It was a quiet, happy month. Here are 10 things that made it so:
- Papaya – I love the reddish ones.
- Bringing out my stars and stripes All-Stars for the 4th of July parade.
- Delicious cherry tart – despite a crust catastrophe.
- Beautiful views out my car window.
- Beautiful view in my backyard.
- Beautiful views in my town.
- A super silly husband who draws faces on mangoes.
- Eating takeout flautas from Serg’s – with this view.
- A fantastic day at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens – bikes, picnic, shade, friend.
- Finishing my diving certification. Woo!
My birth month! And I got to spend all of it at home in Hawaii. Here are 10 things I loved about June:
- This hippie bowl recipe from Emily at Daily Garnish. So simple and good.
- We had more friends come to visit – so fun.
- Great gifts from said friends. My friend MADE this blown-glass vase. I love it.
- My silly, lazy kitty.
- Rainier cherries from Yakima, Washington – the best.
- My Zoku popsicle maker. It is so darn amazing. Thank you, sister.
- Getting a standup paddle board for my birthday. Yes!
- New Ono Pop flavors – you just have to try them all.
- Working on my diving certification.
- Maybe I spent too much time at home this month, but my cat deserves two spots on this list.
I woke up on April Fool’s Day intending to make my favorite Pear Custard Pie recipe. However, one of the required three pears for the recipe was moldy! Fooled, indeed. So I decided to try pear pancakes. Thankfully, I found this recipe for silver dollar pear pancakes, although I used just a basic pancake recipe for the batter. I halved the recipe for the pears and glaze, but still had a huge pile of pear rings so I ended up doubling the batter recipe. This was super simple – pretty much all you do is dip the pear rings in a maple syrup and cinnamon glaze and then fry them for a minute before you pour the pancake batter over them. Delicious!
2 people + 30 pancakes = breakfast for a week. Nom nom.
I got a new cookbook this week – Everyday Food Light! It’s the third in the series of Everyday Food cookbooks from her royal highness, Martha Stewart. I have all three and I’ve subscribed to the Everyday Food magazine for years so they are my go-to resources for recipes. I still mix things up with family recipes, favorites and websites like Epicurious, but Everyday Food recipes are my favorites. I always know they will be reliable and simple, which makes them easy to tweak here and there to fit my own style. Enough Martha love.
The first recipe I tried was the Soy-Glazed Tofu and Carrots. I used tofu from Honolulu and the carrots and scallions were from local farms – yay! I also mixed things up a bit because I haven’t totally replenished my pantry since the move. Instead of vegetable oil and sesame oil, I used “gourmet” garlic oil, which I got in a Christmas gift pack. I also substituted white vinegar for the rice vinegar. And it still turned out great!
This recipe was interesting because it was similar to a stir-fry but broiled instead. After marinating the veggies, you just lay them out on a baking sheet and broil. I love cooked carrots, but I’m also super picky about them since there’s nothing worse than mushy cooked carrots. These turned out perfect – and tasted almost like they were grilled. I will definitely make this recipe again.
September was a wild month. Last month’s interview trip turned into a job offer … aaaaaaaand my husband and I decided to move to Hawaii!
Here are 10 things that made me happy in September.
1. The EMP – shows are so much cooler when they are at the Experience Music Project
2. Fashionable people who march to their own beat. Purple man-pris? Why, yes!
3. The Space Needle – my first trip up since toddlerhood
4. Free Starbucks at the “insider lounge” during Bumbershoot
5. A wonderful kitty who forgives his parents for making him go through surgery
6. Subtle reminders that you’ve made the right choice
7. Outdoor concerts with best friends – Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival
8. Cooking things that I grew
9. Painting and picking the perfect shade of white
10. La Isla Puerto Rican restaurant – nom!