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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow Shovels

Good time to remind you that WD-40 works miracles on your snow shovel .. protects it and make snow removal so much easier.

Friday, January 9, 2015

STORAGE for Fresh Produce

Vegetables clip art
Where is the best place to store avocados?  Bananas? How about apples or cauliflower? Below is an excellent link for this information .. no need for me to reinvent the wheel .. I enjoy many things on BuzzFeed and see no reason not to share that wisdom with you.

A gentle reminder - store apples SEPARATE from other fruits and vegetable as they give of a gas that ripens them - that is unless you need something to ripen more quickly.

Just copy and paste this link to get all the 411 on fruit and veggy storage:

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Hi Honey!

honey bee : Illustration of Cute Bee eating honeyDo you have a little dab of jelly, jam or preserves in the cabinet that you're tempted to throw away? Or, how about that last 1/4 inch of honey that has crystallized and won't pour or squeeze out?  Don't toss!

Add these to muffins!  Check the 'liquid' called for in your recipe and add enough boiling water to the honey or jam pot and stir or shake well if the vessel has a tight lid. Let the boiling water mixture cool a bit then add to your mix. Great flavor is added and the condiment isn't wasted.

© 2014 Cat Brennan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How and Where to Store Fruits and Vegetables

Here's some valuable information about how to store and keep fresh produce, whether home grown or purchased.  

Tomatoes get mushy if stored in the refrigerator - they do NOT like to be cold!  Did you know that you shouldn't store or keep apples with or near other produce?   So where to keep potatoes or avocados? Find out more below.  


Apples - Coldest Fridge Drawer*


Avocados - Room Temperature


Broccoli - Coldest Fridge Drawer


Celery - Coldest Fridge Drawer


Garlic - Fridge Shelf


Ginger - Fridge Shelf


Kale - Coldest Fridge Drawer


Onions – Cool Dry Place (away from potatoes)


Parsley - Coldest Fridge Drawer


Strawberries - Coldest Fridge Drawer


Tomatoes - Room Temperature

*NEVER-EVER store apples with or near other fruits and vegetables ‘at room temperature’ as the apples will hasten the ripening process of the other.

© 2014 Cat Brennan

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lint Roller

One of the neatest ideas yet in my sewing room is one I got from my daughter, Greta. I keep a lint roller near my sewing machine to pick up stay threads and, what my mom called, frizzlens!Cartoon Squirrel Lint (Black and White Line Art) I'm betting that word came from frizzy and I like it! It’s all those little threads that remain, for instance, when you rip out a seam (There is a real word, frizzling, but that refers to crispy cooking). The lint roller gets those, too. Right this minute, I’m working on some pants pockets, and although the pocket fabric is a very pretty green, it is fraying and flying like sawdust in a lumber mill.

Another of my favorite pass times is to crochet rag rugs; those can get very messy, so I've added a lint roller to my project bag.