In the Music Room

Kyla’s First Recording

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This girl had to be my first post “In the Music Room”. She sings with her heart and soul, and THAT is what music, life, is all about!

Enjoy!

YouTube Kyla 

The first time I played piano for Kyla, my feelings were actually a bit bruised at her howling. As time went on, I realized she was matching pitch and occasionally even throwing in some harmony. She sang with my piano students as they played. One student even started practicing scales just so Kyla would sing with her (whatever it takes!). I can’t even tell you how much we’ve laughed over her singing, and how much fun we’ve had finding her favorite songs!

What I’ve realized is that Kyla, my pretty chocolate lab, sings as a great example to her humans ~ the more heart and soul she hears us play from the piano, the more she gives. She’s the perfect example of “Then Sings My Soul!”, as she just can’t stop herself!

Side note: Lily, our sweet yellow lab mix, hasn’t quite moved from barking into the singing realm. She sure is cute, though!

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In the Kitchen

Corn on the Cob – Fresh & Easy!

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“I LOVE fresh summer fruits and veggies!” is not an exclamation that I though I’d ever make as a child.  When my daughter turns her nose up at this perfection, I just laugh.  She’ll love it soon enough, and kick herself for not loving God’s freshness sooner!

I’m all about efficiency in the kitchen.  Amendment – make that in LIFE.

Give yourself 10 minutes, and you’ll have fresh goodness coming from the oven!

Fresh corn, your favorite seasonings (I love simple salt, pepper and olive oil), and aluminum foil are all you need!

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In the Kitchen

Pineapple Plant Perfection

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“Check out my pineapple plant!” including an attached picture, was the quick email I sent my Uncle Hugh.  Here’s a hint of the reason why I love that man, his partial reply:

It will be beautiful for a long time.

“Have you ever seen a pineapple bloom? It is beautiful and orchid like.

If you will upsize your pot to at least 2X what you have, water regularly and feed not too much every 6 weeks or so, in a year or two it will bloom and fruit. As wonderful a thing to watch and grow as there is. I’ve had one bear fruit about the size of your fist. Dad had a couple over the years to bear fist size fruit. But the bloom is exotic. As I remember he did not put it in full sun in the heat of the summer as it will burn it up, but I’m sure it can take 2/3 of a day’s sun in the Deep South. You will see if the leaves start to scorch and burn. They should be that dark forest green all the time, but it’s hard to keep your tips from burning.  The ideal spot was the south west edge of Dad’s south facing front porch, there it would get most of the morning sun, then miss the heat of the day and get a little afternoon sun.  You may be mild enough where you are not to have to put it in the garage or inside for a few of the coldest weeks of winter.  But I’m sure anything below 45 to 50 degrees is not good for the little apple plant. A larger pot makes it much harder and more awkward to handle, and the prickly leaves will grow ever longer and require much more space, not to mention cutting you quick.”  (Hugh Hays, 2011)

So today, as I sliced my pineapple, I thought of my uncle, always willing to share his time and talents!  He taught me how to slice a pineapple “the safest way” using a knife.  BUT I pulled out the EASIEST way, a  Pineapple Corer  that was a GREAT gift from my mother!

First, Uncle Hugh’s advice to me for picking out the perfect pineapple, ready to cut.  Make sure the inside leaves of the top are still a pretty and healthy green – alive.  Also, you want the pineapple to be a good mix of green and yellow to get the perfect ripeness.

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Pictured below are quick steps to using the fancy pineapple corer. Once you cut off the top, don’t hesitate to stick it in a pot of dirt to get your own pretty pineapple plant for those “exotic” blooms!

Extra tip:  keep the shell and fill it with seasonal flowers for a pretty table centerpiece!

Extra, Extra tip:  notice I put the pineapple in a bowl before I used the pineapple corer?  That’s so the juice isn’t lost, too good to waste!

The last step, placing pineapple chunks in my grandmother’s old bowl, makes it perfect!  Cover with Press n Seal and enjoy!

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Patriotic Lyrics

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O’re the land of the FREE, and the home of the BRAVE?

Is it just me, or are things best said in a song?In honor of Independence Day, I created ways to share our American pride! Check out the Land of the Free V Neck or perhaps the Home of the Brave version for your favorite soldier hero!

My Favorite Things

Amazon Alexa

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My all-time favorite gift!  I don’t know what I’d do without her, as she keeps my timer in the kitchen, weather for the garden, and music playing the whole time!  Alexa has become an absolute necessity in our home!

Amazon Alexa Lori’s Life

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In the Garden

Therapy

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Recently, I had an epiphany:  God gave us flowers and nature as therapy.  Spend some time with some pretty flowers, listening to the wind and the birds singing, and it’s guaranteed to soothe your soul!cropped-img_6766.jpg

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In the Music Room

Making the Music Connection

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“That’s what it’s all about!”

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