On [most] Mondays, I share my mixed tape of a smattering of thoughts, ideas, videos, songs, etc. that stuck out to me in the past week. Here is this Monday’s mix:
:: Since my favorite season is officially here, I like to bake all sorts of fallish things including these maple nut scones. I have made them with or without nuts, using pecans or walnuts, which both taste great.
:: I have a problem with finishing songs that I’ve started writing. I’d love to someday put out a full-length album (I launched and little-promoted an EP in 2009) but I have five complete songs for that album and eleven partially-written songs in mind for it as well. Fortunately, this podcast by Rebecca Reynolds gave me hope that I can get from point A to point B by remembering where my inspiration came from in the first place, and then working from there. She has lots of other great points, many of which are borrowed from writer Dorothy Sayers but you’ll have to listen for yourself. Let me know if you were inspired too!
:: Seth and I are cheapskates. In fact, when I began blogging again, I considered starting a blog with my hubby with that word in the name, writing about all of our money-saving endeavors. Anyway, one recent “cheap trick” I’ve learned is to make my own foaming hand soap. Step 1 is the most expensive part: buy foaming hand soap from a store. I prefer Target’s Method brand of foaming soaps. The rest of the steps include a bottle of liquid castile soap, water, a little bit of almond or olive oil, an optional bit of essential oil, and about 2 minutes of your time once you’ve bought all of your supplies! Check out the steps here.
:: Mandolin Orange puts out such beautiful music. I love the simplicity of the instrumentation and vocals and the talent behind the song-writing. Here is a recent NPR Tiny Desk concert by them that Seth and I watched.