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Easy Peasy Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbirds are beautiful creatures and fun to watch but I don’t like having to boil the nectar. From what I have read it is important to cook it so that any bacteria that might be present in the water is killed.  I know you can buy it already made but the frugal person in me won’t allow that.  Fortunately, I came up with an easier way to make it.  All you need is water, sugar, and a handy dandy coffee maker.

A common ratio of water to sugar is 4:1.  For my feeders I pour 2 cups water into the coffee maker and place 1/2 cup sugar in the glass carafe.  Turn on the coffee maker and it will do the rest.  Once the water has dripped into the carafe simply stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Let it cool and pour it into a clean feeder.  That’s it.  Easy Peasy.


Now I know the coffee pot does not boil the water but it does heat it to steaming.  I have had hummers at the feeders all summer so not boiling the water doesn’t seem to be an issue.

As a side note…Do not add red food coloring to the water. There is some evidence that it can cause birth defects in the babies.




Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes


Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

  • 1 C rice flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 1 C milk
  • ¼ t salt
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 t tapioca starch

In a medium bowl mix egg, milk, and oil. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour dough onto hot, oiled griddle. Turn when batter is bubbly and set.   Makes 4-5 8” pancakes.

Easy Peasy Healthier Biscuits


If you read my last post you know that I love pancakes.  Biscuits are another favorite of mine.  My Mom used to make what she called “yam cakes” which was basically a biscuit that had yams or sweet potatoes in it.  A few years back I got a hankering for those yam cakes and called Mom to ask for the recipe.  Long story short, she hadn’t made them in years and didn’t know where the recipe was.  Sooooo, I started experimenting until I came up with a recipe that worked and don’t tell Mom but it is better than the one she made.

If you try to eat healthy you will be pleased to know these biscuits have less fat, less flour, and milk than the typical biscuit recipe and the sweet potatoes add fiber.  If you love fall foods you will love this one. It is loaded with cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin pie spice.  These biscuits are  good with jelly or honey.   My favorite topping on them is homemade  cinnamon spiced pear honey.

Sweet Potato Biscuits


  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t allspice
  • ½ t pumpkin pie spice

Cut in 3 T butter until mixture is crumbly. Then cut in 1 ¼ C mashed sweet potatoes.  You can use canned or home grown.

Add ¼ c milk all at once and stir until mixture comes together. Place on lightly floured board and knead 10 times. Roll out or just pat it flat on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter or the opening of a pint sized jar and place on cookie sheet. (I like to stack 2 together for a thicker biscuit) Bake @ 450 for 12 minutes or until golden and puffed.


Easy Peasy Sports Drink Alternative Recipe


It is hot outside and it doesn’t take long to get dehydrated.  Instead of reaching for that commercial sports drink try this homemade frugal alternative.


  •          1 Package lemon lime Kool-ade drink mix
  •          1 C sugar
  •           1/8 t salt
  •           1/4 C lime or lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a 2 qt container. Serve cold. This recipe has less potassium than traditional sports drinks. To increase the potassium add an additional ¾ C of lemon or lime juice.

Safely Quick Thaw Meat Without the Microwave

There are those who claim microwaving food removes the nutrition from food and question the safety of eating microwaved food.  Others staunchly disagree.  I have no idea which is right. For those that want to avoid microwaving food or just don’t have a microwave to thaw their food here is another option.  It isn’t as quick as a microwave but is much faster than sitting it on the counter to thaw. Do not do this with any meat that has instructions to thaw in the refrigerator such as turkey.

Place frozen meat inside a clean zippered plastic bag.   Place the bag in a pan of very hot water.  Check it every 15 minutes or so. Turn the bag  as needed. Replace the hot water as it cools.  Do not leave in water longer than 60 minutes before cooking or placing back in the refrigerator.


Eliminate the need for an iron (almost)

I am always looking for ways to save time and  money.  To make clothes last longer and significantly decrease the amount of ironing you have to do, damp dry your clothes instead of drying them all the way.  The first rule of thumb is to never let the dryer stop and sit idle with the clothes in it.  The longer the clothes sit in the dryer the more wrinkles they will have.  I stop the dryer about 2/3 of the way through the cycle and hang the clothes up immediately.  I keep a drying rack in my laundry room for this purpose. The clothes pictured have not been ironed and are virtually wrinkle free.  Some shirts do better if hung upside down with clothespins. I have a folding wooden drying rack I use for this purpose. Using this method you save both time and electricity.  All that lint you get out of the dryer is your clothes slowly disintegrating. The less time the clothes spend in the dryer the less they break down making them last longer.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a frugal day.  Please like and share.


Easy Peasy Chicken Alfredo

Posting this for a friend in need of a birthday dinner. No time to take pictures.  This recipe is easy and oh so good.

Alfredo Sauce

 ½ C butter, 8 oz whipping cream, 8 oz cream cheese

Place butter in a sauce pan and melt. When melted add cream and cream cheese. Cook on low and stir frequently until cream cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve over fettuccini or angel hair pasta.


Dice 2 chicken breast. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Place 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet and heat on medium high. When it is hot add chicken and stir frequently.  It only takes 2-3 minutes to cook. When done it will cut easily with a spoon. MIx into alfredo sauce