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:
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
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
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
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
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”
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!
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
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
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
...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…
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
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!
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
I don't have your voice. I don't have the special abilities that belong solely to YOU. We tell kids what to do, what not to do, lead their lines and give them assignments and chores. How often, though, do we trust them to shine in their own talent? I heard a choir director… Continue reading I can’t sing for you…
I love looking at life through the perspective of a child, simply because there's always wisdom to be gained. A little girl was recently telling me about her friend that had found new friends. She ended her story with a shrug and said, "it doesn't matter", but her eyes held distress. Shop girls' Christmas dresses!… Continue reading “It Doesn’t Matter” – the lie we tell ourselves
Musicians always need an early start to prep and practice for seasonal music, and Christmas is no exception for the piano student. I have found that playing traditional Christmas music causes huge learning leaps, and motivates like none other. However, the trick is to pick versions that are playable without too much frustration so that… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season!
This blog site may contain affiliate links that will not take you to crazy websites. If you purchase something, I might earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support! I bought myself a present for Mother's Day two years ago, an Apple Watch. So it might seem contradictory… Continue reading Unplugged – a counterintuitive approach