Brrr, it's cold outside. Don't you feel sorry for the birds? I've often wondered how their little bodies withstand the severe Manitoba cold. Here is a great calorie-packed meal that the finches, chickadees and probably the blue -jays will eagerly peck at during the remainder of winter months.
This is an easy project you can do with your kids and you'll be giving the birds much-needed nutrients that can be difficult to ind in the winter.
Pine cones (the larger the better)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup lard or suet cut into small pieces
1/4 cup birdseed
1/4 cup cracked corn (optional)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. cornmeal
Pan lined with waxed paper.
Combine the peanut butter and lard, and microwave just until the two are soft enough to mix together. Add the seed, cracked corn, and cornmeal, mixing well. It should be like thick oatmeal.You can refrigerate it if it is too runny.
Wrap one end of the wire around the base of the pine cone and fasten securely. Measure enough wire so that it can be tied to a limb and dangle just a little.
Over the wax paper start pouring the mixture onto the pine cone, turning slowly to evenly cover it. Leave a good portion at the top uncovered so the birds have a clean surface to cling to.
Prop the cones up in the pan and freeze.
After they are frozen you can wrap them in plastic and keep them frozen until you need them.
You will really enjoy watching the birds enjoy these treats. Why not make some for an elderly friend who can't get out. They will love watching the bird's antics as they try to get their feast.