Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tanager Invasion

Warning:  This post is not spooky.  If you are a Halloween addict, you are advised to close this page now.  This post contains pictures of cute, brightly colored birds.  Of course, you can always channel your inner Hitchcock and get through it.

We are now in our fourth day of the tanager invasion.  It started innocently enough on Sunday with just one female on the suet feeder.  But Monday the weather moved in and we were invaded properly.  Since then we have had snow and freezing temperatures and these poor little neotropic migrants are just stuck here.  Needless to say, I am making a lot of suet.  Here is the recipe for you if you ever find that you have a tanager invasion.

Homemade Suet

16 oz of lard
16 oz of chunky peanut butter
4 cups cornmeal
4 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups whole wheat flour

Melt lard and peanut butter.  Remove from heat.  Add all dry ingredients and mix well.  Place in a well oiled pan and refrigerate till firm.

Bullocks Oriole and 2 male Western Tanagers on the Suet.  The one on the right is a first year male hence a little more green.

Bullocks Oriole and a female Black Headed Grosbeak


 For the darker Suet at the bottom, I substituted some organic buckwheat flour I needed to use up.  They did not seem to mind.
Downy Woodpecker




If you do not have time to make suet, they like oranges too.


Female Western Tanager

Four days later - still raining and they are still here





Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Back from the Abyss

Hello Readers - Happy Walpurgisnacht. I bet you thought I was in prison or something.  Not so - just doing my usual gain weight the first have of winter than lose it the second half.  So I have been cooking and fulfilling my New Year Resolution to use less plastic packaging - See Twisted Sisters blog

Then I went to England and all that went out the window.  I did however, come back with a very cool poster from the lovely county known as Cornwall.  Here it is.
That should be fun to frame for the Haunt.  Heck - maybe it can even stay out all year.  Anyone for grievous molestations and curiosities?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Iced Magic Cakes

Years ago I met a woman on a boat in Alaska named Chris.  She is from Bristol in the UK and designs and creates the most amazing cakes at Ice Magic Cakes.  Here is a picture of her second from the right taken a few years later in England.

Sometimes she really gets her spook on and does something on the dark side.  Here are a few of those example of  Ice Magic Cakes twitter page and website.