Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Afternoon QUICKIE - Hummingbird Feeder Food

It's that time again.......
Weekly Reminder: What is a "QUICKIE" anyway?...hmmmmm, found this online: "Very little foreplay, quick finish. Usually 5 minutes, start to finish.." Perfect! Since I've demonstrated how blog challenged I am this year, a speedy, once a week drop-in is JUST what the doctor ordered (wink!).
So clear your calendar, I'm all yours for 5 minutes every Saturday afternoon...rawr

Let's make Hummingbird Feeder Food - YAY!...

Ooooo, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hummingbirds! They love me too, as I consistantly refill the feeder for them on my porch :)
Talk about a QUICKIE, this recipe is so fast, so'll be amazed. The result is less messy (NO FOOD COLORING) and also so much cheaper than what can be found at your local garden center. You'll never troll the isles in Walmart for this stuff again, promise (wink!).

Hummingbird Feeder Food makes 1 cup
1 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar

Directions: Microwave 1 cup of water in a glass Pyrex measuring cup for 3 mins - NOTE: water MUST reach a BOIL before adding sugar if using the microwave method. On the stove top, you can bring both water and sugar to a quick boil before allowing to cool. This necessary step helps to discourage bacterial growth (Thank you Tamerie!!). Add 1/4 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. Pour into an emptied and cleaned feeder globe. Reassemble feeder, those beauties come from miles around. :)

Thanks for the QUICKIE (wink!), I'll see ya next week!


Tamerie Shriver Halliday said...

Another recipe: 4 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil on the stove, then shut it off. It needs to actually boil, rather than just getting really hot and the sugar all dissolving. The boiling helps retard bacterial growth once it's in the feeder. I have a special glass pitcher I keep the sugar water in in the frig. If I had to make it every day, I'd go a little crazy. This way I only have to make it once a week or so. It really depends on much the other birds are eating it. I am forever telling them they are NOT hummingbirds, but the continue to eat anyway. Oh, well, I guess they need it.

ReluctantYankee said...

Hi Tamerie! Yes, it's very important for the water to be at a boil...I should have mentioned that :( In a small 1 cup Pyrex, my water actually reaches a boil in the microwave at 3 minutes. Thank you for pointing out this most important step....I will fix my post! Have a beautiful weekend :)

rosasdolcevita said...

Never thought it would be that easy! Love the photo of the hummingbird. :-)

Crickets!!! I'm hearing CRICKETS!!

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