Monday, December 24, 2012

merry indeed....

mele kalikimaka from our family to yours.

blessed is an understatement.
so grateful for all that i have.
thank you Lord for sending your precious, perfect Son.

have a wonderful Christmas everyone...

Friday, November 9, 2012

guest blogger on umbrella by the sea

happy fall everyone!
my favorite holiday is fast approaching....
i am starting to get very excited and i hope you are too.
i'm also excited to share with you a guest post
i did in honor of thanksgiving on the cute blog umbrella by the sea.

click on the link to read about how you can put together a 
seasonal display area for your home with things you already have on hand.

hopefully you'll find it helpful and start a new family tradition.

Friday, June 22, 2012

40 years....tried and true

on may 13th....a very wonderful and momentous event took place.
my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

what an achievement to celebrate this day and age.
...and what a wonder considering they look like they ARE 40 years old!

i decided a small cake reception was in order.
i made them a two tier white cake with fresh anthurium flowers.
one tier had lemon curd filling...the other had strawberries and cream.
it turned out just right and it was quite delicious if i do say so myself. cute are they!!!?
the kids blocks put to good use.
mom and dad...
what a incredible example of love, patience, kindness and
long suffering ;-) you are to us!
i am constantly humbled by your generous spirits, helpful nature and
boundless encouragement you pour out on to our family.
God truly blessed me when he gave me the two of you as parents.
here's to many more happy years together.

1 corinthians 13
{the message}
Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
   Love doesn't strut,
   Doesn't have a swelled head,
   Doesn't force itself on others,
   Isn't always "me first,"
   Doesn't fly off the handle,
   Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn't revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

Monday, April 9, 2012

diy :: easy ruffle backdrop

for some reason when i tell people something i've made was "easy", i get an eye roll or a hysterical laughing fit from them.
i guess i make things that look like they take a lot of effort?
seriously folks, if a project's directions reveal an arduous and and time consuming journey, i simply will NOT make it.

"easy" is a required element for the craft projects i will take time out of my life to complete.
this ruffle backdrop is the epitome of easy.
trust me.

the ruffled backdrops i found on pinterest and other sites were absolutely gorgeous but i had one issue with them.
these talented ladies were making the ruffle strips WITH A SEWING MACHINE.
they were sewing the crepe paper into ruffles. with a machine.
what the WHAT???

there is no way i'm sewing  a n y t h i n g  let alone crepe paper. is how i accomplished the same pretty backdrop in a little less than an hour (the board i used was 36x48) with glue.
this one goes out to all my homies that are sewing impaired, those that do not have a sewing machine or are just plain lazy like me.

so with out further are the instructions with purdy pictures to boot.
click on images to make them bigger:

some tips:
~ if you are OCD and need things to be absolutely straight, measure out guide lines with a pen to keep your ruffles on the mark. i just free handed it. there are crooked areas in the purple ombre board i made. it made me cringe a little...but i got over it pretty quick.
~ the ruffles create a camouflage to where you begin and end a crepe streamer cut too short...that means you can use scraps of crepe streamers you were thinking about tossing out. just add them in.
~ when adding your last row that will top off the ruffles, make sure to take your time so the crepe paper doesn't rip.

i love that you can basically add these ruffles to cardboard or anything else that glue will adhere to.
i'm going to add some to an old shutter i found.
have fun ruffle-izing everything!
note that i used a piece of bent and torn cardboard in this tutorial to prove that ruffles make pretty much anything new again.

Friday, April 6, 2012

purple ombre overload

when a dear friend of mine asked me to make the cupcakes for her daughter's first birthday party, visions of ombre danced through my head.
here in hawaii a baby's first birthday is a very, VERY big i really wanted to make it special.
i decided a small dessert station would do nicely.
purple is my friends favorite color (understatement of the century) and was used throughout the tea themed party.

i used a simple cardboard tri fold presentation board for the back drop.
i made the ruffles with crepe paper streamers and glue sticks.
tutorial coming soon!
mini vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
the cake pops are also vanilla with cream cheese frosting.
a local party supply store had a color coordinated candy section. that's where i found the gumballs i placed in this pretty apothecary jar.
i'm so happy the birthday girl's three layer little smash cake turned out so darling!
i used 4 inch round cake pans.
to make the blended layers i piped on one color at a time from bottom to top: dark purple, lavender and white tinted frosting.
each section was about an inch wide.
i then used a toothpick to swirl and blend the colors together.

the three layers inside are also dark purple, lavender and white.
sorry for the poor quality...i took it with my phone.
hau'oli la hanau precious zemmy!
you are a blessing to everyone you meet.
the Lord has placed a bright light for Him deep in your heart.
i see it in your beautiful little face every time i look at you.
shine bright for him little star!
our family loves you and we are so glad we get to watch you grow up.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

birthday "pi"

my sweetie pie husband was born on "pi" day.
we celebrated with a pie extravaganza.
mississippi mud pie, banana cream pie, pumpkin pie, cherry pie with an oreo cookie crust and chocolate cream pie.
i made them in mini form so we could sample without (much) guilt.
recipes coming soon.
click on the picture to get a better look at everything...

i love you my wonderful husband!
i am so blessed to be your wife.
here's to another sweet year with you by my side.

Monday, February 6, 2012

mini caprese salad bites

raise your hand if you love caprese salad!
a burst of fresh deliciousness in every bite.

it was about 2 1/2 hours before i needed to be at a party with a side dish in hand.
i had a napping babe i did not want to wake just to go to the market.
what ever i had on hand was going to have to suffice.
i felt like i was on a cooking game show.
what could i make that didn't LOOK like i'd totally forgotten i needed to bring something??

thank goodness i had recently picked up a container of cherry tomatoes at costco that was still sitting in my pantry.
i had also purchased a huge bag of mozzarella string cheese for the munch during that costco run.
:: i obviously would have preferred buffalo mozzarella, but hey...beggars can't be choosers. i was on lock down with a napping baby ::
low and behold a friend had given me a very large bunch of fresh basil just the day before.
bite sized caprese salads for everyone!!

the most time consuming part is scooping out the cherry tomatoes.
it took me about 30 minutes to make about 30.
man these lil guys were tasty and a big hit at the party.

Mini Caprese Salad Bites
1 large package of cherry tomatoes
8-10 sticks of mozzarella string cheese or 1 container pearl sized buffalo mozzarella
1 bunch of fresh basil
Kosher salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Rinse and pat dry the cherry tomatoes. Remove all stems. The tops of the cherry tomato are usually flat, so I cut off the bottom more rounded portion to get inside the tomato. Use a sharp paring knife cut a thin slice off the bottom. Scoop out the seeds with a melon baller or the paring knife. Discard the seedy centers. Place the tomato cut side down on a paper towel to drain liquid.

Depending on the size of your cherry tomatoes cut the mozzarella sticks into bite size pieces that will fit nicely in to the tomato.
Rinse and gently pat dry the basil. Hand tear generous pieces to go in the middle of each tomato.
I made them large and folded them to fit.

To assemble, line your scooped out cherry tomatoes on a cutting board or cookie sheet.
Season to taste with fresh ground pepper and kosher salt.
Line each tomato with a piece of basil, gently pushing it to the bottom of the tomato.
Top off with a piece of mozzarella.
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Best served when cheese is at room temperature.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

5 months

5 months.
153 days.
220,320 minutes.
a relatively short amount of time to know someone.

i am not able to recall what life was like before you arrived.
maybe i can't seem to remember because you've always been there.
in my minds eye.
in my prayers.
in my future that is now here.

you are asleep on the bed right behind me.
i can hear you breathing.
your chubby arms and legs are tossing about as you try to get comfortable.
you some how figured out you like to sleep on your side with your leg propped up on a pillow just like me.
that makes me smile.

i just turned around to look at you for the 1,254 time today.
you have a sweet little grin on your face.
what exactly does a 5 month old dream about?
your favorite teething toy?
eating real food?
watching the waves at our favorite beach?

i adore you.
you remind me that God the Father gives good gifts.
i breath deep and slow when i hold you.

i was terrified and shocked when the ultrasound tech uttered the words:
"let's get a better look at your little boy."
a boy?
i'm going to have a boy??
are you sure?

i had talked myself into thinking i was pregnant with another girl.
i'm a girl.
i have a girl.
i can handle a girl.
boys on the other hand....yikes.
i don't know how to raise a boy.

but then i realized it wasn't just any boy.
it was you.
sweet, happy, perfect for me, you.
God knew all along i needed a little b in my life.

i love you with all that i am.
thank you for making me realize i don't need to have it all figured out.
i just need to enjoy every. single. day. i get to be with you.

i am grateful Lord for that precious reminder.
to relish this life i have been thoughtfully given.
that You've got "this"....what ever "this" may be.

that you Lord, make me whole.
everything else is just icing on the cake.
you alone are enough.

then you go and place desires in my heart.
and then You fulfill those desires.
that on this journey to an eternal destination, i get to live this amazing life.
i really don't deserve it.

i am  p o s i t i v e  i have no idea what i'm doing.
how to raise a boy, what to make for dinner tomorrow night, whether or not i sent in the car registration.
i could go on and on.
but i have complete confidence in You Lord that you know exactly what You're doing...
and i'll happily go anywhere with You.

thank you for that.
thank you for the little boy fast asleep on the bed behind me.
thank you for his beautiful sister, her heart of worship and crazy dance moves.
thank you for their amazing father...the handsome, Godly man that calls me his bride.
thank you for everything.

Monday, January 16, 2012

long time, no blog...

how the heck are you!?
i am good.
super busy as always.
new baby, working, had gallbladder surgery, running after a 3 year old, trying to remember to make dinner.
you know...every day sort of stuff.

the kids are awesome.
lil b is not so little any more.
he is a chunk.
the munch is adorable and as sweet as ever.
learning to be mommy's helper.
here are some newer pictures of the two of them.
i am actually able to write this post right now because they are both napping...i've won the mommy lottery today ;-)
hopefully i will be able post more regularly in the near future.
aloha...and happy new year.

Monday, September 26, 2011


the most handsome lil guy in the whole wide world....
baby b!
7.1 lbs 21 inches long and perfect.
 i'm utterly and hopelessly in love!
he's brown like his mommy ;-)
welcome to the world peanut!


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