Island Magic Apple Pie

My association with this wonderful time of year is not just about pumpkin-spice-everything, turkey, and traditional acorn or butternut squashes. Oh, no, as a matter of fact, this is when our garden is over-flowing with a green, pear shaped squash, drooping from heavily-laden vines, known as a pipinola, or chayote. This crisp, versatile squash can…

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Pizza Dough

Like a taco salad, pizza is the kind of thing that you can dress up anyway you want. It is a clean slate onto which you can build a slice of perfection to your own personal taste. It was especially helpful this past ‘Mostly Vegan Monday’, because I had on hand, olives, farmer’s market spinach,…

Zero Waste

The smallest implication of a zero waste lifestyle is a wonderful thing in itself. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing experience, and any waste reduction, small or great, will encourage a cleaner, sustainable future for all of us. The simple act of trying to reduce what you throw away is a real eye-opening…

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…

Frugal Living

When you live in Hawaii, you really need to watch how you use your resources.┬áMy biggest way to save money is through cooking most of my meals at home. I spend a fair amount of time doing meal prep for the work week and I rely on some basic grocery items that are filling and…