Taking Stock – September 2018

Taking Stock September 2018

I’ve spent the month dividing myself between home base, Hawaii and the motherland and have spent a disproportionate amount of time on planes, trains and automobiles. Now, I’m all settled at mum’s in the UK, it’s time to take a breath and take stock. I’d love it if you joined me!

Battling: Jet lag

Feeling: Tired. See above!

Returning: To Waikiki, it’s my happy place!

Staying: At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. It’s my favourite and the title pic is the view from my room!

Lying: By the pool.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki pool

Eating: Malasadas – these hot donuts are so naughty but so nice!

Drinking: The Mai Tais of Waikiki. I totally took one for the team and tried to try them all!

Finding: Dole Whip in Waikiki. I’ve been pining for one since last year in Disneyland!

Learning: How to lei!

Wearing: My lei crown – I made it myself!

Lei making Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Wondering: How soon I get back to Waikiki.

Coveting: All the cheesecake in the Cheesecake Factory.

Surviving: Tropical Storm Olivia. Rain, what rain?!

matching flamingo tees

Matching: Tees with David. Because there’s no such thing as too many flamingoes!

Discovering: The craft beers of Honolulu on our mini brewery crawl.

Visiting: Kualoa Ranch – we loved the premier movie sites tour. This is our take on that scene from Jurassic Park!

Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park

Seeing: The sun set and the hula dancing at The Halekulani.

Sitting: On planes, trains and in automobiles.

Flying: Here, there and everywhere.

Buying: Christmas ornaments from Macy’s in Waikiki.

christmas decorations Macy's Waikiki

Watching: All the plane movies – Love, Simon, Isle of Dogs, A Quiet Place and Ocean’s Eight. Loved them all!

Packing: For the UK and Hawaii. You can bet I’m taking these  9 Things I Just Can’t Travel Without.

Baking: All the muffins – these Choc Chip Muffins and Simone’s Best Ever Muffins are our favourites.

Loving: This month’s reader recipe. Mario’s Bundt Frittata is the business!

bundt frittata 6

Planning: Christmas recipes for the blog! I can’t believe it’s that time of year already!

Asking: Do you have a festive reader recipe you’d care to share?

Making: This Beef Stew With Muffin TopSo good!


Snacking: On strawberries. Don’t cut them out, cut them up!

Filling: The freezer so David doesn’t go hungry!

Freezing: These meat pies, vegetarian sausage rolls and loads of spaghetti bolognese.

Revamping: 10 old recipes  including this delicious Coconut Cake with Coconut Ice Frosting!

Moist Coconut Cake with Coconut Ice Frosting 5

Admiring: Carmen, she’s so inspiring!

Borrowing: The War That Saved My Life from my niece.

Crying: Reading Love Your Sister – if only the Johnsons would adopt me!

Reading: After You by Jojo Moyes, To The Moon and Back by Jane Mansell and The Dry by Jane Harper.

Adding: So many books to my To-Read list.

Disliking: Travelling on the tube.

Liking: Sunbaking in Waikiki.

Wishing: I had time to renew my British passport before I came!

Giving: Away two of these awesome sushi making sets. There’s still time to enter!

Aya Sushi Maker Deluxe

Sharing: My favourite vegetarian recipes for meat eaters over in the Bupa Blue Room.

Walking: With Calvin the dog.

Running: At Park Run in Lincoln. I sweated so much I totally steamed up my glasses.

Feeling: Decidedly unfit.

Park Run Lincoln

Needing: To get fit.

Working: Out at the gym in Hawaii and in mum’s lounge in the motherland!

Enjoying: Time with my favourite people.

Remembering: How much we packed in to our 72 hours in Melbourne.

72 hours in Melbourne - Luna Park

Helping: Mum out with an extra pair of hands.

Missing: Mum when I was in Oz and David now I’m in the motherland! If only the world was a little bit smaller!

Anyways, that’s enough about me. Tell me about your month, was it a September to remember?

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

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