Cross post from Soulicious Foods “It’s not only about the granola”.
We have a birds’ nest right outside our porch. Each Spring Penelope and Carlos, endearingly named by my children, return to this warm weather home of theirs and gift us not only with their presence, but also by allowing us to bear witness to their parenting journey. They have a safe haven here at our home and we have the joy of watching each of their chicks take their first flight out into the world.
So earlier this week as my kids and I watched another two feet of snow fall over this New England wonderland, we noticed two birds taking refuge in Penelope and Carlos’ nest. We began to think about our winged friends as well as theirs. Where do they get their food with four feet of snow on the ground and the delicacies they seek all cuddled and cozy well beneath? We decided we needed to provide some nourishment for them and a plan was soon hatched.
I’m so grateful for the countless recipe options available right at our fingertips and the number for making bird feeders is no less. However the vast majority of the ones I came across contained ingredients that I simply don’t feel comfortable feeding our fellow beings due to their high probability of coming from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). One ingredient in particular kept popping up, canola oil. With 90% of canola produced in the United States derived from genetically modified seeds and therefore subjected to high levels of pesticides, it’s not a product that earns my food dollars. At Soulicious Foods we believe there are cleaner options that are safer for the Earth and all the beings it feeds.
The time spent seeking out a Soulicious Foods and mamma approved recipe was well worth it and the following one got the nod:
Pinecone Bird Feeder
What you’ll need:
- Open Pinecones
- Almond or Peanut Butter
- Oats or non-GMO Corn Meal
- Bird Seed
- Plate with high edges such as a pie plate
- Tie the string around the pinecone for hanging.
- Mix 1/2 cup nut butter with 1/2 cup oats or non-GMO corn meal.
- Spread the mixture over the pinecones being mindful to cover the inside of the open petals as well. This is great fun to do with both big and little hands alike!
- Place your birdseed in the pie plate. Friendly tip: when purchasing or making your own choose a mix with hulled seeds and nut bits. This ensures there is no messy cleanup come Spring.
- Roll the pinecone in the birdseed making sure to cover thoroughly.
- Hang on a branch or hook. Place it somewhere that is difficult for the squirrels to reach. They have their own stash to get them through the winter!
Mix, smear and roll!
Hang and enjoy!