Hi! My name is Priscilla. I am the wife of a Methodist minister, mom of two, a piano teacher and musician. I feel inspired to share with you stories of our family, especially our cute kids! I also want to include pedagogical thoughts, resources and theories about my piano teaching career. I hope you love the stories, enjoy the tips, and find some things useful.
This weekend was filled with fun and family! I loved having my sister, Leah, and brother in law, Brandon, visit us this weekend! We had a great time hanging out together. We ate lots of good food and played lots of games! I don’t mean to brag, but I am a Sorry! champion twice, and a UNO champion! 🙂 (Leah and Brandon might tell this story a little differently. 😉 )
Saturday evening Andrew smoked some ribs, and I made cheesy potato casserole and spinach salad. Yum! The ribs were amazing!
The cheesy potato casserole is a favorite! The ingredients include a bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, one can of cream of chicken, one stick of butter melted, one small carton of sour cream, and a bag of grated cheddar cheese. Just mix it all together and press it down into a baking dish. Top with more cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. It’s totally delicious!
We also have spinach salad regularly. The only way I like spinach is leafy, and uncooked. Growing up I remember my mom heating up a can of spinach. She is the only one who liked it and every once in while she would cook some for herself. I can still imagine the smell of that canned spinach! UGH!!! (Sorry mom! It’s the truth!:) ) I season the fresh spinach with a little salt, pepper, lemon zest and parmesan cheese. It tastes great! You could also put a little balsamic dressing on it too!
Saturday morning I baked a cherry pie! We had some fresh cherries in our freezer. Last summer when cherries were in season and on sale, Andrew bought several bags. He pitted them (I hate cherry pitting!), and then put them in the freezer.
I made a pie crust, and then made the cherry filling. The filling consists of a large bag of cherries, about one and half cups of sugar, teaspoon of almond extract, and four tablespoons of cornstarch. The pie was fantastic! It was consumed after two meals!
The kids loved having Auntie Leah and Uncle B around! David was so excited that he couldn’t stay out of trouble! Sigh!! Emma was just happy for extra attention. Leah got to do bath time with the kids. They love bath time, especially when Aunt Leah plays with them in the tub! I was in the other room when aunt Leah was giving David a bath, and I could hear him laughing so hard. He was having a blast! Eventually I had to be the bad guy and tell him it was time to get out!
Emma’s bath time!
I have pictures of Leah giving David a bath at this age too! So sweet!
I was told by David that I had lost story time privileges! I would only get them back once Aunt Leah was gone. 🙂
Brandon and Leah came to church with me on Sunday. I asked Brandon to play a couple songs with me on his Saxophone. He is a fantastic musician! We had a lot of fun playing together at church! He was so generous and awesome to do that! Everyone loved hearing him play. We played an arrangement of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, and I Want Jesus to Walk with Me. You can listen to it by clicking on my Worship Music Archives page!
I love my sister! Sisters are awesome! Thank you for coming to visit us!! Please come back!!!!
Sorry my menu for this week is late! It is going to be a shorter menu anyway, because we are going out of town this weekend. I am so ready for MTNA conference and spring break!
Tonight we had chicken parmesan. Andrew cooked, and it was amazing! He is really good cook y’all!
Here is the rest of the weeks menu.
Tuesday: Lunch, Leftover ribs and casserole. Dinner, Chicken and Dressing sheet pan supper.
Wednesday: Lunch, Ramen Stir fry. Dinner, Tacos.
Thursday: Lunch, Polish Sausage and navy beans. Dinner, Chicken strips, french fries, and carrots.
Friday: Lunch, Grilled Tomato, pesto, and mozzarella sandwiches. Dinner, Pizza and salad.
My knife skills are not the best. Thank heavens for peelers! One of the things I have never been brave enough to try is peeling. My mom can peel potatoes and fruit blind folded. I am too much of a chicken! Ha! Speaking of chicken, the other thing I am not good at is breaking down a whole bird. I have the battle wounds to prove it!
I was attempting to break down a whole chicken on Monday. I ended up cutting the top of my hand open. It took the cut a while to stop bleeding, and Andrew almost made me go to urgent care for stitches. Instead I used first aid super glue and bandages. It is much better today! (I felt a lot like the mickey mouse character on my band aid! 🙂 ) Andrew finished breaking down the chicken for me. He’s such a sweet heart! I probably should have had him do it in the first place.
The whole point of cutting up that bird was so I could make homemade chicken noodle soup. Despite my deficiency at cutting up the chicken, the soup turned out really good! We had enough for dinner and I was able to put a couple bags in the freezer for a rainy day. The recipe calls for frozen egg noodles, but I bought the smaller size, dried egg noodles. I recommend using only half or two thirds of the bag of noodles, and adding more salt than what is called for in the recipe. Here is the recipe for Chicken and Noodles!
Emma and I do our weekly grocery shopping almost every Monday. Grocery shopping with Emma is always an adventure. At our local store the carts are the kind where the basket part lays down evenly with the seat. Everything is in arms reach of Emma once we get past the produce section! We have had all kinds of fun at the supermarket! Once she got a hold of a container of cottage cheese and dropped it on the floor. It went everywhere! Cleanup on aisle ten please! She has bitten holes in the top of yogurt containers, cheese packages, and somehow twisted a lid off a milk carton. The grocery store employees have gotten to know us pretty well!
My sister and brother in law are coming for a visit this weekend!! I am so excited to see them!!! We haven’t been together since Christmas. I LOVE it when they come visit! I think we are just going to hang out and eat! 🙂 I am cleaning the house today and getting the extra bedroom dusted and ready! (See ya’ll soon! 🙂 )
David had a great time celebrating Dr. Seuss week at school. He brought home some of his art work from the week on Friday, and his teacher posted pictures of their week at school.
The two pictures on the right are pictures I took of his art works. His coloring has really improved this year. I can’t believe how big he is getting!
David and I made a chocolate sheet cake Saturday. This is a really great cake! It is easy to make, and taste almost like brownies with frosting on top! You can find the recipe here!
Saturday evening Andrew smoked ribs for dinner. I bought Andrew a smoker for his birthday back in July. Ribs are his speacialty! He does an amazing job! They are so tender and have a great flavor. I made the sides to go with them. I cooked fried potatoes and baked beans. I would like to share my baked bean recipe with you. I consider this a family recipe because I learned it from my mom who learned it from by grandpa.
Start by chopping up half an onion and two to three slices of bacon. Cook the bacon and onions until the bacon is cooked and crispy. Pour in two cans of pork and beans. Then add about a 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 to 2 tbl spoons of prepared mustard. I rarely measure any of these ingredients, so feel free to adjust them to your taste. These baked beans should be sweet and tasty!
Today has been a good, relaxing Sunday! Andrew and Emma took a nap. I snapped a picture of Emma asleep in her crib this afternoon. She’s so sweet! It was time for her to wake up, and so I opened her door so she would begin to stir.
David was supposed to take a nap, but he decided to play instead. After some time in his room I let him come out and play. Yes, those are baskets of laundry in the picture. The clothes are clean and folded! I put them away later this afternoon. 🙂
I did not take a nap this afternoon. Instead, I planned out our menu for this week, and thought about a garden for this spring. I have done some gardening in the past, but I want to do it differently this summer. I did some research on raised gardens, etc. I want to try doing some raised beds. I’ll keep you posted when the time comes to plant!
Friday: Lunch, Polish Sausage, navy beans and green peas. Dinner, Chicken and dressing sheet pan supper.
Saturday: lunch, eat out. Dinner, Enchiladas.
Sunday: Lunch, pot roast, mashed potates, carrots, and green beans. Dinner, Hot wings, salad, and roasted potatoes.
David loves monsters and “scary” movies. I introduced him to the old 1958 Blob movie. The opening theme song of that movie is stuck in my head… 🙂 David loved the movie, and the blob is all he has talked about this weekend. We’ve watched it two or three times in the last forty eight hours.
Scary movie faces!
This is of course NOT how I would look if I were watching something that I was truly scared by! 🙂 Instead I would be curled up on the couch with a blanket and a pillow, covering my face! 🙂
I came across this craw fish yesterday morning. Emma and I were outside, and I was pushing her in her little tikes blue car. I looked down at the end of the driveway and saw this creature staring up at me. Any time I come across a straying animal and David is not around, I always rescue/capture them to show him later. He loves animals! (Once I rescued a turtle crossing the street and put it in a box for David to play with after school. After a couple days the poor turtle somehow escaped from his box in our back yard and was never seen again.) David was impressed when he found that there was a tiny lobster in the garage yesterday after school. Yes, he called it a tiny lobster! 🙂 He is also the one who came up with the name Dickins! So Dickins was played with yesterday afternoon. This morning when David went to check on Dickins he was no where to be found. I told David he was probably berried in the lump of grass and dirt we had for him in his container, and that we would find him after school. I took David to school and Emma and I made our usual morning walk. I was pulling in the driveway and the garage door was raising up for our entrance. I looked and there was Dickins limping across the garage floor! I took pity on him and returned him to his natural habitat! I hope David isn’t too upset when he finds that Dickins has returned to the wild! 🙂
This is Beethoven’s Piano Sonata number 9, Op. 14, no. 1. I have been staring at this music a lot lately and thought I would share with you. I love Beethoven’s Sonatas! He composed thirty two of them. One of my life goals is to play all of them at some point. So far I have played Numbers 8, 9, 10, 14, 17,18, 20, 23, 25,27,30, and 31. I only have about twenty more to learn! Ha! I have also been working on a couple of Chopin waltzes. I’m pretty fond of his music too! I happen to love pretty much all the music of the romantic composers. Beethoven is the composer that bridged the gap between classical and romantic style music. He was able to composed sturm und drang into his music in ways that had not been done before. The piano was also being innovated into the instrument we know today during Beethoven’s time.
David’s class has been celebrating Dr. Seuss at school for the last week and a half. They were all asked to take their favorite Dr. Seuss books to school to read. This was hard for David because he has so many favorites! Lately his favorite has been McGrew’s Zoo. He loves to read about all the funny, wacky looking animals McGrew would put in his zoo! They have had all kinds of crazy fun at school the past week, and today they were having wacky Wednesday. They were encouraged to dress wacky! I don’t do the whole wacky thing very well, but David was into it! He wore a pair of my mis-matched, wild colored socks. Mis-matched shoes. I tried making his hair spiked and wacky too. It really just looks like we forgot to brush it today! 🙂 I didn’t think of it or I would have had him wear one of Andrew’s ties!
Zoe has been her wacky cat self lately! The past few nights we have had to keep her out of David’s room before we put him to bed. Zoe has tore the netting under his mattress, and is able to climb up in it. Before we have been able to lure her out with cat food or treats. Lately she has been too smart for that! She will sneak into his room and climb up in the mattress right when he is ready for bed, and we cannot get her to come out! That ornery cat!
There are signs of spring popping up!
The purple flowering weeds (I happen to think most weeds with flowers are beautiful! I also love dandelions! 🙂 ), easter flowers are starting to poke out of the ground, and the grass is starting to turn green I hope it lasts! Today has been rainy so far, but Monday and Tuesday were beautiful. Emma and I were able to make our walk and play at the park. The fresh air has been great!
Look at that cutie patootie! Emma loves to play on the slides, and in the rocks!
There Is A Balm In Gilead. I used to be averse to this hymn. As a youth, and even in the not so long ago past, when we would sing this hymn I just didn’t get it. I love most hymns! I have a list of hymns that are my favorites, those that are not so much, but this hymn was just annoying to me. Andrew and I have even jokingly between ourselves made fun of this hymn. However, after seeking out some education about the meaning of this hymn, it has grown on me. I have actually started to like it! It also can have a beautiful, flowing melody if played correctly.
The “Balm in Gilead” is a reference from the old testament, but the lyrics of this hymn refer to the healing power of Salvation through Jesus Christ. I also found out when looking up this hymn that the same phrase is quoted or mentioned in Edgar Allan Poe’s the Raven of 1845! How cool is that?!
Guess what I played at church today? That’s right!! I usually just post these audios on my archives page, but I thought since it was kind of a topic for today I would put it here too!
(Please overlook the wrong notes on page three! I didn’t get to practice as much this week!)
Speaking of healing power, we sure did need it around our house this week!!! First David was sick, then Emma. Bless her little self, she doesn’t have any extra pounds to lose. So we were a little freaked out when she threw up Wednesday evening. She only threw up once, but her appetite hasn’t been great the last few days. Andrew had it through the other end a couple days, and didn’t tell anyone! :0 I was down for the count all day Friday and spent yesterday recovering. UGH!!! On the positive, sunny side, we made it through the week, we are all feeling better, I shed a few unwanted pounds, and the sun is shining today!
Playing with trains!
Jumpin’ on the bed!
David has a pretty good size Thomas the train collection with the wooden track. He used to play with it all the time, and then it got old… All of a sudden yesterday he pulls it out and wants to build a track and today he was actually playing with it! I love watching him play! He has such a good imagination.
Just a little while ago I found both David and Emma jumping on our bed! I believe David helped Emma climb upon the bed…! I tried to snap a picture, but they were all pretty blurry.
I don’t remember exactly what brought on the conversation, but last night we were talking about church or something (surprise, surprise!). David said he wanted to go to a “cafe church”. “One where they only serve cinnamon rolls!” 🙂 Ha ha!
Wednesday for lunch I made a super easy mac n’ cheese with bacon and peas! It was very easy to make, and also very yummy! We even had enough to eat with our dinner the next night! All you have to do is boil pasta, add some butter, milk, cheese, some frozen peas, and then cooked bacon at the end. Here is the recipe
I have this little handy, dandy, microwaveable bacon cooking tray. When I need four or five slices of bacon cooked up crispy and fast, I just pop it in the microwave. It’s also less mess and the tray is dishwasher safe! I love kitchen gadgets! 🙂
Here is our menu for the week! Andrew helped me plan this week. My stomach didn’t feel like it! Also, I just want to tell you how awesome Andrew was in taking care of me and the kids Friday! I was useless all day! Andrew took care of everything! He is such a great man, my hero! 🙂
Monday: Lunch, Turkey club sandwiches and chips. Dinner, Pan Roasted Chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, and broccoli.
Monday did not go at all as planned. About two thirty in the morning David came in our room. Woke Andrew up and told him he had had an accident. Andrew went to his room and found that David had threw up all over his bed. I slept through all of this! Andrew claims he could bring a marching band through our room when I’m asleep and I wouldn’t wake up. Well, he must not be far from the truth on that one! 🙂 Andrew then came and woke me up because it was a lot of mess to deal with! We changed bed sheets, cleaned David up, put the trash can next to his bed (in hopes he might actually puke in the can), and made sure he had some pedialyte to drink. We all went back to bed. About two hours later the same thing occurred. (This time I actually woke up.) Poor David threw up all day Monday!
David had not ever had a stomach virus before, ever! Which is pretty amazing considering he is four and a half years old. The first couple times I don’t think he even realized what had happened, plus he was half asleep. The ironic thing is before he went to bed Sunday night, I read him the Curious George book about germs. It is a cute little book about how George gets sick and learns all about germs. The next morning I explained to David that he was throwing up because he had a bad germ like the one we read about in the Curious George book. Soon that germ would have to leave!
As a side note: I hate the word puke! I just don’t like the way it sounds when you say it…I’m not logical.
Emma was very tired Monday. She must have woke up during all the kerfuffle, and we didn’t realize it. She just laid around most of the day too.
She did manage to get a little play time in though. The weather was warm, it had rained, and she found the puddles on the porch entertaining!
Wet booty! 🙂
Yesterday David was on the mend. He kept down all his food and returned to his normal self. He even built block towers again!
Today he went back to school. I am praying that no one else gets this virus! I am so over winter and all the sickness everywhere! Spring, please come soon!
I took Emma to her first story time at the Library today! The library has story time every Wednesday morning. Emma is admittedly a little too young still. She mostly roamed around and climbed on the chairs. 🙂 She does love books though, and we checked some out. It was pretty darn cute! Maybe she will learn to sit and listen to the story the more we go. David was always the “life of the party” when I would take him to story hour. 🙂 So I don’t know what my odds are that Emma will ever sit still!:)
Andrew made it back safely from New York! I’m always very glad when he comes home! (Side story: Andrew says he saw chef Anne Burrell while eating brunch at a hotel in NY! I excitedly exclaimed, “Did you get a picture?” Because I would have totally made a fool of myself and got a picture! 🙂 He did not get a picture, or autograph, or anything!! How could he!?) I moved all my Thursday lessons to Saturday (yesterday) so I could be with the kids while he was away. Emma and I have been hanging out at the duck pond a lot lately. There is a pond that’s just a short walk behind our house. Every time we go outside Emma will point towards the back yard and say “duck”! It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, she wants to go see the ducks!
I take bread and we feed the ducks. Emma loves feeding the ducks…she likes to eat the bread herself! 🙂 I tell her she’s not a duck, but she thinks it’s funny and eats the bread anyway.
Emma has had a cold, plus she is cutting more teeth. Poor girl has been extra cranky this week. I can’t wait for her to get all those teeth through! When David cut his teeth they came through in perfect textbook order. Emma’s teeth have popped through randomly by twos. Emma’s eye teeth are currently trying to come through. She’s been chewing on a lot of ice!
We went to the park to play Friday morning. The weather wasn’t too cold, and we needed some fresh air.
Look at those teeth, and that hair! 🙂
David has been playing with his Lego blocks a lot this week. Suddenly I see him growing up, and following the picture directions on how to build his lego structures! When did he get big enough to do that? It’s weird how all of a sudden they just do things, and I’m like “Where did they learn that at?”!
Today has been quite busy! I had a meeting at the church early this morning followed by worship. (I played a great arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger! You can listen to it by clicking on my Worship Music Archives page.) Then I came home and made two pots of turkey chili. One for a lunch meeting Andrew had after church, and one for tonight after the lenten service. This turkey chili recipe is one of Andrew’s favorite chili recipes! I’m pretty fond of it too! 🙂 You can find the recipe for Thirty-minute Turkey chili here
Monday I made cupcakes for David’s valentine party at school. The rich chocolate batter tasted divine! The butter cream frosting was absolutely the best frosting I have EVER made!! (I will definitely be using that frosting recipe again!) I baked the cupcakes, took them out of the oven and let them cool. I then removed the cupcakes from the pan. As I was lifting them out I noticed they didn’t feel as squishy as they should. I was in denial about the fact that I had over baked them! I then went to work. When I returned home that evening with plans to frost them, I thought, “Oh, they will be okay”. I frosted them, still not wanting to admit that I should toss them. I then tried one. This is where I had to face reality! The cupcakes were awful!!! They were hard and dry! BOO-HOO-HOO!!!! I had clearly over baked them by at least ten minutes. The next morning I sent Andrew to the local grocery store to buy cupcakes for David’s party, while I wallowed in self pity! Oh well, I am definitely going to try these again! Next time I will be super careful about how long the cupcakes are in the oven!
David was so proud of his Valentine’s day box! He has had a blast the last couple days!
The first thing I heard on Valentine’s day was, “Happy Valentine’s Day mom!”. Andrew had already left the house for his early ash Wednesday service. I was in the shower, and I heard David’s little voice coming into the bathroom. He is so sweet! He was so excited about Valentine’s Day and his parties at school!
Here is a picture of the beautiful rose that Andrew bought me! It’s titled “Frosted” rose. It looks beautiful with my collection! 🙂
Andrew, Emma and I had a Valentine’s day lunch together yesterday! It was fun! We went to Outback, and I enjoyed a lobster tail, sirloin steak, and a baked potato! It was relaxing and great to stop and spend a little time together. Yesterday was actually a very long and busy day! (Plus, I am not yet feeling one hundred percent. I am still fighting this cold. Blah!) I made slow cooker lasagna for dinner yesterday evening! I put it together before Andrew and I met for lunch. I am sure glad I did! It made yesterday evening go a lot smoother! Here is the recipe for Slow Cooker Lasagna.
Andrew and I were both busy with Ash Wednesday services, and then I had choir rehearsal yesterday evening. Afterwards, Andrew had to leave for a quick trip to New York where he is doing some workshop stuff. He will be back late Friday night/early Saturday morning. I managed to snap a couple pictures with him before we all went our ways. Close your eyes if you don’t like PDA! 🙂
My Funny Valentine!
My funny Valentine, sweet comic Valentine You make me smile with my heart Your looks are laughable Unphotographable Yet you’re my favorite work of art Is your figure less than Greek? Is your mouth a little weak? When you open it to speak Are you smiling? But don’t change a hair for me Not if you care for me Stay little Valentine, stay Each day is Valentine’s Day
Here are my other sweet Valentines!
They were too busy to stop and smile! 🙂 Plus, it was very late! We were all tired!
A couple years ago we went through a smoothie phase. Andrew was drinking them for breakfast, and David loved them too. We made all kinds of smoothies! The phase passed, but I still break out the blender once in a while to whip up a delicious cold treat! I did so just this past Wednesday. I made what I like to call a purple berry smoothie. It consists of approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 banana, a cup of plain or vanilla greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of orange juice, and 1/2 cup of milk. You can adjust the ingredients as you need to. I always eyeball everything, and find myself adding a little extra of this or that to get it to the consistency I want.
Emma and David both loved their smoothies! 🙂 Emma drank out of a straw for the first time too! She finally realized that she needed to suck on the straw to get that delicious cold stuff to come out.
We are all a little under the weather. David and Andrew came down with a cold, and then Emma. Between being sneezed, snotted, and kissed on, I didn’t stand a chance! 🙂 Oh well, I wouldn’t trade those sweet, percious, germy kisses for anything!
I love how babies sleep! There is nothing more precious than watching your little ones sleep. I love the hands behind the head position. 🙂 Or the booty up in the air position. haha! So cute! I was trying to get Emma to look at me and smile in the picture above, but she didn’t want to have anything to do with me taking her picture. Cutie pie!
Thursday was a shorter teaching day this week, so after I finished teaching I ran a couple errands. On my way home I picked up some daisy flowers to decorate our dining table with for this Valentines week. I love flowers!! (Side note: I also bought a bag of m&m. This was a big mistake! I love those little chocolaty candies!!!)
Unfortunately Andrew is not really a flower guy. He likes to buy me clothes, and other things. Once in a while he will surprise me with flowers, but not usually on the days one might expects flowers. The last three years for Valentines day, Andrew has bought me a beautiful gold dipped rose. They are all three different colors. One is red, one pink and one is aqua blue. Andrew says he wants to get me a dozen of them. I LOVE the roses and I LOVE that he wants to get me them. I don’t know if I can handle all this love!!! 🙂
Can’t wait to see this years rose!
Friday I made more banana bread! We had a lot of bananas! I also baked some sugar cookies. I already had some cookie dough made up and in the freezer from Christmas. So all I had to do was roll them out and bake them. After school, David helped me decorate them. He loves to put the frosting in a piping bag and then “decorate” the cookies.:) I helped him a little.
He did pretty good!
I also thought a lot about David’s valentines box, and I came up with an idea! We put it all together yesterday. (Warning! Andrew and I can have creative ideas, we just don’t possess the artistry to carry them out! 🙂 ) Here is what you will need to make a godzilla valentines day box!
orange juice carton
egg carton and paper towel rolls
This is what the finished product looks like!
It’s okay to laugh!! I’m laughing, and I helped execute this project. 🙂 Oh well…David loves it, and that’s what counts!
Andrew took David to the Waffle house yesterday for breakfast. (For some reason they like this restaurant?) They were having some Daddy/David time! This is the picture Andrew took of David and tagged me in.
Look at that sweet face! My little baby boy is getting so big! I can’t believe it! He is learning so much too! He can write his name, knows all his letters and their sounds, can count to twenty. I took this picture of him making his numbers on play-doh the other day.
Here is a picture of Zoe! Emma had just emptied her box of plush toys and Zoe jumped in. It’s always funny when she does this. Zoe loves Emma!
I played an arrangement of They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love this week at church! It went along with the theme of the sermon today. You can listen to it here on my Worship Music Archives page. I hope you enjoy!
Here is our menu for this week!
Monday: Lunch, Roast Beef Sandwiches. Dinner, Pork Chops with Apples and Mashed Potatoes.