Sunday Snow Day

It’s one of those days where I’m pretty sure I won’t be changing out of my pajamas.

chicken coop in snow

The birds are the star of the show today.

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Lots of activity at the feeders

birds in snow jan '14

birds in snow jan '14

Suet is always a favorite

birds in snow jan '14

nuthatch

birds in snow jan '14

birds in snow jan '14

Patiently waiting their turn

birds in snow jan '14

Not all birds like a feeder

The heated birdbath is always popular

birds in snow jan '14

Purple finch

birds in snow jan '14

Goldfinch

birds in snow jan '14

chickadee

I’m sure these goldfinches are wishing for spring like me

birds in snow jan '14

birds in snow jan '14

birds in snow jan '14

I would like to share my recipe for suet cakes.  I have been making these for years and have never had a bird complain.

Suet
1 c. solid shortening (plain beef suet, lard or solid vegetable shortening)
1 c. peanut butter (preferably chunky)
3 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour
1 c. black oil sunflower seeds
dried fruit, optional

Melt shortening in a large pan over low heat. When it turns clear, add the peanut butter and whisk until peanut butter melts and combines with the shortening. Add the rest of the ingredients, one at a time, blending well after each addition.
Remove from heat and press in 13 x 9 cake pan lined with wax paper or in flexible individual containers. Place in freezer until solid about 2 hours.  Remove from freezer and cut into squares.  I keep mine stored in the refrigerator.

Stay warm,
Brenda

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About Brenda Embry

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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18 Responses to Sunday Snow Day

  1. What sweet birds! Lovely photos. Stay warm!

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  2. Stay warm and enjoy the beauty of the birds and the snow!!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! We’re watching many of the same sorts of birds at our feeders today. We also get yellow-bellied sapsuckers and grosbeaks, which are among my favorites. Thank you for the suet cake recipe!

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  4. bhoyt10 says:

    Jealous of your beautiful snow, We just got the miserable cold and wind! Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. gorgeous birds!! that snow looks cozy! XO

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  6. bittster says:

    Great pictures, it looks like the birds have a great little spot out there!

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  7. Great photos, Brenda! And thanks for the suet recipe…we’ll be making it while we’re shut inside :)

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  8. Chloris says:

    What beautiful birds you have and so well-fed! But I don’t envy you all that snow. Let’s hope it will go soon and you can get out of your pyjamas.

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  9. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I envy your pajama snow day! We had one a couple of weeks ago and it was delightful. Thanks or the suet recipe, the ones at the store are getting more and more expensive and are filled with some mixed seed that the birds don’t eat so much of. Your birds sure look happy!

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