Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

School's Out for Summer

Sam has been out of school for a week & a half. We haven't wasted any time getting our summer on. And to help us keep track of everything we hope to squeeze in this summer, I was inspired by Meg's Summer List. Our list is hanging on my office door so we can easily keep track of it. I'm curious to see how many things are checked off the list at the end of summer.

One of my favorite parts of summer growing up was playing in the water - pool {my Grandmother had one that we were in all the time}, slip-n-slide, sprinklers, etc. Since we don't have a real pool {yet?}, we have picked up stuff for the kids to play in. We broke out the slip-n-slide and a pool when some of Sam & Grace's cousins spent the night recently. They had a blast!





Grace has about decided that since she has turned 3 that she is too big for a nap. Most days, that is okay. But when you play outside half the day, it's hard not to crash & burn around suppertime. She was playing by herself in her room and got quiet. I went to check on her & found that she had gotten into her bed and fallen asleep. Sweet girl.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Grilling Time Hawaii Style

I seem to be on a Hawaii kick. Again. Or still? I ran across a recipe for Polynesian Chicken & Tropical Coleslaw in the summer edition of Publix Family Style. Being a sucker for many things Hawaiian and/or Polynesian, I was in. I gathered all the necessary ingredients & made a date with the Grill Master - Pete. I also fixed baked beans & King's Hawaiian rolls to go with it. We followed the recipes as written {except we doubled the sauce recipe} and it was great, but I have to tell you, Pete's "low & slow" in the smoker would be even better. That being said, we'll definitely make this again even when we don't have time for the smoker.

Polynesian Chicken
serves 6

3/4 c unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Dijon-style mustard
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 clove garlic, minced
12 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks
Fresh ground black pepper

For the sauce, in a small saucepan combine pineapple juice, honey, mustard, soy sauce, cornstarch and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Transfer 1/2 of the sauce to a bowl; cover and set aside.

Sprinkle the chicken with salt & pepper. Cook over a charcoal or gas grill using indirect heat until done. Brush frequently with remaining sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling. Serve with reserved sauce.

Tropical Coleslaw

3/4 c mayonnaise
4 tsp vinegar
2-3 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp celery seeds
1/2 tsp salt

Combine mayo & other ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in one 16oz package coleslaw mix, one 8oz can pineapple tidbits, drained. Cover & chill up to 4 hours before serving. Stir in 1/2 c chopped macadamia nuts, toasted, just before serving.

*Slaw doesn't keep very long. Make sure not to make TOO early (same day).

Hawaii 'Fun'd

In our former lives - aka, before we had kids - we went to Hawaii 4 times in a 4 year period. We liked it so much that there was only about 6 months between our 2nd & 3rd trips. Once Sam came along, we knew it would be awhile before we could handle the 9+ hour flight - with or without kids. We decided that our next trip would be to celebrate our 15th anniversary.

It has been a long {or short?} 7 1/2 years since we were last there. It's time to start planning to go back. As I mentioned before, we have had a change jar for quite some time. It was most recently "The Disney Jar". With our plans to return to the islands, we decided it was time for a little updating. We removed all things Disney & cleaned up the jar. A trip to Michael's for "Hawaii" stickers & we were ready to re-theme our jar. Start building a nest egg for a little something extra on our trip. Start building excitement for our soon to be planned trip.

It didn't take long for me to question my decision to make this a family project. Sam does great with this kind of stuff, but Grace is still a little difficult to reason with when it comes to sticker placement.

We made our way through our stickers & finally finished our decorating. Now, we'll start planning our trip, saving our pennies and working on our shakas.