Friday, January 13, 2012


I know I'm not the only one that loves cardinals. The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They're a perfect combination of familiarity and style: a shade of red you can't take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals are breathtaking in winter's snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning. 

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, my heart is into hearts. I found the instructions for Tweet Treats at the site and used my heart shaped cookie cutters to make treats for the birds. I took these pictures just before Old Man Winter arrived. 

A fun project to make with children too. 


                        1/4-ounce package of unflavored gelatin

2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed

Three 4-inch mini bundt or fluted pans (I used heart shaped cookie cutters)

Colorful ribbon

  1. To make a batch, bring 6 tablespoons of water to a boil. Empty one 1/4-ounce package of unflavored gelatin (we used Knox brand) into 2 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl. Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute, then add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved.
  2. Next, stir 2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly. Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times, if necessary. Then I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and laid the cookie cutters down. I spooned the seed mixture into the cookie cutters, and let them refrigerate in my breezeway overnight.  (I cut a plastic drinking straw into one inch pieces, and placed the straw into the heart to make a hole for the ribbon to hang the treats.)
  3. The directions said to refrigerate them for three hours and allow them to air-dry overnight. 
  4. Finally, tie colorful ribbon around your seed treats and hang them outside in a protected spot, such as under an awning or eaves, where the rain won't melt them.

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  1. What a brilliant idea...they look so pretty but practical at the same time.
    I adore feeding and watching the birds no matter which country I'm currently living in, so this is perfect. They give such pleasure its a nice idea to give back plus enticing more birds into our gardens.
    Thanks for sharing...I hope you have a wonderful weekend :D

    1. It's nice to hear from another bird lover! Hope you are having a nice weekend, and thank you for your comments on my blog.


  2. Beautiful shots, I love the cardinals. And that is practically the only bird I do recognize :) You made such cute treats for them!

  3. Carol, you would probably recognize a robin too :-)

  4. This is such a neat idea; they look so decorative with the red ribbon. We're feeding the birds right now and just love watching them. We bought something at our local bird store called Bark Butter, and the birds are loving it!

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Seasonal Sunday!


    1. Denise, I'll be on the lookout for the Bark Butter! We enjoying feeding the birds during the winter.

  5. What a fun treat for the kids to make & for the birds to enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a cute idea, Debbie! We have a Mr. & Mrs. that come to our feeders all year round too. They are so pretty!

  7. Susan, I had a feeling you would love the cardinal ;o) Your favorite color!


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