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Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

Let me tell you something that’s just plain crazy. And then I promise I’ll tell you all about this deliciousness in the picture (hellloooo tropical smoothie!).

tropical sunrise smoothie

I’ve been living with my parents for a year and a half now. Insert monkey-covering-his-eyes emoji here. If I were you, I’d totally be judging me right now. Continue reading


Passion Fruit Strawberry Margaritas

passion fruit strawberry margaritas

You know how I feel about margaritas. OBSESSED.

But in a strange twist of events, I didn’t miss margaritas while I was pregnant. Like, at all. When it came to alcohol, all I wanted was a cold beer. And this craving lasted for pretty much the whole pregnancy, to the point where it actually sorta bothered me. I enjoy a good microbrew from time to time, but I never would have chosen beer over margaritas pre-pregnancy. Leave it to me to develop a serious love for beer after leaving Portland. Sigh. I wondered if I’d ever be “normal” again. Continue reading


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


Mai Tais

Mai Tai recipe

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 I want to do is have a glass of wine and watch some Gossip Girl on Netflix. Plus, I’m already getting sentimental about leaving. And packing doesn’t help.  Continue reading


Hawaiian Bread Pudding with Coconut Caramel Sauce

hawaiian bread pudding

Sunday night was “College Night” at the bar across from my college campus. After 10pm, students were given 50% off, and you’d better believe that it was always packed. While my fellow 21-and-olders were in it for half priced mixed drinks, I was committed to something else: discounted bread pudding. What can I say? I have my priorities.

To this day, I love a good bread pudding.Think about it: carbs + pudding + sugar. Honestly, what’s not to love? This Hawaiian Bread Pudding is definitely a winning combination. I kept everything that’s sinfully delicious about bread pudding, and added in a little tropical twist. I’m preeeetty predictable like that. Plus – remember that Coconut Caramel Sauce I made last week? Um, yea. Make it. And then spoon pour it onto the Hawaiian Bread Pudding. Tropical party in yo’ mouth. 

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Tropical Chinese Chicken Salad

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We’ve had an unusually warm Spring in Oregon, and I can’t bring myself spend the evenings inside cooking dinner. That means we’ve been eating lots of salad and no bake meals. Over the weekend I pre-cooked a bunch of boneless, skinless chicken breasts to use throughout the week. I’ve used the chicken in a variety of ways, including Chicken Salad in an Avocado and most recently, Chinese Chicken Salad with homemade asian vinaigrette. With macadamia nuts, of course. Because by now you know that I can’t avoid bringing tropical to the table.

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Spiked Mango Passionfruit Sweet Tea

spiked mango passionfruit sweet tea

Now that Cinco de Mayo is over, put down the tequila. And pick up a bottle of Honey Whiskey, y’all. Have you tried this stuff? Maaaaaan it’s good. But wait – don’t start chugging just yet. You’ve gotta save it for the perfect summer cocktail: Spiked Mango Passionfruit Sweet Tea. As if sweet tea isn’t delicious enough on it’s own, right? But spiked sweet tea is truly delightful on a hot day – and it has been H.O.T in Portland.

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I’m not a southern belle, so naturally I had to add some tropical to this equation. I brewed the tea per the usual sweet tea recipe, but added much less sugar to compensate for the sweet fruit juice and honey whisky. Traditional whisky is also lovely in sweet tea – but frankly, I just really like Honey Whiskey. It sort of… takes the edge off? So I modified the recipe to accomodate it. 

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And, voila.

Served on ice with a wedge of lemon and fresh mint, this drink is smooth, refreshing, and just the right amount of sweet. Bring it on, summer.

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Spiked Mango Passionfruit Sweet Tea
Yields 1 pitcher

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6 cups water
8 bags of tea
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups Trader Joe’s Mango Passionfruit juice
Honey Whisky (6+ oz)
Mint and lemon slices for garnish

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, add tea bags, and let steep 5-10 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher and add juice. Stir to combine and let chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator (I let cool overnight). Stir again before serving.
Add ice and 1 ounce of Honey Whisky to each glass. Pour sweet tea over rum, and garnish with mint and a lemon wedge. Put your feet up and enjoy.

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