November 24, 2014

Weekly Wishes #16



Time is going by too quickly, Thanksgiving is already this week! We island hopped to Maui last week and I can't wait to share it with you guys, it'll be very photo heavy, which I'm sure you guys won't have any complaints about.

Unfortunately, I really don't have more to share, I still feel like I'm pretty exhausted from our trip, which is crazy since we got back on Friday.

Hope you all have an amazing week!

Last Week's Wishes

  1. SCHEDULE POSTS FOR THIS WEEK // Whoohoo, I managed to get that done, but because of our little vacay, I was pretty cut off from a computer. So I wasn't able to do more social media stuff.
  2. WORKOUT // Failure, but I'm going to keep it a goal for this week.
  3. GO HIKING! // We went in Maui, so you'll hear all about it this week.
  4. THANKSGIVING DAY SHOPPING LIST // It got smaller, which I'm okay with. I am now in charge of bringing the bread rolls, which is an essential for me!

This Week's Wishes

  1. SEND OUT THE HOLIDAY CARDS // Now that we have them, I need to write an update letter for all of our friends and family to send with the cards. Also an apology because I'm a horrible person and didn't send the wedding thank you cards ... I know, shame on me.
  2. UPDATE MY WISHLIST // The mister and I have separate wishlists of things we want. And they're in our Google Docs, people, we are all about Google Docs. We use it constantly, he keeps track of his music, the finances, evening planning our trips. We're starting a wishlist on Amazon, not sure why we didn't do this earlier, since we have Prime, so we definitely have to make the most of that while we're here.
  3. REST UP // It's going to be quite the busy week/weekend with Thanksgiving and an eventful day on Friday. And the mister might be getting sick, which means I might, so we've been airborneing it up like crazy. The last thing we want is being sick during the Thanksgiving holiday.
  4. WORKOUT & GIVE YOGA A TRY ... AGAIN // After playing in volleyball tournaments this month, I realized how "out of volleyball shape" I am and it irks me that I let myself get to that point. I need to get back on that train and hopefully get to where I use to be, but that means I need to play more volleyball. Believe it or not, being in shape is completely different than being in "volleyball shape". I'm sure you workout/athletic nuts understand, the struggle can be real, when you don't do anything for years ... like myself.

What You Missed Last Week


The Nectar Collective

SAY ALOHA

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!
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