Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trimmed


Yippee!!  No need worry about planny leaves and bird poop for awhile now. 

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Spare Fabric


Thank you, thank you, De, for the tip about the Kokua Line article regarding the gal who is in need of fabric.  I contacted her and will be dropping off my stuff soon!

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If you have extra fabric and are interested in donating them, here is an excerpt from the article:

“I am also writing to ask if you would find a small space to let your faithful followers know that we are in need of fabric. We have an amazing angel who is 92 years old and loves to make small quilts … So far she has sewn over 900 small quilts that fit perfectly into the shoeboxes. It would be marvelous if any of your readers would share some of their fabric stash to provide these precious quilts for the children around the world, who could then wrap themselves in aloha from Hawaii.”
Anyone who has fabric to donate can contact Marilyn Gilbert by email at gil.aloha@hawaiiantel.net, phone at 261-6087 or mail at 247 Akiohala St. Kailua, HI 96734.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latest


For lack of anything better to post, here are my latest watercolor paintings. None are my original drawings.

The top left drawing below is Kellogsloops'. I actually traced that one. I was anxious to try painting it and didn't have the patience to draw it freehand. The other three are copies of drawings by Demizu Posuka.
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I also traced the dragon picture on the right below. It's from a neat drawing/coloring book that I found at the swap meet which I eventually gave to Colin. 

I copied Loish for the top left painting and Demizu for the bottom paintings. I don't know who the original artist is for the top middle. I saw it in the background of a YouTube video and liked it.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Yajima-Ya


Wendell and I had lunch at Yajima-Ya yesterday. We both selected a combination plate ($21.50).

My Cali Roll and Tempura.
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Wendell's Salmon and Karaage Chicken.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Obento Rinka


I passed by Obento Rinka on my way to Asian Grocery and saw through their window that they were open and loaded with a variety of bento. 

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I got this for Wendell. He said it was "okay". LOL.
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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Gingher Scissors at Ross


I got this scissors from Ross yesterday for $3.99. Amazon has it for $13.41. Gingher scissors originally came from Italy. This one is labeled "Gingher Taiwan". 

I tested it out.  It has a good heft and cuts cleanly through several layers.
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Here's my beloved Gingher dressmaker shears. I paid $20 for it, and I hide it in my craft room.
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Friday, September 6, 2019

Too Many Supplies


Sorry for the lack of posts, but the only thing that's happening lately is my attempt at trying to down-size my art/craft supplies. 

It made me happy to find new homes for these rubber stamps.
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Remember when I was into watches? I seemed to have accumulated way more than I realized. I gave away a whole bagful to a really nice older man at the swap meet who always gives me good deals.

I'm still sorting out my beading supplies. I'm not quite pau yet, but so far these are my keepers. I have plans to give away the rest to a gal at the swap meet.
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After that is . . . FABRIC. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Simple Guacamole


I mentioned to Didi that I had some avocado and wanted to make guacamole even though my guacamole always comes out lacking.  She emailed me a simple (yay!) recipe, and I tried it.

Unfortunately, green onion is key to this recipe, and I didn't have any. Still, it came out good. Thank you, Didi!
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Mari's Should-Be-World-Famous Guacamole
Ingredients
Avocados
Salsa (any kind, but make sure it’s tomato-based and has some liquid)
Limes
Green onions
Cilantro
Salt
Sriracha (this has chilies, garlic, sugar, vinegar and altogether a much more rounded flavor than Tabasco or chili water)
Directions
Notice my recipe has no measurements. I use none — but do a lot of tasting and adjusting seasonings. This means you’ll be stirring guacamole frequently, so if you mash too much up front, you will end up with no avocado chunks in your guacamole.
Peel and seed avocados and throw in a bowl. If you’re using my avocados or similarly large ones, add about 1 heaping tablespoon of salsa per avocado (I mean the kind you eat soup with, NOT a measuring tablespoon). Add a few pinches of salt. Go around the bowl a couple of times with the Sriracha. Depending on the size of your limes, start by squeezing in the juice of half a juicy lime per 2 medium to large avocados.
Minimally mash, then roughly stir everything together with the biggest fork you have. Taste. Adjust levels of salsa, lime juice, salt or Sriracha. Mix and taste again. Stop as soon as you think, wow!
Note: It’s OK if you accidentally overseason a little bit here. You can make up for it by adding a lot of greens, or a little more avocado. I sometimes reserve half an avocado in case I need to mild out the flavor after seasoning.
Now, grab a bunch of cilantro, chop, and throw in. Grab some green onion — more than you think you’ll need — and chop finely, from root to tip. GREEN ONION IS THE KEY. This fresh, edgy flavor will permeate the guacamole, but people won’t recognize that. They’ll all think it’s the cilantro. Mix all in and taste again. Your tastebuds should say yummy.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Colin's Shoyu Hot Dog


Colin shared another recipe and it looks good!!  THANK YOU COLIN!!!!   💗

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Ingredients:

8 beef hot dogs
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbs firmly packed brown sugar

Steps:

Slice the hot dogs into 1/4 inch slices.

In medium-sized pan add oil and heat until warm.

Add hot dogs. Cook until edges are brown.

Add soy sauce and brown sugar. Stir until dissolved.

Wait until the hot dogs look glazed in the sauce and the sauce is thickened.

Enjoy!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Wagyu Beef Thief


I went to J Shop yesterday to pick up some wagyu for Wendell for his birthday, and this photo was on  display there. Looks like the thief walked off with a whole slab of wagyu!

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Liliha Bakery at Macy's


We had Summer Roll Making Day at my old working place yesterday. I went to pick up some coco puffs as my contribution.  So convenient that they're at Ala Moana Macy's 3rd floor now!

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Here's me and buddy Les with our summer rolls. They were so yummy!!
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Cleta's Quinoa and Mango Salad


Pal Cleta gave me this refreshing quinoa salad yesterday. I love the different textures and the surprising hint of curry. 

The recipe can be found here at the Hawaiian Electric site. 

Thank Cleta!!!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time Flies


I can totally relate to these.  Thanks again for sending, Ross!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Some Old Pikchas


Just when I thought I didn't have anything to post today, Wendell's friend emails me nostalgic Hawaii photos.

Thanks Ross!

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