Sunday, November 4, 2012

Erickson Piano Studio Fall Recitals: October 20th and 21st.  Location: Grace Fellowship Church, in Kirksville, MO.  The recital was performed on a Yamaha baby grand piano.  A reception immediately followed each piano recital.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

All of the students played wonderfully.  I am so proud of everyone!  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Organic Gardening: Starting Your Own Seeds

Want to start your seeds indoors (and recycle)?  
Here is an inexpensive way to do both!  

Supplies Needed: empty egg cartons (paperboard preferred), potting soil, seeds, permanent marker, pen/pencil, and clean popsicle sticks.  

Before I began the project I determined how many plants I wanted of each type,  i.e.  36 bean plants, 2 butternut squash, etc.  

Step 1:  Remove the lid and side latch from the egg cartons with scissors.
Step 2:  Fill with potting soil.  (I used Miracle Grow potting soil.)
Step 3:  Label popsicle sticks with permanent ink and place in the peaks in the egg carton (pictured below). (I used scissors to gently punch a hole before inserting the sticks.)
Step 4:  Place 1-2 seeds in each egg cavity and use your pen/pencil to gently push the seed under the surface of the soil.  
Step 5:  Place egg cartons on a protected surface in a sunny and warm location. 
Step 6:  Carefully water your seeds and make sure that the egg carton is soaked as well (but not dripping).  

Seeds after one week.  Some varieties have sprouted already.

Masai Green Bean seedlings

Zinnia seedlings on the right and a close view of how to label more than one variety in 1 egg carton.

Check seedlings often (at least once daily) and keep soil moist.  When plants are ready for the garden use a tray or other flat surface to gently transfer the egg carton and take it to your garden plot.  

To plant:  
Make sure carton is moist.  Gently tear 1 egg compartment off.  Then gently tear off the bottom of the egg carton cup from your little seedling (this will allow the roots to better develop).  Dig a hole in your garden and put the plant and egg carton remained in the hole.  (The egg carton will degrade).

Seedlings waiting to be planted.

Tear off one compartment.

Gently tear off the bottom of the compartment.

Transplanted in the garden.

How do I know how many seeds to plant in an egg cavity?
If your seeds are fresh 1 seed will generally be sufficient.  But if your seeds are older (like mine) you might put 2 or even 3 seeds in a cavity to ensure germination.  

For flowers: I like to sprinkle the seeds over the surface (so there may be as many as 5 seeds in a cavity).  

Other ways to recycle:
I re-used popsicle sticks for the labels, but you could use something else you have on hand.
I recycled an old pen to push the seeds in.
Re-use other types of containers to plant the seeds in if you don't have or want to use egg cartons.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Chocolate and Cherries Musical Heart Cake!  It was a yummy surprise for my husband.  

Here is the recipe:

In a medium bowl mix the following:
1 and 1/4 C. 100% whole wheat flour
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 to 1/2 C. Baking Cocoa (you decide how chocolately you want it!)

Mix in:
1 C. very warm water
1/3 C. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. vinegar (any kind)

Pour in greased cake pan of choice.  ( I generously spray with cooking spray).  Bake in 350 degree pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.  Cool.  Carefully remove from pan.  Frost and or decorate.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Life in the Ocean" was our theme for the 2012 Erickson Piano Studio Spring Piano Recitals.  Each student wrote their own piano composition about "Life in the Ocean" for our Composition Contest and performed it at the recital.  Students also performed other ocean and water themed pieces.  Everyone did such a wonderful job!

Saturday, March 31, 2012  6:00 p.m.
Photo: Christy Meek (Pegasus Portraits and Productions)
This recital featured both piano students and Little Notes (music and movement class) students.

Sunday, April 1, 2012
Photo: Christy Meek (Pegasus Portraits and Productions)

Welcome to A Musical Heart Blog!  My intent is to use this blog to talk about: Erickson Piano Studio, Little Notes (music and movement classes), organic gardening (vegetable, flowers, and fruit), and pets.
 Juneau and Alaska and our walk of tulips!