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Just in case: Lazy recipes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I posted this on someone's blog a minute ago and decided that I didn't want to redo it again in case she closes her account, or something, so I'm reposting my kid-friendly, lowish-carb lazy recipes. If you're a purist, don't read. It's jar sauce and shortcuts!

Crockpot and Deli foods For The Win!!!

Recipe 1, lazy chili:

1 pound ground beef, brown it. (ALDI has the good stuff now.)
1 container of fresh salsa (ALDI has it pretty cheap in several flavors.)
1 packet of Taco or Chili mix (I'm a big ALDI fan - they have this too!)
1 can of black beans, drained

Throw it all in the crockpot for 3 hours (high or low, doesn't make much difference). Serve with shredded cheese on top - don't ruin it by eating crappy carbs with it!

Recipe 2, lazy Monterrey chicken:

1 Roasted chicken from the grocery deli
1 jar of salsa
1 jar of queso (like for nachos)
1 can refried beans

Throw about a half pound of chunks of chicken in a skillet and add salsa. Serve over a bed of refried beans. Drizzle cheese on top. A bagged salad and guacamole for dressing goes really nicely with it. Again, no rice, no corn chips, no junky non-nutritious carbs to ruin it!

Recipe 3, lazy holupki:

1 pound ground beef, browned
1 half head of cabbage, chopped in strings - takes about 5 minutes to do and you don't even need to wash the knife, just rinse it.
1 15oz can of tomato sauce or tomato soup

Put half the cabbage in the crockpot, then half the beef, then the rest of the cabbage, then the rest of the beef. Pour the tomato stuff over the top - don't add water. Cook on low 5 hours or high 2-3 hours.

You can always add extras to these if you have the time or the inclination. I usually chop onions and garlic into the lazy holupki.

Oh, and I almost forgot!

Recipe 4, lazy low carb lasagna:

1 pound ground beef, browned
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Some cheeses: shredded mozzarella, sliced provolone - probably about 1/4 pound each; a couple of cups of full fat ricotta; grated parmesan and/or romano;
1 or 2 eggs

Mix the ricotta and eggs and set aside.Mix the beef and the sauce in the skillet. Set most of the sauce aside in another container, but leave a thin layer on the bottom of the skillet. Lay down some provolone, put down a thin layer of the ricotta mix (if you mix it in a baggie you can now cut off a tip of the bag and pipe it over the provolone), then a layer of sauce. On the next layer do mozzarella, and just continue until you run out of everything. Heat on low for about 10 more minutes. Top with romano/parmesan. If your skillet is oven-friendly you can broil the top to get that nice crust.

Let it stand for 15 minutes or more, but as I said, this will be more floppy than the original version that uses noodles for glue. And believe me, that's all it's good for!

EDIT: Had to make one change. I originally listed sliced mozzarella, which makes the layering faster, but I've switched to shredded. The sheets of mozz were WAY too gummy.

My older son has now mastered two of these at college! I'm so proud!

  
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KNH771 11/5/2014 2:12PM

    These sound wonderful! I've never heard of the cabbage dish. I'm definitely going to give that a try, and the chicken dish, and it's chili season too... emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 10/21/2014 6:49PM

    Thanks for all the lazy recipes - I for one an obviously not a purist because I found these to be delightfully wonderful and something that I would love to try they all sound really great and they are crock pot recipes - I am recovering from heart surgery so that is just what the doctor ordered (so to speak) - means I don't have to stand over the stove and cook from scratch. That is emoticon

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1STEELERLADY 10/20/2014 2:17PM

    They all sound great and nice and lazy! I will be trying.

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TX_WILDHEART 10/18/2014 10:57AM

    wonder what would happen if I used the lasagna and put it over some of my vegetti zucchini noodles? Thanks for putting the recipes up there! Love it! emoticon

Rhonda


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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/15/2014 11:09AM

    I have to try that lasagna!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 10/15/2014 10:06AM

    looks good! With winter and cold weather coming, I know I'll be trying some of these :)

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/14/2014 6:59PM

    Thank You!!
Our crock pot runs 24/7. First soup- then dinner :o) These are great. We LOVE our beans ;o) Altho I do add a bit of brown rice for the kids!
Your halupki reminds me of my Norwegian lamb & cabbage I used to tediously make on the stove. Now I make it in the crockpot! 1 or 2 heads of cabbage chopped. Lamb stew meat raw. layer cabbage, lamb and shake some granulated garlic over the lamb, cabbage, lamb & garlic, repeat to the top of crockpot ending with cabbage. Nothing else. You can have it slightly overflowing it shrinks as it cooks. 5-8 hours later (depending if you high or low it) mix in 8 oz sour cream. delicious!
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ARNETTELEE 10/14/2014 3:15PM

  Yummmm

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The Eagle Project

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Whew! What a day! The worst of the job is done, though we have to come back next Sunday to finish planting grass and planting flowers.

Here's a more-or-less "before picture.



And a "during". That's Kyle with the mini chain saw.



And an "after".



We had a great turnout of helpers - probably a peak of 20+ people mid-morning, with folks coming and going all day. There's still about 3 hours of work to do onsite, and a picnic table to be assembled and stained. Not to mention a fundraiser to pay for some of the materials. But the worst of it is DONE! Woohoo!

  
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-ICANDOIT- 10/13/2014 2:00PM

    Congrats to you guys on work well done!!
I think it is such a great achievement for a young person to decide to be an Eagle Scout. It is a long and sometimes challenging journey where they really have to choose to stay on path if they want to earn it. I love how Service becomes such a way of life for these candidates! I have one Eagle Scout (just this past Spring) and one who is almost there-
I am so proud they are all using their lives in a cool way and having fun along the way!
Looks like a cool project that lots of people were happy to be a part of- BIG HAPPY CONGRATS!

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TWESTEN1 10/11/2014 3:03PM

    That is fabulous! It does look great & I'm sure that was a heck of a workout for all involved :)

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GURLNEXDOOR 10/11/2014 2:17PM

    WOW!!! What a project and so well done!! Excellent Job!! You guys are AWESOME!

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JUNESHOPE 10/9/2014 11:12PM

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LUNAANGELUS 10/9/2014 3:11PM

    Wow that is awesome! Grats to Kyle and to you for being such an awesome momma!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 10/6/2014 2:00PM

    great work!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/6/2014 7:26AM

    Great job!!

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MRTHING2000 10/6/2014 6:33AM

    Well done! I am an Eagle Scout too (with 3 palms)--1995

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/6/2014 2:03AM

    WOW!! That's a lot of work!
Great job guys!
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SKATER787 10/5/2014 10:58PM

    Wow, the eagle has landed. Good job! emoticon

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LTTLREDCORVETTE 10/5/2014 9:58PM

    Looks great!!! Wow, totally can't believe they got all of that done so quickly. Awesome job Kyle & crew!!

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CAROLSMOM1 10/5/2014 9:35PM

    Congratulations on a job well done! Be proud of what you have done today for Gaia et al.
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September Intentions, Update2

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I got to work on Monday morning and looked in the mirror to finish putting on my lipstick and thought "hmm, something looks different". Then I noticed it again an hour later on my first bathroom break of the day, so I stopped and gave myself a closer look.

I'm sure no one else would ever notice, but my chronic and ever-present dark circles were just a tiny bit lighter. Not gone - I have too many airborne allergies for them to ever go away completely, and most of the women on my mom's side had them too, so there's a genetic component there too, but they are definitely lighter.

Woohoo! Confirmation that even increasing my sleep time by just a few hours a week makes a difference. I certainly have noticed that I'm less hungry and slightly less stressed as well.

Now, there's one item on my September MUST DO list that I have been neglecting, and I have to start doing it TODAY: Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business. My day still "streams" too much, with no designated break between work and personal time. Like right now. I'm waiting for an "app" to finish processing, so I pop on to SP for a few minutes. But doing that kind of means that I also feel obligated to answer my phone and emails in the middle of eating my lunch. I'll start working on carving out some time, starting today!

  
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JUNESHOPE 9/24/2014 2:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Glad you are getting more sleep, and your dark circles are lightening up. That's awesome.
emoticon Hope you get it worked out to have some down time. I know it's hard to schedule, but once you work it into your routine, it will start to naturally fit in.
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KNH771 9/24/2014 2:08PM

    I'm also trying to do better with sleep. I'm glad that you are showing some good effects. I also like the goal about separating work and play. I started going to the gym at lunch, and it has really forced me to get away from my desk.

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KNH771 9/24/2014 2:08PM

    I'm also trying to do better with sleep. I'm glad that you are showing some good effects. I also like the goal about separating work and play. I started going to the gym at lunch, and it has really forced me to get away from my desk.

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MRTHING2000 9/24/2014 6:38AM

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WOUBBIE 9/23/2014 12:46PM

    Eliz, I had to look it up - it's Outlast #521: Eternal Flame.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/23/2014 12:30PM

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/23/2014 11:33AM

    Wow! That's great!!
Lipstick? What shade? :o)
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CAROLSMOM1 9/23/2014 10:55AM

    emoticon on getting rid of the dark circles, and finding out what causes them. I have chronic fatigue as a result of chronic insomnia! The only thing that seems to help me sleep better and longer is my pre-bedtime routine. Good luck, WOUBBIE. I hope you find something to help you sleep better.

If you take time for yourself (and you are worth it) for lunch away from your desk, that would be a good thing. Drop your shoulders and take a few deep breaths. Take it from someone who has been there, done that.

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IN102WIN 9/23/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon work on it and don't feel bad to have your lunch hour. Your job specs allow for it right?? I hope you usually don't have a problem...

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/23/2014 10:34AM

  I have those dark circles too. They hide behind my glasses. I'm glad you're getting more sleep and noticing the difference. I'm working with my sleep problems too.

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SKATER787 9/23/2014 10:32AM

    Excellent. Sounds like a good progress. emoticon

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September Intentions, Update 1

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stress and Sleep Challenge

To recap:

SEPTEMBER MUST DOís:

I must

~ Declutter my current batch of paper and clerical To-Do's by
~ Getting all my daily personal clerical upkeep tasks done in the first hour of the day and
~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and
~ Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business

Item 1 and 2 are coming along nicely. Most of my personal tasks only take a minute or two at most, but I continually push them off, day after day. For instance, I only need to read a two page letter from the Band Parents and either send in a form or throw it away. By scheduling a tiny bit of time for this while I'm waiting for files to open or pages to load it got done and it's no longer scratching at the inside of my brain trying to get my attention!

Items 3 and 4 are still in the Assess phase.

Item 3: I would like to start my daily list of activity by doing my Tai Chi and Kata before I leave home. As I get my bedtime and sleep issues addressed I should actually be able to free up a few more minutes in the morning without my having to sacrifice any more sleep and rest. My M W F schedule of light weights is "working as intended" so I don't need to change that. Also, my random bits of exercise at my desk and on-the-fly work fine. I get in a fair amount of squats and other thigh exercises during the day, though I need to figure out how to improve my deep squats without hurting my knees, especially the tetchy right one.

Item 4: Rome wasn't built in a day. Maybe I'll look at this again next week. For now I'm less stressed than I was even a few weeks ago, so this can ride for just a little longer.

So! Things are moving along! I have been sleeping about the same amount, but I actually feel more rested, which tells me that the daytime stress was still accompanying me in my dreams. The "drowsy alert" is working pretty well.

All that means is that, when it gets near bedtime I periodically close my eyes and "test" whether my body and mind are sending me signals that I'm ignoring. If I zone out almost immediately I shut down the computer and hit the hay. If I'm still alert then I stay up for a bit longer. This is, truly, the most progress I have made on my bed time issues in about 30 years! Woohoo!

EDIT/ADDON:

I've just realized that if I have coffee at work before I have water I delay taking my supplements (sometimes all day), and I don't get my water requirement in for the day. So that little habit is going on the must-do list as well. You know, so many times it's not the big habits that undermine your best intentions, but the little ones!

  
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LAURELEI 9/20/2014 2:34PM

    You are right. Those little issues can be big problems if we don't recognize them! You are doing amazing. Good for you!!!

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TX_WILDHEART 9/20/2014 11:42AM

    Sounds like a good plan. I always found setting a timer for things was helpful so I didn't get so distracted. Keep up the good work!
Rhonda


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LUNAANGELUS 9/20/2014 5:04AM

    Sleep is something I struggle with because I work nights. Kudos to you for identifying your issues and working (successfully) on fixing them!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/17/2014 9:43AM

    I read this and realized I haven't taken my supplements or had any water since I got up. Thanks for the reminder!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/16/2014 11:25PM

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I don't even have to lay down to know I'll fall asleep! LOL!
Oh how I hate forms. :o)
The last one I filled out for the kid's school I totally messed up because I paid no attention to what it said- they ended up calling me! emoticon

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DAISYBELLEKIA 9/16/2014 6:22PM

    I really like the way you figure out if your body needs to sleep! Going to bed at a reasonable time is one of the most difficult things for me, especially if I get home late. I really hate only being home for a couple of hours and having to go to bed. I need to start doing what you do and listening to my body instead of getting 5-6 hours of sleep most nights.

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SKATER787 9/16/2014 2:38PM

    Wow. Anything to do with 30 years is a big deal. Congrats! emoticon

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CAROLSMOM1 9/16/2014 2:18PM

    Good for you, WOUBBIE! You are making progress! As FLY Lady maybe would advise, "Love your body enough to relax." Roberta emoticon

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REGABA 9/16/2014 1:07PM

    Good for you on the sleep issues. That is one area of my life I try not to mess with. I've got some pretty hard and fast rules about bedtimes and what I am and am not going to let myself do when I need to get to sleep.

I like the drowsy alert idea. I also have a rule that if I'm in bed and can not sleep I must get up and read--no TV no computer I have a book called the dictionary of useless information and it has short chapters and nothing too exciting. For the last year it has been my "I can't fall asleep reading" When I find myself blinking a lot then I can try to go to sleep again.

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September Intentions

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The areas that need my focused attention this month and for the following few months are:

SLEEP AND DE-STRESS: Getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours a night consistently) and enough downtime daily.

STRESS AND DISTRESS: Managing what can be managed, and learning to cope with the rest

(Getting more cardio activity and losing a few more pounds are also on my ďintentionsĒ list, but my success with those things depends almost entirely on my success with the first two, so I'm not really including them in the September goals. If I improve in those areas it will be entirely because I've improved in the Sleep and Stress areas.)

These two ďaction itemsĒ have been on my fix-it list for way too long now. For months Iíve had ďget enough sleepĒ on the monthly team challenge thread, and as long as I approach it from an end-of-the-day perspective Iím doomed to fail.

Let me say this nice and loud: I don't have trouble falling asleep. I have trouble agreeing to lie down for the night. :D

The issues with my getting enough sleep at night are rooted in how I spent the rest of my day, not in what I do for the last 2 hours. Because what I do for the last 2 hours comes about as a direct (and indirect) result of what I did all day.

Where to start?

The most successful part of my day is my morning at work. Iíve known this for a while. Sometimes when Iím feeling stressed or overextended I almost look forward to that fresh start at my desk. Almost.

Which leads to the obvious question: Why? I mean, I like my job, but I donít LOVE my job. I donít really want to be there, yet the routine is comforting, even when the stress ramps up.

There's one of my answers. Routine; that thing which is missing from too much of the rest of my day and makes my brain bounce from thought to thought to thought like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off. Routines are how things get done without much thought on your part, like driving a familiar road. It requires much less brainpower and thought than driving down a road you donít use very often.

So why am I examining my workday routine? Because I think that the key to my last two and a half health and wellness challenges can best be met by reworking that routine. By optimizing it.

Sleep and Stress.

Stress and Sleep.

MUST DOís:

I must

~ Declutter my current batch of paper and clerical To-Do's by
~ Getting all my daily personal clerical upkeep tasks done in the first hour of the day and
~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and
~ Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business

OK, that's plenty for one month! Gonna put this list in my signature so I see it every day!

  
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DIETROCKSTAR 9/15/2014 2:01AM

    I also have some similar issues! I bought a paper calendar to get to work on them.

I better get to it.

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TWESTEN1 9/14/2014 10:18AM

    That is very interesting. I prefer 8 hours of sleep a night, but am happy with 7. But many nights I have a hard time getting up to bed too ~ not that I'm even doing anything that interesting... it can be lounging in front of the tv - even watching shows I could care less about & for some reason don't want to get up to bed. And then I pay for it the next day :)

Hope you are able to get your schedule in order this month! I'm sure you can do it :)

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GURLNEXDOOR 9/13/2014 11:43AM

    In the past 6 months I hit a 8 hour sleep session once?? I don't get it in order to get enough sleep I almost have to go to bed right when I get home from work and I do NOT want too!! So sleep of 4-6 hours is max. If only there were more hours in the day!!! If I could drop work of my daily pie of getting things done I noticed I would have way more time!

Bittersweet ...
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TX_WILDHEART 9/11/2014 10:36PM

    Just a thought here.. I tried an idea that really works for me and my need to be more organized (but neat) At the end of the day - I make my todo list for the next day. Priorizing each item based on timeline. The next morning I didn't have to think "ok what am I gonna start with" it was already there.

Use a fresh paper each day... otherwise I wallow in the NOT DONES.

You might like it.
Rhonda

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BOSS61 9/11/2014 8:38PM

    Suggest you not make those goals too ambitious!

Congrats on the new position for your hubby too!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/10/2014 6:25PM

    "Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting"

Definitely my biggest issue! I make time for every one and every things - except me. Great blog!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/8/2014 8:47PM

    Sounds like a great plan....one of my mentors told me a long time ago to schedule those workouts and make them as important as every other meeting you go to.

Sometimes, I just have to go to bed early in order to fall asleep earlier....try it on the weekends

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/8/2014 8:43PM

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Sounds like a great plan. I need to think things out. I just keep putting it off which = stress. OY!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 9/8/2014 4:17PM

    That's a great plan :) I also find that routine is an essential for my weight-loss success. The times I struggle most are when I'm off my routine, and when you add stress to it, it's 10x worse.

You will do it! :)

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 9/8/2014 8:39AM

    I loved how your quickly saw that specifics like 'do cardio and lose some pounds' can only flow from the resolution of points A & B. Clear-sighted you are. emoticon

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 9/8/2014 12:02AM

    Ah, Woubbie, once again you sorta mirrored the noise in my own head! Same issues, different coast... LOL

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SKATER787 9/7/2014 11:53PM

    Good luck and best wishes.

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CAROLSMOM1 9/7/2014 10:48PM

    Have you heard of FLY Lady? She has quite a following for home and office. Roberta emoticon

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