Gilligan’s Island style (and yes, I know the actual word is ‘marooned’). Except I have running water, a grocery store and means of transportation off the island. Maybe it’s just some island fever. Living on a little island has taught me that I never want to be stuck on a little island. I go stir crazy. The furthest away I can drive is the other side of the island…and that isn’t that far away. It’s like…20 minutes away by car.
There are pros and cons to everywhere we’ve lived. The pros to living in Hawaii are obvious. It’s nice and sunny outside 364 days out of the year. The beaches. The surf (if you’re a surfer). Hale’iwa. Big Kahuna’s Pizza. Shaved Ice. Laughing at Hawaii 5-0 as they showed ‘Makalapa clinic’…only it wasn’t Makalapa, it was Navy Lodge…or when they were on a different island, but they showed the Witches Hat, which is on O’ahu. Palm Trees. Plumeria. Hula girls. Pork (if you like pork, there’s a plethera of it here…wild boar and all). Feral Roosters. Tropical showers. Kaneohe Bay (you lucky lucky Marines). The Likelike Highway (my husband doesn’t like like it because he got a speeding ticket the 4th day we were here…it’s also not pronounce Like Like but…I get a chuckle out of it). Kailua. The farmers markets. The ‘Toilet Bowl’. Little Village Noodle House. Chinatown. Jack Johnson. I’ll even say Bruno Mars even though I think the state is on Bruno Mars overload. Iz. The Dole Plantation (like pineapple, you must try the pineapple ice cream. Best thing on earth). Honu. I could go on and on.
There’s cons too…Tsunami’s (they don’t happen often, but alarm goes off once a month and to this day I never remember and it makes me jump into the ceiling). Sun 364 days a year (this is only a con if you’re from somewhere that there are 4 seasons…the weather, not the hotel). The bugs. H-1. Everything costs more (even clothes are marked up). There is only so much to see/do in a 596.7 sq. miles.
And the hero here. King Kamehameha the Great, who shoved something like 400 warriors off a cliff. I haven’t decided whether I think that is good or not, yet.
Either way, this has been a
interesting fun tour. I’m glad we’ve been given the opportunity to be here.
One more pro from Hawaii: Macadamia nuts and coconut! I totally could have used the coconut from my backyard, but someone stole it.
My husband eats saltines like they are his favorite food. I think it’s really weird, but he also eats Navy food (and lives to tell me about it, “Not suitable for prison consumption”…haha), so maybe it’s not so weird. I have a whole box here and I was wondering what to do with them when I noticed the back has a recipe for Macadamia Macaroons. That could be yummy.
Recipe By Nabisco
1 pkg sweetened flake coconut (7 oz)
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
1 tsp vanilla
30 saltines finely crushed
3 egg whites
2 oz semi sweet chocolate.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a rimmed baking pan spread coconut and macadamia nuts. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool.
Combine milk and vanilla in large bowl. Add the coconut mix and cracker crumbs and mix well. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add to coconut and mix gently until combined. Drop tablespoon clumps onto baking sheet 2 inches apart. (use silpat…or lightly grease) Bak for 12-14 minutes. Place on wire racks until completely cooled. Melt chocolate in double boiler and drizzle over cookies. Place on wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate is set.
I dipped my macaroons in the chocolate because I think it puts more chocolate on than just a drizzle. I put them in the refrigerator and tried to be patient. I probably should have put them in the freezer.
A tasty, sweet, ‘tropical’ treat. I don’t like Haupia or else I probably would have used my coconut to make that. These were totally delish. Here’s to hoping at some point it stops snowing long enough in the northeast so when we fly out we actually make it there. Sending you all some sunshine.