It's funny how years and years can go by and you don't think about the little things that can make you happy. I'm talking about mom packing you spam musubi for lunch or unwrapping a can of Hawaiian Sun on a field trip. By the way, the juice in the can is half-frozen, still slushy and wrapped first with paper towel and then tin foil.
A few years ago I was trying to figure out what to take for home-lunch at work and I had an ephiphany--spam musubi! Then I remembered that having homemade spam musubi meant I also needed a frozen can of Hawaiian Sun. Lunch was so good that day.
I had another one of these moments this summer at my sister's bridal shower. Her friend made Hawaii-kind strawberry cupcakes (Strawberry Crush is the secret ingredient). I was back in my own olden days. I ventured there again tonight and made strawberry cupcakes. Unfortunately I couldn't quite get all the way back since I couldn't find Strawberry Crush here in the mainland. Oh well, as with many other Hawaii foods brought over to the mainland, these were good enough.