Friday, August 18, 2017

Vegan Diet - Day 30

The lab results are in, and although the numbers are a bit better, they're not as spectacularly improved as I was expecting. In fact, my triglycerides went up by a lot and my good cholesterol went down. 

According to info that Leslie sent me, I probably needed to be exercising more, especially since I've been eating more carbs on this diet.

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly "easy" calories like carbohydrates and fats, you may have high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).


So, after a month of vegan eating, I think I'm gonna be lightening up a bit. Meat is still OUT. But donuts are IN.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Warning Signs - Juuuust In Case You Didn't Know

You know the Flash Flood Warnings that we get on the TV and radio? The one where the guy says, "Don't Drown"? That's what these remind me of.

Thanks for sharing Ross. I was ROFL. 

















Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Landon's Simple Vegan Broccoli Salad

Landon threw together broccoli, mac nuts, almonds, baby potatoes and vegennaise to make this. 


He seasoned it with this. It's from Ross and is one of Lan's favorite seasonings. He ran out awhile back and I'd been unable to find more. I just noticed it at Ross again recently, so I bought two bottles. It's around $4.00. 

And talking about simple dishes, here's what I made for my lunch 4 days in a row because that's the extent of MY skills. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I totally copied a painting off of Mindy Lacefield's site. It's supposed to be a giraffe, but mine looks like an alien. I'm gonna fuss with it more after it dries a bit. 


It's fun, but hard. I just have to remember to go with the flow and let things happen as they will.

Monday, August 14, 2017


I bought a few prints at the swap meet by Mindy Lacefield. I think I was first attracted by the color (plus the $1 price tag). I liked the prints because they're done kinda care-freely. 

This girl doesn't even have arms. And look at her legs. What kind of legs are those, anyway? But it's okay, yah. The artist just had fun.

And it's okay to have a colorful face on a big head. And a blue-dotted red wing.

Here's a tutorial by Mindy that I've been watching. She makes it look so easy . . . putting blobs together. I like the translucent nature of watercolor.

And so, I wanna try painting. I've been gathering a few supplies. 

Thanks to friend Fay I was able to find watercolor paints for cheap at Ross. They were $6.00. Friend Linda told me that I could find the watercolor pad at Walmart. It was $6.80, cheapest price compared to elsewhere, including Amazon. 

I didn't like Walmart's brushes, so I went to Hawaiian Graphics on Beretania. Holy Cow! So expensive! I checked out Ben Franklin. They had a not-bad selection of brushes, but somehow they were not what I wanted. 

My last hope was Fisher Hawaii. I went to the Mapunapuna branch. After looking and looking and looking I finally picked a 3-brush pack. It was around $14. But it's Made in China. Oh well.

Sorry, I no more any "artwork" to share yet. Still just watching YouTube tutorials.  Stay tuned . . .  but it might take me awhile . . . and no expect too much . . . 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gardein Orange Chicken

Several people recommended the Gardein Orange Chicken from Costco so Wendell picked up a package on his recent visit there. 


This is what the package looks like. 

Lan added some asparagus to it. It was winnahs!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Scratch Kitchen & Meatery

Last Friday a bunch of us met up with Kat from Adventures in Japan for brunch at Scratch Kitchen & Meatery. I had a great time catching up with Kat and getting to know my crazy cousin V (actually my cousin's cousin).

I had a Yoga Bowl minus the egg. I liked it, but I was secretly jealous of V's Salmon Brunchwich and Mich's Eggs Benny.  

Yoga Bowl ($13).

Smoked Salmon Brunchwich ($13)

Low Country Eggs Benny ($13)

Milk and Cereal Pancake ($11)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wendell's Surume Snack

Here's Wendell's latest favorite snack. 

I bought this at Keeaumoku market. It was on sale for around $15.  There are 3 squid in the pack.

Wendell brushes on a concoction of shoyu, mirin and tabasco sauce. 

I think he meant to do this first, but he forgot.

He broils it for "real short".  He said he doesn't like it too dry. 

Kona likes it too. He gets the tentacles. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Garage Sale Finds

The Niu Valley Community Garage Sale was this past Saturday. I spent a couple of hours walking through the neighborhood . . . good exercise, but was HOT.

Here are my finds . . . around $17 total.

This was my most expensive buy . . . $4. The best thing about having internet access while on the go is that I can research the value of things. I found that this was selling on eBay for around $8.00 plus $3 for shipping. Knowing this made it easier for me to fork over the bucks. 

I just couldn't resist getting this luggage tag holder. It kept making me laugh. It was only $1, and it cleaned up nicely after I wiped it down with some disinfectant wipes. 

I so scored on these Hello Kitty watches. Each was from a different seller. The one in the middle was $2, the other two were $1 each.  I've been wearing the one of the left.  A cute, little girl sold me the minion. She said it was 15 cents, but I gave her a quarter because I'm generous like dat. 

The lady who was selling this book said that it was 50 cents, but I gave her a dollar 'cause . . .  you know . . . generous. It's a good book. Easy reading. I finished it in a day . . . even though I fell asleep midway and had to continue after the nap.

Just a note to Anonymous commenters: I've been getting a lot of Anonymous comments lately which are Spam. They automatically go into a Spam folder. I usually try to review them and accept legitimate comments before mass deleting the rest, but if your comment doesn't make it past the cut, wanted to let you know why . . . my bad. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Juicy Brew

A few weeks ago . . . or was it last week? . . . I went to Juicy Brew on the way home from work. 


I got the Southwestern Orzo Salad, Singapore Noodles and Vegan Breakfast Burrito . . . kinda pricey but ono. Don't think I could go there too often.