Are you covered in snow? We received a beautiful 7″ layer of snow, courtesy of Winter Storm Helena Friday night into Saturday.
I always look forward to snow when it’s not accompanied by freezing rain. It gives me an excuse to stay inside and be lazy, reading and watching the birds.
Our snow doesn’t stick around very long and the sun came out yesterday afternoon to start the melting process, making everything blindingly white. . .
And easy for me to lose two white dogs. :)
Gracie likes the snow since it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet :)
And speaking of all-you-can-eat-buffets, my edible birdhouses were flocked by birds with our snow and freezing weather. My blogging friend Lynn referred to the birdseed houses as a Bed and Breakfast. ;) They’ll be stripped of seed by Monday with all the bird activity and I can recoat them with seed next week. You can find out how to make these easy edible birdhouses, HERE.
I saw lots of small birds ~ Sparrows, Goldfinches, Nuthatches, Titmice and Chickadees, dining at the birdseed houses.
I even spotted some larger birds visiting them, Cardinals and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Here’s a fun fact: Did you know the female Cowbird lays eggs in nests of other birds? Young cowbirds are raised and fed by the host parents, often at the expense of their own young. Brown-headed cowbird females can lay 36 eggs in a season. It makes me want to shoo them away from the feeders.
This Cardinal found a perfect spot to bask in the sun.
It’s in the single digits here this morning so what melted yesterday is frozen and icy, with a high in the 20s today. Another day to stay inside while watching the birds and reading. We’re enjoying a new chili recipe this weekend that I’ll share soon. If you’re looking for a good winter soup or chili recipe, I highly recommend Winter Minestrone!
Ina Garten’s, Winter Minestrone is hearty, comforting and a foolproof recipe but the proof is in the bowl! You can find the recipe, HERE.