New Year’s Smoothie

Try my smoothie concoction: a few chunks of pineapple, half cup to a cup of orange juice depending on how thick or thin you like your smoothies, 1 banana, 4 large spoonfuls of coconut milk (canned in the Asian food section), and 1 mango. I was having trouble with my smoothies getting too sour or acidic which would lead me to add sugar. But I found that the sweet banana and coconut balances out the acidic sour orange, mango, and pineapple. Let me know how yours turns out!



Beef and veggie stir fry over chow mein

This is what’s for dinner tonight. A healthy satisfying beef and veggie stir fry over a bed of chow mein noodles. Basically all the things I like I added to the stir fry: red and green bell peppers (which also makes it super colorful), broccoli, water chestnuts, cashews, carrots, beef, green onion, green beans). The sauce is soy sauce, garlic, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and hoisin sauce. Yum!


Maui Wedding Photos

We were grateful to have our close friends and family attend our wedding in Maui. The weather was just perfect. Here are a few photos.

Getting lei’d once we arrived in Wailea at our hotel.

Pat’s dad, Steve, marrying us.

More photos of the family and friends to follow! I’m still collecting them all!

Gwenyth Paltrow’s Vegan Candy Bars

I am generally pretty fearful of vegan, gluten free, paleo, etc. recipes but this one is yummy and healthy. It’s filled with cashews, coconut, dates, almond extract, and peanut butter and topped with dark chocolate. From Gwenyth Paltrow’s 2nd cookbook, It’s All Good.

If I can keep up with demand, I’d like to take these to work for a healthful afternoon snack.

Gettin’ Ready for Christmas Dinner!

We invited the family over for Christmas dinner. I am cooking the prime rib roast. It’s a 9 pounder so hopefully I get the temperature right. I seasoned with garlic and rosemary.

Earlier this morning I whipped up some chocolate mousse for dessert. I added some amaretto into the mouse and the whipped cream. Making too much whipped cream was a lovely mistake I was happy to take care of.

Put the mousse in wine glasses. They are in the fridge and ready to go.

Salted caramel ice cream is freezing.

Cheesy cayenne parsley biscuits ready to be baked just before dinner so they’re nice and warm.

The table’s set!


A Break in the Maui Posts for Salted Caramel

I have made salted caramel ice cream before so I thought it would be just as easy making salted caramel candies. It was terrifying! I had no problem snorkeling in the ocean in Maui after a shark attack and a few shark sightings…but pouring that hot cream into boiling hot liquid sugar is life threatening. It was like a witch’s brewing cauldron. I’m no pansy. Here are photos from the third batch after I wised up and realized I needed a much deeper pot!


Used Ina Garten’s Fleur de Sel recipe with regular sea salt instead of the hard to find and expensive fleur de sel.


I cut them into large pieces and wrapped them in pieces of parchment paper. They sort of look like saltwater taffy sans all the colors.