Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DIY Hummingbird Nectar

Hi all!!! I took a little break from blogging during this last pregnancy with baby #5. But she's here now, and growing strong! So, the blog will start seeing some more activity :).

I usually get sentimental when we bring a new baby home, and I start thinking about all the special memories I have from childhood. Then, I want to create those same special memories with my kids. My mamaw is one of my special memories :). She is one of the most amazing women I have ever met, and we don't he get to visit her NEAR as much as I'd like.

If you were to visit my mamaw today, she'd greet you with a beautiful smile, invite you into her log cabin for a glass of the most deliciously sweet iced tea, and she would visit as if you are the most important part of her day. If the weather is nice, she may take you to her cozy front porch, where you can sit on the porch swing and soak up the wisdom she will share.

It won't be long on that porch, before little hummingbirds will begin buzzing around your head, past your ears, and straight to one of the several feeders Mamaw has hanging for them. I don't mean one or two. I mean, dozens of birds! It is so fun! Those little critters buzz back and forth all day long! Her secret? She makes several batches of homemade hummingbird nectar each week, and fills her feeders with it.

So, when Eric mentioned he'd seen a sad and hungry hummingbird trying to find food in our feeder, which has been empty all summer :(, the kids and I decided we better make some special Mamaw nectar!!!! We made the super easy mix last week, washed and filled our feeder, and waited. We couldn't believe how quickly Mrs. Hummingbird found her special treat, and how often she has returned! We've spotted her every single day, and today, we've seen her three times already (I'm writing this at noon :)).

So, I decided to share my mamaw's recipe for hummingbird nectar, in case you also have a hungry little bird at your house that needs fed :). It is SO easy!!!

Just boil 4 cups water, stir in 1 cup sugar, let cool, and fill your feeder. Keep any extra in your refrigerator for up to one week :). That's it!!!

You can add red food color if you want it to look like the store bought nectar. But, the birds will eat it just as well without the color, and I read somewhere once that the dye in the nectar really isn't good for the birds at all. So, all natural and dye free here at the cabin :). Now, go fill up those feeders, and let me know how your hummingbirds like it!!!!

Oh! Ely and I have been trying to click a picture of our little hummingbird friend, but so far, she's been too fast for us. We'll keep trying, and if you get a photo of yours, be sure to share it in the comments :).

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