Since the holiday season is upon us and I love you all a ton, I thought we’d do a little giveaway. Sound good? Cool.

The lovely Jordan Ellis of Jordandené was generous enough to donate a $20 Gift Certificate to one of my lucky readers. Awesome, right? I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore Jordan’s shop. So much geek love.

I mean, how perfect (for me) is this tank top?

This tote – We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precious.

Oh and there’s baby stuff! The cuteness is off the charts.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter NOW!

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Giveaway starts November 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM HST and ends November 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM HST. Open to domestic and international readers. One winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter. Winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, December 1, 2014. Winner will have 72 hours to respond via email or a new winner will be selected.

A HUGE thanks to Jordan Ellis and Jordandené for making this giveaway possible!

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1. Meeting up with old friends.

2. Dole Whip.

3. You’ve Got Mail on Netflix.

4. The possibility of taking a vacation.

5. Knowing that despite all the stress and crying, it’s worth it. Every single second.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement, check out the website here.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 17, 2014 // Baking, Food and Drink


Thanksgiving is in a week and a half.

I’m sure you’ve already got your menu all figured out. You’ve decided whether you’re brining the bird or perhaps deep frying it. There are no less than eight side dishes planned. And I’m almost certain you know what apéritifs you’ll be drinking. But if you’re looking for something sweet to finish the meal, how about this pumpkin cheesecake?

Also, if you’re not down with the whole whipped cream thing, no worries. Just leave that out. I, on the other hand, had a few huge cracks in my cheesecake. Aside from it tasting good, the whipped cream helped make it look a little prettier.

Pumpkin cheesecake.


Photos by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 12 slices


  • Crust
  • 24 Oreo cookies, processed into crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin or pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • Topping
  • 1 cup whipped cream (homemade or store bought)
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted or candied (optional)


    To make the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Maintain the oven temperature.
  3. To make the filling:
  4. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a food processor. Process for 10 to 20 seconds, or until smooth. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg and process for 5 to 10 seconds. Add eggs, one at a time, processing after each addition. Pour the filling over the crust. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until the edges are puffed and center is firm. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. To make the topping:
  6. Remove cheesecake from refrigerator. Spread whipped cream evenly over the top. If desired, sprinkle walnuts over the whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Bonjour mes amis!

Do you ever look at your life and wonder what the heck have I been doing? I’ve been pondering that lately. I know you shouldn’t judge yourself against what others have accomplished but sometimes I can’t help myself. It’s tough to see others doing such amazing things and everything you’ve done just pales in comparison.

But life is all about choices, isn’t it? If I didn’t choose to stay at home with my girls, I wouldn’t have rediscovered my love for writing and then blogging. I wouldn’t have known how much unadulterated joy cooking and baking for my family brings me. And the bliss that is wearing a tank top, sports bra, and yoga pants (at home during the school week) would be totally foreign to me.

So, while I wish I had more to add to my list of Rad Things I Have Done, this life, my life, is still pretty shiny.

Much love, bacon, and sprinkles,
♥ Arbine

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

1. Season 5 of Gilmore Girls.

2. Not needing to have the ceiling fan on at night.

3. Homemade cheesecake.

4. A good side-pain-inducing laugh.

5. Failing, failing, and failing. Then trying again with even more determination.

To learn more about the Grace in Small Things movement, check out the website here.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

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