Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for??

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I love Thanksgiving.  Lots of eating, family, and relaxation.  This year I work in the afternoon, but that's ok.  My family and I are going to enjoy an early brunch, and then it is off to reality and working.  A few of my favorite things about Turkey Day: garlic mashed potatoes, turkey (duh), a reason to overeat (as if I don't normally), and implied seconds.  What am I thankful for you ask??  So many things in my life, but I will share a few of the highlights.


Beautiful days of hiking and spending time with good friends.  This is a picture from Manoa, looking up at the almost perfect and surreal sky.


This if going to sound crazy, but chocolate covered macadamia nuts.  We roast, coat, and pack them at my work, and they are a huge part of our revenue.  So I am ever thankful that people love them.  I in turn work hard to make them, and truly love my job.  Everyday I am grateful for my position and the things I have learned and continue to learn as an assistant pastry cook.


My sometimes silly fiance for loving my sometimes serious self.


Living in a place where moments like these aren't that rare, but the chance to capture them is pure luck.


and last but not least, family. They provide endless entertainment, support, and friendship.

I am thankful for everything in my life at the moment.  I am loving surfing, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of Hawaii.  My twin brother is coming to visit in a few weeks and I am thankful for the chance to spend some time with him again.  My job has been a dream come true and I couldn't ask for a better opportunity.  My family will soon be all together for my wedding and I can't wait to see what this year brings.  Until next Thanksgiving, remember what you are thankful for and don't forget to humbly accept all of life's opportunities and experiences .

Pumpkin French Toast from dana-made-it.com

Pumpkin French Toast anyone??  I can't take any credit for this recipe...  I found it on dana-made-it, a great blog about ... everything.  :)   I love love french toast, and any reason to make it is... well... fantastic!  This is more of an old school "pain perdu" recipe.  (but still amazing)  Very similar to bread pudding, but in individual pieces instead of all diced up.  Anyways... this recipe looks amazing, can't wait to try it, and couldn't help but share it.  So thanks dana!  I think this would be great for Christmas morning, or the day after Thanksgiving.  Or maybe for dessert tomorrow night!  You probably have all the ingredients on hand, so go for it!


For the recipe click here.  (along with a step by step tutorial)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cuteart - amazingly cute etsy shop!

I was up a little earlier than normal today and decided to browse etsy for some Christmas presents while my boyfriend was still sleeping.  You know that shopping for others leads to shopping for yourself, and I stumbled upon this super cute etsy shop, cuteart.  It is a shop based out of Chiang Mai, Thailand and they make really cool wood boxes like this one...


I was also admiring their other woodwork...


If you have ever been to my house, you know this would totally go with my decor!


If you are short on space, you could always opt for something like this keychain.


I also love these, but then who wouldn't??

These figurines are based off the film, My Neighbor Totoro, you can read about it here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Soulpancake and a few of life's big questions


Ever heard of soulpancake?  It is a site that asks/discusses life's biggest questions. You know, the kind you can't get out of your head, let alone answer, without thinking them over for days.  Well, Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight on the Office) just put out a book with all of them in it.  (And loads of other cool stuff)  My boyfriend got it in the mail today and I spent the evening reading through it.  Then I realized there was a website!  Too cool.  I found this question and thought it was a good one.  

So, in response to the question, list 3 things you didn't realize were on your bucket list until after you did them... I say this:

1. Ride in a helicopter
2. Travel all over France alone and discover the country and myself 
3. Run the road to Hana

What is your answer to this question??  Makes you think about your life and the things you really loved doing, huh?


Think you might enjoy digging through your brain?  Get it here.  

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hickam Craft Fair tomorrow!

Tomorrow I am going to the Hickam Craft Fair to sell my jewelry and goodies!  It is going to be really cool!  If you are in Hawaii and want to get a kick start on your holiday shopping this would be a great place to start!  Open from 9 to 3 to the public.  I think I am going to be near the pony rides...  OOO!


Bring the kids and spend the day in the bounce house riding horses!  Why not?  While they bounce you can shop and have lunch.  For more information and directions go here: http://hickamservices.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=510:fall-craft-fair-family-fun-day&Itemid=161

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fondant Covered Sugar Cookie Tutorial


Do you have a baby shower, wedding, or birthday party to attend/throw and want to wow your friends?  Try making these super easy fondant covered sugar cookies.  They look amazingly perfect with little effort and a lot of style. To start, make your favorite sugar dough recipe.  If you don't have one, you can use this one:

1 pound butter
1/2 pound sugar
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 eggs
1 1/2 pounds flour

1. cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt for about 4 to 5 minutes on medium speed.
2. add eggs one at a time on slow speed.
3. add flour and mix on slow speed just until combined.
4. chill 2 to 3 hours or overnight
5. roll out and cut shapes
6. bake at 325 degrees about 8 minutes or until golden brown
TIPS:
-don't cream the butter and sugar too long or you will have a fragile and difficult dough
-you can make this dough ahead of time and freeze it well wrapped for a month or longer and pull it out        when you need it


Start with your rolled out sugar dough and choose 2 cutters of the same shape but slightly different sizes.  You will cut your sugar dough with the larger one and the fondant with the smaller one.  Cut and bake your cookies and let cool.


Then roll out your fondant, you can find this at places like Wal-Mart now and color it with food coloring or other gel colors.  Cut out your shapes with the smaller cutter.  


Lay them out and set them to the side, then grab your cooled sugar cookies.


Using a pastry brush and a small bowl of water, paint a small amount of water on the bottom of the fondant pieces and lay them on top of the sugar cookies.  This will slightly moisten the sugar in the fondant and allow it to stick to the sugar cookies.  


You should have something like this.


You can finish them by piping on an initial, gluing on another shape, like a star or flower, or piping designs.  You could leave them plain and I think they still look amazing!  Your friends will all be wondering where you bought these...  "Oh! these old things?  I made them!"

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Giveaway! My 200th Post Celebration!

I can't believe my little blog has reached 200 posts!  I saw that this morning when I went to post and I thought, I need to celebrate!  So in the spirit of blogging and early Christmas presents (which I love), I am doing a giveaway!  On to the prizes!


Did I mention I love choices??


I did say I love choices!


How do I win? (I thought you'd never ask!)
There are a few ways to enter, do one or do them all! Post your entries as comments on my blog under this post.  Easy breezy!

1. Check out my etsy site and tell me what you love 
2. Twitter this giveaway (leave me a link)
3. Blog this giveaway on your blog (leave me a link)
4. Post this giveaway on your facebook page (leave me a link)
5. Purchase an item from my etsy shop.
6. Follow my blog

(You can enter 6 times, and with any purchase you get 2 entries.)
Make sure you tell me what you would like to win!  
You do have a few big decisions to make as you have 3 choices!

When: Starting now!  So enter already!  The giveaway ends November 28th at 12 midnight Hawaii Time.
The winner will be randomly selected using random.org (no cheating, I swear)

Make sure you leave your e-mail so I can contact you if you win, and check back to see the results on November 21st.  Good Luck and Happy Early Christmas!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fingerless Gloves

Winter is upon us here in Hawaii and for us that means chilly mornings and rain.  I ride a moped to work and my hands are always so cold so I decided to make some fingerless gloves to keep them warm.  I used a felted sweater, old t-shirt, and some cool variegated thread.  I can't wait to ride to work with these babies on!


I need a bag to keep them nice and clean in my moped while I am not wearing them, so I made a drawstring pouch with some oilcloth too.


Bring it on winter!  Now I can ride with warm hands and happy smiles...

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