Archive for October, 2010

More Zebra Finches!

Yes, I completed my zebbie family.  I now have 3 males and 3 females.  The original pied male and white male are on top.  Sitting on the branch from top to bottom (right to left) are the new ones: dark female, medium female, light female, and little light male.



It took a little while for the original males to get used to the new birdies, but everyone is getting along great now.  For such aggressive and pushy little birdies, they are becoming one big happy family.  Sure, a few squabbles here and there, but not nearly as much as the two males alone.

It’s been a very educational experience in the social structure of birddom.  Amazing to see how they get to know each other and handle new things.

They are tons of fun!

Mini Apple Tarts

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Mini Apple Tarts

These are always a hit! 

The secret is to buy the prepared phyllo dough cups in the frozen food section.  They are already baked, so all you have to do is defrost them.

You can fill them with just about anything — make them sweet or make them savory…

This time, I made little mini apple tarts with them.  This recipe isn’t really a recipe — it’s more like a method.  I just usually “wing” all of the amounts.

Wash, peel, and dice some apples.  If you are doing a large batch, put them in a bowl of cold water with a quirt of lemon juice.  This will keep them from browning.  When you’re done with the apples, drain them well.

Add a little bit of brown sugar and add a little bit of cinnamon (to taste).  Mix thoroughly.

Put the mixture into a baking dish, cover with tin foil,  and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until the apples soften to the consistency you want.  I like my apples to still have a little “bite” to them.

Cool the mixture.

Fill the tart cups with about 1 tablespoon of the mixture.

Melt some caramels in a microwave-safe bowl.  Drizzle it over the top of the apples.

Done.  Voila!  How easy is that???

I’ve made these before using a sausage stuffing mixture, and they came out extremely well!  Get creative!