Flower Feeders

These bird feeders caught my eye when I saw them on Mommy Apolis a few weeks back. They seemed so simple, that I just had to give them a try. I totally blew the final finished product pictures…I didn’t take any. Oh- the holiday rush when both sets of families live in the same town.

I would definitely recommend a thinner cookie cutter. Our feeders took 48 hours to completely dry. After 24 hours they still were a bit soft to the touch.

Tons of cooking spray was used during this project…Several times I sprayed the inside of the cookie cutter, my fingers, and the metal tablespoon that I used to press the bird seed into the cutter. After making two feeders, I figured out that the back of a metal tablespoon was much more efficient, than my fingers, for pressing the seeds into the cutter.

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
3 tbsp corn syrup
4 cups birdseed

large mixing bowl
shaped cookie cutter- I used a flower for Spring
nonstick spray
straw for making a hole
parchment or wax paper or tin foil
cookie sheet

Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup.

Add bird seed and stir- I added one cup of seed at a time. It was easier to stir with a smaller amount of seed. I used two different types of seeds, a sunflower mix and then the other seed is a mystery to me… but, both came from my dads bird seed bins. I ended up using two cups of each type of seed.

Use a cooking spray to coat the inside of a cookie cutter and to spray your fingers.

Set cookie cutter on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly down into cutter. You want the seeds to be very compact, so that the feeder stays together. I began by using my fingers to press down on the seeds, but quickly found out that the back of a metal tablespoon worked so much better.

I used a sturdy plastic straw from one of Reagan’s sippy cups to make the hole for the string. I sprayed the entire portion of the straw that would be inserted into the seed. The mixture is super sticky from using the corn syrup, so I didn’t want the straw to stick. Twist and press down on the straw till you reach the wax paper.

Slowly lift the cookie cutter up and remove from seed. The cutter should slide right off, if you used enough spray.

My 4 cups of bird seed made five very thick feeders.

It took around 48 hours for the feeders to completely dry. The next time I do this project, I will definitely be using a thinner cookie cutter– quicker drying time and a lighter feeder to hang from a branch.

Reagan and I tied a yellow string through the holes of the feeders, so that our family could hang them in their yard for their birds, NOT SQUIRRELS, to enjoy!


Apple Sauce Drops

I’m trying to be creative to get Reagan to eat. She loved apple sauce for about a month and now she won’t touch it…so frustrating. Reagan loves frozen greek yogurt drops, so I thought that the same technique would be brilliant for the apple sauce that I had in the fridge. A super simple quick snack. I will forewarn…the drops begin to melt quickly. I give Reagan four or five at a time in a small bowl, in hopes that she will quickly eat them to receive more.

apple sauce

large baking sheet
wax paper
plastic bag

Line baking sheet with wax paper and pour apple sauce, enough for as many drops as you want, into the plastic bag.

Cut the corner of the plastic bag.

Hold plastic bag like a pastry bag and squeeze the desired sized drops onto the wax paper lined baking sheet. I make them big enough for Reagan to pick up, but small enough so that she does not choke.

You do not want the drops to touch on the sheet

Place in freezer for about an hour. Remove sheet from freezer, lift drops off sheet and place in tupperware container. It’s always so much more fun when Reagan get’s to participate!

These apple sauce treats are freezing, so I’m sure they feel fabulous on Reagan’s sore gums!

Perfect Morning

Bundle up the kiddos it’s time to feed the UCKS! Check out that 55 degree temperature…Woot! Woot! Today was a cloudy Rochester day (not a shocker), but was nice enough for us to be able to spend the late morning and early afternoon outdoors with t he kids! The ‘ucks’ as Reagan calls the ducks were at the top of her to do list, so we met Erin and the boys in Schoen Place for some much-needed uck time.

Reagan feels the need to snack right along with the ucks, which is why we can never bring anything but fresh bread…those lucky little ucks.

When the bread was gone, we headed across the canal to have lunch and dance in the pavilion.  Oh to be a kid again.  These two are hysterical and love to dance to their favorites Justin and Kelis!

After a few falls, it was time to head to the library for a much-needed potty break and a little QT.  Henry gave me a long talk about how important it is for Reagan to have two gloves…his reasons included – only a few fingers being warm, her boo boo on her hand getting cold and not getting better and it looking silly. He’s such a smart kid- I felt like I was getting a lecture from my dad. (only one glove made it into the stroller from the trunk of the car)

The library is a comfortable and familiar place for both kids.  They know their boundaries and enjoy being able to have a bit of freedom to choose what they would like to do. They stuck together today…

Time flies when you’re having fun and before we knew it nap time was quickly approaching.  It was back in the stroller for Reagan and a quick walk to the car for Henry.  Holden was a trooper, like always, and slept the entire time!

How lucky are we to be able to stay home with our kids?  I am so grateful to be able to experience each new adventure with Reagan and fortunate enough to have Erin, Henry and Holden to share the adventures with as well.

The Itch

I’m a stay at home mom and love my job! However, there are those days that I feel the need for adult interaction – sans kiddos. That my education and all my hard work throughout my school years are going to waste. That if I had time to get a hair cut (haven’t had one since I was 8 months preggers- Reagan’s 16 months), my nails done (haven’t had a mani or a pedi since I was 2 months preggers), and get a much needed massage (not since before I was pregnant) all in the same day, the same week or even the same month…I would feel like a new woman.

It’s not a feeling that I have on a daily basis, it sneaks up on me every once in awhile. When I do actually act on the urge to get out and do something for myself- it just seems like it’s more work than it’s worth and I always want to hurry home or whenever I have left Reagan.

I will always have my fabulous friends to spend time with sans kiddos, my education can never be taken away from me; I can put it to good use whenever I see fit and beauty salons aren’t going anywhere. My daughter is numero uno and won’t be a toddler forever. I’m so fortunate to be able to spend so much time with her as she grows up…even if I do look a hot mess while doing it.