Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich

This will never be the blog to find recipes for home made deodorant or vegan/vegetarian anything. In fact,  I'm going to warn you that any recipe I share will most likely not be the healthiest thing you could eat. Sorry.

I'd like to share one of my vices with you today. If you love bacon, stick around.

I first heard about this concoction in middle school while I was listening to the radio. I thought it sounded gross but I was intrigued. So, much to my family's disgust, I tried it. And I've been hooked ever since.

In fact, the first night Chris and I hung out and started moving toward dating, we made these in my parent's kitchen and we stayed up until three in the morning talking on the couch.

So, besides their artery clogging abilities, Peanut Butter and Bacon sandwiches hold a special place in my heart (and stomach!)

This isn't really even a recipe, guys. It's beyond easy to make. 

Fry up your bacon.

Toast two slices of bread, creamy peanut butter on both sides. (It must be creamy, not crunchy to optimize the crunch of the bacon.) Pile on the bacon, while still hot. 

Squish it all down, slice it in half and savor the crispy, creamy, melty goodness. 

Don't judge. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tandemonium 2010!

Thanks so much to those of you who weighed in on my Etsy questions yesterday. Your encouragement and kind words mean so much to me! I'd still reeally love to hear any opinions or advice so if you'd like to throw in your own two cents, please scroll down a bit and read the post below!

And nooow for a weekend recap!

On Saturday, we had the privilege to compete in a tandem surf competition (dubbed Tandemonium!) with 7 other couples from our mini-church.

It was such a fun event organized by a couple of our fabulous friends. It was the perfect day, surrounded by dear friends and getting to surf with my man. And guess what guys--- WE WON!!

We went into the day totally accepting the fact that we were going to get our butts whooped. We were competing with couples who have been surfing for years together.

But slowly and surely through the day, we happened to catch good waves and it was becoming apparent that we could actually win this thing!

That's when I started really getting competitive. Ha!

We are so blessed to have these friends around us. I'm really dreading the day we find out we have to leave Hawaii. 


Look at the beautiful trophy we got to take home! Rachel did a great job searching for something really awesome. She got it at the Swap Meet here and then had it engraved!

Isn't the logo for the competition awesome?? Our friend Nick designed it and we have some pretty sweet shirts with this logo to remember the day by. (And the cake tasted delicious too!!)

Oh, and I'd like you to meet some friends that came up to join us on the beach. 

That's pretty much what Chris and I looked like the next day. We were 'wiped out'. :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Come In All Readers: I Need Your Help!

Today I need some opinions and advice from you guys, my super duper readers.

I've recently been toying with the idea of starting an Etsy shop to sell some of my artwork. For most of my life, I have been drawing and painting with no outlet to showcase or sell my paintings, but it's always been a desire of mine to find some way to do that.

Of course, probably the main reason I have avoided doing it is a fear of rejection. I'm afraid of putting in hours of work, pouring my heart into my art and then having no one even give it a second glance or fail sell a single painting!

But I know that God has given me talents and joy in painting for a reason and even if I completely fail to sell a single painting, that doesn't mean that I'm an unskilled artist.

My insecurities are holding me back, but I'm also still working on logistics. So, I have some questions for you. A poll, if you will. I'd love to hear your feedback, even if this is the first time you've stumbled upon Aisle to Aloha or if  you've never left a comment here before.

I have been doing some sketching and thinking about what I enjoy painting the most. Two of my favorite paintings (by me) in our home are these:

Chris calls them my wrapping paper designs. :) 

So, I'd probably plan on doing several different designs in these styles on canvases that are about 16 x20. That's the size of one of the palm paintings above. I could go smaller, but that doesn't make as much of an impact. 

Here are my questions: 

First of all, would you personally buy a painting in one of these styles for your home or if they're not your style, would you purchase one as a gift for someone else? 

If you were to buy one, how much would you be willing to shell out for large canvas painting with a protective varnish coating and no need for a frame? 

If you have an Etsy shop, I'd love to hear your experience with selling on the site. I've researched how it's done but I'm interested to hear some opinions from Etsy sellers themselves. 

Also, I'm a bit concerned with the hassle of shipping large canvases. Does anyone have experience with this and have any advice? I'd love to be able to use the Flat Rate boxes from USPS, but they wouldn't be large enough for my needs. 

Any other constructive feedback is welcome. Thanks guys!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Big Island Highlights

 When Chris and I first moved to Oahu, we decided that we wanted to try our best to travel to the other islands in Hawaii. We're not sure when we'll make it back here once the Navy moves us again, so we want to seize the opportunity while we're here.

A few weeks ago, the Big Island got crossed off our list! We spent two nights at the Kilauea Military Camp in the middle of the Volcano National Park. 

When we first drove into the park, we saw puffs of steam rising out the ground. We pulled over and had fun walking through the warm volcanic steam. 

We spent our first sunset on the Big Island at the Black Sand Beach, where volcanic rock has been pulverized by the waves to create this magnificent black sand. 

We hung out with a group of sea turtles too. 

Kilauea Volcano is active and we got to see it several times during the day...

...and night. (That's lava glowing from below the surface reflecting on the steam)

Our rental car's odometer ticked off about 400 miles in the 48 hours we were on island. We did a lot of driving around and it was fascinating to see the landscape of the mountains, volcanos and the lava fields. 

Despite warnings and rental agreements, my dare devil husband insisted on driving to the top of Mauna Kea, with the summit of 13,796 feet. It was a white knuckle drive as we ascended the steep road above the clouds but totally worth it. 

And we were glad we didn't pay the $400 we were quoted for tours to the summit!

It was freeezing at the summit-- and I thought it was funny to note the contrast between the frigid summit temperature and the heat we felt just a few hours earlier at sea level. Oh, and the wind almost knocked me over several times, including in this picture!

And we had a little fun at a community park before leaving the next day. 

Vacations with this guy are pretty much the best thing ever... no matter where we are!

Happy weekend, friends! 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Four Years

Four years ago today, Chris asked me to be his girlfriend and to start a relationship, considering marriage. 

His original plan of taking me to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra got bagged when we got completely lost in a huge thunderstorm. 

[We look like such babies!!]

So, we ended up at the Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble at the Inner Harbor. I had a Jones soda, and he had a coffee and we sat at a table on the balcony. 

I'd like to think we talked for hours, but I'm pretty sure we just sat and smiled giddily at each other for awhile. 

I knew that night that I would marry Chris. 

The past four years have been filled with adventures I never thought I'd have, conversations that have changed my life, days full of laughter and hugs I wished would never end. 

We've been through countless geographical separations, each coupled with a beautiful reunion. 

We've traveled together in Spain, Mexico, Japan, Honduras, Belize, across America and through the Hawaiian islands. 

I'm amazed by the blessings God has poured down on us and I'm so thankful to have this man by my side as my husband. 

I love you Chris! Thank you for four incredible years together!


 I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the Wilkins' family.

Isn't she so pretty? I'm in love with her seafoam green color. 

She's fun to ride too. :) 

Chris and I have been going on nightly bike rides since we brought her home from the hospital store. 

I love getting the spend that time just hanging out on our bikes, racing each other down the street (I always lose--I mean, I have a cruiser... but that doesn't keep me from trying!), feeling the Hawaiian breeze in our hair and catching up on the day. 

Chris likes my bike too. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New DIY Dish Towels

I turned my beautiful white and yellow dish towels into new creations the other day. 

It's super easy to do. Just throw in a red tote bag with the laundry and viola! That boring white turns into a fabulous pale pink. 

[Anyone have a ballerina pink kitchen and want some new dish towels to match??]

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Third Frame (and a Living Room Tour)

Awhile back, I showed you our new artwork for the living room, inspired by Crate and Barrel's Classical Symmetry prints.  Sadly, one-third of it was still frameless when I posted about it. Since then, the frame finally came in at our local Target, so I thought I would share the updated version with you.

So, there ya go. Frame number three in action. 

I also wanted to start sharing some of our semi-finished spaces in our home with you guys. Our house isn't perfect by any standards and I change things around frequently, but I always find it intriguing to see real people's homes, so I'm going to show you ours. 

Sometimes when I am poking around design blogs, I find myself wishing I had the money, the resources, the whatever to make our home perfect. I keep having to remind myself that it's more important that our house just feels like home to us and even if my ceramic bowls made in my college ceramics class would never show up on a design blog, that's okay, because I like having them out on display. 

Anyone else feel that way?

Okay, so since we're already in the living room today, I'll give you a little tour around. Ready?

Here's a broad shot of the room. I really love our green Ikea couch. I'm sure in the future I'll be ready for something more neutral but for now, I'm digging the green guy.

I initially started this shelf wall as a way to hide that ugly thermostat behind the picture frame. It kind of evolved from there. We've got some souvenirs picked on our travels to Japan, a bunch of cherry blossom branches, a sketch by moi and a dried lei from my birthday in March. 

Under one of our side tables is a basket that stores various photo albums, our wedding album and the guest book from our wedding. I love having them accessible so guests can pull them out and glance through them.

Here's the view if you are chilling on that green couch. A (slightly wonky) photo collage of some of our travels, a (ugly in my opinion, but super comfy) papasan chair and our Poang Chair from Ikea with a pillow I bought on Etsy in the Michael Miller Trellis fabric. (Oh, and my under $5 tray with my spraypainted bud vases.)

I love this pillow. 

Keep an eye out for more peeks into our humble abode in the weeks to come!