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.
Monthly archive December, 2011
Grapefruit Cranberry Sparkler

Grapefruit Cranberry Sparkler

Fresh grapefruit and champagne…I’ve been meaning to experiment making some sort of sorbet for the past several years. Especially since we have this white grapefruit tree that seems to produce hundreds and hundreds of fruit year round– hundreds and hundreds of really sour fruits. I always feel bad letting them fall to the ground and...
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas cheer to you all! Buche De Noel¬† ~¬† Yule Log Cake Made with a double Lindt chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. Looks like this little elf found a perfect spot to relax after months and months of hard work. Not sure what this elf’s expression seems to be saying, “Yikes, a mushroom!” or “Yay,...
A Flurry of Christmas Treat Making

A Flurry of Christmas Treat Making

Snapshots in my kitchen… Chunks of white chocolate… melting in a bowl over hot water. Dipping brownie pops… and candy canes… Topping brownie flowers with white chocolate and Christmas sprinkles. Dipping Horlick’s Malt Cookie Tablets in Christmas sprinkles…. and baking them…. along with chocolate ones too… Cute little jars of little cookies getting ready to...
The Story of the Blue Dinosaur

The Story of the Blue Dinosaur

The Blue Dinosaur and I started dating the year the movie Jurassic Park came out. I vaguely remember him telling me about some movie about dinosaurs coming out, and that we should go and see it. Okay, I thought, it might be interesting. Little did I know how much the Blue Dinosaur would love the...
Creamy Mushroom Barley Soup

Creamy Mushroom Barley Soup

This version of a creamy soup uses no cream or milk at all. Remember our mushroom barley pilaf? The one pictured above was made using white button mushrooms and pearl barley. Just blend up a half cup of pilaf with a cup of strong bouillon for the simplest, lowfat creamy soup. Normally when I cook,...
Mushroom Barley Pilaf

Mushroom Barley Pilaf

Mushrooms + Barley = simple, hearty winter food. Eat it steaming hot on a cold day to warm you up. Any kind of fresh mushrooms will do. Here we have a frilly oyster mushroom relaxing atop some shiitakes. Slice up the mushrooms. Pluck the leaves off a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Heat some oil...
Sauteed Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Sauteed Garlic Spaghetti Squash

A huge bowl of warm pasta is one of the ultimate comfort foods, especially on a chilly, hectic day. Should I be eating so many carbs? Definitely not. Enter Spaghetti Squash. There are so many recipes and articles telling us to use it as a substitute for spaghetti noodles and cover it with a marinara...