Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Blue Hawaii" Birthday

Aloha!  This week's blog is written by another...all in favor of celebrating the original blogger at hand.  I am definitely unable to replace the darling woman and mother that is Lisa, but I am happy to represent celebrating her!  Isn't she adorable?!

As Lisa stated in her previous blogs, this year's birthday themes were based on a favorite movie-and Lisa was in the hot seat last month!  Lisa's pick for her birthday celebration was "Blue Hawaii" - if I didn't know better, I would think she was picking her "favorites" based on how good the party theme would be!  She managed to choose a movie with an easy and super fun theme-coincidence?  I think not.  She's no dummy. (note to self)

We decorated with lots of black and white prints from the movie lined with bright colors, real Hawaiian postcards, and traditional luau garb.  We all wore our most floral prints, leis and shell necklaces, flowers in our hair, and flip-flops galore!  We also put on a Pandora playlist of all Hawaiian music to set the mood, and lit tropical-smelling candles around the room for ambiance.  And even the weather cooperated - for an April day, it was just warm enough to believe we all had been transported to the beautiful islands and the warm, tropical air.

On the menu - we started with tropical fruit, shaped into palm trees on sky-blue plates.  And then, we brought out the skewers!  Judging by this party, pretty much everything is more fun when served skewer-style!  We had teriyaki chicken and pineapple skewers, veggie skewers marinated in spices, and strawberry and pineapple skewers-skewers galore!  We paired that with authentic Hawaiian onion chips to nibble on and pineapple-guava-coconut juice with lime and sparkles.  For dessert, we had the moist and delicious coconut cake with coconut flakes and blue sprinkles on top!  Let's just say that no one was hungry afterwards.

The birthday girl had a well-deserved great time.  We all did.  Now, who wants to go to Hawaii?!

Note from Lisa
Thank you Carrie for writing this awesome blog for me!  I especially like the part where you say I'm adorable :)  
Carrie and I have been friends since we were babies and have now celebrated 33 fun filled birthdays together!  I am positive we will still be having awesome theme parties when we are 85.  Love you girl!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pinterest Challenge - Week 18: Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken

With all the warm weather we are having this Spring I'm in the mood for some tropical food!  I found this crock-pot recipe on Pinterest, but it was originally posted on "Ring Around the Rosies."  This recipe makes two meals. And it is the perfect type of meal to bring to a friend who just had a baby or is under the weather.

Side note...did you know that May is National Luau month?  Aloha!

Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken

-Medium bag of baby carrots
-Red onion cut into large chunks
-2 large cans of pineapple undrained
-4 garlic cloves
-4 chicken breasts
-1 cup teriyaki sauce

Split between two freezer bags, seal, mix, lay flat, and freeze (if you are not eating right away).

Directions for cooking:
Add additional 1/4 cup sauce to crock-pot.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours.  Serve over hot rice. (We didn't have any rice, so I used couscous)

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