Tuesday, July 28, 2015

COUNTRY TIPS AND TRICKS

Reduce Reuse Recycle by Arvin61r58     For Cardboard and Paper recycling: first of all, do read your local recycling rules and regulations.  


     When recycling boxes, open them up so they're flat. Here's a tip from a friend who has 2 young kitties and a litter box that is scooped a few times a day: instead of wasting 'new' plastic bags or using those huge plastic grocery bags to collect the droppings, save and reuse the waxed liners from cereal boxes, cake mixes and cookie sleeves. Save the bags in which chips and crackers are sold and reuse these; even the smaller vegetable and fruit bags that you've brought home with your fresh produce are better than their big sisters or new bags. This idea also works for doggy potty break pickup outdoors.
     If for some reason you can't open out the boxes to "flat", then step on them to squish as flat as possible.
     Recycling cans: rinse! rinse! rinse! then, open BOTH ends,  (don't open all the way so that you can 'fold' the lids back into the can; place on the floor and flatten with your feet - a real space saver.
     The only advice I have for those dang plastic multiplying water bottles is don't buy them!!! Purchase sturdy, reusable water bottles; keep several on hand for each member of your family.
    Finally, PLEASE click to "JOIN THIS SITE". I and going to publish a "home spun" devotional which will incorporate this blog and my other one which is: www.CollateralGrace.com. Publishers want to know their writers have a following. I promise that I WILL NOT sell your email or start sending you a bunch of junk or spam. I do appreciate your support.


©2015 Cat Brennan

Monday, June 29, 2015



One and a Half PineappleTropical Fruit Ice Freezey©

1 - 16 oz can Crushed Pineapple in heavy syrup
1 Tbsp Lime Juice  2 Tbsp Honey
Blend well the above ingredients.

Peel and remove necessary pits/seeds and finely dice/chop the following:
2 Peaches   2 Nectarines   2 Mangoes

Fold the Pineapple mixture into the fresh fruit blend.  
Pour into a shallow container and freeze several hours or overnight.
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Sparkly Peach* Cooler (non alcoholic)
1 - 2 liter Bottle Lemon Lime Soda
3 - Bigelow® Perfect Peach or 3 - Celestial Seasoning's Country Peach Passion® Tea Bags.
Open the bottle of soda and pour off about 4 ounces.  Set the bottle of soda in the sink.  Stuff the Peach Tea Bags down into the soda bottle, one at a time - slowly here, because it may fizz.  Once you have placed all 3 tea bags into the bottle (tab/string and all), screw the lid back on tightly. Lay the bottle on its side and gently roll to mix.  Leave the soda sitting on the counter for 3 days - rolling a time or two each day.  When you're ready to open, place it in the sink, and very slowly begin twisting off the top; again, it may get fizzy, so go slowly.  Serve over ice.  Delicious and refreshing!



Sparkly Peach Cooler (alcoholic)
After making the above recipe, just before serving, add four to six ounces peach schnapps and one - two ounces rum.
* For Sparkly Raspberry/Peach Cooler (non alcoholic), REPLACE the 3 Peach Tea Bags with 2 Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger® and 2 Peach (your brand choice) Tea Bags. Proceed with the rest of the directions. Yummy! !



© 2012 Cat Brennan

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Chocolate in the Country

Save the earth! It's the only planet with Chocolate!!! 
That quote makes me smile.
Chocolate clipart and illustrationsI have to tell you, chocolate is not my go-to for a sugar/carb fix, but there are some chocolates that I do enjoy. Hershey© Kisses top the list, followed by several different chocolate ''things'' that I make.
Just a word of warning: if you make chocolate delicacies that require melting chocolate, don't use super high heat; further, a double boiler is superior to a microwave for melting. 
One other BIG WARNING: When melting chocolate ANYWHERE and ANYTIME, do NOT get ANY liquid of ANY kind (including, water, milk, cream, flavorings) in the chocolate. IT WILL SEIZE and you WILL have a mess.  
If you would like to share your chocolate recipes with all, please send them to me and I will share.  You may send them to: Libro_Gato@Yahoo.com .. Write the word CHOCOLATE in the subject so that it doesn't get deleted. If you know mw personally, you may send your recipes to my regular email address, again, with CHOCOLATE in the subject line.
Enjoy your chocolate-ing, whether you live iin the country, or just wish you did.

© 2015 Cat Brennan

Monday, May 25, 2015

Coconut in the Country

Most of us like coconut in just about any shape and form. Toasted, shredded coconut is divine! 
There's no need to heat up the oven and the entire house to toast coconut. Here's how:
Grab you favorite non-stick skillet. In this instance, I recommend AGAINST using your favorite cast iron pan.  My favorite non-stick for toasting coconut is my green, ceramic-coated skillet

1 cup coconut
1. Turn your stove burner on to HIGH
2. When hot, put shredded coconut into non-stick skillet, spread around and place on hot burner.
3. Lower heat to a medium. high.
4. Sir and turn constantly so as not to burn...I used a silicon spatula for this process.
5. When toasted to suit you, remove from heat and poor into a dish to cool.

Sweetened coconut will toast more quickly.

Now, use your imagination in using this delicious treat.

See "CAT FOOD" above, scroll down for 'Aunt Cat's Tumbleweeds' ... replace regular coconut with toasted coconut. Yummy.

© 2015 Cat Brennan

Monday, May 11, 2015

Country Kitty-Litter



If you're a true fabric-holic, you hesitate to throw out even the tiniest piece of fabric; I'm talkin' less than a two-inch scrap. There's a solution for us!

set of tools for sewing, the silhouette Stock Vector - 18732886Keep a small box or a (true) thread catcher at your sewing machine to collect all of your snippings and clippings; even those short threads cut off at the beginning and end of a seam. These "valuable" bits are called "kitty litter". As your small catcher fills, transfer these bits into a larger vessel to save for later.

There are many, many uses for this soft kitty litter such as, tightly stitched pet chew toys, soft and small "bean" bags for the little people to toss around, and my favorite, pet beds.  

I don't have any house pets, but there are any number of shelters for pets that can ALWAYS use more bedding. Make the bed ''cases'' out of old curtains, jeans, upholstery fabric or blankets. Don't worry if you don't have large pieces to make the cases - sew some together like a crazy quilt, then stuff and sew shut. Be use to use thread appropriate to your bedding case, use small stitches and even double stitch.

These beds are washable and once they are worn out, can be thrown away with a clear conscience.

Remember to re-purpose, reuse and recycle. 


© 2015 Cat Brennan 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stains in the Country


The following questions and clipart are being used for educational ...

Blood stains can ruin clothing (and linens). Here's a list of 5 DOs and DON'Ts regarding blood stains:







1. DO NOT wash in HOT water; hot water will SET the stain.
2. DO NOT use chlorine bleach; this chemical will only turn the blood stain brown.
3. DO rinse as soon as possible in COLD water; even if you rinse only the stained area.
4. DO pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain; you don't even have to dig out your oxy based laundry product.
Wicker Laundry Basket Full of Dirty Clothes5. DO let the stain+water+hydrogen peroxide set for a few minutes then rinse and hang to dry.
Now you can launder as usual.
This process works on all types of fabrics that are washable.
Let the professionals handle blood stains on Dry-Clean-Only products.





© 2015 Cat Brennan

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cakes in the Country




Making a good cake GREAT can be simple.  
For a chocolate cake, add a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips. Substitute part (or all) of the liquid with a favorite liqueur such as Creme de Cacao or Creme de Menthe ..

Just the other day, I made a Rum Cake from my niece's recipe. The original recipe calls for making it in a bundt pan.  In talking with my niece, Maria, we agreed that this makes a deep cake, resulting in huge slices, so she sometimes makes it in two, single layer cake pans, then finishes with the rum syrup dipping.  I like the look of a bundt pan - it's just pretty. So, I made the best of two worlds. I baked and thoroughly cooled the cake. THEN, I sliced it in half, and continued with the rum-syrup dipping.
You can use this method with any bundt or angel food pan. Using an electric knife, you could slice an angel food cake into three layers and fill with raspberry jam, topping it off with raspberry icing; maybe jazz it up a bit with a shot of Chambord (Raspberry liqueur) in your icing. Yummy.

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