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Walking to the grocery store when it's in the mid-90s is really not a very good idea, but we were due for a small trip for perishable staples (e.g., bread, milk, cheese) and had an acute need for Pepto-Bismol yesterday -- Vogon has a nasty stomach bug and we were out of the pink stuff. I think he's finally on the mend after being pukey since Friday.

I took advantage of his downtime today and moved some things in the master closet. I straightened up the tall bolts of fabric in there, arranged his shirts by sleeve length, style (pullover or button-down), and tonal value, and moved his hanging trousers to an adjacent half-height rod, netting enough room to fold and make neat stacks of his pajama pants, jeans and shorts on the freshly-cleared shelf above the lower half-height rod. I'm running laundry now and expect the closet to look even nicer after that's all done and put up where it belongs.

That's all a little late since last week's FlyLady zone was the bedroom, but I'm getting it done. I have a large bag of papers that had been stowed under the table in the master bedroom to sort through and sort, file or shred, so I'll still be doing a little work on the bedroom although I plan to turn my focus for the rest of the weekend on taking care of the cluttered hot spots on the living room table and shared counters. (They separate the kitchen from the rest of the living area, in contrast to the counters only accessible within the kitchen.)


The Lush Ruby Red Slippers bubble bars I bought from one of the ladies in bunnygirly arrived in the mail earlier this week and I put half of one into Laurel's bath on Friday night. The tub was still full of bubbles half an hour after we drained the tub! I think I've got a little addict on my hands. (:


I made baked hash browns to go with breakfast this morning since Laurel complained that I'd stopped making her eggs every morning since school ended. (Between her recently-developed pickiness about which styles of cooked eggs she'll eat and only wanting Cheddar cheese to the point of picking other kinds off of her eggs or refusing to eat them, I think she's ready to learn how to cook.)

She wouldn't even try them, so I sliced up the remainder and put the tray in the freezer. Later, I'll transfer the frozen portions into a freezer bag and enjoy it for the rest of the summer since it's so rich it's more of a treat than an everyday breakfast side.

Baked Hash Browns

32 oz bag of frozen hash browns
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. chopped onions
10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup sour cream
1 cup half and half cream
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Stir all together and put in a greased 9x13" pan. (At this point you can refrigerate it overnight.)

Optional topping:
2 c. crushed corn flakes or other flake cereal
4 Tbsp butter, melted
Toss together and sprinkle on top of the potatoes before baking.

Bake at 350° for one hour or until bubbly and hot.


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May. 28th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ruby Red Slippers was such an awesome bubble bar - I'm still a little sad that it was a Christmas-only special. They're discontinuing Little Monkey, too - it was my other favorite.

I have a bubble bar recipe somewhere in my bookmarks. I'm suddenly inspired to make a batch. :)
May. 29th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
I'd never bought anything by Lush before. Are there any other products you'd recommend for a daily bubble-bath-taker that likes all things pink and sparkly?

I've tried a couple of bath bomb recipes and liked how they turned out, but I like the fizzies more than Laurel. (:
May. 29th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Bathos is purple, but it's incredibly strongly violet-scented and chock-full of glitter. Two-Timing Tart is pink, but doesn't have glitter. If you can find a Turbo Bubble bar, it's lavender in color and probably the most glittery thing they've ever made.

My all-time favorite Lush product is the Avobath bomb - it's lemongrass-scented, which to me makes it smell just like Fruit Loops. It's also glittery as hell. :)
May. 28th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Okay... intrigued by the bubble bar, hungry for the hashbrowns, and amazed at your ability to organize!
May. 29th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
It was my first time using a bubble bar, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The Ruby Red Slippers bar is about the size of a hockey puck and covered in a fine red glitter; after I cut it in half, the inside was a moist pink flake and it crumbled easily under running water. I think Laurel had as much fun crumbling it and watching the water turn pink as she did taking the bath!

My tray of hash browns froze solider than I expected, so I'm thawing them enough to separate and bag.

My organization skills are best at filing, but I'm slowly learning ways to arrange clothing for easy scanning and selection. I've got Laurel's drawers set up so she can fold and put away her own clothes, yet easily find items without having to rifle through a drawer. It's a little tougher with the adult clothes because the master closet also holds non-clothing items (fabric on bolts, a few boxes from when he moved in, etc.) and we don't have a dresser in the master bedroom yet, but I'm working on it.
May. 29th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Filing is the WORST for me. I am good at orgniazing things that are more visual, more diplay (like a closet)...all the papers, etc?? I do the best I can and then try not to worry about it anymore!

I'm DEFINIETLY getting a bubble bar of some type now from Lush. I'm a total sucker for things like that.
May. 29th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Keeping good thoughts for you.

Hoping you get thru these days until the 3rd...
May. 29th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)

I think this week's big project will be acquiring more workbooks and reading books for Laurel. I broke out the kindergarten Scholastic Reading & Math Jumbo Workbook (~300 pages) on Thursday afternoon and she's already over halfway through it.
May. 29th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
OH my gosh - I remember those workbooks from waaayyyy back when. *flashback*
She's a smart cookie! Does she start kindergarten this year?
May. 29th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
LOL--she is surely her mother's daughter!!
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