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      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:

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      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.

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      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:

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      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

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      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.

      Heidi

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