Happy New Year to all. I hope the year 2017 brings your family and friends much happiness and good health. I also, hope the year 2017 will bring much happiness and health to all our feathered friends outside of our homes.
To ensure the safety and health of our birds during the course of our Midwest winter we need to provide water, shelter and food for the birds. To ensure a variety of food sources for all types of birds, I have two recipes that I hope you will try to make for our feathered friends. Not only will the birds be happy, but the recipes would be a fun way to bring in the New Year with your family.
Recipe Number One: Cookies for the Birds
Ingredients and Supplies——
cookie cutters (use the type that is open on the front and back), wax paper, 1 cup lard, 1 cup peanut butter, 2 cups rolled oats, 2 cups cornmeat, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, makeshift hole punch (straw, stick, awl,etc.) ribbon or yarn.
1. Place the cookie cutters on a tray covered with wax paper.
2. Melt the lard and peanut butter in a pan over low heat. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to form a thick mixture.
3. Pour or spoon the mix into the cookie cutters to a depth of about one inch.
4. Poke a hole in the suet near the top of each cutter. Make the hole large enough to thread ribbon or yarn through.
5. Put the tray into the freezer for at least one week.
6. Remove the cookies from the cutters and peel off the wax paper. Thread the ribbon or yarn through each cookie.
7. Hang the bird cookies on your favorite tree.
8. Relax and enjoy watching your feathered friends feast on your recipe.
Recipe Number Two: Bird Granola
Ingredients and Supplies—-
1 cup corn oil or peanut oil, 1 cup honey, 2 cups chopped nuts, 2 cups millet, 1 cup wheat germ, 2 cups raisins, 2 cups hulled sunflower seeds, 2 cups crumbled dog biscuits.
1. Mix the oil and honey, then heat gently just until they blend together.
2. Mix the other ingredients in a large bowl. Add the warm oil and honey, and stir to combine.
3. Press the mix into a shallow baking pan.
4. Bake at 375 degree oven for ten minutes.
5. Let cool, then crumble the mixture.
6. Serve the granola to you birds.