The New Year is approaching and that means it’s time to make mochi! We wanted to share an easy recipe using a box of Jell-O that we tried (original recipe was found on ilovehawaiianfoodrecipes.com which seems to be down at the moment). You will need only a few ingredients and a microwave.
Mix your ingredients according to the recipe until everything is well blended. When you place it in the microwave, make sure your bowl is microwave safe.
Microwave your mixture for 1 minute. Depending on your microwave, you may have to do this a few times. We had to do it about 4 times to get the right consistency.
This next part is a little messy. Poor Happy Chan! The Mochi will be hot as you handle the pieces, so make sure to dust your hands with starch and handle everything carefully.
Tada! Mochi is ready! Very easy recipe to follow and perfect for when you you’re in a pinch. Let us know if you try it!
In a microwaveable bowl, add flour, jello and sugar. Whisk together until combined.
Add cup of hot water and vanilla, mix until well blended.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1 minute. Uncover and mix, repeat until mixture is solid. Depending on your microwave, you may have to repeat 3 to 5 times, or 3 to 5 minutes.
On a baking sheet, line with parchment paper and dust with starch. Place cooked mochi and add more starch. Press mochi until you have a rectangle, then slice into squares. Slice enough so you can pull a section to roll into balls.
Mochi will be hot so dust your hands with starch and handle carefully. You should be able to make 14 to 16 pieces.
This year, drive thru Christmas events became the best way to enjoy holiday togetherness in the safest way possible. In Hawaii, we have the Show Aloha Land event at the Aloha Stadium. You purchase your tickets in advance, one ticket per vehicle.
When you enter the event, be sure to set your radio to 88.7 FM to listen for announcements. Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a bag of kettle corn to munch on while you enjoy the lights. Once your ticket is scanned, switch your radio to 88.5 FM. The event has their own Christmas music playlist you can listen to as you drive thru. They timed it perfectly to their lights.
There is a lot to look at on both sides, but don’t worry, if you miss it on your side, the lights will repeat in the next row of lights. Some of the lights with the elves were comical.
Our favorite part was the tunnel of lights. You go through a few of these and it transports you to a lovely forest of tree lights. They change colors quite frequently so you get a different look each time.
At the end of the drive, you have the opportunity to buy food. They serve a variety of meals from spicy ahi bowls to hot dogs and dippin dots. You can also stop at the big tree to take a photo with your loved ones.
It was definitely an experience to symbolize our pandemic year. The event will continue to run until January if you’re interested in experiencing it yourself. Do you have something similar in your country or state? Let us know in the comments below. Hope everyone has a happy holiday season!
One of our most favorite Christmas traditions, is decorating the Christmas Tree. The smell of a fresh Christmas Tree just reminds us of the holiday season, our favorite time of the year. Choosing the perfect tree is a special process… but because we live in Hawaii, there aren’t very many “Christmas Tree” farms. Most Christmas Trees get shipped to us in containers, and we head to lots to buy the “perfect” tree.
The tricky part about getting the tree is getting it on the car. But with some help from the friendly workers, we were able to get it on the car and tie it down.
We got the tree into the house, and oops it’s a little bit too big for the space, but the bigger the better. We just have a little extra “Christmas Spirit” this year. Then the fun part starts… decorating!
One side of our tree is decorated for our love for Happy Haleiwa. It’s so cute to see Happy, Hau’oli, and Hoku joining in on the Holiday spirit!
The other side is decorated with our collection of Disney mouse ears! We miss going to the Disney parks. We hope we can visit once we are able to travel again. Tell us what’s your favorite Christmas tradition in the comments. We would love to hear what your family does!
It hit the 70s in Hawaii last week which means it’s time for chilly nights and hot cocoa. We decided to create a hot chocolate bar! It came out so cute. We used a bunch of crates, little trees, a mason jar and a few hot chocolate essentials. We used the little crates to create height and interest and to hold our hot chocolate packets.
Our perfect hot chocolate includes some whipped cream, marshmallows and a candy cane to stir. Here are some ideas for hot chocolate toppings:
crushed candy canes
full candy cane (as a stirrer!)
To make a an even creamier hot chocolate, heat up some milk instead of using water. It makes a more decadent hot cup of cocoa. How do you like your hot cocoa? Let us know in the comments below.