Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas in July Finale

Happy Friday to Everyone!

This is our last installment of

"Christmas in July."

Today we are talking: Gifts

and I have two fun activities 
for you.

Paper Clip Angel

Items Needed:

Butterfly Paperclips

(any office store should
have them)
9 mm Pony Beads
1/4" ribbon

1. Hold the clip in your hand and 

squeeze the "wings " a bit if needed.

2. Cut your ribbon approx 12" long 

and fold in half. Trim the ribbon so 
you can slip on the bead.

3.Slip the ribbon through the middle 

of the clip, pull up making sure the 
ribbon is even then slip the pony 
bead on.

4. Tie and knot and you are finished.

Go to youtube for a video if you 

need a visual. Google "Paperclip 

Super easy and fast!

Great for small trees or package 

Peanut Clusters

These are sooooo simple
and fast too!

1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips
1 (12 oz.) bag dark chocolate 
1 (10 oz.) bag peanut butter chips
(secret ingredient)
1 (10 oz) container of peanuts
Wax/Parchment paper
Baking Sheet (s)

In a microwave bowl mix the
chips together and cook in 
the microwave for 2 minutes.

Stir well, add the nuts and 
stir again.

Drop by a spoonful on a wax
paper lined baking sheet.

Place in the refrig to chill.

Package in containers, bags etc
and give to family, friends and 

These are also "kid friendly"


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas in July

Good evening!

It's Tuesday soooo 
YOU know what time it is!!

Tuesday Trivia--Christmas 
Trivia to boot. Music Trivia

Questions first, answers last.

1. What song goes "a rum, pum, 
pum, pum?"

2. What popular Christmas carol 
is considered a lullaby?

3. Which Christmas song goes 
"giddy-yap, giddy-yap, giddy-yap 
it's grand?"

4. What color of Christmas does 
Elvis have?

5. What are the only two reindeers 
named in the song "Here Comes 
Santa Claus?"


1. Little Drummer Boy

2. Away in a Manger

3. Sleigh Ride

4. Blue

5. Vixen and Blitzen and all his 

Hope you had fun!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas in July

Happy Christmas in July!

Today we are talking: 
Christmas Stories

Debbie Macomber

*Christmas Letters
*Glad Tidings
*The Perfect Christmas
*Home for the Holidays
*A Cedar Cove Christmas
*1225 Christmas Tree Lane
(A Cedar Cove Christmas 

Fern Michaels

*No Place Like Home

Ann Pearlman

*The Christmas Cookie Club

I have read all but one and 
that is the last one, I am 
reading it now.

Save this list for December or
mix it up and read a Christmas 
story now while in is HOT!


~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, July 24, 2015

Vacation Hightlights

Holy Batgirl! What is this? Is it a 
bird? Is it a plane? 
No! It's Painted Pianos!!!!

Pianos on Parade or POP is 
program  by Keys 4/4 Kids 
and KCMTA-Kansas City 
Music Teachers Association.
"A local non-profit organization
that sells donated pianos. Profits 
from the sale of the pianos fund
various charitable programs.
KCMTA is celebrating 100 years
of music instruction in Kansas

The pianos are on tour at various
locations--sidewalks, parking lots,
storefronts, movie theater lobby
even a Farmer's Market venue.
The goal of the project is to
"turn sidewalks, parks, store-
fronts into concert halls and
create fun ares for people to 
stop and play."

Check out the knitted feet on the 
bench. Most of the pianos have 
been painted by kids and 
professional artists.


I must interrupt here to say
This is my FAVORITE of the
ones we've found so far.
Love the Farm Theme. 
This was the one we found 
at the Farmer's Market 

So creative!




We still have more to find.
There are rumored to be 
around 100 popping up in
and around the city!

Hope you enjoyed the 

~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vacation Hightlights

Last Wednesday we went on a 
Free Public Tour of the 
Boulevard Brewing Company.

Brewery production and new 

In a turn of the century brick 
building on the Historic South-
west Blvd., a vintage Bavarian 
brewhouse was installed in 1988 
with the mission to "produce fresh 
flavorful beer using the finest 
ingredients and the best of both old 
and new brewing techniques. 
Production began fully in 1989.

The Brewery offers three types of tours. 
The Free Public Tour and Tasting which 
is first come first served. Arrive early! 
The Smokestack Tour and Tasting by 
reservation only, focuses on the Smoke-
stack Series Brew-"a bigger, bolder and 
higher alcohol content brew."
The Unfiltered Tour by reservation only,
this tour goes more in depth into the 
brewery and it's production.
Plus they have 3 event spaces to rent for
weddings. receptions, meetings etc.

Are you ready?

Tickets for the 11:00 tour.

I'd like to introduce Bob--our tour 

The famous Smokestack.
Bob told us that back in the day
this used to be a laundry facility
for the railroad.

On the way up the stairs.

A look

inside the

brewery production line.
Boulevard is best known
for their Unfiltered Wheat 
Beer, which is what is on 
the line in the pic.

Not everyday that on finds their maiden 
name on a beer poster.

Jazz and beer go together just right

for Kansas City. This was taken from
their beautiful patio.

Guess who? Getting really good
at the "Selfie thing."

Part of the tour is a tasting of two
beers each. They had a board 
with a number of brews available 
for that days tasting.
They were pretty good but not at
all used to drinking beer at 11:45
in the morning.

Fun place to tour. If you are in KC
check it out.

Friday we will finish with the
Vacation Highlights.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, July 20, 2015

Vacation Highlights

Last Tuesday we went to Independence, 
Missouri to visit the Harry S. Truman 
Library and Museum. A popular place 
for  school trips and summer visits.
Truman was the 33rd President after 
an 18 month Vice-Presidency and the 
death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Upon 
the death of  Roosevelt he was sworn in 
as President and took on WWII. 

The library is currently running an 

exhibit on WWII. It is the 70th
Anniversary of the war.

The library was dedicated in 1957 and 

since then millions have visited the 
library to learn more about 
the "Man from Missouri."

Born in Lamar, Missouri in 1884 and 

died in Kansas City, Missouri in 1972.

Inaugural Gala artifacts.

Life Magazine showed a glimpse of 

America in 1952 as Truman was 
preparing to leave office. This is one 
of the many pages from that series. 
"Kansas City in 1952."

A life size bronze sculpture of Truman

in one of the galleries.

Across from the statue on can view

the Flame of Freedom which is located 
in the courtyard. Also in the courtyard
 are the gravestones of the President, 
his wife Bess, his daughter Margaret 
and her husband Clifton. 

Seventy years since WWII. A time of 

turmoil for millions.

I found this poster to be very interesting.

Funny but not really.

This is a poster showing a WOW. 

A Woman Ordinance Worker.
If you remember your history,
women left traditional jobs such 
as domestic service to help in war
production, then in WWII at it's 
height, over 15,000 women
comprised 42% of the Armory 

This is a replica of the Oval Office as it

was in 1950. You could just imagine the 
President stepping into the room at any 

This time capsule located on the 

museum lawn is dedicated to the 
President. It was formally dedicated 
in 1976, sealed in 1977 and will be 
opened on May 8, 2076. What will 
the world be like then??

Tickets and guide to the library and 

Do you have a Presidential library near 

you? Have you been to it?  If not, go 
check it out.
There are 13 of them in the US. Four of 
the former Presidents are still living and 
nine are deceased.

Tomorrow we will be off  to a new 


~Keep on Dreaming~

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