Homemade suet!

I made a bunch of these up last night and I must say they look rather

nice! They are gender neutral and you don't need to worry about

personal tastes. Who doesn't like to watch birds?

Purchase some empty suet cages; Walmart has them for $2 each.

Next, mix up some homemade suet cakes with the following recipe:


Tried and True Suet

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2 cups quick oats

2 cups cornmeal

1 cup lard or shortening

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

Mix lard and peanut butter in microwave or stove top. Stir in

remaining ingredients. Pour into square containers and store in

freezer. Makes 6-8 cakes.

* I had some cracked corn and seeds that I pressed into the front of

each cake for better visual appeal.

** My first batch I pressed into a 9 x 13 pan and cut to size.

Afterwards, I discovered that it's much easier to find some tupperware

containers the size you need and press into the bottom of those.


I printed copies of the recipe and wrapped with the suet filled cages.

Both clean cellophane and large clear goodie bags work. The

cellophane looks prettier, since a lot gathers at the top. The bags

are much easier. Top off with some pretty ribbon. I also printed the

following poem and tied it to the outside of the bag:


Carol of the Birds

A star rose in the sky

and glory from on high

did fill the night with splendor.

Came birds with joyful voice

to carol and rejoice with

songs so sweet and tender.

Came birds with joyful voice

to carol and rejoice with

songs so sweet and tender.

The eagle then did rise,

went flying through the skies,

to tell the wondrous story,

sang, Jesus, born is he,

from sin we are set free,

he brings us joy and glory.

The sparrow with delight

said, This is Christmas night,

our happiness revealing.

The sky with praises rang,

as finch and robin sang-

oh, what a happy feeling!

The lark upon the wing

said, Now it seems like spring,

no more is winter pressing;

for now a flower is born

whose fragrance on this morn

to earth brings heaven's blessing.

Sang magpie, thrush, and jay,

It seems the month of May

in answer to our yearning.

The trees again are green

and blossoms now are seen,

it is the spring returning!

The cuckoo sang, Come, come,

And celebrate the dawn

this glorious aurora.

The raven from his throat

then trilled a festive note

to the unexcelled Senora.

The partridge then confessed,

I want to build my nest

beneath that very gable

where I may see the Child

and watch whene'er he smiles

with Mary in that stable.

Old Spanish Carol from Catalonia


There you have it! Very inexpensive and you likely already have the

ingredients at home. All you'd need to do is pick up the suet cages,

which can be found at numerous places.