Sunday, November 28, 2010

For the Birds

Here's a fun fall recipe to play around with, if you are into feeding the birds, that is.

I got the basis for this recipe from "Birds and Blooms" magazine, I changed a couple of the ingredients, but it's the same idea. You can also use suet instead of shortening, if you have it. And they said that you can get the suet from a butcher shop.

They stated to fill muffin/cupcake liners with this mixture, chill, and put them out for the birds. Also, if you do not have one of the wire holders I have pictured above, you can pack the mixture into cardboard toilet papers rolls, chill, peel the cardboard off and put the resulting chunk into some other holder, or spear it on a stick for the birds.

Bird Cakes

1 cup shortening
2 cups chunky peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal
4 cups cornmeal
1 cup birdseed

Melt shortening and peanut butter in a medium pan over low heat. Mix in additional ingredients. Line 2 8x8 inch pans with plastic wrap. Divide mixture and press into pans.

Chill in fridge. When firm cut into squares to fit into little wire bird suet hangers.

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