My family will be sleepwalking through security and snoring in our seats at the airport on Monday. With a 4 am wake-up call, we’ll need plenty of caffeine to make it through the morning, but after a 5 hour flight, we’ll pick up our luggage and start working on our tans in beautiful Hawaii!
During a trip in high school, my mom heard about a guava plantation and begged us to visit. We wandered around the gardens while slurping on shave ice, smelling the pink plumerias and dodging the dangerous low-hanging fruit. (Being short does come in handy sometimes!)
As a memento, Mom bought guava jelly. And guava jam. And guava pancake syrup. And guava hand soap. And we sang her happy song for the rest of the week. “Guava jelly, guava jelly…”
We flew back a few years later and made a beeline for the plantation, but with the booming tourism industry, the owners had sold it off and built a mini golf course instead. Slightly dejected, we headed to the supermarket to purchase Mom’s guava jelly. This year, I made a batch of guava gummies before we left, so that emergency grocery stop might not be necessary!