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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

I just made my own homemade hummingbird nectar using two simple ingredients. Sugar and water is all you need. Some people add food coloring but you don’t need to and the birds don’t require the red juice to be attracted to your feeder.

These tiny little creatures are among the smallest bird species and are just so lovely to see up close. Here is one enjoying my homemade hummingbird nectar juice mix.

Simple recipe:
4 cups water to 1 cup sugar. No need to use food coloring and the birds don’t seem to care at all. They are still attracted by the red on the feeder and don’t need any artificial coloring. So 4 parts water to 1 part sugar is this simple recipe.

Mix well with a spoon and fill up your feeder. It is recommended to Continue Reading →

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Useful Trash Ideas

Here are a few ways to use trash in useful ways. I save all of my toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. I mainly used them for fire starters but there are many useful ideas for reusing these paper rolls. Here are two of my favorite.

Save the paper rolls and fill it with dryer lint. Use it as a fire starter in your woodstove or campfire. These stuffed paper rolls make amazing fire starters.

Next idea for reusing toilet paper rolls is this simple but handy idea below. Continue Reading →

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Wood Ashes for Sanding

I have written before about reusing wood stove ashes for sanding but just had to post again about this great idea. I just cleaned out our wood stove and got a full bucket of wood ashes. Here is a quick picture of just how far this one bucket of wood ashes will go towards sanding.

This hill as you can see is steep. It tends to get icy and we need some added traction at the crest of the hill. Just by adding wood stove ashes, it really does help with traction. Plus the wood ashes melt down in the snow and help with ice build-up.

You can read more about reusing wood ashes here for sanding your road along with more details. Just a note so you don’t track wood soot in the house. Continue Reading →

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Homemade Dog Cookie Treats

Here is a quick and healthy dog treat that you can make for your pet. I wanted to make some pet treats for the upcoming holidays and used a recipe that was shared in a local newsletter.

Here is my finished dog cookies in a jar complete with a bow.

Here is a copy of the recipe courtesy of AWCnet.org from their recent newsletter. Just click on the image below to supersize it. Continue Reading →

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Fixing a Door That Swings Open

Do you have a door that swings open by itself? Does the door not stay in its place when opened partway? Well let me share this easy idea on how to fix a door swing problem yourself in just minutes.

If you have a door that swings open by itself, it is because the door jamb is not square and the door is not balanced properly. This easy fix works and takes just minutes to complete.

All you need to do is take out the top pin on the door hinge and bent it a bit to get your door to stay put. Here are the steps to take:

  • Remove the top pin from the door hinge
  • Place the pin on a flat solid surface like a board
  • Hit the pin in the center with a hammer just a few times to put a slight bend in it
  • Replace the pin in the door hinge

Here is my pin after it was bent a bit. Continue Reading →

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