Wow, I-love-him Wednesday

Are you enjoying this week’s love songs? Which are your favs so far?

Here are three of mine:

Force M.D.’s – Tender Love

Parachute – Kiss Me Slowly

Lady Antebellum – Just a Kiss

Remember to share the love!!!! 🙂

A Study of Sleep in Song

I’ve been thinking about sleeping and waking lately. I’m not sure the reason, except maybe with the changes in season and Daylight Savings Time approaching…and maybe the fact that I adjusted my alarm to wake me up one hour earlier this week (which has been interesting). It’s been fun to press snooze a little longer…and on days that I don’t find the button soon enough, to get up a little earlier and have a few more quiet moments in my morning than I have had for quite some time. 🙂

I find a bit of humor in our patterns of life and wanting to sleep, or wanting others to sleep (parenting, anyone?)–and particularly the badges of amazingness we give each other for staying up all night (teenagers? college students?). I don’t have any solid hypotheses as of yet…but on tired, yawning days, I wish I’d taken sleep a little more seriously when I had prior opportunities to partake of its goodness.

Anyway, here are some studies for your weekend regarding sleep & waking set to music (with apologies for a little weirdness in some of the videos–hopefully you get the point):

“Lullaby” – Brahms (which I can actually sing in the original German thanks to an amazing voice teacher in college)

“Little Man, You’re Crying” – Sigler, Wayne & Hoffman

“Hush-a-Bye” – Bing Crosby

“Don’t Wake Me Up” – Chris Brown

“Losing Sleep” – Parachute

“Counting Stars” – One Republic

“Wide Awake” – Katy Perry

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!

“Up All Night” – 1D

What are your favorite sleeping and waking songs?

Happy Friday! 🙂

Love & Sugar Cookies

Sending love this Valentine’s week! Hope you are feeling love sprinkled over your life like a yummy heart-shaped sugar cookie!

And, speaking of sugar cookies….here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe EVER, courtesy of my dear friend, Jenn!

2 cups sugar
1 cup margarine
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
6 – 8 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Cream together the sugar and margarine. Add the sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Add 3 cups flour, baking soda and salt. Add 3 -5 additional cups of flour to make a soft dough. Roll out to 1/4″ thick (or a little more).  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes.

This makes A LOT of cookies. If you are just making them for your family, half the recipe. I like to frost them with a cream cheese frosting. You’ll need to double the frosting recipe if you are making the full batch of dough.

Cream cheese frosting:
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 tbl milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, milk and vanilla together. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until smooth and of spreading consistency.

Hugs, Happy Baking, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

To Spotify…or Not to Spotify?

That is the question. 🙂

Well, this morning, after various posts by friends (and honestly, today I’ve needed a little bit more happiness to get me out of the present funk I’m in), I decided to spend some time trying to make sense of Spotify.  And, guess what?!?!?!?  I think I’m getting it…!

Plus, you can somehow plug in music to your blog, which brings me to my current blog experiment (which is, namely, trying to paste a song into my blog)…let’s see if this works:


Well, that was a little less exciting than I thought.  Maybe I’ll enjoy listening to it anyway.

Happy Friday!

(P.S.–I’ve started a short story fiction piece to post later next week…stay tuned!)


***UPDATE LATER***I figured out how to add a playlist (or you could add just a song) from Spotify to my blog on the sidebar. (See it?) If you are a WP blogger, the info is in the comments. :)***