Lola’s Big Move

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in Hawaii for 3 and a half months now. It’s even harder to believe that our long, drawn-out move isn’t wrapped up yet. But – the end is near. With one month left of Sam’s fall term, we’re finally in the home stretch for getting him – and the contents of our house – here to Hawaii. In the meantime, we checked off a huge milestone in the transition last week: moving Lola! Continue reading


Pumpkin Butter Mochi

pumpkin butter mochi

After my pumpkin-season rant last week, I’m suuuper excited to share some good news: I found the queen of pumpkin recipes. As in, the end-all-be-all, look no further-type recipe: Pumpkin Butter Mochi. It’s deliciously pumpkin.  With a twist. 

pumpkin butter mochi

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frozen greek yogurt pumpkin pie

Frozen Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie

In case you’ve been stuck under a rock – or, on a rock, in my case, it’s officially pumpkin season. And even though I get caught up in the excitement every year when the season rolls around, I’m always a little cautiously[…] Continue reading

coconut milk bubble tea

Coconut Milk Bubble Tea

Often times, Hawaii is slow to catch up on trends. But one thing they’ve totally got the rest of y’all beat on is bubble tea. It seems like there are a million bubble tea shops in Hawaii, and they serve all[…] Continue reading

Things to eat in Portland

Headed to Portland? Eat here.

Now that the news is out, there’s one question I’m getting left and right: DO YOU HAVE ANY CRAVINGS? Honestly, this cracks me up, folks. I’m not sure what everyone’s expecting… pickles and ice cream? Sorry to disappoint, but there’s none[…] Continue reading

Lemonade Hawaii

No margaritas for 9 months.

  Actually, I guess it’s more like 6 months. Because, I’m already 3 months pregnant. With a small pooch to prove it. Eeeeek.

haupia french toast

Haupia French Toast (for a crowd!)

Remember when we talked about haupia? I’m a huge fan of this delicious Hawaiian treat. But then again, what’s NOT to love about coconut pudding? It gets better, folks. Because I learned how to stuff haupia into something that’s equally as fabulous: french[…] Continue reading

Mango Banana Bread

Fresh Mango Banana Bread

It took a few weeks for all of my blog supplies to arrive in Hawaii, but my set-up is finally here – and I couldn’t be more excited to share my first recipe from my new home. One of my[…] Continue reading

dog park

Two is cuter than one.

Sam tried to throw me a surprise going away party in Portland last month. The planning was all going really well until he realized that he was actually going to be gone, at a conference in New Mexico. So after weeks[…] Continue reading

kids cowboy belt

Baby’s First Birthday, Cowboy-style

My family is split between Oahu and the Big Island. Although my new job brought me back to Oahu, I got to spend my first full weekend in Hawaii on the Big Island for my nephew’s first birthday party. In Hawaii,[…] Continue reading