Aloha and Happy Valentine’s Day

After a week in paradise, it was really hard to step back into the real world. First, a cold gray drizzle greeted me in the Bay area, then I had to face the sad headline: Whitney Houston Dead at 48! Where’s my mai tai when I need one? Sigh.

But I did have a great time. And with apologies to my host and hostess for “outing” their treasured secret island getaway, Kauai was gorgeous. Even though we had to dodge some wind and rain a couple of days, we enjoyed every minute there. I promised not to bore you (or maybe I threatened to bore you) with a bunch of pictures, but here’s my personal fave.

Do these people look happy or what?

This shot was taken right before hubby and I went snorkeling in crystal clear water where we encountered more varieties of fish than in most aquariums. Just gorgeous. And when we got out, we were treated to a whale show. Amazing!

One fun adventure involved renting beach bikes. I ¬†somehow managed to take a video of this. If it looks a little shaky, remember, I’m on a bike. LOL. http://youtu.be/hCdMd2EQv9I

Thanks, Mar, for a week full of great memories.

This fountain was in "The Descendents" (Deb, Paul and Mary were not.)

And because this is Valentine’s Day and I love my friends, here’s a decadent dessert Mary served us in Kauai. Oooh, yum, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Serve warm with vanilla icecream.

Lava Flow Cake

Preheat oven to 450.

Grease 6 ramekin cups.

Melt in microwave: 10 T butter, 6 – 1 oz. squares of semi-sweet chocolate (or 6 oz, semi-sweet choco chips), and 2 – 1 oz. squares of bittersweet chocolate.

Add to chocolate and stir well: 1 1/2 C confectioner sugar, 1/2 C flour

Stir in until smooth: 3 eggs and 3 egg yolks

Add: 1 tsp vanilla and 2 T orange liquor

Pour into ramekins and bake 14 minutes.

Enjoy!

Deb

3 Replies to “Aloha and Happy Valentine’s Day”

  1. Share all the photos you want! Who knows when or if I’ll ever make it there.

    Sounds like you had a grand time! And welcome back?

    Oh, saw on Rock Center with Brian Williams last night – Chelsea Clinton visiting a Charter school and how some of the teachings in that school were being used by public schools. This was in Rhode Island I think. Then she mentioned cost issues to complete the program – they were helping kindergarteners learn to read better! Money over reading? Really? Anyway, I thought of you when I heard ‘Charter’ school.

    1. My camera didn’t do the beauty justice. Everywhere I looked was a snapshot worthy of botanical gardens or a zoo. And the temp was great–even though I spotted a local wearing a down jacket and Uggs. LOL.

      Our charter school is doing a lot of fundraising and grant writing at the moment. It’s amazing that our state budget to education keeps getting smaller and smaller. Just amazing. Don’t people realize where our future rests? We need these kids to know how to learn and compete in a global market.

      Thanks for the tip. I’ll check it out online.

      Deb

  2. What a coincidence! I live on Kauai and own a vacation rental! I was searching for a lava flow cake and your blog came up! Thank you, we will try it and I will post a pic on my Facebook page as Kauai Paradise Inn. I have posted a pic of my chocolate soufflé there already.

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