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Hot Pretzels by Norpro

Yesterday, I posted pictures of the vegan pretzels that I was making!  This was the second time that I’ve made these pretzels.  I had forgotten how good they were, especially HOT out of the oven!!  I simply used the recipe (Hot Buttered Pretzels) that came with the pretzel pan that I bought (made by Norpro), and eliminated the butter in order to make it VEGAN!!  I promised a friend that I’d post the recipe, so here goes!

Hot Pretzels


2- 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz)

1 cup warm water

Baking Soda Wash:

1/2 cup warm water

2 Tbsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 500ºF.  Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl and beat by hand or machine until well combined (I used my stand mixer with the dough hook attachment).  Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is soft, smooth, and quite slack.  Place dough in a plastic bag (I just placed plastic wrap over the bowl from my stand mixer), allowing it to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.  Spray Pretzel Pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray (you probably can just use a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan; that’s probably what I would’ve done if I didn’t have the pan).

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 6 equal pieces.  Allow the pieces to rest uncovered for 5 minutes.

Combine the 1/2 cup warm water and the baking soda in a shallow bowl, making sure the baking soda is thoroughly dissolved or it’ll make a splotchy glaze.

Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28-30″), form into a pretzel on Nonstick Pretzel Pan.  Brush each pretzel sparingly  with baking soda wash (this will give the pretzels a nice golden brown color).  (I added coarse/kosher salt at this point so that I wouldn’t need to use butter at the end in order to make the salt stick.  You could also make a stuffed pretzel, something that I’ll probably try next!)

This is what my pretzels looked like before going into the oven.  My first one didn't look too nice, but I think I got better at it!

This is what my pretzels looked like before going into the oven. My first one didn’t look too nice, but I think I got better at it!

Bake the pretzels for 8-9 minutes or until they are golden brown, turning the baking sheets halfway through (I forgot to turn the pan, but it still turned out ok).  Remove the pretzels from the oven to a cooling rack.

Here are my finished pretzels!  All nice and brown, and puffy!

Here are my finished pretzels! All nice and brown, and puffy!

Pretzels are best fresh from the oven or reheat them in the microwave.  (You could do all kinds of toppings!!  Chocolate, caramel, salt, dijon mustard, fresh cracked black pepper, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, lemon pepper, garlic powder; use your imagination, and have FUN!!)



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Grow Baby Grow!! Family Shower for Baby Kiesling!

This past Saturday, our family had the blessing of showering Baby Kiesling!!  My sister Keri, is due on November 22 with their first child!  Kawika & Keri have decided to not find out the sex of the baby!  So, not only are we anxiously awaiting the arrival of the baby, but we are anxiously waiting to see what they’ll have!  My AH-MAZZZING Sister-In-Law Amy, planned the shower!!  I was SO thrilled when she agreed to do it!!  She does such a WONDERFUL job!!

Amy decided to go with the theme of growth (green/plant).  It is a theme that so perfectly fits Keri!  Amy used biodegradable plates and utensils, plants for decorations, seeds for favors, some of the food was plant based, and the water was infused with lime and mint.  Everything was delicious!!  I did my part of contributing a few vegan/plant strong dishes! I LOVE to share my love of plant strong food!!  Here are some pictures!  We all had a BLESSED time of fellowship!!

Biodegradable utensils & plates!

Biodegradable utensils & plates!

Yummy plant strong food!  Bruschetta, Eggless Egg Salad Sandwich, and Gado Gado Skewers

Yummy plant strong food! Bruschetta, Eggless Egg Salad Sandwich, and Gado Gado Skewers

More food!!  Those of you that have known Keri for a while, may know of her LOVE of madarin oranges!!

More food!! Those of you that have known Keri for a while, may know of her LOVE of madarin oranges!!

Vegan dark chocolate cupcakes!!  Amy did an AWESOME job of making them look like plants!!

Vegan dark chocolate cupcakes!! Amy did an AWESOME job of making them look like plants!!

Infused water and sparkling cider, and mason jar cups!

Infused water and sparkling cider, and mason jar cups!





The Kaneshiro & Kiesling families!

The Kaneshiro & Kiesling families!

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A look back at the many blessings of 2012!

Aloha!!!  So sorry that it has been WAY too long since I last blogged!!  A TON has happened since I last blogged in April!!

2012 has been filled with challenges, along with MANY blessings!!

Dave & I started out 2012 by doing a 60 day juice fast/reboot (well, February to be exact), inspired by the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”  Here is a before and after picture!


Since then, we’ve gone plant strong (aka vegan)!  But . . . one exception we’ve made is seafood!  Since we live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we’re surrounded by AMAZING seafood!!  So hard to give that up!! 🙂

Those of you who know Dave, you know what a tremendous change he has gone through!!  I have always been a veggie girl, and never much of a meat eater.  Dave was the COMPLETE opposite!!  So needless to say, prior to February, cooking for him was a challenge!!  He kept on telling me that I needed to cook healthier, and I kept on telling him that he needed to eat veggies!!  After viewing several other documentaries (oh, how we LOVE our Netflix!), Dave is a changed man!  Lately, we have been eating a ton of “vegan junk food.”  We plan on starting off 2013 with another juice fast/reboot or going back to the Eat To Live plan, which we’ve HIGHLY deviated from!!  So I guess you can say our New Year’s Resolution is to get back on track, and to get healthy again! 🙂

During our juice fast, Whole Foods Kahului was celebrating their 2nd birthday, which happened to also be my birthday!  They were running a drawing for a dinner for 2, with the authors of Top Maui Restaurants, at one of their top Maui restaurants!  Guess what a surprise I got, when I got the call that I WON!  I’m one that NEVER wins ANYTHING!!!  So that was an AWESOME birthday gift, except for the fact that we were on our juice fast!!

When I contacted Molly Jacobson, she said that it was no problem to wait until after we were done!  We rewarded ourselves on a successful juice fast by joining them for dinner at Honu (they had given us a list of places, and we got to pick one!).  I usually try to take pictures of everything we eat at restaurants, but totally forgot!!  Sorry that I have no pictures to post!!  Everything was so DELISH!!  If you ever come to Maui, you HAVE TO TRY HONU!!  Also, you really should pick up a copy of their book!!  They’ve done an AMAZING job of reviewing MANY eateries!!  Thank you, James & Molly!!

In April, I got to photograph my very first wedding!  Boy, was I scared!!  I learned a TON from this experience, and look forward to many more weddings!!  I also got a chance to assist in another wedding in May.  Many thanks to John Henry of John Henry Photography for allowing me to tag along!  I learned so much (like composition, lighting, settings, logistics, working with vendors, making the experience memorable for the bride & groom, etc)!!  I look forward to assisting you with other weddings/events, if you ever need assistance! 🙂

In May, I photographed Mothers and their families, as a gift to the Mothers in our church, for Mother’s Day!  Boy, was that a quick moving, and hectic day!!  But SO much fun!!  I learned a TON from that experience!!  I look forward to doing it again, but using the knowledge that I’ve learned to make it a less time consuming task! 🙂  Here is a picture of my siblings and I.  I am the oldest, but seem to be the shortest (but only because my sister was wearing her huge slippers!). 🙂Kaneshiro_8174-2 (1 of 1)

The Sunday after Mother’s Day, May 20, our family had a HUGE surprise!!  My brother and his wife had a baby BOY!!!  Grayson Timothy Kaneshiro surprised everyone, as we all thought he was a girl! 🙂  But what a treasured blessing he has been!!


Today, Grayson is a healthy boy at just a little over 7 months old!!  I treasure the moments, though far and few in between, that I get to spend with him.  Can you say, PROUD AUNTY?!!

In August, Dave and I took a vacation and visited with family and friends in Washington and Idaho.  We had a TON of fun!!  We absolutely LOVED the lake lifestyle in Sandpoint, ID!  In Washington, we had a blessed time of fellowship with family and friends!  Here are a few of our pictures!





In September, we celebrated my Sister’s upcoming wedding with wedding showers!  Here are some pictures from Keri’s VIF Wedding Shower, and the Family Wedding Shower!



At the end of September, on Monday, September 24th, as we were preparing for my Sister’s big day, we discovered that  Dave had a detached retina in his right eye.  That was late afternoon Monday.  By early Tuesday morning, we were on our way to Oahu for an emergency surgery.

We had a morning consultation with the surgeon, then surgery in the late afternoon, Tuesday, September 25th.  Boy, has this been a challenge this year!  Dave is finally back to work, but trying to get used to the distortions that are still present, and the changes that have taken place with his vision due to the surgery.  We still have a long road in front of us.  If you EVER experience any changes in your vision, PLEASE go have it checked out!!  We were very blessed to have been able to catch the detachment before there was a complete retinal detachment.


Dave can be so dramatic!! The pictures on the left are pre-surgery. The picture on the right is of him during recovery. For the first week, he had to keep his head down as part of the healing process.

On Saturday, October 6th, my Sister married Kawika Kiesling at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.  It was a blessed day!!  Here are a few snapshots from the day!





Thanksgiving and Christmas this year was a blessing, in that we got to spend it together as a family!!  My whole, entire immediate family is back on Maui!!

And . . . I guess that brings this year end blog/update to an end!  I had planned to close out with a picture of the last sunset of the year.  But I didn’t make it out to take a picture!!  Just ending the year, hanging out with my Hubby, relaxing!  Boring, I know, but it’s us!!  Simple, and easy going!  Happy New Year!!  We pray that you are growing in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!  Have a BLESSED 2013!!

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