Friday Finds #247

 

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Scheduling Piano Lessons – 3 NEW kick-off openers to start the lesson year (Rebekah Maxner)

 

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MLT-focused teacher Anne Katherine Davis shares short videos on her annual “Christmas in Summer” studio project.

 

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Are you a “Midlife Creative”

 

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TopMusic Acquires PracticeHabits.co

 

5

This summer, I discovered Trader Joe’s Brioche Buns. If we’re eating any burgers or brat’s in the summer, these have been my new go-to buns.

 

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GOTO on the Opposite of Depression (Kelly Corrigan Wonders)

 

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10 Groceries I Buy to Feel Like I’m Back in France (The Kitchn)

 

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Tips for Teaching Scales (Chrissy Ricker)

 

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There May Be an Olive Oil Shortage Hitting the U.S. Soon — Here’s Why (The Kitchn)

 

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10 Films About Piano Players You Might Want to See (Portland Piano Lab)

 

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Folk music is one of my favorites. Here is a new album I’ve been enjoying on Spotify lately.

 

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Summer sweet corn, tomatoes, and zucchini; here are three of my favorite recipes:

Sweet Corn Pancakes (Smitten Kitchen)

Cod Sauteed in Olive Oil with Fresh Tomatoes (Simply Recipes)

Ground Turkey Skillet with Zucchini, Corn, Black Beans and Tomato (Skinny Taste)

 

 

Friday Finds #246

 

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Piano student motivation: How ‘Vacation Lessons’ work for summer and for kids who struggle (Rebekah Maxner)

 

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The famous note-naming game NoteSpeed, is now being distributed through Piano Pronto!

 

3

Apparently, I have a thing about sharing favorite shoes. Last week it was the Sanuk Yoga Joy flip-flop. This week it’s the Chaco Zcloud Sandal. Good shoes are tricky, so I don’t regret talking shoes!

 

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Piano Camp for Piano Teachers: Sorting Out the Piano Classics Live Virtual Conference

 

5

Congratulations to Midnight Music on the new website!

 

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It’s always sad to hear of the passing of influential pedagogies of our time. In recent years ones that quickly come to mind include Dr. Edwin E. Gordon and Forrest Kinney.

This past week, the profession lost Elvina Truman Pearce.

She was particularly known for her book The Success Factor in Piano Teaching, which is an especially good book for teachers just getting started.

 

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Two recent podcast episode favorites:

How to Think about Feedback (Kelly Corrigan Wonders)

Episode 82: Cheers to the Creative Life (Beyond Measure Podcast)

 

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Two Kinds of Cooks (Seth Godin)

 

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Incredible art…Nature and Architecture Merge in Mexico.

 

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The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Simplify Your Summer (Becoming Minimalist)

 

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What’s Your Teaching Specialty? (Samantha Coates)

 

Friday Finds #245

This week’s goodies list calls of summer. Who doesn’t love strawberry season? Let’s kick the first few items off this week’s list with some of my favorite strawberry recipes!

 

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Ina’s Easy Strawberry Jam is absolutely AMAZING. Including a few blueberries and chopped apple gives it a gorgeous color and texture.

 

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You almost can’t call this recipe a recipe, but Almond Butter Strawberry-Toast is a lovely and simple combination. I first discovered this combination from Giada de Laurentii’s book Feel Good Food which I blogged about years about here.

I see some people online sprinkling over things like coconut, julienned basil, chia seeds, or toasted nuts. Toasted shaved almonds or pistachios would be my topper of choice but I usually just like it simple!

 

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Perfect Summer Fruit Salad (All Recipes)

Nice for a small crowd. I love the variety of fruit as well as the inclusion of bananas. Just don’t put the bananas in until you’re ready almost to serve.  A little sweet sauce mixture pulls it all together and gives it a nice gloss.

 

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My favorite flip-flop for at least 5 years has been the Sanuk Yoga Joy.

They’re made of yoga material and even though there’s not necessarily built-in arch support, I can walk in these shoes almost all day with no problems. I buy a new pair almost every summer and own both metallic colors: Pewter and Champagne.

I’ve tried the Sanuk “Yoga Spree” and they are not nearly as comfortable as the “Yoga Joy.”

 

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Summer is a great time to overhaul your studio website. Here are 3 Ways to Look at Your Studio Site with Fresh Eyes.

 

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Do you have any exciting summer reads lined up? I decided to go on a kick covering all the books from one of my newest favorite psychological-thriller authors, Ruth Ware.

She only has 7 books, and I had read two previously, so my plan is to binge the rest this summer and am already two more down. Are any other psychological-thriller fans out there? If so, let me know some recommendations below!

 

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Break into the summer tunes with my Summer playlist on Spotify. Use it as a starting point for starting your own seasonal playlist!

 

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Do you ever great tired of buying chicken broth? The cost can really add up if you use it a lot – especially in the winter months. I love making my own homemade stock but it’s a bit labor-intensive. Recently I discovered homemade bouillon powder. Brilliant! I’ve only made it once and used it in one recipe, but I’m excited to keep trying it out.

 

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I’ll admit I almost tried the online hack of storing avocados in water in the fridge but never got around to it. According to this article, it sounds like it was a good thing as the FDA is warning against it.

 

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My newest piano buddy, Janna, is killing it online with her wonderful teaching videos. Here’s one on Lesson Planning. She always has great advice and insight.

 

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Speaking of piano buddies, be sure you don’t miss out on two of the most popular episodes of the Piano Pantry Podcast so far

#13 How to Make Music Teacher Friends

#15 Teacher Talk with Joy, Janna, and Christina

Speaking of the podcast, I’ve updated the podcast page here on Piano Pantry. It includes some screenshots showing you how to subscribe on desktop or mobile, or how to rate and review on Apple Podcasts. It’s not always intuitive!

 

Friday Finds #244 Best of May

 

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Oh my goodness, this was probably one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever heard Tim Topham give. He almost had me crying!

The Interview That Made Me Cry with Gloria St. Germaine (Topcast TC278

 

2

Why Student-Led Conferences Work So Great in the Music Studio (Rosemarie Penner | The Unfinished Lesson)

 

3

A Simple, Effective, and Magical Element for Student Evaluations (Amy Chaplin | The Piano Pantry Podcast)

 

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This video is a few years old but I just so happened to come across it recently. What a fun idea from Piano Sensei Clinton Pratt!

5

Rosemarie Trapp, whose family inspired ‘The Sound of Music,’ dies at age 93 (NPR)

 

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How to Create a QR Code for Your Recital Program (Melody Payne)

 

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How German Wine Makers Turned Disaster into a Good Year (CBS Sunday Morning)

 

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Flat Tuition Payments for Private Music Lessons (Chad Twedt | Cerebroom)

 

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7 Quotes that Forever Changed My View of Money (Joshua Becker | Becoming Minimalist)

 

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My favorite new desk organizer caddy.

 

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You Can Now Ask Google to Take Your Personal Data out of Search Results (NPR)

 

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If you’re an Anne of Green Gables fan like me, you might get a kick out of this video: Life-Changing Homemaking Secrets from Anne of Green Gables.

 

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A couple of new favorite recipes that have made it into my rotation recently:

Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes (Skinny Taste)

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Peppers (Kalyn’s Kitchen)

 

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I’ve been watching YouTube a lot lately, can you tell? LOL Here’s one more video I can’t resist sharing – Jeremy Siskind’s version of “Girl from Ipanema.”

 

Friday Finds #243 Best of April

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Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, here are some of my favorite Mexican-style dishes:

Game-winning Guac (very classic)
Guacamole Salad (fresh and healthy)
Ground Beef Taco Casserole (good as a dip for chips or as the base for taco salads instead of just seasoned ground beef!)
Skillet Chicken with Mexican Green Rice (super easy and great for feeding a family)
Taco Torte (a fun twist and pretty presentation – but easy!)
Churro Brownies (sooo good)

 

2

RCM Piano Syllabus 2022 (6th Edition) – a great rundown from Rebekah Maxner

 

3

Spring is in the air: here are some good Spring Cleaning tips from the special Saturday edition of my favorite news podcast.

 

4

A fun unboxing video from Janna for her new hydraulic bench!

 

5

Looking for a fresh idea for fun little student prizes/incentives?

From Lauren Lewandowski: How I Use Music Money in My Studio
From me: A Simple Incentive Program and Prize Box Items Students Love

 

6

Five Statements Your Kids Need to Hear Today (Forward Progress)

 

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Helping students at performance time:

Piano Performance Checklists (Piano Pantry)
Preparing Students to Perform Their Best (podcast w/ Leila Viss & Samantha Coates)

 

8

Studio Awards: Policies and Procedures(Piano Pantry)

 

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Yeah, I’m pretty sure I have almost all of these items, so I agree 100%! 🙂

 

Friday Finds #242

 

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As this first Friday Finds post following the MTNA 2022 conference, here are a few recaps you might enjoy:

Reflections on MTNA 2022  (Janna Williamson)

2022 MTNA Virtual Conference Recap (Joy Morin)

Music Teacher Eats: MTNA 2022 Edition (Amy Chaplin)

 

2

After staying at my house (and sleeping in my studio space – ha!) during the MTNA 2022 conference, Janna was inspired to do a tour of her studio!

 

3

Teacher Anna Haugen has a website called “Midlife Creative.” She recently did an artist feature post on a woman who makes incredible homemade pizza every Friday night for her family. The kind of pizza she makes is the kind of pizza of I love but don’t take enough effort to make regularly. I’m thinking it’s time for that to change…

 

4

Jennifer Foxx hit a tender spot in my heart when she recently shared a new playlist on Spotify she’s been developing called “Feel Good Songs.” Follow her and give it a listen!

 

5

Interest in choral singing is not declining in America, so why are church choirs disappearing? (Baptist News Global)

 

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This short 5-minute video taught me some really amazing keyboard shortcuts! Even if you don’t use Evernote, many of these are applicable in other programs.

 

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A great post on using devices for music reading and hands-free page-turning. (Creative Piano Teacher)

 

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Food Prices are Going Up at Levels Americans Haven’t Seen in Decades (NPR)

 

9

Over the last few weeks, I have found myself incredibly addicted to a YouTube channel called Honeyjubu. She is a Korean woman who Vlogs about home life and food. I’ll just say there has been some serious binge-watching going on.

In the process, I also discovered a similar one called Hamimommy.

Do you have any favorite Vlog channels you follow on YouTube? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Thanks to Leila Viss for telling me about the “Everything Happens” podcast by Kate Bowler. Recently, I really enjoyed the episode with novelist Ann Patchett.

 

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14 Food Logos With Sneaky Hidden Messages (Taste of Home)

Oh my goodness, you have to take 5 minutes to actually read and process each of these 14 logos. So fun!

 

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For Easter each year, we drive 50 minutes immediately following church to an extended family pitch-in lunch for my husband’s side of the family. Due to having to pack up food prior to church and have it sit for 3 hours in our car before the meal, I always do easy things that can survive without heat or refrigeration (or be OK with a simple ice pack).

This year’s picks:

Scotcheroos (made with Special K cereal)

Dill Pickle Dip with crackers

 

Friday Finds #241 Best of March

 

1

Curious about the Boom Card “boom”? LOL Check out Melody Payne’s tutorial on using boom cards in online lessons.

 

2

Language Matters: What Languages Learners Need to Know About Ukrainian (Duolingo Blog)

 

3

Coffee Drinks from Around the World (Williams Sonoma)

 

4

Canva is such an amazing resource and one that I have come to use almost daily. Even when I think I know a program well, I find myself always learning something new from Katie Wardrobe at Midnight Music. Check out the podcast episode #134:10+ Canva features you probably didn’t know about.

 

5

Music Notation Software Recommendations for Teachers and Students (Color in my Piano)

 

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“The Pianist” Movie – A True Story (Piano Street)

 

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Recent recipe finds worth a try:

Baked Chicken Taquitos (Kirstineskitchenblog.com) – My brother made this and even his (super picky) kids loved them, as did we!

Cuban Beef Picadilla (The Kitchn) – A fairly simple dish that can be served with rice or cauliflower rice on the side.

 

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The Best Music Quotes for Piano Teachers (Creative Piano Teacher)

 

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I just find this soooo touching and yes, it totally made me cry at the end!

 

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An excellent article from Jane MacGrath on progressing students through what she calls “black hole literature.” An excellent pairing to this article is another article and free download from Janna Williamson on how to evaluate repertoire difficulty.

 

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WordPress vs. Squarespace (Janna Carlson | Studio Rocket Web Design)

 

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We’re all a little picky on the way we teach chords and scales. Maybe this new complete scales and complete chords book will be one that works well for you!

 

Friday Finds #240 Best of February

With so much coming at us every single day my dear teacher friends, it has always been my goal that this series offers you a way to “weed through.”

Here’s some of the best of what I’ve come across in recent days both in piano-teacher world and life.

*Edit* I wrote this post a few days before Russian attacked Ukraine. Here is the best of what I’ve followed so far.

Ukraine, A Brief History (It Just Gets Stranger)

The Daily Podcast (The New York Times). Here’s the most recent episode: Ukrainians’ Choice: Fight or Flee?

 

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Something we’re all wondering…

How Will Inflation Affect Your Lesson Rates in 2022 (Janna Carlson | Studio Rocket Web Design)

 

2

Slow Cooker Sausage and White Bean Soup (Delish.com)

Who doesn’t like a new and delicious slow cooker recipe? This one has a REALLY flavorful broth and is so easy!

 

3

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill (Podcast)

At my February local book club meeting, a friend confided in the group that she had not been reading much because she had been engrossed in a podcast.

This podcast takes you inside the story of Mars Hill Church in Seattle – from its founding as part of one of the largest church planting movements in American history to its very public dissolution—and the aftermath that followed. 

Thanks to her recommendation, it’s totally had me in its grip this past month. I’m not finished yet, but I’m 70% through and completely in shock at this true story. I think you’ll get addicted as well!

 

4

Our Favorite Piano Teaching Websites (Creative Piano Teacher)

 

5

A review of the app “PlayScore 2” (Jennifer Foxx | Music Educator Resources)

It’s pretty slick! You can take any score you own, scan it and it will immediately start playing.

 

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The Daily Examen (Emily P Freeman | The Next Right Thing Podcast)

 

7

How to Seek out Different Music (Podcast episode)

Most of us teach, perform and listen to Classical music. Many of us also teach pop songs or jazz. But do you ever break outside of these walls? And if you want to teach different types of music, how do you find it?

That’s the question Nicola answers in this episode of the Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast – one of my favorite of her most recent episodes!

 

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What’s the Difference Between East Coast and West Coat Butter?

Don’t worry – even I had no idea there was a difference!

 

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Interested in self-publishing and selling your sheet music? I just recently heard about ArrangeMe.com, owned and operated by Hal Leonard.

This site allows people to sell their arrangements of popular songs, public domain works, and original compositions through the world’s most popular sheet music retailers. Cool!

 

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Bulgarian Cheese, Feta and Egg Toast (The Modern Noona)

Such an easy and delicious recipe to make for lunch!!!

 

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My 15 Biggest Piano Teaching Mistakes (Podcast episode)

In his first solo episode, Ben Kapilow lists 15 piano teaching mistakes he made earlier in his teaching career, which he was inspired to correct as a result of interviewing various piano teaching experts for the last 50+ episodes of the podcast.

Ben has had a brilliant group of guests on his podcast. If you haven’t listened yet, definitely subscribe!

 

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Any Le Creuset fans out there? Well, I’m more of a dreamer. LOL. They have a big sale going on through March 14. Check out!

 

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Musiciative.com – a new website from Jonathan Roberts.

 

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Tips for Teaching Scales (Chrissy Ricker)

 

Friday Finds #239 Best of January

Welcome to the first Friday Finds of 2022! It’s been a busy January with the startup of The Piano Pantry Podcast. I hope you’ve had a chance to catch at least one episode if not all four.

As life moves forward, things change and evolve including what I’m doing here on Piano Pantry. If you’ve been around here awhile, you may have noticed that this weekly series has become a little more sporadic.

My beloved Friday Finds series has and will continue to remain, but may be more dependent on what life allows from week to week and month to month. At a minimum, you will always see an end-of-month “best of” publication.

So, thanks for sticking around for this series my friends, a Piano Pantry staple and reader favorite since 2016!

 

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I discovered the most DELICIOUS soup recipe this past weekend Pulled Pork Chili Verde (The Kitchn).

I added 1 c. fire-roasted corn (from Trader Joe’s) as well as additional liquid – the liquid that came out of the instant pot from cooking the pork shoulder. No additional salt was needed at the end due to the addition of that liquid.

Soooooo good!!!!!

 

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In Praise of Slowness (FS.com)

 

3

As you’re building your list of books to read in 2022, consider some suggestions from Chris Foley of FoleyMusicandArts.com. Books Read in 2021

 

4

Piano Studio Business Claims: Things that spark joy can be claimed at tax time (Rebekah Maxner)

 

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How I organize all my receipts for tax time: Get Organized!: Bills, Expenses, and Receipts (Piano Pantry)

 

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12 Podcasts for Piano Teachers to Follow in 2022 (Joy Morin | Color in My Piano)

 

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Podcast episode: The Life and Legacy of Sidney Poitier (The Daily)

Podcast episode: How Disgust Explains Everything (The Daily)

 

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97-year-old pianist, and last surviving pupil of Rachmaninov, signs landmark record deal (Classic FM)

 

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How to Teach Form and Memorization to Beginning Piano Students (Natalie Weber | Music Matters Blog)

 

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Baking Bread as an Act of Hope (The Rabbit Room)

 

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While we’re on the topic of bread, recently I discovered a wonderful store-bought pita at our Walmart – Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita. It’s low in calories (60 apiece), soft, light-weight, and a good source of protein.

 

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A few more favorite bread recipes:

Everything Bagel Pull-Apart Bread with Cream Cheese – so easy and so good! (Just a Taste)

High Protein Bread (Oat Sandwich Rolls) (Skinny Taste)

The Easiest Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Bake (Williams Sonoma)

 

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Seth Godin on piano tuning…kind of, LOL. Do You Have a Tuner?

 

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Best Kitchen Towels: Zeppoli Kitchen Towles (The Kitchen)

 

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What Makes a Great Intermediate Piano Teacher (Janna Williamson)

 

 

Friday Finds #238…for the New Year

It’s only every 7 years (ish) that New Year’s Eve will land on a Friday. We celebrated our “Best of December” Friday Finds before Christmas and I told you it would likely be the last unless I just ended up with some great stuff. Well, here I am with one more batch of goodies as the new year turns over!

 

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If you buy much of anything on Amazon, you know that sometimes the order total does not always end up being the transaction amounts that show up on your form of payment. Multiple items in an order may ship differently and don’t charge to your form of payment until they ship.

This has proven quite tricky for me as we download and categorize all of our transactions into Quicken for budgeting purposes (read more on that here). As we were struggling through the holiday transactions, Drew finally Googled something like “how to quickly find Amazon transaction amounts”.

Lo and behold!!!!

It took a few steps, but here they are:

  1. In Amazon go to > Accounts & Lists in the top right corner
  2. Click on “Account”
  3. Click on “Your Payments”
  4. Click on the “Transactions” tab
  5. Voila!

To make it a little easier, here’s the direct link:
https://www.amazon.com/cpe/yourpayments/transactions

This was a huge life-saver! It’s so much easier to find transaction amounts than searching directly through your order invoices!

 

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Looking for a good laugh? Listen to the “Your Holiday Horror Stories” episode on The Lazy Genius Podcast.

Other recent enjoyable episodes include “A Season to Savor” from the Death, Sex, and Money Podcast, and Special Edition: News Defining 2021 from The Newsworthy Podcast.

 

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Speaking of podcasts…if you didn’t already see the announcement, I’ll be launching The Piano Pantry Podcast in January 2022!

 

4

A play on Auld Lang Syne using Hanon’s first pattern in “The Virtuoso Pianist” from the Faber’s.

 

5

Chad Twedt doesn’t post often on his site, Cerebroom, but when he does, I always find it thought-provoking and fascinating. Check out: New MyNoise Soundscape: Piano Escape.

 

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Following up from #4, in my opinion, the best way I find to keep track of new content on your favorite sites (especially those that don’t post a lot like Chad’s) is to use an RSS reader. Find out more here: Managing Internet Content the Easy Way.

 

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Joy just launched a new product, it’s a project kit on creating a studio-wide video of The 12 Days of Christmas. The launch promo code expires on January 10.

 

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5 Things to Do Before you Declutter (Becoming Minimalist)

 

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Some New Year-themed jams for your listening pleasure this week.