steak and chicken dinner with the neighbors


In the year and a half that Justin and I have lived in our  house, we have only gotten to know two of our neighbors. I think this is partly due to the garages being in the back of the houses instead of the front.  The only time we really see our neighbors is when they are getting their mail or mowing their yard. The couple across the street are fun and enjoy good food and drink so we invited them over for dinner. Continue reading “steak and chicken dinner with the neighbors”

prosciutto-wrapped asparagus


This is an awesome appetizer! Make this now! It’s a little tricky cutting and wrapping the fragile layer of prosciutto around the asparagus. Do not add any salt to this recipe as it is already salty from the prosciutto. These can be made ahead and stored at room temperature up to 4 hours before baking.

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farmer’s pizza


I almost always want meat in my meals. If I don’t, I tend to think I’m coming down with a cold. But occasionally a recipe is so good that I don’t miss the meat. This is one of those recipes. I wasn’t sure how all the ingredients would play out, but I found the creamy mascarpone, spicy tomato sauce, and peppery arugula make this pizza just awesome. ‘Nuff said. Continue reading “farmer’s pizza”

cilantro-serrano pesto with grilled chicken with penne


This delightful recipe tastes like summer itself! Instead of basil-based pasta, this pesto uses cilantro and mint.  The pecan nuts give it a little bit of texture more than anything. The serrano pepper makes it a little bit spicy. We would recommend 1- 1 ½ pounds of chicken. Enjoy! Continue reading “cilantro-serrano pesto with grilled chicken with penne”

blueberry pecan scones

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There’s nothing like the smell of blueberry scones in the morning! These scones are good but not overly sweet. The lemon zest adds a nice touch to them.  Oh, and don’t be a dingy like I was and add the dry mixture to the wet mixture before putting in the berries. Anyway, enjoy! Continue reading “blueberry pecan scones”

four things that have happened since the last time i posted

1.Last year most of our home appliances went out so we called our home warranty company several times and then they punished us for it by not allowing us to renew our contract with them this year. But so far this year, nothing has died on us yet (knock on wood), so we’re thankful!

2. I have started thinking about cleaning out our junk room. Continue reading “four things that have happened since the last time i posted”

fish tacos—moku’s way

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This taco recipe is also from the Merriman’s Hawai’i Cookbook. Justin and I loved this recipe! After Justin finished eating, he literally licked his fingers, and wiped the little beads of sweat from his forehead from the heat of the jalapenos. Yes, this recipe’s a keeper! And I halved the recipe since it’s just the two of us. But I gave the ingredients for the original serving size of twelve. Enjoy! Continue reading “fish tacos—moku’s way”

birthday beer: black velvet

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Today is my birthday! I woke up this morning feeling much wiser than before as if information had been downloaded to my brain like in The Matrix. OK, not really. I woke up in my usual sleepy stupor, dragged myself to the shower, threw on some makeup, ran a brush through my hair, and called it good. This is my typical morning.  I have never been a morning person, but luckily I married someone who is! Anyway, onto my annual birthday drink! Continue reading “birthday beer: black velvet”

ulapalakua beef and shrimp kabobs


Early on in the Hawaiian trip, we went to Merriman’s for happy hour on the northern side of the island. They are a gourmet restaurant that specializes in Hawaiian food. While we were there, I bought their cookbook. This recipe is called Ulapalakua Beef and Shrimp Kabobs, and if you have a grill, you should make this! And while restaurants on the island use a lot of local ingredients in their dishes, for the most part, we can get everything here on the mainland and it will be just as good! We only added a couple of pineapple slices to our kabobs as we’re not big pineapple people, but we thought this dish was good with and without pineapple. Enjoy!  Continue reading “ulapalakua beef and shrimp kabobs”

prepping for hawaii, the big island


For our honeymoon, Justin and I are going to Hawaii, the Big Island, tomorrow, and I’m so excited. Mentally I’m already on the white sandy beach sipping Mai-tais and contemplating what kind of seafood I want for my next meal. It’s my first time to Hawaii. Justin went when he was a child, but as one of my co-workers pointed out, “You haven’t fully experienced a place until you’ve been drunk there.” I’m convinced that going back as an adult will be an entirely different experience.

We have been looking at things to do there and everything is SO expensive. Continue reading “prepping for hawaii, the big island”

boozy butter beer

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Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the first release of the J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years already! In celebration of the book’s first release, I’m posting my favorite Butter Beer recipe. Justin and I tried several different recipes of butter beer (many of which use pumpkin beer), but we both concluded that this was by far the best. It tastes like the Butter Beer we tried at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. And it’s super easy to make!

Changing subjects—-sometimes Justin cracks me up on the things he becomes indignant about. And recently one of those things is the use of the word “dollop.” He doesn’t like the word because it’s not a specific unit of measurement so he sees it as not very helpful in guiding the reader. I like the use of the word because it gives the reader the option of adding as much or as little as he or she wants. So whether your dollop of whipped cream is a little spoonful or a whole laddleful, enjoy this refreshing beverage!
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last-minute dinner: cheese plate

cheese plate

Some days I don’t feel like making anything or I get home so late, it’s too late to start dinner. Saturday was like that.  Justin and I went to a friends’ son’s 3-year old birthday (I always love little kids parties because there’s always a good selection of booze!) party. Afterwards, we did a couple hours of shopping for items for the house using gift cards and then stopped by Half Price Books to add more cookbooks to my already expansive collection (you can never have too many cookbooks). By the time we finally got home, it was six o’clock, and we were hungry. I motioned to throw together a cheese plate and Justin seconded it. Continue reading “last-minute dinner: cheese plate”