The whole Thanksgiving meal!

I hope y’all had a lovely Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

As I promised, I’m sharing about our Thanksgiving meal!

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Bam! And these were just the entrées! L-R: My homemade stuffing, ham, pineapple ham, dark turkey meat, & white turkey meat.

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Gravy, mash, and yams! Mmmm!

We also had loads of side dishes: poke (raw fish), edamame (soy beans), toss salad, dinner rolls, etc. Too much food! We were so stuffed!

Can’t forget the wines! The Stella Berry and the peach Moscato paired well with our feast.

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And this glory- pumpkin/custard pie! All in one- yummy!

The stuffing was very simple to make. You need the following ingredients:

  • Stove Top stuffing mix OR any stuffing mix of your choice. I used Love’s Bakery’s stuffing mix this year.
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Chopped olives
  • Onions
  • Craisins or raisins
  • Pine nuts (optional, which I forgot to add this year)
  • Chicken broth

Sauté the celery, carrots, and onions together with either olive oil or butter. Let that cool. Mix stuffing mix, chopped olives, craisins/raisins, and pine nuts together. Throw in the sautéed veggies and mix together. Drizzle some chicken broth. Cover with foil, bake at 350° for 30-45mins. I like my stuffing loose and crunchy.

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Before it went into the oven. Doesn’t it look delish?

Let the holiday season begin again! Time to get cookin’! Whoo hoo!

Have a wonderful rest of November.

Oh, oui for yogurt!

I love yogurt and get super excited to try different types- Greek, Australian, Icelandic, etc. Last weekend, I saw the new Yoplait® French yogurt, Oui, at the store. I had to try it- and it comes in a GLASS bottle. How cool is that? You don’t see that these days. I’m excited to save the bottle and use it for decoration.

Here is an article I found about French-style yogurt: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/07/06/what-french-yogurt-and-new-greek/439935001/

This yogurt was not as sweet compared to the Greek yogurts I’ve eaten, and had a much more smoother, creamier, and lighter texture. Yum! And that glass container that it’s served in, is the right amount to consume- not too much, not too little.

Pick up a glass of Oui at your supermarket!!!

Guri guri time!

Happy #throwbackThursday!

Went back to Maui this past summer and I had to stop by my favorite place to get some guri guri at Tasaka’s in Kahului. I used to go there all the time when I would visit my grandparents as a child. My family and I would even bring some back to Oahu to savor this wonderful dessert for a while longer. I wanted to bring back a quart or two from this trip, but they were closed on the Sunday we left. Shucks! So I got my fix, TWICE, the day before. Haha!

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There’s two flavors- strawberry- my favorite!!!!!

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And pineapple.

And how awesome are these prices? I don’t think they’ve ever changed.

• 2 scoops – $1.10
• 3 scoops – $1.65
• 4 scoops – $2.10
• 5 scoops – $2.55

Whoo hoo!

When you visit Maui, check out Tasaka Guri Guri.

Tasaka Guri Guri
Maui Mall
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 871-4513

I found a site that shares the recipe. I am gonna try it out and compare the tastes.

http://mauirestaurantsblog.com/guri-guri/

 

 

We are entering into a tranquil day….

I love the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm in Kula, Maui. It’s a cool (literally cuz it’s located at a high altitude), peaceful, and serene place to visit. I didn’t always care for lavender, but I’ve learned to like it, as I know it has many good benefits (see featured image above). Lavender essential oils has awesome benefits as well. I use lavender essential oils topically and I also diffuse it. It helps me relax and sleep for those nights where I’m having trouble falling asleep. There are many essential oil brands out there… I use dōTERRA.

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This farm is huge and has a beautiful garden, with different kinds of lavenders and flowers. They also have a cute gift shop that has everything lavender.

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This is lavender lemonade. It was interesting. I’m not sure if I really like lavender in my food and drinks, but it was an experience to try.

Here are some pictures from the farm. It is my favorite place to visit when I go to Maui.

…And the bday celebration continues!

Tonight, my girlfriends took me out for my very belated bday! We tried Scratch Kitchen & Meatery at South Shore Market at Ward Village. I heard of Scratch Kitchen & Bakeshop in Chinatown, but never tried it. I learned tonight that that location closed.

Scratch Kitchen & Meatery is the place to be at South Shore! When we were seated, it wasn’t too crowded, but soon after, in the blink of an eye, the entire place was packed. The menu was fancy and there was no distinction of what was considered “pupus,” or appetizers and what was an entreé. The staff encouraged sharing/family style.

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I ordered the Southern Hot Chicken: TWO spicy chicken with buffalo-type spicy sauce, that sat on a French toast, topped with sprouts and arugula. Wasn’t bad! It was pretty spicy, and tangy, too!

After dinner, we were excited to have some ice cream from Lucy’s Lab Creamery next door. I love their ice cream flavors. They got some interesting ones, like Fruit Loop vodka. Really?! I got the lychee vegan ice cream, which was made with coconut milk. It was interesting. Had the taste of both lychee with coconut. It was a little too rich for my tummy, if ya know what I mean. Haha!

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Scratch Kitchen & Meatery
South Shore Market- Ward Village
1170 Auahi St.; Honolulu, 96814
808-589-1669
http://www.scratch-hawaii.com/ward-village-1/

Lucy’s Lab Creamery
South Shore Market- Ward Village
http://lucyslabcreamery.com/

Enjoy the weekend!

~FS xx

#MemoriesMonday

Happy Labor Day!

I’m reminiscing about my trip to Cali earlier this summer when I went up for my friends’ wedding.

Picture #1: My friends took me to Bar Louie for a late night dinner/happy hour in Northridge. We ordered this delicious dessert called the “key lime ‘shiner.” It’s cake , layered with strawberries, in a moonshine jar. Oh my goodness! That was so good! We really enjoyed it! And I loved how it was served in a jar. So creative! I loved the atmosphere and that it was somewhat busy on a late Tuesday night. The night is alive in Cali!!!

Picture #2: 805, Represent! I tried “805,” a local beer at the wedding rehearsal dinner. 805 is the area code for various cities in SoCal, including Ventura County. It was a pretty good ale! Excited that I tried something local!

Picture #3: Homemade dinner at the rehearsal! Yummy! My friends’ families made steak, Mexican rice, salsa, beans, and much more! It was awesome!!

My friends’ wedding was beautiful. I’m so glad I was a part of their special day! I hope to visit Cali again soon. I miss it there.

Bar Louie
Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Happy holiday and new week ahead!

~FS x

Now, this is a fruit cake!

My sweet co-workers celebrated my boss’s and my birthday this week with an ono cake covered in fruits from Whole Foods. Whoo hoo! I appreciated their thoughtfulness so very much.

I love Whole Foods and this was the first time I tried their cake. The yellow cake was so moist; it just melted in your mouth. My goodness! Loved it so much! And those fruits that topped the cake was awesome! What an assortment! It sure made it look healthy, haha! Even the frosting that layered the cake had blueberries and strawberries mixed. Very creative!

I want to try more of Whole Foods’ cakes and other desserts. Yummy!

It’s almost the Labor Day weekend!! Yay!

~FS