I caught Audrey listening to Taylor Swift while practicing piano a couple of times. I also caught her practicing with one hand while snacking with the other a couple of times. Finally I decided that her playing piano was a futile effort for everyone involved. Peter and I sat her down a couple of weeks ago and told her that we were letting her off the hook, that it was okay with us if she didn’t play the piano any more. Unexpectedly, she said she didn’t want to stop. She insisted on continuing to take lessons. We told her that it would be her choice to either practice much more conscientiously or to stop entirely. We told her to think it overnight and let us know her decision the next day. The next day Audrey solemnly declared that she would practice everyday and with focus, that she wanted to continue piano.
It’s been about two weeks since her own decision to continue playing the piano and I am hearing a marked improvement in her playing. Life is full of surprises.
Baked Coconut Yam Fries
1 yam (spiralized or sliced)
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup unsweetened shaved coconut
1/2 tablespoon xylitol or sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat the spiralized or sliced yam with coconut oil and shaved coconut in a baking pan. Spread a thin layer of yam in the baking dish. You may need two baking pans for this. The fries will not be crispy if the layer is too thick.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes and then flip over. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until browned.