOUR holiday traditions.

~Keep on Dreaming~





Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Christmas Yummy



As Christmas Tree week
ends, Sunday Savor has
a fun recipe for you, so
pull up a chair and relax.




When I was a little girl,
my Mom always made a
Christmas tree cake for 
me. Somewhat similiar
to the picture above. In
order to bake this cake
we HAD to have an
aluminium cake pan just
like the one below.






Christmas Tree Cake

1 box of  cake mix
(flavor of your choice)
1 tub vanilla frosting
(or make your own)
Green food coloring
Red and Green M&M's

Follow the baking directions
for the cake, pour into your
pan and bake.
Let cook on a wire rack.
While the cake is baking,
tint your frosting with the
food coloring. A lot will give
you a bright green tree and
a little will give you a lighter tree. As most of you know,
start out with a few drops
and add if needed.
Frost the cake in the pan
when cool. Mom never took
the cake out to frost.
You can if you want though.
She then "put the lights" on . (M&M's)

That's it my friends, easy
peasy. Also makes trans-
porting simple too.


This post is in honor of
my Mom. She has been
gone from us for 6 years
today.
Thanks Mom for making
Christmas time FUN!!!


~Keep on Dreaming~


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

O' Tannenbaum



It is National Christmas Tree
Week!

Which do your prefer:

Fresh?
Artificial?

Flocked?
Unflocked?

Small (table top)
Medium
Large

How many trees do you put up?

Do you have a theme?

Specific colors?

For US we have one LARGE
tree, a table top tinsel tree,
one Fiber Optic tree and our
new tree for this year-- one 6 ft
Skinny tree from Jo Ann's after
Christmas last year -70 % off!
I don't put all of them up but
alternate from year to year.
If we like the skinny tree it might
be the "go to" tree each year.

Let the decorating begin!!

~Keep on Dreaming~



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Well, Hello December!!



I have a fun Sunday Savor
for you so pull up a chair
and relax.




December has arrived and
if you have not started your
gift list, put this one at the
top!

These are so fun and easy to
do and as you can see from
the picture, they would be a
great gift for friends, coworkers
and the kid's teachers.

Chocolate Dipped
Marshmallows--
(Famiy Circle 2013)

2 C milk chocolate chips
24 large marshmallows
(from a 10 oz. bag)
Red and green nonpareils
and assorted holiday
themed candies.

Place chocolate chips in a
medium bowl and microwave
on HIGH for 45 seconds. Stir
and microwave for 30 seconds
more. Stir until smooth. Spoon
into a 1-cup measuring cup.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with
wax paper. Using 2 wood tooth-
picks, dip marshmallows in the
chocolate and shake off the
excess. Place on the prepared
baking sheet.

Sprinkle with candies of your
choice. Refrigerate for at least
1 hour.


Makes: 24/Prep: 30 minutes/
Microwave time:75 seconds/
Refrigerate: 1 hour


~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gift Giving



I hope everyone had a
wonderful Thanksgiving!
If you watched any T.V.
today you saw A LOT of
ads for "Black Friday."
Some stores were opening
this evening! Oh boy.

Well, now that Thanksgiving
is almost over most of us will
start thinking Christmas.
Do you  need a gift for someone
special, a neighbor, a coworker
or a family member? If you do,
think small--as in Small Business.

Saturday is Small Business Day.
Take some time to shop local, it
helps the business owner, your
community and who knows you
might end up with a new "favorite"
store. You never know what is
around the corner.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wishes for You!


image: Google


Mr. Ken and I would like
to send Happy Thanksgiving
wishes to ALL of you.

May you have a blessed day
full of family, food and fun!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Spicing up Thanksgiving



For today's Sunday Savor,
I have another recipe for
the holiday and beyond.
So pull up a chair and
relax.





Spicy Andouille Cornbread
Stuffing

Approx. 5 Cups fresh made
cornbread, crumbled
1 loaf of French Bread loaf,
cubed (about 6 C )
3 large poblano chilies
2 T butter
14 ounces Andouille Sausage,
sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, sliced
1 C  canned whole kernel

corn, drained
4 cloves garlic minced
2 C  33%  less sodium
chicken broth
2 large eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
On a large, rimmed baking
sheet, spread the cornbread
and french loaf. Bake 25
minutes. Let cool and transfer
to a large bowl.

Char the chilies over a gas
flame or in the oven on broil
until they are blackend and
charred. Place the chilies in
a paper bag and close. allow
to steam for 15 minutes.
Peel and discard the skins,
then chop and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt butter
over medium heat. Add the
sausage and cook about 5
minutes or until browned.
Tranfer to the bread bowl.
In the same skillet add the
chilies, onions, celery, corn,
and garlic.
Reduce heat to medium and
cook, stirring frequently,
about 5 minutes or until onion
is soft. Add to the bread bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk
together the broth and eggs.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pour over the bread mixture;
toss until coated. Transfer to
a greased 3-quart baking dish.
Bake 35 minutes or until the
top is browned.

Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes/
Serves 10

**I hope you have enjoyed
these recipes for our grocery
ad. If you make any of these
for your holiday meal, let me
know! These three recipes
would be perfect for
Christmas too.

Enjoy!!

~Keep on Dreaming~










Friday, November 22, 2013

Something Sweet For You



For those of you who 
like Sweet Potatoes
this recipe is for you.

Mini Sweet Potato Pies

1  9 inch pie refrigerated
pie crust
1 40 oz. can of sweet potatoes,
drained
3/4 C fat-free evaporated milk
2 egg whites
1/4 C sugar
2 T 100 % maple syrup
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat oven 425 degrees.
Cut pie crust into 4 sections
and form each section into a
ball. With a rolling pin, roll
ball out about 1/4-inch
thickness and just large enough
to fit up sides of a 4-inch ramekin dish.Press dough into 4 ramekins
and set aside.
In a blender or food processor,
puree sweet potatoes, milk, egg
whites, sugar, syrup, cinnamon,
nutmeg and cloves until smooth.
Divide mixture into each ramekin
(about 1 cup each).
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 and continue
to cook  for 25-30 minutes, or until mixtures reaches 175 degrees.
Top with marshmallows and cook
an additional 5 minutes or until marshmallows are a light brown
color. Cool to room temperature.


Prep time: 15 minutes/Cook time:
40 minutes/Serves 4

This would be great for a small
group or double the recipe for
a larger group.

~Keep on Dreaming~



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Little Twist



As I hinted in the title,
today's recipe is a twist
on Pumpkin.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake


2 15 oz.  cans of pumpkin
2/3 C  evaporated milk
2  large eggs, slightly beaten
1 C  quick oats
1 C  packed brown sugar
1 C  all-purpose flour
1 C  melted butter
Whipped topping--optional

Preheat oven  to 350.
Lightly grease a 9-by-13
pan: set aside.

In a large bowl, combine
pumpkin, evaporated milk
and eggs. Pour into prepared
pan.

In a medium bowl, combine
oats, brown sugar and flour.
Stir in melted butter and mix.
Sprinkle over pumpkin filling.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or
until crumbs are golden
brown.
Cool completely.

Serve with topping if desired.

Prep time:15 mins/Cook time:
50-55 mins./Serves 20

I saw this recipe in our grocery
ad for this week. I thought some
of you might like it.

~Keep on Dreaming~





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