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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Never Ever + A Special Aloha Date Night


Well, there you are! Hi! Today is the day I've been waiting for with baited breath, but before I get in to that, here's my seventh edition of the Never Ever linkup!

I will never ever.....
1. stop watching Disney movies because I'm a kid at heart and I love the classics.
2. have enough time in the day--like EVER--for all the stuff I need to get done.
3. understand how my hubby manages to spill his dinner onto his shirt more times than not
4. stop talking about my blog and what I want to do with my blog or what I am doing to my blog on a daily basis (seriously I'm pretty sure my hubby is tired of hearing even the word blog!). 
5. not think Hawaii has the dumbest TV commercials EVER!!

And there it is, folks, this week's never ever's. As always, remember to linkup! Now on to the second part of today's post.

I am sooo excited to welcome Jessica from Kate & Trudy as my very first guest poster ever!!! Jessica and I met through the Cara Box Exchange program and have been bloggy buddies ever since. And now, without further ado, take it from here, Jessica!


A Special Aloha Date Night
-Guest Post by Jessica 


Hi! Jessica here from Kate & Trudy. I’m a 28-years old wife to a former Marine and mama to a fur baby named Kate. At the end of September, we’ll be puppy parents again to Trudy. Hence, the blog, Kate & Trudy – named after the miniature dachshunds who rule our world! We currently live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois but will be moving in 2014 to a location yet to be determined. We’re full of mystery over here!

When I first “met” Elizabeth via July’s Cara Box, I knew we’d be fast friends. She’s kind, helpful, and easy to chat with so when I got the chance to sponsor her blog, Army Ever After, it was a no-brainer.

Elizabeth lives in Hawaii with her soldier hubby. I’m always looking for an excuse to enjoy Hawaii again after our honeymoon on O’ahu!


I sent Hubby out to our storage space to locate our cookbook box. He found the Hawaiian cookbook purchased during our honeymoon and we chose two delicious and easy recipes to make for Hawaii-themed date night. Believe it or not, in the three years since owning this cookbook, it went unopened until now. Absolutely shameful – especially after tasting the recipes we made for date night!

The two recipes we chose don’t necessarily go together, but were perfection nonetheless. We ended up eating them separately anyway due to timing in the oven, so it didn’t matter. Serve them separately or together, just find a way to make them both at some point in the next month…I swear you won’t regret it.

First, the Aiea Shrimps with Basil Butter. It’s light, fresh, and the perfect summer meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare too.


Aiea Shrimps with Basil Butter
Serves 2 
From Honolulu Hawaii Cooking

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp. finely cut basil
Juice of one medium lemon
1 tsp. chopped parsley
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt & pepper to taste

Steps:
In a bowl, blend the butter, basil, lemon juice, and parsley. 
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
Over medium heat, cook the shrimp just until pink. 
Add the butter mixture and stir to combine flavors.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh basil.

Second, the ‘Ono Sweet Potatoes.  PERFECT for fall, especially if you’re in the mood to be on the beach as the weather cools. The flavors are amazing together along with the crunchiness (corn flakes), saltiness (macadamia nuts), and sweetness (bananas). We literally ate the entire dish between the two of us. This is also quick and easy to prepare, though the dish bakes in the oven for about 50 minutes, so plan accordingly (unlike us). 



‘Ono Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4-6 
From A Taste of Aloha

Ingredients:
1-24 oz. can sweet potatoes or yams, drained
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
Brown Sugar
¼ c. macadamia nut bits
¼ c. crushed cornflakes
¼ c. butter, melted

Steps:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mash sweet potatoes and bananas with cinnamon and salt.
Place in a baking dish.
Top with a thin layer of brown sugar.
Mix nuts and cornflakes.
Spread over brown sugar.
Pour melted butter over top.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.

We loved our trip to O’ahu and would visit again in a heartbeat, especially to visit Elizabeth at Schofield! Reliving our trip with two meals from our cookbook was the perfect way to reminisce. Photos are a great way to reminisce too, so enjoy a few snaps from our honeymoon as you get ready to plan your own Hawaii-themed date night!











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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Never Ever + A Special Aloha Date Night


Well, there you are! Hi! Today is the day I've been waiting for with baited breath, but before I get in to that, here's my seventh edition of the Never Ever linkup!

I will never ever.....
1. stop watching Disney movies because I'm a kid at heart and I love the classics.
2. have enough time in the day--like EVER--for all the stuff I need to get done.
3. understand how my hubby manages to spill his dinner onto his shirt more times than not
4. stop talking about my blog and what I want to do with my blog or what I am doing to my blog on a daily basis (seriously I'm pretty sure my hubby is tired of hearing even the word blog!). 
5. not think Hawaii has the dumbest TV commercials EVER!!

And there it is, folks, this week's never ever's. As always, remember to linkup! Now on to the second part of today's post.

I am sooo excited to welcome Jessica from Kate & Trudy as my very first guest poster ever!!! Jessica and I met through the Cara Box Exchange program and have been bloggy buddies ever since. And now, without further ado, take it from here, Jessica!


A Special Aloha Date Night
-Guest Post by Jessica 


Hi! Jessica here from Kate & Trudy. I’m a 28-years old wife to a former Marine and mama to a fur baby named Kate. At the end of September, we’ll be puppy parents again to Trudy. Hence, the blog, Kate & Trudy – named after the miniature dachshunds who rule our world! We currently live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois but will be moving in 2014 to a location yet to be determined. We’re full of mystery over here!

When I first “met” Elizabeth via July’s Cara Box, I knew we’d be fast friends. She’s kind, helpful, and easy to chat with so when I got the chance to sponsor her blog, Army Ever After, it was a no-brainer.

Elizabeth lives in Hawaii with her soldier hubby. I’m always looking for an excuse to enjoy Hawaii again after our honeymoon on O’ahu!


I sent Hubby out to our storage space to locate our cookbook box. He found the Hawaiian cookbook purchased during our honeymoon and we chose two delicious and easy recipes to make for Hawaii-themed date night. Believe it or not, in the three years since owning this cookbook, it went unopened until now. Absolutely shameful – especially after tasting the recipes we made for date night!

The two recipes we chose don’t necessarily go together, but were perfection nonetheless. We ended up eating them separately anyway due to timing in the oven, so it didn’t matter. Serve them separately or together, just find a way to make them both at some point in the next month…I swear you won’t regret it.

First, the Aiea Shrimps with Basil Butter. It’s light, fresh, and the perfect summer meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare too.


Aiea Shrimps with Basil Butter
Serves 2 
From Honolulu Hawaii Cooking

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp. finely cut basil
Juice of one medium lemon
1 tsp. chopped parsley
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salt & pepper to taste

Steps:
In a bowl, blend the butter, basil, lemon juice, and parsley. 
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
Over medium heat, cook the shrimp just until pink. 
Add the butter mixture and stir to combine flavors.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh basil.

Second, the ‘Ono Sweet Potatoes.  PERFECT for fall, especially if you’re in the mood to be on the beach as the weather cools. The flavors are amazing together along with the crunchiness (corn flakes), saltiness (macadamia nuts), and sweetness (bananas). We literally ate the entire dish between the two of us. This is also quick and easy to prepare, though the dish bakes in the oven for about 50 minutes, so plan accordingly (unlike us). 



‘Ono Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4-6 
From A Taste of Aloha

Ingredients:
1-24 oz. can sweet potatoes or yams, drained
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
Brown Sugar
¼ c. macadamia nut bits
¼ c. crushed cornflakes
¼ c. butter, melted

Steps:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mash sweet potatoes and bananas with cinnamon and salt.
Place in a baking dish.
Top with a thin layer of brown sugar.
Mix nuts and cornflakes.
Spread over brown sugar.
Pour melted butter over top.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.

We loved our trip to O’ahu and would visit again in a heartbeat, especially to visit Elizabeth at Schofield! Reliving our trip with two meals from our cookbook was the perfect way to reminisce. Photos are a great way to reminisce too, so enjoy a few snaps from our honeymoon as you get ready to plan your own Hawaii-themed date night!











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Your comments warm my heart!! Leave one for me and I PROMISE to email you back (unless you're a no-reply blogger in which case please fix that)!!