Fresh Squeezed Salad and Bucket-Filling

As we were driving home from school the other day I overheard my kindergartner talking about bucket-dipping. Hmmmmm? Have you heard of this before?

“What’s bucket-dipping?” I asked.

Here’s how she broke it down for me:

“Mom, if someone is being mean to you or if they say they don’t like you, that’s bucket-dipping. If you want to have fun and be happy with lots of friends you have to have a full bucket. You can be a bucket-filler too. If you see someone who’s sad and you ask them if they want to play with you, that’s bucket-filling.” [Read more…]

Pink Waffles and a Big Girls Day

Well I did it, I made Apple Beet Waffles.

I also took my daughters to Claire’s and let them get their ears pierced. Yep, I did.

When I was a kid I wanted to get my ears pierced so bad, but my parents wouldn’t let me. It was all I wanted every Christmas, every birthday.

As my Grandmother would warn after listening to me beg my mom, “First she’ll get her ears pierced, next thing you know she will be riding in cars and sleeping with boys.”  Wow, was that what happened?  At nine years old I had never seen a girl have a reaction to 14K gold like that!

Finally, when I was in 8th grade, after I read 30 books and wrote 30 book reports (no joke), my mom took me. It was a big deal in our house. And contrary to my Grandma’s beliefs I didn’t run out of the mall afterwards wearing a mini skirt and gothic cross earrings, I didn’t steal a car while yelling, “Come on boys, jump in!” [Read more…]

Food Day and a Roasted Baby Beet Salad with Arugula and Torn Mozzarella

What a week in the food world it has been! As many of you know October 24th is Food Day and there are events happening in communities all over the nation to raise awareness and address issues of hunger, health and nutrition, and sustainable farming practices. I’m so excited to have been a part of food day here on Oahu as eating healthy, real food is a top priority for myself and my family.

Want to take a quiz to find out if you eat real? Click here. I got a 94. Pretty good. They docked me for white rice and beer. Hey, no one’s perfect. Seriously though, white rice is a weakness of mine and I imagine it is for many who grew up in Hawaii. I’m going to work on making the switch over to brown rice. Except in the case of sushi, I’ll never do that. [Read more…]