Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today is...

Remember the Summer Day--- We have a pictorial story for you today. We started the summer with a hospital visit.
Being with friends old and new.
Baby J
Many meals from the grill.
Flower Power!
Farmer's market fun.
Sales, sales, sales.
The newest addition to our
family--Miss Emily!
The family reunion--most of us are
here in this picture. Ken's Dad is one
of five and this is his wild bunch.
Sister Cindy, her family and Ken's
youngest brother were not able to
make the reunion.
The boy's birthday!!!!
As I look through these and all the
other summer pictures we have
taken, I realize how busy we have
been. I am ready for the changes
Fall brings and hopefully a lot of
the things we have had to deal with
over the past few months will settle
themselves down and we can get on
with other fun stuff. I hope that you
summer was and continues to be all
that you have expected!!
~Keep on Dreaming!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

So Easy

Sunday Savor *************** Sunday's will be bringing you an easy recipe. So pull up a chair and relax. ************************** Today's recipe: Italian Sausage Skillet Lasagna ***From my kitchen*** 2 grilled Italian sausages cut into chunks 2 C. noodles 1 C. spaghetti sauce -your choice ***add more if you want it "saucier" Mozzerella cheese--amount is up to you I used about 1 1/2 C. **Cook noodles according to the package drain. **Mix with the spaghetti sauce **Add the sausage chunks In a skillet, place the above items and mix together then sprinkle with the cheese leave on low and cover until cheese sets or melts. Enjoy!!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, August 28, 2010


This is Mr. Ken and I
1-We ran errands this morning.
2-We had lunch at on of our
favorite Mexican restaurants.
3-Tried to get our cars washed at
fund raiser but the line was too long.
4-Went to the hardware
store to pick up items for
Ken to clean in the garage.
5-I worked in the yard and
cleaned out old plants so I
could plant some mums. :)
~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, August 26, 2010

For Me

Taking the day for myself.
Be back soon!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Looking Heavenward

This evening we will be
having a Full Moon!!!!
~~~Tonight's moon will
be in Pisces, which is the
sign of dreams, illusions
and a spiritual connection
~~~The August full moon
is sometimes called "the
sturgeon moon" or "the
green corn moon" accord-
ing to Native American
~~~This will be the most
distant moon and therefore
the smallest of the year.
~~~In a full moon, the
moon is opposite the sun
in the sky from our vantage
~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, August 22, 2010

On the Side

Sunday Savor ************** Sunday's will be bringing you an EASY recipe to enjoy. So pull up a chair and relax. ***************************** Today's recipe: Easy Mac and Cheese--- From the Kitchen of Mel ~~2 C of macaroni (your choice) ~~Any seasoning you like (I use a no salt seasoning mix-amount is up to you) ~~1 1/2 C of milk (more if you like soupy mac) ~~2 T of butter ~~1 T of dried parsley Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain. Return to pan -- add milk and butter. Stir together to get the consistency you like. Add the cheese--let it melt and the stir together again. Make sure you watch the cheese melt so as not to burn. If you need to add more milk or butter do so at this time. Stir in the parsley. Turn off the heat and let set for a couple of minutes. Serve with your favorite main dish or vegetable. ******************************** This is more of an "approximately" recipe-depends on your likes and dislikes.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just Thinking...

"Slow down and everything you are
chasing will come around and catch
you."~~~~John De Paola
" The bad news is time flies. The
good news is you're the pilot."
~~~Michael Althsuler
"Half our time is spent trying to
find something to do with the
time we have rushed through
life trying to save."~~~~Will Rogers
"Spring passes and one remembers
one's innocence
Summer passes and one remembers
one's exuberance
Autum passes and one remembers
one's reverence
Winter passes and one remembers
one's perseverance."
~~~Yoko Ono, Season of Glass
"You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it."
~~~Charles Buxton
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor,
summer an oil painting and autumn a
mosaic of them all." ~~~Stanley Horowitz
~Keep on Dreaming

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Where Did The Summer Go?

Yes, it is THAT time of the year!
I entered the public school system
in 1968--Kindergarten and finished
my school career in 1984 with a
college degree. I'll tell you things
have changed a lot!
For today's stimulating trivia, I
thought I would share some school
observations, remember that I work
in the public school system.
THEN------------------------- NOW
1/2 day Kndg. ------------ Some have full day
Rest time in Kndg.--------No such thing
Cookies and Milk----------Nutritious snacks
Lots of parent help--------Both parents work
Recess was for fun---------Limited time outside
Holiday parties------------ Interferes with learning
Less Special Ed.------------ More Special Ed.
Less diversified------------- More diversified
Less behaviors-------------- More behaviors
Chalkboards----------------- Whiteboards
Chalk -------------------------Dry erase markers
Card catalog -----------------Internet
Encyclopedias ---------------Internet
Limited computers ---------Computers in class
Breakfast at home ----------Breakfast at school
Home after school---------- After School care
The cost for school when I was young
involed supplies and new clothes. There
may have been more but my parents
dealt with that. High school cast a bit
more BUT nothing like today and of
course college was on it's own plain
when it came to those costs and it still
is today.
One of the things that blows my mind is
how little schools and children's education
is thought of these days. NOONE wants to
fund anything where schools are concerned
and school administrations are all wound
up about testing and good scores so they
get that gov't funding. Today's classes are
run on getting ready for test time. Whatever
happened to those days wher teachers got
to actually teach and help their students
learn? It's no wonder we have sooooo many
children and young adults who are having
tough times in the real world.
I'll get off my soap box but it really TICKS
me that Education is so low on the Gov't
totem pole!!!!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, August 15, 2010

One Tomatoe, Two Tomatoe

Sunday Savor ***************** Sunday's will bring you a recipe to enjoy! So pull up a chair and relax! ***************** Today's recipe is good for the abundant amount of tomatoes that we are getting now. ***************** FRESH TOMATOE SAUCE From the kitchen of BHG and Melinda *Fifteen lbs. of tomatoes (this will yield approx. 2 quarts of sauce) *Chop tomatoes *Cook down until the sauce coats the back of a wooden spoon *Portion and freeze *Add seasonings when you use the sauce ***************** Good uses for this sauce-- Pasta Chili Salsa Soup ******************
For this side dish, I used the
sauce after I made it--I put my
spices in at the time of cooking.
Served over shell pasta.
Of course, this can be made to
suit your needs. I cook the amount
of tomatoes I happen to have and
spice accordingly or freeze for later.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Super Saturday Sales

Fill a box for $5 and that is what we did: Mr. Ken and all of his " techy stuff." This was part of the box sale. Cool Christmas goodies---love the snowman. More goodies--the muffin tins will be used as a candle holder (green) and a drawer organizer (tan.) I have put the glass boel to use as another candle holder. Have yet to do anything with the LARGE green bowl. Suggestions??? Aren't these cute? They are place- card holders. From Crate and Barrel. They are waiting for Halloween. Misc. goodies--sewing patterns, cross stitch patterns books and some really cute wedding wrapping paper. A plaid table runner, white fabric, and a black and white scarf. I didn't realize till we got home that the plaid fabric was already a runner. I needed some white for a lining--whoohoo and the scarf will go on my black purse. EVERYTHING you have seen came out of the box except the roll of wrapping paper. **************************************** Goodwill finds: this may be a repeat-- if so sorry. The silver napkin holder is now holding scrapbook paper in the "new and improved " sewing room. The flower teacup is there too. Today we stopped at a couple of sales. At one I found several bags of pony beads. $1. Great for school crafts!
We hit a church sale also and they
were having a special--fill a bag
for $7.
AND that's what I did!!!!!
Speckled eggs, three red buckets, a red
tin, candle holders, Pick up Sticks, an
egg shaped Santa, a plant holder, bubble
gum machine and a caddy for markers at school.
The gum machine will start holding
buttons that I will not use. For decoration
Gooseberry cookbooks--Merry Mixes.
Books and two dolls for school.
Plates, vases and candle holders to make
those stands that EVERYONE is making.
There is a mystery with the three plates
They are made by: Royal Albert
Bone China England--Lavender
BUT!!!! There is a hole in the
middle of each plate!
Who knows why???? I'll just
have to cover the hole when they
are used.
That bag held a lot!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Craziness!!!! Part 2

Update on Mr Ken--(see
After being at the hospital ALL
day after beign told approx. 3hrs.
I'm happy to say that Ken is home
and doing GREAT! He even was
able to sit in a restaurant and
have some dinner. Which was good
since he was STARVING!!
The Dr. reported that they were
able to get most everything on
BOTH side with some small
fragments that would/should
pass naturally.
At this time he SHOULD NOT have
to have the other procedure --going
through the back. Right nowhe's
sitting up and goofing around on
his computer. He is scheduled to go
back for a follow up in three weeks!
Thanks for all of your thoughts and
prayers they helped and we really
appreciate them.
My training went well and I passed the test afterwards!!!! It was a little
hard getting back in the swing of
going to work after being off for the
summer. More training tomorrow
and getting our room put together
for the little darlings on Monday.
Woo hoo!!!
~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This post is early as you will see
6:10 am
Wake up
Ice Tea
Hair/ Makeup
7:00 am
Gather belongings
Visit with Ken
7:20 ish am
Leave for a training session
that will go all morning
8:00 am
M in Mandatory am training
for school
Ken will be getting ready for
outpatient surgery today. His
Dad will pick him up at 10:30
am. He is to be at the hospital
for check in at 11:00 for surgery
at 1:00 pm.
After I finish my training then I
will drive to the hospital and see
what's going on.
***I will keep you posted as to
how the surgery went.
We will be on "school schedule"
beginning Friday so posts will in
the late afternoons or evenings.
~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Since it has been sooo HOT for a lot of us this Summer, I thought we'd take a moment and cool down--you know "chill out." The origins of ICE CREAM go back to about 60 AD. The first ice cream parlor in America opened in NYC in 1776.

Haagen Dazs was created in 1959 by

Polish born New York businessman

Reuben Mattus. The Danish sound-

ing name was also invented by him

and the ice cream had a map of

Scandinavia on the carton.


In 1843, New England housewife

Nancy Johnson invented the hand

cranked ice cream churn. She

patented the invention but lacked

the funding to make and market it

herself so she sold the patent for

$200 to a Philidelphia kitchen


~~French ice cream is enriched

with egg yolks.

~~More ice cream is sold on

Sunday's than any other day

of the week.

~~Vanilla is the top flavor in the

US followed by chocolate, vanilla/

chocolate, fruit and cookies and


~~Favorite topping is CHOCOLATE

~~The world's first soft serve ice

cream machine was in an Olympia,

Washington Dairy Queen.

~~At one time it was against the law

to serve ice cream on cherry pie in


Top five ice cream producing

states: CA, IN, OH, IL and MI.
Here we have Mr. Ken in "Mel's
Diner" in Piegon Forge Tenn.
He is going to "try" their ginormous
banana split! Yes, folks he ate it
ALL!!! I saw it with my own two eyes.
The biggest ice cream sundae ever
made, was 12 feet high, made with
4,667 gallons of ice cream and
7,000 lbs. of toppings. 1985 CA
Take a page from this puppy's
book and ENJOY!!
All images EXCEPT Mr. Ken
are from Google Images.
~Keep on Dreaming~
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