Thursday, March 22, 2012

25 Years Old

So for my birthday I just made a coffee cake and we had friends over to play Phase 10 Sunday night.

Baagie and Kalia. She was born in August.

Ryan gave me another birthday hat. Check last year's post to see the pink version.

The new dads.

The expectant parents. Zach and Lauren are due some time in May or June. I can't remember which one.
I didn't get pictures of our neighbors from Houston, Zach and Sarah, they came later.

Monday, March 19, 2012

             So today was Skye and Reagan's last day at church in the Laie 5th ward.  We both got to speak in church and Skye also was the chorister as usual.  I believe that our talks went well and Reagan did a good job of not being too loud.  After Sacrament meeting was over they all sang "Aloha 'Oe" to us, bringing up several flower and Kukui nut Lei's to say goodbye.  The entire song Reagan was Laughing and excited to see so many people coming up to her and saying goodbye.  She is such a ham when she is around people, always smiling and laughing to get their attention.  We also went over to the temple and got some family pictures taken which we will poast later, after our photographer gets them back to us.

"Aloha 'Oe"

Ha`aheo ka ua i nâ pali
Ke nihi a`ela i ka nahele
E hahai (uhai) ana paha i ka liko
Pua `âhihi lehua o uka


Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again

`O ka hali`a aloha i hiki mai
Ke hone a`e nei i
Ku`u manawa
`O `oe nô ka`u ipo aloha
A loko e hana nei

Maopopo ku`u `ike i ka nani
Nâ pua rose o Maunawili
I laila hia`ia nâ manu
Miki`ala i ka nani o ka lipo


"Aloha 'Oe"

Proudly swept the rain by the cliffs
As it glided through the trees
Still following ever the bud
The `ahihi lehua of the vale


Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
'Ere I depart
Until we meet again

Sweet memories come back to me
Bringing fresh remembrances Of the past
Dearest one, yes, you are mine own
From you, true love shall never depart

I have seen and watched your loveliness
The sweet rose of Maunawili
And 'tis there the birds of love dwell
And sip the honey from your lips

Reagan had a good time at the beach on saterday. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Good Recipe

A few months ago a couple in our ward gave us several pounds of frozen ground turkey. We weren't sure what to do with it since we're more of a ground beef kind of family. We tried turkey burgers, but they lacked flavor. We tried spaghetti and meatballs, but the turkey failed to hold the form of the balls. So there that last pound has sat, in the freezer forgotten. Since we're trying to eat up our food storage before we leave we rediscovered the turkey, and cringed. What could we possibly do with it that would be appetizing? As luck would have it, our neighbors had some Food Network dvd's and on one of them I saw Giada make some turkey meatloaf. I figured it couldn't hurt to try. It was surprisingly very good!
So if you're ever stuck with some ground turkey you're not sure what to do with, you should try this recipe.
Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun-dried Tomatoes by Giada de Laurentiis
Cooking Spray
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup marinated sun-dried tomatoes
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1 1/2 tsp salt
1tsp black pepper
1 pound turkey meat
Place oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together bread crumbs, parsley, tomatoes, eggs, milk, feta, salt, and pepper. Stir in turkey, careful not to overwork the meat. Carefully pack meat mixture into prepared pan, bake until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees, about 45 minutes.
If desired, you can also add two cloves of minced garlic to the meat mixture before baking.