What I've Been Up To...

Thursday, January 23, 2014


I have been really busy guys...like super busy.... getting married!  Yeah.  The last couple of months have been crazy hectic not only because of the holidays but because I was putting in the final last minute plans for my wedding.  On January 5, 2014 I married my best friend Andrew who is now my husband.  Eek!  I'm so excited. 

Life is finally getting back to normal now so I'm catching up with posts and have tons of new pictures to share. I pray you all are having a wonderful 2014.  Cheers to new beginnings in the new year! 

Xo,

Jean 

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Faith For Life: How Can He Fail You?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

This devotional spoke to my soul this morning as I got ready for church.  I just wanted to share it with you all.  

Daily DevotionalCourtesy of Truth For Life





December 22, 2013
How Can He Fail You?
I will strengthen you.
Isaiah 41:10
God has a strong reserve with which to discharge this responsibility, for He is able to do everything. Believer, until you can drain the ocean dry of omnipotence, until you can break into pieces the towering mountains of almighty strength, you never need to fear.
Do not think that the strength of man will ever be able to overcome the power of God. While the earth's huge pillars stand, you have enough reason to live firm in your faith.
The same God who directs the earth in its orbit, who feeds the burning furnace of the sun, and trims the lamps of heaven has promised to supply you with daily strength. While He is able to uphold the universe, do not dream that He will prove unable to fulfill His own promises.
Remember what He did in the past, in the former generations. Remember how He spoke and it was done, how He commanded and it stood firm. Will He who created the world grow weary? He hangs the world upon nothing; will He who does this be unable to support His children? Will He be unfaithful to His word for lack of power?
Who is it that restrains the tempest? Does He not ride upon the wings of the wind and make the clouds His chariots and hold the ocean in the hollow of His hand? How can He fail you? When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, will you for a moment indulge the thought that He has outpromised Himself or gone beyond His power to fulfill? No! You can doubt no longer.
My God, You who are my strength, I believe that this promise will be fulfilled, for the boundless reservoir of Your grace can never be exhausted, and the overflowing storehouse of Your strength can never be emptied by Your friends or plundered by Your enemies.

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Christmas Family Photo!

Friday, December 20, 2013


Every year since my son was born, he's taken a Christmas photo. When my brother Peter started having kids, they started taking photos together.  This year Alaka'i told me he felt "too old" to take a Christmas photo even though he believes in Santa.  However, he said he would "graciously accompany" his younger cousins while they take photos with Santa. So cute.

Though I will surely write several times before Christmas is actually here, I just wanted to share some Friday Christmas cheer from our family to yours.  (Kaliko [my niece on the far left], Alohilani [niece in the middle] and my son Alaka'i [right])

xo,

Jean


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Guest Post: Candy Cane Whipped Cream

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Candy Cane Whipped Cream

Top your holiday desserts with this bit of sweet enchantment: Candy Cane Whipped Cream.

There’s nothing like homemade whipped cream. Seriously. The billowing clouds of cream go with just about everything. Serve it sweetened as a topping or as a filling for pies and cakes. A small dollop of savory whipped cream in a soup richly elevates the flavor. But, for the holidays, this Candy Cane Whipped Cream recipe is all about fun. Be careful not to over whip it, or the cream will become curdled-looking and grainy. A really cold mixing bowl and beaters help. Also, make sure you pulverize the candy cane because you don’t want a sharp shard ruining the fun. You can refrigerate Candy Cane Whipped Cream for about eight hours, but otherwise it doesn’t store very well. If you have any leftover, serve it with hot chocolate or stir it into your coffee. You can also use it as a dip for Christmas cookies! But please don’t do what I did (grab a spoon and eat it out of the mixing bowl). That is definitely NOT enchanting (but pretty delicious)!

Candy Cane Whipped Cream

Prep: 15 minutes
You’ll need… 

  • 2: 6-inch candy canes (you’ll need ⅓ cup finely crushed candy cane) 
  • 2 cups heavy cream 
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
Let’s get to it… 
  • Place the candy canes in a gallon size Ziploc® Freezer Bag. Place a kitchen towel over the Ziploc® bag. With a heavy skillet, meat pounder or a heavy can, pound the candy canes until completely pulverized with no sharp shards remaining; set aside. 
  • Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high for 20 seconds or until soft peaks form and the volume has doubled. If you like stiffer peaks, beat for another 10 seconds (be careful not to overbeat or you’ll make butter!). 
  • Fold crushed candy canes into whipped cream. Serve immediately or store for up to 8 hours. tip: if you have leftover crushed candy canes, sprinkle on top of the dessert!

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Hi, I’m Mama… and I’m high strung. Sounds like an AA meeting. I guess I’ve always been a little neurotic, but it got worse when these same six people kept showing up in the evening expecting to get fed. I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road and follow my passion for cooking. This blog is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. 

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