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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cool, Cooler and Coolest

     Hot summer days scream for cool drinks.  Dress up your delicious lemonade, iced coffee and more with a few simple tricks.  
     Here are some really 'cool' ideas for your favorite beverages.

     Hope your summer is the coolest. If YOU have additional ''ice cube" ideas. send them along to me and I will share right here at Cat's Country.

     Have a great week whether you live in the country, or simply wish you did.

© 2014 Cat Brennan

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Here's to you, Rose!

     A few years ago, a dear friend of mine, Noelle, took her mom, Rose, shopping. I’m not sure where all they went, but I do know they found some really good bargains at some flea markets and yard sales. We all love our thrift shopping, don’t we? 
     Rose was really excited when she found a nice stash of Vera Bradley™ purses at one of the thrifty shopping places.  When Rose called out to Noelle, she couldn’t remember the famous name of these quilted and colorful purses (she was at least 80 at the time). So, Rose just told her to come and look at all the pretty “Sarah” purses.  I loved that story then, and I love it even more, now because Rose went home to be with her maker a couple of years ago. 
     When Noelle reported this delightful account, I told her that when I got rich and famous, I would design a purse and name it, “Sarah Rose” for her mama.

     Not surprisingly, I’m still waiting for the rich and famous part, but I did design and make a little purse I have named my “Sarah Rose” –  I’ve blended a little bit of country with a little bit of city bangle.  Blue denim dressed with pink beading around the edge.
     Here’s to you Rose! Here is your namesake, Sarah Rose.

© 2014 Cat Brennan

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday in the Country

        Swaddling Gauze Blankets have become more and more popular in the Western Civilization, but please, use with caution.  Do NOT wrap your babies too tightly as has been done for centuries in the middle east. Studies have shown that the overly-tight wrapping has caused babies organs to be displaced and even harmed from the too-tight-wrapping.

        Here's a good "rule of thumb" to use in your garden.  If you are growing a crop for its fruit or its root, it requires full sun.  If you are growing a crop for its leaves or its stems, partial shade is best.

        Ever wonder which glue or adhesive to use for this project or that repair? Here's a cool website with the answers:
           This is a simple, no-frills web site that is very useful.

         And, just so you know about the "rule of thumb".  Back 'in the day' when men were allowed to beat their wives into submission, the law stated that they could not use a stick bigger than a thumb - thus, the rule of thumb. (yeah, don't get me started).

© 2014 Cat Brennan

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday Words: Wacky or Wise

Happy Pig clip art
Do you sometimes wonder how your tax dollars are spent? How about this one: Several years ago, a united states government funded study discovered that pigs can become alcoholics. Wow - how about pork intervention???

Friday, April 25, 2014


Don't use liquid fabric softener on towels and cloths for bath or kitchen.  The liquid renders the linens non –absorbent.  There are a couple of ways to soften your clothing: Add 1/2 - 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water in the washer. Another way to soften clothing is to purchase some "dryer balls" to bounce around in the dryer while your clothing or linens are drying. 

Don't forget to keep on hand some inexpensive nylon tulle/net (the cheap kind, NOT the soft stuff one would use for wedding items).  If you've left a tissue in your pocket and it "snowed' all over your clothing, just put a length of tulle in the dryer with your clothing. I don't know why it works, but it does (friction, perhaps?). I keep a light/white length and a dark/black length on hand for the respective load - 1 1/2 - 2 yards each is a good length. This tulle will last through several loads. When it becomes too soft for this use, give it to the little girls to play dress-up or cut into narrower strips for 'ribbon' on a package.

If you've run out of buttermilk for your baked goods don't fret, make your own.  Pour 1 - 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice into a measuring cup. Add regular milk to make the amount of butter milk needed. Vinegar also works. Stir a little; after a few seconds, your milk with 'thicken' into 'buttermilk'.

Just-a--Pinch of instant coffee granules takes the “bright white” glare out of cream gravy; the flavor can't be noticed (unless you added too much).  

Low on fresh milk?  Add water for liquid – sprinkle dry milk into other dry ingredients…works great with pancakes, waffles, cakes etc. ( add the dry milk to flour and other dry ingredients, first - then add the water when your recipe calls for the 'milk'). 

If you're out of Self Rising flour, you can make your own: For each cup of flour, mix in 1 ¼ tsp baking powder and ¼ tsp salt

Finally, for today, if you're out of BAKING POWDER, again, make your own: For each tsp. Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar and ¼ tsp. baking soda.

© 2014 Cat Brennan