Sunday, January 27, 2019

Evelyn's Quick And Easy No Sew Cat Beds

Hello Darlings,

Got cats? Got furniture you want to keep your cats off of? Try this little DIY project.

Sure, you can buy tons of the ready made cat beds on the market. However in making my cat beds I took in consideration that like people, cats stretch out when they sleep deeply. Therefore, I decided to make their beds myself. From the photos below you can see that I use easy to find materials. 

First, because they were out large moving boxes, I got two old display boxes from my local Walmart store.  I do thank the manager for his kindest in letting me have them. These two boxes are just the right shape and length for my cats to stretch out in . Second, I purchased  two inexpensive king size pillows from Amazon; and lastly, I purchased material that was on sale from Joann to cover and line the boxes. The cats and kittens on the material are so cute.

The only places where the material is affixed is at the front and back of the boxes with regular staples. I made sure the closure portion of the staples were facing out so the sharp ends will not touch the cats as they slept. 

First impressions. Like most shoppers of fine things my cats checked out the beds. Autumn sat looking into one, then smugly turned and went back to sleep on the extra pillow next to my husband, and which is why I only made two beds. She will never let go of Stan. Sam claimed his cat bed by peeing on the pillow, which prompted me to wash everything before putting the beds completely  together, and Jetta, the shy lady that she is, stepped in and curled up for a long lazy afternoon nap.

As for keeping the cats off the furniture, below is a recipe that does work if you spray it around the furniture regularly and also it smells nice. If you have leather or leather-like furniture using End Dust will keep them off for a few days also.

Here is my cat repellent recipe that I posted on Tito's Cavern

My Homemade Cat Repellent


1 tablespoon Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Anise extract
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons Rosemary


Boil for 5 minute and then pour into heat proof contained and seal. set aside to cool let seep for a day. Strain undissolved herbs and spices with cheesecloth and place liquid in spray bottle. Spray as often as needed.

Alternate Method: Using Microwave

  1. Use a 2- quart measuring cup, add all ingredients.
  2. Bring it a boil on high setting  for 10 minute.
  3. Cover measuring cup with plastic wrap.
  4. Set aside to cool let seep for a day.
  5. Using  a rubber band to  keep cheesecloth in place over a large jar opening, strain undissolved herbs and spices from the liquid repellent.
  6. Pour some of repellent  in spray bottle.
  7. Spray when needed.

Hope you find this article interesting and useful, if not cute.

As always,

Chow Darlings.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Evelyn's Air Fried Cornbread

Happy New Years Everyone!

Today is the first day of 2019, and I just wanted to add my final update to my air fried cornbread recipe.

As I stated when I updated my muffin recipe. I eliminated the egg yolk, dropped the cow's milk and increased the sugar content.  Each of the items that was dropped was in turn substituted with ingredients more suitable for my renal diet. However, with this final update, I was more concern with  the moistness of the cornbread as the other recipe left it and the muffins, drier than I cared to eat.

To correct this dryness I dropped the vegetable oil and added unsalted butter in its place. The results were as I hoped. The cornbread was moister and the unsalted butter added the rich homemade flavor that we are use to eating. 

If you do not have a Big Boss air fryer, I am not sure if this recipe will work for you. However it should be easy to modified it for your own air fryer with some practice, or you can try baking it in your regular oven.

Air Fried Cornbread

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweet rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 1/2 tablespoon melted unsalted butter


  1. Heat butter in a six inch baking pan on a medium rack in air fryer (Big Boss or similar convection air fryer) 
  2.  Mix all of the ingredients together. Add heated butter and mix again
  3. Then pour the Cornbread mix into greased Cornbread pan, and air fry on 320 degrees, for 11 - 12 minutes.
As recipes goes, this recipe is an adaptation of Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched White Corn Meal Mix original cornbread recipe, which is found of the back of the corn meal mix bag. From that recipe to my personal changes this recipe has come a long way.

As always, enjoy.

And until next, Chow! Darlings!
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