Swirly Mint Cheesecake

Yes.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I am really really really fascinated by Cheesecake.  It might not be my favorite dessert to eat but I just like looking at it!  It always looks freaking delicious and today’s recipe is no exception.

PS: This is a little late (it was intended for St. Patrick’s Day) but green is a wonderful spring color, isn’t it?  It’ll be perfect for Easter!

Zoe Bakes – Mint Cheesecake

Tah-dah!  Brought to you by the Wonderful Zoe of ZoeBakes!  That looks AMAZING.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’m imagining that thing is soft and delicately minty.  I’m not a huge fan of heavy, thick cheesecakes.

But anyway–I think this recipe is special because you make the Mint Cream (the green swirl) yourself by putting fresh mint through a food processor.  To me, mint is usually an artificial flavor so it’s really nice to see it fresh.

So pretty!  Please click on over to Zoe’s blog for the recipe and very clear instructions.  Aww, man, now I have such an itch to bake!



Wishlist: Panacea Designs

My oh my.  I am absolutely in love with pieces by local designer Kaylin Laeha, who is the talented artist behind Panacea Designs (based out of Kailua, Hawaii).  Everything is one-of-a-kind and when I look at the pieces, the phrase, “Organic Edginess” comes to mind.  Take a look, does it make sense?

Rio – $50

Porcupine Hoops – $45

Kiss Me Once (Yep, that’s a bullet shell!) – $46

Too Much Lovin’ – $65

Demi Chevron Ring – $35

I think my favorites are the Rio earrings and the Demi ring–I’ve never seen a ring that’s worn so high on the finger before.  Interesting!

You can see Panacea Designs pieces in person at certain Art & Flea events, The BUTIK (Kapiolani), and Basique Threads (Ward).

DIY: Coffee Filter Peonies

B and I are getting married in March.  Which is apparently, too early for peonies. Awwwwwwwwwwwww oh well.  I’m trying to resist orchids because almost all Hawaiian Weddings seem to incorporate orchids (we’re trying to be a little different).

I’ve seen this picture on the internet a lot, and I always scrolled past it quickly with a tinge of sadness…

Brown Paper Packages

…until I realized that these peonies were made out of PAPER!!!  I showed my Florist, even she was impressed.  I’m thinking of making a bunch for my reception table.  So far, I’m thinking more neutral colors (white, peach, and blush) so I can make our green POP!

So, all of you getting married outside of peony season, there’s still hope!

Click through any of the images for Brown Paper Package’s Paper Peony tutorial!


It’s time for a change-up!  A new layout that’s hopefully a lot easier to use, slightly new header (that needs to be higher res), but the same background because I am still a sucker for Chevrons.


Wishlist: Stackable Rings

Every week, B and I attend Wedding Workshops put on by the Wedding Cafe.  We sit in a big room full of 100+ other brides and grooms and learn wedding tips!  At the last workshop, I met a really neat bride who wore all these tiny rings on her right hand. It was so neat!

So after a little inspiration, I stumbled upon BlueSunflower’s Etsy shop.  I love her pieces!  I think they’d also make really cute bridesmaid gifts.

Here are my favorites from her ring collection:

Rose Gold Initial Rings – $23

Stacking Rings – $17 each

Gold Textured Stacking Rings (Set of 5) – $77

Double Band Trinity Ring (Russian Wedding Ring) – $77