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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest

June 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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We’ve gone to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest a few times (2010, 2011). This year Dallas was out of town (in Vancouver) but my parents were visiting so we decided to give it a shot again. I swear the art part of it used to extend all the way down to California Avenue, and I know one year for sure there were stands and performances in Logan Square, the park, but this year was different. Everything began just north of The Square and went solid up to Diversey.

We walked all around a few times. We didn’t go into any of the pop up galleries, but we looked at all the booths, tried food from several different stands and also different drinks like sangria and beer and lemonade. We went to the kids area, but Makai was too little for most of the activities. I thought it was going to rain but it didn’t so we sat for a long time. There was an area where a restaurant was closed and they put a bunch of umbrella’d picnic tables in that area. It was nice. Some of the bands were pretty good. The one above was all kids (Intonation Music Workshop All-Stars) and they were great! We even stopped off for a treat at Heavenly gelato!

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Hawaii Day 4: Ze Train, Ze Train!

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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In the morning Dallas and his dad kept working on the deck some more. Taking boards off every day, waiting for the new materials to be delivered. Dallas and his parents were going golfing again with Larry, this time at Kauai Lagoons in Lihue, so it was Makai and mommy day again.

Our first stop was in Koloa town to go to the post office and mail some postcards to my parents, my brother and his family, and to my office. Then we headed across the street to Big Save. They’ve really remodeled this location since the last time I was there. There was even a big area with a ton of different poke. I wondered if they were trying to compete with Koloa Fish Market, which is awesome and located right next door. I was disappointed to ask for cone sushi and be told Big Save does not carry any sushi any more. What the heck?

My main reason for going to Big Save was to get more formula and diapers. At this point we were starting to realize just how much Makai goes through while he’s at daycare! Makai rode in the shopping cart for the first time and loved it. Everyone in the store, employees and customers, were commenting on how cute he is. I don’t know if Hawaiians and those visiting Hawaii are just especially friendly and in love with babies, or what, but everywhere we went people stopped to say hi to him or make comments to us on how happy and cute he looked.

In the souvenir aisle I saw some haku leis (leis worn on your head) and thought they might be a good size for kids to wear around their necks. I tried a couple on Makai, but his head is so big that they fit right on his head! He had fun trying them on, though.

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At the Poipu Shopping Village we walked around a little bit. I stopped at Papalani Gelato and got a small shake and then went by Puka Dog for a sausage snack. I ordered my dog spicy but it was so mild. Makai was sampling the mango relish and lilikoi mustard. But that’s how mild it was… a baby could eat it. It was fun to visit Puka Dog, although I’m always a little disappointed in the bread to sausage ratio. Also, being there reminded me of John, which was kind of sad, but he was so happy that day we went together, that it was kind of nice too.

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Next we drove to Lihue to the Kilohana Plantation. I bought one ticket for the train ride (Makai was free) and waited at the depot. I asked the ladies in the shop if it was safe to leave my stroller there during the train ride or if I should put it in the car and they pretty much laughed at me. Of course it was safe, they said. I guess I’m just used to the city! Before the train ride started, Makai was entertaining all the passengers by smiling and laughing and squawking and blowing raspberries.

The Kilohana Plantation is a working farm and has a ton of different plants and vegetables and fruits and nuts and animals on the property. Makai didn’t care too much about the train ride. I think he did like the wind in his hair, though.

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The train stopped in an area that had a bunch of boar, goats, chickens and roosters. Everyone got off the train and you could feed bread to the animals. I didn’t know if Makai would even register that there were animals running around, but every time I looked down at him he was smiling and laughing and kicking. He loved it. Note to self: Go to the zoo soon!

After a while we got back on the train and rode back to the depot. A few fun facts from our tour guide: 1. It takes a pineapple two years to grow to a marketable size. 2. Raw cashews are poisonous. 3. Boar hunting season on Kauai begins January 1st and ends on December 31st. :)

I stopped in at Koloa Rum just because it was right there on the property. We’ve had this rum before and it’s pretty good. We even have a bottle of it in Chicago. I didn’t buy anything rum-related, but did get a cute pair of earrings.

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I picked Dallas up from golfing, since we were both in Lihue, and then we went back to Poipu for a late lunch at Keoki’s Paradise and old standby of ours. We visit at least once every time we’re on Kauai. Makai was flirting with all of the ladies at the surrounding tables. I’d see him looking behind me and smiling and laughing and then I’d look over and there’d be some person waving or smiling or talking to him! One little girl who was about 10 years old was especially drawn to him and spent about half of our lunch standing by him! And on the way out of Keoki’s, a woman literally stopped her car to roll down her window and tell us how cute our baby is. CRAZY! Even the waitress was playing with him. Later on we were all joking that Makai is running for Mayor of Poipu, the way he was carrying on and getting love from everyone! Note: This was also the first time he sat in a restaurant high chair.

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Back in Waimea, we crashed while Dallas’s parents went out to Port Allen Sunset Bar & Grill with Larry and Eleanor.

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Banana Crumb Muffins

January 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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This was a treat I made when I was pregnant. I was using up some bananas I had, but made my treat extra decadent when I mixed a hot muffin with some salted caramel gelato!

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Banana Crumb Muffins
From: All Recipes
Note: I added 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, and 3/4 tsp. cinnamon to the muffin batter.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

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