A Gift For the Birds

The past few years I’ve baked goodies for friends and neighbors at Christmas time. The fact is, I’m not an awesome baker. That truth, combined with a hectic schedule in December, Hannah and I decided to do something different this year.

We created these little suet bird feeders, tucked them in a bag tied with a ribbon and a note that read: May you enjoy the beauty of nature outside your window this holiday. Merry Christmas!

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I was tickled when I drove passed a neighbor’s house yesterday and saw the feeder hanging outside her sun room window with Chickadees flitting about.

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We cut oranges in half and carefully peeled out the flesh (and saved the fruit for our holiday brunch fruit salad). Using an embroidery needle, I threaded raffia through the sides for a handle. We made homemade suet by melting equal parts peanut butter and lard. To that we added corn meal, raisins, and a variety of bird seed. We carefully filled the orange halves and then set finished feeders outside to chill until they set.

orange bird feeders

I filled silicone cupcake liners with the extra suet mixture to use as refills for our orange suet feeder.

I don’t think the birds will mind that I’m such a great baker!

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2 Responses to A Gift For the Birds

  1. That is a fun idea. I threw our pumpkins in the garden area and it seems the deer like them. I notice the birds come to my feeder when I go out on the porch, I guess they know they are safe from the neighbor’s cats when I am out.

    Debbie

  2. Judy says:

    Love the idea of orange suet cups. I’m going to do that. Thanks for all the great patterns. I’ve made some and will make more.

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