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Feed the Hummingbirds for Pennies!

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DIY Hummingbird NectarI got a text message from my Daddy last night excitedly proclaiming that the hummingbirds were back – that’s a sure sign that Spring is near!  This makes me happy, too!  I love those adorable little birds.

So this morning, I was busy making some nectar to put out in my feeder for them when it occurred to me that there may be someone out there who doesn’t know how to make it, so I decided to write a quick tutorial for ya’ll – just in case.

The pre-made nectar that is sold in big box stores works fine, but it can get quite expensive over time, running anywhere from $1.98 for 8 oz. of ready-to-use nectar to more than $17 for 24 oz. of powdered concentrate.  That’s a lot of dough, especially considering you need to clean your feeder and put out fresh nectar as often as every other day in the mid-summer heat.

It’s so easy to make it in your own kitchen and very economical, too.  You’ll wonder why you ever bought that ready-made stuff in the first place. Continue Reading

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Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner and Power Scrub

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Hello, lovelies!  I know I said that I would talk about Shield and Oregano essential oils today; but I seriously forgot that I was supposed to do a follow-up to my Lemonade Concentrate post for this Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner.  That’s kinda how I roll, always trying to do too many things at once and not being able to concentrate on any of them. Haha.  There’s hope for me out there, I just KNOW it. 

That being said, I promised that I would give you a recipe of what to do with all those peels and pulp left over from juicing your lemons.  Now, you don’t have to use lemon peels.  You can use orange, grapefruit, lime, pineapple, or even apple peels for this recipe; I just happened to have an excessive amount of lemon peels handy.

You’ll need a 2-liter jar or bottle and a marker or sticky-note.  I find that I prefer a jar because of the wide opening at the top, and being glass, there is no concern for BPA or other odd and unknown things leaching out into your cleaner.  I did use a plastic juice bottle for my two-week cleaner and used jars for the rest of the batch that I will let sit for three months but you only need one to start with.

INGREDIENTSCitrus Enzyme Cleaner - The Mix

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups of citrus peels (and pulp if it’s attached – no need to pick it off)
     As you can see, I went a little crazy with the peels and pulp when filling my jars – more on that later.
4 cups of water
1 tsp active dry yeast (optional) Continue Reading