A Picnic for Who??

Hi everyone!

We are having a very snowy day here in Michigan! This is the most snow I think we’ve had all year! What I noticed first thing this morning was how many birds were flocking around my feeders. They’ve had it pretty easy so far, but I think their food was covered up this morning. I love watching the birds, and it was so pretty out, I got the idea to make my own suet feeders! Of course, I headed over to Pinterest for some recipes and ideas. I found there are LOTS of recipes, so I kind of took the basics and made my own!

Picnic BasketThis was an old picnic basket I found at Good Will. I thought the cups were colorful and would stand out in the snow.

 

Birdfeed ingredients 2

I gathered all of my ingredients. Some called for shortening and some for coconut oil, so I decided to use some of both!

 

Bowl of ingredientsSo here mixed together is 2 cups of bird seed, 1 cup of raisins, and 1 cup of plain peanuts. Just grab a bowl, use your fingers and mix it well.

 

Heating shortening

Put a pan on the burner on low. Add 1 cup of shortening, 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of crunchy peanut butter. You just want to melt this, not cook.

When its all melted, stir well into seed mixture. I suggest using a ladle to put it in the cups. Now I forgot to take a picture of this, but I put sticks in so that the birds would have something to perch on. I put them in the freezer for about an hour and they were hardened up. I found some cute ribbon to use to hang them on the tree. I put a drop of hot glue under the handle so the ribbon wouldn’t slide around. And voila! I present the finished product!

Finished bird feeder

I hope you enjoyed this snow day project!

Julie

 

Sometimes it’s Just the Little Things

Flower for blog I recently returned home from Atlanta where I had been visiting my youngest grandchildren. I am a VERY involved grandmother and it is really hard having them so far away. So facing my first day back to  work was a little depressing. I have been working hard to attract some birds to my yard after my cats chased them all away a few years. I had a few precious minutes before my mad rush to get out the door (seriously, I don’t know why I do that to myself, but I do…every day!!) so I grabbed my camera and quietly sat on the front porch. It was really beautiful out there this morning. I did snap a few pictures of the birds, but then I turned the camera lens to the flowers. This is what I got. For some reason I just loved it. So beautiful and simple. It inspired me to go out and have a beautiful day despite being a little tired and a little melancholy. Some days that’s all we can do! Hope you enjoy.

 

Peace,

Julie