Here is a little peek at what I've been up to lately! I have 40 pounds of "Clean Feed Deer Corn" on my sewing room floor!!! If there were security cameras recording me at Wal-Mart the day I purchased this bag, then there is going to be a good laugh at the company Christmas party! I struggled trying to get that thing under my cart (my only available space since I still have a baby in an infant seat taking up the whole cart!). I left in a sweat, but I was on a mission to get this corn!
I've made wheat pillows before, but recently, I came across a site on the Internet that talked about how much better the corn feed bags were. It was actually written by a nurse that got her corn bags/ pillows FDA approved for use in the hospital (she worked on the physical rehab floor). Corn feed is safer. I had no idea that the wheat pillows that I had been making could actually explode in the microwave. I'm sure the kids would enjoy that show, but I sure wouldn't want to clean up that mess! It also has the risk of fire when the small grains dry out. Flax seed can also explode, and it is expensive. So, this is how I ended up with 40 pounds of corn!
After making these, I microwaved each one three times for three minutes each (allowing it to cool completely between each zap). Seeing as they stay hot for so long, it took me quite a while! Doing this before giving them away, or selling them, helps to extract the natural moistures in the corn. Now my bags are ready to go! They can be used hot, or they can be stored in the freezer and used as a drip-free ice pack. I'm going to make small ones to keep in the freezer for my kids. They constantly are bumping their noggins!!! Sooooo many uses for these thing. I'm going to make some flannel ones in fun prints for the kids. I think they would love to have a warm bag tucked in by their feet when the weather gets cooler. ...and maybe a neck wrap...hmmmmm
I've made the 8"x10" size with a removable slipcover for washing. I still have LOTS of corn, so I better get busy. Honestly, a deer jumped out in front of my car the other night... Do you think I smell like corn???