Mix/sift flour, sugar, salt, and poultry seasoning together. Blend well to evenly distribute the spices through the mixture. Dissolve the yeast into the 4 tablespoons of warm water (~105 degrees F) in a small (3 cup capacity) bowl. Mix cold milk and 1 cup hot water (achieving a lukewarm temperature) and then add to the bowl with the yeast. Pour the milk & yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and then add the melted lard.
Blend this dough together and then knead to form a smooth dough. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Knead the dough for 10 more minutes. Shape into two loaves. Place the loaves into well greased loaf pans and allow to rise for about one hour.
Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes.
After the bread has baked, remove from loaf pans. Once it is cool enough to slice, slice into slices and then cube. Place the bread cubes on your dehydrator tray (if you have one with adjustable temperature settings) or on cookie sheets. In your dehydrator set at about 125 degrees it will take approximately 4 hours for the bread to dry throughly. Set your oven to the lowest temp possible (usually around 200) and monitor closely! You will need to turn to ensure the bread dries throughly and does not burn.
Once your dried cubes have cooled. Place into ziplock bags and set aside for your holiday, they'll store safely for several weeks... if they were dried sufficiently! If you leave too much moisture you will have a bag of moldy bread! When in doubt, throw the bag in the freezer and the cubes will keep indefinitely.