Hello my sweet friends! I hope you are all well and happy.
Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. Thank you very much for your awesome blog comments, twitter DM's and e-mails. It means so much to me!
We have finally finished our move from upstate New York to the capitol region of Florida.
Yes, it took several months...lol! We made a total of 9 round trips, each about 2800 miles. Every trip took about a week, 2 days to go one way, a few days there to either pack or unpack, and 2 days back. We brought almost all our food to eat while traveling in coolers, and only slept about 4-5 hours (in the truck) each way.
We did take a few days off from moving here and there to explore our new home state of Florida, though:)
The only "thing" I was nervous about moving was my sweet little parrot, Nikki-bird:)
I had nothing to worry about, though. She was absolutely wonderful on the trip, and enjoyed sharing almost all my food with me:) Her favorite treats were raspberries and a raw pizza flavored cracker. BTW~ Nikki-bird is a thirty-something Blue-fronted Amazon parrot.
Although we still have tons of boxes to unpack, I wanted to say hi and share a little treat I have been making lately, but it is literally for the birds!
Our new backyard had a bird feeder and we have really enjoyed watching all the beautiful feathered friends in our new neighborhood. We added a new feeder, and also a seed cake made with suet. After the store bought seed cake ran out, I made a vegan version:)
Simply melt about 1/2 a cup of coconut oil, stir in a spoonful of nut butter, and add some birdseed. Fill the empty tray you were smart enough to save from the store bought suet;), and chill until firm. It pops right out when cold,
and fits perfectly in the holder.
The best part is that the birds seem to like it even better than the store bought one!
It is the favorite of the red-headed woodpeckers:)
The treat in the picture only lasted about 2 days, so I made another one, and also a bowl shaped one with all kinds of seeds, millet, and almonds. I also used some of the more frugal (aka cheap) coconut oil from the supermarket for this bird treat. It will most likely melt when the weather gets warm, so this is a winter treat for our feathered friends:) Do you feed the birds in your area in the winter? How many of you have made the classic pinecone spread with peanut butter and rolled in birdseed version?:)
It actually gave me the idea to someday try a raw treat for us with coconut oil and nut butter as the base...hmmmm:)
Well, that's it for today. We will soon be updating the kitchen here so I might not post anything too fancy for a while. I hope to be back to regular blogging before ya know it:)
Wishing you all tons of love, health, and happiness, always:)