Monday, December 18, 2006
Having cats in the house usually means having cat hair everywhere. When Charlie was our only cat we were spoiled - he has short hair and spends most of his time outside. With Nola and Brogan in the mix we end up with cat hair on all the furniture. A few years ago my husband was annoyed by our sad little vacuum that did little to clean cat hair out of the carpet. He used a cat brush that we normally brush the cats with to brush the carpet. It worked wonders! Since then we have always used a cat brush for extra cleaning on the main areas of carpets. We currently have no carpeting, but I continue to use the cat brush on stubborn furniture. It also works on curtains. I usually go over things once with the brush and once with the lint roller. I try to do this daily, which really keeps the cat hair buildup minimal!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
I've taken to freezing side dishes in addition to casseroles and full meals. I do this for days when we'll be busy right after dinner. I freeze things like seasoned rice, mixed veggies and pasta with sauce in sandwich sized Ziplocks (several smaller bags thaw faster than one large bag.) When I know dinner will be quick I just pull out the appropriate bags. I can take them out in the morning so they thaw throughout the day or put them in warm water to thaw faster. Although all these sides could be cooked quickly, I also save myself time by having less cookware to wash. Just call it organic tv dinner... :)