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Magical Mangosteen Madness~ January 3, 2011

Magical Mangosteen Tasting

Click Pic to watch VIDEO

OMG This is our new FAVE!!! We finally got to try the REAL, FRESH magical fruit called Mangosteen…. Mmmmm … Totally delicious and supper healthy! Of course we filmed it for you so can see it for yourself…. you just don’t see these very often.

Check it out! Click the picture…

If you can get your hands on some of these I suggest you do and PLANT the seeds PLEASE!!!!  We need more of these growing!

Enjoy~

Lots of Love,

C&S

 

Best Way to Start the Day…. Magical Fruit Bowl September 6, 2010

Holy Panini Dragon Fruit!!!! Way to start the day! It was such a beautiful Maui morning here and we have our friend Michelle visiting from San Diego… so we are immersing her into Mother Maui. We started early with a green smoothie and a beach walk on Baldwin Beach, took a nice dunk in the salt water then enjoyed some powerful Power Yoga outside on our lanai, followed by this delectable tropical treat!!!! It was an amazing morning. She absolutely loved it! And Im still freeking over this magical fruit bowl.

This is by far the BEST tropical fruit bowl I have ever tasted! Chris made it for us with LOTS o’ LOVE as you can tell . This tropical treat had SO much succulent yumminess, I couldn’t resist a photo and a post! Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!!!!! I am sooo thankful and grateful. I will list the recipe for you it is worth tracking down the ingredients. Even if you have to come and get them. 🙂

We have been aiming to eat mostly local foods and we did pretty good on this dish. Its harder than you realize but we are pretty lucky living here on this bountiful tropical island. A lot came from our property or from our friends properties.

This particular bowl included ~

  • Panini lime lilikoi base (blended and strained)
  • banana
  • papaya
  • a crazy Maui apple/pear thingy??? dont know name?
  • dragon fruit (the hot pink stuff)
  • fresh sliced coconut and fresh mint!!!!

It was THE perfect sweet hydration after that power yoga.

Here is Michelle and me at the beach~

Heres wishing you a beauteous day, too.

Lots of love,

Chris & Sara & Michelle

 

Welcome to Our Garden! July 14, 2010

Garden Tour Videos

Click each picture for Parts 1 & 2

Garden Video Part 1 of 2

Aloha! Welcome to Hohani Gardens!!!

We are sooo excited to share our garden with you. It has been our growing baby for the last year. LOL!

We have a 2 part Garden Tour for you.  Part 1 is the garden a few days ago. Part 2 is our first day in our garden, almost 1 year ago….

We have had soo much fun and have learned so much. We had no idea what we were getting into when we first started this treck about a year ago. At the first place that we lived here on Maui, we built a small box garden and had great success with tomatoes, tons of salad greens, kale, herbs, beets, carrots etc. Although, we only lived there for about 2 mos. and only maintained it for a short time after. That was our first experience in the garden.

So Hohani Garden (above) is where we have been the last year. 🙂 And this is like our first real garden. Before now, I could barely keep my house plants alive and the only food I have ever grown was a chia pet! And I didnt even KNOW (chia) was food at that time!  Chris gardened as a child with his mom and sisters, so he had some knowledge. But we have seriously learned everything as we go.

It  really began a few years ago when we started cleaning up our food choices. Eliminating processed foods was the goal. After awhile, we realized we were buying the majority of our groceries at the Farmers Market. -McClendons in Old Town Scottsdale- (Wonderful Farmers Market if you are in the area). We pretty much ate produce. And since we already knew we were to live in Maui, we began to get REALLY excited to GROW OUR OWN FOOD!! Thats all we knew. We could hardly wait. So thats why we built the first garden even though we knew it was temporary. We had get our hands in the dirt. ASAP.

So this garden has already grown through a few rounds and has morphed plenty of times. We just started with planting the food that we were buying regularly. And every once in a while you will get a surprise garden plant that you never planted. I love it! We also started collecting seeds of all of our favorite organic fruits n veggies that we would eat anywhere. It is so awesome! We have quite a collection already. Now we just need the perfect seed saving device! We have seeds EVERYWHERE!!!

Originally the gardens were mostly overgrown with weeds when we first got here. So, we started by cleaning each bed out . Part 2 Video is the very first day we worked in our garden and you will see the overgrowth that we started with…  and the little bit of paradise that we uncovered! It felt sooo nice to clear all that out and start fresh. We did get a few plants to start with. Check it out!

Garden Video Part 2-

A video of our first days in the garden

We are curious if you are growing any of the food that you eat currently?

If you are not growing anything, why not? At the least you can have some house plants, a.k.a salad greens, tomatoes and herbs. They are easy and dont require a ton of space. I never knew!

It is not that hard and sooo rewarding to not only know where your food comes from, but to actually bond with your food as it grows and until you eat it. It really is fascinating. I had no idea what a lot of my food looked like growing!! That was scary for me. And I am constantly learning of the amazing amount of varieties of fruits n veggies that we never hear of. Not to mention WILD EDIBLES…. MMMmmmmm…. There is sooo much food out there,  we tend to forget there is more than the isle at the grocery store.

Thats why we had to share our garden with you! We hope it inspires you to start with just one edible plant around your house, if you don’t already have one or have a garden.

If we can do it, so can you!

We love you tons n tons! Have an awesome day!

Chris & Sara

 

Hidden Messages in Water July 10, 2010

I have been absolutely fascinated with the work of Dr. Emoto and his water crystal studies. Not sure if you have heard about him or not.

We  love to share this kind of stuff!

Think about this for a minute…

Water is more than simply a physical substance… but permeable to our thoughts…

Dr. Masara Emoto’s research demonstrates that human vibrational energy, thoughts, words, ideas and music- actually affect the molecular structure of water

This is amazing if you really think about it for a minute….

Imagine the power of your prayer and your thought to influence/change/transform WATER…. The very same water that comprises 80% of a mature human body (your body) AND covers the same amount of our planet. WOW!

It is sooo beautiful!

<—— (Click the Picture to Check out a video clip which sums up his findings pretty nice. I love it!!!! I really hope you enjoy this! 🙂

Dr. Emoto is also working on a global scale using positive thoughts and prayers on our water to heal the planet, humans and life energy in general. OOoo! I love the possibilities!

It just goes to show the power that our thoughts carry…

And since I see a lot of healing needed in our world, I wanted to share this with you.

Sending lots of love your way today~

Chris & Sara

We are curious… What do you think of Dr. Emotos findings? You can post it in the comments if you feel inclined.

Aloha~

 

Garden Harvest & Raw Recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil Soup- May 10, 2010


Aloha! Well we had a beautiful harvest  from our garden. Fennel, Carrots, Beets and tons o’ greens! We also had a huge ration of tomatoes. So I decided to make a quick and easy, DELICIOUS Creamy Tomato Soup. It was so yummy and simple, that I figured I had to share it with you.

I used some dulce seaweed for a mineral rich saltiness and avo for the creamy heartiness. A little touch of fresh basil, and topped with licorice like fennel seeds.  Mmmmm.

I used:

  • Large bunch of tomatoes
  • 1/4 Large Avocado
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice (oops and a few seeds)
  • 6 or so leaves of basil
  • Small handful of Dulse Seaweed (Raw Wildcrafted- I used Earth Circle Foods) You can order it and more yummy nutritious food staples at http://www.therawfoodworld.com/  We love this store and the owners are amazing.
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Pinch of Seasalt (be careful here depending on how much seaweed you used)
  • A few dashes of Volcano Spice or cayenne seasoning

Put all that in the blender and blend until it gets to the consistency you like. Top it off with a drizzle of EVOO, fennel seeds, a touch of dulse flakes and a few sprigs of fresh basil.

It literally took me longer to write this recipe than to make it. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Hopefully we will post more this week for you, as we have a TON of great stuff to share with you. We have had some amazing hikes, beaches, trip to Hana, Haleakala Crater, Taro Festival and more! I will put together some slideshows and get them up asap! I know some of you are feenin for your Maui blast. Sorry to keep ya hangin’! Just catching up on house chores, gardening etc.

Chris’s Mom and her hubby Don came to stay with us from Arizona, so we got to play around a bit!! Whooo hoo!!! That was a fun trip and glad you guys made it out for a little rest and rejuvenation~ON MAUI~

Love –
Chris & Sara

 

Cherimoya Fruit/Custard Apple- a.k.a. Romantic Fruit April 25, 2010

Aloha!!

We are sooo excited to share this most succulent tropical fruit with you ~ The heart shaped Cherimoya Fruit (also known as “Romantic Fruit” ).   It is pretty much the epitomy of tropical fruit (in my opinion) … It seriously tastes like a custardy blend of pear, banana, mango, pineapple, lilikoi, vanilla, coconut HEAVEN! All mixed into one!!!! You’ll have to try one to believe us~

It is said to be enjoyed with a loved one … so we wanted to eat it with YOU! 🙂

Here is the video so you can see its succulence in person! (so to speak..)

The cherimoya tree is a native of the Andes Mountain range in South America, the mountain area between Colombia to Bolivia, at an altitude of 1000 to 2000m. But we got ours LOCAL here on Maui, from Mana Foods, our local Organic Store. I am soaking my seeds now and will plant them soon. I guess they grow pretty fast. Now for the meantime, I need to find us the supply tree! Possibly trade some bananas??? ….

Cherimoyas are a rich source of Vitamin C, Calcium, and Niacin. The Incas enjoyed these in ancient times. They used it as an aphrodisiac and to improve fertility… hmmm…. be careful with this one! LOL.

This would be an awesome  base for a creamy green smoothie or even as 5 Star Raw Ice Cream treat! Ooo la la… Or just slice into wedges and scoop out the meat. Loving these!!!

Here is a picture of it growing on the tree Thanks to tradewindsfruit.com. (where you can purchase these seeds!) This was one of the few pics I could find of the whole tree, believe it or not. I will definitely be looking for the tree here on island for more fruit and some personal pics for you guys!

 

Harvesting Bananas on Maui & Green Smoothies March 24, 2010

Aloha!! We are going BANANAS over here in the jungle!!!! LOL!  Look at all our bananas!!

Have you ever seen what your bananas looked like on the tree before they got to you? Ever seen someone harvest bananas? Well, here’s your chance! Because Chris loooves to harvest bananas and we loooove to EAT bananas!!! We are very lucky to have a pretty good size banana orchard here on our property. We go through a lot of bananas as they are a wonderful base for the PERFECT GREEN smoothie. And we loooove green smoothies! 🙂

So here is a video of Chris harvesting bananas: (and the property dog, Bella) <—– No I didn’t name her!!!

And here is a DELICIOUS Green Smoothie Recipe (for 2) for you to try: Share it with someone you love~

  • 1-2 Large Bananas (or 3 small local variety)
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 4 Large Kale Leaves
  • Large handful of Spinach
  • Large handful of Sunflower Sprouts
  • 1/2 Cup Ice
  • Water as desired (more for thinner smoothie/less for thicker

Blend and enjoy!~ This smoothie is chock full of yummy nutrients that your body will thank you for! Try one! You will LOVE it.  PROMISE!!!