Mother’s Day weekend grinds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, and aunties out there! Hope your day is full of relaxation and happiness.

This weekend, my boyfriend, sis, her boyfriend, and I cooked dinner for my family, as we celebrated Mother’s Day last night. We made ground turkey pot pies, cornbreads, and strawberry butter. Yum!

I’ve made chicken pot pies from this recipe in the past, but we’ve altered the recipe last night. We used ground turkey, sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables for the pie filling. It was very good. We used a lot of potatoes, which helped sweeten the flavor. It didn’t need much seasoning, like salt. The potatoes’ sweetness was a perfect substitute.

Next, we made strawberry butter and two different types of cornbread to pair with the pot pies.

We whipped a block of unsalted butter and strawberries to make the butter.

We used two recipes to make the cornbreads: left picture and right picture in animal shapes. Cute, huh?

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Our feast!!! The filling made four pies- whoo hoo!

My cousin, who couldn’t make it last night, made my late auntie’s famous pound cake. O.M.Gosh! It was awesome! Tasted exactly like hers. He’s got her baking touch/gift! Yea!

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Today, we had our Mother’s Day luncheon with my boyfriend and his family at his mom’s favorite restaurant, Palazzo!

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Linguine with meatballs, mixed with white wine butter sauce.

Palazzo Ristorante Italiano
99-080 Kauhale St.; Aiea, 96701
https://www.yelp.com/biz/palazzo-ristorante-italiano-aiea

Easter & new beginnings!

Happy belated Easter! Hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.

My relatives and I have a tradition of coloring eggs every Easter weekend. It never gets old. I always say that you’re never too old to color eggs! I just love it! It’s so much fun!

My family and I went to Assaggio’s at Ala Moana for our Easter luncheon this year. I had the mussels alla basil. That’s one of my favorite dishes to order!

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Doesn’t this look amazingly delicious? Linguine pasta mixed with white wine butter sauce with garlic, basil, and mussels- ahhh! So good!

We had a NY cheesecake for dessert- yum! Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of our dessert. We just dove into it! Haha!

Assaggio’s has many locations on the island. This location we dined at was at Ala Moana.

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
**located across American Savings Bank & California Wok
http://www.assaggiohawaii.com/

Hope this new season of spring brings lots of peace, joy, happiness, and new beginnings. Until next time…

Aloha,

FS~

 

#tbt in Roma!

Almost 10 years ago, my travel gang and I went on a Mediterranean cruise that embarked from Rome, Italy. We visited the following countries: Sicily (Messina), Greece (Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini), Turkey (Kuşadası-Ephesus), and Italy (Naples). We returned to Rome where we disembarked and toured the city for a few days before heading back to the States.

It was my first international trip and I was beyond excited. There were so many awesome memories with new friends.

On our first night in Rome, we dined at Ristorante Aqua Pizzeria. I was super excited to try authentic Italian food, one of my favorites! I LOVE pasta!!

So guess what I ordered? Pasta, haha!

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It’s seafood spaghetti! It was delicious! I wiped the dish clean! Pasta craving was definitely satisfied!

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I also tried wine for the first time! Exciting! Even though I wasn’t 21 yet, I was legal in Europe!!! Yea! It was a white wine and was pretty good. Next to the wine, is water. They serve it “with gas” or “no gas.” Basically, carbonated or non-carbonated.

Ristorante Aqua Pizzeria
Via Benci e Gatti 3, 00053 Civitavecchia Rome, Italy

I loved Italy! I would love to return again one day to explore the country more and grind more authentic Italian food!