Friday, July 1, 2022

Hawaii Stands with Ukraine - Fundraiser 07-03-2022

Hawaii Stands with Ukraine is having a fundraiser this Sunday at Magic Island.  

Ticket price is $25 to be donated directly to Ukraine.  Here is the info from Instagram:

Please join us for a unique opportunity!! 

What: Livestream with Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline, BBQ, music, art, and craft fundraiser.

Where: Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, Picnic Area #36(at tip of Magic Island near the ocean)

When: July 3, 2022, 10 am – 1 pm

Tickets: Please purchase tickets at Eventbrite and/or donate at the event. All funds raised will go directly to help our friends on the frontline in Ukraine! 

Tickets here: 

Your attendance at this special event will help to bring humanitarian aid and hope to soldiers on the Zero Line (frontline) in Ukraine. These defenders of Ukraine's Independence put their lives on the line every day to save Ukrainian men, women, children, and their country from invaders who are killing and destroying all that they hold dear...

This weekend as we celebrate American Independence, let's support those giving everything to hold on to Ukrainian Independence. 

Please bring a chair or comfortable seat for yourself and any guests. There will be music and tables with Ukrainian artwork, crafts, and jewelry for sale – with all proceeds going to the Zero Line men. There will also be a BBQ with a variety of foods and please note that these may include foods that have common allergens such as dairy, gluten, soy, nuts etc. We are not responsible for any food choices you may knowingly or unknowingly make. Please feel free to bring your own drinks and/or food.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Slava Ukraini! Heroyam Slava!

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Dd's Chorizo Clams Bucatini


chorizo clam bucatini




6 oz. bucatini, cooked according to package directions, drained well

8-10oz. fresh manila clams, rinsed

1 can chopped clams, drained, liquid saved*

1/2 c. reserved clam juice*

2 TB olive oil

2 oz. chorizo, crumbled

1 large shallot, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. dried ground sage

1 tsp. dried basil

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

¼ c. Italian parsley, hopped

1 c. white wine

2 TB butter

2 TB heavy cream

2 TB lemon juice

Garnish: grated parmesan cheese, chopped Italian parsley


In a large skillet over medium heat brown chorizo in olive oil. Add shallots; cook 1-2 minutes. 

Add garlic, oregano, sage, basil and red pepper flakes. Saute until shallots are translucent.

Add reserved clam juice and wine. Bring to a simmer 15 minutes until almost completely 

reduced.  Stir in butter, cream, lemon juice and fresh and canned clams. Simmer an additional 

5 minutes. Add parsley. Optional to toss pasta in sauce or serve sauce over warm pasta. 

Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Serves 2-3.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Microwave Oven Care Tip

If you store your splatter cover inside of the microwave oven, then maybe it'll actually get used by the other people in your house and  . . . 


you won't end up being an Angry Mama so often.
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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Diem's Vietnamese Crispy Rice Noodle Snack

This is the last bite of a super ono snack that my sister-in-law made.  I've never eaten anything like it before . . . savory, sweet, crunchy . . . so yummy.

Didi said that she wants to try and make it herself so Diem will be dropping off some of the ingredients to her this weekend.


I think this is the rice noodle that Diem used.
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This is the video that Diem followed.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Wendell's Pan-Seared Steak with Garlic Butter

This was ono but OMG da splatter!!!  Wendell got the recipe from Natasha's Kitchen website.

He didn't use a cast-iron pan but was still good.



  • 2 lbs New York Strip Steaks (2 steaks)or Ribeye or Top Sirloin Steaks (1 lb each steak, 1 1/4” thick)
  • 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oilor any high heat cooking oil like canola or extra light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper,  freshly ground
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlicpeeled and quartered
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


    Thoroughly pat steak dry with paper towels. Just before cooking, generously season with 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper

    Heat the cast iron pan until hot then add 1/2 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat. Once the oil is very hot, add steaks to the skillet. Sear the steaks on the first side for 4 minutes until a brown crust has formed then flip and cook another 3-4 minutes. Using tongs, turn the steak on its sides to render the white fat and sear the edges (1-minute per edge).

    Reduce heat to medium and immediately add 2 Tbsp butter, quartered garlic cloves and rosemary to the pan. Spoon the butter sauce over the steak, tilting the pan to get butter on your spoon. Continue spooning the sauce over the steak for a minute or until the steak is about 5-10 degrees from your desired doneness (the temperature will continue to rise another 5-10 degrees while steaks rest).

    Transfer steak to a cutting board, loosely cover and rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1/2" strips to serve. Spoon extra butter sauce over sliced steak to serve.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Crispy Beets

 Didi gave this to me. She said she gets it from Safeway.  It's stocked with the salad croutons.


It's super ono on salads.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Dd's Pork Paprikash Stew

This looks so ono, doesn't it??!!  Maybe someday I'll try make it.




2# boneless pork shoulder roast, trimmed, 1 ½ -inch cubes

Garlic salt, salt, freshly ground black pepper

2½ TB Hungarian paprika

1-2 TB olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 ½ TB tomato paste

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried caraway seeds, crushed

2 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. dry mustard

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 TB Worcestershire sauce

2 TB brown agave nectar

1 large tomato, chopped

1 ½ c. beef stock

8 oz. cremini mushrooms, quartered

2 medium potatoes, small stew cut

2 medium carrots, small stew cut

1 medium onion, quartered

Service: Cooked egg noodles, optional: sour cream


Place pork in a bowl; generously season with 1 T paprika, garlic salt, salt and pepper.

In a large saucepan over medium high heat brown pork in olive oil, turning to brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes. Remove to a dish. 

Add more olive oil as needed. Add chopped onion, garlic, tomato paste, remaining paprika, seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and agave nectar. Cook 1-2 minutes; stir to combine well. Add tomatoes and stock, stirring any browned bits. Bring to a simmer. Return pork to sauce pan.


Cover and simmer 1 hour until pork is tender. Add mushrooms, potatoes, carrot and quartered onion. Continue simmering 10-12 minutes until potatoes and carrots are cooked through. Serve over egg noodles. 

Optional to serve with sour cream.


Serves 4-6.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Nana Ai Katsu

Nana Ai Katsu moved from Ohana Marketplace to Kaimuki which is a good thing for us because they're closer now. 

This is what we ordered a few days ago.

Papa Kasane Tonkatsu Bento ($$$$$23.50)

Biggu Daddy Takoyaki Katsu ($12.50)

I'm not a fan of takoyaki so this was par for me.  Landon thought that it was good.

Giga Ebi (Shrimp) Katsu ($9.50)

This was my favorite . . . so ono!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

On Da Desk

I'm meeting up with Lara of Hawaii Stands with Ukraine soon to donate charms and friendship bracelets for them to sell. 


I hope people will buy them.

Art has been put on pause.  These are my last drawings.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Wendell's Roasted Tri Tip

This was so ono that Wendell made this two days in a row.  The first time was for his softball team and the second time was for us.  Luckily, I had done a draft of this post earlier so it was spared from the "crash".   The recipe is from the Cooking Classy site.



  • 2 to 2 1/2 lb tri tip
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil


  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together salt, pepper, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Rub over entire tri tip coating every surface. 
  • Let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours then let rest at room temperature 1 hour. During last 15 minutes of resting preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place roast on an oven safe wire cooling rack then place rack over a rimmed baking sheet. 
  • Insert an oven safe food probe thermometer into roast into center of thickest portion. Set thermometer about 5 degrees shy of desired doneness temperature.
  • Bake tri tip in preheated oven until it is about 5 degrees shy of target temperature,** about 40 to 55 minutes (bake time will vary quite a bit based on thickness of roast and desired doneness). 
  • Near the end of baking preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop for about 5 minutes. Turn on exhaust fan.
  • Add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to the skillet.
  • Sear the tri tip in the skillet until evenly browned all sides about 4 to 6 minutes total (it should rise about 5 more degrees while searing), and tri tip has reached desired doneness (I like about 130 to 135°F).
  • Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes (it should rise about 5 more degrees). Slice thin then serve.

Sunday, June 12, 2022


We met Pua about a week or so ago on one of our morning walks.  I first spotted her running across the street, and it absolutely terrified me to think that she could get banged by a car.  

As we approached her, I clapped my hands and called for her to come.  She came right up to us with her tail wagging.

Nearby workers gave us a rope to use as a leash.  We then proceeded to search for her home.  With no luck and with the sun giving me heat stroke we decided to take her home.

We passed by a guard shack to a gated community on our way home, and as a last-ditch effort I approached the guard and asked if the dog looked familiar to him.  He said, "She sure does!"  It turns out that Pua is an escape artist, and the guard had the phone number to her owner.

We got to enjoy Pua for a little while until her owner came to get her.  

No, I'm not ready to get another dog yet, but I  do carry a lightweight cord with me on our walks now . . . just in case we run into Pua again.


Friday, June 10, 2022

Computer Repair

It would've cost me $697, but because I had chosen to pay extra for Apple Care+ at the time that I bought my computer, it cost me $0.  I suspect, though, that it was because I had Apple Care+, that the technician thought it was simpler to just replace the brains rather than try to figure out what the problem was.

It's totally fine with me because it's like I have a brand new computer.  

Only thing . . . when the Apple people asked (in writing even) if I had backed up my computer, I said no, but that I really didn't need anything.  Famous last words. 

Mostly I miss my "blog" folder . . . future blog material that I had saved.  

But . . . life goes on . . . and creates more blog material . . . 

See you again soon.

Item NumberDescriptionPriceAmount Due
S1490LL/AHARDWARE REPAIR-LEVEL 1 $ 79.00$ 0.00
661-12459Logic Board, 3.0GHz, i5, 570X, FCC

$ 499.00$ 0.00
661-125441TB Hard Drive
$ 119.00$ 0.00
Total (Tax Not Included)$ 697.00$ 0.00

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Computer in the Shop

 I’ll be taking a break while my computer is in the shop. They said it’ll be 10 to 14 days. I’m actually posting this from my phone. I think that’s pretty amazing, but it’s hard. So, see you guys later!

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Daiso Haul

I took my mom to the eye doctor a few days ago.  I went to the Daiso nearby to kill time and ended up spending over $40! 

I got the spam slicer to replace one that I ruined trying to slice some cheese.  Oops!  The ceramic dishes are for us to put dipping sauces into when we have shabu shabu.  The container on the top is for Landon to put knives into when he goes camping.

A fellow customer raved about the scrub brushes on the right so I got extra to share.  The yellow utensil is an egg beater.  Wendell said that it works good.  The "ziplocks" are all freezer bags.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Sam's Club's Mediterranean Pasta Salad

 I liked this a lot!  But it wasn't kind to my scale.  😒



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Didi gave me this fish sauce.  She said that it's her favorite.  


It seems more refined than other fish sauces.  Or it could be that I like it because Didi likes it.

She gets it from Walmart.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Supporting McDonald's

From CNN Business:

The burger chain will sell its Russia business, saying the "humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald's to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald's values."

McDonald's will take a significant write-off from exiting Russia — between $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion. 


Friday, May 20, 2022

Dd's Ropa Vieja (Braised Cuban Beef/Pork)

Didi says that this is a keeper.

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ROPA VIEJA  (Braised Cuban Beef/Pork)


2 ½ -3 # chuck or pork shoulder, cut into 4 pieces

Garlic salt, freshly cracked black pepper

1 TB olive oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 TB tomato paste

3 tsp. sweet paprika

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. oregano

1/8 tsp. ground allspice

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

3 c. beef broth, as needed

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced/crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

2 bay leaves

1 c. green olives

2 TB lime juice 

Salt, freshly ground black pepper

3 TB cilantro, chopped

Garnish: lime wedges

Garnish for burritos: lime wedges, cilantro leaves, avocado slices, shredded cheese, flour tortillas


Generously season meat with garlic salt and pepper. 

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat brown meat on all sides in oil. Remove; set aside.  

Into saucepan add onion, and bell peppers.  Cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes Remove half of vegetable mixture; set aside. Add garlic, tomato paste, paprika, oregano, cumin, allspice, and cloves. Stir until fragrant, 1 minute scraping any browned bits. Stir in broth, tomatoes and bay leaves. Return meat to saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Cover; simmer 2-2 ½ hours. 

Remove beef from saucepan. Shred meat with 2 forks; return to saucepan with reserved vegetables, olives and lime juice. Simmer 5 minutes. Check for seasoning; add salt and pepper as needed. For service stir in cilantro.  

Serve over rice with lime wedges, or garnish as desired for burritos. Served 6-8.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Swap Meet Buys

These are my scores from the swap meet this past weekend.  We hadn't gone for several weeks so it was especially fun.  BUT it just got too dang hot and I did end up feeling faint a few times, so I might need to take a break until it starts getting cooler again.

On a side note I just want to extend prayers to the more than 260 brave Ukrainian soldiers who held out for 3 months defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.  They were ordered to surrender yesterday in an effort to save their lives.  Negotiations are being made to exchange them for captured Russian soldiers.   

I wish them strength of body and spirit and a swift return to their awaiting families.




Monday, May 16, 2022

Wendell's Roast Pork with Crackling

Wendell made this a few days ago, and it was sooooo ono . . . crunchy on the outside and melt in your mouth on the inside . . . well, almost.

The recipe is from the Cafe Delites website.  There is also a YouTube video you can follow below.



  • 4 pound (2 kg) boneless pork shoulder or butt, rind on
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt


  • Remove all plastic wrap from the pork. Lay it out flat in a tray, rind-side up and uncovered. Allow to dry completely in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight if time allows.
  • Remove pork from the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before roasting to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 460°F (240°C). 
  • Use a sharp knife to score the rind in 1-inch intervals. Thoroughly pat the skin dry with paper towels. 
  • Turn pork skin-side down. Rub garlic powder and about 1 teaspoon of salt into the meat underneath. Drizzle the olive oil over the pork rind and the meat, rubbing it in with your fingers for best results (if you need more oil, add more). Season the rind with a generous amount of sea salt (about 1 tablespoon).
  • Transfer pork to a roasting dish and roast for 50 minutes, or until the rind crackles. Reduce temperature to 350°F (180°C) and continue roasting for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, depending on how well done you like your roast. 
  • Increase the oven temperature back up to 440°F (230°C). Roast for 10 minutes until the rind has turned into an amazing golden crackling and the pork is cooked through. 
    (To check if the pork is cooked, pierce the thickest part of the meat with a knife. If the juices run clear, the pork is cooked. Alternatively, pork is cooked when the thermometer shows 160°F (71°C).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Easy Ono Pupu

Wendell made a beautiful platter of cocktail sauce surrounded by imitation crab for an after softball game pupu, but I forgot to take a photo of it.  Instead I just have this picture of my sample piece.  Bah!

Landon liked it so much that he copied and brought it to a friends' gathering himself.



This is our favorite imitation crab.  It's from Chef Zone.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Random Swap Meet Photos

These are things that caught my eye at the swap meet.









This is my favorite beef jerky.  It's Taegu Beef Jerky ($15).  Just FYI, we already ate from this package.

The seller of these peanut butter cookies only has them sometimes ($3).

I haven't seen the gal who sells these Chinese Pretzels lately ($5).

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Lemon Poppy Scones Mix

 Did you already guess that I got this from Ross?  It was only $3.99.  


I added some blueberries.  Was ono!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

On Da Desk

I almost gave up trying to make these charms.  I took apart and started over more than what's pictured.

I think that I finally got it now.  But I'm out of blue and yellow beads, so I ordered more from Amazon.

The bottom row is made from Swarovski beads and costs me around $8.50 per heart.  The beads in the top row are from China and costs less than 50 cents per heart!

The beads I ordered (Made in China) should be here this week. Crossing fingers that they look okay. 


Here's the tutorial that I followed.