Daily Archives: December 24, 2011

Homemade sweet potato chews

Sweet potato chews are a great alternative to the ever present rawhide chews, which contrary to pupular belief, really aren’t good for dogs. They present a choking hazard, and they don’t digest very easily and could become lodged in the intestines creating a dangerous health hazard. In addition, many rawhides are processed with chemicals which aren’t good for dogs either.

Sweet Potato Chews for Dogs

Wash a sweet potato (organic is best and we like to peel them). Cut down the middle lengthwise. Then cut long lengthwise slices about 1/3 of an inch wide and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet (use a stainless steel, for healthier cooking).

Put in the oven at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. This leaves them kind of chewy, but you could also bake them a little longer to get them crunchy.

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POPCORN BALLS For Birds

5 quarts popcorn, popped

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bird Seed

In saucepan, combine sugar, water, and corn syrup.
Cook to hard-stage (250 F). Add vanilla.
Pour slowly over hot popped corn, mixing well to coat every kernel.
Use a piece of string to make a loop to hang this with later on.
The bird will use the string in their nest as well
Press into balls (butter hands if necessary). Try not to burn your hands.
Roll the popcorn balls into birdseed before they cool.
Then set aside and allow to cool, then simply hang them outside on a branch for birds and squirrels to enjoy!
*tip* I wouldn’t hang this somewhere you don’t want bird droppings!
*tip* Make sure it is high enough that cats and dogs cannot get the birds easily.