Monday, June 6, 2016

Olive Cheese Bread, Washers and Dryers and Ice Makers, Oh My!!!!

When life brings you make lemonade.  When life has all your appliances break down at end up at the laundromat for 2 weeks straight!!

My husband has impeccable taste in appliances...European appliances of course!!  We truly have been blessed that aside from a tune-up here and there, over the last 10 years they have run perfect!  As you recall my handyman really comes to the rescue when needed.

A few weeks ago our washer completely stopped...long story short, it required "the professionals" and thank God was fixable with somewhat minimum financial damage.  I was never so happy to hear running water in the washer again.  I excitedly put our first freshly washed clothes in the dryer.  The dryer timer buzzed and I went to pull the load out to start folding.  Sopping wet clothes!!...."NO !!!!", I screamed.  In less than 24 hours of getting the washer fixed....the dryer goes.

I was not looking forward to spending more afternoons and evenings at the laundromat, or as my husband affectionately called it "The Winedromat", when I asked him to bring me a flask, during one of my laundry visits this point, I had reached my limit of hauling around rolls of quarters that weighed more than my bottle of Purex detergent.  Given the clientele that frequent there, we decided probably not a good idea to have tailgating happy hour in the parking lot during the rinse and spin cycles.

Again my handyman came to the rescue and now the dryer situation was workable with my "in- house" team.  So, a simple part the size of my thumb brought heated clothing, sheets and towels and happiness back into the house again.....until the ice maker quit!!!

Well again, by the Grace of God and a wonderful extended warranty service plan from Lowe's, the ice maker parts and labor were 100% covered and all I had to do was sign the dotted line and get a "thank you M'aam", from our wonderful repair person...all I could think was, "No, thank you"!!!

In the midst of all my special visits at "the winedromat", I found ample time during spinning and drying cycles to catch up on my Pinterest pages and discovered this new amazing bread appetizer or side for your lunch or dinner.  Yum, Yum, Yum!!!

Olive Cheese Bread
Adapted from Home In The Finger Lakes

1 loaf french or baguette bread
25 Spanish Queen pimento stuffed olives, chopped
6 ounce can of black olives, chopped
1 stalk of green onions (scallions), diced
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Slice french bread lengthwise and set aside.

Combine green olives, black olives, green onions, butter and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.  Stir together until thoroughly  combined.

Spread mixture thickly and evenly onto french bread.

Bake on a foil lined baking sheet for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning.

*Mixture can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to two days.

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Theo also had enough of all the appliance shenanigans as well!!
He was not as impressed with my husband's appliance magic, 
he had other motives and just wanted to beg for the new cheese bread!

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