Five Tips For Husband Hunting

Taxidermy isn’t the only thing people hunt for…husband hunting takes up a major portion of most girls lives. Of course a shinning personality and good character are the most obvious ways to secure yourself an amazing husband, but what about some more specific guidelines? Some of us get lucky, but others need a bit more guidance. Here, I’m going to share some of my favorite pieces of advice that I’ve gotten over the years from everyone under the sun…

 

1. Know how to make a good loaf of bread

I cannot remember where I heard this from, but it is undeniably true. The fastest way to a man’s heart IS through his stomach, and there is nothing better than bread to demonstrate your abilities with!

 

2. Don’t slack off on appearance…ever

 Now I’m not saying that you need to have every hair in place and a fully made face every day,   but please look presentable. No man wants to hang out with a rats nest and raccoon eyes. Even though he will love you no matter what you look like, it never hurts to look your best.

 

3. Don’t be too hard on him.

Did he forget to take out the trash or mow the lawn? Let him know, but let it go. Holding agrudge is never attractive.

 

4. Be able to walk away from technology.

Many girls that I know always have a phone in their hands and a reality show on the television. Being able to spend some time away from the technology and doing something tangiable is not only productive, but also dazzling.

 

5. Share his interests…only if to amuse him.

Even if you’re not always interested in the same things as him, and even if he knows it, just dropping the slightest bit of attention onto them will make him feel important. Which is also important to you =)

(very random pic…hehe)

Good Luck!!!!!

-C

Photos:

http://findmyaccident.com/fmablog/2011/12/01/loaf-of-bread-credited-with-saving-life-of-woman-in-crash-near-glasgow/

http://jpmdesign.blogspot.com/2010/12/make-up-vanities.html

http://www.ilchi.com/tag/dopamine/

http://www.hcbe.net/technology.aspx

http://blog.sifteo.com/2012/04/sometimes-more-is-more-fun-we%E2%80%99re-giving-away-100-free-cubes/

3 Sandwich Recipes for Every Lunch

Are you looking for a quick sandwich fix? Never fear, I have a few delicious tried-and-true  Martha Stewart sandwich recipes that are fast and easy for those on the run for lunchtime treats!  Great to pack for mid-day picnics (or on the workdesk) or little-prep for unexpected guests, these sandwiches are for every occasion. I can never let Martha go, I’m afraid, so let me at least share my discoveries with you!

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich
Mozzarella Sandwich

No panini press needed! A little lengthy in preparation. Make in the morning for a great picnic!

  • 2 tblsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 c. sun dried tomatoes, reserving 1 tblsp oil
  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, split horizontally and hollowed out
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • 6 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard and oil until thick. Spread on bread.
  2. Layer bottom half of bread with some of the lettuce, then cheese, tomatoes, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Top with remaining lettuce and bread.
  3. Wrap sandwich tightly in plastic and place on a baking sheet. Top with another baking sheet and weigh down with canned goods.
  4. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight to meld flavours. Cut in half, serve.

Chicken and Marinated-Zucchini Sandwich
Zucchini Sandwich

Less time intensive, but still needing to marinate. Tasty and unusual! I adored the chordette.

  • 1 zucchini/chordette
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tblsp lemon zest
  • 2 tblsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb chicken cutlets
  • Handful of chopped toasted almonds
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 loaf Italian bread
  • Romaine lettuce
  1. Slice the zucchini/chordette into ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Combine with the red onion, lemon zest, and lemon juice, with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, season 1 lb chicken cutlets with salt and pepper and broil until cooked through. Let cool, then shred and add marinated zucchini along with almonds and parsley.
  3. Cut 1 loaf Italian bread in half horizontally and hollow out. Make a sandwich.

Ham, Brie, and Apple Triple Decker Sandwich
Ham Brie and Apple SandwichThe quickest sandwich I can offer you! Delicious as always!

  • Brie cheese, sliced
  • Tart apple, sliced
  • 3 slices pumpernickel bread
  • Ham, thinly sliced
  • Fruit chutney
  1. Layer cheese and apple onto 1 slice toasted bread. Top with another toasted slice, then ham. Spread chutney on a third toasted slice and place on top. Enjoy!

-A.

Recipes and Photographs Courtesy Of:

http://www.marthastewart.com/315629/pressed-mozzarella-and-tomato-sandwich

http://www.marthastewart.com/317575/chicken-and-marinated-zucchini-sandwich

http://www.marthastewart.com/342378/ham-brie-and-apple-triple-decker-sandwic

Recipes from the Finnish Kitchen

For those of you who are wondering “Where the hell is Finland?”, I can tell you that after you try these recipes, you won’t be wondering anymore! My family owned a bakery in Southern Finland, a nation lodged between the ‘charming’ neighbours of Sweden and Russia. It’s a quiet place, with lots of saunas, alcohol, coffee, and fish. I thought that I’d share these two delightful recipes with you from our family’s bakery, just recently sold, so that everyone can enjoy the unique deliciousness of Finnish delights!
Pulla Pitko

Pulla Pitko (Finnish Coffee Bread)

Pulla is a central part of the Finnish dining experience. And let me tell you, it’s called coffee bread for a reason. In Finland, you are served at least 3 cups of coffee in one sitting, and a 7-cup day is not unusual, especially in the sun-less winter days. Since this is an old family recipe, it’s, well, a little vague. My mother, a non-Finn, tried to specify everything a bit, but she still suggests using Finnish measuring cups. It’s definitely worth the hassle!

Bread

  • 1 and 1/2 eggs
  • 2 and 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cardamom (5 ml size tsps)
  • 1 pckg dry yeast
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 sticks melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 17 Dl flour

Toppings

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Slivered almonds
  • Crushed sugar
  • Raisins (optional)

Pulla

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, adding the flour in last, until it forms a soft dough. Mix only with your hands. It will fail to stick once it is ready.
  2. Put the mixture in a greased bowl, turn once, then cover it with a towel and let it rise in a warm place until doubled. This will take about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down and knead a little to get the air bubbles out.
  4. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper, and prepare toppings.
  5. Cut the dough in half, then cut in half again. Roll each section into a rope, then braid. It should make 2 pitkot, or loaves.
  6. Brush with the egg and apply toppings.
  7. Let sit for 10-20 minutes while oven warms, then bake at 400 degrees Farenheit for 25 minutes. Do not overbake to avoid dry pulla.
  8. Serve with coffee.

Piparkakut

Hyvät Piparkakut (Finnish Pepper Cookies)

Crisp, spicy pepper cookies! Everyone’s favourite every time. You’ll never go back to ginger snaps again! Give them a try to bring exotic Scandinavian goodness to your next bake sale, because this makes 8 dozen!

  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 9 cups flour
  1. Preheat to 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Combine syrup, spices, butter, and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Cool.
  4. Stir in egg, heavy cream, baking soda, and flour. Chill overnight.
  5. Roll out very thin, using about 1/2 cup dough at a time, and cut into various shapes.
  6. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 Farenheit for 12-15 minutes, until cookies are crisp but not overly browned. Makes 8 dozen 2 inch cookies.

Piparkakut-A.

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