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Monday, April 25, 2011

Bird Seed Eggs

On Easter Sunday, we headed out to our favorite nature preserve for a little nature play and egg hunting. Mother Nature had other plans for us though, as it turned out to be way too windy for our original family plans, foiled by constant winds and serious gusts. Just before leaving we went inside the ranger station to talk with our favorite ranger who surprised us with egg-shaped bird seed gifts they were offering to visitors to hide for the wildlife on the preserve! A wonderful surprise for us, and my little one eagerly left his bird seed eggs near a water source for critters to find. It was a great addition to our day.

Here is a simple recipe to try these yourself (mold into any shape to make any occassion special):
1/3 cup gelatin
1-1/2 cups water
8 cups birdseed

Directions: Mix gelatin and water over low heat until the gelatin is melted and clear. Remove from heat and stir in birdseed. Stir until there is no dry seed. Form mixture into egg shapes. Use plastic Easter eggs as a mold to get the egg shape. Refrigerate for two to four hours and dry on baking rack for three days. (From Angie Dixon's bird seed gifts at http://www.oopsiedaisydesign.net/)

Hiding our bird seed eggs.