Saturday, January 30, 2016


     When life gives you lemons, make lemon-aide. 
     When life hands you scraps, make a quilt. 
     When life gives you brown bananas, make banana bread.

     There are any number of ways 'out there' on the net for keeping bananas from turning brown. But let's face it, regardless of all your efforts, bananas will turn brown.
     We've been told for years to throw those brown bananas in the freezer, then when there are enough collected, thaw them and make banana bread. Saving instead of tossing IS good. But . . .

     Have you ever tried to handle frozen bananas as they thaw? They remind me of okra. Or snails. Or slugs.
     My youngest daughter offered a simple, yet brilliant idea. Peel the bananas BEFORE freezing. Stick them in a plastic-for-freezer bag. Then, when you have enough, thaw and make banana bread. You can even mash them IN the bag!

     Share your great ideas with me and I'll share them with the world.

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© 2016 Cat Brennan

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Winter Mornings in the Country

Frost on the punkin may sound cute, but frost on the windshield is a nuisance! If you have to park your vehicle outside, you know what I mean.

I just saw the neatest idea on Face Book that I want to pass along; you can make at home this simple solution to spray on  your windshield to melt the ice...especially if you're in a hurry.

DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT pour hot water on a cold/frosted wind shield. It could break the glass.

This simple solution? 1 part water and 2 parts rubbing alcohol. Put into a spray bottle and mist your windshield and/or windows with it.

You can mix up any proportion you wish. 

1 cup water + 2 cups rubbing alcohol.

1/3 cup water + 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol.

Here is the link  to my source.

Have a great day whether you live in the country or just wish you did.

© 2016 Cat Brennan

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Common Sense in the Country

I know. I know. Common sense isn't so common anymore! 
Never fear! There are a few of us die-hards determined not to leave and destroy our roots.

I like my electronic toys as much as the next one, but I still prefer a tea kettle to heat water instead of the micro-wave.

With that in mind, here's my recipe for 
Make-Your-Own/Do-it-My Way (MYO/DMY) 
Makeup Remover. I use it every day. 

Cat's Makeup Remover


1 Teaspoon baby wash
1 Tablespoon warm water
1 Tablespoon glycerin
3 Tablespoons olive oil

Mix gently but thoroughly and store in a reasonable bottle with a good, leak-free cap. Use as normal to remove makeup. Rinse with warm, clear water.

It's okay to double this recipe. 

When I first began mixing different ingredients to come up with a useful blend, I started with tiny amounts. If an end product doesn't work, I don't want to waste a gallon of liquids; therefore, this recipe is small. Try this one; if you don't like it, you will not have lost a lot of time or product. If you do like it, you can safely double it.

Have fun whether you live in the Country or simply wish you did.

© 2016 Cat Brennan