Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hummingbird Nectar

Well today I brought out the hummingbird feeder to find the flowers needed to be repainted so I tackled that. Next was to find a recipe for hummingbird nectar and fill the feeder. I remembered my friend at had posted one last year so I hopped over to her blog and found it.

Hummingbird Nectar(4:1)




Heat water in microwave for 3-5 minutes or until hot
Add sugar
Stir until sugar has dissolved
Let nectar cool to room temperature
Fill feeder(s)
Store remaining nectar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks

Side Note:
It is not good for the hummingbird food to stay in the feeder for more than a week.  Otherwise, it tends to get moldy or cloudy.  For this reason, I make smaller batches of hummingbird nectar and refill the feeders more often.  Many times, I make 1 or 2 cups of nectar with ¼ cup or ½ cup of sugar.  Or, I make the full 4 cups and keep the extra nectar in a glass jar in the refrigerator so I can easily refill their feeders.

My note:
When you heat water in the microwave it loosens up cooked on food. After the water is finished, take a few minutes and wipe down the inside of your microwave.

Reuben made from leftover corned beef - now and later

The day after St. Patrick's day usually brings leftover corned beef. Usually I just reheat and eat it the same as the day before. Tonight however I tried my hand at making a Reuben. No exact recipe but this is how I made it.

Leftover corned beef sliced thinly across grain (I warmed mine up)
Sauerkraut- drained and warmed
Thousand island dressing
Swiss cheese
Rye or pumpernickel bread (I used a rye and pumpernickel marbled bread)

Butter one side of each slice of bread, lay one slice butter side down, spread on thousand island dressing to taste, add slice Swiss cheese, add corned beef, add sauerkraut and top with second slice of bread butter side up.

Grill til desired doneness.


Slice corned beef thin and add to small freezer bag with slice Swiss cheese.
Take sauerkraut and put in small freezer bag.
Take 2 slices bread, wrap in saran wrap,and add to a small freezer bag.

Take all the small bags and add to a larger freezer bag. Label bag with date and Reuben and put in freezer for another day.

I did this for one sandwich but you could do as many as you like.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Getting ready for the planting season

Well the warm weather has come earlier than normal and things all around are in bloom. So naturally that makes me want to plant. I started some seeds inside to transplant to outdoor pots eventually, started some herb pots and also trying my hand at garlic since my cloves had sprouts. I planted a few cloves outside in the flower bed and then 1 in a pot. I also finally got around to transplanting the aloe I purchased last year.

Dark and light brown containers are basil, garlic, parsley, chives, cilantro and oregano. The 36 seed starters contain snap peas, garden bean tender bush, Roma grande tomato, Roma vf tomato, jalapeƱo peppers, and cayenne pepper. I hope these all succeed in growing as the seeds are leftover from last year. I guess time will tell! Happy Planting!

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots with Horseradish Cream

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream

Corned beef- trim excess fat off
Baby red potatoes
Baby carrots

Trim excess fat from corned beef and put in crock pot. Add seasoning packet that comes with it. Then add your potatoes and carrots. Add water to cover items. Cook 8-10 hrs on low.

Cut cabbage into four wedges and put in pot. Take broth from crockpot and add to cabbage and cook until desired tenderness.

Horseradish Cream (recipe from Gina at

1 tbsp prepared grated horseradish
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
1/4 tsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper


Mix ingredients together and add to top of sliced corned beef.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Red Raspberry Cane Giveaway

Check out this great giveaway over at Sparing Change. Better hurry though because the Giveaway ends Thursday, March 15th at midnight and the winner will be announced Friday, March 16th.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Article in Washington Post

I want to share with all my readers an article written in the Washington Post concerning an incident with my son in his school recently.

If you have children please try and monitor their Internet postings.
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