Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

Archive for March 2012

Want some family vacation tips for Hawaii?

For spring break, our family headed to Honolulu on Hawaii’s beautiful island of Oahu.  It was the kid’s first Honolulu family vacation so we had lots of ground to cover and treats to eat.  Here’s a list of our top ten family friendly things to do on the island of Oahu:

1.  Turtle Bay in North Shore.  Turtle Bay is a beautiful resort that has public beach access.  So you can park near the resort, use the outside bathrooms, and enjoy miles of trails on either side of the hotel.  As you walk on the trail, you have ocean on one side and trees on the other.  Parts of the trail are sand, other parts lead you down a wide dirt path between trees.  It’s so beautiful and great for families.  We saw a seal sun bathing and the kids enjoyed collecting coral from the sand.

2.  Morimoto’s Shaved Ice in North Shore.  While you are in gorgeous North Shore, you must brave the long line and have shaved ice at Morimoto’s.  We went 3 times during our vacation – just look at how many flavors we still left untried!

3. Pearl Harbor.  Walking through the museums at Pearl Harbor (they are free) is a sobering experience.  Amazing how different the world was just 70 years ago.  The tickets to ride the ferry to the USS Arizona are free but to avoid staying in long lines for the tickets, you can pre-order them online for a nominal fee.

4.  Visit to Chinatown.  For an authentic experience, walk through the market to see rows of fish, shrimp, crabs, frogs, and more.  Get an iced coffee with gelatin pearls.

5.  Dole Plantation Maze.  Yes this is a tourist trap (a perfect description!) but it was fun for the family.  It’s a huge maze at the Dole Plantation.  Your mission?  To find 8 stations throughout the maze and stamp your card accordingly.  The record is 5-7 minutes; we took 1 1/2 hours!

6.  Kailua Beach.  Wow.  Talk about a perfect aquamarine, sandy, amazing beach.  Great waves for kids.  No rocks under your feet.  Soft sand and absolutely gorgeous.  Kailua is a darling beach town. 

7.  Manoa Falls Trail.  A tropical paradise.  James found a vine to swing on.  It’s a bit muddy after some rain, but a great hike.  Took us about 2 hours. 

8.  Get malasadas at Leonard’s.  Okay, so this isn’t the health section of the blog.  But the splurge is well worth it for these famous hot Portuguese donuts. 

9.  Head to Costco.  We bought food for picnic lunches and enjoyed samples unrivaled in the Mainland.  And Lucy got to meet a giant teddy bear.  No, we didn’t bring it back with us!

10.  Eat at Macky’s Shrimp Truck.  The best food on the islands isn’t found in a fancy restaurant.  We had a $35 plate of 4 overcooked shrimp at a fancy restaurant and a $13 plate of a dozen perfectly delicious shrimp at Macky’s.  Macky’s was so much better.  Brake for shrimp trucks!  We tried the Shrimp Shack, Macky’s and Giovanni’s.  All were good, but Macky’s was our favorite.

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When you’re trying to lose weight, coffee can be a great friend or foe.  If you drink it black, call it friend.  If you drink it with flavored creamer topped with whipped cream, call it foe.

As for me, I can’t drink it black, but I have found a zero calorie sweetener I like.  It’s stevia which is a plant with sweet leaves.  I bought mine in liquid form from my local Sprouts supermarket.

The good news is that it’s sugarless with no calories.  It doesn’t effect your blood sugar and is 100% natural.  I put a few drops in my coffee.  I like the taste.

So if you’re looking for a new way to sweeten your java without the calories, I think stevia is a great option.

 

We celebrated some birthdays this month and chances are, you did too.

Whether it’s a family member, friend, or one of your child’s classmates – there is always a party to go to.  Which is a good thing…except for those ever present desserts.  Parties are not so great for weight loss.

It seems just when you’re doing really well with your eating plan, you get hit by two parties in a row and you’re back to square one again.

Here are a few ideas to help you break the dreaded equation of BIRTHDAY PARTY = OVEREATING.

Decide in advance whether or not you are going to have dessert.  If you decide in the moment, you will always decide to eat the cake.  Unless they are serving something you find disgusting (chances of that are slim to none).

If you decide to have the cake, make sure you only have one serving, preferably a small one.

If you decide not to have the cake, have something in your hands when you’re offered a piece.  A glass of water.  A cup of coffee.  Something that will help give you the strength to say “no thank you.”  It’s good to have something to sip on while everyone is eating so you don’t feel left out.

Don’t arrive at the birthday party famished.  It’s awfully hard to pass up free yummy food at that point.  Eat an apple or a few walnuts before arriving.  Eat slowly so you’re not tempted to keep piling on food to your plate.  Instead of focusing on the food, focus on talking to others, catching up with friends or meeting new ones.

Remember, it’s okay to say “no thank you” when the dessert plates come around.  But you have to have extra resolve because the host is usually going to ask again, “Are you sure?”

Gulp.  “Yes, I’m sure.”

Wondering what to make this weekend?

Me too…

My favorite cooking instrument is outside – the grill!

Here’s my recipe for the easiest grilled chicken ever.  I served it to guests a few weeks ago and they asked me, “What did you marinade the chicken in?”

Trust me, I don’t have many people asking ME for my recipes 🙂  Here’s what you do:

Marinade boneless chicken breast or thighs in Yoshida’s Original Gourmet sauce.  Then sprinkle everything with Costco’s Kirkland Seasoning Salt.  I buy my Yoshida sauce and seasoning salt at Costco, but you can buy them in different places.

The Seasoning Salt is a blend of sea salt, onion, garlic, paprika, and spices so you can make your own too.

I like to marinade the chicken overnight.  When grilling use a high heat to sear the outside of the chicken and then when you flip the chicken over, bring the heat down to low to cook the chicken slowly to maintain tenderness.

Voila!  The yummiest, easiest grilled chicken recipe.  Serve a few samples right off the grill to your kids and they will be clamoring for more.

Happy grilling!

Congrats to this month’s Mary Kay winner of the lip gloss set – Sheila – who needs the lip gloss to welcome home her hubby after a six month deployment.  Yay Sheila!

One of my discoveries this year is a great website called CWIVES.  Your husband will love what that acronym stands for:  Christian Wives Initiating, Valuing and Enjoying Sex. 

The site’s founder, Dr. Jennifer Degler, is a clinical psychologist, life coach, and co-author of, No More Christian Nice Girl: How Just Being Nice – Instead of Good – Hurts You, Your Family, and Your Friends.  Her website is a wonderful resource to help you have better sex with your husband. 

I am delighted to be featured on her blog today – but I think James is even more delighted – ha!

Hop over to CWIVES to find out how you can make more time for love even with young kids in the house. 

88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates: Fun, Easy & Creative Ways to Build Memories TogetherThis book immediately caught my eye.  One thing my husband James want to do as the kids grow up is to take them on special dates that they will remember.  We’re always looking for date ideas for kids.  Right now, a great date for my 2nd grader son is to go to the LEGO store and then have ice cream.  My 5-year-old daughter Noelle has been taking about chocolate chip pancakes at the Original Pancake House lately.

A few weeks ago, my husband James was teaching Noelle how to ride a bike.  She wasn’t, well, motivated.  James said, “When you ride your bike down the street, I will take you on a date!”

In time, not only did she ride down the street, she got herself all the way to school on two wheels without wiping out (much to my relief).  Did she remember the promised date?   You bet!

James took her out to ice cream.  They had a good time but when he got home, he said, “It was okay.”

We needed this book, 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates by Rob & Joanna Teigen.

I said to James, “You know, most of our dates revolve around pizza, In-n-Out Burgers, or dessert.  We need more activity based dates to make memories.”  He wholeheartedly agreed.

In their creative book, Rob & Joanna Teigen give you date ideas along with compatible conversations and questions to make the most of a teachable moment.

For instance, in “Puppy Love,” you visit a pet store, take pictures with your favorite pets, and then head to a store to pick out a stuffed animal to remember your time together.  Then you talk about how some pets are adopted and how God adopts us.  Scriptures and prayers for each activity are included.

This book will get your creative juices flowing!  I love it and highly recommend it for the daddy and princess in your life.

88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates is available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division

 


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