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.
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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...
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...
Sweet Potato Gingerbread Girls with Vanilla Bean Linen Aprons

Sweet Potato Gingerbread Girls with Vanilla Bean Linen Aprons

Sugar and spice and all things nice include sweet potatoes too, and rows and rows of these sweet girls. I used mashed sweet potatoes to take place of part of the fat in these gingerbread cookies, and to give them some added nutrition. Both the orange fleshed and the yellow fleshed sweet potatoes may be...
Mini Donut Cookies & The Coffee and Donut Lei

Mini Donut Cookies & The Coffee and Donut Lei

We’ve been a little fixated on donuts around here lately. Because I bake pretty frequently, I usually only get the family donuts once a year. For some reason, I’ve gotten donuts twice in the past few weeks, just recently from Doughbot Donuts. I’ve been thinking about a tiny donut cookie. I’d never seen one before,...
Chinese New Year of the Snake: 5 Spice Chocolate Chip Walnut Date Cookies

Chinese New Year of the Snake: 5 Spice Chocolate Chip Walnut Date Cookies

Chinese New Year is coming up, starting on February 10, 2013. Time to start planning to welcome the Year of the Snake, Lunar Year 4711. So last mother’s day, Quill gifted me with several drawings she had done, especially for me, and for my website Guava Rose. How sweet! As a mother, something handmade or...
Animal Cracker Angels and Peppermint Roses

Animal Cracker Angels and Peppermint Roses

This post is dedicated to those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. Dorothy from Crazy for Crust is part of a group of bloggers who have organized a #BloggersforSandyHook online Cookies and Craft event to show support for the Newtown community.  My heart broke as news of the shooting...
Enchanted Forest Cookies

Enchanted Forest Cookies

It all started when I first saw these whole grain tree branch cookie cutters. “How odd, but interesting…” I mused. Then, I had to have them. Quirk is my middle name. My chai cookie dough is the perfect color for this. I rolled the dough out about 1/4″ thick and started cutting out the branches. The...
Chewy Chai Cookies

Chewy Chai Cookies

We’re awaiting a massive rainstorm here in a couple of  hours– part 2 of 3 storms, with over 5 inches of rain expected by the end of this weekend. Waiting for thunderstorms with possible flooding can get you a little antsy. While the storm’s brewing, I’ll try to keep calm by brewing up a pot...
Cornflake Cookies

Cornflake Cookies

Most of us, especially those of us of a “certain age” are sure to be familiar with Tony the Tiger. If you spent any part of your childhood watching cartoons on television, I’m sure you’ve seen him rave about frosted flakes. Tony is the childhood friend we, and even our kids all had. Last week was...
Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Cookies

Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Cookies

Hello my sweet cookie! Some of the best island style cookies involve cereal, like this little baby above– chocolate chip dough covered with Rice Krispies. Another more famous is the classic Cornflake cookie. I’ll get to that one too, later on. We were so lucky these were staples in our school cafeteria lunches. Start off...
Cherry Almond Cookie Bites

Cherry Almond Cookie Bites

Tiny almond cookie bites crowned with bits of cherries. I made some of these earlier for my Chinese Candy Box. Usually Chinese almond cookies are topped with a dot of red food coloring, or a blanched almond. As I’m always trying to find alternatives to artificial food colorings, I thought I’d try to use a...
Mini Coconut Pineapple Macaroons

Mini Coconut Pineapple Macaroons

Coconut and pineapple are two of my favorites flavors. Put together in sweet little bites, and I am in heaven. They’re simply made with unsweetened coconut, coconut oil or butter, evaporated cane juice, dried pineapple, an egg, and a little flour. Earlier this week you saw some of them nestled in my Chinese New Year...