My friend Rachel provided us with a wonderful post on her celebration of the Winter Solstice. Part of the festivities included making homemade critter-feeders, which she hung in the forest. I’ve been jazzing on the idea ever since, and decided to have a go at it today. Verdict: fun, simple, and defintely something I’ll do again.
Ingredients: apples, critter seed, peanut butter, string, instrument-with-which-to-poke-holes
Start by cutting nice thick slices of apple. Use your hole-poking-instrument (mine was a chopstick) to poke holes through the slices. Thread a length of string through the holes (I wound mine through twice).
Smear a healthy layer of peanut butter on one side.
Tell the dogs (repeatedly) that the PB is for the BIRDS not the DOGS.
Concede to the tiniest lick of PB off a finger for each horribly neglected pooch.
Grab a handful of seed and press it firmly into the PB. I used parrot food I found at the grocery store…I liked it because it had a big variety of seeds and even some fruit.
(LOL @ this “guarantee”. I really don’t think the parrot would mind…and frankly I’m not satisfied with the anti-insect sentiment.)
Repeat the PB smearing and seed pressing on the other side. Tie a few apple pieces together in a chain if you’re feeling sassy.
Marvel at the simple beautimoniousness of your new critter-feeders.
Hang in a tree and wait for the buffet to begin.
Make a mental note that a day when it’s -30°C is perhaps not the wisest choice for bare-handed hanging of beautimonious feeders.
Laugh at your dogs who agree that -30°C is indeed craptacular as they walk around like this:
Go inside, make a cup of hot green tea, and search YouTube for videos of REAL dogs. Who KICK SNOW’S ASS. Like this guy: