Coconut Parsley Sweet Potato

coconut parsely sweet potato

Hi friends.

I am on a mission to share a Vegan, Gluten-free, Thanksgiving Feast with all of you! I already shared the first part of the meal, the Rainbow Chard Pan Fried Squash Broccolini.

Today’s recipe, I’ll have to admit, is a long time favorite of mine. I eat it all of the time. It is extremely decadent. It tastes like it has all of the sugar, cream and butter in the world. BUT it actually includes none of those things. These potato cuties are vegan, easy to make, healthy and only require a few ingredient! This comfort food is a great addition to the Thanksgiving meal. I hope it gives you all of the warm and cozy feeling that it gives me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Sweet Potatoes.
  • 1/2 can of Coconut Milk.
  • 1 large handful of Parsley.
  • Vegetable broth.

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Directions.

1. Peel and cube sweet potatoes.

2. In a medium sauce pan add potatoes fully cover them with veggie broth.

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3. Cook on medium-high for 10 min. Drain potatoes. Keep the broth, you’ll use it in your gravy.

4. Add potatoes back into steaming hot sauce pan, immediately add coconut milk, parsley, cover with lid and take off of heat.

5. Let it sit for 10 min and enjoy!

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Koko Crater Trail Pt. 2

IMG_4918Good morning cuties!

A couple weeks ago I shared the Part 1 of this two part extravaganza. Part 1 is all about the actual Koko Crater Trail, tips and must know information. If you haven’t read it go ahead and do it! I’ll wait. IMG_4920IMG_4975

This story is a short but sweet.

It all started once we reached the top of the beautiful Koko Crater hike. Hiking up the long train track steps takes physical and mental strength. At times I felt like giving up but we were with my Tata, as seen in the first photo, who was celebrating her birthday.

Once we reached the top we met three young guys who quickly became great friends. My two aunts are social butterflies so its no surprise that we made friends. What was surprising was that these guys were equally as socially graceful and had a lot to say! IMG_4989IMG_4983

Here is what they had to say:

  1. A life well traveled is a life well lived. – These three guys had all come from different walks of life and had met while traveling. One of them told me to always make new connections because a lot of the time those connections can turn into a place to stay, a friend to travel with and more importantly being nice feels good.
  2. Don’t fear extreme change. – Traveling is exciting but relocating can be scary. “Don’t fear moving, it’s a big change but it’s good to do, especially in your 20’s. Get rid of your clutter. Its the earthly possessions that make it scary. Family and friends will support you.” Insightful, right? Well I took what he said to heart because I am looking into living abroad next year.
  3. Work to live don’t live to work.- One of the men is running his own business, a sensory deprivation chamber. When I asked him if he liked it he said “It’s ok. I’ll work really hard for the next few years, find some people to work it, move to another island where the land is cheap, buy a big plot of land, build little shacks and have my friends live there with me.” I always forget that there are other ways to live. I am so used to the school, job, retire, model that I forget that working a lot and then living partially off the grid is an option.
  4. Glaze fruit before you dry them. – This is a silly one but it blew my mind all the same. They glaze their mango with lilikoi before drying it. How amazing does that sound?!?!?!? Now I only need to get my hands on a dehydrator.
  5. About my 20’s. -After I told him my age he shared some advice that was so funny it made me cry. I managed to stop crying and take this picture, the one below, of him while he was telling me this advice. 24- be a whore, 25- stay alive, 26- pick up sticks,  27- you’re in heaven, 28- doing great, 29 say you’re fine, 30- you made it.

IMG_5014IMG_5010They had great advice but the best part about these guys were that they were happy, genuinely happy, the kind of happiness that is infectious. We all had smiles on our faces the rest of the day. IMG_4909

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Rainbow Chard Pan Fried Butternut Squash Broccolini

Rainbow Chard Pan Fried Butternut Squash Broccolini.jpgHello friends!

I’ve been debating whether or not to try the impossible, well not impossible but SUPER difficult, to create a Vegan, Gluten-free Thanksgiving  Feast. Wow-za! I am still trying to figure out the best way to present it to you all, since some of the dishes share elements. What do I mean by shared elements? Well in this dish:

Squash. The main course of this feast is a stuffed, partially hollowed out, Butternut Squash. Save the innards, remove the seeds. This will turn into the pan fried Squash.

Olive oil. You are using a lot of oil, which will be squashed flavored and  used in the smashed potatoes. It also allows the squash to get crispy. So don’t fear the oil!

Here’s what Im thinking. I’ll post one recipe at a time and then next Tuesday I’ll present the full feast along with a detailed shopping list.

Ok. Enough explanation now onto the green side, the Rainbow Chard Pan Fried Butternut Squash Broccolini.

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Ingredients

  • 7 stalks Broccolini, chopped.
  • 5 large leaves of chard, chopped.
  • Insides of a squash, chopped.
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil.

Directions

Rinse and dry the Squash scraps.

Heat cast iron and pour in a 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Fry the squash till its crispy and brown on the edges.

Remove squash from oil, add salt and save oil to the side.

Steam broccolini and Chard, not too long we still want a crunch!

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Now plate! Lay the steamed veggies and top with the pan fried squash.

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Felt & Bead Flower Hair Clip

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Happy Monday to you, dear friends.

I hope in the midst of you’re pre-Thanksgiving hustle and bustle you’re still making time for crafts. I have to admit that I haven’t been at my craftiest. That all changed, however, with this flower hair clip.

I made this clip this morning on a whim before we headed out. I wanted something to wear so I threw this together in 10 min, 5 if you use a glue gun. Easy Felt Craft

Materials

  • Felt (wool in desired color)
  • Wooden Beads
  • Metal Hair Clip
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Petal Shaped Object (I used a shell)
  • Sewing kit (includes pins and needles)
  • Pen

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Roughly trace out your pedals. Don’t be too exact. Cut along the lines. Cheap Felt Project.jpg

Cut little ridges on the top of each pedal. Make sure that they are all different.

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Overlap pedals in a spiral. Pin the middle. DIY Sewing.jpg

Sew beads to the middle of the pedals, securing each pedal to the next. Add more beads to desired areas. Bead Accessories.jpg

Tack flower onto clip.

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Wear it around town.

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Weekend Links: Instagram Inspirations, Photos, Photos & more Photos

Tamiko

Good morning cool cats.

Some of you have noticed that I have been on Instagram a LOT lately. I used to post once a month, or if I was feeling motivated once a week, lately I find myself posting two to three times a day. BIG change, wouldn’t you say? Well it’s come naturally. I have been finding most of my inspiration from Instagram and these creatives are some of my main muses.

@tamikokonuts

@tamikokonuts has been a long time crush (also in 1st picture). She is a quadruple threat- a model, creative, blogger and a darling person. Hey, that counts! Tommy posts feel good pics that always leave a smile on my face. This week she left the hugest smile on my face that would never come off because she followed my Instagram. EEEeeekkkk!!!

@raychponygold

@raychponygold first caught my eye with her blog, actually her blogspot but now she has a spiffy new site. A few years back I got really into Australian vegetation, treasures and art. That’s when I discovered Rachel a true embodiment of that ancient mystic wonder that I associate with rural Australia.  She’s a cutie and so is this Volcom video of her, am I right?

@thebazaarbohemian

@thebazaarbohemian has an electric energy that pulled me in immediately. Vanessa is stylish, independent, thoughtful and empowering. She puts that energy into all of her endeavors especially Printed Power People, her shop, and Project tribe, a movement to build a community of empower women. Vanessa is a mover and a shaker. Wouldn’t you agree? After all she has that “Earth Goddess Warrior Priestess Gonna Save The World Vibe”.

@little_nicki_

@little_nicki_ is another one of my long time loves. When I first started off blogging I reached out to a few of my favorite bloggers, naturally I wrote to Nicole at The Transcontinental Affair first, and she responded right away with such a sweet and helpful reply. This story is to tell you that Nicole is a wonderful, professional and crafty person.

@veekz

@veekz is a brand new find. I know very little about David Kawelo, truth be told I know absolutely nothing, but his pictures have this nostalgic Hawaii warmth that make me feel like we’re old pals. If you’re into colorful skies and warm beaches in a BIG way then you’ll obsess over @veekz as much as I have.

@craftylittlecoco

You didn’t think I was going to end this post without showing you what yours truly has been up to, did you? Well @craftylittlecoco is a new found joy, it took me a WHIIILLLLEEEE to get into Instagram but better late than never. Right?!?!

So who are your favorites on Instagram?

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Pear & Citrus Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats Pear and Citrus

Life has been zooming by lately. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement, stress and change. I found myself letting it get the best of me. Then I went on a walk and was reminded that these moments in life are truly wonderful because they give you the chance to practice being present and grateful.

My morning walks have been doing me wonders but nothing makes me feel more grounded and happy  than a good breakfast. I have been thinking about how to have nutritious, delicious breakfasts with little prep time AND have them work on the go! Last week I shared this Papaya Fruit Salad Bowl, its been a life saver. Ive been eating them a lot lately.

If you want something a little more hardy then this Pear & Citrus Overnight Oats is just what you need! I eat half of it in the morning and save the 2nd half as a prize once I get some work done. Do you bribe yourself with food? Maybe its just me. Ha!

Pear & Citrus Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping handful of Walnuts
  • 1 Tangerine
  • 1 Blood Orange
  • 1 tbs Flax Seeds
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Water
  • 1 cup Oats
  •  Water

Organic Produce Orange Blood Orange and Pear Gluten free

  1. Place 1 cup of oats in a measuring cup. Cover oats in water, mixture now measures 1 1/2 cup.
  2.  Let it soak overnight.
  3. In the morning your oats will be ready! Rehydrate with the juice of a 1/4 slice of the orange and blood orange. Add in coconut water. Mix and let it sit while you prep the fruit.
  4. Cut up pears and citrus.
  5. Layer oats, pear, citrus, and walnut as if you were making a lasagna. So satisfying.
  6. Top with flax seeds. Enjoy!

Easy and filling Vegan Gluten-Free On the Go BreakfastHealthy Breakfast vegan overnight oats in a jar

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Engagemoon – Your Engagement Honeymoon

Engagemoon - A honeymoon for your engagement

Good morning cool cats!

A few of you have asked about updates on my recent engagement (have you read the post? If not do it. It still makes me squeal around like the happiest little piggy in the world). Where you thinking I was going to get completely wedding crazy? Well I have good new, or bad depending on what you’re into. Crafty little Coco won’t become a wedding blog, not that I can see at least.

I’ve found myself thinking ‘I’m engaged, now what?!?’ It was a little overwhelming until I decided to not think of the engagement as a pre-event but as an event itself. AND oh man did that change things!

The planning was put on hold and celebrations turned into our one and only priority. Bubba and I decided to go on a engagement honeymoon or a Engagemoon.

It’s amazing! Pretty soon we’ll start planning the wedding and it will be AMAZING but it will still be planning with others in mind. Well think about a budget, diets, allergies, weather… a million things. On the Engagemoon the only thing we had to think of was each other.

Engagement Honeymoon locationsI'm engaged Now what fiance activitiesengagemoon attirehow to celebrate with your fiance

Ok, Coco,  you loved your Engagemoon. What are some tips you can give me for MY Engagemoon?

Glad you asked, cutie!

Time- This all depends on what you have available. Bubba and I both work so we couldn’t take off too much time. We made it a long weekend and it was perfect.

Location- I would choose something sentimental and personal for the two of you. Bubba and I have this obsession with camping so we went with that. Do you and your love have a favorite hotel, or a nearby city that’s special?

Food- Our relationship is built around food. We decided to be relatively care-free about everything besides food. We went to markets, restaurants, food trucks. Made picnics, breakfasts in bed. I would recommend doing some pre-planning. Find a couple of new spots and make time for the tried and true favorites.

Attire- Where are you going? I kept a carefree style. I wore flowy dresses, overalls, turbans, swim suits and silk. I brought my favorite clothes and I recommend you do the same. Make sure you feel sexy and beautiful, whatever that means to you. Not everyone feels sexy in overalls, I get it.

Goodies- I love keepsakes. Each day we went to a new beach, walk or hike. I collected coral, rocks, feathers, flowers, and photos. Lots and lots of photos. Bring a camera! You won’t regret it.

engagement picnicengagement presentsi have this thing with floors

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Papaya Fruit Salad Bowl

PAPAYA FRUIT SALAD BOWL

Aloha, happy Tuesday cuties!

I love this time of year, November in particular. It brings about great change and opportunity. Which means constant movement, car time, screen time, social time… I feel like Im always on the go. I used to skip breakfast on these fast moving days, Yikes! But now I know better. This week I am focusing on quick no fuss breakfasts that can be eaten on the go!

This papaya fruit salad is as tropical as it gets. It reminds me to take that Aloha attitude wherever I go, stress or no stress.

Papaya Fruit Salad Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping handful of Blueberries
  • 1 Tangerine
  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • 1 Starfruit (Check out this Starfruit Prep Post)
  • 1/2 large Papaya or one small.

fresh local organic fruit salad

Make the Papaya Fruit Salad Bowl

  1. Wash the fruit.
  2. Take seeds out of the papaya.
  3. Cut starfruit and tangerines.
  4. Place fruit in papaya bowl.
  5. Squeeze lemon wedge on top.
  6. Dig in !

Hawaii fruit salad

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Ti Leaf Twist Lei

Ti leaf twist lei

Lei making reminds me of my childhood. My mom and I would make leis for graduations, weddings, birthdays, baby showers and, my personal favorite, before we picked friends up from the airport. I always felt a lot of anticipation and love when I made the leis.

I would think of the lucky lei recipient when I picked the plants. Send good intentions when I made the lei. When it was finished I could hardly wait to give them a huge hug filled with Aloha.

Let me tell you, the receiving end is just as good!

Flower leis are magical. They pop with color and smell. But they don’t last long. I love these ti leaf leis for three reasons 1. They last and dry beautifully 2. You can make them on the cheap! 3. Men, especially the men who don’t get excited at the idea of wearing flowers, love them! Not every guy is like Bubba!

Materials

Making a ti leaf lei DIY

  • 5 Ti Leaves
  • Scissors
  • Freezer or an Iron
  • Heavy object (I used a jar of dry goods)

 

Instructions:

1. Pick 5 ti leaves. Try to pick the large, dark green leaves. If you don’t have them in your own yard then find them in nature. I see them when I go on hikes, or even on the side of the road. They’re everywhere here in Hawaii!

Hawaiian Ti leaf

2. Lay our leaf flat and de-bone each leaf. I use a pair os scissors and cut from the tip of the leaf to the base following the spine. Repeat on the other side.

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3. Now that you have your pieces ready you will need to soften them. I like to use the freezer. I place them as is into the freezer for an hour, then I let them thaw for 20 min and they are ready to go! You could also iron or boil them. Whatever it takes to get the natural oils out of the leaf which makes the ti leaf malleable.

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4. Take two thawed leaves and tie a knot at the very end, be gentle! Take a heavy object and place on top of the knot.  IMG_5488IMG_5492

5. Now for the twisting. Begin by twisting both strands in the same direction. Then take the twisted strands and twist them together. Woah! Its a lot of twisting! Keep on going till there is only a few inches left.IMG_5494

6. We’re going to have to add more ti leaf! Take new leaf, let the top of the leaf stick out. The bottom falls to the left. The old left and the new left twist into one strand and become ONE! (There’s a deep insightful metaphor that could go here, I’ll let you figure it out.)

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7. Now keep on twisting a few time and do the same process for the right side.

8. Keep on going till you have used up all of the leaves. Finish off with a knot! IMG_5498IMG_5500

9. Give it to a loved one with Aloha, you’re work is done !

 

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Weekend Links: Refreshed, Free, and Full of music!

Reset + Refresh Anthropologie

Aloha friends. This past week has left me feeling fantastic! Why you ask? Because I cleaned my home. In a BIG way. We’re talking get rid of 1/4 of your things, scrubbing on your hands and knees kind of cleaning. Here are some of the links that helped me along the way. I hope they have you feeling refreshed and FREE!!!!

  1. This 20 min room refresh started it all off. After reading this post I was determined. Who doesn’t have 20 min to spare?
  2. Have you been to Anthropologies blog? It’s good, what you would expect from their creative team. The real gem of the site are their playlists. I listened to Reset + Refresh while cleaning, it only seemed appropriate.
  3. During my deep clean I transformed a little corner of our space into the Crafty little Coco head quarters. Its been a dream of mine to have a little studio/office. When it was all set up I stumbled across Quit your Day Job, a interview with Alex Bender. I have to admit it got me thinking. Someday friends, someday!
  4. My little sisters tried to help the best way they could, by singing Someone to Lava on repeat, of course.
  5. After my home was completely clean and lovely I added plants! As many as I could get my hands on!!! My goal is to start an Urban Jungle.

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