Suet Birdseed Ornaments
1 cup of cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup lard (Lard is an acceptable substitute for actual suet)
2 tbsp. chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup oatmeal
Soften lard in pan until liquid; do not scorch
Mix peanut butter, dry ingredients then birdseed. You may need to add more birdseed to make mixture thick. It will be very difficult to stir. Spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray and mold into balls about the size of a small orange, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Using a straw or chop stick make a hole in the center of the ornament for threading.
You can also pack the mixture into cookie cutters placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a chop stick or straw make a hole in the center of the ornament - make it large enough so it does not close up while the mix is hardening in the refrigerator. Place the ornaments in the refrigerator and allow them harden overnight. Next morning thread ornaments with yarn or fabric strip and hang on your outdoor tree.
Bacon fat is not a safe substitute for Lard or Suet due to the chemicals used in processing it.