Thursday, December 31, 2020

Bye 2020!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to Everyone!

Our wish for you is that 2021 is 

grand and glorious!

~Keep on Dreaming~

* Picture is from Facebook

Thursday, December 24, 2020

That Time Again

From our house to yours!
Mr. Ken and I wish a Merry 
Christmas to you and your 

~Keep on Dreaming~


Monday, December 14, 2020

Christmas Craftn'

Have you made anything for Christmas 
this  year?
While "thumbing" through Pinterest I 
saw some easy things to make. Now 
to find time to make these.

1. Fill a salt shaker with a bit of
faux snow, put a little bottle brush 
tree down inside, place lid on the
shaker and tie some baker's string 
around the lid.

2. Paint scraps of wood white, put
a face on the front, tie a scarf  
around the middle and you have
a Snowman. Make several.

3. Turn a yard stick into a tree 
by cutting the stick into pieces
and arrange in a tree (triangle 
shape.) Don't forget the trunk.
Glue on the surface of your 
choice or tie the sticks together.

4. Paint flower pots to resemble
Santa, Snowman, Elf -add a jingle 
collar. Fill with candy and give to
family and friends.

5. Turn old corks into trees by 
painting the ends green, glue
into a triangle shape and add
a hanger. Decorate the ends of 
several corks, stack most to 5, 4
3, 2, 1 on top of each other and
glue together. Add a trunk.

There you have it. Happy crafting.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Stories of the Past

Hope everyone is well.

This evening's post is on an exhibit I went to 
Thanksgiving week. Socially distanced of 

Our county Historical Museum put on this exhibit. 
It highlights the museum's quilt collection and the 
stories of the families who made them. All the quilts 
combined patch together the unique history of our 
county. When you think of a quilt, what comes to 
mind? Do you think of why we use them, the story 
behind them, who made the quilt?
When seen as a historical artifact, they are more 
complex. History, emotion, family and friends come 
to mind. Quilts of the past represent special events 
and were gifted then passed down to family and 
friends as they are today. Every quilt tells a story as 
does every family.

Below are some of the quilts in the exhibit. They had 
id tags and stories about each quilt but I did not post 
those pics.


The quilt above was a fave of mine not for the quilt 
itself but for the story behind it. 
Betsy Ingalsbe Thomas made the quilt, She was born 
in Massachusetts in 1788. Her son brought the quilt 
to our county with their family. He and his wife had 
a daughter, Jessie. She was a smart child. As a young 
woman she taught in the county schools. She saved up
her money in order to go 
to a Women's Medical College 
in Chicago. In 1886, she earned her medical degree and 
sat up a medical practice in a neighboring city here. 
Doctors made house calls back then and she traveled 
around the area providing care for  area residents.
In 1905, Dr. Thomas married. In those days women 
gave up their jobs once they married but before she 
married she made her fiance agree that she could 
continue as the community Dr. Go girl!  In the pic 
above the quilt, you can see her Dr. bag.
**you can also read the rest of the story above , 
I have given the highlights. Click on the pic.

This quilt has an interesting story also. Click the 
pic if you are interested.

I love the stories behind old quilts. New ones too. 
Such a fun exhibit to see and for most of the the 
time I was there, no one else came in so I could 
putze around without feeling like I was in the way 
of someone else.

Happy Friday!

Blogger would not let me me changes to this post,
please forgive the jumps.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, December 4, 2020

Twenty-One Years Later


Mr. and I have been married 21 years today!
Last year (thankfully) we renewed our vows
now a year later we spent a quiet evening 
More celebrating will take place over the 
weekend but for tonight we are just hanging 
out and I can't think of a better person to 
hang out with!

Enjoy your weekend and be safe.

~Keep on Dreaming~


Monday, November 30, 2020

Bye Bye November


Short post today--

As we leave November and begin December,
I wish you HOPE, PEACE, FAITH, LOVE and

December is the month for these.

Happy December!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, November 27, 2020

Who Likes Shopping?


Popping in with my annual PSA for Shopping

Tomorrow is Shop Small Saturday. This year 
more than ever our small local shops will rely 
on us shoppers. I know that Amazon and the 
big box stores are necessary to shop in but if 
we can let's try and help out those Mom and 
Pop stores, those that are just starting out 
and those cute little fave stores we enjoy.
A lot of our stores are offering curbside 
pick up, if you aren't comfortable going 
in a store, see if they have that as an option.

Good luck! As I write this post, I think Mr. 
Ken is working on what we call "covert 
operations." Basically that is code 
for "don't be nosy."

~Keep on Dreaming~

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Time for Thanks

Mr. Ken and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
may you have a day filled with all things good.

We will be hanging at home but all will be good,
the menu is set and we will have a delicious
Thanksgiving lunch just the two of us.
I am sure we will talk to family during the day,
watch football and enjoy the peace the day will

Then Christmas will hit the floor!

Thank you, my blog friends for hanging
with me during this crazy time. I am thankful
for each of you!

Enjoy your day!

* Update--I made the apples and pecan recipe
for tomorrow, Mr. Ken said they were 

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving Week



While looking through Pinterest 
(which I should not do.) I came 
across this recipe that would be 
great for an addition to your 
Thanksgiving table. I am going
to try this one!

Thanksgiving Southern Fried 
Apples with Pecans

Prep Time 5 mins    Cook Time  
10 mins      Total time 20 mins

5 apples -cored, peeled and 
4 T butter
2 T granulated white sugar
2 T light brown sugar
1/2 T lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 c pecan pieces

1.  Prepare apples
2.  Melt down butter in skillet 
on medium heat, this should 
only take a few minutes.
3. Add apples, sugars, lemon, 
salt, pecans and cinnamon on 
top of apples.
4. Stir apples. As you stir, the 
sugars will break down and 
become syrupy liquid.
5. Keep coating and stirring 
the apples on med-high heat 
for approx  6 minutes.
6. If the liquid is evaporating 
too quickly or starting to burn 
down, you can adjust the temp 
to med-med low.
7. After 6 minutes, put a lid on 
the skillet and let the apples finish 
sautéing on med-low heat for approx 
6 minutes or until theyare crisp tender. 
A knife should cut through an apple but 
not be mushy. If need be, cook a little 
Serve hot for breakfast or as a side 

Looking forward to trying this one.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Things of the Past


Hello! Hope everyone is having an awesome 

I ran across an interesting article on Family 
Heirlooms in one of my Country Living 

The article was titled "12 Ideas For Family 
With most of us hanging at home and cleaning 
our areas of "clutter," maybe you have ran across 
things that you are not ready to give up yet.

Here are some of the ideas:

1. Turn pins or brooches into napkin rings by 
looping thread through the bar pin then tie 
around your napkins.

2. Use old silver coasters as Placecards.
Paint part of the coaster with chalk paint. 
Write names with erasable chalk markers.

3. Arrange old photos in a "Family Tree" in a 
shadow box. Draw a simple tree shape on 
watercolor paper, cut the paper to size of your 
box frame. Paint the tree with watercolor paints.
Add mini clothespins with hot glue then clip pics 
on the pins.

4. Display odds and ends in a Cloche.
They could be person specific too.

5. Turn baking tins into frames for recipes.
Print out old favorites, cut card stock to fit 
your pan or tin. Glue to the inside of tin then 
glue your recipes inside of the pan or tin. 
Hang up using adhesive strips. These could 
be pie pans or tart tins.
Another use for old faves is mod podging 
recipes to the outside of a wooden recipe 
box. A recipe could also be put inside the lid. 
Make copies of the recipes unless they aren't 
meaningful to you.

6. If you have a torn or stained quilt that you 
can't part with, choose the "good" areas to 
stretch over canvas for wall hangings.

So, as you are "going through things" maybe 
some of these will work for you.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, November 13, 2020

Happy Friday!

Hello! Hope everyone is doing well!

No school today, happy for a day off. 
Got to spend some time with friends 
today, lots of fun and laughter shared 
as we enjoyed a BBQ lunch.

Our numbers keep going up so this 
might be the last time I gather with 
friends for awhile.
Nothing has been said but I feel it 
coming. Came home to Mr. Ken still 
working but able to spend time with 
him as he worked. We have decide to
spend Thanksgiving hanging at home,
as I think each family unit in our family
will do. It was a hard necessary decision
to make.

Family is utmost right now. So are friends.
It is so hard to be apart from either group
but we want everyone to be safe. 

My hope for you is that you are healthy,
safe but still see family and friends via
the internet.

Have a great weekend!

~Keep in Dreaming~

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Time is Tickn" By

Happy November!

October sure flew by. We ended it
with 12 trick or treaters. Pretty
surprised that we had that many.

Hope everyone is doing well. We are
plugging along. The time change has 
been a bit tough this go around but I 
think we are catching up.

Tomorrow Mr. Ken and I are off 
on a small day trip. No school for
the kids so I took the day off and
so did Mr. Ken. the weather is 
going to be so nice and time away
is just what we need.


I had a birthday, it was quite but nice.
We will do a bit more birthday fun this

Hope to celebrate the kitchen being done
soon. This project is taking FOREVER!

More on our trip in my next post.

Take care of yourselves.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, October 30, 2020

Halloween Fun!


October is winding down my friends...

For today's post we have some
Halloween Jokes.
Everyone needs a little humor right 

Here we Go!

1. How do you fix a broken Jack 'O 

2. What song do vampires hate?

3. How do you open the door to a 
haunted house?

4. Why is Dracula so unpopular?

5. What do call witches who live together?

6. Where do ghosts go when they are sick.

7. Why didn't the 
zombie go to school?

8. Why was the little ghost crying?


1. With a pumpkin patch.

2. You are my Sunshine.

3. With a Skeleton key

4. Because he's a pain in the

5. Broommates.

6. To the witch doctor.

7. He felt rotten.

8. Because he wanted his Mummy.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Halloween Fun


Hello! Hope all is well with everyone.

Halloween is approaching and it will be 
so different than past ones. I will be 
posting some more Halloween fun as
the week goes along.

These were posted on Pinterest last year.
They are cookie trays and pizza pans
decorated for Halloween.
Love them but never made them. My
favorite is the Frankenstein. These would
be fun for a "social distance" craft night
with friends and family.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Fall Photos

In past years we have had studio photos taken,
but the studio we used closed. One day while 
flipping through Facebook, I happened upon a 
local photographer who was offering Fall pkgs. 
We signed up and the above pics are some she 
took. Kayla made our session so fun that we are 
planning on signing up for Christmas pics.
Hope you enjoyed.

Take care and be safe!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Wait! It's October?


I think a lot of us have spent the last several
month wishing this year away...well here we 
are. October 2020. Doesn't really feel like
October. Not sure what it feels like though.
We are trying to find ways to have "normal"
in our lives but this pandemic still gets in
the way. Will keep trying though.

So let's talk about things we like in the Fall.
The graphic above has a lot of my Fall fave
things. Our mornings are crisp but warm up.
We have a couple of pumpkins and Mums.
When we went to the Cider Mill a couple of
Sundays ago, we had some Cider doughnuts
and picked up some apples. which I will 
use to make applesauce.

Last weekend, I was able to get some Fall
decorating accomplished.

What do you enjoy most about October/Fall?

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fun Fall Recipe

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well!

We took a short trip Sunday to our local
Cider Mill. We picked up some apples, a
yellow pumpkin and some candy corn.

Later that day I was able to get to one of 
my favorite Antique store. It is in an old
school so a lot of the rooms are used by 
different vendors. One of the things I 
collect are the Gooseberry Hardback 
Cookbooks. One of  the vendors had 
five for sale, the one I picked up was 
Country Quick and EasyAs I was 
looking through it, I found a 
"quick" and short recipe for:

Carmel Apple-Dip

8 oz. pkg, cream cheese,
1/4 C honey
1/2 C caramel ice cream topping
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3 to 4 green apples*, cored and 

In a medium serving bowl, combine 
cream cheese, honey, caramel topping 
and cinnamon; beat until smooth. Store 
in refrigerator until chilled. Serve with 
apple slices.

Makes 2 cups

*I would use different apples, green apples
are not my fave.


~Keep on Dreaming~

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