Monday, May 27, 2019

Tried Something New


Happy Memorial Day to you and yours.
Thank you to all who have served and
are serving to keep us safe.

We had a year-end breakfast at school
last Friday. We were asked to bring a
breakfast treat, so of course I hit up
Pinterest and found this delicious

Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins
and Pecans
Serves 6  Gluten Free

What you need:

1/2 c  Raisins
2  baking Apples--tart yet sweet
cut inch 1/2 chunks (approx. 2 cups)
2  large eggs
2 c Rolled oats, old fashioned
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 c light Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 c Walnuts OR Pecans-- divided
4 T unsalted Butter--melted
2 c milk

Preheat oven to 325.
Grease 8 or 9 inch baking dish
with butter.

In a medium bowl, combine the
oats, brown sugar, 1/2 cup of
nuts, raisins, baking power,
cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

In another bowl break eggs then
whisk together; then whisk in the
milk and vanilla until combined.

Add the milk mixture to the oat
mixture, along with the melted

Scatter the apples evenly on the
bottom of the greased dish. Pour
the oatmeal mixture over the top
and spread evenly. Sprinkle
remaining nuts on top. Bake for
40-45 minutes until top is golden
brown and the nuts are set.
Serve warm or at room temp.

This went over well and Mr. Ken
had the leftovers.
This is a great dish for those of us
who do not traditional oatmeal.

Holidays are coming, family will
be around--make this for a breakfast
buffet. Enjoy!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Happy Weekend


Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Please take a moment to remember
those who served our country and are
no longer with us. Thanks to those who
are serving today to keep us safe.
If you are celebrating with family and
friends, please be safe. Especially if
you are with high water.
Keep those in your prayers that had
devastating Tornados too. This has
been a weird weather month for sure.

I made it, I survived this school year!!
I was pretty sure at times I was not
going to make it but I did.
Now I can relax and have fun. So
looking forward to it too. Hopefully
I can put a bit more effort into this
little blog of mine. "Country Dreaming"
will turn 10 this year!!! I find that
amazing. Thanks for hangn' with me!!

Enjoy your holiday weekend!!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kitchen Hacks


*Note this is not my kitchen. The
owners must not use this one. :)

Kitchen Hacks is our topic on the
'ol blog.

1. Make hard boiled eggs peel real
easy by steaming them in a steamer
basket that is suspended over boiling
water for 15 minutes. Shells supposedly
slip right off.

2. When roasting veggies, place the pan
in the oven as it preheats. As the veggies
hit the pan they get a jump on browning.

3. Need powered sugar? In a pinch,
pulverize granulated sugar in a spice

4. To keep things warm like Mac and
Cheese, serve it on warm plates. Use
the "warm" setting on oven.

5. For speedy meatloaf, place
individual portions in a muffin pan
bake at 450 for 15 minutes.

6. Ignore egg dates. WHAT? The best
way to check an egg to see if it is a good
one is by placing the egg in water. It will 
SINK if it is still good and FLOAT if it
is not. But please use your own judge-
ment. I'm picky about my eggs.

7. When grilling, put your raw meat
on a foil lined pan. After the meat is
on the grill toss the foil and keep the
pan to serve the meat.

8. When toasting nuts always make
more than you need , these freeze well
and you will have them on hand when
you need them. You don't even have to
thaw them.
The perfect toasting temp is 325.

There you have it. Hope you found one
or two useful.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Well, It is May!



**Long post...bear with me.

I was reminded in a comment on my
last post that May has arrived and I
know that but May for us arrived in
a whirlwind of horrible weather.
Rain (LOT'S of it ), thunder, lighting
and wind.
Woke up on the first to a geyser coming
out of our sump pump and water in our
family room. Mr. Ken stayed home to do
cleanup and I went to school, an hour and
a half later I came home to help. It took a
total of 12 hours to clean up the water
mess and the messes it created.

On the first I was supposed to have a job
interview at a brand new Early Childhood
Center after leaving a message to possibly
move the interview, I received a message
that the interview would not be held because
they could not pay what I wanted and they
would not be providing benefits at this time.
So the Merry month of May did not start off

We had rain the rest of the week and spent
the first weekend of the month finishing 
putting the sump pump back together from
Mr. Ken's temp fix and spreading dirt to fill
in gaps to keep the water away from the
foundation. We also put in a short wall
to redirect water from one of our down-
spouts away from the house. We continued
to have more rain this week, as of this writing,
we are waiting for the next storm. "Oh bother "
as Eeyore would say.

Moving back to the interview...I was bumbed
to say the least but as time has passed and I
have heard some different things in regard
to next year it was probably for the best.
Plus the drive would have been 10-15
minutes added to my current drive.
This has not been a good year and I know
that I have said that before but truly this
has been "THE WORST" of my 19 years at
school. We have 10 1/2 days with kids and
I have one more day after they leave, plus
our department is switching rooms with Kindergarten!
So there are six rooms moving. Lots of
packing going on for sure.

Hoping these last few days of school go a
bit more smoothly than Monday and
Tuesday went, today was a bit better but
still no recess due to the weather.

Thanks for listening, hope everyone's days
are going more smoothly than ours.

~Keep on Dreaming~

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