Friday, March 31, 2023

Reverse Coloring Book

Have you ever heard of a reverse coloring book?  I'd been wanting to get this particular one for awhile, but it was sold out.  I think that maybe it'll help me to become more creative.  Plus it seems to be a good way to just relax.

It just became available on Amazon again and for a cheaper-than-before price so I ordered it.  I haven't even received it yet but wanted to tell you about it in case you might be interested.

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Here's the video that got me interested.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Wendell's Simple French Toast

 Wendell's "secret" to his ono French toast is to use sweet bread. 


2 pieces sweet bread
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the milk, egg, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon, dip the sweet bread and fry in butter.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Giorgia Meloni, Italian Prime Minister

Ho!!  What she said and how she said it gave me goosebumps. Makes me wish that I could express myself in Italian too. 

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Smoked Shredded Ika

Does anybody know where this is from?  Somebody from one of Wendell's softball teams brought it for pupu and Wendell scored it. He doesn't remember which team (he plays on several) or who brought it.

I just love it.  It's a bit sweet and very soft.


UPDATE:  Costco $13.99.  THANK YOU ANNIE!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Nifty Gadget

Click on the photo below to see a 20-second clip of a cool $1 gadget that I got at the swap meet in action.

Envelope Opener

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Dd's Picadillo

Didi said that this came out so goooood!





1 TB olive oil

¼ large red bell pepper, chopped

½ large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 TB tomato paste

2 tsp. dried cumin

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried coriander

2 bay leaves

½ tsp. salt, as needed

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

½ c. white wine

1 # ground beef

½ c. cilantro leaves and stems, chopped, divided

1 large Roma tomato, chopped

½ c. green olives, quartered

1 c. beef broth

1 large Yukon gold potato, cubed

½ c. frozen peas


In a medium skillet over medium heat saute bell pepper and onion in oil until softened, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, coriander, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant and darkens in color, about 2 minutes. 

Add wine; cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add beef; cook until no pink remains, 5-7 minutes. Add half of cilantro, tomato, olives, broth, potato and peas. Allow to low boil 10-12 minutes until potatoes are cooked through and liquid has reduced. Stir in remaining cilantro. 

Serve with cilantro, lime and  basmati rice. Serves 4.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

International Criminal Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Putin

I hope that the ICC also go after Putin's flunkies, and I hope that they're all quaking in their boots right now.

Friday, March 17, 2023

Stuff from Daiso

Here are just a few things that I bought from Daiso recently.

I hang finished tote bags from these hooks.

I haven't used this yet but thought it was pretty cool looking.

Isn't this the cutest ladle?  Unfortunately, I went back for more recently and there was none.

Whatever you do, don't get this packing tape from Daiso.  It's so thin that it wouldn't peel off properly and it only succeeded in pi$$ing me off.  I trashed the whole thing.  With gusto.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Casualty of the Winds

Remember how excited I was about the baby mangoes from our neighbor's tree that were overhanging into our yard?  The recent heavy winds blew them all down.  Too bad, yah.


Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Giveaway Winner!!

Congratulations Steph!! 

Can you email your mailing address to me please?


Sunday, March 12, 2023

Dd's Hungarian Mushroom Soup

 Didi made this soup with her homegrown mushrooms!

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2 TB butter

1 large shallot, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ # oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped

Salt, freshly ground black pepper

1 ½ TB flour

2 heaping tsp. Hungarian paprika

1 ½-2 c. chicken stock

1 ½ TB soy sauce

½ c. half and half

1 ½ tsp. red wine vinegar

2 TB Italian parsley, chopped

Garnish: sauteed mushrooms, sour cream, chopped Italian parsley


In a large saucepan over medium heat sauté shallot, garlic and mushrooms in butter. 

Season with salt and pepper. Cook until all liquid has evaporated, about 10-15 minutes. 

Remove some mushroom tops for garnish. Stir in flour and paprika. Cook 2-3 minutes, 

stirring well to combine. Add stock, soy sauce and half and half. Bring to a gentle boil, 

reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes until thickened to desired consistency. Add stock as 


Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and parsley. Season as needed with salt and pepper.


For service, garnish with reserved mushrooms, sour cream and additional chopped parsley. 

Serves 2-3 as a meal, 5-6 as a starter.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Mushroom Grow Kit

I discovered this Mushroom Grow Kit a couple of years ago when it appeared on a Lightning Deal on Amazon.  It normally goes for $12.99, but once in a great while it'll be reduced to $7.99. 

Didi noticed that it was on sale again last month. 


Here's nephew Colin's crop.
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This is pal Cleta's. 

Didi's came out different.  Hers had big tops.  I'll show you how she cooked them in the next post.

If you're wondering . . . mine is still in the box, unopened.  Not sure why I'm saving it.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Aloha Island Jerky

This is my current favorite jerky.  I used to buy it at the swap meet until they stopped selling it there.

Now they sell it at Bellows Marketplace on Sundays and at the Every-3rd-Saturday Craft Fair at Koko Marina.


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But if it's too out of the way for you to pick up, all you gotta do is enter this GIVEAWAY and WIN, and I'll mail you the two packages in the photo! 

Yes, this is a GIVEAWAY.  

I'm also including SMOKED chili pepper salt that Landon made.  


And tote bags and greeting cards made by me.  No photo 'cause I want you to be surprised.  

You can email me at or just leave a comment here.  I'll put your name in a rubbermaid container and Wendell will pull the winner.  I'll announce the winner next week Tuesday, March 14.

Good luck!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

President Zelensky on Bucha

This is a screenshot that I took of President Zelensky in a video when he's talking about the massacre of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine. 

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Sunday, March 5, 2023

Dd's Red Beans and Rice

This looks so good.  I'm wondering if I've ever had basmati rice before.

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½ # dried kidney beans, soak overnight

3-4 c. water

½ TB vegetable oil

½ # andouille sausage, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 medium onion, chopped

¼ c. green bell pepper, diced

¼ c. red bell pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or more, to taste

½ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. blackened/cajun seasoning

1 tsp. salt, or more, to taste

½ tsp. freshly cracked black pepper

For service: basmati rice, chopped green onion


In a mixing bowl cover beans completely with water. Allow to soak overnight.  Drain beans in a colander and pick them over, looking for any small stones. Transfer into a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a rapid boil. Reduce to medium boil. Allow to boil, stirring occasionally 45-60 minutes until tender.


Into separate saucepan brown sausage in oil until browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Set aside. 

Into saucepan add celery and onion, saute until just limp. Add bell peppers, garlic, bay leaves, red pepper flakes and seasoning. 

Return sausage to saucepan. Allow to simmer 15 minutes. 

For service: Ladle beans over rice, and garnish with green onions. Serves 4.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Say What?

Wendell was in the cashier's line at Costco the other day when the guy in front of him turned around and said something to him.  It wasn't until Wendell was paying for his items that he realized what the guy had said.  "You don't have to wear a mask."


Wendell went looking for the guy, and I'm so glad that he didn't find him because Wendell totally wanted to beef.