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I really don’t know what I was thinking.  I must be totally insane.

I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a larger cage, but my little birdies now have baby birdies, and the other flight cage is going to get very crowded very fast!

I looked at tons of cages online — hundreds of them.  They were either very cheap and looked like crap or very expensive for larger ones that looked like a piece of furniture.

The solution?  Make one!

Ha!  And this folks, is how I get myself into trouble…

Fortunately, it came out ok.  It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s good for what it is.  It’s 1×2 scrappy white pine, so it’s not like it’s oak or maple.  But a nice coat of stain and poly made it look nice.  

It’s 4 ft wide, 3 ft high, and 2.5 ft deep.

I built it in my apartment and stained it out on my balcony.  I got a lot of strange looks from folks, and I’m sure my neighbors underneath me hate my guts now with all that sawing and hammering…

But, I did it!  It’s done!

I hope my little birdies like it.  Spoiled rotten…

Potholders and Dish Cloth

These are two potholders and a dish cloth that I made for my Mom.  While I don’t really like the mitt types, I do think that for older folks, the material around the hand is a good idea. 

So, when she asked me to make some potholders for the matching placemat set I made her, I thought it would be a good idea to provide some extra stability and support by adding an extra piece of material about 2/3 of the size on the front (the red material).  This makes a pocket that she can slip her hands into if she wants, or not use the pockets and use it as a regular potholder when she wants.  It’s a nice option to provide.

Turkey Spinach Artichoke Quesadilla

These stemmed from trying to create a version of one of my favorite sammiches.  Panera has a turkey artichoke pannini that’s simply delicious!  It’s sliced turkey, an artichoke spread, and caramelized onions on a thick bread.

I always wanted to try making a spinach-artichoke dip, so
I thought, why not just try making a spread and use it on a sammy?

So, tada!  Easy-easy.

1 package of frozen spinach
2 cans of artichoke hearts
1 cup of shredded cheese (parmesan, cheddar, monterey…  use what’s on hand)
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Defrost spinach and squeeze out the excess water.  Chop the artichoke hearts into small pieces.  Add the cheese and Mayo.  Mix together.  That’s it.  (Well, that was my original attempt.  Last night making the quesadillas, I added a can of black beans for interest…)

If I was to make this into a dip, I would put it in the oven and heat it so that the cheese melts.  Using it as a spread in the sammy, the cheese melts when it’s cooked in the pan.

I took some leftover Thanksgiving turkey, spread the mixture on the flour tortillas, folded them, then put them in the skillet.  The golden-brown, crispy outside provided the perfect crunch to remind me of the pannini, but without all of that extra thick bread.

This version has more filling inside and less bread, whereas the Panera pannini has more bread and less filling.

This is a nice way to get some extra veggies in…