DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder





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DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder

You can make this super cute DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder using just a few supplies from the dollar tree. I will warn you, gluing the stones on takes some patience. Because of this I left all the supplies out in my craft room and glued a little each night while watching TV. It took a little time but the birds seem to LOVE it!

Supplies: 

  • Small traffic cones ( I got these at the dollar tree in with the school supplies)
  • Small fan or something to work as a balcony ( I also got mine at the dollar tree)
  • 4 packs of stone ( from dollar tree)
  • 9 inch pie pan ( from dollar tree. Set your cone in it to make sure it fits!)
  • Solar light ( you can buy this at dollar tree but I found one I liked better at Walmart)
  • Thick twine
  • Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Loctite
  • caulking gun 
  • popsicle sticks
  • paper plate
  • Laytex gloves
  • Sea Shells ( maybe you have some from a previous trip to the beach?)
  • Small sea critters ( found mine at dollar tree)
  • Small piece of Burlap
  • Grey or tan spray paint (try to get a paint that will blend in well with the rocks)
  • small dowl rod painted black (optional)

How to:

Step 1: The first thing I did was put my cone in my pie pan and marked the holes. This helped me to know where to drill.Light House step 1

Step 2: Next I spray painted my traffic cone grey and left it dry overnight.

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Step 3: I then started gluing my rocks. I found the easiest way to do this was to squeeze some Loctite on a paper plate and use a popsicle stick to apply the glue to the rocks. Because this gets a little messy, I suggest wearing latex gloves. I didn’t wear gloves and had Loctite on my hands for a week!

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Step 4: I wanted to add a balcony but couldn’t find ANYTHING that would work. While I was at the dollar tree I came across this fan, it worked perfectly! I just used a screwdriver to pop it apart and then spray painted it black. My scissors were used to cut the middle section of the fan out so it fits around my lighthouse.

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It should look something like this when you’re finished.

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Step 5: To fit the solar light in I had to figure out a way to cut a hole in the top. I found that drilling a bunch of holes around the rim then cutting it with scissors worked for me. If you have a better way of doing this, go for it!

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Step 6: I then took the stake part of the solar light off and shoved it in the hole. Perfect fit!

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Step 7: Next I used my hot glue gun to glue twine around my pie pan. I think it gives more of a nautical look.

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Step 8: Next I Put my lighthouse back in the pie pan to make sure the holes I marked earlier were still accurate. I then drilled my holes. Make sure when you drill your holes you drill down. Doing it this way leaves the sharp edge on the bottom rather than the top, this way the birds don’t step on anything sharp!

After drilling the holes I stuck a piece of twine through each hole and tied a double knot at the base of the pan. You will need 4 long pieces of twine for this. I pulled the twine up in the air to about the length I wanted and gave myself a few extra inches of wiggle room (we will tie the top knot in Step 11).I found that dipping my twin in water helped it to go through the holes much easier. See the photo below for help with this step.

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Step 9: Use Loctite to glue your lighthouse to the pie pan & let it dry overnight.

*I goofed a little here, I tried to glue my lighthouse down before putting the twine in. This didn’t work very good so I had to re-glue the lighthouse.

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Step 11: Once everything is dried bring all four strings up and tie in a double knot. I also hot glued a few mini sea creatures around the rim of the pie pan. It should look something like this when you’re all finished.

*I also decided to drill a hole in the side of my lighthouse and used Loctite to secure a little perch for the birds. I used a small dowel rod and painted it

black.

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Step 12: Time for the fun part! Fill your Lighthouse bird feeder with birdseed and scatter a few seashells around. I put a little piece of burlap around the balcony so the birdseed didn’t fall through.

I’m not sure who enjoys this lighthouse bird feeder more, me or the birds?

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Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Cookies

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Ingredients:

1- Cup butter

1/4- Cup shortening ( I use crisco)

3/4- Cup Peanut Butter

1/2- Cup Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

3/4- Cup Brown Sugar

2- eggs

1- teaspoon vanilla

1- Cup sugar

1- teaspoon baking soda

1- teaspoon salt

3- Cups Flour

1- Cup of sugar for rolling

For the Icing :

1- bag of semi sweet chocolate chips ( 2 cups)

4- Tablespoons Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

1/2- Cup hazelnuts ( Crushed)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a medium sized mixing bowl add the first 10 ingredients ( everything except the flour).  Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add in all 3 cups of flour and mix till it looks like cookie dough. ( I am not one to separate the wet and dry ingredients so, when making cookies, I always add the flour last.) Chill cookie dough for about 20 minutes. Roll cookie dough into balls using half tablespoons. Roll into sugar and place cookies on a GREASED cookie sheet. Make the cute little crisscross on the cookies with a fork. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies are cooked all the way (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes). Let cookies cool completely.

Icing Directions:

Pour chocolate chips and 1 cap full of vegetable oil into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate chips after every 30 seconds. When the chocolate chips are almost completely melted add 4 tablespoons of hazelnut spread ( Nutella) and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir well. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate onto each cookie and smooth with a spoon, top with crushed hazelnuts. Cool in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Store in a cool place.

Cookie Monday ~ Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies ~ Guest post from Prairie Gal Cookin’

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Today Ashley from Prairie Gal Cookin’ is joining us with her recipe Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies for cookie Monday. Ashley, we are so excited to have you; and even more excited to dive into this cookie recipe.

As Prudy always said, take it away my friend:

Before I can share this yuummy recipe with all of you, I just wanted to thank Emily for letting me be a part of her Cookie Mondays! It’s so much fun to meet new bloggers and stumble across fun recipes – Which is exactly whatis happening here on Cookie Mondays!

When Emily asked me if I would be a part of CM, I had one recipe pop into my head – These Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies. They are a breeze to make and the simple little icing you whip together to dip them in just pulls the whole cookie together and throws it over the top!

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Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

My favorite part about these cookies is that they aren’t your normal oatmeal cookie – These are “dipped-icing” cookies, and full of flavor thanks to the cinnamon and nutmeg in them. They won’t last long in any household! (So it might be necessary to stash several away for yourself after you make them!)

Cookies:

2 cups quick cooking oats (or old-fashioned)

2 cups flour

1 T. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. ground nutmeg

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature (or run under hot water for 30 seconds)

1 t. vanilla

Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

3-5 T. milk

1 t. vanilla (or a little less, just depends on your preference!)
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with waxed paper.

2. Start by pulsing the oats in a food processor several times.

3. In a large bowl, combine the pulsed oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

4. In the bowl of a stand-mixer, beat the butter on high 30 seconds.

5. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy.6. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating until yolk just barely disappears into batter.

7. Adding 1/3 of the flour at a time to the batter, mix well.

8. Drop the balls of cookie dough onto the lined cookie sheets and bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until bottoms are just starting to brown.

9. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 – 3 minutes and then finish cooling on a cookie rack.

10. When cookies are cooled, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla for icing.

11. Dip the cookies into the icing (face down). Let the icing set-up and then dip them all again.

12. Let icing set-up again and store in an air-tight container.

13. Enjoy!

* Catch Ashley on facebok! – Prairie Gal Cookin
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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Loaf

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buffalo ranch chicken loaf

 

This was good and so easy to make! It would be a great make a head meal too! by that I mean the day before you could cook the chicken and the bacon and the day of all you would have to do is assemble the loaf.

Now, normally I don’t share big long stories before I share a recipe, it’s just not my style, I like to get straight to the point. But today I am going to share a short, funny story with you. While I was at the grocery store picking up the ingredients to make this, along with some other things I needed, I did the most embarrassing thing! I was walking around the store listening to the Christmas music the store plays or so I thought. Well, when I was almost finished and turned the corner to the butter aisle (the last things on my list, thank God!) I realized that the store was not playing Christmas music at all… It was me!! Here I found out that somehow my itunes radio was on and I was the one blaring Christmas music all through out the store! And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, when I found out I quickly turned my phone off and grabbed my butter, when I did a whole stack of butter fell on the floor! All I could think of was, I gotta get out of here! And of course when I got to the register the lines were long. SO now I’m pretty sure everyone that was in that store thinks I’m a fruit cake! … why??! LOL Have you ever had this type of thing happen to you??

 

Now that you know all about my embarrassing trip to the store, lets get to the recipe.

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Buffalo Ranch Loaf

Ingredients:

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts

1 ranch packet

1/2 C. oil ( you may need a little more depending on the size of the chicken breasts)

1 loaf of Italian bread

1/2 pounds bacon (fried and crumbled)

2 cups shredded  Mozzarella cheese

1/2 stick of butter

1 cup of buffalo sauce

ranch dressing for dipping

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk oil and ranch packet seasoning together. In a deep skillet over medium high heat add chicken breasts and pour the oil ranch mixture over them. Fry until chicken is fully cooked, let chicken cool and cut it into bite size chunks, set aside.  Fry bacon, drain on a plate lined with paper towel and crumble, set aside. In a microwave safe bowl combine buffalo sauce and butter, microwave till butter is melted (about 1 minute) then whisk. Slice loaf of Italian bread in half , like you would for a hoagie except cut it completely through so you have 2 pieces. Lay the bread crust down on a greased cookie sheet. Next you will divide the chicken, sauce, bacon and cheese evenly among the two halves of bread. Start with the chicken then pour the sauce evenly over the chicken, next sprinkle on the bacon and finally sprinkle on the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes then broil the top till the cheese browns.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Bottom of the Pan Patties

Bottom of the pan patties

I made these patties for my mom. She loves the crusty stuff that sticks to the bottom of the pans (meatloaf, roast chicken, roast beef, etc.) or as we call it, the “goop”. I made this recipe to sort of resemble that flavor. I made some of these up a few days ago and gave my husband a plate to take to work for the guys… The man who we bought the sausage from told my husband he has been around sausage for 40 years and never tasted something that good, that’s when I was sure this recipe was a keeper. =)

Bottom of the Pan Patties

Ingredients:

1-1 1/4 pounds ground maple sausage, COOKED (I have used ground beef, and different types of sausage before too)
4 Slices of bread cut into cubes
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. Mayo
5 Spinach leaves rinsed and finely chopped
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 C. bread crumbs
oil for frying

Directions:

Skillet- set to medium-high heat.

After you have fried and browned your sausage dump it into a bowl and let it cool 5-10 minutes. Next add all of the above ingredients and mix well. Use hands to squeeze the mixture (like you would when making meatloaf), then form into patties. When making the patties you have to be a little rough when forming them. Gently place in an HOT skillet that has been drizzled with oil. Cooke till brown on both sides. You do not want to flip these too much before they are fully cooked or they will break apart, I usually lift one up with a spatula to see if they are ready to be flipped.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Sour cream and Chive Mac & Cheese

Sour cream and chive mac and cheese

 

OK… so along with this recipe, I have a really funny story maybe more so for me than you. About a week ago my mom was telling me a story and kept saying that someone was getting into her Derkies. I left this go for a while, then finally, I said MOM! what the heck is a derkie? She acted like I was crazy and said “you don’t know what Derkies are?’ I laughed and said “umm… no mom, I don’t”. She was like you know what they are, those things you put on top of green bean casserole! Me: “oh… French fried onions, or fronions? My mom said YES! Then she claimed that she has always called them Derkies. Now you would have to know my mom to realize how funny this is. She is the sweetest person and would do anything for anyone, but she can be a bit of a “blonde”. Of course, people could argue and say I am the same, but that’s beside the point 😉 SO now it is this big joke that everyone in the family keeps asking her if she has her Derkies! LOL (BTW, apparently Derkies is a name brand for french fried onions, and I’m pretty sure I am spelling it wrong! ha)

Sour Cream and Chive Mac & Cheese

 

Ingredients:

2 cups elbow macaroni (cook to al dente)

1//2 pound block of cooper cheese ( cut the block of cheese in half, cube one half and shred the other half. Divide the shredded portion in half.)

1 Cup heavy cream

1/4 tsp. onion powder

3-4 dashes of pepper

big pinch of salt

3 1/2 Tbsp. Fresh chives (minced)

1/2 Cup sour cream

Handful of your favorite sour cream and onion chips (crushed)

1 handful of french fried onions ( and yes this is how I measure it each time. ha)

 

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size sauce pan add cubed cooper cheese, heavy cream, onion powder, and salt & pepper. Heat over medium heat until cheese  melts and you have a creamy sauce. Pour sauce over cooked elbow macoroni and stir. Add chives, sour cream, and half of the shredded cheese. Pour into a greased 7X11 cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Take sour cream and chive Mac & cheese out of the oven and add the other half of the shredded cooper cheese along with the french fried onions and the crushed chips. Broil until brown. Enjoy! ( Never, ever, ever walk away from anything while it is under the broiler, this is how things burn, trust me! 😉 )

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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