Category Archives: Shopping

Girl’s Day Out At The Raven Café

In the past month or so, Missus Dear Friend and I have been doing a Girl’s Day Out every other week.  We’ve been meeting at different local restaurants for lunch and then we go grocery shopping together.  My favorite green grocer, Sprouts, opened a second location in our area and we both wanted to check it out.  So what to do about lunch?  The Raven Café, they offer lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options and a lovely menu of beers and wine, that’ll work for us.

This a cool, funky, laid back joint; they have loads of unique works of art for sale on the walls.  You order your food and drinks at the bar; you get a “letter” and find a seat.  We both decided that it was close enough to noon that a glass of wine would be a good thing.

Mrs. DF ordered Sweet Potato fries and Guacamole with Blue Corn Chips.

For myself, I decided on a Turkey Panini and a side salad.  Everything was yummy.

What I enjoyed about the Raven Café is that we never felt rushed.  We sat, chatted and savored our wine for more than two hours.  As we looked around, we noticed that there were several “business meetings” being conducted over lunch.  I mean we’re talking about folks with their easel stands, presentation boards and all!  We’ll need to go back again and try some of the other dishes as well as the upstairs outdoor patio.

Things I Buy At Trader Joe’s

I LOVE this place!

When my husband and I first moved from Hawaii to “the Mainland”, my sister was telling me that I needed to shop at Trader Joe’s.  Never heard of it… So, I thought, well let’s give this a whirl.

I had some meatballs in the freezer that needed to be used up, DING!

Dinner courtesy of Trader Joe's

Dinner in no time…


Sunday Shopping With A Friend

A couple of days ago, my girlfriend Holly, asked me if I wanted to go shopping with her on Sunday morning.  Sure, where?  There’s a new store opening up, Shopko.  We’ll go to their soft opening,


Graniteware Water Bath Canner

This is a pretty cool store, it has a little of everything.  I found this:  Granite·ware® 21 ½ quart Water Bath Canner with a Jar Rack.  This baby holds 9 pint jars, WAHOO!  I’m SOOOOOO excited!

Cute new summer kicks!

I also found these adorable shoes, perfect for the summer.

Holly, we need to go shopping together more often.

My New Etsy Shoppe!

My apologies once again, I have been doing so many things, all at once.  The thing that is tickling me the most is my new Etsy Shoppe! 

From Auntie Doni’s House (please hit the link above)

If you are a long time reader of my blog, you’ll remember that I made and sold some lovely half sized cakes in a can.  I suppose it was poor timing, I just couldn’t keep up with it, so I closed that down.

Cake! In A Can


I have inherited some beautiful things from my Great Grandmother as well as both of my Grandmothers.  I have had these vintage items for a good portion of my life and have never used them.  Some of my Grandmothers’ tea cups have been on display in my China Hutch for the past 9 years.  But, unfortunately it is now time to part with everything.  I have 16 listings presently and will be adding more as time goes by.

I hope you will take a look and who knows, maybe you still need a Mother’s Day gift.

Something New That I Found At Walmart

packaged corn on the cob


So Natural brand Minute Corn On The Cob.

Um, well, I suppose that would be okay.  I mean now they sell shucked ears of corn in those plastic trays with cellophane wrapping, so …

Pumpkin Pie For Thanksgiving

I love Pumpkin Pie but my husband does not.  So for years now, I have not made my own, but instead bought small, single serve Pumpkin Pies in the market, ACK!  Not that good, sorry guys.

This Thanksgiving we spent with Mr. & Mrs. DF’s in Northern Arizona, who were gracious enough to host the entire dinner!  I asked Missus, what can I contribute?  “How about the pies and some wine?” DONE!

Apple (we’ll talk more about that on the next episode) and Pumpkin, both Thanksgiving favorites.  Oh my, I haven’t made Pumpkin Pie in forever!  So I searched the Internet and polled fellow foodies, which recipe to go with.  I settled on Libby’s® Famous Pumpkin Pie and Martha Stewart’s Pâte Brisée for the crust.


my pumpkin pie cracked!

While the pie was cooling though, IT CRACKED! ARGH!  My chefy friends told me that I baked it a little too long, oh well, I’m sure that it’ll taste wonderful.

Both the filling and the crust came out perfect.  The combination of warm spices were NOTHING you would get from a store bought pie.  And that crust, OH MY GRAVY ALL OVER MY TWO SCOOPS RICE (that’s OMG! in my world)!!

my husband's piece of pie

I even got my husband, who CLAIMS  to dislike Pumpkin Pie (“It’s creamy, I don’t like that” … please insert whinny 10 year old boy’s voice here) to try just a small piece, “we’ll put some whipped cream on it too”, he actually LIKED IT!

Grocery Shopping In Honolulu

Before you decide that you want to live full time the 50th State, think about what it’s going to cost you to eat.  When we lived in Kaneohe, I would just cringe every time I went shopping for food.

On our first expedition while on our month long stay back home, we sought out Walmart.  Now I know some folks are dead set against that brand, but when you can save a buck here and a few coins there, you do it.

Fresh eggs in Honolulu, FROM ARIZONA!

Here’s what floored me on this trip, EGGS!  Most fresh eggs are shipped in from the mainland.  Can you see the farm name?  Hickman’s Family Farm, and do you know where that is?  ARIZONA!  YEP!

You can find all sorts of treats in the supermarkets, like one of my favorite candies, Sesame Seed Candy, MMM!  Usually these goodies are made with peanuts, but these are the bomb-diggity  with Macadamia nuts.  Note to self: need to figure out how to makes these.  They’re ooey-gooey-chewy (watch your dental work) with that crunch from the sesame seeds and nuts.  AND, can you see where these are made?  My hometown.

Some other finds that I can’t get in the middle of the desert:  Miko brand Scottish Bangers, Diamond Bakery Crackers and Cookies and Hinode Rice (no meal is complete without rice in Hawaii).  I must admit, in less  than 3 weeks, we blew through that 5 pound bag of rice.