Homemade Meatballs

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This is a first from me because I am putting one of my own recipes on here!  I love watching the Food Network channel and I remember one time watching Anne Burrell making her own meatballs and I was in awe.  I knew that I wanted to make my own but I didn't want to have to use a ton of ingredients to do so.  My motto now that I am a mom is to "KEEP IT SIMPLE," and these are so easy to make that I can do them in about 20 minutes from start to … [Read more...]

Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pancetta & Goat Cheese


I love this dinner for many reasons.  First, this pasta dinner is so simple to put together on the weekday and the cooking time is less than an hour and most of that time is just waiting for the butternut squash and onions to roast.  I adapted this recipe from Giada De Laurentiis by adding pancetta which Lucas and I love and most of the times we leave out the walnuts.  You really can do this recipe with so many different pastas and different … [Read more...]

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

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Whenever we watch a game or are in need of a good dip, I always make this one.  One of my mom's friends, Brenda, gave her this recipe and it has become a quick staple dish in our family.  We even eat it every year at Christmas lunch with our BLT sandwiches.  I'm sure your family will love it too! Ingredients: 1 1/2 Pounds Chicken 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Room Temperature 1 Cup Ranch Dressing 3/4 Cup Favorite Buffalo Sauce Shredded … [Read more...]

Home-Style Stew

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I have been on the look out for fast, easy recipes to make for dinner during the week.  We got a slow cooker as one of our wedding presents and have never really utilized it for more than making kalua pig.  My friend Jenn quickly let me know that her slow cooker has been her saving grace in terms of saving time and that I should really use it more.  She was right because this was so easy and turned out great. Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras Inspired Beignets with Raspberry Sauce

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I'm sure when most people think of Mardi Gras in their 20's they are thinking of New Orleans, beads, parades and complete debauchery.  Well, we spent our Mardi Gras a little different and were at home eating jambalaya and our fake beignets/malasadas.  For most of our holidays since having Ke'alohi, I have been trying to think of little traditions we can do to make those days special.  So for this holiday, I attempted to make our themed dinner … [Read more...]


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This past Thursday was my grandma's birthday.  I had originally wanted to celebrate her birthday by making one of her recipes but then realized that I didn't have all the ingredients.  I made it today in honor of her.  When I was growing up, we made this whenever my dad made his chili.  It is so simple to make and pairs great with so many meals! Ingredients: 2 Cups Bisquick 2 Blocks Butter, Room Temperature 6 Tablespoons … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze


I have decided to start a new tradition for Valentine's Day.  I am going to make red velvet pancakes for breakfast each year for Lucas and Ke'alohi.  Now, this recipe is no where near as good as Cinnamon's back home, but it will do the trick and satisfy my craving for Red Velvet.  I tried out this recipe, that I found on Pinterest, and loved how they came out and will probably be looking out for more holidays and reasons to make … [Read more...]