• Jen & Toby versus the volcano

    haleakala clouds

    My childhood hatred of hiking is well documented. But, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve gotten past that — and since we were visiting an island that is 75 percent volcano, we thought we should probably visit said volcano. But there was no way in Hades that I was going to ride a bike down that […]

  • Spinach and Gruyere frittata

    I’m interrupting my series of posts about our trip to Hawaii for an easy, protein-packed breakfast recipe.   When we went to LA a few weeks ago, we went to FIG in Santa Monica for brunch and I tried ordering their spinach and gruyere quiche. Unfortunately, they had run out, so I ended up getting a […]

  • Matchy matchy

    I really didn’t plan it. When I packed this new dress from Kate Spade outlet, I didn’t know I was going to get Toby this Tommy Bahama shirt. But I did… and we matched perfectly. I adore this color, and it works really well on both of us. And when I tried on this dress and […]

  • Rainforest and waterfalls hike

    maui waterfall

    When we were planning our trip to Hawaii, hiking in the rainforest wasn’t really on our radar. We wanted to go up to the top of Haleakala (the volcano) and hike a bit, to scuba dive, to take surf lessons, and to lay around by the pool… and that was about it. Then we went […]

  • Blue and white

    linen tunic white jeans

    Is it weird that I packed jeans and a tunic with sleeves for a vacation in Hawaii? I know most people would probably just throw a bunch of shorts, tank tops, sundresses and flip flops in a bag, but I love wearing white jeans in the summer. And, as you can probably tell by the […]

  • Chocolate coconut cake

    Since Melissa was visiting California for her birthday, I HAD to figure out the perfect birthday cake to make for her. Right? I considered the to-die-for coconut rainbow sprinkles cake that I made for my own birthday last year, but thought I should try something a little different. And since I know Melissa loves chocolate […]

  • Very merry unbirthday tea party

    My good friend Melissa came to visit last month, and after the awesome experience we had last year at afternoon tea, we wanted to try a new place.   We went to Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe, which was lovely and very good (I especially loved the Welsh rarebit and the meringues with raspberry), but our service […]

  • July 4th, island style

    Aloha, y’all! I’ve been on vacation for about two weeks now — first at home, hanging with my friend who came to visit, and then in Maui — and while I didn’t really mean to take a two-week blogging break, it just kind of happened. Sorry about that! The good news is that I’ve been […]