Easter Centerpiece

March 30, 2015

Easter is a time to celebrate all things new, from the tiny buds poking up through the ground to the amazing grace offered by our Savior, which is new everyday. The dinner table is the place we gather, and this year I wanted the Easter centerpiece to symbolize why we had come together as a […]


Hawaiian Bread

March 2, 2015

Get your Aloha going with these homemade Hawaiian bread rolls.  They remind me of the hospitality, gentle spirit and friendly vibe of the Hawaiian Islands.  Having just spent some time in Hilo, where the rolls were conceived it was fun to find a recipe that replicates their taste. At our family birthday luau the rolls […]


Hawaiian Cole Slaw with Kalua Pork

March 1, 2015

Hawaiian Cole Slaw with Kalua Pork Winter getting you down?  Liven up your dinner table with a taste of the islands and forget about all that snow on the ground.  We’ve traveled to all the Hawaiian Islands and have always been delighted by the happy Hawaiian people, a multitude of exotic fruit and vegetables, fresh […]


Spicee Gourmet Spaghetti Pie

February 27, 2015

Another Spicee Gouurmet Blogger Recipe “Simple recipes by people like you” Spicee Gourmet Spaghetti Pie Having friends over to watch a game? Here’s an easy way to cook for a crowd or a couple of hungry teenage boys and their friends and still be able to feed the rest of your family.  This recipe is scaleable. […]

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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo

February 25, 2015

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

The Hilo or eastern side of the island of Hawaii is the wet side and features tropical rainforests, orchid gardens and macadamia nut farms. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located in the luscious 17 acre Onomea valley, and takes you from the visitors center down to the shoreline of Onomea Bay. The garden is […]


Puako Beach Drive

February 24, 2015

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

Puako Beach Drive, Hawaii, the Big Island One of the beautiful things about the Hawaiian Islands is the beach access for the public all around the islands. There is always a path that leads to the beach between hotels or neighborhoods and it’s marked by signs stating “beach access”. On Puako Beach drive along the […]


Keokea Beach Park

February 24, 2015

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

Keokea Beach Park, Hawaii, the Big Island Located on the rocky northern shore of the Big Island of Hawaii, Keokea Beach Park was pulsing with crashing waves the day we were there. I couldn’t believe it when a couple of the local Hawaiian surfers jumped into the water and swam out to where the waves […]


Lapakahi State Historical Park, the Big Island

February 24, 2015

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

Lapakahi State Historical Park, the Big Island Located in the North Kohala district, the remains of a fishing village built about 600 years ago gives us a glimpse into what life was like for the ancient Hawaiians. The winds were strong, the rocks were sharp and the days were hot for the people who fished, […]


Pololu Valley Lookout

February 24, 2015

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

Pololu Valley Lookout, the Big Island Located on the northernmost tip of the Big Island of Hawaii is a valley called Pololu, that cuts like a knife into the Kohala Mountains. Long ago this valley was used to grow a staple of the Hawaiian diet called taro, whose root was pounded to produce the purple-colored […]


Cherry Blossom Festival, Waimea

February 9, 2015

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

Saturday is always a good day to look for a Farmer’s Market or local small town event. Today’s find was awesome.  Just look at the scenery on the way up to Waimea town nestled in the Kohala mountain range. Upon arriving at the market we were greet by the loud and happy beat of the […]


Kohala Coast, Hawaii

February 8, 2015

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

The Big Island is full of diversity, from sea level surf to a snowcapped mountain and an active volcano. Out of the 5 major climates on earth, the big island boasts 4 of them; Humid Tropical Climate, Arid & Semi-Arid Climate, Temperate Climate and Polar Climate. The Kohala Coast is the northwestern section of the […]


CJ Kale, Hawaii’s Photographer

February 6, 2015

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Hawaii, The Big Island

  CJ Kale, Hawaii’s Photographer An incredible photographer, CJ Kale is down to earth and personable. When we walked into the gallery, he was there to greet us, and in no way seemed like the dare devil his work shows him to be.  As amateur photographers we were amazed at the beauty he has captured […]


Corned Beef & Cabbage

February 5, 2015

This week was a fun week of cooking. We had a theme of using cabbage! My own lack of great cabbage recipes gave me the chance to do some research and make up a few of my own. The following two meals were my two favorite corned beef and cabbage recipes. The first thing we […]


Unexpected Kindness

February 3, 2015

Kindness makes a difference. Yesterday I learned that my mom qualifies for hospice. Even though I knew this day would come, it was somewhat of a surprise to have the nursing home call with the news. Feeling sobered by that reality, led me toward sadness and I went up to visit her on my way […]


Snow Sculptures

February 3, 2015

Snow Sculpture Contest – St. Paul Winter Carnival The St. Paul Winter Carnival has been around a long time. It provides an opportunity for winter weary Minnesotans to get out and do something different. This year, mother nature is giving us a break and the weather has been pretty nice. Parades aren’t much fun when […]