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February 23, 2017

Trudeau Structure Round Cake Mold

Disclosure: complimentary product was provided for review purposes.



I must have been living on another planet, because I had never heard of silicone bakeware until now. Apparently, it's been around for a while, and there are many brands and variations out there.  So what's so great about silicone bakeware?  It's NON-STICK! All you need to do is butter the bakeware and you're ready to go. No more muffin liners or parchment paper needed.

Why splurge on a solid brand like Trudeau?

The integrated steel structure helps with the sturdiness and ensures that the mold will hold its shape.  The grey and purple color scheme is also very attractive and modern-looking.



Your finished product is ridiculously easy to remove from the pan.  Just push up from the bottom and it pops out with no sticking at all.


The Trudeau Structure Round Cake Mold has a lifetime warranty,  is dishwasher safe, microwavable, and able to go straight from freezer to oven.

I made a round carrot cake with the Trudeau Structure Round Cake Mold and I was amazed at how great it works. First of all, buttering it was a breeze.  My cake baked very evenly and popped right out after cooling. And the clean up? Washing the pan took just as much time as buttering it up since nothing had stuck to the pan (except for the grease from the butter).




I'm definitely sold on Trudeau's Structure Round Cake Mold and I can't wait to add their muffin pan and loaf pan to my collection!

For information on how to purchase this and other fine products from Trudeau, visit their website.



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Spinach Cheddar Scones

I never made scones before, and I had no plans on ever making any, but after buying a huge warehouse club bag of spinach, I was on the search for recipes to use up all the spinach before it goes bad.

One recipe I stumbled upon was for a savory spinach scone.  I prefer savory over sweet most of the time, so I was eager to try out the recipe.




I ended up making mini scones (since I love making mini everything - cookies, muffins, etc.), and the end result was very yummy, although the scones turned out a little more flat than I had hoped for. 

These scones are great for breakfast or a snack.  Next time I may throw in a little bacon.


Spinach Cheddar Scones

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1 T white sugar
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c butter, chilled and chopped into cubes
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1 c packed fresh spinach
  • 1 c grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c chopped turkey
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • With a pastry cutter, mix in the butter with the flour mixture. 
  • In a food processor, blend the milk and spinach.  
  • Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir.
  • Mix in the cheese and turkey.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and press into an 8 x 8 inch square.
  • Cut the dough into 9 even squares, then cut each square into two triangles.
  • Place dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

You can view the original recipe here on Weelicious.
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February 22, 2017

Breakfast Casserole Recipe

I love breakfast, and I love making (and eating!) breakfast for dinner, especially since breakfast ideas can be so simple, yet so hearty.

For a recent breakfast-for-dinner, I made an easy Breakfast Casserole.

You can use whatever veggies, meats, and cheeses you have on hand.  It's a great way to use up leftovers, and get your kids to eat veggies!

Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups of spinach (chop the spinach if you want smaller bites of spinach with each forkful)
  • 1/2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c turkey, sliced
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 T milk
  • Salt and pepper to season
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix together eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in tomatoes, spinach, cheese, and turkey.
  • Pour egg mixture into 9x9 pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
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The Medical Spa of Hawaii

Disclosure:  Complimentary treatment was received for review purposes.  All opinions are entirely my own. 

Treatment room

It's been a little over a year since I had some hyperpigmentation treated so I jumped at the offer from The Medical Spa of Hawaii to try out their excel HR laser on some returning sun spots on my face. 

The Medical Spa of Hawaii is located in Haleiwa and open seven days a week making it super convenient.  The Medical Spa is co-owned by two registered nurses and they offer an extensive list of services such as facial rejuvenation and tightening, stretch mark reduction, botox, dermal fillers, as well as hair removal. 

I arrived on a Sunday morning and was greeted by Tony who had me fill out some paperwork and chatted with me about the procedure.  The excel HR laser that he would be using is very versatile and capable of offering hair removal as well as treat vascular lesions, skin texture and tightening, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and much more. 

Although the excel HR laser gives continuous cooling before, during, and after each laser pulse making the treatment as comfortable as possible, I was still glad that the procedure was quick because each pulse felt like a rubber band snap.  Seven pulses later, I was ready to get on with my day!  The treated area felt like sun burn, but went away as the day went on. 

I look forward to sharing my results with you next week!  Stay tuned!

If you would like to learn more from The Medical Spa of Hawaii and other businesses, they will be a part of a Ladies Meet and Greet on February 26, 2017 from 1-3pm at the Adonai Salon, located in the unit in front of the spa. 

Treatment room for facials, microneedling, and more.

Relaxing waiting room.

The Medical Spa of Hawaii
66-590 Kamehameha Hwy Suite 1-C-2
Haleiwa, HI 96712



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Beauty and the Beast Coloring Sheets

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters next month!!  Until then, you can download coloring sheets below for your kiddos (click on the image to access a PDF file to download).











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Button Up Cafe Revisited


It's been almost a year since I first went to Button Up Cafe.  My husband, youngest son, and I had a great breakfast, so we were eager to take our other kids there.

Stuffed Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast

Banana French Toast

Bacon and Mushroom Omelet with Tater Tots

Spinach and Mushroom Omelet with Fried Rice


Bulgogi Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwich

I once again had the Bacon & Mushroom Omelet, but this time with Tater Tots instead of Potato Hash, which I got the last time.  I told myself I would try the Fried Rice, but I couldn't resist the Tater Tots (and my middle son ordered the Fried Rice with his Spinach and Mushroom Omelet, so I knew I could get a bite of his - it was yummy!).

I love this Omelet - it is just stuffed with lots of bacon and mushrooms!

Everyone else loved their meals.  The popular Stuffed Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast was just oozing with strawberry cheesecake, and my former picky-eater middle son devoured his entire Spinach and Mushroom Omelet all by himself.  We all shared a little bit of our plates with everyone else, and we ended up with no leftovers!  

The little eatery continues to dish out great meals with friendly service.  

I need to go back to try their lunch menu!


Button Up Cafe
719 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI  96782
(808) 454-5454
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February 21, 2017

Hawaii Gains a Michelin Star Chef with the Opening of Maru Sushi

Maru Sushi, an iconic Michelin-starred sushi bar in Sapporo, Hokkaido, will open its second location in Honolulu, Hawaii tonightTuesday, February 21, 2017.  Helmed by the founding owner and executive chef Takeshi Kawasaki, the exclusive nine-seat counter will give diners two course options, each featuring an impressive lineup of Edomae sushi incorporating Hokkaido’s finest seafood bounty.

The sushi bar will offer a $180 course that features 6-7 appetizers and about 14 pieces of nigiri, and a $220 course with 6-7 appetizers and about 16 pieces of nigiri with elevated ingredients.  The nigiri count for each course will vary based on market prices for the ingredients, most of which will be flown in fresh regularly from Hokkaido.  The restaurant is developing a finely curated selection of drinks to complement the sushi, including Suntory Malts beer by the draft, as well as a selection of fine wines, sake, and shochu.  Reservations will be taken at 5:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m., with the experiencing lasting no more than two hours.

Almost an exact replica of the Hokkaido restaurant designed by Takeshi Kawasaki himself, the 647 square-foot Honolulu location exudes a traditional Japanese aesthetic, from the entrance hall lined with thin stalks of bamboo emerging from a bed of white stones to the grey slate tiles leading up to the intimate 250-square foot dining room comprised of a low sushi counter with nine custom-made seats.  The space’s interior is dominated by an L-shaped counter and seafood showcase made completely of blonde cedar, as soothing earth tones on the walls complement the warm ambiance.  Recessed lights softly illuminate the counter, as a textured silhouette of Diamond Head on the wall subtly hints at the restaurant’s nod to its new home, Hawaii.

“I have spent a lifetime as a sushi chef, constantly challenging myself to become better.  After earning a Michelin star in 2011, and having my son carry on my legacy at the restaurant in Sapporo, my wife and I can fulfill our dreams and comfortably move to Hawaii,” says Takeshi Kawasaki, executive chef and owner of Maru Sushi.  “Though I may have retired to Hawaii, where I cherish the relaxed spirit of the islands, I still vigilantly maintain a discerning sense of taste and a very high standard for my craft.  I hope the people of Hawaii will relish the flavors of Hokkaido and appreciate my attention to detail.”

Maru Sushi is located at 1731 Kalakaua Avenue, in a brand new two-story building near the Hawaii Convention Center.  The restaurant will open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m.  For more information, please call (808) 951-4445.  
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