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Friday Feast | Feeding the Birds

Welcome to Friday Feast, my friends! I'm doing something a wee bit different today. Spring has arrived, but winter still has her clutches across the land.

Yes, I'm one of those people who worry about the feathered wildlife, especially during the winter months. Is my hummingbird feeder filled and cleaned? Did I put out fresh water in the bird bath? Or leave unsalted shelled peanuts for the Blue jays? Some birds become extremely vocal if I've forgotten. I've had certain Blue jays (usually an older one) perch itself on the chair near the kitchen glass door and squawk at me. And as soon as I've put fresh water into the bird bath, they descend to take their fill.

I created this recipe a few decades ago when I lived in the state of Washington. Since then, it's become a ritual during the winter and early spring months. I hope your feathered friends enjoy it as much as mine do.


Peanut Butter Bird Feeder Cakes

Wild bird seed

Large jar of peanut butter

Waxed paper

Remove the lid from the peanut butter and place the jar in the microwave. Heat on high at 30 second intervals until the peanut butter is runny. Pour it into a bowl and add enough bird seed to make a thick, stiff paste.

Turn out the paste onto waxed paper and with your fingers, roll the mixture into a round log. Wrap the log in waxed paper and put it in the freezer for one to two hours. When firm, remove and tie a ribbon through the center and hang onto a tree. Or simply slice and put out for your feathered friends.


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