Hummingbird Nectar

I know this is late in the season for me to be posting this, but I’ve always assumed people know how to make this. (You know what they say about assuming!!)

Well just incase there are some of you out there that DON’T know how to make your own hummingbird nectar. Here is the recipe and it’s super easy.

Yes, you can BUY hummingbird nectar, but the stuff with the red dye in it isn’t really good for the birds. Plus it’s easy to make, so why not make it?

You will need to clean and rinse the feeder out weekly and put in fresh nectar at that time. (Especially in the heat we’ve been having, it tends to mildew or mold quickly, hummers seem to be able to tell when it’s not good for eating)

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Giddiness Over the Simple Things

It always surprises me how giddy I get with things I can accomplish that people used to do out of necessity in the Pioneer days.

I know LOTS of people out there are probably snickering at this, cause many people do this several ways, and it’s no big deal to them. But…did YOU know you can make your OWN butter?! And it’s actually really easy, and not overly time-consuming!!!

I had MY doubts at first too…but it’s TRUE! I couldn’t believe just HOW simple this was the first time I did it. I can’t take credit for the idea though, I found the recipe/idea here…Homemade butter. (You will find the ingredients list there and most of the directions. Read my comments below for making it in your food processor instead of stand mixer).

As you know by now, I usually don’t follow something exactly. I didn’t add the milk or carrot (Those are just to add more color to it so it has a more yellow color). I just used the heavy cream(Organic of course) and salt. (If you want unsalted butter, I believe you could just leave out the salt) I tried to make this in my mixer…at first…and I believe she states that it can be messy, it was a disaster for me…(Of course I can be a bit of a neat freak.) There was cream splattering out of the mixing bowl and all-over my mixer, even with a towel over it. So, I decided…or read in the comments (Can’t remember which) to make it in my food processor!! That way it could splash around all it wanted and it’s not everywhere in my kitchen, it that would only leave me ONE thing to clean…in the dishwasher!! 😉

This is one of those recipes you have to watch closely, there are stages you need to watch for. You do NOT want to over mix it. (Which of COURSE I did…but managed to make it work) Once you see and hear the food processor sounding a bit more labored than usual, and the cream is sticking together, you want to change to just pulsing the machine. It won’t become like a dough-ball where it ALL clumps up and spins in the processor, but you’ll notice there is less and less liquid. When you hit that stage, stop the processor and strain the “buttermilk” (with a bowl under the strainer from the butter. (Now you have some buttermilk for other baking needs as well). Then follow the rest of the directions at the link above. Starting at around step 5.

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Clean Onion Soup Mix

OnionSoup_mixI don’t know about you guys, but when I originally started “Clean Eating” there were SO MANY things I never thought about. I used Onion soup mix for lots of things, and in the beginning never thought about how processed it was or what was in it. It’s dried stuff, it’s SOUP mix, there can’t be anything bad in it, right? (Once I picked up a box and looked at the ingredients I realized I couldn’t pronounce some of them.)

The following, is a “Clean Eating” recipe. It doesn’t taste exactly the same as most Onion Soup mixes. I think for it to taste more like what you are used to, you would need to add a little beef bouillon powder. I haven’t looked for a “Clean” version of that, so I don’t know if there is one.

When I made this, I doubled the recipe, simply because I knew I would use it a LOT, plus it will keep for about 2 months.

The recipe looks intimidating due to the long list of ingredients. You can always adjust and shorten to your taste. You could probably take out the turmeric, but it’s so healthy for you…I like to keep it in. You can also take out the sugar and salt if you prefer. Literally, if you can measure ingredients you can make this. There’s nothing else to it and as always, feel free to experiment! 🙂

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Organization “Life Hack” Busted…Possibly

Busted

I’m sure you’ve all seen those lists “Life Hacks” for all kinds of cool stuff. I fall for those every time I see them, cause there might be something in there I haven’t seen/read yet. Most of the time they are a repeat and I’ve already seen them.

It’s one thing to read them,  it’s another thing to remember just ONE of them when you can use it.

Well…one actually DID pop into my brain, at a time that I could use it…but it turned out not to be one of the BETTER hacks I’ve read.

Let me set the scene for you…my husband and I had a bunch of presents to wrap recently, and that reminded me that we needed to organize our wrapping paper rolls better. (they were already in a neat container, but they kept unraveling and getting crunched when putting a roll back.) “Life hack to the rescue!!”

I had remembered reading that you can use empty toilet paper rolls as “cuffs” to keep your wrapping paper from unraveling. “GREAT!!! I will start saving toilet paper rolls.” After saving several, the day came when we needed to wrap the presents, so as my husband wrapped I organized. (Needless to say I didn’t save ENOUGH toilet paper rolls for the amount of wrapping paper rolls we had…mistake #1.) But, I decided I could cut them into thirds and I should have enough.

Here is where problems started:
1. Not all wrapping paper rolls are large enough for toilet paper rolls to work as a cuff. Some are quite a bit smaller in diameter so the toilet paper cuff just slides off. (But, you can always tighten the toilet paper roll and tape it together…my own ingenuity there. lol)

2. Some wrapping paper rolls are larger or too large for the cuff to work.

20150722_1310223. Cutting them into thirds did NOT seem to work well. I think you need the longer length for the cuffs to hold their position.

4. The container we use to keep our wrapping paper organized, holds them upright, many of the cuffs I made/used slid down to the bottom the wrapping paper roll as soon as I got it in the storage container.

Most of these have been fixed in this picture. But you can tell some of them have already slid.
Most of these have been fixed in this picture. But you can tell some of them have already slid.

This is why I used the term “Possibly” in the title. I am certainly NOT ruling out “User Error” on this one. The fact that I cut them into thirds was definitely MY bad. As for the different size in wrapping paper tubes…maybe those are OLD rolls and this isn’t a problem anymore? The fact that this hack didn’t work…COULD be just me.

As far as I am concerned this “Hack” is not one of the better ones. It did help a bit on some of the tubes of wrapping paper, as you can tell from the picture below. But, there are just too many variables for this to work great for the most part. I will try it again without cutting them into thirds, but I know that won’t work on the smaller/larger diameter rolls. But maybe my tightening and taping will work for some of those?

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Hope this saves you some wasted time and frustration.

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Fantastic, Easy, Made from Scratch Pancakes

I stumbled upon this recipe a LONG time ago, I believe through the same website I got my hamburger bun recipe.

Anyway, I have made these several times and LOVE them every time. These are the fluffiest pancakes I think I’ve ever had.

For the unbleached all-purpose flour I substitute half with my fresh ground hard white wheat flour. I also usually half the recipe, simply because it’s just me and my husband eating them.

Here is the link Melt in Your Mouth Pancakes, and check out other cool recipes on her blog!!

Please enjoy!

Cinnamon Maple Butter

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a “Healthy” recipe…but there’s not a lot of “Processed” stuff in it either. It’s great for a little treat, and not too bad for you, used in moderation.

I don’t know about you guys, but now and then I crave something sweet. Rather than have cupcakes or donuts, I think this is better for me. No processed sugar, yet sweet and you only use a little at a time.

Enjoy!!

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Super Simple Homemade Peanut Butter

This is something I tried shortly after my husband and I started to eat clean. (Have you read the ingredients list on your peanut butter lately?!)

Making your own peanut butter is the simplest thing I’ve EVER tried to make. All these years I didn’t realize just HOW simple it was.

Once you’ve tried this and realized how simple this is, get experimental and start creating new and delicious flavors of peanut butter.

For the recipe, please click here.

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