Bird Feeder Fun


Posted by Sarah | Posted in kid activities | Posted on 18-01-2011

I am always looking for fun activities that Kaylynn and I can do together.  She is getting to the age where she understands things a little better and can participate in things that Jeremy and I are doing.  I ran across this idea at Alphamom to create a bird feeder.  I figured it was something that was easy enough for Kaylynn to help with and would be fun because she knows what birds are and that they say “tweet tweet.”

Kaylynn helped pour the birdseed into the gelatin mixture.

Mixing everything together…

…and spooning our mixture into our cookie cutters.

Bird Feeder
(As seen on Alphamom)

3 cups birdseed
1 -1/4 ounce unflavored gelatin packet
cookie cutters

Sprinkle two packages of gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water.  Let sit a couple of minutes until gelatin has absorbed the water.  Heat 1 3/4 cups water in a pan, then add the gelatin mixture.  Stir until dissolved.  Stir in 3 cups birdseed.  Allow mixture to cool until gelatin is thick and coats all the birdseed.  Wrap a piece of foil along the bottom and up the sides of a cookie cutter.  Spray foil and cookie cutter with cooking spray.  Pack birdseed mixture inside cookie cutter.  Place a piece of straw in birdseed to leave a hole for hanging the bird feeder.  Allow mixture to harden and then remove from cookie cutter.  We placed ours in the freezer for about an hour to speed things up.  Add a piece of twine for hanging.

While we were waiting for our bird feeders to chill in the freezer, we had dinner.  Continuing with our bird theme, we had an owl sandwich.  I cut out the shape of the owl face out of bread, spread peanut butter on it and topped it with a couple of banana slices with 2 mini chocolate chips and a bit of Nutella for the beak.  We also made strawberry and banana smoothies because our birdseed mixture had fruit in it and we wanted to be cool like the birds :)

Happy New Year!


Posted by Sarah | Posted in family | Posted on 02-01-2011

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.  We ended up staying at home for the evening after being gone for most of the week and trying to get the wee one back on to her schedule.  On New Year’s Eve we spent the day playing with our new toys from Christmas, watching Notre Dame win the Sun Bowl and enjoying all sorts of yummy snack foods.

Kaylynn and Daddy in their matching Notre Dame jerseys.  Jeremy had got the jersey while I was pregnant with Kaylynn (even though we didn’t find out what we were having) and now she finally fits into it!  So we of course had to get a Daddy/Daughter picture.

I completed my 365 Project!  Woo-hoo!  This is my final picture of the year.
On New Year’s Day, I made a special breakfast – Mini Money Breads and eggs.

I went to Bargain Books with my mom in the morning and picked up some new books for Kaylynn for super cheap (everything in the store was 50% off on New Years Day!).  I love a good deal.
We had a pretty uneventful New Years Eve and New Years Day, but it was nice after all the traveling we have done over the past week and a half.

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