I get really happy when I get to create something delicious with the fruits we grow on our property. Even on the most stressful day, cooking relaxes me. And it's a good thing, because with four growing boys and a hard working man around, I do a LOT of cooking. The beauty of our tropical climate is that most of the fruit on our property grows year-round. But right now, it seems like everything is abundant: Bananas, avocados, pomelo, and papaya...Lots of papaya. Well, for a long time now, my
Have I mentioned--It's really good to be back. One of the first things I was dying to do on my return was to get back in my own kitchen. I wanted to cook: Bake, grill, sauté, steam, simmer, boil, burn, blend...you name it. (Except burn, I don't try to do that.) Can you imagine--I went an entire month without cooking!? Seriously, when's the last time I've done that? I helped with a few meals when we were at friends' homes, but mostly I just ate. Lots of restaurants too. I ate in all kinds
It's beyond a busy week here. To make up for our craziness, I decided to make a treat that is SO SIMPLE, it even fit easily in the middle of our chaos. Fifteen minutes and done. Not lying.And I thought THIS would be a super fun Mother-son, or Mother-daughter, or Mother-anyone thing to do this week, because it is all about HUGS and KISSES. And chocolate. And we all know that those are three of the most cherished things in a mother's life. (just don't make us tell you in what order,
I think I'll need to start a new recipe category here just for bananas. Because man--do we ever grow bananas! We must be at the perfect altitude for bananas. Or is it longitude? Latitude? Maybe its more about annual rainfall. Or how Saturn lines up with Jupiter. Or maybe I don't know much at all, and I shouldn't blog late at night after a long and draining day. But one thing I do know: We've got a LOT of bananas around here.We don't grow quite enough bananas to set up shop at the
Have I mentioned that our LEMON tree has been rather...fruitful lately? Seriously friends. I think it might be time to set up camp at the Farmer's Market. Meanwhile, I'll just keep baking. These lemon raspberry bars turned out so good. I thought you might want to make them this weekend! Yes? Good! I found the basic recipe for these (except using blueberries,) at TwoPeasandtheirpod, where I knew I could find something yummy. Since I had just stocked up on raspberries, I thought I could
You'd be happy to know that we've unloaded every box of holiday decorations, and it looks like the North Pole here in our North Shore home. (Or maybe like someone threw-up Christmas in our living room.) My boys won't settle for "some" decorations, we-must-have-ALL. And everywhere. More on that later this weekend.Right now, I'm here to finish what I started this week in my excitement over homemade magic shell.And sure enough--We're on our fourth batch of the stuff in just over a week.
I'm not claiming originality here. However, where I lack in originality, I make up for in enthusiasm.Some of you have seen homemade magic shell on Pinterest, Facebook and all over the place, and you'll find this post to be old news. In fact, some of you have probably been bottling this stuff up for years, and just forgot to tell me. Others of you (LIKE ME) might just live under a rock and somehow missed the magic shell memo. And (like me) you might have assumed that the magic shell that
Aloha.Let's talk about PIE! :)Because we have an abundance of PAPAYAS growing on our property right about now, I decided to have some fun with a Papaya Pie. It came out DE-Licious, and (almost as important,) it was super easy to make. I could make this thing on the fly if I had to whip something up for company. And trust me--I'll be doing that. The main requirement is plenty of papaya, which here in Hawaii is never a problem, but for those who don't live in a tropical