Homemade Bird Feeder
- Select a firm pine cone of any size. Cones can be purchased at craft stores or collected outdoors.
- Tie a ribbon around the end of the pine cone. Leave enough loose so that you can tie the finished feeder to a tree.
- Smear the cone with peanut butter
- Roll the peanut butter-covered pine cone in bird seed. You can purchase see at a variety of stores or make your own from sunflower and other nut meats.
- Hang the feeder in a tree by your window and wait for your feathered visitors to appear.
Tried and True Suet Treat
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup lard (no substitutions)
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
Melt lard and peanut butter together, then stir in everything else. Pour mixture into containers to about 1 1/2 inches thick. Freeze. Cut into squares to fit your suet feeder.
- 1/2 cup chopped rendered* suet
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup mixed birdseed
Combine ingredients and press into a jelly roll pan.
Feeeze until firm enough to crumble. Put the crumbles in a large bowl with some peanuts, birdseeds, chopped apples, raisins and more chunks of suet.
Mix well, then divide into single-serving containers and freeze until needed.
To make even more substantial "granola" add uncooked oatmeal, bran or pumpkin seeds.
* To render, melt suet over low heat in heavy pan, cool, reheat and cool again. While it's in its melted state, add other ingredients.