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Airing My Dirty Laundry: Room Tour

As any mother knows, there must be a method to the madness of laundry.

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My Laundry Room.  I even left some clothes out for you to see, with a dirty pile of whites on the counter.

It just so happens, however, that the chore of laundry is one of my favorite things to do.  And why?  Because the machine does all the cleaning.  All I have to do is calmly shut the laundry room door and fold the clean clothes in peaceful solitude.  So, I hog this chore all to myself, and then I make the children put their clean piles away later.

Of course, someday soon, I will have to make sure the children know how to open the lid, put the clothes in, and press the correct button.  But I can go over that process later.

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So back to the laundry room.  Now this is the first year of my life that I’ve actually had a laundry room.  When my husband and I were first married, we lived in a beautiful, old craftsman-styled house in Duluth.  This house was lovely, but it had the scariest, creepiest dungeon of a basement that I’ve ever seen.  Of course that’s where the washer and dryer were.  I made my husband douse the place with Holy Water before I even set foot down there, and I shudder to think of it.  I don’t know how I made it that year.

Then in our second home, the washer and dryer were in a closet.  This wasn’t so bad, especially since there were two shelves above the machines, and I was just happy to not be in a dungeon.

Our third home featured a shared laundry room/bathroom.  Now this was almost worse than the dungeon.  Almost.  Because every time I wanted to shut the bathroom door and fold clothes in silence, someone had to use the toilet.  It never failed.  And then this bathroom/laundry room was right by the back door, so the children were constantly in and out of it.  With dirt and mud everywhere.  Just thinking of it makes my stomach queasy.

But finally, in the 13th year of our marriage, God saw fit to provide an entire room, dedicated to blessed chore of laundry, and I will forever be thankful.  It’s my favorite room in the house.  Now I can fold clothes, gaze at my Virgin Mary pictures, and drink my wine in peace.  The only thing that’s missing is a lock on the door.

So without further ado, I’ll post a few more pictures, for those of you who might be interested.

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These are the cabinets above the machines.  The bottom right shelf features piles of socks, missing their matching pairs.  Amazing how that happens.
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These lower cabinets store extra toilet paper that I buy in bulk.  The drawers above have gift-wrapping paraphernalia in them.

Opposite the machines, there is a closet.

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This side features coolers on the bottom, our extra blankets that the children use for forts in the middle, and my sewing box on the top shelf.
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This side has more sewing stuff on the top shelf, our extra “puke” towels in the middle, and my ironing board down below.
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The cabinet under the sink stores all the basement cleaning supplies.

That’s all for the laundry room.

Advice About Doing the Laundry?

The best piece of advice about actually doing the laundry, however, I think I picked up from Holly Pierlot, years ago.  (If you’re looking for a great book on how to order your days, click HERE.  This book changed my life.)  Pierlot said something about waking up and immediately putting a load of clothes in the wash.  Then, after lunch, switching it out to the dryer.  And finally, folding it after supper and doing this every single day.  Our days must be ordered.

It’s genius advice though – having a routine for laundry.  I’ve been doing it for years.  I put a load in right away in the morning and so forth.  I used to only have one load a day, with Sundays off.  Now, however, I do 2-3 loads a day, depending on the season, always with Sundays off, and I’m never behind.

Parting Trifle

And this is what we ate for supper tonight, in addition to a pork chops and lemon noodles.  It has nothing to do with laundry per se, except that after supper, when all the children were doing their chores–washing and drying dishes, sweeping the floor, chattering away–I hid in the laundry room and folded the clothes with my glass of wine.

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Avocado, red onion, blueberries, and feta over spinach with a homemade lemon/olive oil dressing.
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Recipes: Beef Linguine & Lemon Noodles

Dear Readers, you asked for it; you got it.  Drop me a line, and let me know how it goes.   (For those of you who missed the supper post, click HERE for it.)  Enjoy!

Beef Linguine

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Ingredients:
1 package (16 ounces) linguine
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium peppers, chopped  (I like yellow & red.)
6 tablespoons soy sauce
garlic powder

Directions:
Cook linguine according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, onions, and peppers until meat is no longer pink.  Drain.  Combine with linguine and toss with soy sauce and garlic.

Lemon Noodles

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Ingredients:
1 package (16 ounces) of pasta
1 teaspoon parsley
6 teaspoons of grated lemon peel (about one lemon)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped or pressed
6 tablespoons of lemon juice (about one lemon)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
grated parmesan cheese
olive oil

Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a skillet, sauté parsley, lemon peel, and garlic in oil until garlic is tender.  Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Drain pasta and combine with lemon mixture.  Top with parmesan cheese.

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What’s for Supper?

This question gets asked all. the. time.  Even though I have a menu posted on the refrigerator for all to see.

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Menu for the week.  You’ll notice I also keep my grocery list here too.  And any recipes I’ll want to use this week.

Tonight we’re having linguine noodles with beef, peppers, and onions.  I just toss it with soy sauce and garlic.  I like this meal because it’s A.) good and B.) easy.

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Beef Linguine with Peppers & Onion.  Green beans on the side.

Last week we had ham and lemon noodles.  I love lemon noodles.  To make this, I zest one lemon and sauté it with a bunch of garlic, salt, and parsley in olive oil.  Then I add the juice of that lemon.

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Here is the lemon and garlic sauce.  You can also see that I steamed some broccoli too.

And finally, a pop quiz for you all.  What’s wrong with the following photo?

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Answer:  It’s A.) lacking a glass of wine and B.) the fork and knife are on the wrong side of the plate.

Bon Appetit!