Garlic Bread

This is the best fool proof garlic bread.

Italian Bread
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
between 4 and (keep away the vampires) 10 cloves of minced garlic

Pre-heat the oven to 350C.  Slice the bread and place on a cookie sheet.  Melt the butter and olive oil together over a low heat.   Once melted add the garlic and continue to heat until it gets bubbly.  Brush over the bread slices.  If you desire to at this point sprinkle with cheese, seasonings or whatever makes your mouth water.  Bake for 7-10 min, then broil briefly over a low heat watching that it doesn’t burn. 

Good Hair Day Tip – The butter can handle more heat than the olive oil, but the olive oil has more flavor.  Result – crispy not scorched bread with generous flavor.

Fred, He’s such a Doll!

I use to blog else where, Original air date:  11Feb2008
Disclaimer:  this is not a put down on my husband or any other men.  So don’t tell me it is or I will show you a real put down *wink*.
I have never been seen as a relationship advice go to person.  I have a marriage and like any other it works, most days.   Trials, accomplishments, the good the bad the ugly (well not me I’m cute, not ugly).   However,  I will give relationship advice  whether you want it or not, doesn’t really matter to me.  Through a little tongue and cheek humor with a girl friend we came up with the perfect man.  The Fred Doll ( due to anonymity, licensing and contract rules we have to call him Fred).  Just look at him he is a prime specimen.  Perfect nicely tanned (plastic) body that never ages.  He is the best listener ever.  Won’t complain if he doesn’t like what is for dinner, because he doesn’t eat.  Always stares at you with those bedroom eyes; you know he is a devil in bed.  Washes easily with warm soapy water.  On and my favorite, his underwear are attached!!!!  You will never find them in strange places like the lampshade, the dishwasher or the kitchen sink.   Oh and ladies helloooooo, he comes with a sports car and no television.  Pitfalls (you know there would be some): limited hair color/style, you do have to pick out his clothes and dress him, and um he is kinda short.  All in all sounds like a winner.  What do you think?  (oh I crack me up)

Nerdy Girl

Being the science nerd that I am I really want to turn one of these

Cool old glass desiccator

  Into one of these

Funky terrarium

…and that is why they call me white and nerdy

FOOOOOOOOD!

If you’re anything like my husband and me you can’t ever decide where to eat or break away from routine places.   We get stuck in a rut sometimes, all good food in the rut (see below), but a rut none the less.   At one point we had a few of the favorite “ruts” listed on a cork board in his office.  We would throw darts at it to choose where to go. So now I’m putting together my dinners bucket list, a few places I want to try.   Who knows the rut list might even get a few new contenders.   
I found a few resources helped with the task.  Personally, I find the web to be the largest place for current information.  There are lots of restaurant guides out there but for this post I’m narrowing it down to two.  First , www.urbanspoon.com , the site is user friendly and has a quick catagory reference on the front page.  Their mobile app makes it easy to find something new or read a review when you are on the go.  Second, there is www.restaurantrow.com that is comprehensive and easy to use. It allows the hungry user to view the menu, read reviews and make reservations!  If you consider yourself to be a worthy food critic you can even become one of the Row’s reviewers and make a little extra money.  So using these resources I have my dinners bucket list.
Rut list
OCharlie’s
Papa Johns
Brixx
German Cafe
Indochine
Bucket List 
The Harp – Irish pub
Grand Union Pup – okay so Ive been but I really want to go back
Someplace posh downtown
Zaaki Grill – felafel yumm
The Goody Goody Omelet House – That’s right, I’ve never been there! 
Got any good suggestions out there?

Eye Candy!

Disclaimer: I will never claim to be a fashion blogger in any capacity, but I know what I like, and I like purses. 
Purses, just the thought of finding a new funky one makes me giddy!   I’m not prejudice either – big, little, leather, canvas, velour, beaded, appliquéd, designer, handmade, expensive, cheap, new, vintage, or even just plain used.  They all have the potential of being thrilling.    I am so tickled at my latest purse find, avocado green with cream trim.  I have no idea how old it really is but it looks very 70s to me.  The best part was the price, $3.21 at the Fairy Circle consignment shop in Monkey Junction.  I tied it off with an old silk scarf of my grandmothers and poof, love!   How about the brown embossed saddle leather, doctors bag style I found on eBay.  The most information I could find about the purse was that the designer made purses in Argentina in the 80s.  Neat huh?  How about the recognized Ed Hardy designer. His bags can be simple or complicated, all with that vintage tattoo touch.  I brought one back from Vegas that’s big enough to store an army in!   Purses have even swept the home party scene with Miche and Thirty One.   I could quite possibly fill my closet with the leathers of Lucky Brand and Fossil. Lets not forget the uniquely embellished style of Mary Francess.    I have been known to squeal when spotting a vintage Louis Vuitton.  *sigh*
I just think a purse is the best accessory.  It serves an important purpose and no matter what your hair day, a little weight gain or dark circles it will still look great on your arm! 
What about you?  Have a favorite purse, handbag, clutch, satchel, wristlet?  I would love to hear about it, or see a snap shot of it in action.