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Aloha and Welcome

Aloha to all returning readers and a special welcome to new visitors!  It’s been a long time in the making, but this blog will be back to active posting this weekend.    What to expect: lots of new vegan recipes, DIY house and craft projects, gardening discussions., and other fun and creative pursuits. It’s been a busy year for us here, and I’ll give everyone the update on that, as well.

I just want to say a quick hello! to all everyone, offer a special thank you to all of you who have stopped by after so much time, and extend a warm welcome! to all of you who may be stopping by from Apartment Therapy.  If you’re new around here, I hope that you’ll bookmark this page, follow on Twitter, connect on Facebook, and come back soon.

Aloha!

~Gail 

Sunset view from our new house

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Blowing off the dust …

…. and knocking the rust off this ol’ thing.

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Work in Progress Wednesday

I usually have a number of things that I am juggling at any given time, so finding some things “in progress” to discuss is just about the easiest conversation starter one could give me!

When one of my favorite bloggers, Shellyfish, started a “Work in Progress Wednesday”  project to encourage fellow bloggers to share their artistic endeavors and crafty works in progress with one another, I immediately wanted to participate but hung back because – as many of you have noticed – midweek blogging can be a challenge for me.  However, after weeks of watching the participants’ works in progress transform, one by one, into works completed, I decided to find the time mid-week and participate because I, too, need to get some of these works in progress moving along to the finish line!

First I’ll share the food related work, and then, at the bottom, it’ll be the crafty stuff for those of you who are interested.

My garden (an edible work in progress):

In the Garden

In the Garden

Currently in my “winter” garden I am growing: basil, rosemary, 2 kinds of oregano, 3 kinds of mint, sage, eggplant, ancho peppers, zucchini, butternut squash, scallions, big mama limas, spinach, 3 kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, flavorburst bell peppers, anaheim peppers, false alarm habeneros, bush beans, a mystery squash that is growing out of my compost pile (I suspect pumpkin), and a wide variety of flowers.

My quilt (a inedible work in progress):

Quilt in Progress

Quilt in Progress

This is a simple quilt made of 4×4″ squares of Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric.

And there’s this guy who hung around as I took pictures of the quilt but, as you can see, was not altogether interested in my project (I’ll try not to take it personally):

Cash

Cash

Isn’t he handsome?

If you like what you see with the works in progress, take some time to check out other Wednesday Works in Progress.  Also, while you’re cruising around the internet take the time to stop by and check out another awesome & creative blogger to see what Jes did with my humble little banana bread recipe. She’s provided you with your Sunday morning breakfast!

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Around Maui

For the past few weeks our house has been filled with a bit more laughter and cheer as we’ve had some visitors come out from Pittsburgh for two separate visits (for some reason people seem to want to leave Pittsburgh during January…) – my dear friend Lena, followed by my sweet lil’ mother (“lil” because I’ve been taller than her since I was eleven and she’s so darn cute).    It’s wonderful having guests for so many reasons, and one of them is that we get to see Maui through our visitor’s eyes.    It is always a good thing, in my opinion, to step outside of the everyday and to see things through fresh eyes.

A Hawaiian Specialty

A Hawaiian Specialty

On the West Side

On the West Side

The Drive Home to Kihei from Lahaina

The Drive Home to Kihei from Lahaina

One of Many in the Harbor

One of Many in the Harbor

Humpback Whale Breaching

Humpback Whale Breaching

Baby Humpback Whale

Baby Humpback Whale

A Hawaiian Sunset

A Hawaiian Sunset

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… or, as I call it, my first Daring Bakers Debacle.

Nothing about this worked for me this month (Dan has a differing opinion, which is that the taste worked out but that the texture was weird). In either case, I felt that I could not serve this to the guests to whom I had intended serving it. As it came down to the wire for me this month (I made this today – as in on posting day) I had to come up with another dessert at the twelfth hour Luckily, that dessert was a success (Phew! Thank goodness because people will be here in an hour and a half!), and I look forward to sharing it all with you in my next post.

But back to the cake. I, of course, attempted to veganize it and add some extra flavor to it. I roasted some apples and added the puree to the batter. I suspect that my cake may have been underdone when I pulled it out of the oven. Additionally, I found the end frosted result to be tooth achingly sweet. I don’t fault the recipe – I fault my execution. I won’t be posting my mistakes here; rather, I’d like to direct you to the source of the recipe (Shuna Fish Lyon of Eggbeater by way of  Bay Area Bites) so that you may have a go of it yourself:

http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/2006/12/24/caramel-cake-the-recipe/

There was also an optional caramel candies recipe to make this month and, tempting as it was (I love caramels!), in the face of many sugar-infused days in the weeks ahead I decided to forgo it until a less sugar-saturated time of year.

Thank you to the hosts of this month’s challenge: Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity , Alex of Blondie and Brownie Brownie of the Blondie and Brownie, duo: http://blondieandbrownie.blogspot.com/), Jenny of Foray into Food , and Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go .

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I’m still here!

Sadly, I have no goodies to offer, other than the assurances that I am A-OK, despite a prolonged silence from the Outpost.

I just wanted to stop by and say aloha, and to thank everyone who has been stopping by recently and leaving comments. I apologize for not responding these past two weeks. The Outpost is in complete disarray! We’ve been busy repainting and re-doing our floors.

Amidst the paint prep-work (don’t you just love painter’s tape?), pulling off all of the base boards, taking shelves off of the wall, taking pictures off of the wall, the actual painting, moving all of the furniture out of the house, tearing up carpet, tearing up tack strips, laying a new floor, painting the baseboards, putting the baseboards back in place, re-hanging all of the shelving, moving the furniture back into the house, etc., we’re exhausted! And that’s only the beginning! Now I have all kinds of new projects to do … a new house scheme means new ways of decorating: now there are new curtains to be made, furniture to be painted, pillows to be redone, etc …

It’s a lot of work, but I must admit: I love it. The downside, however, has been that we were without internet for a few days as our wireless router was packed up haphazardly in one of our boxes, and my kitchen has been totally out of commission during this whole process! I promise, however, that we are slowly getting everything back in order and that there will be a new recipe up soon.

In the meantime, I hope that everyone is enjoying a wonderful week!

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I was incredibly complimented recently when Madcap Cupcake (whose blog name I love!) nominated me for the Brilliante Weblog Award. It is so flattering to receive praise from someone whose work I like and respect. Mahalo, Madcap!

There are some rules that go along with this award, but I must admit that I have never been very good at following rules.

One of the rules is that I am supposed to nominate seven other blogs for this distinction. Madcap admitted that this was a difficult task for her, but she did it … and she is a better woman than I. Instead of pointing you towards seven blogs, I declare that all of the blogs in my links on the sidebar are worthy of recognition and of your time, so please take some time today to visit a few of these awesome blogs. If you like what you see (and I am sure that you will!) leave them a comment to say aloha (or hello or guten tag or buenos dias … whatever floats your boat) and that you think they are doing some fine work.

I think that the world would be a nicer place if we all take a few moments each day to do simple things that spread positivity to others. It’s easy to get bogged down by the stressful parts of life … sometimes it’s the simple things that make us smile. We need those simple, happy gestures.

Be the change you wish to see in this world…. and go spread some love and joy 😀

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