Flat Christy visits HAWAII~ Pasta Fresca with Parmesan Encrusted Chicken!
Flat Christy returned earlier this week in a box filled with goodies! She had a miniature lei wrapped around her neck and a big silly grin on her face. After seeing all of the beautiful pictures and reading about her adventures with the Green family in Hawaii, I’m kinda surprised she came back at all! They were kind enough to share a delicious recipe with us in addition to opening their homes to us all and I want to thank you with all of my heart for such gracious hospitality! I hope you enjoy our visit with the Green’s as much as I did!
Letter from the Green’s:
Aloha Jordan Family!
We want to thank you so much for sending Flat Christy to come visit.
She arrived safely but a bit tired from her long trip across the Pacific.
Zoë, our one and half year old fashionista, decided that Flat Christy needed some Island Wear and decked her out in what’s known here as “aloha casual”.
Once FC was appropriately dressed in her flip flops, shorts, swirly shirt, and pink flower lei we set about making the wonderful gift she’d brought, cupcakes!
Funfetti is our absolute favorite and Zoë had fun pointing out the colors to FC, and Daddy, and everyone else =)
FC supervised Zoë as she measured and stirred and even scooped the batter into the pan.
Somehow Zoë still managed to get a fingerful of batter and pop it into her mouth, she’s got a sweet tooth for sure.
Nick, my wonderful husband, took the finished cupcakes to his Marines at work and they asked me to pass along a “thank you!” for them as well as a continuing thank you for all of your good recipes that I test out on them =)
Meanwhile, Zoë and I outfitted FC in a “wetsuit” (read: ziploc bag) to go with us to the beach.
She got a little sunburnt and hid out in the beach bag so we went home early and took a break for a lunch of taco soup (a la SouthernPlate.com) and a quick nap before we headed off to Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.
There Flat Christy pointed out that Katy must have royal taste because we saw the same golden forks that we’d seen on SP!!
On Saturday, after supervising the cooking of blueberry pancakes and bacon…
Flat Christy went kiteboarding with Nick at Kailua beach.
She has much better balance than I do apparently because she did very well and didn’t get dunked once.
We were all very impressed with her talents.
We decided to be bold and try a hike that afternoon to Maunawili Falls,
And then the next day was Sunday!
And Easter!! FC and Zoë both got a great basket from the Easter bunny and loved dying eggs.
On her last night here FC asked to have our favorite food for dinner and Nick was quick to pick Pasta Fresca with Parmesan Chicken.
This is his favorite food and we used to go to Noodles and Co to get it but we don’t have one on the island so he has overcome and adapted and now we make it at home.
It’s great when you can figure out how to make something you really love at home for less money and more personal satisfaction.
Then again maybe I’m the only one who jumps up and down when I get a recipe right…I’ve had quite a few failures though so success feels pretty darn good. =)
I hope you enjoy the goodies FC picked up to bring home with her.
She wanted to bring a pineapple because the taste of fresh pineapple is like nothing else in the world…but it wouldn’t quite fit =) We’ve loved having her here. We love living here and are so grateful for the opportunity to share our adventures. Have a great day and aloha!
The Green Family- Liz, Nick, and Zoë
P.S.- Flat Christy asked to stay until Thursday so she could stop by the Farmer’s Market in Kailua, it was amazing and she tried taro rolls, kona coffe, and poi.
She was especially impressed with the fried green tomatoes. =)
Thank you SO MUCH For letting Flat Christy come visit you and your wonderful family! Special thank you to that package you sent back, WOW! It was like Christmas in April for me and I drank every bit of that coffee in TWO DAYS! Best I’ve ever had! Brady and Katy say a big old thank you as well!
Here is Liz’s recipe for that delicious dish her family so graciously shared with Flat Christy!
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
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