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Hawaii: Mulberry Compote & The Shack

The morning started with plates of crepes topped with Cinnamon Mulberry Compote. We picked the mulberries yesterday from the two trees down in “the alley.” Mulberry trees are productive, adaptable, fast growing and trouble free. I’d liken the fruit to blackberries—black/red, sweet, tart and great for pies and smoothies.

For the compote, I simmered about a cup of berries, a tidge of water, a bit of honey, some liquid stevia and a good shake of cinnamon then whizzed the mixture in the blender and served it atop quinoa crepes (made half a batch). Mmmm ... the perfect breakfast to fuel the kids for a day of play outside. 

A sweet and tart mulberry.My mom picking mulberries. The easy way ... lay a sheet on the ground and give the tree a good shake!This winter my parents built an 8x12 foot “cowboy shack” at the bottom of their acreage. Today we ventured down there to check it out and I immediately fell in love with this little hideout.

It’s the kind of place to be alone in. A place to read, meditate, to listen to your thoughts.

My parents built the “shack” to double as a coffee drying shed during the damp and misty spells. There is a whopping 500-foot difference in elevation from the top to the bottom of their property that makes for a significant difference in climate. The cowboy shack, below the fog line, now provides a secondary drying spot for the 1500 pounds of Hamakua (Arabica) coffee cherry my mom and dad handpick and dry each year. If you live in Denver, you can find their coffee at Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

A eucalyptus forest frames the Pacific Ocean.

Don't you love these tie-backs! Copper wire and a dry wall screw—voila!

One day we will get back to our "little cowboy shack in Paauilo, Hawaii"


Reader Comments (14)

Bring me back some coffee please :) Lex, honestly I am loving your posts this week. Thanks for sharing this trip with us. Sounds like you and the boys are in love! I love it!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Love the "shack" and the tie-backs and the compote! Your mom is so pretty - she looks just like you :-)

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh! To live in Hawaii....The crepes look delish- LOVE Mulberries (I grow them way up here in NH) and The COWBOY Shack- Totally awesome!!!!!! (I want one!) Your photos are beautiful.
(and the curtain tiebacks... brilliant!- I'll be making some of those for my art studio!)

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Greenwood

Wow your mom is something! That shack looks like it came out of a dream. Those silly old boys can keep their tree houses; coffee or not I'd like to make that "shack" my second home coffee or no coffee. At least my roommates would be quiet and not move things around.

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

Wow, so much amazing and awesome in this post, Lexie! Your mom is gorgeous (just like you as Kelly said), I need a few nights in that "shack," love her mulberry picking approach, your mulberry-topped crepes, etc. What a treat these posts are, dear!


January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

What a beautiful "shack"! I want my husband to build a replica in the back yard. I could go out there when my kids get rowdy. A girl can dream!

Lexie, that "shack" would be my haven. I would love to have somewhere to listen to my thoughts and meditate in such a beautiful environment. I imagine that you may just come back with some major creative juices flowing!! ;)
I have a little spot in my home here for that, but my silly family has a crazy homing sense. They can ignore me for hours as I am busy doing things about the house, but the second I go to my little spot, EVERYONE needs EVERYTHING! LOL
I am so excited that you are sharing your trip with us! So much fun to be along on the journey!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim @ Cook It Allergy Free

Wow Alexa, your parents property looks amazing, and so cool that they produce coffee! I guess the big island is known for coffee isn't it!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Man you're killing me but I keep coming back for more. First the food looks great but that shack is just so wonderful. I want a shack where I can go hide out and chill. Well there it would be to soak in the warmth. That is fantastic!

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane-The WHOLE Gang

You should have seen my mom blush when I read your comments. : ) How I would love to have a gluten-free/food allergen retreat here. Maybe one day. Love you all, and am so glad you are enjoying your virtual vacation : )


January 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

So glad to hear you're having such a nice time in Hawaii! Love it that you're making your own compote on vacation and have found a local place to buy all your gluten-free products. Just wondering if the recipe for quinoa crepes would work if I substituted chia seeds/water for the eggs. Do you know?

January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

I love the shack and all of the Hawaii photos I just looked at from your last few posts. Now, I'm wondering why I live in the cold damp rain? The Big Island looks so inviting. I've never traveled to that island. How wonderful that your parents have such a beautiful place for you to go home to! :)

Book me a week in that cowboy shack! Please, please. Wow, Lexie, I am so impressed with your recent posts. They are beautiful, entertaining and it's such a pleasant treat to follow along on your journey. And yes, the tie backs are wonderful. I see that both you and your mom are cute and incredibly creative. Artsy genes! I'll be looking for that coffee here in Denver. =)

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglutenfreeforgood

That little shack is ADORABLE!!!!! Thanks for the tour :) And as everyone else has commented your mom is beautiful just like you. As my dad would say - you must have gotten your looks from your father cuz your mom still has hers :)

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