Monday, December 14, 2009

Ornaments for Our Feathered Friends

Doesn't this look like a beautiful cake?

Well, it is beautiful, but it isn't a cake for people, it is a cake for birds!
It is an (edible) decoration for outdoor birds for the yard.

Here is another one shaped into a wreath. Wouldn't a tree with these edible ornaments look lovely in the garden or yard?

Here is another shape.
There are many recipes out there...some easier than others.

The Basic:
Smear peanut butter on a pine cone and roll in birdseed.

1/3 cup gelatin
1 1/2 cups water
8 cups birdseed
Mix gelatin & water on low heat until gelatin is melted and clear. Remove from heat and stir in the birdseed. Stir well - no dry mixture.
Fill cookie cutters with seed mixture, packing tightly.
Refrigerate for 2 - 4 hours. Dry on baking rack for 3 days. Hang outside.

2 pounds suet
1 cups peanut butter
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup bacon grease
1 pound oats
1 cup cornmeal
Bird seed - combination seeds, sunflower, etc.

Melt suet in a pan over medium heat. Strain into a large bowl. Add peanut butter, molasses, bacon grease, oats and cornmeal. Add enough seeds until mixture can be rolled into balls.
Roll into 2 inch balls and coat with additional birdseed.
Place outside for the birds.

Warning: Squirrels, mice and other animals will feast on these treats as well.

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