Monday, September 17, 2012

The weekend

Who doesn't like weekends? I love weekends - plenty of time to spend with my hubby and do lots of fun things. Here's what we did this weekend. We pitched in with a bunch of people from Paul's work and rented a couple of pontoon boats over at the Marine Corp base. We anchored at the "sand bar" (area about a mile from shore but sandy at low tide) and hung out, ate, and paddle boarded. It was a good time - nice and relaxing. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed pontoon boats and I didn't even get sea sick!!

Saw a nice sized honu (hawaiian for turtle). Its hard to see in this picture but he's the dark spot middle left.

It was mostly sunny with the occasional cloud where we were but over the island it was really cloudy and rainy - so beautiful to watch.
Here is Paul talking with one of the ladies he works with and her little daughter.

Great day - only thing I would change would be to remember alway reapply your sunscreen!

So on sunday I got in the cooking mood (anything to avoid watching football...) and decided to try my hand with some new recipes. I attempted and failed to make an edible hummus dip (its like bean dip with chickpeas) 

Paul said it was "nasty". I love hummus but will need to find a better recipe to try from next time. The next thing on the list was to make pita bread - I think we both agreed that this was a success; even though it didn't puff up quite like it was supposed to.

 We made egg salad to go with the pita bread and that turned out amazing. The nice thing about pita is you don't cut all the way through so you don't have to worry about things falling out the back.

 And now on to a garden update:

We planted another tomato plant that was in a pot and added some cucumber (lemon variety) plants on the right side. My beets are starting to get some real leafs finally.

 Zucchini plant is really taking off. Planted some regular cucumbers next to it and three more pepper plants (they're still tiny).

And what is all the green stuff in the yard??? Yes, grass has finally started to grow - well, grass and weeds but we'll worry about the weeds once the whole yard is covered.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sore Throat

Ugh - my throat has been killing me all day. I must have finally caught a cold (no one in Hawaii should be sick...). So I decided to give a Pinterest idea a try. So first you take a couple of lemons and slice & quarter and remove all seeds. Next place into a small mason jar and cover with honey - island honey is amazing!- and let it sit in the fridge for a while (months). The end result is kinda like lemon marmalade. Just spoon a dollop into a mug and cover with boiling water - supposed to be the best natural sore throat remedy.

What the heck? I can't get the picture to rotate... Well, you get the idea :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nu'uanu - Judd Trail

We hiked Nu'uanu - Judd Trail today (5+ miles). It was a good hike - a little harder than the book described but at least it had a lot of switch backs to make the uphill easier.

Trail head with cousin Zack

bamboo grove we passed through 

Paul and I at one of the lookouts 

Paul and some cool trees 

This was kind of neat - just happened to stop to get some water and looked to my right, and there is this little tree that someone had decorated with Christmas ornaments. 

One of my favorite things to look for on hikes: fiddleheads - pretty much just a fern baby 

Me in another bamboo grove 

Paul and Zack at the halfway lookout

view of Honolulu 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Garden Installation

We finally managed to spend some time in the backyard and I wish we had done it sooner! Here are some pictures of the process.

So here it is after we scrubbed the fence down for about two hours (removed dirt, grass, bugs, and dog prints - all courtesy of the previous tenants). Obviously it isn't the biggest yard we have had but it is big enough to BBQ, garden, and relax in moderate privacy.

We decided to go with two raised beds instead of just one long one - here is the left one 

 and here is the right one

Much nicer to look at with the frames all filled up!

 Paul's baby pineapple

Here is the right side - we have two Roma tomatoes, a row a Hawaiian sweet corn growing along fence, and a row of beets growing in front of the tomatoes - both still too small to see

 In the Left bed we have a healthy Hawaiian pepper plant and a not so healthy tabasco pepper plant - going to give him a bit more time to see if it's salvageable - behind them is another row of corn

 and no garden is complete without at least one zucchini plant - personally, zucchini is my favorite

Here are a few close up of the garden - first is mint. This guy is getting huge, good thing it will be staying in a pot.


 if you look closely you can see one of my baby beets

 and one of the baby corns
Some of the other plants growing include: thyme, rosemary, sage, lavender, and ornamental black pepper.

Paul and I both love to sit out on the lanai (back porch) and watch the plants grow. There are few things that compare with growing and harvesting your own food.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Curb Alert!

So I finally managed to wake up early on a weekend and what do my eyes see just across the street? A dresser, mirror and queen head board all free for the taking! I've been looking for something like this for a couple of months but have been hesitant to put any real money into it so this was beyond perfect! I didn't even have to do any of the heavy lifting seeing as we have family visiting.

Here is the dresser. The plan is to turn it into a hutch for the kitchen. We plan to take out the bottom set of drawers and put cabinet doors on (to hold all of our canning jars) and build a custom hutch to be attached to the top to hold our cook books and some small kitchen appliances. The whole thing will be painted a nice white with new hardware.

I plan to also paint the mirror white and hang it in the entryway above our soon to be made entryway bench

and the headboard will be touched up and then painted a shiny black and go into the spare bedroom.

I also scored three 8x10 picture frames for 2$ each at a yard sale - good thing I woke up early this morning.