Bird Cafe


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Our latest project (from High Five magazine) wasn’t as big a hit as past crafts, perhaps because Travis and I have made bird feeders before and it felt a bit ho-hum to him. But there’s never anything wrong with learning a new way to feed our feathered friends, and this one is easy to put together!

Save any clear plastic food container; shallow is better, like the kind used for nuts or dried fruit. Rinse and dry.

Cut a rectangle from the center of an 8×5-inch piece of craft foam. This step was a bit tricky for Travis, but he loved cutting separate pieces of craft foam into free-form shapes while I worked.

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Tape the foam around your container, then wrap the top of the craft foam around the lid and tape in place. The craft foam now acts as the “wall” connecting the bottom and the lid roof.

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Hole punch the foam near the lid on each side, and thread through yarn or string to hang your feeder.

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As the final touch, tape on a second sheet of craft foam bent into a “roof”.

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We’re hoping to get many a summer visitor!


Build-Your-Own Grain Bowls


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The ingredients for this recipe are inexact on purpose – it’s the perfect dinner for family members who have different tastes and preferences. Set out the various componants, and everyone can build their own. Bid kids and grown-ups can assemble a true grain bowl, everything piled togheter. My preschooler prefers to keep everything separate on the plate!


  • Cooked quinoa
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Black or kidney beans
  • Vegan feta (such as Violife)
  • Shredded vegan cheddar (such as Daiya)
  • Chopped avocado
  • Tortilla chips
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  1. Grab a bowl and assemble your favorite ingredients!
  2. If desired, family members can toss their grain of choice with a little bit of lime juice and olive oil before making it the base of their bowl.

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