This time of year is rough on birds that don’t migrate south to escape the colder weather. If you live in a cold area, this gift will be especially appreciated. If you live in a warm place, have no fear! The birds will love this gift any time of year. Mother Dragon makes these for her feathered friends after Christmas each year as a special treat. She likes to set them in a feeder outside her kitchen window so she can see their bright colors in all the winter whiteness. What a great way to make everyone happy!
Here’s how you can make some for your own bird cookies:
What you need:
Dehydrated Orange Slices OR Plain Sugar Cookies OR Toasted Bread Cut into Holiday Shapes
Peanut Butter **optional**
Dry Fruit (raisins, cranberries, dry bananas, etc.) **optional**
Chopped Nuts **optional**
What you do:
1) Mix softened shortening, peanut butter, bird seed, dry fruit and chopped nuts in mixing bowl. This is fun to do by hand, but a little messy!
2) Spread or heap this mixture onto your dry orange slices, cookies or toast. This is ALSO fun to do by hand, but a little messy! (Remember to wash your hands after this step.)
3) Sing a nice winter song while you add these wonderful bird cookies to your feeders.
4) Watch at your windows for colorful feathery visitors to stop by for a treat. You may even end up with a furry squirrel or two!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!