Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

Goodbye 2010! What an amazing year...  Looking back I really had a fantastic year. Here is a short re-cap of the year I had:  I got engaged, ran the Hana Relay, went rock climbing for the first time, got a short board, went to the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, learned how to put in a zipper!, hiked on the Na Pali coast,  rode in a helicopter, and enjoyed time with my family and friends.

Here's to the past...looking forward to the future.

With all that fun, what can I possibly have to look forward to in 2011 you ask?  Why, plenty of things!
First off I signed up for the Great Aloha Run and will be running my first 8 mile run!  Woo HOO!  I am also getting married in June, so I am a soon to be Mrs.  Whoa, that sounds old!  I will celebrate my 27th birthday and enjoy Hawaii for my 9th year.  I can't even begin to imagine the fun things that are to come this year.

Happy Holidays, Good Luck and plenty of positivity in the upcoming year.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Caramel Tutorial

I made caramels  tonight for Christmas, along with a lot of other goodies.  I posted the recipe last year, but thought I would include a tutorial/recipe for this year.  They are so insanely delish so if you don't have anyone to share them with at home, make sure you gift them!  It makes a lot.

Start with your ingredients:
1/3 cup water
4 cups sugar
2 cups light corn syrup
4 oz. unsalted butter (room temp)
4 cups heavy cream (scalded)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla

Then place your water, sugar, and light corn syrup in a large pot.  I would recommend something deep so when you pour the cream in later you have a lot of room for bubbling and expansion.

Cook until sugar reaches 305 degrees F.  Washing down the sides of the pot with a brush and water to prevent crystallization.  If you don't want to wash down, put a lid over the pot and check the temperature periodically, the steam will naturally keep the sides moist and free of crystals.

Once the sugar mixture reaches 305 degrees F, remove from heat and add scalded cream and room temperature butter slowly.  It will bubble up and look something like this.  (above photo)

Place back on the heat after adding salt and vanilla and cook until 248 degrees F.  The caramel will be fairly light in color but extremely bubbly.  Be careful not to burn yourself as sugar burns can be quite painful.  Use oven mitts and a steady hand when handling hot sugar.

When caramel has stopped bubbling, pour it into a half sheet pan prepared with foil or industrial plastic wrap that won't melt.   Let cool and cover overnight.  Cut and wrap the next day.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Do It Yourself Invitations from Merriment Design

As usual, wedding planning is on my mind and I can't help but wander through the many invitations on the internet.  I stumbled across Merriment Design's sewn invitations and fell in love.  Are they time consuming?  YES.  Are they beautiful?  YES!  Do I want to make them?  ... ... ... uhm... I really do.  :)

(from here)

Yep she cuts each piece by hand.  Then sews it.  One of a kind magic.

Anyone feel like having a sewing party??  MOM??  (Perfect timing since you are on break...)

Laniakea Surf Photos

A drive up to the North Shore a few weeks ago brought me to a place of peace and awe.  The waves were beautiful and the surf was up!  The competition that had been scheduled for that day at Pipeline was cancelled, but that didn't mean there weren't any surfers ripping it up.  I got out my camera and a beer and this is what I saw...

Climbing up the face

Carving back down

Riding double . . .

Splash!  Another one goes in for a wave of the day.

Still riding double

Waves were really picking up!

Ended up being a pretty fun day to go watch the surf on the North Shore.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

More Christmas Gift Peeks...

Christmas is coming up so quick and I have been pretty good this year about making my gifts.  Here are a few more peeks...  These are some of my handmade cards for one of my good friends.  (she already got them so I can show them away!)

Psst...  (everyone loves secrets!)

DANG!  Who doesn't say Dang??

I love this stamp from corrabelle on etsy!

Perfect for anytime...  right?

I got really into handmade cards this year.  The ribbons and stamps make them so fun to sew and put together.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Giveaway WINNER!

Sorry it took me so long to finalize my giveaway!  I went on this morning though and we have a winner!  Linda Kizzier is the lucky winner of the amethyst earrings! Congratulations Linda!  I will be shipping your prize out soon.  Thank you to everyone who entered and keep your eyes open for the next giveaway...  You never know when one may happen!  Happy Holidays everyone.
 (Special coupon in my etsy shop:::::  enter HOLIDAY at checkout to get 10% off your entire order until January 31st.)

Linda's Prize: Amethyst and Tanzanite earrings from my etsy shop

Sneak Peek at Christmas Sewing...

Just a sneak peek at some Christmas sewing projects I have been making.  I can't give away too much because they are presents, but I have been having so much fun!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Paradise Helicopters

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were treated to a ride in a helicopter (a present from last year).  It was awesome!  We flew with Paradise Helicopters out of Turtle Bay on the North Shore and went from there all over the island.  We saw all of the North Shore, the middle of the island, flew over Pearl Harbor, across the South Shore and along the coast of the Windward Side before flying over Sacred Falls and then back to Turtle Bay.

The controls

The bridge at Waimea Bay

Dole Plantation maze...  Super cool!

Always stunning Waikiki Harbor area

Hanauma Bay

Sacred Falls, the only way to see it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jackson Chameleon & Hiking Hawaii Loa Ridge

This morning I hiked Hawaii Loa Ridge with my hiking club buddy and we found a jackson chameleon on the path.  What a pleasant surprise!  We look for those every time we hike, and today it was right on the trail, just chugging along.

Here he is right in the open, trying to cross the road.

Once he realized he had been spotted, he got outta there pretty quickly, but not quick enough!  We got a few good shots of him.

There he goes, back into the bush...

Check out my video of him scurrying across the trail into the brush.  Bye buddy... Didn't mean to scare you, but you made my week!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Volcanic Rock Gym Hawaii - climbing indoors

Volcanic Rock Gym Hawaii is a great indoor climbing gym in Hawaii for anyone interested in climbing.  They are located in Waipio on 94-423 Ukee St. in What's Up Gymnastics warehouse.  You can go for the day, rent shoes, rent a harness, and climb on!  Check out more info on their site.  Open Monday through Thursday from 2 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12 pm to 9:30 pm.

The front of the gym with plenty of free parking!

The front of the gym with the overhang and the rope climbing course.

Me on the ropes course, lovin it!

My serious partner and the entrance to the cave.  Crazy climbing.

For $12 for a day pass, $50 for a month pass and $3 for shoes, $2 for a harness, you can afford to fit this into your workout.  So spruce your routine up and check out the latest climbing gym in Hawaii.  Open late, and run by a super friendly staff.  Willing to explain and help guide you through your first experience.

Call: 397-0095
Volcanic Rock Gym
94-423 Ukee St.
Waipio, HI


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