Make Your Own Bird Treats and an Easy Recipe For Homemade Hot Chocolate

Sounds like those two things wouldn’t go together, but indulge me for a moment…

Here is a quick treat to make for your feathered friends. It’s simple, easy and frugal. You can even delegate this project to your kids. Full disclosure though…it could get a little messy!

What you’ll need:

  • pinecones
  • twine or yarn
  • scissors
  • peanut butter
  • birdseed (mine was $0.29/lb in the bulk section of my grocery store)
  • two bowls

Tie a length of twine to the pinecone to make a loop. You’ll want it big enough to slip it onto a branch. (I actually bought pinecone ornaments at either the dollar store or Hobby Lobby last year, so mine already had string on them).

Slather the pinecone with peanut butter, taking care not to get it on the string.

Roll it in the birdseed.

Repeat.

Hang them on tree branches, preferably near a window, and wait a couple of days for the little birdies to find them:)

Let your children play outside while you clean up this:

When they start to look like this:

Make them this:

Homemade hot chocolate. I promise that it takes only a wee bit more effort than ripping open a packet of Swiss Miss.

Hot Chocolate

2 T sugar

1 T cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 C milk

Heat the milk in the microwave for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. (Microwaves vary greatly, so check to make sure it doesn’t get TOO hot).

While the milk is warming up, mix together the sugar, cocoa and salt in a mug.

Pour the hot milk into the mug with the cocoa mixture and stir.

That’s it. Easy peasy. Makes one serving. And there are no strange chemical preservatives lurking in there, which definitely warms my heart.

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