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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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:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/how-to-store-your-groceries#.dwvwg5L0e


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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