I always stock a hanging feeder for the birds and squirrels that populate our neighborhood (we live on the edge of a regional park), but after the recent storms, I thought they needed a special treat.
I made the following suet-like mixture, spread it on the tree branches, and sprinkled it wild bird seed:
1 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups yellow cornmeal
l cup white or whole wheat flour
Happy New Year, little friends!
p.s. Look at those Meyer lemons in the background! Lemon mousse might be the perfect finish to tonight's corned-beef and cabbage dinner.