Musings of a wife and mother, born and raised in Hawaii. Far away from home now, but creating and discovering bits of sunshine and paradise in everyday life.
Bat Musubi

Bat Musubi

It’s that spooky time of year again. A bat theme seems appropriate, since Laurel proclaimed she is dressing up as a bat! Search for bat templates online. I found mine here and printed out the large bat. Look for wings that aren’t too long and skinny–those are harder to cut out and...
Crock Pot Kalua Pig on a Rack of Onions

Crock Pot Kalua Pig on a Rack of Onions

Now that the weather is cooling down from the 90’s this past week to the mid 70’s today, it seems like a good time to welcome fall by making some kalua pig (or kalua pork for the slightly more refined). Of course the best way to make kalua pig is...
Buffalo Cauliflower Pancakes

Buffalo Cauliflower Pancakes

Roasted Vegetables seem to make vegetables so tasty and easy to eat. I played around and made these yummy buffalo pancakes using ground roasted cauliflower seasoned with a some buffalo wing sauce and a bit of miso. An egg and a few tablespoons of mochiko (glutinous rice flour) helped hold...
Strawberry Vanilla Dragonfruit Soup (Cold)

Strawberry Vanilla Dragonfruit Soup (Cold)

Dragonfruit are such unusual and stunning looking fruits. The red fleshed ones make a beautiful pink colored dragonfruit smoothie. I found some great white fleshed ones here at Grocery Outlet of all places, and they were a steal at only $1.50 each. Normally at other stores they run $4-$6 each. Couldn’t resist...
Pan-fried Bacon Wrapped Mochi

Pan-fried Bacon Wrapped Mochi

Sorry for the long break here. I’ve been spending lots of time with my kids, dallying around, and enjoying the summer days. This Bacon wrapped mochi seems to have become a favorite recently. We’ve ordered it in restaurants before, but I’ve never made it at home. Turns out, it’s really...
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Hawaiian Chantilly Cake

Hawaiian Chantilly Cake

Hawaiian Chantilly Cake Chantilly Cake is one of the absolute best cakes in the world. Found only in Hawaii. If you’ve read my post I’m Dreaming of Cakes, you’ll know how special this cake is and how much I love it. This holiday season, I’d like to share my version of Chantilly Cake –my gift to...
Bat Musubi

Bat Musubi

It’s that spooky time of year again. A bat theme seems appropriate, since Laurel proclaimed she is dressing up as a bat! Search for bat templates online. I found mine here and printed out the large bat. Look for wings that aren’t too long and skinny–those are harder to cut out and work with. This bat is...
Crock Pot Kalua Pig on a Rack of Onions

Crock Pot Kalua Pig on a Rack of Onions

Now that the weather is cooling down from the 90’s this past week to the mid 70’s today, it seems like a good time to welcome fall by making some kalua pig (or kalua pork for the slightly more refined). Of course the best way to make kalua pig is in a traditional imu, but...
Buffalo Cauliflower Pancakes

Buffalo Cauliflower Pancakes

Roasted Vegetables seem to make vegetables so tasty and easy to eat. I played around and made these yummy buffalo pancakes using ground roasted cauliflower seasoned with a some buffalo wing sauce and a bit of miso. An egg and a few tablespoons of mochiko (glutinous rice flour) helped hold the pancakes together just enough...
Strawberry Vanilla Dragonfruit Soup (Cold)

Strawberry Vanilla Dragonfruit Soup (Cold)

Dragonfruit are such unusual and stunning looking fruits. The red fleshed ones make a beautiful pink colored dragonfruit smoothie. I found some great white fleshed ones here at Grocery Outlet of all places, and they were a steal at only $1.50 each. Normally at other stores they run $4-$6 each. Couldn’t resist such a great deal, so...
Pan-fried Bacon Wrapped Mochi

Pan-fried Bacon Wrapped Mochi

Sorry for the long break here. I’ve been spending lots of time with my kids, dallying around, and enjoying the summer days. This Bacon wrapped mochi seems to have become a favorite recently. We’ve ordered it in restaurants before, but I’ve never made it at home. Turns out, it’s really easy. Frozen Osaka-Ya Plain Mochi...
Honu Sea Vegetable Salad

Honu Sea Vegetable Salad

Summer always makes me think of the Hawaiian Sea Turtles (Honu) frolicing in the warm ocean waters. Young sea turtles are carnivorous, often eating jellyfish and other small invertebrates. Once they mature, however, they become herbivores and eat mainly algae and sea grasses. Until a few years ago, I loved ordering and eating seaweed salad in...
Kitchen Sink Slushies

Kitchen Sink Slushies

Tis the time of year for slushies, slushies, slushies! We’ve already had some near 100 degree days here, and more are certain to come. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how we love slushies here, especially Ice Cream Slushies. But what if you upgrade the scoop of vanilla ice cream...
Coconut Cream Cameo Cookies

Coconut Cream Cameo Cookies

British influence flourished in Hawaii during the reign of the Hawaiian Monarchy– from the British Union Jack in the Hawaiian flag, to formal holoku dresses, to even British Tea. In the mid 1800’s, Queen Emma of Hawaii shared a particularly close friendship with Queen Victoria of England, undertaking the long ocean voyage to visit her...
Strawberries and Cream Cups

Strawberries and Cream Cups

I wanted some pretty strawberry parfait cups for my daughter’s tea party, and kept trying to think of what kinds of cake, cream, and sauces I wanted to layer in the glasses. As there were already going to be quite a few cakes, cookies, and treats for the tea, I didn’t want to make these...
A Girls' Day Makeover and Tea

A Girls’ Day Makeover and Tea

We recently celebrated Laurel’s birthday with a Girls’ Day Makeover and Tea Party. I was feeling sentimental and teary just thinking about how she would be gone to college in a couple of years. She hasn’t wanted a birthday party since she was 9 years old, and this would probably be my one and last...
Quick Hummus and Vegetable Toasts

Quick Hummus and Vegetable Toasts

I recently needed to come up with an easy open faced, vegetarian sandwich to include in a tea tray I was preparing for my daughter’s birthday tea. The other finger sandwiches I made were smoked salmon, chicken salad, and egg salad. Wouldn’t you know it? This one turned out to be the most popular, and...
Camellias

Camellias

It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately. I’ve been stepping back a bit– trying to enjoy life without frenzy, and really appreciating the last few years with my children before they go off to new adventures. The camellias are in full bloom. Their blossoms, so beautiful on the bushes. But when I...