Monday, August 17, 2009

Zucchini Pineapple Bread

A tribute to my daughters who love to cook and here's to the abundance of summer zucchini! This is my favorite recipe for zucchini bread and credit goes to Paula Deen (fun & super talented cooking guru). The pineapple makes all the difference and this recipe beats the other zucchini breads/cakes I've baked, hands down! Plus, it's Nana's favorite as well.

  1. 1 3/4 cups sugar

  2. 1 cup vegetable oil

  3. 3 large eggs

  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  5. 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  10. 2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini

  11. 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  12. 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans.

  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Add to sugar mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in zucchini, pineapple, and pecans.

  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
Makes 2 loaves

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Maui No Ka Oi

In early June, a group of my SkyWest girlfriends and I went to Maui for a few days. We are long time friends (Jill Jones, Marla McDonald, Karalee Smith & Larraine Caldwell) united by our place of employment but friends because well, we're a super nice, fun loving bunch of ladies who enjoy traveling, laughing, eating and shopping. Stayed on the Wailea side of Maui at the WorldMark timeshare condos. We rented a mini van and aside from the swap meet, Kihei cafe/Zippy's (& more) dining, ABC store, early morning walks & beautiful downtown Lahaina we spent equal time at the beach and resort swimming pool working on our tans.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

You are the butter on my bread & the breath in my life

Meryl Streep will surely get an academy award nomination for playing Julia Child in "Julie & Julia". All characters did an awesome job, it was mostly wholesome and so sweet! Funny, delightful and quality relationships which was inspiring. Go see it!

Mele's Hair Accessories

Check out my creative daughter's (Meletule) original and noteworthy bridal hair accessories on her website

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Update - Latanya's Yap Address

Please write Latanya in Yap (packages & letters anticipated and gleefully accepted by Sister Pikula)

PO Box 456
Colonia, Yap 96932 FSM

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Naki is in da house!

Amanaki Matagi turned 1 on May 29, 2009 so Fanua & Sefa had a birthday bash shingdig for our cute Naki during the Pikula family reunion. Folks, ignore the "7" birthday candle on this one year old's cake. Winn Co must have been all out of the "1" candle. Comments from studly Naki's parents will surely follow. We love you Naki! Mum xxxx

Wayne & Annie's Wedding - Photo Link

Check out the professional (and very beautifully captured) photos of the happy couple's wedding.