Fried Green Tomatoes

Day 27

Fried Green Tomatoes

What is it about the taste

Of fried green tomatoes that

takes me back to my

Grandmas kitchen table?

Waiting there patiently for

Grandma to get done because

She won’t stop until the plate

Is piled high.

Finally she turns and puts

The plate on the table,

And we dig in.

That first taste that burns our

Tongues because we can’t wait

Is eye rolling good.

The only sound you hear

Is fork scraping the plate

And lips smacking with the

Sound of appreciation.

The pile has gone down

To only one or two left

On the plate,

And all is good because

Grandma smiles.

And that is all we need

We will remember the

Taste of Fried Green Tomatoes.

Board Games

Day 20

Board Games

Rainy summer days were long

And made for playing games

Scrabble was always first for Mom

Pick some tiles and hope they aren’t all the same
Clue was good for mystery and fun

Pick room,suspect and weapon

Eliminate the suspects one by one

Guess it wrong and show some aggression
Monopoly was always a winner

For hours and hours of play

You’d get so numb that you would shiver

And hope it didn’t last til doomsday
Board games were a family staple

I miss it now and then

It was fun and we were playful

How good it is to remember when

Winter Time Fun For You and Your Kids

Here are a couple of different ways you and your young ones can have a fun crafty day. You can make something to feed the birds!

Please feel free to copy this story and instructions. You have my permission. If you like the story, please leave a comment.  Thanks!  Happy Crafting.

 

IT’S FOR THE BIRDS

Winter is here. Snow is blanketing the ground and covering the bare trees with a brilliant coat of white. The crisp cold air is blowing and Jack Frost is painting your window panes.

Everyone knows that a good meal will help to keep you warm when you go out into the cold.  But how about something to eat for our fine-feathered friends, the birds?  Did you ever stop to think what the birds do in the wintertime for food?  Unlike spring and summer when seeds and berries are plentiful, there isn’t much for the birds to eat in the winter.  We can help keep the birds fed during the cold winter months.  Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

PINE CONE FEEDER

Two or three pine cones

Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

Wild bird seed or black sunflower seeds

Raisins

You will also need a spoon and a small bowl, an old pie pan, two or three pieces of yarn (about twelve inches each), and a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (about twelve inches)

Lay the pine cones on the sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.

Take a piece of the yarn and tie it around the stem of one of the pine cones.  If  the pine cone doesn’t have a stem, tie the yarn around the smallest end.

Get a big spoonful of the peanut butter and smear it on the pine cone.  Put enough on so that the seeds will stick.

Mix the bird seed and raisins in the pie pan.  You don’t need many raisins, a handful will do.

Roll your pine cone in the seed mixture until it is covered with seeds.

Lay the pine cone on the wax paper or aluminum foil, and repeat the steps until you have as many pine cone feeders as you want.

Put the pine cones in the freezer for a few hours until the peanut butter gets hard.

Have a grown-up help you hang the feeders on a tree branch or any place that won’t be in the way.

This is the easy part–having fun watching the birds enjoy the feast!

 

SUET FEEDER

Suet is the hard fat from beef, and you can have Mom or Dad help you find it in just about any supermarket.  You will need:

A piece of suet

A nylon bag (the kind onions come in)

A piece of yarn (one about twelve inches long and another about six inches long)

Here is how you make the suet feeder:

 

Put a piece of suet inside the nylon bag.

Tie the top of the bag closed with the six inch piece of yarn.

Tie the other piece of yarn to the top of the bag.

Find someone to help you hang your suet feeder.

 

If you really like watching the birds throughout the winter, you don’t have to stop feeding them when the cold weather is over.  The birds will eat at your feeders all year long.  The birds will be happy and well fed, and you will continue to have the pleasure of listening to their wonderful songs.

 

Fun But Important Facts:

Never put peanut butter on your pine cones without the birdseed.  Believe it or not, peanut butter will stick in the bird’s throat and make it choke.  The birdseed will help them to swallow the peanut butter.

Don’t feed birds sugar-coated cereal or salted snack foods.  It isn’t good for them. Instead, offer them some sliced apples cut into small pieces.  It’s a much healthier treat. And it will keep your new bird friends happy.

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