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Only Easy: IP Apple Butter

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By Misty I. August 21, 2019 What do you do when you have a lot of leftover apples at school? Make apple butter! There isn’t any actual butter in this recipe but it… Continue reading

Family Favorite–Oven-Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken (Easy Chicken Katsu)

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This year’s back to school process is a little different than the ones I’ve been through for the last 13 years. This year, my son is moving out to go to school. He… Continue reading

LUNAFEST, Jackie Reys, Moon & Turtle, and Temple with Marla

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Wow! What a Friday night it was! It was so much fun, I forgot to take a picture with Marla, who I was hanging out with all night long! Marla was visiting from… Continue reading

Only Easy: Hilo-Style Sweet and Sour Spareribs

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By Misty I. August 14, 2019 Boy, I wish I could say this was my Grandma Ramos’ spareribs recipe. It’s not. I don’t have her recipe and I’ve beaten myself up trying to… Continue reading

Away to College — Shopping List

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My son is headed away to his first year of college. My friends and I have a range of emotions and feelings about our children leaving our homes. Some friends are feeling the… Continue reading

Day 6 Hilo to Hokkaido — Sapporo to Hilo

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It’s our last day in Japan. We woke up and made it to Nijo Seafood Market where we had delicious sushi for breakfast. I took the group to the same restaurant that I… Continue reading

Only Easy: Brie Mushrooms

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By Misty I. August 7, 2019 Mmmm…mushrooms! Do you like the garlicky flavors of escargot but could actually skip the snail?! If yes, have I got a recipe for you! This is perfect… Continue reading

Stoked for the Release of Stoke

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Did you know that a movie filmed on the Big Island will be released on August 6? I talked with Zoe Eisenberg (ZE), a Kalapana filmmaker who shared some background about her project,… Continue reading

Day 5 Hilo to Hokkaido — Otaru to Sapporo

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On day 5 of my Hokkaido trip, I woke up early and took a walk around the neighborhood. There isn’t a whole lot to see around the Kuramure ryokan but there was a… Continue reading

Only in Puna: ‘Ōhelo Cafe 2019

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By Misty I. July 31, 2019 We love ‘Ōhelo Cafe! My older son loves the burgers and lamb, my younger son loves the pizza, my husband loves the ribs and I love their… Continue reading