Bird Treats

The prediction of a big snow ‘event’ wasn’t a ruse after all! Like a child anticipating Christmas morning, I awoke every hour through the night to peer out the window, hoping to see snowflakes. Finally, early this morning, I was able to sleep peacefully, assured by a frosted white backyard, and dreamed of the day soon dawning.DSC_0219

Ordinarily our dogs love the snow, but they were quickly disgruntled by the wind blowing it in their faces. They snuggle up in their beds, or compete, (and sometimes share), position #1 in front of the fireplace. They seem comforted that Mom has ample stores of food, and will reluctantly wait till the storm has past, before heading out on their next adventure.

The birds, however, have no such luxury. The backyard is a hub of juncoes, nuthatch, and sparrows, all jockeying for a turn at the feeders.

The woodpeckers own the front yard feeder, where the suet is hanging.

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I adore snow days. After throwing back some strong cups of coffee, I quickly whipped up breakfast for the birds. I’ve never cooked for birds before.

Several days ago, my adorable brother Peter forwarded a newsletter from The Piedmont Virginian, with helpful tips about preparing for a winter storm. Virginians are expecting two feet of snow tonight, while snow prognosticators in Connecticut, always sticklers for accuracy, have predicted anywhere from three to twenty inches. Feel free to throw your hat into the ring…

The gem amidst all the preparation advice was a recipe for Birdseed Treats…little gourmet cookies for our distressed feathered friends.

Here’s what you’ll need: (compliments of The Virginian)
1 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup birdseed
Molds or cookie cutters
Parchment paper

Method:
1. Over low heat, melt coconut oil in a saucepan. (I put the jar in the microwave.)
2. Add birdseed and stir until evenly coated.
3. Transfer to a new bowl and let cool until coconut oil begins to firm. You can also place it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes until it begins to firm.

4. Place a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface along with the molds of your choice (cookie cutters work best). (Some oil seeped out under the molds.)
5. Place birdseed mixture into the molds, pressing firmly, and allow to set up for 5 minutes. Carefully remove them from the molds and place them back on the parchment paper. (JJ wisely made the holes with a skewer, while still in their molds, then using his exquisite fly tying skills, expertly attached the string.)DSC_0210
6. Poke small holes through the molds for hanging string. Once completely set, add string and hang! (We found it best to refrigerate again briefly before hanging.)

DSC_0211As you remove these from the molds, your hands will be coated in the rich coconut oil- a perfect balm for your hands before facing the snow shovelling.

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Now it’s our turn for breakfast.

 

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One Response to Bird Treats

  1. Connie Cowen says:

    These treats for snow bound birds are delightful!!!
    Wouldn’t it be great if those not so talented in
    the cookie cutter department could find them
    in a shop!!!!

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