Monday, August 13, 2018

La Tour Cafe's Mahimahi Caesar Salad

Cambridge English Dictionary
piddling meaning: 1. very small or not important

Used in a sentence: I think it's pretty ballsy of La Tour Cafe to charge $16.90 for this piddling "caesar salad".




Sunday, August 12, 2018

Niu Valley Community Garage Sale

Yesterday was the Niu Valley Community Garage Sale. 18 homes participated this year. I look forward to this event every summer.  I usually go first thing at 8:00 in the morning before it gets too hot. The weather was especially nice yesterday.

I only found a few knick knacks and ended up spending just $5.25 in total, but it was great exercise and fun to boot. 

This Croods DVD was $1.00. I already have the movie, but . . . you know . . . you can never have enough of The Croods. It's one of my favorites. 

I loooooove this Swarovski crystal cigarette case. The gal I bought it from said that she decorated it herself. It was $1.

I'm gonna turn it into a watercolor palette. 

I got this case from the same gal. It was also $1. 

I'm thinking of making a miniature palette with it, but it's pretty tiny so I need to figure out what to use for pans. 

This book was 25 cents. I like the simple drawings in it so I plan to use it for reference when I draw cartoons. 

This eyeglass case was $1. I think the fabric is so pretty. Maybe I can use it as a gift box for a present.

I used to use a lot of these back in the day when I did photo shoots. I rarely do shoots now, but this half spool was only 50 cents so I couldn't resist.

This ball-jointed doll was only $1. She doesn't bend at the waist or ankles but is otherwise very posable. Hopefully, it'll help me with drawing figures.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Seaweed Crunch with Almonds

My friend Cleta gave me this and I love it!! It's so danger-ono. She said it's from Costco. 

Thanks Cleta!!



Friday, August 10, 2018

The First Senior Moment

And that is why we have no dinosaurs today. Hahaha!!


Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Bad Thing and The Good Thing

We had a gathering of cousins this past weekend and conversation kinda seemed to focus on us getting old. I mentioned about how clumsy I'm getting and told a story about what happened to me on my recent Japan trip.

We were in a restaurant that served buffet Japanese food. There was a darkly lit corridor in the restaurant where there was a step-up that I totally didn't see, and I tripped.

The Bad Thing was that when I tripped I was carrying a tray full of separate dishes of food. It seemed like it was a good two minutes that I stomped around on the wooden floor, swaying this way and that, trying to keep the food and myself from falling to the ground.

The Good Thing was that I DIDN'T FALL DOWN! It was a miracle! I don't even know how that happened, but me AND THE FOOD didn't fall down. 

My food ended up spread out all over my tray, but main thing . . .  I DIDN'T FALL DOWN! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Colin's Bran Muffin

My mom's breakfast routine includes having a bran muffin every morning. She was so sad with the closure of St. Germain Bakery because that's where her favorite muffin is from. 

A few days ago my nephew Colin surprised my mom with bran muffins that he and my brother had baked. 

So so so so sweeeeeeet, yah!!!! And the muffin is perfect for my mom . . . moist and not overly sweet.



Mix wet ingredients:
4 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chilled applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup well-drained crushed pineapple

Add dry ingredients:
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Latest Greeting Card and Polymer Clay Pin

Here's my latest greeting card. I had planned to color it with watercolor paints but realized that doing it with alcohol markers was easier. 


Inspiration came from this pin that I got at a rummage sale for 50 cents. Can't believe it was only 50 cents. It's so pretty . . . and very tactile. I love touching it. 

I'm pretty sure this is the method that the artist used to make the pin. I would love to learn how to do this . . . but I just can't imagine having to store more craft supplies in the nooks and crannies of my house.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Angelo Pietro

Last week me and Landon went to Angelo Pietro in Kaimuki. It was pretty empty when we got there, but it filled up really fast. Everything was gooooood. 

Here's the Calamari Fritti Rings ($8.95)

This is Landon's pasta, Sausage & Mushroom + Bacon ($13.15 + $?)

This is my Gourmet Mix Mushroom Pizza ($13.95)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Self Portrait v. 2

Homework for this week was to work on improving our original self portrait. I didn't feel like working on the same drawing that I had already previously spent days on so I'm making a new one instead. 

It took me all week to get the perspective that worked for me. This drawing is actually my third attempt. I still need to add some shadowing to add more depth . . . just not sure how.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Stuff Wendell Brought Back from Maui

Wendell went to Maui for a softball tournament.  He brought home just a few stuff, but he did good.

He preordered and got some mochi from Maui Specialty Chocolates. I put together the "combination" tray below for him to give away. 

Me and Les didn't preorder when we went to Maui last year, and this is what we got from there. Zero.

Wendell also bought two trays of this layered manju (Azuki and Sweet Potato) from Maui Style Market (fna Ah Fook's) for around $7.50 (maybe). We had already cut up the pieces before I remembered to take a picture. 

It's thick and very ono. Wendell said that he was told that it sells out fast.

He also got this teriyaki sakura-boshi from Maui Style Market. It was $20 for a bag. 

This is what's left of the bag . . . maybe half gone?