Old Cow Belle: Baking bird foodOne of the “perks” of living close to our children is having spur of the moment “coffee breaks” when they have free time.
By: Ina Murray, columnist, Pierce County Herald
One of the “perks” of living close to our children is having spur of the moment “coffee breaks” when they have free time.
Sonia was coming down for coffee, and I decided to stir up a batch of muffins. I had all the ingredients for graham muffins, so I mixed them up and popped them in the oven, so they would be hot to eat with coffee.
They smelled good baking, but didn’t look very good. They didn’t raise much and, when I took them out, they were kind of hard. We each buttered one and put grape jelly on them, and were really disappointed. I kept taking another bite, thinking maybe the next bite would taste better. It didn’t.
No amount of butter and jelly could improve the taste of those graham muffins. I asked Sonia, “What does it taste like to you?” She said, “Sawdust, sorry Mom.” Exactly!
I did crumble them up and put them out on my bird feeding table, and the birds loved them! One fat blue jay picked up a big hunk and flew up into the tree with it.
So it wasn’t a total waste of time. (But I’ll never make those again.)
Speaking of birds, on Christmas morning, while the kids were opening presents, we saw a big Pileated woodpecker on a tree outside the window at Bruce’s house. It was so big; I wondered how they find enough insects and worms through the winter to fill them up.
I know they bore deep into trees for bugs and worms, and they do have a good “tool” to do that with. I hope it doesn’t find its way to my feeding table. I t would eat me out of house and home in a few minutes.
I also hope that it doesn’t start boring into my log house to find insects!
My sincere sympathy to Debbie Milligan and her family from Baldwin, in the loss of her husband Lee. Debbie is the Adoray Volunteer coordinator. Lee was 55-years-old. It makes me realize how very uncertain life is.
Sympathy also to the family of Lorraine Peterson.
Continued get well wishes to Bonnie Merriman following her recent surgery.
Get well wishes to Betty Gunderson, who also underwent surgery.
And to Ralph Oltman, who returned home after being hospitalized since his surgery a couple of months ago.
Happy birthday to Esther Lundgaard
I miss Emily Vondriska’s “Slice of Life” now that it’s no longer in the Shopper. I hope she finishes her book soon so I can read it.