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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting to Know Hawaii: Laie Point State Wayside


The Need to Knows:
  • Laie Point State Wayside is located at the end of Naupaka Street in Laie, Hawaii 96762.  It's exact location is here:
  • The park is open during daylight hours every day and it costs nothing to visit.
  • The parking lot is very, very tiny, so please be mindful of where you park since this is a neighborhood (no blocking driveways!).
  • There are no bathroom facilities here, but there are trash cans available.
  • Since there are obviously no railings or safety measures here, be smart in your judgement when it comes where to explore.  Also be careful if you're wearing flip flops!
  • There's also no shade, so if you plan to stay a while for lunch or something else, I'd recommend a hat or some sunscreen.

Laie Point State Wayside is a small outlook area overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the northeastern corner of Oahu.  It offers gorgeous views of a few smaller offshore islands as well as powerful waves crashing against the rocks.  Although it's not a very big area and you'll probably only spend a few minutes of your day here, I absolutely think it's worth checking out just so you can check out another view of Oahu's rugged, beautiful coastline.


Some of the rock stacks left by people brave enough to venture up the island
There's a plaque here at the point that goes into detail regarding the Hawaiian legend of Laie Point.  Essentially, a great Hawaiian warrior named Kana defeated a giant lizard (mo'o) here, chopped it into five pieces, and scattered each piece into the ocean.  Each of the offshore islands is a piece of the mo'o.




When the waves aren't going crazy, a particular spot off this point (not pictured) becomes a very popular jumping point into the ocean.  You actually may have seen this before if you've ever seen the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall or this crazy awesome video from YouTube user shibbystylee:


Personally, I'm more of a stay-on-dry-land-and-not-drown kind of girl, so I'll be leaving the cliff jumping to the professional risk-takers!

WARNING:  If you choose to jump from this spot or anywhere else on island, you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK.  Spitting Caves has had two tragic deaths in the past few months (both young Navy sailors) because of jumping into rough ocean waters.  Please be WARNED and be KNOWLEDGEABLE of the risks of this kind of activity before participating and STAY SAFE.  If the ocean looks rough and/or you aren't a strong swimmer, DO NOT JUMP AT ALL.



It's pretty fantastic to just sit here and watch the waves crash against the rocks.  It's a raw, natural beauty that I've learned to associate with all of the Hawaiian islands and it's definitely hard for me to get my fill of it.  This would be a great place to bring a plate lunch from a restaurant over in Laie and sit, eat, and contemplate the power and beauty of the ocean and the islands.



Where's a place you like to go that leaves you in awe of nature?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Six for Saturday

1.  I'm glad we get a couple of days to relax before truly hitting the grind next week.

2.  You were so cute when you told me how much you missed the pups.

3.  Holy moly we bought a lot of groceries, but I'm glad we don't have to worry about it this weekend.

4.  I'm sorry you had to go back into work last night.  I know that drive was awful!!

5.  Thank you for being my support even when I'm the one that needs to be supporting you.  I love you for it!

6.  I'm really excited to start planning our anniversary trip!  Woohoo!!

ily <3

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Seven for Sunday

1.  Thank you for taking over part of the driving when you feel up to it.  I really appreciate it, especially when you know how much I dislike driving!

2.  I'm so happy you were able to have a good time at the birthday party!

3.  I hope the plan we're setting in motion at home works out to our advantage.

4.  We've filled up on some good food so far, haven't we?  I miss it all!

5.  I'm so glad we got to go to Mardi Gras, woohoo!

6.  Thank you for my early Valentine's present last week! I love my Paperwhite :)

7.  I'm also glad we're working on a backup plan in case things don't go like we want them to.  But I have faith!

ily <3

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  We successfully surprised our families!!  I'm so happy it went off almost without a hitch!

2.  I'm so glad you're by my side to help with all the scrap that's being thrown our way.

3.  You're so adorable with the kids, haha.

4.  Deer chili!!

5.  It just makes me so darn happy to be home with you!!

ily <3



Monday, February 3, 2014

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

If there's one comfort food in the world that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside, it's definitely soup.  And to define that a little further, it would be chicken noodle soup.  Something about it brings me back to my childhood and just plain makes me happy.

Now, this isn't a chicken noodle soup recipe, but I actually think it's even better, and that's some high praise coming from me.  I'm pretty sure I've declared this my Favorite Chicken Soup of All Time and I've already stocked a few bags in my freezer for further consumption which will be perfect for all this "cool" weather we're having out this way (I know, I know, most of you "ha!" all over my version of cool weather now, but dangit, it's chilly!).  You could probably say I'm obsessed, actually!

Anyways!  I definitely recommend you give this soup a whirl, especially when you need some warmth on an evening that's actually cold, haha.  You won't regret it!


Adapted from Back for Seconds -- check out that recipe if you're looking for a crock pot version!

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 cups of chicken stock (8 for a thicker soup, 10 for thinner!)
  • Either 1/2 or a whole rotisserie chicken, shredded (your preference)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash salt-free table blend seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice (NOT instant)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 can of corn

Directions

Cook onions in heated olive oil for about one minute or until translucent.  Add chopped carrots, onion, and celery along with minced garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.


Add the chicken, chicken broth, Mrs. Dash, cumin, bay leaves, and salt and pepper.  Bring mixture to a boil and add your rice.  Cook for about 30 minutes (check to make sure the rice is done and go longer if necessary).


Whisk together the flour and milk until combined and then add to the soup along with the corn.  Simmer on the stove for about another 15 minutes until nice and thickened.  Then serve with some bread or crackers and you're all set!


What's your favorite soup to enjoy in the wintertime?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Six for Saturday

1.  You're such an adorable dog-dad, haha.

2.  I'm excited about the same thing you're excited about!  :)

3.  I appreciate the help you've given me so far getting the house in shape.  Let's keep it going through the weekend!

4.  I'm glad we're getting back to shows we didn't quite finish.  I don't like leaving loose ends!

5.  Thank you for helping my dumb neck get better.  And letting me borrow your pillow to sleep lol.

6.  I'm sorry one of your days this week was really bad.  I'm hoping the alternate routes we've talked about are able to help, even if it's just a little.

ily <3