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Saffron
Pahoa, Hawaii
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A girl!!! Finally found it!
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Aye, same thing! DVR just needed 30 more seconds! Anyone find the announcement online? I haven't yet!
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Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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Bella has been in heat (meaning she's ovulating and can get pregnant, unlike humans where this happens monthly, in dogs, it's twice a year). We originally got her to add to our breeding program. She's given us 1 litter in 2010 (click image for pictures): This was Buddy's last litter, we retired and neutered him shortly thereafter. After those puppies went to their new home, I moved to Hawaii while Bella stayed in Idaho with Abbie and Buddy and Mike. When Mike came to visit in November, he brought Bella over to live with me. We aren't breeding her this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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For less than $30! Click on an image to view a larger size! If you've ever owned chickens, you'll know one of their favorite things to do is bath in the dust. What you might not know, is rating getting DIRTY in a dust bath, your chickens actually get cleaner. They use the dirt/dust to keep parasites like lice, fleas and mites off their bodies. Now, as a crazy chicken lady, I gave my babies their first tub at about 1 week. I couldn't believe these week-old chicks jumped right in and started bathing. I didn't have to show them?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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Start with: 7-8c potatoes, peeled and cubed 1c chopped onion 1/2c chopped celery 3 cloves minced garlic 3c chicken broth 1 1/2 t salt 1 tsp pepper Put all the above in the crockpot, stir well; cook for 3.5 hours on high (or 6 on low) About half way through, I cooked up 3 pans (3 slices each) of thick cut bacon; dumping the cooking grease in from 2 of them (CAREFULLY - grease and water don't mix and it'll pop and sputter when you pour the grease in), blot bacon with paper towels and break up, set aside About... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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This is what we are feeding here at Iki Kolohe and we couldn't be more pleased with the results!! A HUGE shoutout to Lisa from FRESH EGGS DAILY for all her research and sharing of her immense store of knowledge when it comes to naturally feeding and healing our feathered friends!! I choose to add these supplements because my flock doesn't get to free-range everyday. While we try to let them out a few times a week, we only do supervised ranging. Because of this, they miss out on quite a bit of protein from insects and other minerals and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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While they were looking for property, mom and dad, discovered cacao farming and they were intrigued. So while we were waiting for a "farm" to drop in our laps, we just had to get some trees started... You know, just in case!! A Seed Pod These are the beans "wet" and still connected to the umbilical stem inside the pod! We waited a bit long so the beans started fermenting inside the pod! These are the beans with a protective layer that has to be "broken" and peeled off... At least, Shel and I figured out a good use for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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My favorite dinner roll recipe. I use our breadmaker but if you didn't have one, you could mix and knead by hand - just be sure to rise once before making into rolls. Ingredients 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup cold milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg, beaten 8 tablespoons butter, melted and divided (see below) 2 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons active dry yeast Directions Reserve 5 T melted butter. Put all other ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer's directions. Program dough setting, press start. Pour half of remaining butter into 8-inch square baking pan, tilt to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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Ever wonder which vegetables are important to buy organic and which ones you can save a bit of money by buying normal? This is a chart posted by my naturopath, Dr. Sarah from Hilo Natural Health Clinic! Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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We were looking for something to make for a dessert for a VFW St. Patricks Day Dinner and these looked good! Ingredients 8oz cream cheese, room temperature 8-10 cups powdered sugar 1 cupped chopped Andes mints 1 tsp vanilla extract green food coloring 1/4 cup sugar Directions In a large bowl knead together room temperature cream cheese and powdered sugar until a ball of stiff dough forms. The candy is ready when it no longer sticks to your fingers but still stretches without breaking. Split candy dough into 3 equal balls and place in bowls. In the first bowl, we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I found this technique on Pinterest and just had to try it! We had a "Ladies Night Out" potluck coming up and I thought that was a perfect opportunity to give it a shot. First, start out by boiling your eggs, your favorite way (I will share mine in a different post). Peel and cut your eggs in half, putting the yolks in a seperate dish. You'll need food color and vinegar. Put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in about 3/4's of a cup of water and add 4-6 drops of your favorite food color of choice. This time I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I've always wanted to try ribs, but every recipe I've looked at in the past seemed intimidating so when I found this one, I thought "I can do that!". Ingredients 1.5 tbsp sweet paprika 1 tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 lbs pork (baby) back ribs 1 cup barbecue sauce PAM Cooking Spray Cut your ribs apart... I did mine in about 4-5 rib serving sizes. Mix together the brown sugar and spices in a small bowl. Rub this mixture over both sides of your ribs, I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I adore beets so I'm always looking for good beet recipes. This one looked interesting and OMG, it was SOOO good! Ingredients 3 medium beets (about 2 cups sliced) 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp honey Directions Preheat oven to 350º. Cut the beet tops about an inch from the beet. Lay on a square of aluminum foil. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Seal each beet inside the tin foil. Place on a baking sheet. Place beets in the oven. Depending on your oven, it will take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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These look great and have some options. Ingredients Large Russet/Baking Potatoes Olive Oil Butter Garlic Fresh Directions Preheat oven to 350º. Slice each potato through partway, leaving about 1/4" uncut at the bottom. Slice about 6-7 gloves of garlic. Put the slices of garlic in the cuts of the potato. I didn't hit EVERY cut, but it wouldn't have hurt to either. Spread butter over the top. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until a fork goes through the middle slices easily. About an hour in my oven. Serve with your favorite toppings. I just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I saw this on Pinterest done with raspberries, but being in Hawaii, I wanted to do it with lilikoi (passion fruit). I couldn't find any lilikoi fruit but did find some lilikoi jelly so used that. Ingredients: For the crust: 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers (about 12) 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 3 tbsp. sugar For the cream cheese filling: 2 pounds (four 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar Pinch salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 large eggs, room temperature Lilikoi Jelly Directions: Preheat oven to 325º. Line standard muffin tins with paper... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I found a recipe on Pinterest for Hawaiian Meatballs and the recipe called for "frozen meatballs"... well, I decided I could make some just as easy so I searched around and found a recipe for meatballs that looked good! So let me share the recipe first and then some photos. Meatballs 2 pounds extra lean ground beef (I used 1 lb 85% lean and 1 lb 90% lean) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 small onion, diced 3-5 garlic cloves, minced 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1.5 teaspoon dried oregano 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 egg... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I've always wanted to make my own sourdough bread. About 12 years ago, I was making Amish Friendship Bread and I know the starter is similar so when I ran across this recipe and decided to start some. This takes 10 days so plan ahead! Ingredients 1 Yeast water (2.25 tsps of active dry yeast and 1/4 cup of warm water) 3 cups all-purpose flour 3 cups white sugar 3 cups milk You'll need a gallon-size ziplock bag. Start by mixing your yeast water is a GLASS cup with something OTHER than a metal spoon. I used a wooden spoon.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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Another photo I found on Pinterest and just had to try! And yet again, another "Ladies Night Out" potluck! You'll need a cheap 1.5" high roasting pan, ice cream cones, cake mix and frosting! For this one, I used rainbow party chip cake mix and buttercream whipped frosting - both from Betty Crocker. First, take your roasting pan and cut 12 holes about 1.5" diameter (I grabbed an ice cream cone so I could make sure the holes were big enough). Scissors work just fine for this. After you have your holes cut, set your roasting pan on a cookie... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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I love sourdough bread and finally decided to take the plunge and start experimenting. This is my first attempt! It didn't seem to rise enough, though it tastes wonderful! Ingredients 2 cups sourdough starter 2 cups bread flour 2 tsp dry buttermilk powder 2 tsp sugar 1 ½ tsp salt 2 tsp butter 3 tsp active dry yeast Directions Put ingredients in bread maker in order given. Bake on your regular bread setting. I just had the first piece, nice and hot out of the bread maker and it was so good! Definitely gonna do this one again! Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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One of our families favorites! Preheat oven to 325º. In a glass or plastic bowl, combine: 1 cup Bread Starter 1 cup oil ½ cup milk 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 mashed bananas In a seperate glass or plastic bowl, combine the following dry ingredients and mix well: 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 2 small boxes of instant banana cream pudding mix 1 cup chopped walnuts Add one bowl to the other (I usually do the wet ingredients into the dry which is opposite of what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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Another of our families favorites! Preheat oven to 325º. In a glass or plastic bowl, combine: 1 cup Bread Starter 1 cup oil ½ cup milk 3 eggs 1 tsp lemon extract In a seperate glass or plastic bowl, combine the following dry ingredients and mix well: 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 small box of instant lemon pudding mix ¼ cup poppy seeds Add one bowl to the other (I usually do the wet ingredients into the dry which is opposite of what you're normally told). Mix... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope
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One of the ladies from the VFW Ladies Auxiliary (Thanks Jan) brought this one day to a potluck and it was so good, I had to get the recipe and start making it myself! With a few changes of course... Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked ¾ head cabbage, shredded fine ½ c. almonds, slivered and toasted 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 1 pkg. top ramen, crushed Salad Dressing: 4 tbsp splenda 1 cup canola oil ½ tsp pepper 1 tsp. salt 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp soy sauce Directions: Start by toasting the slivered almonds, sesame seeds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Our Kaleidoscope