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A Thank You Gift From Back Home

A couple of weeks ago we had our very first house guests; we were so thrilled to have long time friends from Hawaii come to stay with us.  It was for just one night, but we all had a great time.  DH and I showed them around our new town and we even took them house-hunting.  They are considering buying a home here and living in Arizona part time, that would be AWESOME!

A few days ago, this arrived

Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG in my world)!!

A goodie box from Hawaii, how’s that?  That was so sweet and considerate of them to remember all of the local kine grindz that we like.  And can you see on the box itself, “Aloha from Hawaii”, perfect!

Mahalo Aki & Leah, come back soon!

Another Beautiful Aloha Friday


The view of Honolulu from atop Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.


Have a fun Weekend!


Snickerdoodles For A Fund Raiser

So we’ve been in our new home for just about 6 months now and the other week we had our first solicitor knock on our front door.  Both my husband and I went to open the door, mostly curious because not many folks have done so.  Here stands a very nervous pre-teen little gal, talking a mile a minute.  Neither of us understood a word she said, so I smiled real big and said “Hi, my name is Auntie Doni, what’s yours?”  That sure helped, she took a deep breath, smiled and obviously calmed down enough to explain that her school’s soccer team was trying to buy new uniforms and needed to raise the money to do so.  “Whatcha got?” I asked, and she produced a list of different frozen cookie doughs for sale, at what I felt was a fair price.  Ya know, I’ve never had a Snickerdoodle before, so we bought a box of those.

A few evenings later that darling little Miss came back to deliver our box of cookie dough.  “Let’s fire up the oven!” my husband proclaimed, okey dokey pal.

Meh, they were alright I suppose.  I baked them all off and made up three packages of cookies to share with our neighbors.


It’s Aloha Friday Once More

This is the fountain at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu Hawaii.  It makes me think of Flower Leis, Aloha Shirts and colorful Muumuus on a beautiful Aloha Friday.

Enjoy your weekend!


New Spice Racks

In our old house, I had this super cool Spice Box that I hung on the kitchen wall like artwork.  I loved it!

The shelves were the perfect depth for your standard Spice Jars.  The inside had a guide to using different Spice and Herbs.  A friend of mine back home in Hawaii gave it to me as a House Warming Gift when we finished building our house in Southern Arizona.

Our new home in Central Arizona just plain ole’ doesn’t have a spot for me to hang this and I’m very sad.  I use a ton of different Spices and Herbs and had nowhere to put them all in the new house.  What to do, what to do?

I searched the Internet for a solution and found this.  It’s a three tiered Steel Spice Rack.  I bought four of them and decided that it would work well in my walk-in pantry.

I was able to fit 6 jars per shelf.  This works!


Happy Aloha Friday, It’s The Weekend!

It’s Friday, kick back and relax for the weekend!