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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Chocolate Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Ever since Valentine’s day, the stores seem to be filled with strawberries. Seems a bit early, but I’ve been seeing them at the farmer’s market too. Here’s a quick little dip that my kids have no problem digging into. Very quickly melt some chocolate chips, peanut butter, and a bit of honey. I used the...
Chinese New Year: How to Make Year of the Horse Tags

Chinese New Year: How to Make Year of the Horse Tags

Some Li See (Red/Lucky Money) envelopes are so beautiful, it always seems such a shame to throw them away once they tear or get crumpled. One way to make them last longer is to make them into little laminated tags, which can be tied onto gifts. Carefully cut out the portion of the design you...
Chinese New Year of the Horse: Shortbread Oatcakes

Chinese New Year of the Horse: Shortbread Oatcakes

Gung Hee Fat Choy! Today marks the beginnning of two weeks of celebrating the Year of the Horse. I whipped up some tasty oatcakes, in line with the horse theme. They are a little richer than a regular oatmeal cookie, but this is a celebration time! Just oats, flour, butter, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix...