Archives for December 2012

My Week In Photos- Holiday Cheer

It’s so easy to get caught up in the frenzied pace of the holiday season. This week I stepped away from the kitchen and the computer to go out and LIVE a little, spending time with new friends and my ohana.

Went looking for my pot of gold and then I realized how blessed I already am.

Met up with the lovely Valentina from The House of V Bakery for a meal at Greens & Vines in Honolulu. I love it when you meet a new friend and you can just talk and carry on like you’ve known each other forever. A love of delicious food connects us all. It looks like we’re drinking Bloody Marys but it’s actually the house made strawberry & goji kombucha. It’s thicker than store-bought kombucha, almost like a smoothie. Super tasty and gave me a nice boost for the day.

Greens &Vines Raw Vegan Gourmet on Urbanspoon

Raw Pad Thai- Light, refreshing and full of crunchy goodness

Living Lasagna- A MUST try. Rich, complex flavors and very filling.

Mushroom Alfredo w/ Zucchini Noodles

And the Wicked Chocolate Tart- sooooooo rich and delish!

After sightseeing and a beautiful sunset, we ended the day with a cocktail at The Modern hotel in Waikiki.

I did find time to do a little work. My friend Chanelle has been my baking muse,so I finally broke down and asked her for the recipe for these Ooey Gooey Sticky Buns.Even for a “baking FAIL” like me, they turned out awesome! The video recipe will be up on my YouTube channel soon 🙂

Winston the naughty Pug thought he’d open some Christmas prezzies early…

My Aunty Cynthia took Mom,Dad and me out to celebrate the season at Chai’s Island Bistro with music by the Brother’s Cazimero.

Cheers to all of You, my friends. Mahalo for all of your love and support. Wishing you many blessings and merry everything!

My Week in Photos- Thanksgiving Aftermath

We came. We saw. We ate.

My Aunty Candy and Grandma Helen

The rest of my family are all omnivores, so I will spare you the photo of the Thanksgiving table. But it is really special to me  to celebrate the holidays with my 92 yr old Grandma….how cute is she? We did all of our family photos before the food coma set in.

Rabbit Island from the Ka’Iwi trail

Had to work off all of the Field Roast I devoured with a hike up the Makapuu lighthouse trail. Seriously, this view is the only thing that keeps me motivated to exercise.

My “shop small” haul.Best find at the expo was the Coconut Peanut Butter, so ono!

Best way to get over a weekend of eating debauchery is a Heavenly Salad from Loving Hut

And a warm bowl of home-made kale & rice chow-dah

I’m totally geeked over these skull earrings and this ring! Another part of my “shop small” haul

I’m still in a lot of pain after my car accident at the beginning of November but literally could not stomach taking the pharmaceutical pain meds any longer. This kit I put together (pictured above), along with both cold and hot packs, chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage has given me some much-needed relief. The ProTrauma can be used instead of Ibuprofen for inflammation and my experience has been that it is much gentler on my stomach. Golden Tiger is a topical pain relief cream similar to BioFreeze. I prefer the Golden Tiger  since I find that my skin is less sensitive to it and the pain relieving properties are more effective for me. I gently roll my neck out with the massage stick, no more than 5 minutes at a time, then apply the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil spray. After I stopped taking the prescription muscle relaxers, magnesium is my new best friend! I leave the magnesium oil spray on my skin for about 20 minutes, prepare a beverage with the Mag Relax powdered magnesium, take a deep breath and try to relax.

I’ve also bumped up my intake of green smoothies and added tons of pineapple for the bromelain and extra extra chia for the omega-3’s.

Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice and you should consult your trusted doctor before trying any of these remedies. All products are vegan-friendly and purchased with my own money (the Ancient Minerals sample was in one of my paid Conscious Box subscriptions).

Fingers crossed that I will be feeling well enough to film and edit some new videos for you all soon!

Artist Mark N. Brown painting Kalapawai Market in Kailua. Sometimes you need to stop and capture the artist capturing beauty

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