A Honeymoon in Maui

You may have thought I was gone for good. Nope! I just had my wedding and honeymoon to attend to, but now I’m back and ready to catch you up on the most amazing past week and a half of my lifeeeee!

I have some pictures from the wedding day that friends and family put on my Facebook and our personalized Wedding Party page (it’s an app where people can join your “party” using a certain code and add pictures from the event – highly recommended for future brides!). But I’m going to wait until I have pictures from our photographer to put any on here. If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a sneak peak, if you haven’t already.

For now we’ll just recap the honeymoon in Maui. We ate a lot of food…a lot of delicious food.

papaya bowl
Papaya Delight from Kihei Caffe.
fruit
So much fresh fruit at all times!

mac nut pancakes
Pancakes with local banana and macadamia nuts (“mac nuts”) from Moana.

taco mountain
Best fish tacos ever. Greg had the tacos while I had the Taco Mountain, which includes all of the same ingredients served over rice instead of tortillas. From Coconuts Fish Cafe.

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We attended the Old Lahaina Luau one night and had the best time. It was all you can eat and drink, with a hula show for entertainment. My plate consisted of grilled veggies, sweet potatoes (purple sweet potatoes!), fish, more fruit and banana bread. Side note – I want to be a hula dancer.

Half Kalua Pork (BBQ pork, onion, pineapple, and a variety of cheeses) and half of the veggie special (asparagus, tomatoes, goat cheese, and a balsamic reduction sauce)…AAAAmazing. From Flatbread Co.

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Shave Ice – a traditional Hawaiian dessert. I got a scoop of macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom of bowl, topped with coconut shave ice and sweetened condensed cream. From Ululani’s Shave Ice.

gelato
“Sandy Beach” gelato (a mix of salted caramel, peanut butter and coconut) from Ono Gelato.

mac nut ice cream
Like I needed more ice cream…Mac Nut Ice Cream from the Halfway to Hana stand. 
Other places I highly recommend if you ever go to Maui: 

As you can tell, we fed ourselves very well on our trip. We didn’t spend a lot of money on anything else besides the basic travel accommodations (flight, hotel/cottage, rental car) so we wanted to eat up (literally and figuratively) as much of the culture as we could. Maybe this was just us trying to make ourselves feel better for all of the eating out, but Greg and I both noticed an overall healthy trend when it came to food. Hawaiians seem to really focus on local, organic, all-natural, vegetarian/vegan options. While we didn’t eat many salads, our meals centered around lots of fresh fruits, veggies and fish…oh yeah, and then there was the shave ice, gelato and ice cream 😉 Have any of you ever been to Hawaii? Tell me about your trip! I’m so in love with Hawaii now, I could talk about it all the time.

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Veggie Nachos and a Blueberry Crumble Pie

Vacation is calling my name. This time next week I will be in an airplane on my way to St. Kitts for an entire week.

Coincidentally, Greg just found this article that ranks St. Kitts #3 on the list of top 10 islands… IN THE WORLD!

I seriously get to go there? Is it too early to say this will be the best vacation I’ve ever had?

But first, Greg and I are taking a short weekend trip today and tomorrow to North Carolina for his brother’s graduation from UNC.

I have to hurry up and pack my bag so I’ll leave you with this quick look at some of my favorite meals this week.

I have been craving pancakes like crazy. Earlier this week I whipped up a small batch of banana oatmeal pancakes. They may not look like anything special, but trust me when I say they were perfect. My pancake craving was more than satisfied.

Starbucks is doing Happy Hour from 3-5pm this week with half price Frappaccinos. I actually never ever get Frappaccinos. But you can bet I was going to take advantage of trying one while they were cheap! I wasn’t sure which flavor to get, but the barista recommend the new Mocha Cookie Crumble. I requested skim milk to keep my guilt to a minimum, but opted to stick with a bit of the chocolate whipped cream. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t life-changing.
Next up was Daniel Island Grille for dinner on Thursday night. It was such a beautiful evening outside and Greg and I had a nice casual date outside on their patio. Urban Meyer Vegetable Wrap for me. Sweet potato fries on the side. Never gets old!
For dinner last night, I was still tasting those sweet potato fries from DIG and made my own modified version. Then I made one of my new homemade favorites- Vegetable Nachos! 
Vegetable Nachos

Makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
About 8-10 tortilla chips
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I have used both Mexican blend and mozzarella)
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2-3 tablespoons salsa

Directions:
1. Lay chips on large plate in an even layer. Top with half of the shredded cheese.
2. Heat skillet over medium heat and add butter/margarine. Once hot, add chopped vegetables. Let cook about 2 minutes. Add chili powder and stir. Continue to cook about 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender and brown. Remove from heat.
3. Add vegetables directly on top of chips. Top with remaining cheese and salsa. 
Finally…dessert! A quick and easy Individual Blueberry Crumble Pie ended my night week on a sweet note. 
Individual Blueberry Crumble Pie

Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:
1/8 refrigerated pie crust
1/2 cup blueberries
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1-2 tablespoons rolled oats or granola
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 5-inch tart pan. 
2. Use a cookie cutter or knife to cut out 5-6 inch circle from pie crust. Lay in bottom of tart pan. 
3. In a small bowl, add blueberries and sugar. Lightly crush berries with fork and stir thoroughly. Pour into tart pan. Top with oats/granola. 
4. Bake 20-25 minutes.