Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  You ready to help me clean this weekend?!  I hope so!

2.  I'm sorry we haven't been really playing together on the game.  I've been trying to work as much as I can this month!  We'll get back into it soon, I promise.

3.  I know I've already said it, but I really do appreciate the increased compliments on meals.  You rock!

4.  I'm so glad we bit the bullet and are going back to Maui!!  The government better not shut down this time because we are going to Haleakala no matter what!!

5.  It'll also be really nice to get away and just relax with each other.  We both need it!

ily <3

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baked Cream Cheese and Chicken Spaghetti

Mr. L is a huuuuge fan of spaghetti.  It's one of his favorite meals and definitely a go-to comfort meal, but I'll be honest -- I kind of get tired of eating it the same old way.  I'm always on the hunt for new twists on an old classic like this, so when I came across this recipe for Baked Cream Cheese and Chicken Spaghetti, I knew I had to try it out.

I'm already a fan of a recipe similar to this with ground beef instead of chicken, so I pretty much knew it would be delicious.  And I mean, come on, there's cream cheese right there in the title!  Can't go wrong with that, right?  It definitely is a rich dish, so I'll probably keep this one limited to once a month or so in our menu rotation, unless Mr. L specifically requests it.  Which he probably will!  :)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  I'm starting to get excited about more family coming in!  We're going to have a blast over the next couple of months :)

2.  Thank you for taking into account what we talked about regarding dinners/cooking in general.  You rock!

3.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed with all this doctor business.  We need some good news!

4.  Hope you're ready for me to make some treats with that Biscoff spread!  Haha.

5.  Regardless of what happens in the coming months, I'm so thankful and happy that we took a chance on Hawaii.  It's been amazing living here and I hope we continue to eagerly soak up what time we have left!

ily <3

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Getting to Know Hawaii: USS Bowfin Submarine

The Need to Knows:
  • The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park can be found within the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center complex, the same place in which the USS Arizona Memorial is located.  Here is the Bowfin's exact location:
  • The Bowfin is open daily from 7AM to 5PM with the last admission to the submarine being at 4:30PM.  It's closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
  • The cost of admission for the USS Bowfin and the USS Bowfin Museum is $12 for adults, $5 for children 4-12, and $8 for military, seniors, and kama'aina.  Museum only access is $5 for adults and $4 for children.
  • Children under 4 are not permitted onto the submarine itself, although they may visit the museum at no charge.
  • Because the Bowfin is within the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, no bags are allowed on the premises.  Lockers are available for use for $3 each.
  • Audio tours are included in the price of admission for the submarine and the museum.
  • Be sure to wear closed toe shoes (especially if you are also going to see the USS Missouri) just so it's easier to maneuver inside the submarine and successfully avoid the "kneeknockers"!
  • If you'd like to know more about the Bowfin or even make a donation, check out their official website at

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Six for Saturday

1.  I'm really, really happy that we're trying to keep up our working out momentum!  We've got this!!

2.  I think it's cute how you sometimes get more of a kick out of the dogs than I do :)

3.  I love that we finally paid off the car!  Now let's not buy anything new for a long time, okay?!  Haha.

4.  We're not going to let a little bad news get us down.  We're going to do what we need to do to try to fix it, I promise!

5.  Hope you're excited for more company to come into town!  I think we'll have a great time :)

6.  I also hope that you see how much I love you since I'm playing that new game with you, haha.

ily <3

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Six for Saturday

1.  I'm glad you did well this past week!  I know it was super tiring for you, but you pulled through like a champ and I'm proud of you.

2.  I love that we did a new hike this week!  It was so gorgeous :)

3.  Thank you for coming to the dog beach with me tonight.  I think Lila had a great time!

4.  Also thank you for helping me pick up the dogs from the groomer's!

5.  I really appreciate when you help me out in the kitchen, even if it's something small.

6.  Snorkeling at Lanikai soon please!  :)

ily <3

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Getting to Know Hawaii: Eat the Street

The Need to Knows:
  • The main location for Eat the Street events is in downtown Honolulu at 555 South Street.  The exact location can be found here:
  • Eat the Street (ETS for short) is held every month on the last Friday of the month in the downtown Honolulu location.
  • ETS can also be held in other cities like Mililani or Kapolei during other parts of the month, but I'm not exactly sure how often this happens.  You can always check out ETS's website,, and see what events are coming up!
  • ETS in Honolulu lasts from 4 PM to 9 PM each time.
  • There is no fee for ETS, but you do have to pay for food of course :)
  • Parking is available in the same lot ETS is held in for free or there is metered street parking available around the lot -- Halekauwila Street normally has a good bit if you don't get there too late.  ETS put out a nice blog post recently describing the best ways to get good parking at the event over on their blog.
  • I highly recommend arriving early.  The later you come, the less likely you'll be able to find any close parking (a lesson I've learned all too well).  You also run the risk of stands running out of food (especially their speciality themed dishes for the month) if you come late!
  • There is a covered eating area and some tall tables you can stand at and eat, but you can also bring your own chairs since they all fill up fast!


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