Mar 31, 2009

Household Tips

We all know that fingernail polish is great for protecting and beautifying our fingernails and helpful for controlling a run in our nylon stockings but were you aware of all the other uses of fingernail polish such as...

-removing a wart
-preventing rust rings
-labeling a number of household items
-sealing an envelope
-stopping a window shield crack from spreading?

Clear fingernail polish can be inexpensive and easily found in your nearby store. Some clear drying polish comes with pretty sparkles or glow in the dark versions. For more ideas on the many incredible uses of fingernail polish, visit

Do you have an unique but effective tip using fingernail polish? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Mar 20, 2009

Aloha Friday Recipe!!


I know with spring break just starting everyone is looking for a fast and easy recipe! This is a no cook salad recipe! You can use this any day that you don't want to heat up the kitchen anymore than it already is at dinnertime. This meal would also be great for lunch.

Avocado Crab Salad

1 12-ounce package imitation crabmeat
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup Homemade Gourmet® Maria’s Salsa, prepared
3 avocados, peeled, seeded and halved

1. In a small bowl, combine crabmeat, celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and hot sauce; stir until well blended.

2. Place halved avocados on 6 individual serving plates and spoon crabmeat mixture over avocado; serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 6 ounces
Calories 270

Total Fat 19g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 130mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g

Cooking Tip -- Substitute plain yogurt for mayonnaise in dishes like tuna, chicken or egg salad.

Brought to you with much aloha by Kimberly Wilson

Mar 19, 2009

Spreading Love with Handmade Toys

When I heard about The Toy Society through my friend's blog, it made me feel so warm and fuzzy...I had to share! This is what The Toy Society is all about:

The Toy Society spreads the love throughout the streets of the world. Nothing to it really just a bunch of handmade toys looking for a nice home.

What started as a small street art project in Australia is slowly spreading around the world.

Should you come across a member of The Toy Society on your travels collect them up and take them home with you!

Imagine someone working so hard to make handmade toys then giving them out for free to anyone who may stumble across them. The toys could go to a little child or to a collector or anyone else who needs love from a stranger and the company of a sweet toy -- how inspirational and fun!

Take a look a The Toy Society's blog and see what items have been dropped off. Here is a photo of a Hawai'i drop off. See what is inside this bag at Softie Happiness.

Keiki Gift Ideas

Mar 18, 2009

Picture of Paradise

Today's "Picture of Paradise" is courtesy of Windwardskies Photography. Plumerias grow so abundantly here in Hawai'i that they seem to naturally represent our beautiful islands. However, these flowers are not native to Hawai'i and come from Mexico and Central America. We are lucky to live a in climate that supports the growth of these sweet and fragrant flowers.

Windwardskies Photography

Mar 17, 2009

Coupons and Savings

Don't you love the smell of fresh, clean clothes that feels smooth and soft against your skin? Pamper yourself with new Snuggle Creme. Available in two indulgent scents - Sweet Almond and Jojoba Essence - rich, creamy textures and delicate fragrance designed to leave your clothes feeling smooth. We're happy to pass on this coupon savings to you!

Mar 15, 2009

March Madness Sale (until March 20th)

Homemade Gourmet Home Office is having a March Madness Sale that will be good until March 20th! I thought I would go ahead and share it.

This week (March 16-March 22, 2009): Get Maria's Salsa Pantry Staple for half price this week! That's the equivalent of 12 individual mixes for only $8 retail! The Maria's Salsa Pantry Staple Combo with container and recipe card set is $16.00.*

Of course, Maria's Salsa is an affordable alternative to jarred salsa for your corn chips at your basketball playoff parties this month, but you can use this versatile mix for everything from meatloaf and pot roast to cranberry salsa, too (check out the Key to the Kitchen recipe database). Or how about this creamy chicken entrée in honor of one of the 2009 NCAA Tournament venues:

Phoenix Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Homemade Gourmet® Maria's Salsa Mix, prepared
1 can black beans, drained
1 can Mexi-corn, drained
1 10.5-ounce can tomatoes with green chilies
8 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes

  1. Combine all ingredients, except cream cheese (can be frozen in a gallon-sized ziptop freezer bag at this point).
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  3. Stir in cubed cream cheese and cook for additional 15 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  4. May also be prepared in a slow cooker (4-6 hours), adding the cream cheese when only 1 hour cooking remains.

*This sale does not include direct ship orders, so you would need to order through me.

By Kimberly Wilson -

Mar 13, 2009

Aloha Friday Recipe!!

Here is another 4 meals in 4 minutes™ meal! I have three children (age 5 and under) and being able to get my meal prepared and cooking quickly is the best thing in the world to me. I really value being able to provide my family with a home-cooked meal and everyone sitting around the table to enjoy it. Homemade Gourmet has allowed me to do this with the 4 meals in 4 minutes™ meals. I also get my children to help. My 5 y.o. son can measure the ingredients. Then both my 5 y.o. son and my 4 y.o. daughter can mix the ingredients together for me using the method below! Plus there is NO MESS to clean up that usually happens when little ones get in the kitchen.

Mahalo & enjoy!!

Hawaiian Pork Chops

3 pounds pork chops*
4 tablespoons Homemade Gourmet® BLT seasoning (or one package)
1 15-ounce can pineapple tidbits
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce

This is another great 4 meals in 4 minutes™ meal!

Place all ingredients into the freezer bag. Seal and SMOOSH!

Before freezing, label as Hawaiian Pork Chops and list cooking options:

BAKE: Thaw and bake (covered) at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

GRILL: Thaw, discard marinade, and grill over medium high heat until chicken juices run clear.

SLOW COOK: Defrost enough to empty contents into slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

*You may substitute the chicken with 6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts for a variation on this recipe . . . make both and fill your freezer twice as fast! This has about 150 calories per serving if using skinless chicken breast!

Brought to you with much aloha by Kimberly Wilson

Mar 11, 2009

A Hawaii Carnival #3

Welcome to the March 11, 2009 edition of a hawaii carnival.

Hawaii is a great place to visit year round. For tips on your next Hawaii vacation, Mircea presents Help Planning Your Trip to Hawaii posted at Travel Guides.

Matt presents Alaia Surfboards posted at Leucadia (and beyond) Surf Blog. This is an article about historical Hawaiian surfboards known as alaias. Great information for surfers and non-surfers alike.

Lindsay presents Hawaii Shore Excursion Ideas for Cruisers posted at Cruises 101. Read about the different type of tours and great spots to visit while you're on vacation.

A beautiful and poetic article by Jason Zuckerman. Read Aloha, Welcome to Big Kahuna's Kite Shop posted at Jay Zuck's Sketch of the Day. He says, "When I went to Hawaii to scatter my Nana's ashes in the warm waters of the land she loved, my trusty sketchbook was never far away. I created this fun layout inspired by my trip called, "Aloha, Welcome to Big Kahuna's Kite Shop."

This concludes our Hawaii Carnival. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
our carnival using this carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our
blog carnival index page. Thanks for visiting and participating our Hawaii WAHMs' Hawaii Carnival!

Mar 10, 2009

Keiki Glass Pebble Pins

My Girl Scouts made these pretty glass pins as a craft project for a scouting event. The project is easy but drying time accounts for a lot of the "time" in this project. You can make it too with these supplies.

* Clear glass garden pebbles that you can pick up at a crafting or gardening shop. It usually comes in bags of plenty so you can make a lot but note that these are not necessarily for crafting so you'll see some flaws in the stones and the shapes are not uniform. The pebbles come in different sizes. These are about 1.25" in diameter. I got my pebbles from Walmart.

*Decorative paper

*Brooch pins

*Clear finger nail polish to use a sealer.

*Tacky glue or clear drying glue.

*Optional Crazy Glue or a strong and permanent glue like E6000. When working with young children Tacky glue will be fine.

1. First cut the paper to a size that covers the flat bottom of your glass pebble. Because we were making a lot of these, I used a paper punch to cut my shape. The punch I had was a floral one but it worked out okay. You can see the floral pattern on the Hello Kitty and purple stone.

2. Seal your paper, front and back, with clear finger nail polish. You can do this ahead of time if you want it to be dry and have the kids skip this step. I used 2 coats on each side.

3. When the polish is completely dry, dab a little Tacky glue on the flat bottom of pebble. Place the decorative side of the paper on the bottom of glass and move the paper around to spread the glue. Try to get out any big air bubbles by pressing down on the paper. Let dry.

4. Place another coat (or 2) of nail polish over the bottom when the glue is dry. Try to make sure you get all the edges to prevent water from seeping in between the paper and pebble.

5. When the polish is dry, glue on a brooch pin with tacky glue or Crazy glue. Clean up any glue you might have gotten on the pebble with a wet cloth and a little scraping of finger nails.

6. Wear your unique creation!

I soaked my pin in water for over 2 hours and the water did not seep into the paper.

My kids and I made these pins without the finger nail polish sealer but when it got wet it started to fall apart. I also used Mod Podge and though it worked well on sealing the paper, it didn't work well on step 4 (the final seal) because I could scrape the Mod Podge off the glass when it was dry. I'd suggest to use inexpensive finger nail polish as a sealer for a longer lasting glass pebble pin.

You can make a very nice professional glass tile pendant with this Craft Bits tutorial.

A project by Keiki Gift Ideas

Mar 6, 2009

Aloha Friday!!

Aloha Friday!
I love great food and amazing food, even though I don’t feel I am a great cook. I also love spending time with my family and not slaving away in the kitchen over the heat to cook great food! So this week the recipe I will share with you will be a 4 meals in 4 minutes recipe! Plus, I will give you 3 options in how to cook the meal!!

Garlic Lemon Chicken

6 Boneless skinless chicken breast (3 pounds)**
2 Tablespoon Homemade Gourmet Garlic Lemon Marniade
1 14- ounce can chicken broth (or 2 cups liquid HG Margarita Mix)
1 Gallon sized zip top freezer bag

Place all ingredients into the freezer bag. Seal and SMOOSH!!

You can freezer at this point if you would like. If you are freezing please label as Garlic Lemon Chicken and list cooking options. Be sure to defrost completely before cooking.

Cooking Options:
Option 1) Bake – 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Option 2) Grill
Option 3) Slow Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

**You may substitute the chicken with 3 pounds of pork chops for a variation on this recipe.

Suggested sides:
Cole Slaw, Baked Potato, Cobbler for dessert.

Make extra and make this “extra” meal fast and easy! Slice chicken or pork chops and place on mixed salad greens and top with ½ cup of your choice of dressing, for a light and tasty meal.

Brought to you by Kimberly Wilson

Mar 4, 2009

Crafts Carnival #4

Welcome to the March 4, 2009 edition of crafts carnival. Here are a bunch of terrific articles. Please be sure to visit the links for more great crafting ideas.

Vera Lang presents Making Fabulous Paper Flowers with Tissue Paper posted at Fine Craft Guild .com, saying, "This is a tissue paper flowers craft project that is so simple, it can easily be done by children 6 years and up. You and they will love it, as each flower takes only minutes to produce and looks stunning! Easy Pro Results! Excellent illustrated tutorial."

Matthew Paulson presents What to Do With Your Worn Out Jeans posted at American Consumer News. Lots of great ideas from making it into a pillow (as shown in photo) to passing it on to organizations that may need materials for crafting.

Shen-Li Lee presents How to Make Your Own Soft Toy | Babylicious posted at Babylicious. A great video tutorial accompanies this post so you too can make one of these soft toys for your tot.

Stephanie presents Quick and Easy Handmade Burp Cloths posted at Make It From Scratch. It's great to use what you make and these burp cloths will surely be used with a baby around.

A Keeper's Jackpot presents Making a Blanket Without a Sewing Machine posted at A Keeper's Jackpot. I've always wanted to make one of these blankets and now is the time especially with this chilly Hawaii weather!

Take a look at these Printable Mothers Day Cards posted at Home Life Weekly. "Make your own printable Mothers Day cards. Its really quick and easy all you need to do is download the free Mothers Day Card design of you choice then print and fold."

Linda Mundy presents Quilt Squares From Photographs posted at LJM's Studio: The Blog, saying, "Printing direct to fabric to create a quilt". These are so beautiful...imagine the possibilities!

Condo Blues presents How to Make a T Shirt Quilt posted at Condo Blues, saying, "When life gives you too many t-shirts - make a quilt!". A great way to make use of all of your favorite shirts that are too precious to toss out.

Marika presents Making sterling silver headpins without a torch posted at Marika's handcrafted jewellery. Wonderful tutorial with great images so you can follow along.

That concludes this edition of Keiki Gifts Craft Carnival. Thank you very much for being a part of carnival #4. Please submit your blog article to the next edition of crafts carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

A Craft Carnival by Keiki Gifts

Mar 3, 2009

Another WAHMs March Special!

Homemade Gourmet March Specials!!

  • If you book a Gathering in the month of March, you will receive an extra free meal kit!
  • If you refer someone who books a Gathering, you will receive a free dip mix!
  • If you sign up for HG Preferred, through my website, you will receive 20% off your order!
  • Place an order through me (not the website) totaling $100 and you will receive a free item!
Kimberly Wilson
Helping create great tasting, home-made food FAST!!

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

WAHMs March Special

Hawaii WAHMs member, Pinky Photography is an on location photographer servicing Oahu and Kauai (part time). Pinky uses Hawaii's natural beauty as the back drop for her photo shoots and captures life and love in each of her images. Pinky Photography is offering the following Special for March.

Photosession - $175 (regular $300)
Includes 1 hour photosession
Location of choice
Unlimited photos
10 photos of your choice on CD
25% off prints for orders over $100

Also Looking for High School Senior Representatives
Free mini session
Email for flyer

Please be sure to visit Pinky Photography's website and blog for more information and view samples of her amazing work.


*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Mar 2, 2009

Work at Home: 5 Things You Need To Know

This information comes from Cyndi's Work at Home blog and it shares some important things you need to think about when deciding to work from home.

1. Working from home is not for everyone. Don’t fall into believing the myth that “anyone” can work at home...

2. You need to be in it for the long haul. Work at home success will not happen overnight...

3. Friends and family may not be supportive. When you decide that you want to start a career working at home, those closest to you may not be ready to jump on the bandwagon with you...

4. Running a business is hard work. While many people dream of being able to work from home — mainly for the freedom from a “real” job that it offers — they fail to realize that to gain that sort of freedom, they will need to work hard...

5. Expect to spend money. No matter what business you choose, there will be some sort of costs involved — more than your initial investment, no matter how big or small that amount may be...
Read Cyndi's entire post here and read Hawaii Money Saving Mama's experience with working at home. Thank you ladies for sharing your personal experiences and expertise with us!

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Mar 1, 2009

March is National Craft Month

Here are just a few of my favorite crafty sites. I like to go to these and other sites for creative inspiration.
Craft Place
Cut Out + Keep
Super Cute Kawaii

What are your favorite craft sites?

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