Feeding The Hummingbirds

Feeding The Hummingbirds

The hummingbirds are coming! These colorful migrators usually arrive between late-April and early-May. Here is a fun and easy recipe to feed the hummingbirds.

Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

You will need refined white sugar and water. Mix one (1) part sugar to four (4) parts water. So, it would be one cup sugar and four cups water for about a quart of food or two cups sugar and eight cups water for half-gallon. Filtered water is fine, or water can be boiled. If the water is warm, the sugar will dissolve easier. Be sure to mix well so all sugar dissolves.

When cool, add the nectar to the hummingbird feeder.

Do not add red dye. It is not necessary. If you want the extra pop of color to attract hummingbirds, you can use a colored glass or acrylic feeder. Or, plant red or pink flowers near the feeder. The sweetness of the nectar will attract the hummingbirds and once one finds the feeder, it will attract more.

Follow hummingbird migration on this interactive map and report when you spot hummingbirds.

Remember To Respect the Land & Others

Remember To Respect the Land & Others

Remember…explore Franklin County virtually and visit in person later! It is a perfect time to plan a hiking or biking excursion or a walk on one of the amazing trails of Franklin County. When the time comes to get out a little, remember the rules of etiquette of the trail. Trail etiquette is leaving no trace, respecting the landscape, and respecting others out and enjoying the landscape.

COVID-19 is new to everyone, including hikers, bikers and walker. It is important to add social distancing to trail etiquette. The minimum recommended “safe distance” for social distancing is six feet. Even more is better. When hiking, biking and walking, step aside to make sure to “do your distancing.”

Toward keeping hikers safe during the COVID-19 health crisis, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy endorsed closing trails and shelters, restrooms, and public access points. The trail spans fourteen states and more than 2000 miles, so be sure before you consider a hike along the AT, check closings here.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau thanks everyone for its respect and consideration during the COVID-19 crisis, and hopes to be able to have visitors enjoy our trails and more in the coming future. BE safe, explore now, visit later!

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

The 3rd week of Foto Find is an Easter Egg Hunt. Your friends at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau decided to invite the Easter Bunny to hide beautifully decorated eggs throughout the website. There are nine in all. Please send a picture of each one to lmccracken@explorefranklincountypa.com. For each one, you find, you receive one entry into the 3rd Week of Foto Find!

So, hop to it and enjoy finding the eggs!

What’s Cooking in Franklin County? – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

What’s Cooking in Franklin County? – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

This recipe for delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins are a sure hit for anyone in your family and use ingredients that you most likely already have in your home! No need to run to the store to make these hearty muffins. It’s no April Fools trick, you don’t have to be a skilled baker to have everyone thinking you bought these muffins from the best bakery in town!

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease your muffin pan. In a large bowl mash up 4 ripe bananas and 1/3 a cup of melted (and cooled) butter until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add 1 egg, 2/3 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla and mix until combined. Once combined, add in a pinch of salt and 1 tsp. of baking soda and mix then add 1 ½ cup of flour and combine until smooth. Last, add in your chocolate chips to the mixture and divide into muffin tins. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes and enjoy!

If you have a recipe to share, send it to Lauren at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau — lformosa@explorefranklincountypa.com . She will post it and share it! Videos are welcome, too.

 Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

4 Ripe Bananas

1/3 Cup of Melter Butter (cooled)

2/3 Cup of Sugar

1 Egg

1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract

1 tsp. of Baking Soda

A Pinch of Salt

1 1/12 Cup of Flour

1 Cup of Semisweet Chocolate Chips

What’s Cooking Franklin County? Peanut Butterflies…A Kid Friendly Recipe

What’s Cooking Franklin County? Peanut Butterflies…A Kid Friendly Recipe

Mmm, peanut butter cookies are always yummy. Try making Peanut Butterflies from The Kids-Did It! Cookie Bookie Cookbook.

Sift together 1 cup flour, ½ tsp. baking soda and ¼ tsp. slat. Then beat ¼ cup butter with ¼ cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup brown sugar with 1 egg and ¼ tsp. vanilla. Now beat in 1 cup of peanut butter. Add the flour mixture into the fluffy mixture and blend well.

Now, let’s make the butterflies from the peanut butter dough. Pat hands with flour. Roll two small dough balls and two bigger dough balls. To make the wings, on the left side, put the bigger ball on top and the smaller ball on the bottom. Repeat for the right side and flatten each ball slightly.  Decorate the wings with chocolate chips, sprinkles, M&Ms or whatever you have handy. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

Now, the best part:  Eat them!

If you have a recipe to share, send it to Lauren at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau — lformosa@explorefranklincountypa.com . She will post it and share it! Videos are welcome, too.