Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bird Cakes
We're still in quarantine over here at the Henderson house so in order to help pass the day we decided to make bird cakes for our feathered little friends outside. I mentioned it on Facebook and got lots of requests for the how-to. I just made this crap up so if you've got a better method then by all means share it with the rest of us. When we hung them up outside fussy Hot Jeff, who apparently is like a bird know it all, said they will have a hard time eating out of them. C'mon Hot Jeff, please keep your bird cake criticism to yourself, you're bringin' me down.

Start with a bowl of equal amounts of lard (Mmm) and peanut butter. Stir in a bird food mixture of your native birds' favorite. We used a nutty and dried fruit mixture.

Clean out yogurt containers. Use as binoculars (this part is optional).

Poke a hole in the bottom of the yogurt container and string a string or ribbon through it. We kind of looped ours so that the yogurt container would hang at an angle and for strength. Fill the containers with your suet mixture.

Put the finished product in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.

Hang from the trees and then listen to Hot Jeff ridicule you for your genius idea and for doing wonderfully crafty things with his children. Oh yeah, Hot Jeff, you think you can make bird cakes so much better? Sorry, I digress.
* Yes, those are my kids in their pajamas and yes, it was 3:00 in the afternoon when we were making the bird cakes. Don't judge me.


Chris, Stephanie & Brayden said...

LOL---too funny!!
I am so with you on the 3pm pjs! If you aren't going anywhere, why create unnecessary laundry, right?!?!

Jennifer said...

Can I get an Amen on staying in your jammies all day! Wahoo, thanks for the affirmation Steph!

Traci said...

You are such a crafty little mommy. I have done this with my kindergartners before, and instead of putting it into the yogurt containers we smeared the mixture on pinecones and strung them from the trees. Jeff would be pleased with this, as it allowed the birds Total Access to the yumminess. I, however, do not recommend making this in a carpeted room with no adult helpers and 20 5-year-olds.

Dena said...

i say make hot jeff eat bird cake for dinner.

Dena said...

oh and AMEN on the 3pm pj's...those are my favorite days!