Saturday, December 20, 2008

tree "ornaments" for our feathered friends........

This is a little holiday treat we do each Winter for the birds. Down in the South, they don't have to worry as much but in Oklahoma, the birds would flock to our home and stick around until these were all empty. You can find all sorts of recipes on the web but here is what we do. We just use what we have on hand to keep it simple.

Mix together the following:
birdseed
peanut butter
cornmeal*
dried fruit and nuts.
This is a great way to use up any leftover cranberries or raisins.
*Mix in enough cornmeal that it all lumps together and stays together pretty well.

Clean out orange halves.


Poke 3 holes equidistant in the orange half..if you use a tapestry needle you can thread your yarn at the same time.


Pull the 3 lengths of yarn up and tie a knot (or leave them untied until you fill the cups)


Mix the birdseed mixture up and form into a large ball and push down inside the orange 'cup.'


Then hang it by the yarn on a tree branch.


Waa-Laa! Happy Birds!

5 comments:

CathyJean said...

What a neat idea!
A very Merry Christmas to you, Val!! Enjoy the holidays!
Hugz,
Cathy

chatelaine said...

Yes, lets not forget our fine feathered friends. They need a treat too.

mysteryhistorymom said...

We made peanut butter pine cones the other day, so we'll have to try these next! Love watching the little birdies...:) Lori

Beth said...

We love feeding the birds. We had at least 8 juncos out by our feeder this morning.

I need to buy oranges for the stockings so this will be a great thing to do on Christmas. Thanks for the recipe - Beth

Melinda Cornish said...

This is great...out pour little birds here are freezing their tailfeathers off! Melinda

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