I’m not sure if I have every mentioned it but I used to live in Hawaii. 😀 Yeah, that tiny speckle in the ocean, 2,000 miles from the Pacific coast. Noe was in the military and we were fortunate to have been given the chance to be stationed there. We were there about about 3 and a half years but were hit with the “island fever” no more than 3 month after arriving… or atleast I was. I’m not talking about island fever the possibly fatal disease, I mean island fever where you realize you are on a speck in the ocean and it’s a 7.5 hour plane ride to anything. Literally. Don’t get me wrong, Hawaii is an absolutely beautiful place to live. The beaches are world famous, the parks are amazing and well, it’s a really laid back place. When someone is late or just taking their time doing a task, they say “I’m on Hawaii time.” Which we did live like this for a while. 😉
We were at the beach anytime Noe wasn’t training or in Iraq ( 😦 ). We just laid on the beach, roasted and toasted ourselves, went out to dinner afterwards, then home to shower and out to the movies. This process was our typical itenierary any day off for Noe. I loved it. But when holidays came along, birthdays were being celebrated, family was sick, family members were being born in California… we missed it. Noe and I are all about family. We wouldn’t be where we are without them. Not being a native of the Island we didn’t have family there. We had friends, and some amazing ones I might add, but not family. 😦 Which made me develope the island fever, that enters your body and you want to leave as soon as humanly possible. You want a normality you are used to. Musicians usually don’t go to Hawaii for concerts, no Vegas, no Mexico trips, no AUTHENTIC Mexican food, no TARGET, no OLIVE GARDEN, there are great a many things not in Hawaii, including my family. I am used to these things and people right around the corner in Orange County, CA.
I am greatful for the amazing friends I have made in Hawaii, the awesome activities I got to accomplish (shark cage diving! WOO!) and the experiences I have had, but I don’t think Noe and I would be returning soon. We miss the big blue ocean, the laid back atmosphere but it will always be there, sadly family doesn’t live forever.
I got this recipe from “500 cupcakes” by Fergal Connolly. I think the recipe might be off a bit. I halved the cake recipe but used the entire topping recipe. Nonetheless they are awesome. I love my little tropical plate I got from Ross for .50 cents! WOO! Megan and I loved Ross in Hawaii, we LOVE deals. When I was still living with my parents my pop used to ALWAYS ask for a pineappple upside down cake. He asked almost daily and I made them almost daily. This is for two special people in my heart, Megan and my pop, she would love the deal I got on the plate and my dad would love this cuppy. 🙂 LOVE YOU TWO! ❤
Pineapple Upside-down cupcakes
For the topping
20 oz can crushed pineapple
1 stick sweet butter, melted
3/4 C packed brown sugar
For the cupcakes
2 sticks sweet butter, softened
1 C superfine sugar
2 C self-rising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Grease two 12-cup muffin pans with butter and dust with a little flour, tapping out the excess. In the bottom of each cup, drizzle 1 T of melted butter, 1 T pineapple and 1T brown sugar.
Place all the cupcake ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon batter on top of the pineapple mixture in each cup. Bake 25 minutes, then remove pans from the over and cool for 10 minutes.
Turn out the cupcakes onto dessert plates, serve warm with heavy cream if desired.
Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.