Friday Finds #200

Top Items and a Giveaway

Wow – we’re here.

The big 2-0-0!

We’re celebrating as usual with a giveaway. If you caught the announcement the Friday after Thanksgiving, you got a preview of what’s up for grabs.

You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. 

First, here’s my list of the best finds from the past 25 posts:
Friday Finds #176 (April 24, 2020)Friday Finds #199 (Dec 4, 2020).

They’re grouped into categories and arranged alphabetically.
  1. Fun things
  2. Kitchen
  3. Music
  4. Online Teaching/Learning
  5. Resources for Piano Teachers
  6. Recipes
  7. Thought-Provoking Articles
  8. Tools
  9. Wellness


Fun Things

How one kid can destroy the performance of John Cage solo for sliding trombone.

This is hilarious and, bless his heart, the performer was a trooper! The title is wrong though in my opinion. The kid didn’t destroy the solo – the solo brought the child great joy! 🙂 I’m with the kid – it’s a hilarious solo! LOL.

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the highlight starts around 3-min in.


Fifty: Photo collections from every state in the Union (The Atlantic)




Dawn Powerwash 

The Best Bottled Salad Dressings (The Kitchn)

The Way I Heard It With Mike Rowe PODCAST Episode 166: A Disaster in the Kitchen





Epic – Rock Solo for Late Beginners (Chrissy Ricker)

Heart and Soul teaching series (Rebekah Maxner)

My seasonal playlists on Spotify (Amy Chaplin)



Online Teaching / Learning

8 Tips for Making the Most of a Virtual Conference (Music Matters Blog)

Creating a Video in forScore (Deborah Rambo Sinn)

Muszie or Rock Out Loud Live? (Piano Sensei)

Using forScore to Give Written Feedback from Online Lessons (Deborah Rambo Sinn)



Resources for Piano Teachers

10% off Sheet Music Plus (MTNA Member Discount)

Beyond Measure PODCAST (Christina Whitlock)
Favorite episodes #3 Cheers to Seasons

Key Ideas PODCAST (Leila Viss)
Favorite episode: Organizing Tips with Amy Chaplin (hehe 🙂 )

Top Music Marketplace (Tim Topham / TopMusic.Co)

Study guides for Celebration Series Prep A and Prep B (The Piano Studio)




Chicken and Sugar Snap-Pea Stir-Fry  (The Kitchn)

Cincinnati Chili (Simply Recipes)

Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole (The Kitchn)

Mediterranean Three Bean Quinoa Salad (Two Peas and Their Pod)

Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies (Giada de Laurentiis)

Taco Soup (Simply Rebekah)

Toasted Nuts (The Kitchn)


Thought-Provoking Articles

“Because” vs. “and” (Seth Godin)

Considering a Gap Year (Seth Godin)

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Quality Time’ (Forge)




BIC X-tra Strong Mechanical Pencil (0.9mm)
Strong enough to resist student lead-breakage 🙂


Dark Sky weather app


Paprika – My favorite app recipe management program/app


Shoe Cover Holder – For disposable slipcovers, if you have students use them in your home


Tonara – Online lesson assignment program for studios

If you decide to subscribe beyond the free trial, use this code to get 20% off your first year: PIANOPANTRY.




The Balanced Life Sisterhood (online pilates membership program)

This is a referral link but don’t worry, it doesn’t cost you any extra! As a matter of fact, the only way to join outside of the open membership window is through a referral link! 


Who Needs Another Zoom Call? Why sending letters during a pandemic might help your loved ones (Washington Post)


Meditation on Psalm 46:10.
(Source unknown – I can’t remember where I heard this. It may have been on a podcast…Not sure!)

Be still, and know that I am God.
Be still, and know that I am.
Be still, and know that I.
Be still, and know that.
Be still, and know.

Be still, and.
Be still.




Now, for our giveaway!

Enter to win:

20 issues of Milk Street Magazine
(Fall 2016 Charter Issue – July/Aug 2020 Issue)

In full disclosure, they are not brand new. When Milk Street first launched, I signed up immediately and have been getting every issue since.

I’ve exhausted my use of these particular magazines and have gotten lots of great recipes from them.

All my favorite recipes from these issues are now saved in Paprika, my favorite digital recipe manager.

Since I’m not one to hold onto things, I was about to recycle the magazines when my husband spoke up and said: “Hey, why don’t you just use them for a giveaway item?”


While you may find a few handwritten notes here and there, they’re still in really good condition – why not let someone else benefit from them as well?


How to Enter

You only have to do ONE THING to enter:

Comment on this post and answer the following question:

What article(s) or resources on Piano Pantry have you enjoyed the most or found the most beneficial?

The window for entries will close at 12:00 a.m. (EST) on Friday, December 18.

The winner will be announced in a special Friday Finds winner post that day.

Good luck and be sure and share this link with a friend!


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  • Our family has enjoyed a book that we learned about from your blog entitled “Ratios.” We like to cook, and the simple “ratio” principle of cooking and baking has been a source of conversation in our kitchen more than once!

  • I have enjoyed your Friday Finds for a long time now, Amy, and my husband (he’s a foodie) has now downloaded the Paprika app and is enjoying it! Thanks for having this drawing. If I win, they are going to Larry, my husband. He would love receiving them.

  • I love clips of various music styles, especially the Christmas ones in this post. Since we are social distancing with remote lessons, I’m going to forward this on to my piano students as a “remote” Christmas present. I think they will love it! We are all stuck at home right now, so in addition to bringing them different styles of music, they will have fun watching it. We had our remote Christmas recital on Zoom just two days ago, so Christmas songs will be fun for them tiisten to! Thanks for the inspiring music!

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