Friday, December 30, 2011

I Love ~ 2011

{ Honolua Bay }

I cannot believe it's been a whole year since Carlos and I watched the Snooki Ball drop. I'm not seriously felt like last weekend! I'm sure I'm hardly the only one feeling this way right now!
Every year I make a list of resolutions and this year will be no different. I think writing them down helps. Seriously. I look at my list almost monthly and do my very best to stick with them! Have you ever tried that??
Here's my list from last year!
Check it out HERE.
Let's see how I did!
1. Alkaline my body: Well I took a major step this last May when I had my very last Excedrin! I have been hooked on this over the counter drug since I was a teenager and on May 14th, 2011 I popped my very last pill! I had a headache so bad I couldn't work for 3 days but I made it through. That shit is toxic and I'm so happy I'm done with it. Excedrin addiction is for real. Google it if you don't believe me. As for the allergy meds? Still working on that one....

2. Get out of debt: I'm proud to say that I am almost there! I paid off 2/3rds of my credit card debt this year with a horrible income. I'm now under the $3000 mark on a 0% card. Sweet.

3. Stop eating those pastries at work!: Well that was easy when I quit my job this February. Mission accomplished I guess!?

4. Get Carlos to the Dentist and the Doctors for a check up! OMG this was the hardest one for sure!!! Yes....I dragged a 40 year man to the dentist and stayed there for 2 hours to make sure he went through with it. When he was finished ( 3 appointments in month later ) he admitted he had not been to the dentist in over 18 years. If I knew this 5 years ago we probably never would have started dating...Good lord. Getting him to the doctor was much easier.

5. Go to California to finally see my mom!! Okay, this didn't happen but I got her to come out here! However, it looks we might make it to wine country this coming April! I have not been home in FIVE years! Crazy!

6. Try to get to Australia or Tahiti: Well.....if I couldn't even get to California, Tahiti or Australia were never going to happen. At this point, I'd be crazy excited to just get over to Kauai for a weekend! Jeez...Good thing I love Maui so much.

7. Graduate to a sub 6'0" surfboard: Done. This was my 35th birthday present to myself. Surfing it well is another story.

8. Stop pulling out my gray hair: Ha! Ya right! Next.

9. Embrace Yoga: Wow...I really dove into this one! I now practice hatha or vinyasa yoga 3-4 times a week and have been doing so since January. I'll never stop. Amazing....

10. Be happy and okay with aging...
Okay. This one was hard. 2011 was not an easy year for me in many aspects. Financially it was a doozy so somedays can feel very dark and gloomy no matter how perfect the weather might be in Hawaii.
 I am hopeful for 2012 thanks to some recent opportunities but we still have some very big mountains to climb. Staying positive is key and always a huge challenge for me...I'm generally not a negative person but at the same time I'm hardly a "Pollyanna".
That being said, I am so very grateful to have found the most amazing life partner in Carlos. I love our life together, Maui, our wacky cat, the Pacific Ocean, our fresh island grown food and our supportive parents and siblings.
I want to thank you! Thank you so much for all your sweet comments and support. There are times when I think about ending this blog but I just can't. You are all so strangely addictive....
I saw this quote the other day on the fantastic blog I follow, "Apartment #34".

"Walk around the house like a fucking champion."

It's going to be her new manta. I like it and I'm stealing it.

Now, let's look back at my little world on Maui in 2011!
{ Hana Highway }

{ Shopping in Paia. }

{ My rustic Apple Galette. }

{ My Acacia bikini bottoms. }

{ Drinking coconuts at Choice in Lahaina. }

{ The beach throws at Maui Girl in Paia. }

{ Pineapple stand at Honolua Bay. }

{ The coffee plantation behind my house. }

{ Me...surfing Hamoa }

{ The swimming caves at Waianapanapa. }

{ country roads }

{ I love: Succulents!! }

{ One of our many waterfalls...}

{ I love: Fat Head }

{ Summer rolls...My favorite favorite! }

{ Carlos at the Paniolo Bar in Hana. }

{ raw vegan tacos }

{ Dress codes that don't require heels or even shoes! }

{ I love: Any salad with avocado or blue cheese. }

{ The banana tree outside my kitchen window...}

{ Searching for Julia's Banana Bread in Kahakuloa. }

{ I love: 70 + degree water in December }

{ 5 inch platforms and Daisy Dukes }

{ Homemade Acai Bowls }

{ Coconut palms at Airport Beach }

{ White ginger flowers in Hana }

{ Shiitake and Seaweed Soup }

{ raw vegan Chocolate Torte }

{ My backyard. Seriously. }

{ Taj on his 3rd birthday. Taken on my 35th....}

{ Red Lentil Coconut Curry }

{ I love: Buddhas and Orchids }

{ raw vegan pasta from Maui Kombucha in Haiku }

{ Date nights }

{ making paninis out of Indian naan }

{ upcountry proteas }

{ wild Kula cat }

{ raw vegan brownie }

{ Maui "Gold" pineapple salad }

{ my posse }

{ my Maui }

Aloha everyone!
See you next year.

December Birchbox

My December Birchbox is finally here! Happy to know I'm not the only one that has fallen completely behind schedule this month!

Lots of fun goodies in this one! I especially love the glittery bronzing dry oil and bright pink lip gloss. So pretty!

My December selection included...
* Oscar Blandi's Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo
* Atelier Cologne: "Ambre Nue"
* Jouer's Moisturizing Lip Gloss in "Birchbox Pink"
* Nuxe's Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer

And some extras...
* "ShowStoppers" Double sided tape to make sure your dress stays in place!
* Eboost's "Orange Natural Energy Booster" vitamin packed powdered drink mix

Visit HERE to join the Birchbox club!! I love!

Sorry to be so absent these days but this is hands down the craziest time of the year on Maui and I have absolutely zero free time!!! Looking forward to my first real day off on January 5th 2012!!!
How many of you worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Or working this coming New Years Eve and New Year's Day?
Anyone, Anyone?? Just wondering.
Ahh...To live in paradise.
Hope to be back on a somewhat normal schedule very soon. Lot's to share.
Much aloha and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou in case I don't get back here before the ball drops this Saturday night!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kai Wailea ~ Happy Hour

I don't know how we went from hunting down a surfboard on Craigslist in Kihei to having sake in Wailea....?
Being that Kihei is about an hour drive from our house it felt like a major waste of gas when Carlos quickly vetoed the 9'6" noserider. Good thing we accidentally stumbled upon a great little happy hour that we didn't even know existed nestled between Tiffany's and Louis Vuittion at the Shops of Wailea! I'm so glad I was wearing yoga clothes, no make-up and a faded baseball hat.
Kai Wailea is a cute little Japanese Tapa and Sushi Restaurant. They serve local fresh fish delivered daily. I'm not kidding... In the short time we were sitting there we saw island fresh Ahi ( tuna ) and Tako ( octopus ) brought to the restaurant by local fisherman. Pretty cool huh?
We only ordered a couple of things for we really just wanted something to tie us over until dinner but after viewing the delicious looking dinner menu we will be trying Kai Wailea in the near future. 
{ My "overflow" style cold Sake served in a traditional cedar box. "Overflow is exactly over pour of Sake that spills over into the box. Nice. }

{ My Sweet Chili and Sesame Edamame }

{ Carlos's Robata-yaki, "The traditional method of grilling meats, seafood, and vegetables is enhanced with genuine Bincho charcoal, imported from Japan, for authentic smokey flavor."~Wailea Dining Directory. Carlos raved about this! This dish normally priced at $19.88 is half off between 5-6pm! }  

Check out Kai Wailea's menu and website HERE


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Asian Dipping Sauces

I've been inspired to create some new dipping sauces recently thanks to some fun dishes that I've tried at a few local restaurants. These are very versatile and would work well with several Asian flavored dishes. Let me know what you think!

Hoisin Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup hoisin
2 Tbs peanut butter
1/3 rice wine vinegar
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of Sambal sauce or 2 small hot chilies
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until until smooth. Place in small bowl and stir in chopped peanuts. Great dipping sauce for grilled tofu or cold summer rolls.

Yogurt and Sweet Chili Sauce
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
1.5 Tbs mild tasting vegetable oil ( I used sunflower )
a couple pinches of hot dried chili flakes for extra heat ( optional )
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Serve with grilled veggies, grilled tofu or grilled meats. 


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I Love

{ My new pillows that I ordered from Glamdesign. Only $21.95 for two! }

{ My gold and shark tooth bracelet by TOR found at the Kahului Swap Meet. }

{ The Maui Gold pineapple plant that I propagated myself. So far so good! } 

{ Cold sake served "overflow" style in a traditional cedar box. }

{ My handmade gold and white quartz necklace purchased at Hale Zen in Lahaina. }