A Trip: Byodo-In Temple

This is seriously my favorite place on the island! It is so beautiful and it feels like you are entering another country. I love it. 

Similar to a lot of our finds, this place is tucked away behind a cemetery. There isn't much to it, but I take everyone here when they visit. It's just beautiful place that gives off a relaxed vibe. The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of 900 year old Buddhist temple in Japan. It is built from mostly concrete, but the original was built without nails. 

There are huge koi fish, swans and peacocks running all around the place.




It's that time. Time to see how my goals are going for the month of January.

1. Run 42 miles this month
A pass, but barely. I ran 42.6 miles this month. Hey, it's a win.

2. Go on a hike
I went on two hikes this month. I went with my husband on the Pali Puka Lookout hike and I went on one with some friends, pictures to come. 

3. Read 2 books
Blurg... Okay, I read A Wrinkle in Time with my daughter and made it half way through Wizard's First Rule. In my defense Wizard's First Rule is crazy long. That's okay, I will make up for it in February.

4. Save $400 for the travel fund
Saved $800 for travel. Booyah!

5. Increase monthly contributions to our Roth IRA and 529s
Did it!

6. Set up automatic transfers for our Christmas, car, and clothing savings. 
Did it!

7. Purchase Spanish Immersion software. 
To help with the learnin'. 

7a. Practice Spanish three hours a week. 

FAIL. Like badly. As in didn't even install the program yet. Next month. 

8. Log food and water daily
This is a bummer because I did really well the first three weeks and then bam! life happened. Attempting again next month. I see a theme popping up here. 

Not too upset with my progress so far. There is room for improvement, but I am really happy about the finance stuff, running and hiking. 

Kung Hee Fat Choy

Last weekend we went to an awesome little Chinese New Year Parade. It was fun and bustling. So many people and so many vendors and such awesome food. We actually took The Bus from our house to Chinatown because we figured parking would be a nightmare, and I am glad we did.

As soon as we got off the bus, there was cheap and delicious food to be eaten. I would have taken a picture but by the time I had pulled out my camera my family had already devoured their Dim Sum.

We got to look around a bit and checkout where we would eat next. Then the parade had started and we enjoyed the Year of the Horse theme. I also loved the colorful dancing parade dragons. Absolutely my favorite part.



 

A Trip: Kyoto Gardens of Honolulu Memorial Park

This was a quick little trip to a hidden away place. Although the Sanju Pagoda is in need of some desperate repair and you can't get into it, it was still a sight to see. It's breathtakingly gorgeous.

It is attached to a cemetery. Which as weird as it sounds, has been some of the most beautiful places I have visited lately. Of course, while we were there, there was a double rainbow. I still get excited to see rainbows on an almost daily basis, even if we have been living here for over a year. Science! I couldn't get a great picture of it though. You'll just have to take my word for it.

I have just been pinching myself lately. This time a two years ago, I was in negative degree weather. This is so much nicer.

January Goals Check In Week 2

1. Run 42 miles this month
Right now I am at 26.73 miles. I am planning on running today as well, right around 2.5 miles. I am on schedule to complete this goal for the month. 
This week saw a few more rest days than normal. I did some conditioning for my upcoming soccer season and that hurt me. Not seriously but in the way it makes it really hard to move. But I am ready to run now!

2. Go on a hike
I did this last week. Here are some pictures.

3. Read 2 books
I am reading. The book I am currently reading is like 700 pages sooo, I may not finish it this month, but I am starting A Wrinkle in Time with my daughter. That should definitely be read before the end of the month. But I have not actually completed a book yet. A little worried about this one. 

4. Save $400 for the travel fund
I have already made $400 from my Etsy shop. I am hoping to be able to sock away $600 this month. I am having a wonderful Etsy month, so I should be able to put $800 in my travel fun. We'll see.

5. Increase monthly contributions to our Roth IRA and 529s
Done!

6. Set up automatic transfers for our Christmas, car, and clothing savings. 
Done!

7. Purchase Spanish Immersion software. 
7a. Practice Spanish 3 hours a week.
Purchased and awaiting installation in my computer. Happening today when the husband gets home. I am changing this goal to actually working on my Spanish. 

8. Log food and water daily
I have only missed one day since the beginning of the year. I am very happy with that. This is such a hard thing for me usually.

Halfway through the month and I am still on track. 

A Trip: Pali Puka Lookout

The pictures from this hike came from two different days. Our first time we couldn't quite get to the top because how slippery it was. We got pretty far but didn't reach the "puka", or hole in the side of the mountain. 

This hike was actually quite terrifying! You walk along the ridge of this mountain. Yes this ridge right down here in this picture.
But we made it on our second try!
It is seriously a long way down.
 Amazing caterpillar.
Us at the puka!


1. Run 42 miles this month
Since the beginning of the month I have ran 17.28 miles and plan on running two more today. I am definitely on track for this one. Yay me!

2. Go on a hike
I did a new hike this week. It was kind of terrifying but beautiful. Pictures to come.

3. Read 2 books
I am reading. The book I am currently reading is like 700 pages sooo, I may not finish it this month, but I am starting A Wrinkle in Time with my daughter. That should definitely be read before the end of the month.

4. Save $400 for the travel fund
I have already made $400 from my Etsy shop. I am hoping to be able to sock away $600 this month.

5. Increase monthly contributions to our Roth IRA and 529s
Done!

6. Set up automatic transfers for our Christmas, car, and clothing savings. 
Done!

7. Purchase Spanish Immersion software. 
Purchased, but it hasn't arrived yet. 

8. Log food and water daily
I have only missed one day since the beginning of the year. I am very happy with that. This is such a hard thing for me usually.

Okay, so I am rocking it so far, I am not afraid to say it! :) I am going to celebrate these moments because who knows what next week, or month will bring.

Rosette Apple Pie Tartlets

Some days I don't even accomplish one thing on my daily to-do list. Some days I am the epitome of how NOT to be a homemaker. I should say most days actually. But some days I get it right. Like when I made these rosette apple pie tartlets. When something I make looks this pretty and tastes amazing, I feel on top of the world. 

This is not a quick and easy recipe. If I had a mandolin, it would have been way easier. Instead, I carefully sliced the apples very thinly. Note to self: Look for a reasonably priced mandolin. 
The crusts on these babies is delicious. I got the recipe from the always reliable Smitten Kitchen. It's a crust that doesn't require pie weights. The Great Unshrinkable Crust.

For the apple filling, I cut up about five apples, thinly obviously. And mixed the slices all up with 1/4 cup of sugar , 1/2 tbsp. of cinnamon, a squeeze of lemon and a few pinches of salt.

Once it is all mixed up evenly, I started creating the rosettes by starting on the outside and working my way in. You'll want to stagger your apple slices on the next row in, to make it look more like rose petals.  Leaving my thinnest slices for the middles. It's easier to roll them.

Once it was all said and done, I threw those suckers in a 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes. Then I admired and ate them up. 

A Trip: Waihee Falls

One of my 2014 goals is to hike more trails. This hike is wonderful, but is not going to count toward my goals since I did it back in mid-December. That's okay, there are plenty of hikes to be done in Oahu.

Waihee Falls was an awesome little hike in Kaneohe. It's gorgeous and the payoff is quick. It only took about 45 minutes to get to the waterfall and on the way back you notice incredible views of the ocean.
Love these little puff balls that are everywhere on the trail. I believe they are part of mimosa trees, but I am not positive.

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