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Friday, June 28, 2013

Adventure 19: Food in Hana and Pictures of Guess Who?

Hana Farms Pizza:

If you come to Hana after 7:30 at night, you may wonder if it's a ghost town.  The only bars are at the Hana Ranch Restaurant and the Travaasa Hotel, (which are more of a restaurant environment aimed to please tourists), and EVERYTHING here closes early... REALLY early.  So it is not surprise that when Hana Farms opened their clay oven wood fired pizza "stand", it was a town sensation, and is by far the most people you can find in one spot when the sun goes down on the East side.

Jun and I had talked about checking it out since there's only maybe a handful of places to choose from to "go out" to dinner over here... But the poor guy is scared of hippies.  Maybe not scared, but to him, there's just something "about them" I think.... like how some people feel about clowns I guess.  I often wonder how he fell in love with me, but I think for him patchouli oil, dread locks, body odor, raggedy clothes, and/or armpit hair are the determining factors and definers of "hippy-ism", and I cover more of the health conscious, guitar playing, organic gardening type.  From his knowledge, this pizza place was ran by hippies... so needless to say, I wasn't surprised when that night he came home from work and informed me that a friend would be conveniently delivering our awesome organic pizza to us.  "Whoa whoa whoa!" I said.  "Food is about the EXPERIENCE!  I don't want to eat it if we don't go there!"

So he's sweet and didn't even try to change my mind and so we went... and it was worth it.  There was different musicians playing on a one mic set up with acoustic guitars.  The workers, who were WWOOFers, (I, myself, was a WWOOFer for a long time as some of you may know), drank beer as they made the pizzas and stoked the fires.  Maybe not entirely legal, but it has me SO WISHING I HAD WWOOFED THERE!  See below for more details on this jungle pizza palace...

Signage from the road.

Their 7 day a week fruit and banana
bread stand... and our truck.

Stokin' the fire.  Pretty COOL, eh?  I want to build one of these!

Note beer drinking hippy pizza WWOOFer.  I LOVE HANA!

When I see pesto and whole garlic cloves all on one pizza, that
one is MINE.  Just don't talk to me for a week... you might pass out.

And these are their "To Go Containers".  They are
banana leaves... I'm so freaking impressed!

The busy "hippy" crew at night... Busy busy.

Pranee's Thai Food:

And one of my other favorites out of the handful of places you can eat at in Hana is Pranee's Thai Food.  Now Pranee, (the sweet little Thai lady who loves babies but her english is a little hard to understand), is on the weekends and Nutcharee is on weekdays at the same stand.  I haven't had Nutcharee's yet, but I can tell you that Pranee has it going on, (and I think it's because her ingredients are so fresh and she doesn't cook them into soggy submission).  I took the photo below with my phone of our food we ate there on a day we were out adventuring and decided to stop in.  We got the Salmon Panang Curry, (killer good!), and the papaya salad, (fresh, but too citrusy perhaps... I've had better).  We've gotten her food "to-go" before too and it's always very good and very reasonably priced.  It was fun dining in though, (although it's more like dining out, as the restaurant is roofed, but totally open to the outside).

Panang Curry and Papaya Salad.... Yum! Reise was a big
hit here with the ladies... both employees and tourists.

The Chow Wagon "To-Go" as a Picnic Adventure:

The Chow Wagon is so close to our home it's ridiculous.  I only REALLY like one thing from their menu though... everything else is very "eh", forgettable, and not worth the money (in my opinion).  What's weird is that I like their Korean chicken because I don't really like to eat chicken that often.  In fact, our diet is primarily fish, veggies, and grains.  Some days we just want to go to the beach early so that we can paddle and surf before it gets crowded and the wind picks up.  It is quick and convenient so we grabbed some food to go and headed to Hamoa Beach.

Picnic in Paradise

I wonder if she's biting her lip because she wants a bite?

From this angle, she is SUPER BUDDHA.  What a
great view though, eh?

Me and my munchkin!

Daddy's turn to play.

Oh how I love this place...

... And I'm so grateful it's just minutes away from our home.

Food From Our Kitchen, Garden, and the Sea:

No matter if it is the middle of winter or the middle of summer, in Hawaii there is always food growing and living all around us.  A few things that we eat regularly we get from our garden and from the ocean.  This tuna was given to us straight out of the water when we were at Hana Bay by some locals who had gone out on their boat.  Jun made it into sashimi and we enjoyed it with friends at a get together.  It was SO GOOD and as fresh as it gets!

The fish master at work.

He made some raw and some seared.  Both were exceptional.

This was a Pinterest recipe I knocked off my
food board.  It is Parsley Pesto Soba noodles
and it is seriously one of my new favorite foods.
I have a HUGE parsley plant in the back garden
so I can make this regularly... AWESOME!

The lettuce and tomatoes are straight out of our garden
too and practically still breathing. YUM!

And Here are a Ton of Pictures of Reise because I Take Far Too Many:

Chillin' with Koa.  This picture makes me both happy and
sad.  We recently adopted Koa to a family in Haiku who
have two children and live on 2 acres.  It was a tough
decision, but it was a selfless one.  When you have a
baby, giving a Rottweiler enough exercise to keep
him calm in the house seemed near impossible.  We
miss him so much, but we know that he is happier
 to be able to run around outside as he pleases and
we can see him whenever we want.

Comb over madness.

She is wearing 6 and 9 month clothing and
she's only 4 months old!  Buddha child!

Can't get enough of her face...

Before she got good at tummy time.

Ice cream dress from Auntie Kelly... She
wanted to eat it.  Seriously, I was having
a hard time keeping her from putting it
in her mouth to take a picture. :)

She's started to have little giggles
that crack me up!  When I laugh
at her she just laughs more at
me so it's a sweet cycle.

Hanging with her Daddy.  She loves him!

Watching documentaries with Mommy.

Kicking her feet... Like usual.

She's finally become a champion at tummy time.

She LOVES her rattle!

Getting some time in with Daddy before her bedtime.

There are so many more pictures and adventures to come... Like our recent excursion to Kaupo
for Lono Mono's birthday!  It just takes me far too long to get through them all and post them.  :)

Hugs and Lots of Aloha,
Danielle (Q.B.)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Adventure 18: Crafts That Take You Places...

Craft #1: Driftwood Photo Collage

I don't know what has gotten into me, but I've been a crafty little booger lately.  I think it is the fact that I joined Pinterest and then got really upset because soon after I realized that one click leads to another click leads to another click and soon you have all these "boards" filled with foods you will never cook, crafts you will never make, and places you will never go and you just spent hours seeking them out.  

Don't get me wrong, I completely love the concept of Pinterest because it is like a giant vision board and we all know I love my own vision board/bucket board... but it is just TOO DAMN BIG... And the bigger you make it, the less likely it seems you will achieve any of it.  SO, for one, I decided that I will only go to Pinterest when they send me my recommendations so I don't "over pin", and for two, I will try to make most all the foods that I re-pin, all the crafts I love, and I DEFINITELY want to aspire to see all the places I want to travel.  So here is my first whack at a pin:

The Original Pin:
This lucky ducky had a nice wall as a 
background and the ability to create 
different photo sizes beyond 4x6...

My Take On it With Old String
and a Cost of Only 6 Cents for Photos:
It would display nicer with a plain wall, but
 you get the picture. (Get it..."get the picture"
... Da dum shee).  And that was the drums
and symbol if you didn't get that.  Let's carry
on now before I get too carried away with
my cheese-ball-ness. Cheese-ball-ness???
Now THAT'S awesome.
Drift wood is plentiful everywhere here and
very easy to come by.  Reise and I ventured to
the gorgeous Koki Beach while Jun was at work and
picked out these pieces in less than 2 minutes.  It is
actually much harder to get pictures printed as the
closest place is 2 hours away... So I ordered
penny prints from Snapfish and had them
mailed.  This is a Reise timeline, from
in the belly to now.

I didn't have any cute clips to use like
the original persons creation, but scotch
tape worked just fine to fasten them on the
old string I had lying around... Plus tape
makes it nice because it doesn't bend or
crease the photos and it is completely
invisible on the back. Click on these photos
to blow them up and get a closer look.

Craft #2: Photo Collage Mug:
It's kind of cheating... but hey, I took the pictures at least.

While I was on Snapfish, they had another great Father's Day deal going on and Jun needed a coffee mug for work, so I just couldn't help myself and made him a collage mug, (from Reise and I), for his 1st Father's Day.  The only problem is, he likes it so much he doesn't want to take it to work so it doesn't get broken because he wants to still have it when we are all ancient... So I told him he could take one of our house mugs in trade.  ;)

It reads, "Happy 1st Father's Day!  Your Ladies Love you!" with a
collage of 15 pictures of Reise and us from baby up until recently.

Craft #3:  Kristina's Birthday Gift- A Seashore Treasure Hunt

My sister's birthday is coming up and I had to think of something special to send her.  We both love food, (chocolate especially), and are more of the "homemade gift" type.  She has sent me homemade cookies, a hand-sewed nursing cover, a hand painted wooden word art, and even made Reise a stuffed bunny she sewed her for Easter.  She's my best friend, so things that come from the heart and the "hand" mean more to us and we are happy to be each others guinea pigs when it comes to a new craft.  A friend here in Hana had recently done a picture art with her sea-glass and a separate one with shells... a lightbulb went off when I saw that and I decided I would collect sand from three of Hawaii's most beautiful and unique beaches, (that just happen to be within a 5 mile radius of our house), and use the sea-glass and shells I found to make her a homemade work of art... That way a piece of me and a piece of where we live could always be with her back in West Virginia.  (And I also sent her chocolate of course.)  =]

When I started this project, I had NO IDEA how much fun I would have collecting the things to put it together.  From gathering a little sand at Hamoa while we were there having a family beach/paddle surf day, to walking to the Red Sand beach from our house while having some wine and slowly seeking out sea-glass and seashells with my sweet little family... It was like a treasure hunt for grown ups.... And I highly recommend ocean treasure hunting while drinking wine.  It is extremely fun, relaxing, and often silly.  After having the beach to ourselves, we had a little more wine and then went fishing at Hana Bay at sunset and into the night with Reise and the boys (dogs).  We even had pizza delivered to us from friends who went to the local organic farm that makes outdoor wood fired pizzas on the weekends.  So ono!  

I took this picture that day we went to Hamoa to paddle and collect
sand.  Oh how I love this place.  We spend a lot of time here.
(This photo was taken with my camera).

We slowly made our way here to the Red Sand Beach...
At this point my pockets were already full of sea-goodies.
and I just needed to gather a small vile of sand.
(These photos were taken with my phone as the trail to get
to Red Sand is very steep, rocky, wet, and dangerous).


Spotting sea glass on rocks is pretty hard, but I became
REALLY GOOD at it.  It filled me with so much excitement
every time I would find one, like I was transformed back to
being a little kid on a treasure hunt!

My sweet helpers.

As I collected the treasures and my wine buzz caught up to me, I began to think about how I am just like sea-glass.  I started out whole and overtime things break you... and slowly those breaks begin to smooth out into something beautiful.  From all those breaks in your life you eventually leave behind all these beautiful pieces of yourself all over the world, like little lessons for other people to pick up and make into art... A whole bottle is neat and all, but I'd rather be sea glass.  ;)

Here it is... and if I had to do it over I would have separated the Red Sand and Black Sand by putting the White Sand in the middle because their colors are actually very different, but with this it is hard to tell.  I also would have used a glue stick for the sand rather than boogery rubber cement... but I just like the smell of rubber cement so I couldn't help myself.  It takes me back to elementary school... ;)  

I know it's nothing crazy cool; but it has a
lot of symbolism and encompasses places I
cherish and my new found parallel to sea glass.

Black sand on top, red sand in the middle,
and white sand on the bottom with a blue
painted background.  I forgot to take a
picture of the Black Sand beach... Darn.

And here's a few pictures from our fishing excursion taken with my phone:

Reise chillin' while Lono stays on fish patrol.
Lono running off to protect us from an incoming boat.
If you actually click on this picture, his tail is practically
missing because it's wagging so fast.  :)

This surprised look might have came from when Koa
ate our very stinky squid that WAS our bait.

Jun caught a fish!  :)  I thought I did too and I was so
super excited, but it ended up being a rock.  Enough wine
has the ability to make you think rocks are fish... and then
you fight the ginormous fish, (I mean rock), for far too long.

 That's all for now folks!  And I don't know if my comments box is being weird or what because I've had multiple people try to drop me a line with no success in the past couple months... but I DO LOVE getting comments; so keep on trying won't ya?  After all, I wouldn't write em' if you didn't let me know you were reading em'!  ;)  

Danielle (Q.B.)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy 1st Father's Day!!!

Jun isn't one for public exposure, but hopefully he'll understand.  After all it's almost Father's Day, and it just happens to be his very first.  So without getting too incredibly mushy, (because I darn well could), I will just caption some recent photos on just a few of the ways I think he is a wonderful Dad to our sweet baby girl.  Thank you honey for all you do... Reise and I appreciate you more than you'll ever know!

Real men brush hair.  My poor Dad brushed my insane,
curly, outrageously long hair for years and years.  Jun's just
getting started but he's doing a fabulous job and Reise
loves watching him do it.

Nap/Cuddle time is a necessity.

This might be one of my favorite moments
of the two of them that I just got lucky
enough to walk in on...

Jun insisted I take a nap after the long hours
that are required as a mother, (awesome, I know).  I
slept for longer than I had planned, but when I woke, I
heard Jun talking and rushed out to check on them.

When I came out of the bedroom, he had everything under
control and was reading Reise her very first book.  She was
so intrigued and was LOVING IT!  My heart melted...
(And thank you Laurie for the book!).

Reise loves her beach chair time with Daddy
while I get my turn stand up paddle surfing.
He always makes sure she's warm enough/cool
enough and keeps her covered with sunscreen.

Don't panic... It's just a little splash. ;)
He always takes her into the water when
we go to the beach and motorboats
her in circles.

We both swear she will love the ocean, but Jun is
planning on bigger things...

...Like making a pro surfer out of her
starting right now.  They like to watch
surf videos on YouTube together.

"Now see sweetie... That's Indonesia where
you'll surf one day..."  I somehow don't
think the fact that she currently looks like
a Michelin baby is going to help her anytime
soon with that aspiration.  :)

Right now she might have better luck
in the sport of Sumo wrestling.  ;)

Even though I have yet to figure out what
constitutes a date as a date because every little
adventure we do is a date enough for me, I
think this might have been our first lunch date
since having Reise.  When baby is hungry,
Jun is on it and at lightening speed.  Baby
comes first and we're both happy to wait to
devour these incredible crepes at Cafe
Des Amis in Paia until the Buddha
belly is full and happy.

Our first fishing trip with her outside of the belly.  Every Dad
has to take their daughter fishing, no matter what age...

And hiking... Of course we take her hiking and Jun is
kind enough to carry her when we go as all 15 pounds
of her gets strenuous after awhile... especially on steep
hills and climbing over lava rock.  This picture just
makes me smile because she actually looks
a little concerned.  ;)

And beyond the hair-brushing, hiking, early swimming and surf lessons, feedings, storybook reading, and beach time... He does diaper changes, gives baths, takes on night time feedings, is teaching her to be bi-lingual, and most importantly, he makes her smile and laugh every single day.... AND he loves every minute of it.  What more could either one of us girls ask for?  And to think... It's just the beginning.  Happy Father's Day Honey... YOU ARE AMAZING!

Your Ladies

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