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Tuesday, August 21, 2012


. . I was just reading an article fron the sentinal sun newspaper fron St. Augustine , says tiki is back in style, , I love it , for me of course it never left. But i still found it interesting here it is

This goes along with everything we do here at Suncoast Tiki Huts , from custom building coconut lights , to tiki pole lamps , bamboo cabinets , wall coverings , you name it in architectural tiki living.
We live it everyday , somehow the stresses of the day disappear if you can spend a little time under the tiki hut , or just the tropical atmosphere does something to ease the mind .
I am not saying everything has to be tiki , that is a fun style , we have alot of it outdoors , for the hang out areas , but classic tasteful tropical style also.
Sea grass is a great mat to use as a wall covering , or lahala matting as a wallpaper. It is fairly inexpensive also.
Trimmed with a sanded finished half round bamboo looks great on a bedroom wall , or wainscoting. It doesn't have to be just outdoors , bring a little indoors. I am always available for questions on how to use natural materials.

Go and get creative , create your atmosphere of comfort with the tropical theme , and tiki theme.
There are so many uses for the same products ,and almost all of these are "Green" materials, hand made . Lets all be tiki!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tiki Living - The Best Creamy Cole Slaw

The Best Creamy Cole Slaw

8 C finely sliced slivered cabbage( do not use a shredder)

¼ c carrot

1/3c sugar

1/2t salt

1/8t pepper

1 C mayonnaise

2 T white vinegar

2 T lemon juice

Cut cabbage in half using a very sharp butcher knife, then in half again. Lay flat on cutting board, start slicing very thin so the cabbage resembles long strands of noodles . This is the best consistency for this slaw. You can use a food processor and shred if you like, it will just have a different texture.

Add the remaining ingredients , and chill for at least 1 hour to overnight.

Serve with grilled foods , and baked beans for a great summer meal.

You will never buy store bought again!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tiki Living Food - The Best Hot Dog Chili Ever!

I know summer is here and the tiki hut living is going on , lots of grilling , and eating of some great food. I have to share the best hot dog chili sauce ever , better than the michigan coney island places even. This is my mothers recipe . She is the best cook ever , and can go out , eat something , and figure out how to make it from scratch. with sometimes better results than the original.
So when you are going to grill those great hot dogs. make up a batch of this great chili the day before , or that morning , and have it ready to go.
Whats better than a grilled hot dog with some chili onions and mustard! YUM!
next time... the best cole slaw .

The best  Hot Dog Chili Sauce ever

2 lbs  Hamburger

4 T  Flour

4 T  Chili Powder

1 T  Paprika

1t   Cumin

1 t  Tumeric

1 t  Celery salt

1 T  Chichen  Boullion  powder , or 3 cubes mashed

6 oz. v8 juice

14oz beef broth

Cook hamburger in a skillet chopping fine as you cook, mash in pan with a potato masher , or fork until a very fine crumble. Keep on low heat.

In a blender put the remaining ingredients in and blend well add to the meat mixture , and cook until thickened.

Take out 2 cups of the mixture from the pan, and return to blender and puree until smooth, and back to mixture , heat well , and serve with chopped sweet onions and mustard.

This makes plenty of hot dog chili , you can freeze some for a later date.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tiki hut backyard living Food - Coconut Curry Bananas and Rice Recipe

Now that the warm weather is here , everyone wants to get out and enjoy their backyard , and their  tiki hut , or tiki bar  with some friends , some fun , and great food , and music .
Anyone planning a Luau , or just some grilling , this rice dish is sure to get you into the tropical mood.
Just pair it with your favorite grilled fish , or meat recipe.
I found this in the Coastal living magazine, they have some great recipes.

This recipe would be excellent with any type of grilled fish of chicken! YUM!

Very easy dinner in a jiffy

Coconut Curry Bananas and Rice  

2c. of rice cooked

3 sliced bananas

1 T  Orange juice

1 t curry powder

½ t ginger

1/8 to ¼ t cayenne pepper to taste

½ c. shredded sweetened coconut

½ c. coconut milk

2T chopped cilantro

Makes 6 cups Cook rice according to package directions.

Toss bananas in OJ in med bowl , stir in curry , and next 5 ingredients.

 Fold in cooked rice, sprinkle with cilantro

My addition – add 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits , or mandarin oranges for a fruity addition