Aloha, Honolulu!

aloha surfboard

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 my attempts at organization – and I’m talking google spreadsheets here, people! – moving was stressful. Slightly chaotic. And filled with mixed emotions. It was really difficult saying goodbyes to all of the friends who’ve become my family-away-from-home in Portland. It was even harder to say goodbye to Sam and Lola, who I won’t see for over three months.

But, wait.  Don’t feel too sorry for me. I landed in Hawaii safe and sound, despite severe hurricane threats. And truthfully, it’s so wonderful to be home. I can’t wait to fill you in on my new adventure, but for now, here’s a look at the sites, smells and tastes of my first week home in Hawaii. Continue reading


Peace out, Portland.

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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 the weather forecast seems to chance ever 3 minutes. Hawaii, you sure are making me work for this.

Portland, it’s been real. Hope to see you soon. And in the meantime, wish me luck on the flight tomorrow. Flying in windy skies is not my strong suit.

watermelon round up

Watermelon Roundup!

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aloha friday

aloha friday

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Fresh Rhubarb Strawberry Ginger Scones

Fresh Rhubarb, Strawberry & Ginger Scones

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mai tai recipe

Mai Tais

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Big announcement!

I’m at that stage in my life where big news usually has to do with pregnancies and babies. So I’m going to squash that rumor right now and confirm that that’s not at all what I’m talking about. Any other guesses?

aloha friday

aloha friday

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coconut guava popsicles

Coconut Guava Popsicles

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4th of July Recipe Roundup

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