Sunday, November 30, 2014

Project Update



I hope everyone had a great
holiday weekend!

I have been planning this post
for a bit but haven't gotten to it
till now.

Back in October I picked this cutie
up at a garage sale for 5 bucks, yes
5 bucks! I was told that a neighbor
lady made it. Cool.


This is where it lives --in our
dining room.That is a "boom-
box" all right but it is  THE best
machine I have ever had.
Anyway, the Christmas music
will be heard loud and clear. I
made a tassle for the drawer
handle too. Love this table-it is
the perfect size cause the player
used to sit on the floor!


I picked this tray up at an estate
sale. It was damaged and really
not usuable for serving purposes
sooo I bought some chalkboard
paint and painted it...


Got the paint at Wal-Mart.
Took about 6-7 coats to
cover the area and any
boo boos.


After much looking for a holder,
we got it hung up in the living
room!  (Above with flash.)


This one is without flash. Our
walls are really not THAT color.
Very excited to have it hanging up!

The "Hello from Me to You" project
is clicking right along. I recieved a
very cute homemade card from Kerin
at Mill Valley Meadow. More will be
going out this week from me. Some to
the East Coast and the Midwest.

See you in December!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Busy Weekend


Good Morning!

Today is Shop Small Business Saturday.
For those of you who have not shopped
till you dropped today is a perfect day to
locate those special gifts on your list.
Find those small out of the way stores,
shop Etsy or if you have friends that are
crafty order a gift from them. Shopping
small keeps over 50% of the dollars in
your community! Have fun!

Thanksgiving Recap:


We had a quiet Thanksgiving Day, Mr.
Ken and I enjoyed Pork Roast, Green
Rice, homemade Cranberry Sauce ( I
made the Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce)
and sliced bread. For dessert we had
Dutch Apple Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream.


Here's the Cranberry Sauce. Mr. K
loved it!

Round Two of Thanksgiving:


Yesterday we went to my Brother-in-law's
appartment and enjoyed a traditional
Thanksgiving. You name it we had it
and it was yummy!


Veggie platters and desserts. Oh yea!


Part of the crew: Bottom left-my Father-in-
law, then my nephew, another Brother-in-
law and Mr. Ken.


The host and hostess--my Brother-in-law
and his girlfriend.

Picture out of order, oh well. :)

A selfie of Mr. Ken and I at home
Thanksgiving Day.

We hope you are having a delightful
holiday weekend! Remember: Shop
Small today!

~Keep on Dreaming-

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Big Day

Happy Thanksgiving to You
and your families!
Enjoy your families, friends,
food and fellowship of this
special day.

When you give thanks for your
meal and those around you,
please remember those in the St.
Louis area, they really need our

Melinda and Mr. Ken

( Mr. Turkey is sitting in our
neighbor's yard :) )

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Tidbits

It's Tuesday so it must be time for some

Thanksgiving Trivia!!!!

*American's celebrate Thanksgiving
on the fourth Thursday and our friends
in Canada celebrate it on the second
Monday in October.

*Sarah J. Hale, an American magazine
editor, Abraham Lincoln to declare
Thanksgiving a national holiday.

*Abraham Lincoln issued a "Thanks-
giving Proclamation" on October 3,
1863 stating that the third Thursday
in November be set aside as the
national day for Thansgiving.

*Congress passed a law on December
26, 1941, insuring that all Americans
would celebrate a unified Thanks-
giving on the fourth Thursday of
November of each year.

*The first Thanksgiving lasted
three days in 1621.

*Traditional fare that we enjoy on
Thanksgiving was not served at the
first feast, they were said to enjoy:
Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, radishes,
cabbage, carrots, eggs.beans, goat
cheese maple syrup and honey.

*The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day
Parade traditions began in the 1920's.

*In the US, about 280 million turkeys
are sold for Thanksgiving Day.

*The President is presented with one live
and two dressed turkey's. The "live "
one is pardoned and lives the rest of
his life on a historic farm. This tradition
began in 1947.

*The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs
about 15 pounds.

*A  15 pound turkey usually has about
70% white meat and 30% dark meat.

So there you have it. EVERYTHING
you need to know about the upcoming

Don't forget about the "Hello from Me
to You" project going on. More cards
will be going out soon.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A New Twist

It's time for Sunday Savor
so pull up a chair and

Thanksgiving is 4 days away, do
you have your menu prepared?

Today's recipe takes an old
favorite and adds a twist to it.

Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Relish

1/4 C water
1/2 C sugar
1 C fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and
1 whole green onion, minced

Combine water and sugar in a small
saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring
Stir in cranberries. Reduce
heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally,
10-15 minutes or until cranberries are soft-
ened, many are split and juice is thick-
ened. Remove from heat. Stir in the
pepper and onion. Set aside and cool
to room temperature.

Makes: 3/4 cup so double or triple
if you need to.


This recipe came from our local news-

~Keep on Dreaming~

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~

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