What I want to make : one

I can’t use my kitchen since I’m showing my house. Never know when you will get a moments notice that someone is coming to see it. I’m trying to keep it as clean as possible. But this has got me wanting to make stuff.

Here’s list one of a few links of stuff I want to make.

roasted tomato salsa

I make this every year, several time during the summer when I can good tomatoes. I’ll make the a batch on my little old grill for everyone at work. I’m sure they will be happy. Here’s link to my old post from my previous blog with the recipe.


3 quarts of roasted summer tomatoes salsa

ruffle milk pie

This recipe I found from smittenkitchen.com. I had something like this on my epic bakery crawl I had with my girlfriend from HI and NYer guide at Pi Bakerie. I think the item was called Galaktoboureko Pi. It was so creamy and delicious. I don’t think it’s the same thing but sounds similar.

one last great cake

I LOVE LAYERED CAKE! and I want to make a cake before I go but . . .  MY LIST IS TOO LOOOONG! and I don’t have enough time to make them all with testing in between and keep my kitchen clean enough to keep showing my house. may something with curd like this cake or tea like this cake


This is an Dorie Greespan’s recipe that I made for my Mom and Annika’s birthday

something savory

My list is long and I want to make everything. Not having a kitchen to use is really making me hungry and want to cook for myself. Yotam Ottolenghi is my favorite of recent. I love everything I make of his. Still my favorite is his Turkey Zucchini Burgers. I use this link to make it. But I really want to make is a the top left next to the colorful bars–Onions Bhajis. I never had one but it looks like a crispy onion fritter. yum!

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just a part of the savory list on Pinterest

getting rid of my supplies

The end is near and I liked to use up my supplies by making stuff for friends. I have a big box of old fashion oatmeal, a bag of Thai tea, bottle of malted milk powder. . . I hope I not much more. I’d like to make a more butterscotch oatmeal cookies, granola, Thai tea cupcakes with condensed milk buttercream, malted milk biscuits


Thai Tea Cupcakes that I made for the restaurant



It will be changing soon. I’m moving from my 4 bedroom colonial in the Northeast back into my old childhood bedroom across the Pacific with my 2 cats. Oh my, that sound so sad. But it really isn’t. It’s only temporary, till I build a 1 bedroom apartment for me and the boys on top of my parents’ garage.

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Can you see it? A tiny mid-century 1 bed apartment about the garage?

I’m moving back to be near to my parents to help with day to day issues. I guess it’s about time for this move–34 years and 363 days living away from Hawaii. I can’t even believe it’s been that long.

My Parents

The folks are in their late 80’s and need more help as Dad has given up driving. They have an aide that comes to house 2 day a week for 3 hours to help them out with things around the house or doctor appointments. I’ll be there to help out with other things and get them out and about and not stuck at home so much.

Beside me and the cats adjusting to this big move, my parents will need to get used to me being there. My old bedroom is currently functioning as a very large walk in closet for my mom. She is slowly cleaning thing out.

When I told her she needed to clean the room out for me, she said “the whole room?!” My response was “Well, I really don’t want to sleep in your closet, Mom.”

And I’ll be working remotely on east coast time so I’ll be up at 3:30 and probably asleep by 9:30 (I hope). Yes! 3:30am! Need to start work at 4:00. I got to get up earlier to feed the cats. Yes, I’m a good cat mom.


How can resist these two?

Catching Up and Day Dreaming

In the meantime, before the house is sold and August 14th creeps up quickly, I’ve been getting caught up with all my stuff before I leave and day dreaming about designing my 1 bedroom apartment above my parent’s garage.

Catching up means dealing with car stuff and catching up with the paperwork both personal and restaurant is in order for the move and what I really need to take with me. Lots of sorting and shredding is involved. All things that I hate and procrastinate.

That’s why 1 bed apartment is becoming more of an mild obsession to me. I’ve thinking small and efficient and as green as I can afford and worth the resale.

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this what happens on sleepless nights

I’ve been pinning too many floor plans, mid-century and Scandinavian style items on my home board. Just things that will work with my eclectic taste. I’m also bringing home some furniture (chairs and a little desk) that I want to finish for my place.

More to come when I have more really and solid plans or news to share. Been busy keeping the house cleaning for all the showing. Cats love the open spaces to run and chase each other. Man, such the cat lady.

NJ Sharing Network 5k Celebration of Life

I forgot to post pictures from Team Cheery Oats walk in NJ Sharing network 5k Celebration of Life on June 3. Our team raised $1230. Thanks so much for all the support and the generous contributions. The original Cheery Oat would be proud of use.


L to R: Kate, Chris, Teddy, me, Steve, Amelia and Alia

Team Cheery Oats were seven strong on that Sunday morning. It was a coolish morning perfect for a 5k through the town of New Providence, NJ. Our t-shirts looked as goofy as I hoped it looked.

Made some sweets for take away gift for my team members. Butterscotch Oatmeal cookies and blondies with chocolate and white chocolate chips. I only got the blondies right out of the oven. Hope they like them.


Life of First-Time Home Seller

I’m not so sure what to expect. I know I have to keep the house presentable. Leave when someone come to see it.

But apparently I’m a spaz.

Got a message from my realtor someone wanted to come in 15–20 minutes. I was in a middle of a lot of things–laundry, getting a load ready for goodwill, figuring who may want the last of Oat’s clothes.

I kind of freaked out. I scurried downstair to the “Elephant Chair” where the pile of Goodwill stuff was. I looked out the window to see 2 cars parked in front of my house.

OMG!!! Grab the pile dump into my den. Run upstairs grab my bag and my phone. Look for dirty dishes from breakfast on my desk. Run into the kitchen put breakfast dishes in the dish washer. My lunch in was wait to be microwaved. . . . I’m sweating now . . . not sure if it is from running around or hot flash brought on by stress. I put my phone down to put my lunch in the refrigerator but . . . WAIT! I have my dried clothes in sitting in the hallway. Crap! move the clothes into the downstairs bedroom on the side. . . hoping they don’t see it. SWEATING!!!! Lock the door. Wait! Are they leaving?

Drive off. I’m going to text my realtor that I left the house. WHERE’S MY PHONE???? Oh know. How do I tell anyone I left my house. I’ll go to the library. Awww crap. Just go to Starbucks and sit and relax. Oh wait, I need shoes and DSW is in the same mall as Starbucks.



Lunch soothed my freaked out mind–should have just had ice cream

Three pairs of shoes (I was freaked out) and Shaken Black Ice Tea with lemonade later I make my way home. They should be gone by then.

I walk up the stair to my bedroom to look for my phone to see 3 pairs a bra left out to dry. A closet wide open with a pile of clothes on the chest. My heart drops. Ugh!

I win the SPAZ award for the day. Hope they enjoyed my spastic-ness for giving me 15 minutes to pull it together.


I’m finally done with my house but I’m helping my girlfriend (who is also moving to Hawaii after 34 years and 11 months) place ready to be put on the market. So it was 2 days of cleaning and painting.

Hopefully no more paint on me for a while. All I need to do is keep it clean (lots of take out) and if all the stars are lined up, someone else will fall in love with my house as Oat and I did.


My hands are tired and sore from all the work I’ve done the past 2 weeks to get it ready.

But this weekend will be different. Visiting a friend I have seen in a while for hiking and a lot of catching up.