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Happy Tuesday!

Sometimes I feel like the weeks go by SO SLOWLY and then the weekends are done in a zip. It's just not fair. Raise your hand if you'd like for the weekend and the week to switch places. Two days of work and five days off--THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
This photo was taken in Costa Rica and, admittedly, has nothing to do with this post. Enjoy.

Saturday night Dane and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting our friends Moe and Travis for dinner at their beautiful new beach cottage. I'm not kidding you friends, their house is what Hawaiian dreams are made of. Not to mention, Moe cooked up some delicious pumpkin stuffed shells & caprese salad for snacking. We are so lucky to have found such great friends on this island. Also, side note, please check out Moe's Instagram feed--you will not be disappointed, I promise. The beauty to overwhelming.

Our dinner party could not have come at a better time, quite honestly. Saturday afternoon as I was returning a book to the local library, I had a bit of a startling encounter. As I was opening my car door, a woman whipped her car in and gave me the finger. I was so shocked--I hadn't done anything wrong...? So, wanting to make sure everything was okay, I waited for the woman outside her car so she could get out.
What transpired next still makes me angry.

Me: "Ma'm, I am so sorry, but I didn't see your car anywhere near that space as I was opening my car door."

Her: "Go the fuck back to the mainland where you white people belong."

And as she was walking away, she also made mention about military wives, but I couldn't quite make it out.

I was SO MAD, I immediately got into my car and drove home. I told Dane about what had happened and he was just as upset as I was. Now, this isn't the first time we've experienced racism since living in Hawaii and I'm sure it won't be the last. It's just upsetting that it even happens to begin with, ya know?

Have you ever experienced racism? Is this something that would have startled you? How would you have reacted?

^ it's clear I'm still 100% bothered by this, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.

DIY Diaper Cake--and no, I'm not pregnant

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I feel like after you get married, the next best question people love to ask you is "ARE YOU PREGNANT YET?!" No kind person, I'm not. Am I looking hefty today? Do I have an added glow?

The best part about all of this is that my friends all around me are having babies, so I don't have to have my own quite yet. One of my best friends here in Hawaii just welcomed her perfect baby girl into the world and let me tell you--she is the sweetest. But prior to her having sweet Madelyn, a baby shower was in order! Thankfully, I know a whole lot more about parties than I do about babies. But Kait, how do Parent's Choice diapers and parties go together? I'm so glad you asked.

Every expectant mom knows that the best thing about having her baby shower is all the cool swag she picks up--including stocking up on much-needed diapers in the form of an artfully crafted "cake"!
 Because my friend's shower was mermaid and ocean-themed, I wanted her cake to have a very beach-y theme. But before we even get into themes, let's talk basics.

1. First things first--head to your local Walmart and grab a pack of Parent's Choice diapers. You can snag a coupon to save $1.50 here!

Being a non-mom, the diaper section was overwhelming, but thankfully Parent's Choice was right on display in the middle of the aisle #winning
 1a. I purchased a bag of 42, because I wasn't sure how many I would need. Note to self: YOU NEED ABOUT 100! So...buy 2 of these packs or the larger box.
I also purchased pumpkin and cookies, because..tis the season for eating.
2. For this project you will also need, ribbon, tulle, crinkled craft paper, seashells & an optional mermaid stuffed toy topper. I found these other items online!
Diaper Cake

3. When you're finally ready to craft, watch this video on diaper rolling from :40-1:15. It was such a foreign concept to me, but I promise, it's worth the quick watch.
**Use the ribbon to secure your diapers instead of the rubberband method mentioned. This is arguably the most time consuming part, but I grabbed a friend and we completed all the rolling in about 15 minutes. I avoided using the rubberbands, because that coupled with the ribbon (as shown in the video) seems lengthy and time consuming!

4. Once all your diapers are rolled, you'll have a whole big pile! Have a friend begin lining the diapers up uniformly on a microwave tray, while you prepare the tulle. I know a microwave tray seems crazy, but it's the perfect size for a "cake" base!
5. Use the tulle to "lasso" the diapers and when the tray has been filled, tie them as tight as you can with the tulle. It's OK if you form a knot and not a bow. You can make it pretty later :)

6. Repeat this step using the remaining diapers for the top layer.
Note: We created a simple, two layer cake, because we had a rather large mermaid topper that we wanted to include. Feel free to make multiple layers once you have the basic steps down!

7. Next is the fun part: decorating! Make your "cake" match your theme with fun added decor. I used crinkled craft paper, seashells from the craft store and tulle bows to finish off our ocean diaper cake. 

Needless to say, our mama to be loved her special "cake". Parent's Choice diapers were an easy choice for my craft--quality and savings. I had heard great things about the quality of the diapers (and my friend has since commented about their durability for those--ahem--"blowouts") and the price cannot be beat. Be sure to check if your local Walmart has these stocked up!

It helped that the rest of her shower was absolutely perfect!

Pineapple Upside Down Coffee Cake [recipe]

 We all love dessert, am I right?
Well here are the best season-inspired dessert to sweeten up your life :) (the best thing about Hawaii is that we never really have true "seasons";))

While most of us never really need an excuse to indulge in dessert, it always helps to find some form of justification for incorporating the sweeter things in life into our lifestyle.

The onset of spring is about as good an excuse as any to whip out the baking trays and work some delectable magic in the kitchen to produce some season-inspired culinary masterpieces.
Forget the heavy, rich and ultra-indulgent desserts that are so irresistible on a chilly winter’s day and instead turn your thoughts and your tastebuds to the light, colourful and vibrant flavours of this years most desired springtime dessert.

Coffee & Pineapple cake you say – Well, why the hell not?
Turn winter on its head for good with this pallet pleasing Pineapple Upside-Down Coffee Cake
On the Kitchen counter:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
12 canned pineapple rings in juice
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
 Vanilla Greek yogurt or sweetened whipped cream
A handful of maraschino cherries
Spring into action:
First things first – pre-heat the oven to a toasty 180C. Whilst the oven is warming up to perfect baking temperature, butter up the bottom and sides of a baking pan 33cm x 22 x 5 and then line the bottom with parchment paper.
Start with the pineapple topping – Melt the ½ cup of butter over low heat and then stir in your cup of brown sugar. Bring it to a sweet and bubbly boil over medium heat stirring all the while. When it’s done, pour it into the baking pan.
Next, drain off your pineapple rings (just make sure to keep about ½ cup of the juice) and spread them out over the bottom of the pan - you should be able to fit about 12 pineapple rings in there.
Mix it, Mix it good
Moving right along, find a medium-sized bowl and mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and the ever important flavour kicker, nutmeg.
Then in an even bigger bowl grab hold of an electric mixer and beat the softened butter, granulated sugar and ½ cup of brown sugar at medium speed for around 2 minutes.
Next, crack in the eggs and keep mixing until it is well combined.
Now it’s time to add in half of that feisty flour mixture –beat it into the mixture on low speed. Once that’s done grab that pineapple juice you saved and together with the milk add it to the mix. Beat it until it is combined and then mix in the remaining flour mixture and the vanilla.
Technical topping
Carefully, and I do mean carefully, spread the batter over your already prepared pineapple slices in the baking tray.
 All that is left to do is to put that puppy in the oven and let it bake for around 35 to 40 minutes.
Try this clever trick
A clever way to tell if your cake is risen to perfection and cooked beautifully through is to insert a toothpick into it (near the middle of the cake) - if it comes out clean, pat yourself on the back, your cake, she is done.
Once your masterpiece is out the oven, leave it to cool for roughly 10-15 minutes before inverting the pan to remove the cake – let your haste get the better of you and invert your cake to soon and you will be left with just a regular cake, sans the pineapple rings – which will be stuck to the pan.
Again, sometimes the bond between pineapple and pan proves too great to rend asunder. Should this occur simply apply a little finesse and transplant the rings from the bottom of the pan to where they belong – right there on top, or should I say bottom, of your delectable pineapple upside down coffee cake.
This is where the coffee comes in…
Brew up an aromatic pot of freshly ground coffee, serve the cake warm topped with yogurt and maraschino cherries and enjoy the ultimate in spring lifestyle desserts.