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.
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...
Charred Kale Sticky Rice Dumplings

Charred Kale Sticky Rice Dumplings

Kale dumplings! Weekly question for the past several months after looking in my CSA produce box: What should I do with all this kale? I’ve tinkered off and on with making a gluten free dumpling, but never very successfully– until I made these. The flater leaf lacinato kale, also known as dino (dinosaur)...
Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Here’s a little something to brighten up a humdrum day. Choose a cookie shape that brings a smile to your face. I added a few white sprinkles to sort of represent a paper cupcake liner. Mmm… fresh lemon frosting~ These are not plain cookies– must have frosting! And a cherry,...
Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

The flu season is definitely in full swing all over the country. It knocked me out for the past few weeks, and chicken noodle soup seemed to be mostly what I wanted to eat. When you’re not feeling so well though, and you want to make a nourishing bone broth,...
Hawaiian Sweet Bread Ice Cream Bombe

Hawaiian Sweet Bread Ice Cream Bombe

I was thinking about British Christmas Puddings one day recently, when I got the idea of making a Christmas Ice Cream Bombe instead. To make it extra easy and yummy, I used King’s Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread. Like so many households in Hawaii, these rounds were practically a staple in mine. Cut into...
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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...
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...
Charred Kale Sticky Rice Dumplings

Charred Kale Sticky Rice Dumplings

Kale dumplings! Weekly question for the past several months after looking in my CSA produce box: What should I do with all this kale? I’ve tinkered off and on with making a gluten free dumpling, but never very successfully– until I made these. The flater leaf lacinato kale, also known as dino (dinosaur) kale works much better than...
Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Here’s a little something to brighten up a humdrum day. Choose a cookie shape that brings a smile to your face. I added a few white sprinkles to sort of represent a paper cupcake liner. Mmm… fresh lemon frosting~ These are not plain cookies– must have frosting! And a cherry, a cherry on top! No...
Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup

The flu season is definitely in full swing all over the country. It knocked me out for the past few weeks, and chicken noodle soup seemed to be mostly what I wanted to eat. When you’re not feeling so well though, and you want to make a nourishing bone broth, a rotisserie chicken comes in...
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Cami, with her own tiered tray of peanut butter biscuits~ Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season!
Hawaiian Sweet Bread Ice Cream Bombe

Hawaiian Sweet Bread Ice Cream Bombe

I was thinking about British Christmas Puddings one day recently, when I got the idea of making a Christmas Ice Cream Bombe instead. To make it extra easy and yummy, I used King’s Hawaiian Sweet Round Bread. Like so many households in Hawaii, these rounds were practically a staple in mine. Cut into wedges, and spread with butter,...
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Part 3): Tasty Bites

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Part 3): Tasty Bites

There are so many food choices at the Dicken’s Fair, but I had kept reading about how wonderful these little pies were. How tempting they all looked stacked up on the racks. Hmm, what should I get? Steak and Mushroom Pie! Mmmm!!! The crust on top is like a croissant. Sooo delicious, and piping hot....
The Great Dicken's Christmas Fair (Part 2): Pretty Things to See and Do

The Great Dicken’s Christmas Fair (Part 2): Pretty Things to See and Do

Beautiful Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes by Whispers From the Past~ There are so many interesting things to see at the Dicken’s Fair. One Yelp review said that it really takes four days to see everything, and I think with all the entertainments and performances scheduled, that I agree. Here are just a few of...
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Part 1): Characters Abound

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair (Part 1): Characters Abound

Ebenezer Scrooge scowling at Bob Crachit in the opening tableau~ Happy Thanksgiving everyone! After seeing posters for the Great Dickens Christmas Fair for years, I was finally able to attend it this past Sunday. I thought I’d share some cheerful holiday photos from merry old Victorian London with you. The fair opens at 10:00 am,...
Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie in a Pumpkin

I love pumpkin pie, but I never make it or buy it, because I have one of those rare families that doesn’t really like pumpkin pie. One year early on, I made the mistake of getting a pumpkin pie, and I ended up eating all of it myself. The family choice has been blueberry pie...
Chocolate Covered Drumstick (Allergy Friendly)

Chocolate Covered Drumstick (Allergy Friendly)

I always feel for parents who have kids with multiple allergies. My little nephews have to follow a gluten free, milk free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and nut free diet, along with multiple other allergies for certain fruits, vegetables, and meats. Having to watch other kids get treats at school is never fun...
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...