The Kiddo decided he’d rather make the bird feed cakes than the homemade playdough, so that’s what we went with. Since I wasn’t sure which he’d pick, I hadn’t bought the supplies yet, so we made a quick run to the closest grocery store. Basically, all we would need was a bag of bird feed, unflavored gelatin and cookie cutters. We left the store with one out of three, and ironically, it was the one thing I’d expected I might have to make another stop for–the birdseed. Turns out the pet food selection was better than the people food options, since they no longer carried gelatin. Likewise, there no cookie cutters in the kitchen supplies.
Since the other stores most likely to carry the gelatin and cookie cutters were Walmart, which makes me want to cause bodily harm to myself and/or others, or Harris Teeter, which is completely on the other side of town, we decided on Plan B–using a mix of peanut butter and shortening to hold the bird seed together, and making them into simple circles instead of fun cookie cutter shapes.
We melted equal parts of the peanut butter and shortening (probably about half a cup each) over low heat, then stirred in about as much bird seed as the mixture could handle. I likened the result to rice crispy treats for birds.
Per the suggestion in Prudent Baby’s post, we subbed out mason jar lids for the cookie cutters. But, our mixture of PB, shortening and bird seed was way too much for the few lids I had, so pulled down a muffin tray and filled it up too.
Once our molds were filled, we put them in the freezer overnight to firm up. The sun came out nicely Sunday for the Guy to hang them:
We ended up with about 15 bird feed cakes, so after hanging a couple of them, I wrapped the rest in plastic wrap and tossed them in a gallon-sized freezer bag–now we’ll be feeding the birdies all spring! And yeah, I labeled the bag–these bad boys look too much like the baked oatmeal cups I’ll share with you soon to take any chances.