In the Kitchen

Spicin’ up Kitchen Organization

This little kitchen organization project has made me actually use these fabulous ingredients!  No more shutting the cabinet in frustration, this has made creative cooking quick and efficient! Feel free to trace and print the alphabetized list to spice up your kitchen routine!This blog site may contain affiliate links that will not take you to crazy… Continue reading Spicin’ up Kitchen Organization

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Mason Jar TRAPPED THOUGHTS

You know those swirling thoughts, anxieties, fears, that stay on repeat in your mind? I suppose I needed a physical representation and action to stop the mental cycle.

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

“Life is very simple -”

I just found this gem in my Bible from 1994. Looks like life would have been simpler if I had continuously followed my "younger me" advice:

In the Music Room

Piano Music for the FUN of it!

As a little break from the everyday lesson books, I've put together a music list that is great to keep students engaged in piano playing over the summer! These books are perfect to motivate students! Best for students who have taken a year or less: Jazz & Blues Level 1 Disney Level 1 Popular Level… Continue reading Piano Music for the FUN of it!

In the Music Room, Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Skinnamarink

I pull this happy song out with my music students every year for Valentine's Day. It's a favorite of mine from childhood, as my mom always sang it with us in the car. "I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening 'neath the silvery moon..." It occurred… Continue reading Skinnamarink

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

4:44

The time of day that I was born has certainly never been a big deal to me. What is a big deal, though, is that it was huge to my dad. As a teenager, when my dad would look at me and wink and just say 4:44, it was his secret way of saying "dad… Continue reading 4:44

In the Kitchen

Lazy Potato Soup

This recipe, born of refusal to go to the grocery store on a cold day, isn't just easy, it's pure lazy! To make it even lazier, make sure to cover the crock pot with a liner so there is zero clean up! Enjoy! This blog site may contain affiliate links that will not take you… Continue reading Lazy Potato Soup

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Kyla

Ever been so low that you just couldn't put one foot in front of the other? Hopeless doesn't even begin to describe how you feel? As I sat on the steps of my townhouse 5 years ago, staring at my wrist, I was there. Heartbreak upon heartbreak, I couldn't see through the tears. A thought… Continue reading Kyla

My Favorite Things

“Cinderella”

So I just told a robot thank you… While I was able to spend time with my daughter, fold laundry, empty trash, and walk the dogs, she vacuumed my whole house! I had some initial guilt over buying "Cinderella." However, I was drowning in dust & constantly sick, two jobs, my daughters' activities, and being… Continue reading “Cinderella”

In the Music Room, Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Musical Positivity

I thought I'd share some of the quotes from famous musicians that are posted in our music room. Find some time to sing or dance this weekend!

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

40 days ‘til 40

I'm there. My birthday is an event I usually ignore, but this year it's glaring at me. So instead of wondering what's next and feeling like I'm at a roadblock, I'm going to view this as a pathway to plans for hope-FULL future. Here's my blue-eyed why: I rarely share my goals, probably out of… Continue reading 40 days ‘til 40

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

Love’s Pure Light

At the Christmas Eve Candle light service last night, a phrase of "Silent Night" caught my attention: love's pure light. Last December, I was struggling with the concept of loving my neighbor. Somewhere through the trials life brings, I had become very jaded in my views, and had difficulty trusting others. Like a lightening bolt,… Continue reading Love’s Pure Light

In the Kitchen

Easy Apple Pie

Need a last-minute quick and easy dessert for company? Though it doesn't have the fancy designed crust, your family will be saying, "how 'bout them apples!"Scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe card. Enjoy!This blog site may contain affiliate links that will not take you to crazy websites.  If you purchase something, I might… Continue reading Easy Apple Pie

In the Kitchen

Perfect Pound Cake…

...so entitled because I've made so many cake flops before that I can now share some fool proof tips. I remember the first cake I made. It was a chocolate cake for my then-boyfriend's 16th birthday party. Embarrassed, I presented a platter full of crumbled cake-pieces and stuck candles in it. Baking cakes is a… Continue reading Perfect Pound Cake…

In the Kitchen, My Favorite Things

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My earliest memory of baking is with my dad, teaching me to bake chocolate chip cookies.  It's remained one of my favorites to bake, what can beat a fresh chocolate chip cookie hot from the oven?          Airbake Natural 2 Pack Cookie Sheet Set Baking cookies turned into my first job.  Dad… Continue reading Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the Kitchen

Fantasy Fudge

Nope, not my recipe. In fact, it's straight from the marshmallow Jet-Puff jar. But, in honor of Dad's birthday today, I'm sharing because of all the "fantastic" times he surprised us with fudge!

Positive Thoughts - Just Because

LIVING with Asthma

I do not mind that it's raining. I am thankful to be walking in the rain. I am thankful to be walking! As the school year ended and summer vacation approached, I had one goal. Spend time with my daughter and dogs, and hopefully to do that through lots of walks and jogs together. The… Continue reading LIVING with Asthma