2017 Ford Edge Titanium

High Tech On Four Wheels

With a little bit of trepidation we traded in our F-150 pickup for a 2017 Ford Edge Titanium SUV. Our needs changed and so it goes.

We had an Edge back in 2011 but this year’s model is a whole different animal. It has more technology than I usually like but after living with this SUV for a few weeks I have come to appreciate some of the cool features.

One of the features that I  initially liked the least was the “Intelligent Key Access System and Push Button Start.” I now like this feature the best. Your digital key can be in your pocket. But if you are within 2 feet of the door you can open it and once you enter the driver’s cabin you can start up with the push of a button and go.

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Ceramic Leather Interior

Our Edge also has a towing package with the extra heavy duty stuff that comes along with that option and 20″ wheels for extra height.

The 3.5 liter V6 produces about 280hp which is plenty for this type of SUV.

3.5L V6
3.5L V6

The handling is firm but not harsh and the new “Synch3” touchscreen is a big improvement over previous versions.

Synch3 Touchscreen
Synch3 Touchscreen

So far this ride has exceeded our expectations.

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Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes

 These Souls Made A Difference

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou
  • I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.  Michael Jordan
  • The mind is everything. What you think you become.  Buddha
  • Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Steve Jobs
  • You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.  Christopher Columbus
  • Whatever you think you can or you think you can’t do, you’re right.  Henry Ford
  • People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.  Zig Ziglar
  • There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.  Aristotle
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  Martin Luther King Jr.
  • If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.  Booker T. Washington

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Peace

 

Sausage With Peppers & Onions

A Classic!

This delicious Brooklyn dish is easy to prepare and very satisfying. It is not necessarily a side dish but a meal in and of itself. Makes a great brown bag lunch!

What you need

  • 4-6 Italian sausages. Hot or sweet, you decide. If you live near a Costco, they have some of the best Italian sausage anywhere. Johnsonville is also very good. If you live in an Italian neighborhood then you’ll want to go to a local pork store.
  • A large frying pan
  • Grill
  • Olive oil
  • 2 Green or red bell peppers
  • 1 Medium sweet onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped medium fine
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp basil
  • 1 Long loaf of Italian bread or crusty French baguette

First

Core and clean the peppers so that there are no seeds and no white rind. Cut them lengthwise into 1/4″ strips.

Second

Cut the ends off the onion and then cut it in half lengthwise and slice so that you have half rings.

Third

Heat the frying pan over medium heat until you can pop a drop of water then add about 1/8″ of olive oil. When you can pop a drop of water in the oil you are ready to fry up the peppers and onions.

Fourth

Saute the garlic on medium heat for about 30 seconds and then add the peppers and onions. Add the salt, black pepper, oregano and basil. Stir everything around often until the peppers and onions are tender. This will take a bit of time.

Fifth

While the peppers and onions are cooking , throw the sausage on the grill and cook them until they are done and have uniform black grill marks all around. Some people like to fry the sausage, I don’t. Frying them is O.K. but it does change the character of the recipe.

Sixth

Take the sausages off the grill and let them cool for a few minutes. Cut them lengthwise and add them to the peppers and onions for about 1 minute. Place the contents of the frying pan into a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb the excess olive oil. You are now ready to serve it up.

This makes a great sandwich and can be served with a side salad and a nice bottle of Chianti.

Enjoy!

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Epson FastFoto FF-640

 Preserving Your Priceless Memories

So, you’ve accumulated thousands of photos over the years and some of them are starting to deteriorate. What are you gonna do? Well one thing you can do is digitize your precious memories with this Epson FastFoto scanner. It can scan up to 60 photos per minute front and back. If you have writing on the back it will copy that text and automatically name the photo accordingly. You can also scan panoramics.

It comes with a software suite that allows for automatic color correction for photos that have been diminished over time. This device is so much better than a flatbed scanner. It ain’t cheap, $550-650 is the going price. But, it is so fast that I think it is well worth the money.

You can learn more at:

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Epson FastFoto FF-640

·    Up to 60 ppm/60 ipm monochrome and color  speed

·       USB 2.0 interface

·       Duplex scanning

·       48-bit color

·       80-sheets ADF (auto document feeder)

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Cannoli My Way

Easy To Make, Fun To Eat!

First of all, I’m not gonna use home made shells for this recipe. They are a royal pain in the ass to make and take the fun out of the whole deal. So, you food purests can start sending me hate mail and death threats if you’re so inclined. One more thing, after making the filling, licking the spoon is mandatory!

What you need

  • 12 pre-baked, large cannoli shells. You can get these at an Italian bakery or a good gourmet supermarket. Yeah, I know. You can buy the cannoli at the bakery, but what fun is that. And besides, you wouldn’t have any bragging rights if you did.
  • Colander
  • Large bowl
  • An aluminum pan with a cover to store your little works of art in the fridge after completion
  • 2-1 gal freezer bags
  • A nice big piece of cheesecloth
  • 4 cups of whole milk ricotta, not skim (a little extra couldn’t hurt). I like Polly-O brand but any good quality brand will do just fine.
  • 1 and1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped Maraschino cherries

First

Empty the ricotta onto the cheesecloth and let it drain in a colander for a few minutes so that it is not watery.

Second

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, powdered sugar and vanilla until well mixed.

Third

Finely chop the Maraschino cherries and squeeze them into a ball in a paper towel until they are almost dry. If you don’t do this you will have a pink filling.

Mix the Maraschino cherries into the filling.

Fourth

Equally fill each 1 gal freezer bag with filling. After filling the bags, cut about 1/4 inch off each corner.

From this opening, squeeze the filling into each shell. It is very important to make sure that the filling penetrates the shell completely so that there is no air in the center. Fill the shell from both sides and then flatten the end of the filled shell with a butter knife.

Fifth

Place the filled shells in the aluminum pan and sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar. If you’re not gonna serve them immediately, place them in the fridge, but not for too long or they will get soggy.

Make a cup of coffee and lick the spoon.

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Yum!

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September 2016

Wow! It’s already September and the year is almost gone. Is time flying or what? Here in Arizona the heat is finally starting to break. We hope all of our readers had a fantastic summer.

We are now in the final phase of selling our condo and expect to be back home in Hawaii by May 2017 no matter what. This process has been a long haul but we never took our eye off the prize. When all is said and done and we are re-settled, I plan on writing a special post on what it took to achieve our goal of returning to Hawaii. If you already live in Hawaii, don’t leave! Going home is harder than you think.

We are subscribed to the group “Hawaiian History and Culture” and some inspiration for this month’s posts is from the group.

Hawaiian Royal Family
Hawaiian Royal Family

We hope you enjoy our blog magazine.

Happy Labor Day!

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Editors note

On Sunday, September 11th, please take a moment to remember all of our brothers and sisters who were lost that day.

Memorial Ribbon

 

 

RainSong Guitars

 I have been playing guitar for quite a few years now and have owned many different guitars. I stopped playing electric guitars years ago and now have two acoustic guitars and a ukulele. One of those guitars is a wahine slack key tuned Guild, which was the first really good guitar I ever owned. That was back in 1970 (she’s 46 years old). The  other is a RainSong  WS1000, my basic rockabilly instrument.

I first encountered this beautiful and unusual RainSong guitar while on The Big Island. I stopped into a music store and saw this guitar hanging on the wall. The store owner asked if I would like to play and handed the guitar to me.

The sound was amazing! But I couldn’t wrap my head around a carbon fiber guitar. After all, a fine guitar had to be made of fine wood. Right? I thought anything else was sacreligious. Over the years I sampled this guitar whenever I was in a shop that carried  RainSong. I didn’t know that I was falling in love. And then the day came for me to take the bride home.

The complete review follows.

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RainSong WS1000

Excerpted from a review written by Guy Little August 17, 2015

Unedited

RainSong Guitars began on the Hawaiian island of Maui when a fledgling classical guitarist John Decker witnessed a torrential downpour while attending a wedding. The guitar player performing for the guests had a bit of a dilemma: carry on playing and risk being drenched by the tropical shower, which would cause irreversible damage to his treasured guitar, or run for cover and risk the wrath of the bride. That day, John Decker was inspired to create a new kind of instrument, one that would play beautifully while enduring life’s summers and winters, bumps and bruises – and, well, most things life could throw at it (save for, say, a brick).

The instrument that John Decker created became the world’s first all-graphite guitar, known as theRainSong guitar (get it?), and it now comes in all shapes and sizes, from a parlour travel guitar to a boom box of a dreadnought. But that’s about where the similarities to a conventional guitar ends – these instruments are packed with forward-thinking technology that means you could submerge it into the Arctic ocean and it’d still sing beautifully for you. Or, if you fancy, you could drag it through the Sahara strumming it on the back of a camel without worrying about the neck warping or soundboard splitting.

Since the mid-’90s, RainSong guitars has been building high-end graphite guitars that deliver a clear, balanced tone while remaining unaffected by humidity and temperature changes – for this reason alone these guitars were/are a big hit with travelling guitarists. Along the way, the company, now based in Washington State, USA, has refined its designs and construction techniques, notably developing apatented Projection Tuned Layering process that allows the body to be built with no bracing whatsoever – and let me tell you, this takes a little getting used to. Just don’t look inside the soundhole; it’s a trippy and uncomfortable experience. Not because it’s some wormhole to a Manchester nightclub in the ‘90s, but because it just doesn’t seem right without any kerfing or soundboard braces. Continue reading RainSong Guitars

Contemporary Hawaiian Music

Contemporary Hawaiian Music, Hawaiian Pop and Jawaiian have their roots, arguably, in the 1970’s, and have become a big part of the ever growing music scene in Hawaii and on the mainland . Listen to some of the artists below from then and now and then click on the links to their sites for more information about them and many more great Hawaiian artists.

Aloha

Olomana
Jerry Santos and Kamuela Kimokeo
Anuhea
Anuhea
The Green
The Green
Peace
Maluhia

 

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Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings

Hawaiian Words of Wisdom

Source: Mary Kawena Pukui

Hawaii State Seal

Ua mau ke ea o ka `aina i ka pono.

The life of the land is preserved in righteousness.

Motto of Hawai`i.

Lili’uokalani
Lili’uokalani

`Onipa`a.

Stand firm.

Motto of Queen Lili`uokalani.

Kahuna
Kahuna

Nana ka maka;
ho`olohe ka pepeiao;
pa`a ka waha.

Observe with the eyes;
listen with the ears;
shut the mouth.

Thus one learns.

Why I love Hawaii
No ke aha lā i aloha Hawaii kai (Why I love Hawaii)

 

Hawaii License Plate
e hele me ka maluhia (go in peace)

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July 2016

Ahh! Summer, that magical time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. No matter how old or young you are, summer is the time to kick back, close your eyes and imagine that school is out.

The month of July marks our 240th birthday.  In the scheme of nations that makes us pretty young. This is a good time to think about who we are, where we all came from and where we’re going.

We hope you enjoy this month’s blog.

Have a great summer! See you all after Labor Day.

Happy Birthday To Us!

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal……

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