Saturday, June 29, 2024

Block of Wood

 It seems like Kai wants to bring his new-found toy into the house.


Thursday, June 27, 2024

Dd's Lamb Merquez Meatballs

This sure looks yummy.  Too hard for me to make, but maybe some of you adventurous cooks might want to try.

lamb merquez





¾ tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp. coriander seeds

¼ tsp. fennel seeds

¼ tsp. hot paprika

¼ tsp. sumac

pinch cayenne pepper

¾ lbs. ground lamb

¼ c. breadcrumbs

¼ c. onion, minced

2 TB plain yogurt

1 TB harissa paste

¾ tsp. salt

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 large egg

Spicy Tomato Sauce:

Olive oil

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 TB harissa paste

1 TB tomato paste

14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, blended

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Meatballs: In a skillet over medium low heat toast cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Shake skillet, until they are fragrant and begins to change color, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Place seeds into a spice grinder and blend.  Place into a mixing bowl with hot paprika, sumac and cayenne and stir to combine. 

In a large mixing bowl, add lamb, spice blend and remaining ingredients. Combine gently. Roll into 1 ½-2 tablespoonful meatballs. Set aside in a baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven 10-15 minutes until browned. Set aside.

Sauce: Into same skillet over medium heat saute onions in oil until slightly softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant. Add harissa and tomato paste stirring to blend well. Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer sauce 20 minutes. 

Add meatballs; simmer 10-15 minutes. Serve over pasta. Serves 2-4.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Kai and the Kiddie Pool

I found a kiddie pool at Ross for $6.99!  We've used it twice, but Kai seems to very cautious (like me) and takes awhile to get used to things.  


You can click on the photo below to watch a short video.


Sunday, June 23, 2024

Cy's Breakfast

 Beef Stew from Destiny and Lei's Eatery in Maunakea Marketplace $13.


Banana lumpia 3/$5.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Kai's Pen - 1 1/2 Months Later

 I previously wrote about Kai's pen twice before, here and here.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Kai Random Photos










Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Flashing Ball

You can click on the photo below to watch a video of Kai and a cool flashing ball.  

The masking tape he discovered at the end was probably from when we painted the hall years and years ago.  BTW, I did manage to get it away from him.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

North Shore Grinds

For "fisherman fresh" seafood plate lunches and other ono food you need to go to North Shore Grinds in Palolo.  I happened to be there twice the other week at hungry time and scored parking so I got us some grinds.

The mahi mahi was so ono the first time that it got ordered again the next time I was there.  The beef stew was so meaty that Landon wondered if it's always like that.  The hamburger steak was only okay.  Probably wouldn't order it again.  Everything else was really good.


Dynamite Ahi Katsu special (white rice/mac salad) $16.00

Herb-crusted Mahi Mahi with Lemon Cream (all tossed salad) $17.95

Chicken Katsu with BBQ horseradish dip (white rice/mac salad) $16.95

Hamburger Steak with Onion Gravy (white rice/mac salad) $16.95

Beef Stew (white rice/mac salad) $17.95

Garlic Calamari with Roasted Pepper Cream (brown rice/Mac salad) $16.95




Friday, June 14, 2024


I went to visit my mom yesterday.  Wendell took this picture of Kai waiting at the front window for me to come home.  🥲


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Cooling Off

 It was so hot yesterday, I thought it was a good day to give Kai his first "bath".

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Below is a short video.
cooling off

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Foot Care Update

As you can see from this photo taken about a month ago, someone is hampering my foot care routine. 

I haven't been able to moisturize daily, but I'm still liking the results, and Wendell says that the dryness of his feet have improved 100%. 

You can check out my original post here

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Dd's Baked Parmesan Caesar Chicken

This recipe has only five ingredients!  My kind of recipe.

baked parmesan chicken



2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1# total), pounded flat, halved

1/3 c. favorite Caesar dressing

½-3/4 c. panko

¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated

1 TB Italian parsley, chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  

Place baking rack onto aluminum foil lined baking sheet.

On work surface, spread dressing onto chicken pieces. Into shallow dish combine panko, cheese and parsley well.  Dredge chicken pieces into mix, pressing well to adhere to chicken.

Bake until chicken is golden-brown and cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Optional to place chicken under broiler until cheese is browned, 3-4 minutes. Serves 2-3.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Kai in Slo-Mo

This is what Kai and I were doing before I somehow managed to throw his toy onto our roof.

Wendell later used our extendable mango picker to get it for us.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024


Me and Kai were having a grand ole time playing with his new toy this morning.  He doing his retrieving and me trying to film in slow motion.  

Until I accidentally threw the toy onto our roof.   🛑 😂

Stay tuned.  I hope.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024


Busted out the Big Boy dish stand this morning.  Right away Kai started chewing on one of the corners.  🤪


Monday, June 3, 2024


Kai met with a few of his siblings this past Saturday.  We had a great time. 

That's Kai being scratched and loving it.


Sunday, June 2, 2024

Cy's Breakfast

 Won Ton Look Fun with Tendon and Beef from Lam's.  $18.88.


Saturday, June 1, 2024

Kai and the Palm Frond - Part 2

 Click on the photo below to watch a video.

Palm Frond