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
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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
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Purple finch
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Goldfinch
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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