Friday Finds #195

A Sneak-Peek

Friday Finds #195 – can you believe it?

We are fast approaching 200 weeks of finds for you, my dear teachers. It’s kind of funny because when I first launched this website, I was desperate to get content up quickly before I left for MTNA 2016, San Antonio.

Several websites out there I followed did weekly posts like this I loved so I thought – why not! Although this series started on somewhat of a whim without much thought, it’s withstood the test of time.

When we hit #100, I did a big “best of” post with the top 100 items from the previous 100 posts but that was way too much work so I started doing best-of review posts more frequently (which always includes a giveaway 🙂 )

Here’s a sneak-peek of what will be up for grabs in post #200:

-It’s a foodie thing.

-It’s worth about $75

Stay tuned to find out!



Who needs another Zoom call? Why sending letters might help your loved ones. (The Washington Post)

Can I give you an organizational tip? Pick one day of the week that you send a card/letter. Make your goal just one. For years I wanted to do better at sending cards. It wasn’t until I put it on my calendar as part of my Monday tasks that it became a habit.

Not only that, but keeping a stash of blank cards or general cards like sympathy, recovery, etc. means I can easily just grab one and not have to put it on my shopping list.

Every Monday, I send one card. It could be a card for quick recovery from someone at church, it could be words of encouragement and thanks to someone in your life who has blessed you, it could be a long-lost friend who isn’t on Facebook.

Do it. You won’t regret it.



A Solo Festival with an Online Judge (Lauren Lewandowski)



The Greatest Blessings in Life Are Often the Most Forgotten (Becoming Minimalist)



Fall-time food:

Ham, Gruyere, and Apple Panini (Giada de Laurentiis)

Face it, it’s only a “fall-time recipe” because it has an apple in it – ha! 🙂
I prefer it without the thyme.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots, Potatoes, and Thyme
(Williams Sonoma)

A simple but absolutely delicious and warm comfort food recipe!

Taco Soup (Simply Rebekah)

My husband loved this particular taco soup. It’s very tomato-based. Let it simmer for several hours and it will continue to thicken.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (The Kitchn)

This uses browned butter. I skipped the step where they say to cool it but it made my batter too warm and the chocolate chips started to melt when I mixed them in. It’s a delicious cookie – just don’t skip the butter cool-down.



We’re out of picnic season in this part of the world, but this is a fun post:
How Do People Picnic Around the Globe? (Smithsonian Magazine)



Adapting Online Group Lessons for Special Learners
(The Unfinished Lesson)



Take a listen to Paula Dreyer’s new solo album: Central Star.



Check out the Cookin’ Piano Teachers Facebook group



This podcast episode brightened my morning bigtime this week.
Ep3: Cheers to Seasons, Beyond Measure Podcast (Christina Whitlock)


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  • As always, Amy, it’s a great Friday Finds!
    I especially liked the article about “Who Needs Another Zoom Call”. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go on a socially-distanced walk with a friend. It was the BEST morning as we visited!
    And, the “Greatest Blessings in Life Are Often the Most Forgotten” was a good reminder to focus on the many wonderful people … & things we have in our lives!
    Thank you for continuing to bring a positive viewpoint to each Friday!

    • Thanks, Rosemary! Any time I have an actual “visiting” phone call anymore with a friend or family member, I always get off feeling energized. It’s so nice to be reminded of these things, isn’t it?! Thanks for your comments and engagement. <3

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