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    Food Travel

    Husking coconuts (without a machete)

    Part 5 of WFH Series: Oahu

    Thanks to a brave tree climber (and trespasser), we were gifted 6 coconuts and no proper tools to crack them open. While Don didn’t have teeth strength like Chief Kap Te’o-Tafiti, he did share the chief’s grit and enthusiasm in husking the coconuts.

    Through trial and error, hours of manual labor, and a final all hands on deck party, we ended up with fresh, locally sourced, non-GMO, unprocessed, organic, 100% pure coconut juice and coconut meat.

    ran coconut water through coffee filters

    While the assembly line of 2 toiled outside, Nancy was inside softening the meat of a purchased sprouted coconut using boiling and baking techniques.

    Don enjoying the fruits of his labor
  • Travel

    Pit stops and rainy day activities

    Part 4 of WFH Series: Oahu Outside of hiking and water adventures, Oahu offers lots of laid back activities that aren’t physically demanding or time-consuming. Our extended stay allowed us to…

  • Travel

    Hiking around Oahu

    Part 3 of WFH Series: Oahu This might as well be titled ‘Muddiest hikes in Oahu’, as for some lucky reason, most of our hiking excursions were marred by rain and…

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    North Shore beaches and surfs

    Part 1 of WFH Series: Oahu During the two months in Oahu, I did pretty well with my goal of hitting up all the beaches on the island. One Saturday afternoon…

  • Arts & crafts

    DIY: Hanging Succulent Planters

    Yay to Katie’s inaugural guest post on an arts & crafts topic. Throughout Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home, she’s been cooking yummy foods, volunteering, and being outdoors, but…

  • Travel

    Christmas in La Jolla

    San Diego is a popular day trip for the family, and this time I brought along my relatively new Zuiko 45mm f1.8mm lens. The day was split between Del Mar and…

  • Misc

    Volunteering Roundup

    Every other week or so of SIP, Katie tells me about her new volunteer event. I encouraged her to share her experiences & the opportunities others can also partake in during…

  • Food

    Plum Jam

    Katie’s been really rocking these jam sessions lately (all the puns intended). For Week 15 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home, she covers another recipe from her Boise…

  • Travel

    Two Days, Two National Parks

    In Week 14 of guest blogging, Katie introduces her cousin to one of the best things about this country: its National Parks. Check out their long weekend adventures below, and what else Katie’s been up to in her Day…