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.
Lemon Dill Cashews

Lemon Dill Cashews

Anyone else love the flavor of dill pickle cashews? The first time I tried some I was hooked, but I could never bring myself to buy them after seeing the chemical filled ingredient list. Some brands don’t even have dill in them. Here’s my super easy version. My family loves them....
Giant Bakesale Snickerdoodles

Giant Bakesale Snickerdoodles

Sorry for the quietness on the blog lately. I’ve been really busy with the usual house and kid stuff. Use a 1/3 cup ice cream scoop to scoop the dough~ One thing for sure is, if you’ve got kids, you’ve been asked to bake something for a bake sale at...
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Make Ahead Dough)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Make Ahead Dough)

I’ve been perfecting my chewy chocolate chip cookie for a year, and I think I’ve got it this time. These have become my “go to” chewy chocolate chip cookies, and they are definitely a favorite with my family and friends. Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Cookies   have been my crispy chocolate...
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...
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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...
Lemon Dill Cashews

Lemon Dill Cashews

Anyone else love the flavor of dill pickle cashews? The first time I tried some I was hooked, but I could never bring myself to buy them after seeing the chemical filled ingredient list. Some brands don’t even have dill in them. Here’s my super easy version. My family loves them. You can decrease the amount...
Giant Bakesale Snickerdoodles

Giant Bakesale Snickerdoodles

Sorry for the quietness on the blog lately. I’ve been really busy with the usual house and kid stuff. Use a 1/3 cup ice cream scoop to scoop the dough~ One thing for sure is, if you’ve got kids, you’ve been asked to bake something for a bake sale at school or for extracurricular fundraisers numerous...
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Make Ahead Dough)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Make Ahead Dough)

I’ve been perfecting my chewy chocolate chip cookie for a year, and I think I’ve got it this time. These have become my “go to” chewy chocolate chip cookies, and they are definitely a favorite with my family and friends. Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Cookies   have been my crispy chocolate chip cookie, and now I...
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,...