Is it possible that our mouse family has been stationed on a rock in the ocean for five months now? Wow, it really doesn't feel like it's been that long, and for so many reasons I think I should know a lot more by now about island life. Oh well, next week.
It is with great joy that we welcome our fifth set of visitors though this coming few days, for a very, very special Thanksgiving Day. Two dear friends have chosen Oahu to commit there lives to each other as one. A wedding people, we're having a wedding! A tropical wedding to boot.
As Mouse does, I have slid into the roll of caterer once more, running to hither and yon (how do you spell hither and yon?), to pick up all the making of a thanksgiving Hawaiian wedding. Purple hawaiian fabric for tables: Check. Wooden platters for authenticity: check. Pineapples by the dozens: check. Makings of Mayhem Mai Tais: double check. Imu roasted Turkey: Check me out!
And in an attempt to not only honor Thanksgiving, but spoil the bride rotten with her dream Hawaiian luau buffet, I'm working on some serious cultural fusions.
A favorite of mine on island is the sweet potato. They are the most brilliant purple here. It's not as if they couldn't be "there" too (wherever there is for you), but it's common place on island to serve them in all their orchid colored brilliance. The only issue i've found is that they are a bit drier than your typical yam, and so to support mouths everywhere (or those eating at the rented East shore ranch on Thursday), I'm drenching them in butter, brown sugar and toasted coconut. Yum-yum-yum!
With wedding bells ringing and ukuleles playing, we set off on this week of thanks. We're not fully feeling our stride here yet, so I can't ignore the fact that having familiar faces for this holiday will be a huge deal for our family. And on top of that, a wedding! A celebration of love. One really good reason to be thankful for Hawaii.