Wednesday morning I woke up with the song lyrics “Dream, Dream, Dream” by the Everly Brothers running through my head. I have no idea why unless it was a sign from above for me to write about dreams for my column (obviously I’m taking that to be the reasoning).

I rarely dream. Or I guess more to the point is that if I dream I don’t remember when I wake up. Such has not been the case lately.

About a month ago, I dreamed I was going from one house to another at all the houses facing south on Fourth Avenue between 19th and 21st streets. As I was leaving one location for the next, I noticed a man across the street who was knocking on a door. He noticed me and started heading towards me. I spoke a word of greeting and then told him the owners of that house would probably be back soon (evidently in my dream I knew the people who lived there even though I don’t in reality). As I continued walking west on Fourth Avenue the man began to follow me. I picked up my speed, and he continued to do likewise. Finally at a run, I had almost reached 24th Street when a coworker whipped around the corner in a pickup truck (which is amazing since he doesn’t own a truck). I started waving frantically and he slowed down. I jumped in the bed of the truck and started yelling “Drive! Drive!” He sped east on Fourth Avenue while the pursuer lagged behind and couldn’t catch up.

Then ... I woke up!

My heart was racing as if I really had been running. What was the first thing I thought of when I realized I had been dreaming? Food, of course. I remembered the old saying about what you eat before you go to bed will affect your dreams. Whether that’s a fact or not, does anybody really know?

I can’t recall having a “running” dream since my days in high school and that was spurred on by a friend telling me her dream one day of our geometry teacher chasing several of us friends around the school. (Could it have been a guilty conscience of not turning in homework or something?) But really our geometry teacher frightened several students — including me on occasion. She probably stood six feet tall without shoes, but since she usually wore at least four-inch heels she towered over all the girls and most of the boys, too.

OK, fast forward to last Saturday morning. I dreamed of cornbread! Now, does anybody in their right mind dream about cornbread? I can’t help but question my sanity. As I was waking up from the cornbread dream, I realized I had better make some because I had promised a coworker that the next time I made cornbread, I would bring him some. He had made the comment a week or so previously that he really likes it, but it is rarely made at his house. So what did I do? I made cornbread Saturday around lunchtime. Since I knew this coworker was working over the weekend, I brought it to the office along with some butter. I fulfilled my promise. Of course, the coworker in question is currently on a diet and gave the cornbread to another coworker!

My real question is this: Why am I having such quirky dreams? Is there going to a dream-interpretation seminar anytime soon? I’ve always been fascinated by why some people have vivid dreams while mine are usually more of milquetoast variety. But here I am now dreaming weird things.

Quite truthfully, if I’m going to dream about food or something of that nature, why couldn’t it have been one of the following recipes? Once again, it is a recipe I received from Krista Hibbs. If you recognize Krista’s name it could be because her Rocky Road recipe made the paper two weeks ago. Some folks know how to send on the good recipes and I like to use them! Enjoy!

Dreamsicle Mix

1/4 cup granulated sugar, mixed well with a few drops of red and yellow food coloring

1/3 cup powdered coffee creamer

1/2 cup dry milk

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup Tang

Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Dreamsicle Warmer

Place 3 tablespoons dreamsicle mix into a cup with 1 cup boiling water. Stir until mixture is dissolved. Top with mini marshmallows, if desired.

Dreamsicle Cooler

Place in blender 1/3 cup dreamsicle mix, 8 ice cubes and 1 cup milk. Blend until ice is crushed.

Dreamsicle Shake

Place 1 scoop of soft vanilla ice cream, 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup dreamsicle mix into quart jar. Place lid on jar and shake until ready. (Personally, I just use the blender!)


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