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The Bloggers Recognition Award

Thank you once again Evgenia from Living On Annette for nominating my blog for another award.


The Bloggers Recognition Award is a way for bloggers to promote other bloggers and I am humbled Eve, Mahalo, thank you.

Now, there are rules to follow:

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

Write a post and give a brief story of how your blog started

Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to :

What’s To Eat Today?

Penny’s Food Blog


Recipes From Molly

Carnivore Confidential


Emerging Adult Eats

Ol’ Miner’s Meanderin’s

Lynz Real Cooking

Adventure And Food

Glimmer Of Happiness

Italian Home Kitchen Blog

Food Scientist Bakery

Simply Made Kitchen And Craft


(You may have noticed that the blogs that I have nominated are mostly about food)

So, how I started blogging is very short.  Dear friends of ours suggested that I do this as a way to share what I do, which is, cook, bake, shop for those ingredients, travel, eat and basically enjoy my life.

I’d have a hard time giving advice to anyone who blogs, really, they know what they want to say and when they want to say it.  I will say that I do enjoy reading these blogs, so keep it up guys.


One Lovely Blog Award

I was encouraged by a dear friend to start a blog and write about the dishes that I make, shopping for the ingredients; as well as some of places that my husband and I have visited and what we eat there.  It’s been a whirlwind two years and I still love doing it.

Yesterday, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Evgenia at her blogsite Living On Annette.

One Lovely Blog Award

So many Mahalos, thanks Eve.

As part of this award, I’m supposed to share with everyone seven things about myself; also nominate other bloggers.

“And the nominees are …”

Pictures And Plane Tickets, Krystle has a great attitude and zest for life.

What’s2EatToday, Mrs. Beans cooks a lot of yummy stuff that is near and dear to my heart; we’re both from the same small island in the middle of The Pacific Ocean.

And lastly, two guy’s guys, Patrons Of The Pit … LOVE their stuff and their sense of humor, they give me a giggle on each and every post.  You guys rock POTP!


Oh, and those seven little things about me, yeah that’s right.

I love to cook.

I love to eat.

I hate to clean it all up, thank you William Howard Livens for inventing the modern-day dishwasher.

I’m from Oahu Hawaii.

I’m retired in the Middle Of The Desert  with my darling husband.

I love to travel.

I want to see more of the United States of America.


I could go on, but I won’t.

I would like to say how very humbled I am to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.

One Lovely Blog


Happy Anniversary To Me!

Two years ago today I started this blog and it’s been a blast!

Let's eat CAKE!

This calls for some CAKE!

Mahalo, Thank you all for coming, I appreciate all of the folks who have read my blog, given me ‘likes’ and left me comments.

Please keep on coming back, I’ve got so much more to share.


My Obsession Is Perpetuated

That’s right, my apron collection has been added to by my chef friend, Joey. She knew how much I adore aprons and wear them every day.

Along our month long adventure through the West, DH and I stopped in to visit with Joey. She had made mention to me a few months back that she had been going through some of her things and found two aprons that she wanted to give to me. Little did I know that those two aprons were from her Mother and Grandmother.

I feel so honored to now be the caretaker of these treasured heirlooms.

Mahalo, thank you Joey.

Another Check Off The Bucket List


MAN, let me tell you! That was the best way to kick off Summer! My wonderful husband got us tickets WAY back in December of last year through American Express pre-sales for, wait for it, Fleetwood Mac, Live, in Concert at the US Airways Center in Phoenix last night!

I was SO excited! We made a mini-vaca out of it and spent the night, you know, we did it up right.

We left early-ish and stopped at Babbo Italian Eatery (sorry no pics, I was just plain too excited) and had a scrumptious late lunch of Spaghetti and Meatballs for DH and Chicken limone for me. We shared appetizer of Mushrooms and Asparagus with loads of garlic and shaved parm, delizioso.

We proceeded to the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix to relax for a bit. Then we went out for a pre-concert drink at the Network Bar & Grill within the hotel and up the block to the venue.

The group was stylishly late (about 20 minutes), but I’m sure that was because Stevie had to make certain she looked stunning and she did! Do you know old she is? She just celebrated her 65th birthday a few days ago, beautiful! Us old, I mean mature gals ROCK IT BABY!

Fleetwood Mac Live in Concert at the US Airways Center

DH got us fabulous seats, the only problem as that there was a group of younger folk (maybe in their 40’s) who decided to stand and dance along to each song; I’m just to dang too old to do that anymore. Most people around us felt the same way and remained seated. I was surprised that as we walked out after the almost THREE HOUR LONG SHOW with NO intermission, we could still hear. Lindsey was on FIRE!! What a concert, DH said that he felt that was better than any other show he’d seen, and we’ve seen a lot, so coming from him that is high praise indeed.

Home again, home again, jiggity jig. We had a bountiful buffet breakfast at the Terrace Café in the hotel and made our way home.

Thank you again my dearest husband!


Big Event At The Shop Yesterday!

Yes Sir! Yes Ma’am! I added a new flavor to my shop at Etsy.com

Orange Grand Marnier Cake

Orange Grand Marnier

It’s so moist, so rich, so decedent, really surprisingly delicious.

Now, mind you, Grand Marnier is not an inexpensive liqueur, but with the fresh Orange juice and zest along with it, MAN!

NO, I’m not going to tell you how I make this recipe, but if you think that you might like to try it, you’re welcome to my shop

Can you tell that I get excited about CAKE!

Can you tell that I get excited about CAKE!


It's a cake, in a can

It’s a cake, in a can

And that’s exactly how it comes to you, in a can! An old fashion cookie tin to be more specific, this way as one customer puts it, it doesn’t arrive as just crumbs!


I’ve Been Busy

I’ve been busy all day on Pinterest (you can find Auntie Doni there too), have you been here yet?  What fun!  I’m getting some great ideas for more yummy things to create.  THEN, I looked up at I had been there ALL DAY!  I didn’t get a chance to collect my thoughts and post them on My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert.  So if you would, could ya’ maybe visit again tomorrow?


Four Months

I don’t always look at calendars.  So when I did this afternoon, as I was making an appointment, it dawned on me that I hit my four month mark of writing this blog.

I’ve posted 126 articles

I’ve had over 1600 ‘views’

And people from 31 different Countries have visited

MAHALO!  Thank You ALL in your support!  ALOHA!


A common sight in Hawaii’s neighborhoods during Boys’ Day is koinobori,
large carp streamers or windsocks that “swim” in the tradewinds on bamboo poles
in front of homes. Following tradition, each streamer represents a male in the
household. The carp nearest the top of the pole symbolizes the father,
and is the largest. Additional carp represent sons ordered by age, working
downward from oldest to youngest.  Happy Boy’s Day guys.



… “Is Lei Day In Hawaii, garlands of flowers everywhere”…

That’s right, in Hawaii, Lei Day or May Day is a huge deal. When I was a kid in elementary school, on May 1st everything stopped. Every school in the state has a program with a May Day Court, Hula dances of all kinds, and parents vying for days off from work. I have very fond memories of not  having to do any work, just playing and dancing out in the big yard, no shoes on, wearing colorful flowered mu’umu’u and string leis by the basketful.  I hope that this video will make May Day your Lei Day.