Mystery Blooms

Ok fellow plant people, who knows what kind of cactus this is? I’ve had it for years, and I just noticed that it’s blooming for the first time. I didn’t even know it could bloom! Whatever it is, it’s so easy to care for. I have it hanging in the window, and whether I overwater or underwater it just keeps growing. If you see one for sale somewhere, snatch it up!

cactus blooms

cactus blooms

cactus blooms

cactus blooms

Homemade Suet for Birds

We got some wintery weather over the weekend, and I loved every minute! It wasn’t the 5-8 inches of snow the weather man promised, but I’ll take whatever I can get.

DIY suet for wild birds

DIY suet for wild birds

The temperatures have been in the single digits the last few nights, and when it gets that cold I start worrying about the wild birds. You Do It Suet was kind enough to give me one of their suet molds, and I figured the birds would appreciate a treat today.

The mold came with a book of recipes, and I tweaked one of them to use what I had on hand. I stirred together 5 tablespoons of dried mealworms, 5 tablespoons of Quick Oats, 5 tablespoons of whole wheat flour, and 3 tablespoons of peanut butter.

Yes, I had mealworms on hand. I’m not a total weirdo—my chickens love them. It was incredibly strange to measure worms into a mixing bowl though. You can use sunflower seeds in place of worms if you’re squeamish.

DIY suet for wild birds

I reheated my saved bacon grease, stirred it into the dry ingredients, and poured everything into the mold. Umm… yum? Daniel came into the kitchen smelling bacon and squealed when he saw my bowl full of worm soup.

DIY suet for wild birds

I put the mold in the freezer for a while, and then popped the suet out. I left it in the freezer for about 45 minutes. If I had left it longer the “You Do it Suet” logo would’ve turned out perfectly, but I was itching to feed my feathered friends. (They can’t read anyway!)

DIY suet for wild birds

DIY suet for wild birds

I haven’t put bird food out for at least 6 months, but within 1 minute of hanging the suet outside birds flocked around it and started chowing down!

DIY suet for wild birds

Fern seemed to love watching the birds with me for a few minutes. Then she started screaming and thrashing around, because nap time.

DIY suet for wild birds

Definitely consider the You Do It Suet mold if you want to try making your own suet, or if you need a thoughtful gift for a bird lover. It’s a great product and a nice way to put leftover cooking grease to use (or any leftover worms you may have sitting around your kitchen). You can also use it to make suet for your pet chickens, so you know I’m trying that next. Fat happy chickens, here we come!

First Birthday

I still can’t believe I have a baby, and I really can’t believe she just turned one! We had a sweet little celebration with family. Fern’s cake turned out cute—perfectly imperfect. She had no qualms about tearing into it and chowing down. Honestly I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing as a mother, but somehow Fern keeps growing bigger and getting smarter every day!

first birthday cake

first birthday cake

first birthday cake

first birthday cake

By the way, I used this cake recipe and this frosting recipe. So good! To make the smaller “smash cake” I poured some of the batter into ramekins and baked and frosted it separately.

Hot Tea + Mugs for a Cause

We’re deep in the heart of hot tea season! What are your current favorites? I can’t get enough of these three from Tin Roof Teas—China Golden Yunnan, The Ambassador, and Tiger Eye Chai.

favorite loose leaf teas

Of course you can’t have tea without the perfect mug! My friend, Jon, has partnered with MudLOVE to develop a line of handmade North Carolina inspired products to raise funds for Hurricane Matthew victims. 50% of every purchase will support North Carolina Community Foundation and their disaster relief efforts. There are two handmade mugs and bracelets to choose from. You can purchase them and help people in need right here. These would make great Christmas gifts, don’t you think?

favorite loose leaf teas

favorite loose leaf teas

New Stuff + Black Friday Sale

Happy Thanksgiving! My obligatory Black Friday sale is starting now—a little early just for my loyal blog readers. You can use the coupon code YIPPEE30 to take 30% off everything at witandwhistle.com through the end of the day Monday.

I’ve added some new stuff to the shop, too!

Two new holiday cards:

funny christmas cards

A set of printable gift tags that I’m totally in love with:

digital download printable gift tags

Lady Power patches (in collaboration with Band of Weirdos), the cactus Not a Hugger enamel pin, and the Silence is Golden enamel pin.

lady power patch enamel pins

Happy shopping! :)