I have seen this challenge every year and been impressed with the entries. Having recently moved to a new country, among other things I have committed my self to is completing Crafster challenges until I start work to keep my self amused. But as the deadline approached, after the Christmas excess (and the yet to be eaten Christmas treats). I really did not feel like making more sugary food.
So I decided to make a ginger bread house for my feathered friends who visit my balcony. Obviously birds are not meant to eat, sweets, salt or large amounts of refined starch (mind you neither am I). So I did some research discarded my first few ideas. Learned about feeding wild birds and finally when all else failed asked my friend who is a park ranger and ornithologist, about feeding ginger to birds.
As outlined in the challenge the I could if I decided eat the bird house but I sure I would not like it. The roof and front and back are made of bird friendly ginger bread (no salt, little sugar and rough grain flour) The side walls have ginger bread harts and are made of lard seed cakes (sunflower seeds, puffs, coconut lard) with string to hang it. Its stuck together with my husbands pure peanut butter and melted coconut fat (shhhh). I decorated it with nuts, seeds and chilies.
I am writing this by the window with my camera. To try and snap any guests. I managed to scare the first one off.
Finally later I will take it down and feed it little by little to the birds to stop the risk of infection.