Fresh Mango Banana Bread

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 favorite things about living in Hawaii is the abundance of tropical fruit, which I simply can’t get enough of. And although I’ve been gobbling up fresh pineapples, papaya and mango, these tropical fruits are perfect for baking, too.  Continue reading


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 of party planning and sneaking around, he spilled the beans right before he left on his trip. It was probably a good thing because I don’t love surprises. Naturally there’s one exception to that rule, which is the shock we experienced recently when we found Lola’s sister.

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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

aloha friday

aloha friday

Friday mornings on my way to work, the local radio station here on Oahu literally plays a song called “Aloha Friday.” Every Friday. And honestly, there’s no better pick-me-up. “It’s aloha Friday, no work ’til Monday…” Except in this case, I[...] Continue reading

aloha surfboard

Aloha, Honolulu!

Well, it’s been radio silent on my end. I hope you can forgive me. I thought for sure that there’d be no interruption in blogging during the move to Hawaii. Clearly I had no idea what I was in for. Despite[...] Continue reading

portland waterfront

Peace out, Portland.

I’m a day behind schedule thanks to not 1 but 2 tropical storms hitting Hawaii this week. My first flight was postponed, and now I’m rescheduled to fly out smack dab between the two storms. That might sound simple, but[...] Continue reading

watermelon round up

Watermelon Roundup!

Watermelon is, hands down, one of the highlights of summer. I’ve been known to eat way too much watermelon in one siting. But today I have the perfect excuse. Why? It’s National Watermelon Day!  And what better way to celebrate[...] Continue reading

aloha friday

aloha friday

At this point in the moving process, everything is a milestone. Like, the fact that today is my last day of work. It’s also my last Friday in Portland. And of course, the last weekend to eat and drink my way through[...] Continue reading

Fresh Rhubarb Strawberry Ginger Scones

Fresh Rhubarb, Strawberry & Ginger Scones

In the midst of packing, I had a rhubarb-induced panic attack. As in, oh my god I just remembered Rhubarb doesn’t grow in Hawaii- based hysteria. It wasn’t a problem growing up because I had no idea was I was missing.[...] Continue reading

mai tai recipe

Mai Tais

Since my big announcement about moving back to Hawaii, I’ve been packing like a madwoman. My goal is 2 boxes a day, which might not sound like much, but you guys, I’m tired when I get home from work. All[...] Continue reading