Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom!

December 30 almost marks the end of the year but it also marks Mom's birthday which was celebrated at Camellia yakiniku buffet.

Fern Salad

Fiddlehead fern also known as warabi (Japanese) and pako (Filipino) mixed with bagoong (fish sauce) and tomatoes. Packed with vitamins and so delicious.

Detox Food

A week of indulgences made me crave some detox food of brown rice, daikon pickles, and vegetable soup.


Have I started a trend with eyelash extensions? Rose got the hoochie momma lashes. Nice!

LIbby's Manapua Shop

What a treat to have warm manapua delivered to my door! I adore my neighbors who are kind, generous, and look after our home
and pets when we're gone.


It was a Wicked night at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Double Apple Bundt Cake

A double dose of apple butter and grated apples hence, the double apple cake.

Merry Christmas

Happy holidays from our home to yours!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

How to take Pictures 101

Debbie begged me to let her in on how to take pictures. Always stand sideways, suck it in, chin down, tongue behind teeth, and don't forget to smile. Notice the difference?!

Gingerbread Spice Cake

A Williams-Sonoma gift-the perfect sweet to enjoy on Christmas day!

A Visit from Santa and His Elf

Merry Christmas

Wishing all a warm holiday greetings and a year of peace, health, and prosperity.

Christmas Party Food

Pot luck style is the best especially with Filipino desserts-sinoman and my favorite tambo tambo.

Christmas Party at the Uleps

Christmas Party at the Uleps

My Annual Cookie Decorating Party

Happiness is being Auntie Carol!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christine's Cookie Decorating Party

I look forward to cookie decorating at Christine's home every Christmas. A time to catch up and create edible art work.

Spam Musubi

A local favorite


Needed a break from gift wrapping and whipped a batch of Martha's shortbread. Light, buttery, and perfect with a cup of tea.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

JP Spaghetti

A newcomer to this joint commented, "This food tastes like it comes from a fancy restaurant!" He was right on! Owner is a former cook at Asaggio's Italian restaurant.

Christmas Tree

Our Nutcracker themed tree. Note the mice that run along the bottom edge. Jack couldn't resist but realized they weren't real.

The Nutcracker Boutique

You cannot resist the cute items inspired by the Christmas classic. This experience inspired the Gruzinskys to start a nutcracker collection.