Living here in West Texas it really never get cold enough that the birds decide to leave, however food does become very hard for them to find. After my first year here finding bird after bird that appeared to simply fall from their nest while sleeping because of starvation I started to put out feed during the winter months. Occasionally I still do ind a bird or two but the numbers have greatly decreased, which as an animal lover brings a smile to my face. As a child I remember making pine cone bird feeders and loved watching the birds pick them apart. Since pine trees are hard to find around here I decided to try something new, toilet paper rolls :O) It is really simple to do, all you need is toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, and seed. All you really need to do is spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto your toilet paper roll and then roll in seed. The best part about these is they fit over most any branch! After the bird seed is gone it is fun to watch the birds take tiny pieces of the toilet paper roll to use for their nests.
Most hard candies call for corn syrup, but since I was out and I have 3 children home I decided to experiment and make something fun! Here is what you need: 2 Cups of Sugar 2 Cups of Water 1 Package Sugar Free Jello A candy Thermometer Making candy is a pretty tricky process and trust me I messed up a batch or two getting this to work right.lol Put the sugar and water into the pot and turn on medium whisking well till the sugar is dissolved. Stirring pretty regularly to help the sugar from burning. As the sugar begin to boil turn the heat up to high. Watch your thermometer when the candy reaches 230 pour in the jello continuing to mix. Pour this mixture immediately into a cake pan that is lined with parchment paper of you can rub a little veggie oil in it. The candy will continue to cook as it melts anything over 230 you will be left with a burnt candy that tastes like licorice.lol After you candy is cooled completely turn it out onto a cookie sheet and break apart :O) I li