Tomorrow morning I’ll be surrounded by family including my critters. Many of my pets I’ve adopted; they are some of the lucky ones who get to spend Christmas in a nice warm home with people that love them. Many animals don’t have that so let’s all say a Christmas wish that next year not just the dogs, but also the cats, ferrets, parrots, rabbits and all the others get the home they deserve.
This year marks the 13th year for Iams Home 4 the Holidays, a worldwide pet adoption drive. This year, the goal is for 1.5 million homeless pets to be adopted by January 3rd so there is still plenty of time to add that new family member.
Visit the Iams Home 4 the Holidays site to find shelters and rescues that are participating in this annual event.
I’ve been wanting to make these bird treats for awhile and Christmas is the perfect time! They don’t take much time so are easy to whip up in between all the other Christmas activity.
-shelled pumpkin seeds
-cut steel oats
I used the recipe from CoCo’s Flock. She used a lot more ingredients which you can see on her blog.
- Place the dry ingredients into a food processor and process so any large pieces are broken up.
- For each cup of dry ingredients add 3 1/2 tablespoons of molasses.
- Mix until all pieces are coated.
- Form into balls and place on pan. I kept my hands wet while doing this. It helped keep them from sticking to my hands. Wax paper or foil will make it easier to remove treat when dried.
- I placed them in the freezer for a few hours to dry.
- Once dry (they may have a little tackiness but weren’t bad when dry), hand out and watch your bird enjoy.