Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE me some birdies and squirrels. We so enjoy watching them in the backyard, and of course I feed them to keep them happy and in our yard.
That can get expensive. I have developed a couple ways to feed, that isn't so costly. I make my own sometimes.
3/4 C flour
1/2 C water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 Tbsp. corn syrup
4 C birdseed
Mix this all together and press into a pan or into old suet containers (from the store). If you press into a pan, let it dry and then cut into appropriate size for feeder. It will be ready by the next day. So simple and easy to make.
We have a lot of various woodpeckers that just love this.
*Unflavored gelatin comes a couple to a pack. Very inexpensive.
You could also add sunflower seeds, peanuts, dry fruit, or any variety of goodies instead of some of the birdseed.
SQUIRREL COOKIES (TREATS)
I have been cleaning out the pantry and basement storage off an on for the past few months. I found a jar of 5 year old peanut butter, a box of stale cereal, and I have saved some cereal that we just didn't like. I use all this old stuff to make squirrel cookies. NO NEED to throw it away.
There is no real recipe - just add dry cereal or oats, some flour, an egg or two, any dried fruit or nuts (optional), a little sugar or syrup, and I pour in about a 1/4 cup of oil. You can add about anything you want. I put a couple heaping tablespoons of the old peanut butter in mine too.
You want this to be cookie dough consistency.
Drop onto cookie sheet by teaspoon and bake at 350* for about 13-15 minutes.
The squirrels LOVE them!!!!!
I see absolutely no reason to throw away things that are stale or un-liked by us. It saves me money by making it into something for the animals. I keep all these "old" ingredients in a box together, so it is handy when I feel like baking.
I have been doing this for ages, and we have happy squirrels.
If you enjoy nature as much as I do, I hope this helps you out and maybe saves you a couple dollars!
CHIRP, CHIRP MY CHICKADEES!!!!!!!!!