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FLEDGLING STEALS PAPA’S BREAKFAST

Papa Cardinal enjoying his breakfast in peace.

“Rats, is that Pesky Pants I hear coming?”

Junior swoops in and swipes Dad’s blueberry.

“That was delish! You snooze, you lose Pops.”

Papa Cardinal first on the scene #songbird #cardinals #gloucesterma

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HELLO FUNNY CATBIRDS!

I’ve yet to meet a Catbird I don’t love! With big personalities and a repertoire of beautiful melodies they are no stranger to gardens planted with blueberry bushes.

The first Gray Catbird to make an appearance in our garden arrived the day we planted blueberries. We don’t grow enough blueberries to provide all that we, and the Catbirds, would like to eat, so for the past several years I have been feeding the Catbirds handfuls at a time, the ones that come in the box that are smallish, and generally more sour tasting. If I forget to refill the bowl, the mom Catbird perches on a table just outside the kitchen window, calling and calling until the bowl is replenished. This summer she was joined by two fat little fledglings, also demanding of blueberries. The other day, both fledglings sat smack in the middle of the blueberry bowl and then proceeded to have a disagreement over the fruit!

Mature Gray Catbirds are mostly slate gray all over, with a little black cap, and when in flight, flash rufous red underneath. They belong to the same family of birds as do Northern Mockingbirds and Brown Thrashers, Mimidae, having that wonderful ability to copy the sounds of other songbirds and string them together to make their own music. During mating season, male Catbirds use their songs to establish their territory. The song may last up to ten minutes. This past spring, while walking along the wooded edge of a dune, I came upon a male singing his heart out. I didn’t have my tripod with me, but began recording him while singing. Boy, did my arms grow weary trying to capture the song in its entirety!

Catbird Egg

The oldest Gray Catbird was recorded to live 17 years. Catbirds are monogamous and if undisturbed, return to the same nesting site year after year. I love knowing that it’s quite possible that our current Catbird mama and papa may be the very same family that have been here for the past several years.

Patti Papows resident blueberry-eating Catbird

Note about the benefits of of planting blueberry bushes ~ Did you know that blueberries are native to North America? Fantastic for attracting songbirds to the garden, the foliage is also a caterpillar food plant for Spring and Summer Azure butterflies, and the blossoms provide nectar for myriad species of pollinating insects, including many species of native bees.

 

KIM SMITH POLLINATOR GARDEN PROGRAM FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY EVENING

Please join me Thursday evening, August 10th, at 7:00pm, at the Peabody Institute Library, South Branch. I will be giving my talk about how to create a garden to benefit a host of pollinators and screening several short films. I hope to see you there!

The day we planted blueberries, is the day the Catbirds moved in. Many species of songbirds are pollinators, too!

Painted Lady nectaring at wildflower Joe-pye, Good Harbor Beach

Grandma Felicia’s Sunday Morning Blueberry Cake Shared Today On Sista Felicia’s New Recipe Website!

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Grandma Felicia’s Sunday Morning Blueberry Cake

Hey check out my new website

http://www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com/grandma-felicias-sunday-morning-blueberry-cake/

Over the past several months you may have noticed my GMG “Sista Dish” posts have been few and far between with the exception of my St. Joseph and St. Peter’s Fiesta posts. I’ve been crazy busy designing and uploading 900+ recipe posts and thousands of photos to my new www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com  website with the help of my good friend and cookbook designer Cathy Kelly. Over the winter I realized it was time to make some major changes to better showcase the enormous archive of recipe content posted on GMG and other Social Media Outlets, in more organized and easily accessible fashion for my loyal followers. I’m super excited to take this next step and even more excited for what’s planned for the near future, and ask for your continued patience during this transition period over the next few months. I am working as fast as the computer will allow me to load. Every post uploaded fuels my determination to have this new  Sista Felicia’s Kitchen website organized and running smoothly for your convenience by September. Lots of summer recipes are being added daily so be sure to take a peek before headed to the Farmers Market or Grocery store for some easy to prepare summertime dishes! Lots of yummy salad and grilling recipes are just a click away!

http://www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com website

Blueberry Cake Cookies

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Blueberry Cake Cookies

Last week I received a phone call from friends that were on their way to the Gloucester area, for the day and were planning to stop by for a quick visit.  Excited for their arrival,  I went straight to the panty to see what sweet confection I had to serve with Iced coffee.  Remembering how fast and delicious the PB&J cookies recipe using a boxed cake mix is, ( PB&J a recipe I posted a few months back using boxed cake mix), I decide to get creative with a boxed white cake mix and a small container of fresh blueberries I had on hand.  With fingers crossed and company expected to walk through he door in a few hours, I successfully created this yummy Blueberry Cake Cookie in less then and hour.  I’m looking forward to trying it with fresh raspberries next time!

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Red White & Blue No Bake White Chocolate Delights

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Happy Fourth of July!

Red White & Blue No Bake White Chocolate Delights

Ingredients

2  4.4oz Lindt White Chocolate bars

11/2 cups fresh blueberries

12 oz. fresh raspberries

Mini baking cups

Step -by-Step

1 melt both bars white chocolate in double boiler pan; stir until completely melted; carefully transfer “hot” melted chocolate to pastry bag fitted with Wilton #5 or #18 pastry tip *Note~ I highly recommend wearing oven mitts when fixing 1/2 teaspoon hot chocolate into cups”

2 line cookie sheet with mini baking cups; fix ½ teaspoon melted chocolate into each cup; top with 1 blueberry and 1 raspberry; drizzle white chocolate over tops; chill till ready to serve

*Note~ will keep refrigerated 24 hours