Earth Day

After a much needed spring break, I have returned with my newest creative project and frugal living idea. On Hawaii Island, we have a ban on plastic bags, and are encouraged to bring our own reusable shopping bags to grocery and retail stores; therefore, it’s always handy to have a few in your car in…

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Spring Equinox

Today is the first day of Spring, or the Equinox, and it was supposed to be the official end of my spring cleaning ritual and “Cookbook Challenge”. The spring cleaning tasks will be wrapping up in the next few days, but the cookbook challenge was finished a few days ago. Originally, there were seven cookbooks,…

Curried Manapua Minis

This Lunar New Year I made these little gems to go with my baked, salt-crusted fish and green tea noodles. I enjoy using my bamboo steamer basket for many things because it’s super easy and it’s a great way to cut down on using oil in my cooking. The funny thing is, I started making…

LuNaR nEw YeAr wHoLe FiSh

The Lunar New Year is more special to me than the traditional Gregorian calendar New Year. I especially love some of the Chinese traditions observed during this time, particularly, the tradition of cleaning your house and paying your bills. Out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new! Such a responsible habit to get into and a nice way to start off…

Eggnog Pound Cake

What to do with leftover eggnog? Bake an eggnog pound cake with a bourbon glaze, of course! This holiday season, I bought some “light” eggnog that tasted pretty subpar to me, so I wondered what I should do with it instead of dumping it out. After searching my favorites on Pinterest, I found a great…

Winter Solstice

Ahhh…Winter Solstice. My favorite way to wrap up the end of the year. The best thing about how we commence our celebration, is that we start on whatever day Solstice falls that year, usually the 21st or 22nd of December, and then keep it going everyday until Christmas. We try to have at least one day…

Yule Dessert Wreath

A yummy, new tradition for the Winter Solstice. This has the perfect amount of sweetness and can be modified to suit a vegan/dairy-free diet by using egg substitute and vegan butter. This recipe is a “keeper”, for sure.

Thanksgiving Mango Tart

In addition to pumpkin pie, I wanted to do a dessert with fresh, local ingredients this year for Thanksgiving. Mangos are pretty amazing in my book, and I happened to find two, huge, juicy mangoes at the Hilo Farmer’s Market. Lucky for me, I came across a gorgeous recipe that was both vegan and gluten…