Archives for suet

Feeding the Birds

Categories: Birds and Lens Friends.

It is that time of year to think about putting out some tasty treats for the birds. One of the most popular posts I have is for all season suet. Through trial and error I have found the birds prefer this suet mix to the store bought kind. I make up a couple of batches at a time and keep it handy in the freezer. We recently purchased a long coil feeder. This is suitable for holding a cob of corn or some suet balls. The starling loves it as he can perch on the top and peck at the
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British Columbia Trip 2017-2018

Categories: British Columbia and What's Been Happening?.

I’ve been absent from my website for just about 5 weeks while we were visiting our daughter and family in British Columbia.  Luckily for us we missed all the frigid temperatures that Ontario had at the end of December and the beginning of January.  We left on a mild, damp day to the beginning of December and got home on a mild January 9. We did arrive home to snow piled up on both sides of the driveway but thanks to a wonderful friend and neighbour it was clear.  The house was fine while we were away.  There was just
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All Season Suet

Categories: Birds and Recipes.

While visiting one of our favourite birding stores to purchase a new bird feeder I got a recipe for a no melt, all season suet which I decided to try out.Even though the recipe is called all season suet it doesn’t use actual suet that you can get at the meat counter or at the butcher shop. Ingredients: 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, if plain nut butter add your own peanuts  2 cups oatmeal, 2 cups corn meal, 1 cup lard (not shortening), 1 cup white flour 1/3 cup of sugar If you only have smooth peanut butter, add a
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Time to Make Some Suet

Categories: Birds.

The cooler weather is approaching, probably more rapidly than we will admit.  So far the beginning of November has been amazing with temperatures well into the mid teens in the afternoons.  But to be prepared for the temperature changes it’s time to start making my homemade suet for the feeders. My favourite recipe for all season suet came from our favourite bird store, The Birdhouse in Wooler, Ontario.  It uses cornmeal, peanut butter, oatmeal, flour, sugar, and lard.  Check out the recipe for the correct amounts.   Once made I put some of it into the coconut feeders. Last year
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Plugging the Holes

Categories: Birds and Garden Projects.

We have added a new log feeder to the garden for this winter. It’s a piece of birch log with holes drilled in it and then the holes are then filled with my all season suet recipe.  There was a piece of birch branch left over from some logs I have for filling the winter greenery pots.  Holes were drilled in half way for a total of 5 holes around the log and a hole was drilled into the top and a big hook was added. The next job was to make some all season suet and plug the holes.  Then the new
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Printable – All Season Suet Recipe

Categories: Recipes.

recipe obtained from The Birdhouse when it was located in Wooler, Ontario, Canada -1 cup crunchy peanut butter-2 cups oatmeal-2 cups corn meal-1 cup lard (no substitutes allowed)-1 cup white flour-1/3 cup of sugar Melt the lard and peanut butter in the microwave and then stir in the other ingredients.When it is all mixed you can put it into containers that you purchase bird suet in, or you can roll it into balls for putting into mesh bags. Pop into freezer to solidify.  Keep in the freezer until ready to use. ** You can use any type of nut butter,
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