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Which Hawaiian Island best fits YOU?

This week’s post is all about the tropical Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Maui! Oahu is the most populated island with lots to do!!!

Oahu is so exciting and fun! The city of Honolulu is bustling, and there are plenty of places to eat, drink, shop, play, and party!

Waikiki is a hip and busy neighborhood in Honolulu with lots of high-end shops, restaurants, and a beautiful surf beach! My favorite place to get an iced coffee and an açaí bowl is Honolulu Coffee! They have so many amazing types of açaí bowls to choose from!

Oahu also has The Pearl Harbor Memorial. They did a great job in honoring our fallen soldiers and educating its visitors.

If you want to escape the city and people head to the north shore!!!

My Husband enjoying some Dole Whip! and Hawaiian Gold Pineapple!

Don’t forget to stop at the Dole plantation on your way to the North Shore. We had our first Dole Whip, there and it was mouth watering! It was so delicious and refreshing! Dole Whip is like tasting Hawaiian sunshine in a cup! The plantation itself is a bit touristy, but the Dole Whip and rainbow eucalyptus trees are worth the stop!!

We also learned you can get Dole Whip at all the Walgreens in Honolulu. And we partook every time we saw one!

The North shore is peaceful with less crowded beaches and nature! Ted’s Bakery is a must visit on the north shore for their local and authentic casual bites!

Wailiua is a great place to go for a nice hike! There are lots of birds and wildlife! We went in the afternoon and saw a magical sunset while whales splashed in the ocean!

Now let’s talk about Maui!

Maui is my favorite Hawaiian island I’ve traveled to so far!! It’s so lush and tropical with lots of great beaches!

My top highlight of Maui is the Road to Hana! It’s a long and windy road leading to an epic waterfall hike.

Along the road are great beaches to stop and play! There are fresh fruit and banana bread stands along the way too! My favorite roadside fruit is the passion fruit!!

Right outside of Hana Highway is Mama’s Fish House in the town of Paia! My husband and I are obsessed! Not only is the food amazing, but the view is outstanding!! The bread they serve there is worth every calorie! So ask for the bread before your meal!

My next favorite thing about Maui was the Old Lahaina Luau! Best Luau I’ve ever been, and I highly recommend!! I loved the BBQ pig and purple potatoes!

My husband also got the chance to take a plane lesson while we were on Maui and I got to tag along! It was so incredible to see the landscape from a bird’s eye view! I would recommend taking a helicopter or scenic plane tour if you can!

Get rid of the winter blues with a visit to either of these islands!

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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

How these cookies where invented:

My best friend is vegan and every year she makes us vegan treats for Christmas. One of the cookies this year was thumbprint cookies. They were so delicious! She sent me the recipe, but instead I thought I could modify my favorite thumbprint cookie recipe. She came over to help me bake my few first batches.

I knew I could substitute the regular butter for vegan butter. But, how was I going to replace the eggs? We decided to add applesauce and hope for the best!

Ingredients:

• 4 cups all-purpose flour

• 3 tsp baking powder

• 1 1/2 cups vegan butter, room temperature

• 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar

• 3 Tablespoons applesauce

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• Homemade strawberry jam (see additional recipe below)

Instructions:

1) In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking powder until well blended. Set aside.

2) In a large bowl, cream vegan butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

3) Add applesauce and vanilla extract. Blend well.

4) Slowly add the flour mixture into the large bowl until fully incorporated.

5) Chill dough for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.

6) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment or silicone mat.

7) Roll chilled dough into 1 tsp balls. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

8) Make a deep thumbprint in the center of each cookie. Add the thumbprint with 1/2 tsp of homemade jam.

8) Place trays in the refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.

9) Once dough is chilled and firm bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.

Baking!!
We were watching these cookies bake!

Hubby is a meat and potatoes guys, but he fell in love with these cookies! He even asked me to make these for his birthday this year!

Strawberry Jam Recipe

1 pound strawberries

1 and 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 juice of lemon

1)Combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in pot (preferably a dutch oven)

2) Heat on low for 2 hours. Stir occasionally and skim away foam on top.

3) Cool completely before filling cookies.

Homemade jam is so delicious and makes the whole house smell like fresh strawberries! If you are in a pinch for time I like to use Fiordifrutta-
Wild Strawberries!

Modern Farm House Ideas

Our First Custom House Build!

We met our first clients when they came to look at our rental home in Edgewater and we clicked right away! We shared so many of the same interests and most importantly – CAPS CAPS CAPS.

They liked our Edgewater home so much, they offered to buy it. That is when we started talking about building them a custom home. We had them come see a house we were remodeling at the time, and they decided right away they wanted us to build them a custom dream home. And so our journey began!

The Modern Farm House
with white exterior, black windows, and a black metal roof.
The open floor plan with plenty of windows.
The dining room.
The foyer is so inviting and bright with all the natural light.
The kitchen countertops are concrete. But the kitchen island includes a butcher block countertop. It’s so beautiful, I wouldn’t want to cut on it…but you absolutely can!
The kitchen includes a beautiful farm house sink with a classic white subway tile backsplash.
The mud room with a built-in bench.
The custom doggie shower is a wonderful addition to the mud room.
The airy office has views of the neighbor’s sheep and fainting goats.
An inviting, sunny guest bedroom.
The master bathroom.
The master bathroom tile work.
The bathroom and kitchen cabinets were Fabuwood… such a great quality product!
A lovely staircase.
The hanging lanterns provide the perfect farmhouse touch! I love how you can sit on the porch and enjoy the view.

Hubby and I enjoyed working with our clients so much! We hope they enjoy their house as much as we enjoyed building it for them!

I hope you loved looking at all the photos of our work! Please feel free to leave a comments!!