Shave Ice addiction!

So if you have ever been to the Hawaiian islands, or now live here you will know all about the amazing treat they have called Shave Ice. The best way to describe it is like a snow cone, but ten times better. A snow cone doesn’t even compare to all that is a shave ice. Not shaved ice but shave ice, say it with me; Shave Ice.

So what is a shave ice? Well picture light fluffy snow, with whatever syrup your heart desires on it. There is your more average flavors such as strawberry, cherry and grape. Then you have more island flavors such as pina colada, pineapple and guava. You can have up to three flavors on your shave ice or even add a scoop of ice cream on the bottom, then top it off with a snow cap (condensed milk)

I like to consider myself a shave ice expert. Several years ago my husband and I ran a shave ice and ice cream business on the island of Kauai. So I know what it takes to make a good shave ice and I know one when I see one.

Since we have come back to Hawaii, I have tried many places that claim they have the best shave ice, but there is only one I keep going back to. It is in the north shore town of Haleiwa. There are several to choose from on the north shore, but the Aloha General store is number one is my book. It not only have amazing shave ice, but super friendly staff with the Aloha spirit that never disappoints.

They have two shave ice sizes, the regular size and the keiki (kids) size. The regular is $3.00 and the keiki is $2.50. If you’re a kama’aina (local) you get a discount too! They have just about any flavor you can think of, watermellon, bubblegum, strawberry, rootbeer, vanilla, cotton candy, pina colada, grape, cherry and many more. I always choose a combination of pina colada, vanilla and root beer and if the mood strikes I will add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My kids favorite is strawberry and cotton candy. I have to admit the cotton candy is pretty good. My husband, he gets an extra spoon and steals bites from everyone elses. How convenient!

If you come to Oahu and are looking for the best shave ice on the island go to Aloha General store. You will see other shave ice stores with lines around the building, but believe me it doesn’t mean they are the best. The Aloha General Store is nice also cause it has shaded benches and tables you can sit at and enjoy your shave ice, where the others don’t. Don’t just follow the crowd on this one. Go to the Aloha general store, tell them you read about them on island living and more and tell them Lacey sent you!




Hearty Breakfast to start your day with!

I don’t know about you, but I love breakfast! French toast, pancakes, crepes, waffles, eggs, bacon and sausage. I normally only get a chance to make a hearty breakfast on the weekends for my family, during the week it’s cereal and oatmeal. So when I get a chance to make some yummy on the weekend I jump at it.

I found this recipe online and had to try it. If you like sausage, eggs, hash browns and cheese you will love this!

Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Here is the recipe:


  • 1 pound mild ground pork sausage
  • 1 pound hot ground pork sausage
  • 1 (30-ounce) package frozen hash browns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk


  • Cook sausages in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well.
  • Prepare hash browns according to package directions, using 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • Stir together hash browns, sausage, and cheese. Pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Pour evenly over potato mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.

Southern Living


Breakfast burrito style! Please excuse the paper plate!

We added tortillas and made a breakfast burritos out of it. Here is what I would change though, this recipe makes a lot, well more than we could eat. I would half the sausage and only use one pound. We like a little spice, so I would use the hot sausage. I would also not use all the hash browns as well, it was a bit much. I would keep the same amount of eggs though. You could always add any ingredient you would use in an omlett such as ham, bacon, peppers.

This was a great dish to have for brunch. It was very filling and kept us full until we had an early dinner. We also have a bit of leftovers so we will be heating it up again for breakfast in the morning. What do you all think of this recipe? Would you try it, what would you change? Love to have your comments and feedback!


Aloha Friends!

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Let me start out by saying thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I hope it will be successful and helpful. I plan on focusing on recipes I find on-line, arts and crafts and places and things I do while living on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. With all my recipes I plan on step by step directions, pictures and a review on how myself and my family liked it and if I would make it again and what I would change. The same will go for all the arts and crafts I do. I see so many wonderful recipes and craft ideas and I wonder if they will turn out as good as they look online or in the magazine.

I may even review movies and music as I see fit on somthing I may really like or dislike. If there is somthing you think I should review please let me know.

I will also post reviews of places I visit while living in Hawaii. I will take picture and post all about what we did, what we liked and what we didn’t like about it.

This should be a fun blog and I look forward to coming up with some wonderful things! Comments are great and if you have tried or been to something I blog about please let me know how it you liked!

Please bear with me as I learn what I am doing.  I really am clueless  about how to do any of this!