Monday, December 10, 2018

James Burke Washi Tape

I decided to stop hoarding my James Burke washi tapes and finally busted each out from their packaging.  

They're so pretty that after I got them I ended up not wanting to use them. 

I laid strips in my art journal as a keepsake and am now finally putting them to use. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Raisin Bread from Bakery & Table

I went back to Bakery & Table in Times Kahala the other day. I walked back and forth trying to decide which pastry to get until I finally decided on a half loaf of the raisin bread ($7).

Toasted and dabbed with buttah . . . was so ono!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Corned Beef Thieves?

I noticed this at Longs the other day and thought it was most intriguing. No? I've seen expensive canned abalone in a locked display case before, but this is not-that-expensive corned beef being secured behind the checkout counters. I can't figure it out. Plus, if someone were to try and steal some corned beef, how many cans could the person hide in their clothing without it being noticeable? Maybe it's a lot of people stealing one can at a time. Makes me wonder . . . 

Also noticed Tulip Jamonilla on the shelf below.  Didn't know what that was. Had to google it when I got home.

Pomai of Tasty Island did a Jamonilla review earlier this year. You can check it out here


Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Gift Tags

I got this 10-card pack at the swap meet for $1.  I loved the feel of the paper . . . like washi. I imagined I could make Christmas gift tags with them. 

Each card was simply a sheet of the washi paper folded in half. It was perfect.

I was able to cut 40 pieces from the cards.

I even cut up the envelopes.

I glued the pieces onto card stock and folded them in half. Then I punched holes in each and added a gold string. I got the string from Fisher. I think it was $1.79.

Came out cute, yah.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Disposable Fountain Pens

My mom wanted to check out the 30%-off Christmas gift bags at Fisher so after picking up her medicine from Tripler yesterday we went to Fisher's Mapunapuna branch.

I knew that these fountain pens were on sale at Fisher and I meant to look for them the day before when I was at the Kakaako store, but by the time I remembered about them my basket was pretty loaded and already contained over $50 worth of stuff. And so I decided that I really didn't need another fountain pen . . . even though these were COLORED fountain pens, and I didn't own any COLORED fountain pens.

It's funny when you're in the same store but it's a brand new day and you're empty handed and you haven't spent any $$$ yet . . . spending $5 something for three pens seems like such a small amount. So I got um.

I like the vibrant colors.

And the smoothness while writing.

Got all kine colors. Go. Buy. Good stocking stuffer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Yesterday's Deals

I'm kinda into brush lettering although no matter how much I practice I still suck. This Tombow Fudenosuke set is on sale at Fisher this month. I wrote about the pen before here, and was excited to learn that they now make it in different colors. 


Fisher is selling the set for $14.95. It's actually selling on Amazon right now for $28.90!  I think it would make a good Christmas present.

This is my favorite glue to use when I make greeting cards. You only need to use a little, and because it's more rubbery than liquidy it doesn't warp paper. 

It's also on sale at Fisher this month.

Another good deal was this Faber-Castell water-soluble colored pencil set which I got at Ross for $11 (including senior discount).  It's $24.87 on Amazon.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Low-Carb Clam Chowder

Wendell made this the other night, and I was so surprised at how ono it was . . . being low-carb and all.  Maybe it's because of the buttah and bacon, yah!

The recipe is from Peace, Love and Low Carb and can be found here. It's actually a slow-cooker recipe, but Wendell just made it on the stove. 



  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small leek, cleaned, trimmed, and sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 – 10 oz cans of fancy whole baby clams, drained
  • 2 cups clam juice
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon, cooked crisp, and crumbled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Heat slow cooker on low setting.
  2. To slow cooker, add chicken stock, garlic, shallot, leek, celery, onions, butter, and salt and pepper. Cover, and cook vegetables on low for 1 hour.
  3. To the slow cooker, add clams, clam juice and bacon.
  4. Add cream cheese, heavy cream, garlic powder and thyme. Continue mixing until there are no visible clumps of cream cheese and all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Kid-Time Fun

Kid time we would sometimes spend our day doing this. I wonder how many other kids did it too.


If it doesn't look familiar to you, this is what was at the end of the string. 

We would stun the bee with either cotton and alcohol (Geri's method) or just soak the bee with water (Cy's method), and while the bee was incapacitated, we would tie a string around it. 

After awhile the bee would revive and try to fly away, and we would hang on to the other end of the string. I feel kinda bad now for the poor bee, but back then it was good fun.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Yaki Imo

This was at the entrance of Times Kahala.  While I was waiting for Wendell to check out I saw a lady rush in, grab two bags and go straight to the check-out line. 

I asked her if it was good (uhhh, duh, she bought two bags), and she replied in a Japanese accent, "I like it." 

I'm thinking that next time I'm in the area I'll go buy some . . . and maybe some pastry from Bakery & Table . . . since . . . it's right there.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Bakery & Table

I went to Times in Kahala yesterday and was surprised to see Bakery & Table in the old Saint-Germain spot. 

I only look some quick shots because I was with Wendell and . . . you know . . . "time waits for no man".










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