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Quick Tip: Canister Storage

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Quick Tip: Canister Storage | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

When it comes to canister storage, think creatively or outside of the box. Use to store kitchen utensils, baking tools, craft supplies, and even extra cords for your electronic devices.
Share how you use canisters for storage in a comment below!

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Tuesday Recipe: Homemade Bird Food

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
February is National Bird-Feeding Month. We post recipes throughout the year on our blog and decided that this month we would pay special attention to our favorite creatures to watch outside this time of year: birds! Each of these recipes can easily be prepared at home, saving you the cost of having to purchase suet or birdseed mixes at the store every time you run out. Take some time on a cloudy day to prepare these mixes and attract local birds to your yard naturally. We also have many bird feeder options available on our website for those looking to add a decorative and functional piece to their yards.
10" Hanging Bird Seed Sunflower Classic Perch Bird Feeder
Homemade Bird Food Basics

  • To make suet, use any combination of fat (leftover grease or lard), or even peanut butter
  • Save tuna or cat food cans to form your suet shapes
  • Birds also like dried fruit pieces like raisins, currants, apricots or citron
  • Pinecones are a great option for hanging bird feeders; simply coat them in peanut butter and roll into birdseed. Hang the pinecone with biodegradable jute twine so that it will decompose naturally.
Bird Tree With Cardinals Print
Birds Trivet Set

Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer Basic Suet Cake from the Farmer’s Almanac Archives

Adjust the ingredient amounts to suit your needs.

  • 2 parts melted fat (bacon fat, suet, or lard)
  • 2 parts yellow cornmeal
  • 1 part peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and cook for a few minutes. Pour into small containers (tuna fish cans are good), and refrigerate or freeze until needed. Mixture can also be stuffed into 1-inch holes drilled in small logs to hang from trees. The recipe can be made all year long as long as you accumulate fat. Fasten containers securely to trees or feeders.


What to Add to Your Suet Mixture

Take one part suet, recipe above, and mix it with the following ingredients for a tasty treat for any bird visiting your yard all year long!

  • 1 part cornmeal or finely cracked corn
  • 1 part peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 part sunflower kernels or chopped nuts
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 1 part chopped dried fruit (currants, raisins, prunes, etc.)
Backyard Birds Storage Tins

Metal Bird Door Knocker Kid Friendly Fun

Kids love making bird feeders, especially when they are able to enjoy watching the birds congregate around their creation all year long. Here are some ideas to get those creative hands working hard:

  • Coat a pinecone in peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter), then roll in birdseed. Tie the pinecone to any tree with jute twine.
  • Hollow out orange halves and fill with birdseed. Hang the orange halves by punching holes to thread with knotted jute twine.
  • Mix suet (recipe above) and birdseed or dried fruit bits and shape the mix by pressing into cookie cutters. Make a hole in the top of each shape for the jute twine to fit through. Lay the shapes on foil to dry out (or freeze), then hang in your trees.

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Decorating with Roosters

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Cocka-doodle-doo! We all know the familiar sound that a rooster makes, especially at the most inconvenient times in the morning. Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we adore farmhouse friends, especially the rooster, an enjoy the country feel that rooster themed decor can bring into a home. Whether you live in a rustic, primitive farmhouse or enjoy the high ceilings and tall windows of a big city flat, roosters are a versatile style that will work well with any decor.
Farmhouse Storage Tins
Rooster Hooked Chair Pad Coordinating Pairs

Instantly increase the country decor theme in any room with a coordinating set of chair pads and a matching rug. Use these pieces in your dining room or kitchen for an instant enhancement!

Artist Carol Endres created this imagery featuring a crowing rooster standing proud amongst tall sunflowers in the yard. Muted tones of sage and brick red make these pieces feel quite country indeed.

Rooster Hooked Rug

Retro Rooster

For an unexpected curtain and chair pad collection, consider website exclusive Retro Rooster Curtains. We just love this collection for its ability to compliment country farm decor, as well as those wishing to create a retro ‘1950’s’ feel. Repeated pattern of roosters in red, black and white is displayed on durable, khaki colored 100% cotton fabric. Collection features tiers, valance and Retro Rooster Chair Pad. Chair pads are tufted for a very comfy seat and include strong chair ties to secure cushion in place.

Retro Rooster Tiers
Retro Rooster Chair Pad Retro Rooster Curtains Detail

Rooster Mug Colorful Roosters

Roosters are known for their bright plumage, especially when they are strutting their stuff around the farm yard. On Rooster Mug, a vividly colored rooster decorates the side of a rather large 14 ounce mug just right for sipping your favorite beverage in the morning, or for warming up with a spot of tea in the afternoon.

Paired with a French country inspired rug like Scalloped Rooster Hooked Rug, or the vintage appeal of Farmhouse Storage Tins, your home will be full of rooster fun in no time!

Farmhouse Storage Tins Set Scalloped Rooster Hooked Rug

Functional Roosters

Farmers Market Clock adds instant access and a reminder of the time in your kitchen or dining room. Made right here in the USA for additional country home charm, this clock features felt tipped pegs to keep it hanging flush, and colorful artwork with a textured finish that will protect it from damage. With Rooster Chalkboard hanging in your kitchen, you will always remember to buy the eggs. Rooster Vane Lamp lights the way and offers a whimsical accent to your reading nook.

Farmers Market Clock
Rooster Chalkboard Rooster Vane Lamp

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