Sunday, September 2, 2012


My monsters kiddos heading to school

I really love that Aloha has two meanings...of course, as most people know, it means hello.  But it also, thankfully, means goodbye.  So in the case of today I say Aloha with the alternate meaning of goodbye.

Now you may be wondering what I'm saying goodbye to.  See those adorable little children in the photo above?  Well I said goodbye to them this week as they headed back to school...which was awesome. 

I also say goodbye to this handsome man several times over as he has been diligently training to become a Chief.

The hubby doing Chiefly things like washing cars

But what I would REALLY like to say goodbye to is this...

In full on tantrum mode...please note clenched fist slamming ground

Yeah, for those of you who don't know the joy of children...this is known as a tantrum.

There have been several this week.  One so bad from my older child it kept me up for hours into the night with screaming, kicking the wall, tears (on his part AND mine). 

It's been awful.

Sleep has been limited.

But now I say Aloha to it.

Sounds simple, right?  Say aloha and it's gone? 

I know, not that easy...but luckily daddy came home for a day and laid down some law (and substantial threats)...and things have been a bit calmer.

Plus, I get to escape to work for a few nights...and earn some holiday pay to boot!  I'm not complaining!

All this Aloha-ing though had me dreaming of Hawaii.  We are headed there ourselves in 37 days (not that I'm counting).  We will be oogling half naked people volunteering here and then chillaxing on the Big Island for 2 glorious weeks!

So in order to bring myself to a more zen-like state I started reading some of my favorite blogs and was inspired by Ms. Lindsay Cotter and her steel cut oats in a rice cooker to pick up some of this yummy L&A juice...

Which then made it's way into some oats reminiscent of a warm Hawaiian day...make them...I swear, you can feel the ocean breeze on your skin...

Or that may just be the fan on full blast to combat this heat wave. 

Either way, they are pretty tasty if I say so myself!

Aloha Oats

by Jaclyn Trosper
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 1 C steel cut oats
  • 4 C L&A coconut pineapple juice
  • 2 C raw cashews soaked overnight
  • 1/3 C agave
  • 1 mango diced
  • Almond milk to taste (or desired consistency)
  • Could also use coconut milk
Soak cashews overnight in just enough water to cover them. Set aside.
Place oats and juice in rice cooker (if you don't have this amazing, cheap piece of equipment cook oats according to package directions using juice instead of water...but really, I recommend the rice cooker).
Meanwhile place cashews and agave into food processor or high power blender (e.g. Vitamix or Blendtec). Mix until can add small amounts of soaking water in order to blend better, but don't overdo it!
Once oats are cooked place in bowl. Mix with almond milk to reach desired consistency (some like it thick, some like it runny). Sprinkly mango pieces on top. Dollop with cashew cream...mix and eat! ALOHA!!
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  1. This is so funny, why because I had to take the puppy with me in the NEX after taking him to the Vet..( I wont leave a Dog in the car and I was alone) I had him in his carrier and he threw a full on FIT.. Brought me back to the kids "fit" days and how greatfull I was that those days had passed, And pass they will. I am so jelouse of your Hawaii trip but sounds like you have earned it several times over... Enjoy .. PS. Its fun to get to chatch up with you on Facebook and your Blog :-)..Kim Morton

    1. Awww...yeah, someday maybe I'll only be reminded of these fits! LOL! Miss you Mrs. Kim! And yeah...the trip will be well earned ;) ;)