November 20, 2014

Guava Cheesecake

We had our monthly FRG (Family Readiness Group) meeting last night and they've been potluck style, so I decided to bring Guava Cheesecake. Believe it or not, I do not like cheesecake and this is my only exception. During Thanksgiving, my uncle would always bring my family a couple of these and I could probably eat the whole thing by myself. I forgot to take a decent picture of the final product during the day, so I apologize about that.


Ingredients

FILLING
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp guava concetrate
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 8 oz cool whip
TOPPING
  • 1 can (12 oz) guava concentrate
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

FILLING

Combine cream (room temperature is best), guava concentrate and powdered sugar. With the guava concentrate, I buy it frozen, but let it sit out in room temperature for a bit. Put everything into a mixer.

Fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture. And once it's all mixed up, spoon into a crust of your choice. I recommend the graham cracker crust. Chill.

TOPPING

OK this part can be a bit tricky. With the guava concentrate, I poured it into a jug and added about 3 cups of water, it all varies on how sweet you want it to be. You won't use all the juice in the jug. Pour some into a medium saucepan and put it over low-medium heat.

In a separate cup, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and about a 1/2 cup of water. Mix it with a spoon.

Pour cornstarch-water mixture into the pan and whisk it up until it thickens. You'll probably have to add more cornstarch-water mixture to get it to thicken quicker. For me, it's still tricky to conquer this part, my dad is a pro at this ... his gifts weren't passed down to me, unfortunately.

You'll know it's done, when it coats the back of a spoon. Let it cool and then spread it over the cream cheese mixture. And chill some more.




November 19, 2014

Liebster Award!

Recently I was nominated for the Liebster Award by a fellow blogger, Allie from With a Heart in Danger! This is my first nomination and I don't exactly know what it entails, but I was excited nonetheless.

Now it's time to answer 11 questions and nominate 11 fellow bloggers that have under 200 followers, here we go!

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?

A few months ago, my blog went through a title change. Originally it was Where She Stay?, in Hawai'i, many of the locals speak 'pidgin', which is a broken up English. There's a lot more history behind it, but I won't go into it that too much. Back in the day, there was a huge language barrier, so pidgin english was formed to communicate with each other during the plantation days. But it's still used. Where She Stay stands for Where is she, which was very fitting with this military lifestyle. We're moving about every 3 years to who knows where.

I just changed my blog title to Just Wandering, it's not only fitting to the military lifestyle, but to me as well. I like to think of myself as a wandering soul. Never sticking to one thing or place and trying to do something different or just something in general. And I tend to travel around a bit, even if it's to my hometown in Washington. The one thing that my friends here have asked is, "where are you going to next?". We're going to Maui today and next month it's Big Island ... see what I mean!

And that's where one of my favorite quotes from Tolkien comes in:

Not all those who wander are lost.

I really love that quote, I got it translated in Hawaiian and it'll be tattooed on myself at some point.

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?

ME! I know, real original, but it's my place, my safe haven where I can go to whenever I have something to say. I blog for myself and am always surprised that some are actually interested in reading what I have to say. I never think that I'm a super interesting person. So you'll notice that I'll try to keep things positive and light because my surroundings can be pretty negative, so it's my positive environment that I escape to.

3. What’s your favorite pastime other than blogging?

Reading + Hiking. I'm a complete bookworm as you all know, but I sure do love my hiking. Hiking is such a personal thing to me because it really helped me out emotionally, when the mister was deployed.

4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

It would have to be the little community that we have. I love interacting with all the blogs that I follow and communicating with them. I get so much inspiration from that and so many other great ideas like DIY projects and delicious food recipes.

5. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?

The DIY Brown Sugar Face Scrub! I've actually seen various recipes all over the place and said that I would try it out one day, so I'll have to give it a go and it's super simple!

6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

My daily life + fellow bloggers. This is a lifestyle blog after all, but whenever I'm perusing through other blogs, I jot stuff down that I may want to write up a post about. I go hiking every now and then, and when I'm not too lazy to edit my pictures, I'll share them on Friday. I do a link-up on Mondays called Weekly Wishes and it's coordinated by The Nectar Collective. And that's definitely helped with goal setting!

7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?

Well I've already been, but New Zealand will always be my choice. I love NZ so much and if I could, I would move there in a heartbeat! Enjoy some pictures from our trip!




8. If you have children, what are their names? If not, what are your favorite boy & girl names?

Since I'm Hawaiian, all of our kids middle names will be Hawaiian. We haven't really looked into it too much because we still have some time until we start our family. But one name we've partially settled on is our first boy's name and it'll be Eugene, but I want it to be Aiden. :) I like the sound of Aiden Eugene, how about you? There's more to why I want Aiden and the mister is not a fan of it, book boyfriends, anyone?!

9. A long lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?

Donate + Save + Travel. To be honest, I'd probably donate some and then use the rest towards our dream home. I have so many ideas for our dream, whenever that day comes.

10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)

This is a tough one, but a very personal proud moment was this DIY bookshelf I did. I did most of the work, but the mister actually put it up for me. And it was my first major DIY project. Click through the image to see the post!



11. What is your favorite food?

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, more like brunch because I can't eat too early. And this week, I've been obsessed with this:


And you can find the recipe at The Pink Wings! It's pretty freakin' delicious and I've substituted the strawberries for bananas; nom nom nom!

My Nominations

I know it says you're suppose to nominate bloggers with under 200 followers, but I'm going to break that rule ... And I hope no one hates me for nominating you haha, they're in no particular order. I may not be able to reach out to you all since I'll be away from my computer for a few days, but I'll do my best!

These are the steps to accepting your award


  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you (see below). Please comment on this post with your link when you are done so I can see your answers!
  • In your post, link back to the person/blog who nominated you and give a little thank you shout out.
  • After completing the questions, nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers on the social media platform of your choice, and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  • Notify your nominees of their nomination, and provide a link to your post so that they know what to do.

These are your questions (I kept them the same)

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
3. What’s your favorite pastime other than blogging?
4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
5. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?
6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
8. If you have children, what are their names? If not, what are your favorite boy & girl names?
9. A long lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?
10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)
11. What is your favorite food?
There you go!

November 17, 2014

Weekly Wishes #15

weekly-wishes

It was a completely lazy week, we didn't do anything this weekend. The mister had all the ideas, but none of that happened. We went out on Friday with some of the people from the boat and had this pretty tasty Hibachi dinner in Waikiki. And we ventured out to a hotel afterwards for more drinks, but we all winded down around 11 and headed home.

I decided to cut my own hair, but there's layers in it, so I'm not really sure how to tackle that. I'm going to watch some youtube videos on how to do that and go from there. Youtube is plenty resourceful! I cut off about 1.5 inches and I was very happy with it! It was in need of a trim, so I took action! Do you have any funny/horrible haircut stories?

So, I've been trying to blog 3 times a week and I usually don't come up with posts until the day before I post them. This week, I'll have to get the noggin going to figure out what posts I want to share this week. Wish me luck on that!

OK, time for the wishes, have a great week!

Last Week's Wishes

  1. MORE READING // Here's my current status on my reading challenge, I'm making strides every week, but not quite out of the clear. I still believe that I can through 200 books in time!
  2. WORKOUT // I only worked out once last week, so we're definitely going to have to up that this week.
  3. PREPARE POSTS FOR NEXT WEEK // Nope, nope! Today and tomorrow will be dedicated to that.
  4. SERIOUSLY ... MAKE HOLIDAY CARDS // Yay, I did them and I'll share them sometime this week. I sent them to Shutterfly to be printed and I had a coupon for $10 off, so I got 120 prints and paid $3! That's a win if you ask me, I can't wait to show all of you.

This Week's Wishes

  1. SCHEDULE POSTS FOR THIS WEEK // We're island hopping to Maui on Wednesday and will be without my computer/laptop. I'm definitely excited for this trip, even though I've been a few times already. It's the mister's first time, so it'll be quite the adventure. And you bet I'll be blogging about it.
  2. WORKOUT // I have my tournament this weekend and I'm nowhere being close to volleyball ready. 
  3. GO HIKING! // We had a completely lazy weekend and stayed home. And I've been itching to go hiking, so hopefully we'll accomplish that while we're in Maui. If not, definitely going somewhere on Saturday.
  4. THANKSGIVING DAY SHOPPING LIST // Our friends from the boat are hosting Thanksgiving at their house and I'm so excited for it. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, the food is always great and the company is even better. It's potluck style, but I'm bringing mashed tater and bread rolls, so I need to make my list and shop next week.
There we go everyone, what do you have planned for this week?!

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