Friday Finds #154

We’re not quite to Thanksgiving yet, but if it’s not already on your mind you might be scrambling!

Over the next week, I plan on finalizing all my plans for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll look forward to sharing a list of what makes it onto our table!

As far as my studio goes, Thanksgiving week used to be group week but now I’m using it as a week “off” with only Monday students scheduled as a make-up for not having a lesson on Labor Day.

On Tuesday of that week, I’m excited to try something new! I offered an open “monitored” practice hour. I have four keyboards, so four students will come for one hour and I will rotate between them every five minutes or so. Four session times were made available to families: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00.

If this goes well, I think this would be an excellent thing to do a few times a year and am looking forward to feedback from parents and students on whether they would like having more of these available.

Do you teach the week of Thanksgiving, take off, or hold group classes? If the latter, this week’s list is kicked off with a few Thanksgiving-themed items to get you started!



Two games from Susan Paradis: Chasing the Turkey and Save the Turkey

From Wendy Stevens: Melodic dictation of Thanksgiving tunes and Pumpkin pie listening thermometers



Thanksgiving sheet music for piano:

Now Thank We All Our God arranged by Leila Viss is currently on sale. Get is for single-use or as a studio license.

A Thanksgiving Prayer (elementary solo) by Wendy Stevens



As you’re making your own plans for the upcoming holidays, check out my holiday favorites list of favorite recipes, tools, Christmas albums, and more!



If we were lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s near us, I would be all over these mini Almond Florentine Cones filled with a creamy cheesecake filling. (The Kitchn)



A new culture term: Self-Partnered: The Sudden, Surprising Rise of the Single Positivity Movement (The Guardian)



Piano Safari just released their Older Student Level 3 books.



Amazon’s early holiday deals for the home kitchen.

The best thing on that list in my opinion is
#5 Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Food Storage Container 4.7 Cup (4-pack). Normally $23 on sale for $18.

I have one of the 9.6 cup containers as well and LOVE it. They have a three-pack of these on sale – normally $30 cut down to $23.



Yep, I’m a part of this so-named “micro-generation.” (Jorrie Varnie | Sammiches & Psych Meds)



Music Learning Theory basics made EASY. (Robin Giebelhausen)



Home cooking rocks. Consider making one of these in your kitchen.

Helen Corbitt’s Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad (Saveur)

I’m very picky about my chicken salads. This one is a favorite. My other favorite is this Avocado Chicken Salad from Simply Recipes.

Soba Noodle Salad (Giada de Laurentiis)

Delicious but a little spicier than I would like. Next time I’ll only use one teaspoon of wasabi paste instead of two. Also, I thought it was a little to saucy so maybe start with 2/3-3/4 of the sauce and add more if you think it needs it. I also added some cubed cold shrimp.

Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies (Giada de Laurentiis)

These cookies pack a slight yummy crunch as they use sugar in the raw instead of white or brown sugar. They’re a staple in my fall cookie repertoire! P.S. They’re vegan!


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