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Lost jobs and the art of shopping

Aug. 16, 2011 12:26 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2012 8:24 pm
Aloha from Maui Allrecipeeps! I have been working hard, so this has been a very busy and productive trip. Fortunately, I have also been able to spend most of my evenings with my island ohana. Unfortunately, as an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador, I have fallen behind on my August assignments. I… MORE
My bounty overlooking the Pacific
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Mauigirl's Mango Pie
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Mango Pie ala mode
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Sunset from the Ka'anapali hillside 2011
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May 19, 2011 1:36 pm 
Updated: Jun. 7, 2011 4:26 pm
Well, the party stuff is put away. The house is clean. Chef Luigi and Mis7Up have sent out most of the scoop from Las Vegas. So I decided to cover just a few of the details.......starting with the gift bags. Cute as a Button Cookies, square hazelnut shortbread & hand beaded bracelets made by… MORE
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Apr. 29, 2011 7:54 am 
Updated: May 6, 2011 4:19 pm
Aloha Peeps, We are down to two weeks and a few hours till we have our Las Vegas meetup. I can hardly wait. But, I have to admit I am having those anxiety moments (mostly in the middle of the night) when I think of something I need to do in preparation  for the big event. Baking… MORE
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Mar. 8, 2011 8:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2011 1:19 am
Aloha all, Just a little update to remind you that I will be hosting an Allrecipes member round up on the afternoon of May 14, 2011. I have decided to theme the food "hawaiian" in homage to my other home and my screen name. Since so many of you will not be able to attend, I… MORE
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Feb. 17, 2011 4:00 pm 
Updated: Mar. 11, 2011 4:50 pm
I  diagnosed myself as slightly ADD some years ago. I have trouble with completing tasks because my mind gets a head of me and I easily start off on another track. It was with great joy that I found the Flylady.net organization and cleaning site. I have been using the techniques (sometimes… MORE
Feb. 2, 2011 11:09 pm 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 6:39 pm
Updated: Feb. 2, 2011 12:20 am Aloha Peeps,  A quick heads up to all AR members. I will be hosting an AR blowout at my home in Las Vegas on May 14, 2011. I will periodically put it out here so that anyone interested might have time to plan for vacation time and favorable airfare MORE
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Nov. 30, 2010 8:16 am 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2011 12:20 am
Aloha Peeps,  A quick heads up to all AR members. I will be hosting an AR blowout at my home in Las Vegas on May 14, 2011. I will periodically put it out here so that anyone interested might have time to plan for vacation time and favorable airfares. After attending Baking Nana's So.… MORE
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Oct. 18, 2010 9:36 am 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2010 7:22 am
I am lucky enough to still have my mama, but I would like to take a moment to remember my TV mother. I know that we all grew up at different times, so we were affected by different tv moms. My TV mother, Barbara Billingsly passed away this weekend after a long and well lived life.  It's… MORE
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Sep. 29, 2010 10:38 am 
Updated: Oct. 6, 2010 12:35 pm
Sorry about the confusion...I forgot the previous date was Mother's Day weekend. I swear I could screw up a soup and sandwich LOL Hey AR Peeps....I am giving you a quick heads up so that you might attend the Las Vegas Blowout hosted by moi (Julie)  Saturday May 14, 2011  Noon-?????  EVERYONE is MORE
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Jul. 12, 2010 9:38 am 
Updated: Aug. 13, 2010 1:35 pm
I love to host my friends and family.........BUT I do have a couple of pet peeves that seem to reoccur too frequently. 1.  I love flowers, but please.....bring them in a jar, can or vase so your hostess won't have to stop what they are doing to trim, arrange and vase flowers.  I know they are… MORE
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Olympia, Washington, USA
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About Me
I have been married for 43 years to the most amazing man on the planet. He is quiet and deliberate and I am NOT. We have one grown son (and his partner) that we adore. Because they work for the airlines they drop in on a flight frequently and we feel so lucky for that. We retired after 30 years at our careers from our native Olympia to Maui and now most recently retreated to Las Vegas to try to ride out this horrendous economy. We bought a small home here and I gutted it and am putting it back together, so I spend most of my time fine tuning the decorating and now I am plunging into a full tropical landscaping to remind us of our beautiful Maui. I miss the PNW, but NOT the weather. Miss the razor clams and the wild beaches of Washington and Oregon. Miss my friends too. Happy to have my friends from Allrecipes though. The four legged critter you see on my profile is a five year old yorkie/bichon who is the greatest little (9 lbs) girl ever. Quiet and calm, but so excited about life.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook just about anything...just mostly like the art of cooking and baking and sharing my art with friends and families. Love the smells that emanate from my kitchen and the familiar memories that come flooding back. The scents from my kitchen are probably my favorite thing in the house.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother used to like to make a big deal out of almost any holiday, so I have followed through with that tradition. Valentine's Day, Christmas, St. Paddy's day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Oscar night are just a few of my favorite cooking traditions. Birthday parties for all my loved ones are something I love to do too.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I mastered sauce bearnaise, or raviolis from scratch or my first perfect cheesecake or my first wedding catering job or meeting Julia Child (about 25 years ago).
My cooking tragedies
(See above) Well....Julia was so cranky and rude it ruined my love of her.....so I sold all my Julia Child cookbooks (some of them signed) at a garage sale for $1.00 apiece. Now I wish I would have kept them of course. I guess Julia was just having a bad day:( & I was foolish of course.
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