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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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...
Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Frosted Lemon Shortbread Cookies

Here’s a little something to brighten up a humdrum day. Choose a cookie shape that brings a smile to your face. I added a few white sprinkles to sort of represent a paper cupcake liner. Mmm… fresh lemon frosting~ These are not plain cookies– must have frosting! And a cherry, a cherry on top! No...
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...
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...