November 2013 Birchbox: Welcome to the Holidays!

Peppermint Mochas at Starbucks, pumpkin baked goods appearing in the office, the weather FINALLY dipping in the high 70s, HURRAY!  It’s finally starting to feel like winter in Hawaii!

I definitely feel the holiday cheer with this Birchbox.  This is probably my favorite box in a long long long while….(maybe all the way back to the Glam Box?)

1.  DDF Amplifying Elixir (pre-moisturizer serum)
2. TOCCA Crema de Mano Luxe (hand cream)
3. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
4. Color Club Harlem Lights Collection Polish
5. Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzel

Skincare, fancy hand cream, MASCARA, nail polish, and what????  Chocolate?  Ridiculous, I can’t believe they sent all of those things in the same box.  Score!

I’m already a fan of DDF products–they make my skin feel GREAT.  Hand cream will always be welcome in my purse and MASCARA!  Sweet, I love trying new mascara.  What’s interesting, I think, is that the shade of the mascara isn’t black—it’s midnight blue.  I’ve heard that lash definition with this brand is wonderful so I’m definitely looking forward to trying it out.  The nail polish (Harlem Lights) collection consists of a series of pretty, metallic colors.  Lots of silver, golds, and light bronzes with the exception of that  Baldwin Blues shade.  Intriguing :3

I’ve half given up with the pretzel, a little.  The last time I got a wonderful chocolate treat from Birchbox, it was open and smashed into pieces (which is weird, to me, because the box was perfectly intact).  If it comes in its salty sweet glory, I’ll be sure to savor every….second with it.

Hope you guys got wonderful things in your box as well!


4 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse (Actually, it’s really just 2)

Chocolate Mousse.  When you think of chocolate mousse, does the term “naturally glucose and lactose free” come to mind?  It didn’t for me, but if it does, thanks to Giulia of Jul’s Kitchen, then all the better!

via Jul’s Kitchen

Dang, doesn’t that look delicious?  Click through the images for the recipe but all you need are 4 coffee cups and:

  • 3 eggs, yolk and white separated
  • 90 g of dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder or coconut flakes to serve

I think I’m going to try and make these for my upcoming Bridesmaid wedding meetings,  If I ever do have upcoming, bridesmaid wedding meetings.  *sigh*  (When I crave chocolate, can you sense that perhaps not all is well?)

Look how fluffy that is.  I feel better already.  Thank you, Giulia!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guys, I am totally STRESSING.  I know it’s Friday and I shouldn’t be, but I can’t shake this “so much to do, so little time” feeling.  Blah.

You know what would make me feel better?  A chocolate chip cookie.  Just one, I really only need one.  (Or so I tell myself)

And whatdayaknow, a friend just sent me this:

The first thing I thought was, “Mmmmmmm look at that chocolate.”  And then I thought, “Hey wait.  It’s green?”

This, my dear readers, is a Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie via Betty Crocker, who is super hip and has her own Flickr stream with recipes to reach out to other cookie-deprived people. Thank you, Betty, you sure are saving the day for me.

All we need to make these babies are:

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
6 to 8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

And then we:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.

2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.


And tah-dah!  We all have smiles on our faces, since it’s Friday and now we’ve got cookies.  Thanks again, Betty.

PS: Creme de Menthe is like…an Andes candy?  I love those!  *chop chop chop into cookies*

Single Serving Cookies

Yes.  I totally understand the need for single-serving desserts. 

  1. This way, I will only eat one serving.
  2. So useful when I absolutely MUST have a freshly baked cookie but don’t want to bake two dozen.
  3. Now I can say that I actually used those tiny little bowls!  (Ramekins.  What a funny name.)

My Happy Place’s Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

Click on through for My Happy Place’s recipe.  Gosh, I sure do like pretty blogs.  I should give my site a makeover.

Hawaii Eats: Frost City

Okay, okay.  I know what you’re thinking. It’s probably something along the lines of, “Eww, WTF is that. It looks like a pile of sh*t.”

But really, you’ve got to give it a chance. It’s sooooo good.


What is it exactly?  It’s Taiwanese Style Shave Ice.  The big dessert thing in HI a while ago was Mochi Ice Cream.  Then it moved to gelato, then to frozen yogurt and cupcakes, but the dessert that’s on everyone’s mind is Taiwanese Shave Ice!

With Hawaiian Shave Ice, they get a block of ice and shave it into mini chunks and serve it with syrup.  Taiwanese Shave Ice is different–AND they don’t tell you how it’s made.  It’s a family secret.  With my best Sherlock Holmes skills, I deduce that they freeze ice, cream and other flavorings until it’s semi-hard and then shave it very very finely into silky smooth sheets. 

My favorite place for Taiwanese Shave Ice is Frost City–located on South Beretania in the University Area.

The flavor that I got was chocolate.  I was kind of iffy about eating it…chocolate Hawaiian Shave Ice wouldn’t taste good at all and like you, my first thought was, “Eww!  WTF is that?” 

But omg, it’s heavenly.  It’s as if Shave Ice and Ice Cream had a beautiful, gifted, and ridiculously talented baby.  The taste reminded me of gelato except it was wonderfully light and fluffy.  It’s ice so I didn’t expect it to be so flavorful but really, you get every bit of chocolatey goodness with each bite.  They also give you a little bit of fresh fruit and little gelatin balls that explode into a fruity flavor sensation when you bite them. 

Don’t worry, the fruity flavors (their most popular flavor is Strawberry) look way more like fluffy snow. 

2570 S. Beretania Street
Closed Mon
Tue-Thurs: 12:30 – 10 PM
Fri – Sat: 12:30 – 11 PM
Sun: 12:30 – 5:30 PM