NEPG is looking for a cover model for our facebook page for the rest of the summer.
Any and all pet owners are encouraged to enter you do not have to live in New England for this contest.
Go to facebook.com/newenglandpetguide and upload your pets photo. Sunday July 15th the photo with the most likes wins. Pet will them be our facebook cover pic for the rest of the summer. Pet and pet owner will also receive a little gift from NEPG.
Hurry time is running out.
Beryl the Bassett Hound,16, and 4 year old tawny owl, WOL, met at an animal refuge and are now best friends. Favorite activity, watching TV. Dog Bless are seniors. From our friends at Dog Bless You.
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.
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.
5 quarts popcorn, popped
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
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.