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.
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...