Sunday, August 31, 2014

Simple Syrup is For The Birds (and ME)!


The Hummingbirds are out in force at Sweetwater this Summer!

This cute feeder seems to be just the thing to attract these tiny guys!

Mr. S and I are really enjoying the visits they make to the feeder!

Marvin gets soooo excited when he sees one....thinking he will be able to catch himself a treat.....NOT!





 You can buy Hummingbird Nectar already made! 

 Yup....even half price....it is still $7.48!
In my mind...that is way too expensive!
It is a simple matter to make your own!


Make some Simple Syrup!
1 part water
1 part sugar
a few drops of red food coloring

Simply (I guess that is why it is call Simple Syrup) bring the sugar and water to a boil (stirring often)
Let it cool.  Pour it into the feeder and add the food coloring.
The cost for this must be about 25 cents!

But Simple Syrup is NOT just for the BIRDS....
It is a great thing to have on hand to use in cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages!







I keep a bottle of lemon infused Simple Syrup in the refrigerator to add to ice tea!

This is so much easier than adding sugar and lemon separately!

 Sometimes I add this to white wine, soda and ice for a refreshing wine cooler!








 These are links to some great recipes and information about Simple Syrup!





Lemon Tree Dwelling Simple Syrup Ideas

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Sauces_Condiments/SimpleSyrup.htm



I can't wait to try some of these out!









 This recipe from Truvia looks interesting!  I will be curious to see if it has the right consistency and flavor.  If it does......it would be great not to add the calories! 
 So at Sweetwater.......now the water for the birds (and ME) is REALLY Sweet!  (get it?)

Before you go......
Give yourself a 5 minute break and watch this video of the Seals and Croft version of 
Hummingbird Fly Away!



Have A SWEET Day....


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