Well, we are now in Utah, spending a week here with my family for my little brothers wedding! We are way up in the mountains and there is hardly anyone up here and it feels amazing! Such a contrast from being in San Francisco for the past couple of days- which was constantly crazy.
Long story short, I went to San Francisco, by myself, for mine and Tamas French Visa three days ago and ended up getting stuck there for two days! I was suppose to fly in and out on the same day (back to Canada where Tama and Shem are) but when I went to the airport they would not let me board without my passport (the French Consulate takes your passport and then mails it back with the visa stamped in). So I get to the airport and they said there is no way I can fly home, even though I had all sort of other ID. Being a little pregnant emotional girl, I started crying and everything…and they still wouldn’t let me! Uhgg, so gut wrenching and stressful! Click here to Read More
Vanilla Roasted Honey Pears….. mmmmm… good discovery! Light, simple, good by itself or paired with ice cream (in our case-rice dream) or yogurt! My mom got this recipe from her friend who has a really neat blog called Cher Stuff http://www.cherilitchfield.blogspot.ca/. These were good warm out of the oven and even good cold the next day mixed into my yogurt!
It has been fun being at my parents because they have many food sensitivities too, so its like we are on the same team in the kitchen! My hubby is flying in today so we are going to have to make things a little more hearty from now on! haha. I remember the first time he came to my parents he discovered it was a good idea to eat a meal before our supper at the house! We would go get some fast food before dinner Haha. It is true, if you are not use to clean, simple foods they do not seem satisfying at all. I have experienced the same thing! Click here to Read More
Well, are you curious to what people are cooking up in the great mother land up North? Yep, I’m here in Canada and loving every minute of it. We will be here for the a little while before we make our way to France where we will start our new chapter! Besides reconnecting with my family, I think the best thing about being here so far has been sleeping in a bed! Oh my gosh, I knew it would be better than an air mattress, but my oh my it’s completely glorious. I almost want to recommend sleeping on an air mattress for a couple of months just so you have a new found love and appreciation for your bed. The first night, we a solid 15 years, the next 13, the next 12, and been averaging 10 hours ever since. Back home in Hawaii I was sleeping a broken up sleep of 6 or 7 hours. I have a new philosophy…you spend half of your life in your bed, make it a good experience- invest in a good bed and nice bedroom! Not only do you spend half of your life in your bed but that time effects the time you are out of your bed. Bad bed equals back aches, poor quality of sleep, drowsiness in the day, an unsharp mind etc etc. Good bed equals a better quality of life- I am convinced! Or maybe I am just getting old and whimpy…what do you think? Click here to Read More
Broccoli Salad is pretty amazing. The first time I tried it, I started downing it like I would apple crisp- plate after plate. But hey it’s healthy, so the more the better right! Not even close. It was a bacon, cheese, mayo masterpiece. I knew it was just a tad too good to be healthy. Trying to up my health game lately, seeing how I spent a good solid month with a staple diet of Salt’n Vinegar Potato Chips, I knew I needed to make some changes.
Pregnancy got woozy and crazy and I seriously went a full month where all I could handle was Salt’n Vinegar chips. Thank goodness things are normal now and I can make some wiser choices! OH, and oh my gosh, I just found out… we are having a BOY!! We are beyond excited and we saw the ultra sound and he wasn’t a potato chip… which I was kind of worried about! It looks like all my intuition about having a little girl was completely off! What do I know… but hey we are beyond excited and feel so very blessed. Click here to Read More
Okay, all I am going to say is that these are the easiest most delicious crock pot taco’s on the market! They are awesome. I have shared this recipe with all my friends and its one that gets used time and time again! I found it on the net a few years back and I thank the dear person who posted it… If only I could remember where that was!
This can feed a crowd for pennies, makes great left overs and is an all around winner on flavor, budget and time! I am in a whirl wind of things going on so throwing this meal together by plopping the ingredients in in the morn., and let the crock pot do its thing, made for a special, yet extremely easy dinner that night!
I can’t believe I am moving off this rock-permanently-ahhhh- in a couple of days!! I’m off to Canada for a couple weeks for a family visit before we are off to our new life in France! Life is full right now of a million little things that come along with any kind of move, and pregnancy and all that life has to offer! I wonder if life will ever slow down. Does it? I have a feeling it wont for the next 20 years… Click here to Read More
A typical gluten free diet is scarce in breaded goods. Extra effort has to be put into making anything baked/bready, and the insanity of a busy mom’s life doesn’t always allow for extra effort in the kitchen. However, there are some days where I just NEED something filling and bread-like, and usually I want this first thing in the morning to ensure I’ll be full for more than 30 minutes.
This is where I go back to my pioneer ancestry. Cornbread is an easy classic, and it’s an ancient type of bread. The Native Americans taught the pioneers how to meal corn into flour for baking. It used to be more dense and flat, but the core of the recipe is still the same. Never made with any yeast, wheat or gluten of any kind (when following tradition) cornbread has become my newest dearest lover.
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We’ve been away celebrating the 4th of July with the whole family. For unknown reasons, this is the first time in many many years I’ve enjoyed this holiday and felt a bit patriotic. Usually the 4th comes and goes without much fan-fair or break from the usual schedule for me. The last time I sat outside to watch fireworks in the sky was 4 years ago, and I was alone in a park on the mountain side contemplating the meaning of life when the fireworks just started going off. “Oh ya, it must be the 4th of July then…” Those were my exact thoughts.
Uncle Cody hooking the fish, aka prizes, and Teya patiently waiting for one to bite.
But this year was different. First of all we’re spending the summer with family, and with the outrageous heat this country has been experiencing we decided it was necessary to spend the entire day playing in the water. We set up all sorts of water games for the kids, they got to “Go Fishing” for a prize after each game, the family played old school backyard games together like “Mother May I?”, then we had a monumental feast of classic American cuisine and BBQ, sat around the firepit all night, did the firework thing, had a psychedelic moment with approximately 1 thousand glow sticks, and then finally camped out in the backyard.
Confession… the kids camped out and most of us adults just ended up migrating to our warm comfortable beds inside. We’ve gone soft! Follow all of that with a big breakfast shindig, more nights of games like “Ticket to Ride” and endless leftovers and it was the funnest and busiest 4th I’ve had… ever.
I dunno, not so much more American, but certainly more French!
I think part of it was to prove to Phil that I’m not fully nomadic in nature, that I do have some sense of connection to my roots. I had to show this Canadian husband what it means to be “Amrrrrcan!” And in full support, he attempted to embrace the Amrrrrrcan spirit by shaving his beard down to a mustache (he’s spent two years in Texas, at the heart of it all, and assumed a good ‘ol cowboy mustache would legitimize him.) Click here to Read More
I should know by now, but somehow in the moment it always feels so right… word of advice for any who has yet to experience this-when you are pregnant….never ever buy in bulk! I can’t count how many times I have walked through a grocery store and seen something that looks more appetizing then anything else, and so I buy a bunch thinking, “yes, I found something, I actually like right now”! Most of the time I can’t even wait until I am finished shopping to pop whatever that magic food of the moment is in my mouth. Almost always, if not every single time, after that I never want to see that food again. Pregnancy is the most bizarre thing as I am sure many of you can attest!
You may have noticed a lot of baking on my end and I apologize for the lack of diversity! I would love to show some cooking stuff but my spice cupboard is still a scary space. Every time I open it I face my nose in the opposite direction and breathe out trying to avoid any chance of inhaling any type of scent as a grab what I need. Has anyone else experienced this or am I just being a big wuss? My hubby swears he can’t smell anything-but that is impossible…completely impossible! Normally I love cooking… probably more than baking, but my meals lately are as fancy and fun as take out and cereal. I hope to crossover to the cooking soon, but until then I will take care of your sweet tooth and baking needs Click here to Read More
While visiting my family on the mainland for the Summer, I find myself badly missing my friends and life in Hawaii. I miss walking everywhere I need to go, I miss the salt in my hair, I miss seeing Andrea and her cute little Tama often… and I miss the food. It’s true certain foods and produce are not as wonderful in Hawaii (like tomatoes which are pink and hard and shouldn’t even be called tomatoes) but other foods are pure bliss. We never had a day without eating at least one mango and one papaya for the afternoon gouter. Curry from Fiji and Pakistan were a weekly affair. All sorts of fish fresh from the pacific ocean were softly seasoned and sauteed before being presented at dinner… or skip the saute and enjoy the worlds freshest sushi!
Utah has a completely different food culture. Not in a bad way, it’s just different. Mexican and Texmex flavors dominate the scene (a good Mexican place is hard to come by on Oahu) and the fish will never be as fresh. Often when I’m missing our life in the Aloha State, I do the obvious and turn to food to bring back the flavors and memories I love so much. Click here to Read More