Tropical Rosé Aperol Spritz Cocktail

The Aperol Spritz is one of the “it” drinks for summer of 2017 and you know I had to add a tropical twist to it. This Tropical Rosé Aperol Spritz Cocktail post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover

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I can see why the Aperol spritz is such a popular cocktail. Its light, refreshing, delicious and perfect for hot summer afternoons. It became popular in Italy in the 1950’s using the Italian aperitif, Aperol, which originated in 1919. Spritz cocktails have been around forever in many countries and have almost always consisted of a wine, a bitter liqueur and fizz from some sort of soda water. An adult soda of sorts. Aperol is the bitter liqueur in these cocktails and it is orange hued, low in alcohol and has a slightly bitter citrusy taste. Campari is its distant cousin that is much stronger flavored and much stronger in the bitter flavor department. I much prefer Aperol, not a fan of super bitter drinks.

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Hawaii Travel Guide – Oahu – Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Review

Hawaii Travel Guide Oahu Edition. Last month we went on a family vacation to Hawaii- Oahu and the Big Island. When we were on Oahu we stayed at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and this is my review of the hotel and our stay in Waikiki. This Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Review  is sponsored by Outrigger Resorts. 

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel Review Diamond Head Photo

Iconic Waikiki beach and Diamond Head. When one thinks of Hawaii this is most often the image that pops into everyone’s heads. Waikiki beach is an expanse of 2 miles of white sand beaches, sky rise hotels and some of the best surfing in the world. It is actually 8 beaches connected but most know it as Waikiki beach.  I spent a good chunk of my childhood on all 8 of Waikiki beaches. My dad was an airline pilot and after a short stint living on the North Shore of Oahu when his arline was stationed there we were back in Southern California and his route was Los Angeles to Hawaii. Which meant we spent a ton of time in Hawaii growing up. Many times we would fly over when he was flying, we would stay and play while he flew trips back and forth. It was pretty cool as a little kid to have my dad being the one to fly us to paradise. I have so many amazing memories of time spent here and I finally got to bring my own family here to experience it with me. My husband and I have been to Hawaii together 11 times now, our kids joining us on 7 of those trips. 3 of which were pre-kids, well 2 pre-kids, one of those trips I was pregnant with our first daughter.  We have always vacationed on other islands, Kauai mostly, a few Maui visits and a few Big Island visits. We decided this time we were going to spend a week on Oahu instead of just a layover. I also wanted to stay at one of the hotels we would stay at as kids when my dad was on layovers in Hawaii. We stayed at many different hotels but one of my favorites was the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Its central location makes it perfect for the best beach access, easy walks to other Waikiki beaches, shopping at the International Marketplace directly behind it and easy walking along Kalakaua avenue for other shops and restaurants. The Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort has amazing in resort restaurants, Duke’s Waikiki, Hula Grill Waikiki (Our Personal favorite) and Chuck’s Steakhouse. Pai’s Deli located near the pool is perfect for quick grab lunchtime smoothies and sandwiches and Blue Note is wonderful for live music at night along with drinks and dinner. The Outrigger Waikiki Beach resort is an amazing resort to stay at and we had one of the best family vacations there this summer. And we cannot wait to go back!

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My favorite thing about flying Hawaiian Airlines, besides their amazing service and the fact that there are direct flights from Las Vegas to Hawaii, is the flight status tracker on the screens at each seat. It flips between altitude, speed, wind, temp to the map showing where the plane is over the pacific ocean. I love falling asleep in Las Vegas and waking up to see the plane over the Hawaiian islands. We take the red-eye from Vegas. I would much rather fly at night then waste a day traveling. As soon as we landed we got our rental car and headed straight to the hotel. They gave us chilled POG ( passion-orange-guava) juice to sip while checking in.

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Piña Colada Cupcakes with Haupia Filling and Piña Colada Frosting

Piña Colada Cupcakes with Haupia Filling and Piña Colada Frosting for National Piña Colada Day!!  This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover. I love when I get free reign on a recipe. “Make something pineapple”. I have such a long list of pineapple and coconut recipes that […]

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Boozy Pineapple Sweet Tea Ice Pops

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Boozy Pineapple Sweet Tea Ice Pops are my newest fave adult ice pop creation. I got the idea from a friend of mine who was telling me about this amazing iced tea mix and how he changed it up a bit to be more tropical by adding in frozen pineapple chunks. I decided on one […]

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Summer Veggie tray with Artichoke Avocado Pesto Dip #Ad #Discoverworldmarket

Summer Veggie Tray with Artichoke Avocado Pesto Dip is an easy to put together appetizer for all your summer parties and picnics. Great way to serve up lots of fresh vegetables with a delicious dip to go with them. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover.  Summer […]

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Summer Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette #Discoverworldmarket #ad

Let’s celebrate the first day of summer with this colorful and delicious Summer Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette. I made this fruit salad for Discover, a blog by World Market. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. It is no secret around here that summer is my favorite season. Sleeping in, late […]

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Asian Style Fish And Chips Tempura Salmon with Baked Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

Asian Style Fish And Chips – Tempura Salmon with Baked Japanese Sweet Potato Fries and Honey Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce made for Discover by World Market for Father’s Day. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover. I am a Cost Plus World Market tribe ambassador.  I love […]

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Pineapple White Wine Slushies

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii!!  Taking break from the beach to bring you my newest summer cocktail. Pineapple White Wine slushies. So simple they almost don’t need a recipe, but I give variations to make them customizable to your tastes. Thank you tePā for sending me a bottle of your Pinot Gris to sample […]

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Baked Hawaiian Style Baby Back Pork Ribs

Baked Hawaiian Style Baby Back pork ribs are tender, fall off the bone, full of flavor ribs perfect for summertime picnics. I have a few tips and tricks for oven baked ribs that taste like they were cooked on a grill all day. This post is sponsored by  Cost Plus World Market on behalf of […]

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – Coconut Brioche French Toast with Guava Syrup

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed - Coconut Brioche French Toast with Guava Syrup. And Guava-Rosé Mimosas www.pineappleandcoconut.com #AD #WorldMarketTribe

Mother’s Day Breakfast in bed – Coconut Brioche French Toast with Guava syrup and Guava-Rosé mimosas. The perfect tropical breakfast in bed for the special mom in your life. Sponsored by Cost Plus World Market on behalf of their blog, Discover. There are two things moms want on Mother’s Day. A day off without their […]

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Baked Churros with Three Dipping Sauces

Cinco De Mayo is almost upon us and that means margaritas, tacos and of course churros!! I made these Baked Churros with Three Dipping sauces for Cinco De Mayo Baked Churros with Three Dipping sauces for Cinco De Mayo and for Discover, a blog by World Market. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World […]

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Island Dreamsicle Cocktail #AlohaFriday

Island Dreamsicle Cocktail

It’s that time again, Happy Aloha Friday and I have a brand new Koloa Rum Cocktail for you all today. This is my Island Dreamsicle Cocktail. One sip and you will be dreaming about an Hawaiian island vacation. At least I do when I drink this cocktail.  Thank you to Koloa Rum Company for sending me […]

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