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.
Split Pea Miso Soup

Split Pea Miso Soup

Thunder is rumbling outside as I’m writing this. We’ve had a lot of much needed rain here lately. Soup weather seems here to stay for a while. I came up with an easy soup that requires very few ingredients: a small piece on kombu, 1 cup of split peas, a...
Honey Caramel Nuts

Honey Caramel Nuts

A simple little treat for the holidays– just nuts, honey, coconut oil and sea salt baked at low heat in the oven. Heat the coconut oil and honey until just boiling, then pour over the nuts. Lining the baking sheet with parchment paper is a must, or stirring and clean...
Chinese Style Spaghetti Squash Soup (No Fin Soup)

Chinese Style Spaghetti Squash Soup (No Fin Soup)

Here’s a simple soup to help use up those ubiquitous spaghetti squash this time of year. Also what better use of the Thanksgiving turkey bones most of us will have later this week than to make some broth that can be used in this recipe? Start by partially cooking the...
Chickpea Kale Soup Packets

Chickpea Kale Soup Packets

Some get well sunshine for my sweetie~ It’s hard being away from your child when they’re sick. Only last month we settled Laurel in at college, and already she texted me that she’s sick. Something’s going around in the dorms now. Oh how I wish I could make her a...
Tea Sandwich Trays

Tea Sandwich Trays

Summer is slowly coming to an end~ This past month has been busy with cleaning and organizing the house, and getting Laurel ready to go off to college. Amongst all the hustle and bustle, we’ve enjoyed simple tea trays, quickly thrown together, and savored together in the warm weather. Smoked Salmon is always...
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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...
Split Pea Miso Soup

Split Pea Miso Soup

Thunder is rumbling outside as I’m writing this. We’ve had a lot of much needed rain here lately. Soup weather seems here to stay for a while. I came up with an easy soup that requires very few ingredients: a small piece on kombu, 1 cup of split peas, a couple of stalks of celery,...
Honey Caramel Nuts

Honey Caramel Nuts

A simple little treat for the holidays– just nuts, honey, coconut oil and sea salt baked at low heat in the oven. Heat the coconut oil and honey until just boiling, then pour over the nuts. Lining the baking sheet with parchment paper is a must, or stirring and clean up will be troublesome. Sprinkle...
Chinese Style Spaghetti Squash Soup (No Fin Soup)

Chinese Style Spaghetti Squash Soup (No Fin Soup)

Here’s a simple soup to help use up those ubiquitous spaghetti squash this time of year. Also what better use of the Thanksgiving turkey bones most of us will have later this week than to make some broth that can be used in this recipe? Start by partially cooking the spaghetti squash. I like to...
Seed filled Jack-O-Lanterns and Skeleton Heads

Seed filled Jack-O-Lanterns and Skeleton Heads

For the past few years, I’ve been trying to make something Halloween related that doesn’t involve sugar. I wasn’t sure if I’d get around to it this year, but yesterday I came up with the idea of these Jack-o-lanterns and Jack the Pumpkin King (from the awesome movie classic Nightmare before Christmas) skeleton heads. They...
Chickpea Kale Soup Packets

Chickpea Kale Soup Packets

Some get well sunshine for my sweetie~ It’s hard being away from your child when they’re sick. Only last month we settled Laurel in at college, and already she texted me that she’s sick. Something’s going around in the dorms now. Oh how I wish I could make her a big pot of soup and...
Tea Sandwich Trays

Tea Sandwich Trays

Summer is slowly coming to an end~ This past month has been busy with cleaning and organizing the house, and getting Laurel ready to go off to college. Amongst all the hustle and bustle, we’ve enjoyed simple tea trays, quickly thrown together, and savored together in the warm weather. Smoked Salmon is always a favorite here. Lemon zest,...
Frozen Smoothie Bowls to beat the heat!

Frozen Smoothie Bowls to beat the heat!

NWS Heat Index : a quantity expressing the discomfort felt as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air. When I went back home to Hawaii earlier in the month, the heat index was 100 and above–boy was I miserable in that heat and humidity! It really is much hotter...
Icy Orange Hemp Dream

Icy Orange Hemp Dream

Summer is definitely here! Stay cool with this refreshing slush reminiscent of an Orange Julius, but better. Hemp seeds add creaminess and a slight nutty flavor, along with a good dose of protein as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Use calcium fortified orange juice concentrate to bump up the nutrition factor even more. Enjoy~ Icy Orange...
School Spirit-Logo-Mascot Candy Lei

School Spirit-Logo-Mascot Candy Lei

It’s that graduation time of year again. Time to think about making some candy lei if you don’t have access to fresh flower lei, or budget friendly flower lei. This year I’m making something different– candy lei based upon the graduating school’s logo, and/or mascot, and the school colors. Grab some clear cellophane, curly ribbon,...
Happy Hump Day! Sock Animal Mania!

Happy Hump Day! Sock Animal Mania!

I just thought I’d share some pictures with you to brighten your day today with these cuties~ Laurel spent hours making these for her high school senior project. She wanted to donate them to somewhere that benefits kids, so she is donating them to Lilu to sell at their annual fashion bag show on May...
Strawberry Rhubarb Piece of Pie Parfait

Strawberry Rhubarb Piece of Pie Parfait

The thing about pies are that they usually take at least an hour to bake. To cut down on the time, and a bit on the calories, I’ve been enjoying a deconstructed “taste” of pie by making the filling and crust separately. Strawberry rhubarb filling cooks up in less than 10 minutes, and pie crust...
Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Bacon

Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Bacon

Here’s something to hit that sweet and sour craving. My csa boxes have been filled with cabbages for many months now, and this easy recipe I came up with has become an addicting favorite. Equally good with red or green cabbages. Slice cabbage and bacon into 1/4″ strips. Fry bacon until it is about halfway...