farmer's market finds and a chili tangent

we had one last saturday at the hilo farmer's market and it was a huge success!  i was so please with the color variety of our fruit and veg- i had to photograph.
(yes i weirdly put it on the railing for photos- it's the best light in the house)
 these strawberries were grown hydroponically and tasted like candy!
 baby tomatoes!
 maui sweet onions and radishes:
 i love the root vegetables- they look like they have hair.
 and finally... 
evil chillies!
these chilies were labeled "hot peppers" and andrew said, "yes please," to such a description. we came home and he took a bite, which was very large, in my opinion. he said, "wow, these are really spicy" and then took another bite. then he said "oh my gosh, i have never had anything this spicy, lindsey!" and that, friends, is a notable phrase from an andrew gill.

next, he googled "hottest pepper on earth" and up popped a picture of his chilies. they are bhut jolokia, better known as ghost peppers. they are twice as hot as a habenero. andrew not only continued to eat them, but he even sauteed some with jalapenos and onion!

in chopping and cooking these peppers of death, the unthinkable happened. i walked into the kitchen to find toby about to snatch a stray bit of suicide pepper! i screamed, "noooooooo" and (slow motion style) dove in and snatched it away from him. such spice could kill a tobe! andrew and i sighed a sigh of relief and went back to our business.

long story short, i made the fateful mistake of not washing my hands with paint thinner after handling this bhut jolokia pepper, and, of course, managed to get it on my hands, face, lips, and even a bit around my knee where i had an itch. i died a slow and pepper-ful death and am still (two days later) wary of touching my face.

for more ghost chili excitement- check out this indian woman that set the ghost chili world record! she ate 51 of them in two minutes and rubbed the remaining seeds in her eyes as the clock ticked down. absolutely absurd.


the pizza means "i love you"

i am a believer that everyone has their own way of saying, "i love you."  some are more understated, and you have to know the person to hear them saying it.

this week, andrew made me a pizza. i can't eat gluten. gluten things include bread, beer, muffins, pancakes, tortillas, bagels, crepes, sun chips, and pizza crust!!  (many many more things too, but those are the ones i miss the most)... there are gluten free products you can purchase (frozen breads, tortillas, muffins, etc). not only are these things usually frozen, but they also usually taste a lot more like sand than bread. so, this week, andrew baked me a gluten free pizza crust- from scratch!

here is the dough while the yeast was doing it's thing:
he chopped up my favorite things to go on top (and raw jalapenos for his side).
see?  pizza crust.  and the tomato paste.
as the crust baked, i smelled smells of bread and got so excited!
then he spread on the tomato paste:
ta-da!  it looks so pretty!
we used onion slices to divide the pizza in half, then decorated each side according to our likes.
clearly, andrew's side involved way more jalapenos and garlic.
then we cheesed it up and baked it a bit more:
it was the greatest pizza i have ever had!
and toby reaaaaally wanted some...
thank you for my gluten free pizza, andrew!
i love you too.


a tattoo to remember you, hawaii

tattoo time!!
of course i'm not going to be in hawaii this long and not get some ink..
so i did it today-
at south seas tattoo (which i highly recommend).
i have been thinking about this guy for a while, so i was super pumped to get it done!
 simon was awesome- he totally worked with me and designed exactly what i asked for (basically, a much better version of the sloppy drawing i brought in)!
and here is the finished product!
he is a humpback whale. one of my many amazing memories from our time in hawaii.
if you have ever seen a whale in real life, you know how peaceful they are. they perfectly represent why i am in love with the ocean. they are gigantic but still so graceful. when you hear their songs from below the waves, you feel like you are peeking in on a whole different world.
i couldn't be more excited about this new art on my back!
hope everyone loves it too..


rainy falls and sunny south point

the rain just won't stop in hilo, but we haven't let it slow us down!  we went to akaka falls in the rain- and brought toby!  he loved it.  there were sooo many new smells!
 i am just obsessed with the moss on the trees- especially when they are covered in rain drops.
 toby climbed the stairs (sort of).
 even the small waterfalls were gushing!  there was just so much more water from all the rain- it was nuts!
 look at the big one!!
even toby was impressed.
 there was so much water, the mist was rising up to where we were!  it was just absolutely beautiful.
 the next day, the boys fancied the idea of a day on the couch.  the girls fancied a day of adventure! (duh)
so we left them behind and drove down to south point.
here is marisa at the most southern point of the united states!
 you can jump off, but it scares me wayy too much.
we watched two girls do it and they seemed to have a blast, but i wasn't convinced.
 we wandered around the shoreline watching the giant waves crash.  the wind wasn't quite as abrasive as the last time i was there, so it was much more peaceful!
 i liked this rock.
he is a loner.
 i also liked this blue jeep.
 the colors are just so vibrant!
 the adventuresome duo:
 and what a sight it was!
we saw weird rocks like this:
and a pair of abandoned sun shades.
 on the way home, we stopped by punalu'u to look for some sea turtles, but there were none on the shore.  but we did let our toes enjoy some black sand!
what a way to wrap up the trip!


this is how we celebrate the mavs championship

and the party continues!!
we got breakfast at kens and everyone downed some pancakes while i looked on sadly...

 side note: we got home from breakfast to find that the back door had blown open and toby was gone.  i freaked out.  we all ran around the neighborhood calling him "toooooobyyyy!" and he never came back... suddenly i saw andrew biking toward me with a little tobe in his arms.  i had been crying and it was the happiest sight of my life!  apparently he got bored and wandered a few blocks over where a family keeps their dog chained up outside.  he was playing with his new friend when andrew found him.  toby is an adventurer!

the next day we drove to hapuna beach to get some sun (that has been seriously lacking on the hilo side).  and we definitely found it!
 the sand was hot!
 and the clouds were wispy.
 we got all sunscreened up and hit the water.
 after a fantastic photo..
 hey underwater johnny!
 me and ma girl!
we splashed and jumped and got smashed with waves!
 there was even some boogie boarding.
 this is johnny's underwater jet (in honor of the mavs win).
 by the time we left everyone was a bit burned and a lot sandy.  we headed to our hotel and went straight to the pool!
 we wasted no time ordering some beverages.
 lins in pool.  (johnny photo-bombed, but i cropped him)
 johnny looking stylish:
 that evening we hit up happy hour at a cantina.  5 dollar margs?? yes.
we even got some "queso" that was really just that nacho cheese stuff that comes in 10 gallon buckets. ick. texas, i'm coming!!!
 we sat out on our balcony and watched the sunset.
kona never disappoints!
 the next morning we took a drive down to captain cook, where the view is unbelievable.
 on the way home we found ourselves in some crazy fog!
i made everyone get out for photos.
and it was chilly!
 yay fog!
 love these two!
 group timer photo!
 all the trees and hills totally disappeared in the clouds.
our night in kona was great!