Homemade bird food for our outdoor friends

I’ve never paid attention to the birds outside in regards to feeding them. I have several friends who can tell
the name of every bird that lands in the yard, a tree or rest upon a telephone wire.
If you are one of those kind folks who hangs feeders, provides fresh water, bless you and here is a recipe
involving a cocunut for a base…who knew.
I’d love to hear your stories if you try it out.

Fat & Sassy
2 parts suet, lard,bacon drippings or saved kitchen fat
1 to 2 parts yellow cornmeal
Dash of salt and sand
1 part fine cracked corn, mullet or hulled sunflower

Melt suet over low heat. Allow to cool and harden, then heat again. Stir in peanut butter and other ingredients,
reserving some of the corn or seeds. Allow to cool somewhat and pour into molds or form into balls.
Roll balls into loose corn or seed.

Hanging Heaven
3 parts suet
1 part cornmeal
1 part peanut butter
1 part brown sugar
1 part raisins, dried cherries, etc.
1 part mixed seed or broken nuts
Sprinkling of sand
1 or more coconuts, split in half

Melt suet, allow to cool, then re-melt. Stir in other ingredients. Cook until the mixture is the consistency of porridge.
If too thick, add small amounts of water or milk; if too thin, add flour. Pour into coconut halves.
Hang coconut halves from tree limbs or eaves.

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