Candid Reflections

April 14, 2008

Hanauma Bay

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We went snorkeling in one of Hawaii’s most popular spots – Hanauma Bay.  Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a volcanic crater.  The Hanauma crater is the latest relic of volcanic activity on the island of Oahu, and it was formed thousands of years ago.  It is absolutely beautiful here and there are plenty of tropical sealife to swim amongst.  We were able to swim with a few green sea turtles, as well as a variety of beautiful fish. 

Here are some pictures I took while hiking down into the bay:

*ammendment:  this next picture of the bay was taken from my seat on the plane as we were leaving O’ahu and heading home:


















Gotta run…we’re off to hike Diamond Head!

April 12, 2008

Day One Of Our Family Vacation In Hawaii

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Well, they were right – the smells of Hawaii are absolutely heavenly…





































 An evening of swimming at Waikiki:









Finishing off with a walk at sunset and fireworks…



























Tomorrow we’re off to Pearl Harbor where we’ll visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri battleship (“The Mighty Mo”), and the USS Bowfin SubmarineThe Historian will be thrilled!

April 10, 2008

Preparing for our trip to Hawaii

Filed under: Everything Else — candid reflections @ 10:27 am

Just poppin’ in to say it’s a crazy day of packing, last minute jaunts, and a newborn photoshoot to boot!

Next time I check in (in a day or two), I’ll have filled my nostrils with the sweet scents of tropical flowers, and I’ll have a picture of it to share with you.  Is there a specific flower you’d like to see?  Just let me know in the comment section and I could search it out and do my best to capture it for you.  Maybe flowers aren’t your thing,  you’ve dreamt of seeing a sumo guy on a surf board?  Maybe you were on the island of O’ahu years ago and the sight of something or other made an impression on you,  this is your chance to see how it’s changed!  Just let me know what it is you’d like to see and I promise to keep an eye peeled;  I’ll do my best to capture it and post it for you here.   

I’ll be back to check in!


April 9, 2008

Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos

Filed under: In the Kitchen — Tags: , , , — candid reflections @ 8:40 am

Coming up with new and fresh dinner ideas is sometimes the hardest part of preparing the meal.  I tried a new recipe last night and it went over pretty well at our table…definitley one to add to the recipe box! 










Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons cornmeal

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

1 4-ounce can whole green chile peppers, rinsed, seeded, and cut in half lelnghtwise

2 ounces Monteerey Jack chesse, cut into six 2x½-inch sticks

2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or fresh parsley

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 8-ounce jar green or red salsa

Place chicken breast half between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.  Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound meat lightly into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick.  Remove plastic wrap.  Repeat with remaining chicken breast halves.

In a shallow dish combine the flour, cornmeal, and red pepper.  Place egg in another shallow dish; add water and beat lightly to combine.

For each roll, place a chile pepper half on a chicken piece near an edge.  Place a stick of cheese on the chile pepper near an edge.  Sprinkle with some of the cilantro or parsley and black pepper.  Fold in sides; roll up, starting from edge with the cheese and chile pepper.  Secure with wooden toothpicks.

Dip chicken rolls in egg mixture; coat with cornmeal mixture.  Place rolls, seam side down, in a shallow baking pan.  Drizzle with butter. 

Bake uncovered in a 375° oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.  Remove toothpicks.  Heat salsa; serve over chicken.

April 7, 2008


Filed under: Everything Else — candid reflections @ 7:43 am

Yesterday afternoon turned out to be a pretty exciting adventure for my oldest son- The Historian, and his father.  The Historian has been reading books on aviation, different plane models, and the Wright brothers.  He just finished putting together a model B-17 Flying Fortress and a model P-38 Lightening.  On the whole, I think you could safely say that airplanes intrigue him. 

Having said this, I’m sure you can imagine his excitement when his best friend’s big sister, who has a pilot’s license, invited him and his dad along on a flight.  That invitation alone made his decade!  And by the end of their trip, after she’d successfully maneuvered around the great big sky with all of it’s wind gusts and air pockets, and landed him down safely on the ground again ( I believe he experienced a few butterflies in his stomach), she instantly became his hero.  I think my fella was pretty impressed as well, flying was all they could talk about on the ride home.  I think he was flying his own plane in his dreams last night!

Here’s the sweet little plane that fanned the flames of their passion yesterday:   









A quick check over…










and a cozy fit.










Ready for take off…










and away they go!










Thanks Alyssa, and Ethan!

April 6, 2008

On our television screen this weekend.

Filed under: Everything Else — candid reflections @ 8:23 am

Becoming Janeand thisPride and Prejudice - The Special Edition (A&E, 1996)

Also, reading about genteel society of early 1800 England here.

So sorry if this was the only version of Austen’s novel that you’ve watched:

Pride & Prejudice

… but then again, they did only have two hours, (not nearly enough time to do the novel justice.)

April 5, 2008

I’ll soon be sippin’ coconut milk.

Filed under: Everything Else — candid reflections @ 11:47 am

In anticipation of our up and coming excursion to Hawaii, we’ve been daily checking in on our lifelong friends who are currently living on the island of Oahu.  We are sooo looking forward to spending a week with them, enjoying great times with great friends!

My boys were particularly intrigued by this recent post of their friends climbing coconut trees.  We read this link  and then my three boys set off to the alder trees behind our house to practice their climbing skills.  Who knows, maybe they’ll take after their father and I’ll have lots of juicy coconuts to enjoy!

Note:  These pictures were taken twenty years ago and my fella hasn’t done a whole lot of climbing since then…but I assure you – should he decide to conquer a coconut tree, I will definitely be there to capture and enjoy every minute of it! 

April 3, 2008

Why watch T.V. when you can watch this?

Filed under: Everything Else — candid reflections @ 7:02 am


There’s never a dull moment when there’s a toddler around!

April 2, 2008

Amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: Gluten-Free, In the Kitchen — candid reflections @ 8:56 am

I have been on a baking kick this week.  Would you believe that these cookies are made without flour?  Yes, you heard me right, zilch!  And they are soooo delicious!


Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup all natural peanut butter (I use Adams – creamy, prestirred)

¾ cup sugar

1 large egg, slightly beaten

½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup roasted, unsalted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350º.  Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

In a large bowl stir together the peanut butter, sugar, egg, and baking soda, until combined.  (I used my Kitchen-Aid on low setting.)  Add chocolate chips and peanuts.  Scoop dough into teaspoon size balls, and place on baking sheet two inches apart.  Dough may be a bit crumbly but blends together nicely while baking.  Bake on middle shelf for approximately 14 minutes.  Cool on wire rack – cookies will be fragile while warm, but will firm up after cooled.  Natural peanut butter is best because it doesn’t have multiple ingredients which will interfere with  ingredients in this recipe.

April 1, 2008

Random Photographs

Filed under: Photography — candid reflections @ 6:49 am


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