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Bird Food Recipes for Winter

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As winter approaches, many birds will be hunting for reliable sources of food. Many birds scavenge roadways to find salt, minerals and sand. The following recipes provide a good source of energy and nutrients for our feathered friends!

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 before re-melting it again. 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.

Scrap Pie

This recipe is a great way to use up wholesome leftovers.

4 cups crumbs (bread, cookie, cake, doughnut, etc.)
4 cups kitchen scraps (noodles, meat scraps, fruit or vegetables, etc.), chopped
4 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp fine sand
2 cups milk
2 tbsp shortening or melted bacon fat

Grease baking pan and layer bread crumbs and scraps. Beat eggs and mix with remaining ingredients. Pour over crumbs and scraps. Cover and chill for 1 to 3 hours, then bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Cool and crumble to serve.

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