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Happy Aloha Friday The 13th

Poke and Kamaboko

I wanted to make sure that your weekend started off on the right foot, so here’s a plate of poke with a side of Kamaboko.

ALOHA!

BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON!

Love it! Can’t get enough of it! GIMME!

Not so long ago, our two nephews came to visit during their Spring Break. Jack, the younger of the boys, asked me when we picked them up at the airport, “so Aunt Doni, I hear you’re a good cook. Is that true?” Well, Jack, this one’s for you.

The first morning’s menu was BACON! I made two trays of that glorious meat and it was gone in a flash. I had been thinking that we’d make sandwiches with the leftovers, yeah right!

A few days ago, I was on the phone with the boys Mom and she said that she got a great compliment on her bacon from Jack, “Mom that was Aunt-Doni-worthy bacon.”

 

 

Happy Friday, Happy Aloha Friday!

DH the Beach Bum

Sometimes you just have to start the weekend early.

ALOHA!

Cotton Candy WHAT?

I was in the green grocers again the other day, and this familiar scent went past me, what the heck was that? So I followed my nose to a small display off to one side of grapes, GRAPES? Yup, Cotton Candy Grapes, I KNOW RIGHT?

Cotton Candy Grapes

If you smell, I mean see this varietal of grapes, BUY THEM!  They even taste like that sweet, sticky, yummy stuff you had as a kid, well, maybe as an adult too.

Is This A Snack Or Lunch?

Snack or Lunch?

This is the question my darling husband asked me when I gave him this beautiful plate of goodies.

I was thinking about something different for a late lunch/snack, knowing that we were going to be having a busy day coming up. My favorite green grocer, Sprouts, has added an Olive Bar, we LOVE olives and the peppers, and all of the other choices offered. I knew that I had some cheeses and salami at home already, so as I was checking it all out; I spied the olive tapenade. I’ve have wanted DH to try this for years now, so I figure if I buy just a little bit and offer it up on his favorite cracker, we’d have a winner. We tried it and it was a big thumbs up.

Great combo

As I took my second bite, a flavor bell went off in him head, add hot cherry peppers to this and it’ll be way over the top bar. I was spot on! I diced some hot peppers and stirred them in with the tapenade and then put together the rest of the players on to the plate. We had this dish two days in a row, now I wish I bought more!

 

It’s Feeling Very Tropical

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, it’s feeling VERY  tropical here in the middle of the desert, all thanks to Tropical Depression IVO.

It has been raining here all weekend long, which may not sound unusual, but for the Sonoran Desert, it is! I just went outside to survey any damage from the storm last night and look what I saw

tropical, yeah?

I could easily close my eyes and tell you that I was back in Kaneohe Hawaii.

ALOHA!

 

Happy Aloha Friday!

Hawaii May 2012 One of the lagoons at KoOlina Oahu Hawaii

ALOHA!

SURPRISE! Brownies

We have been so good that I felt that DH and I needed a treat. I try harder than is humanly possible to keep temptation out of the house. Sometimes though, it’s okay to give in to your desires. Sugar is the downfall for both of us.

With Monsoon season in full swing, sometimes we get trapped in the house because of flash floods; yesterday was one of those days and I was getting bored.

brownies

SURPRISE!

I can not resist a good, fudgy, chew, chocolate-y, brownie.

Since moving here to the continental United States, I make brownies using Hershey’s Best Brownie recipe. My sister had given me a Hershey’s Cookbook a long time ago; I only just started to use it, but with my own twist. I add a packette of Starbuck’s® Via Ready Brew Italian Roast coffee into the batter. This intensifies the chocolate flavor, such a difference.

My husband likes his plain with icing on top; I like all different kinds of goodies in or on mine.

brownies with peanut butter cups in the middle, suprise!

What I did this time was took mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups and pushed them into the four corners of the pan to bake into the bar.  SUPRISE!

one brownie has chocolate chips and the other nuts

Then down the middle of the pan, I made one row of dark chocolate chips and another of crushed nuts, leaving two rows just plain. So we wound up with 4 different flavored brownies in one batch.  SUPRISE!

DH looks at the pan when it came out of the oven and was cooling on the counter and says “is that’s all you made?”  (Try the recipe for the Creamy Brownie Frosting, it is good)

THEY’RE GONE ALREADY!!

ALOHA!

Happy Weekend!

laughing

 

Eat Well, Enjoy Life, LAUGH A LOT!

 

ALOHA!

 

 

 

Do You Have To Drink Wine From A Fancy Pants Glass?

Something Different To Take Home

I say NO, my friends and neighbors.

For many years, well, as long as we lived in Hawaii anyways, we did not  have an automatic dishwasher, I washed everything by hand. One time I was washing a stemmed wine glass and it broke in my hand and gave me a nasty gash, three stitches worth. My dearest husband went out and bought me what he said his family always drank wine from, little juice glasses if you will. You know the ones that you get your chianti in when you go to those cute American-Italian restaurants with the red and white checkers plastic table clothes. I love it!

my last wine glass of a set DH gave me years ago

I still have one of them left after all of these years.

Wine Glasses don't always have to have stems

Recently I added a new one. I found this at Crate & Barrel. It was a bit rich for my blood, but really adorable.

There’s a set in a catalogue that we get that I hope Santa brings me.

ALOHA!