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Hawaiian Bridal Luncheon

December 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

With my mom.

With my mom and dad. My dad gave me these flowers!

Festive Hawaiian Table

With Cousin Dawn

Cousin Kelly, Kelly’s daughter Margo, Mom, Mom’s friend Maureen

Cousin Kelly’s daughter Margo

Cousin Marla, Marla’s daughters Mya and Ella, Cousin Kelly and Kelly’s daughter Katie, Aunt Connie

With my niece Jessica and Cousin Kelly’s other daughters, Tessa and Charlotte

Aunt Connie and Charlotte

Mom & Cousin Dawn. I don’t know what they’re pointing at.

Aunt Connie, Mom & Cousin Dawn. I don’t know what they’re pointing at.


Aunt Deb, Cousin Erica and Erica’s daughter Ella

With Aunt Deb, Cousin Erica and Erica’s daughter Ella

Aunt Sue and My Mom’s Cousin Jane

Jane’s Daughter Jessica and Jessica’s Daughter, Abigail

With my sister-in-law Amanda

Cousins Skyonna and Katrina. I babysat for Katrina very regularly from her birth on!

Cousin Sky. I kept thinking she was older, but she is only 14!


Me and my mom.

Time for gifts.

Ella, My Niece Jessica, Abi

My Aunt Sue wrote a poem for me inside this card.

Ella helping out. Or something.

Jessica & Abi

Ella & Jessica.

Cousin Marla, her daughter Mya, Kelly’s daughter Kate, Aunt Connie, Cousin Kelly

Cousin Kelly & Aunt Sue made these coasters for us using our engagement photos.

Margo with a lei!

Everyone was so generous with the presents!

My mom gave us this sculpture that looks like two pieces but really is one.

Ella & Tessa helping out.

Maureen gave us these personalized towels.

Abi and Ella helping out.

Abi and Ella helping out.

My cousin Erica and her daughter Ella.

Ella drawing.

Abi and her drawing.

Chocolate macadamia nut brownies.

With Aunt Sue and mom.

With all of my mom’s sisters: Alice, Sue, Wanda & Connie

With all of my mom’s sisters: Alice, Sue, Wanda & Connie

Jane’s Husband Gene and my dad

My Aunt Ali

Tessa trying to see how many leis she can wear!

Cousin Skyonna





Sister-in-Law Amanda and Niece Jessica


Mike came to pick up Katrina. They are engaged too!

Jessica being crazy!

With my Uncle Dave

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, my mom hosted a Hawaiian-themed bridal luncheon for me. My parents really went all out on this one with the food and drinks. We had

  • Salted Macademia Nuts
  • Chocolate-Covered Macademia Nuts
  • Taro Chips
  • Fresh Coconut Pieces
  • Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • Fruit Salad
  • Lettuce Salad w/ Toasted Macademia Nuts, Toasted Coconut, Pineapple, Bacon and a homemade Pineapple Vinaigrette
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  • Kalua Pig on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
  • Pistachio Pudding Salad
  • Orange Dreamsicle Puff
  • White Chocolate Macademia Nut Brownies
  • Hawaiian Party Punch (with or without Skyy Pineapple Vodka)

Amanda, Stephanie and Jessica were in charge of decorations and party supplies. They did such a great job with wall hangings, garland, plates, napkins, utensils, drink umbrellas and stir sticks, leis… so much fun Hawaiian/tropical party things.

Since my brother lives and hour and a half from us here in Chicago and my parents live about two or two and a half hours from my brother, many times we meet there and do things around the Milwaukee area. Or even just hang out at my brother’s house because it’s kind of a central location. This is great, but also means that I don’t see a ton of my family that lives farther away, farther north. It was so great to see so many of my aunts and cousins. I was so happy that many of them were able to make it to the party.

I did not want anyone to feel obligated to bring gifts, I just wanted to see everyone, but my family was so generous and brought gifts anyway. My aunt Sue even wrote a poem for Dallas and I. And she and my cousin Kelly handmade coasters for us with our engagement photos on them! And we received so many great things for the kitchen and bathroom. And new luggage. And a beautiful Kenyan wedding sculpture. And I could go on and on. A big thank you to everyone for being so generous!

Thanks so much to my parents, Amanda, and my nieces for planning everything. And to all of my aunts and cousins for coming out and making it a great day. We will be thinking of everyone while we are away in Hawaii and you will be there with us in spirit, I know!

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Joe’s Birthday Dinner

July 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Caprese Salad, South Yarmouth, Cape Cod

Joe, Jessica, Jane :: South Yarmouth, Cape Cod

Last week was Joe, Jessica’s dad’s birthday. This week he and Jessica’s mom, Jane, are visiting on the Cape, so one night we invited them to our house for dinner. Jess, Julie and I served a homemade cucumber, yogurt, dill dip with vegetables, hummus and a cheese plate for appetizers. Then we made turkey burgers like we had the other night, grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, and grilled chicken for dinner. Julie made a caprese salad with fresh basil we got from Jess’s uncle, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Jane also brought a tasty potato salad – secret ingredient: bacon. Everything was delicious. For birthday dessert we had a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. YUM.

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Red Dirt Day

July 20th, 2005 · 3 Comments

Waimea Brewing Co.

Flowers at Waimea Brewing Co.

Waimea Canyon – Koke’e Park

Waimea Canyon – Koke’e Park

Waimea Canyon – Koke’e Park

Kathy, Dallas, Caroline

Waimea Canyon – Koke’e Park


Kathy, Dallas, Rachelle

Waimea Canyon – Koke’e Park

Waimea Canyon – Koke’e Park

GTE Hawaiian Tel is now Verizon

Looking for the house George & Kathy used to live in – Waimea Canyon


That’s NOT the house

That’s the house

Strawberry Guava

Waimea Canyon

Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice

Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice

Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice

Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice

Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice


Driveway to the house where Dallas grew up

Engraved names in this piece of cement in the driveway

View of Waimea

View of Waimea

Back of the house

Red Dirt everywhere

Caroline, Dallas, Jane, Nancy, Kathy

Grilled Fish

The Winships, from Sweden

Dallas grilling

George & Linda

Bob & Jane

Linda, Nancy, George, Caroline

Ahi & Onions

Dinner in Waimea

Last week Tuesday we spent the whole day on the west side of Kaua’i, in and around Waimea. This is where Dallas lived. In fact, like last year, we were having dinner at the his parents still own, the house where he grew up.

First we had lunch at Waimea Brewing Company. They claim to be the world’s westernmost brewpub. Dallas had been to their restaurant in Seattle when visiting his brother there, but had never been to the original in Waimea. Pretty good food, I didn’t try the beer though.

Next we drove up to Koke’e Park to take in some views of Waimea Canyon. While we were up there we walked down this winding gravel road to see if we could locate a house that Dallas’ parents lived in after they first got married. A little had changed, but the building was still there. After driving down we tried to visit Polihale Beach because I’ve never seen it before, but it was closed “until further notice”. Later on we heard stories of some problems they’re having in the park with “aggressive hippies camped out”. Don’t know if that’s why the beach is closed or not, just a rumor I heard.

Jo Jo’s Shave Ice in Waimea is the best on the island so I had to be sure to stop for that. Dallas and I were inside and we had to pool all of our cash together to buy one $3.50 shave ice. Lucky for me he didn’t want any so I could get the upgrades – cream on top and mac nut ice cream instead of vanilla. Still I didn’t get away without him teasing me that there was only enough money for me to get shave ice, not him. But truthfully he didn’t want any. I guess growing up with the best shave ice shop on the island (or all of Hawaii) at the end of your driveway makes it not such a big deal.

For dinner there were about 25 people. It was great to see everyone one last time before leaving for Honolulu the next day. And the food. There was sooo much food. Between the pupus and the dinner and dessert this is everything I noted we had:

  • Boiled Peanuts
  • Seared Ahi
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Grilled Steak
  • Grilled Pork
  • Grilled Ono
  • Grilled Aku
  • Grilled Portuguese Sausage
  • Kauai Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Portuguese Meat
  • Lettuce/Veggie Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • White Rice (always!)
  • Chantilly Cake (is this local?)
  • Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Jello
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coffee Cake

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