Changes Are Afoot

I have been making changes in my Etsy shop. I am focusing on making it better. I am selling keepsakes, which is a wide variety of things. This makes me happy since I like creating an array of items and they will work perfectly in my shop. In my shop you will find jewelry, keychains, journals, signs, keepsake boxes, picture frames and bottles. Some of the items you will not find yet, but I am working on it. I may even sell some of my vintage/antique items that I have and are ready to part with. Also, I have dropped my prices for the mementos that are already for sale in the shop.
Check the shop out:

I also rearranged my craft/office room. I am now looking out the window from my computer desk at my beautiful backyard. I took the small table that I was using for crafts and put it in another location in the room. The large table I bought to originally do my artwork on, I am finally using it.

This blog has also undergone a change. I always like …

Arizona Railway Museum

This hidden gem is tucked inside the community of Chandler, AZ. You will see an array of historic/vintage trains of all types and sizes. You can see the insides of three trains and see how people traveled from yesteryears. Inside the first car with the gentleman sitting on the sofa is where the movie Terror Train was filmed. In the movie you will see a jukebox at the end where the movie poster now sits.

Tumbleweed Park Ranch

Chandler, Arizona

REO Speed Wagon

The vehicle, not the band.

In 1915, creator Ransom Eli Olds presented his latest addition of the REO Motor Car Company to the world, the REO Speed Wagon. This buoyant motor truck was the forbearer of the pickup truck. Ransom’s business was one of the leading producers of commercial automobiles previous to World War II. There was an array of different Speed Wagons to serve an assortment of needs. They manufactured pickups, panel trucks and passenger buses to help with essentials such as deliveries, towing, dumping, fire trucks, hearses and ambulances. Some Speed Wagons were altered for varies necessities. They offered the “Gold Crown” series of engines for more power and other models to step up sales. By 1936, REO was only producing trucks and in 1953 production stopped all together. The rock and roll band, REO Speedwagon, appropriated their name from this automobile.

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Spinach/Avocado Bread Dip and a Cocktail for Dinner

Who says you have to have the typical meal for dinner. Sharon and I like to shake it up now and then. One of the nights I stayed at her place, we made a spinach/avocado bread dip and chased it down with a chocolate cocktail. This is how each was created and the recipes:

Stretch crescent roll dough on cookie sheet. Pinch seams together. Mix in bowl 8 oz. cream cheese cut in cubes, 1-1/4 c shredded mozzarella and 1 c parmesan, 1/2 c chopped spinach, 1/2 c. Diced artichoke hearts, clove minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt pepper. Form into ball. Put on dough and pull it up around the ball and put seam down. Brush with melted butter, parsley, garlic powder. Cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cocktails: homemade caramel sauce on rim then cocoa powder. Ice, coffee liquor half and half. Caramel sauce: 1 c brown sugar, 4 T. Butter, 1/2 c. Half and half cook low medium 7 mins on stove. Add pinch salt and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Store caramel sauce in fridge to use in coffee.