Inspired by Soule Mama:

A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}.

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Just finished an assignment for my high schooler. Today, October 23 is Mole Day which commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23, a measuring unit in chemistry). Her chemistry class is celebrating this day with a fun twist. For “lab”, each student is to make a stuffed mole (with a mole template). The mole should have a name that contains the word “mole” and should be dressed in an outfit that matches the name. We sat down and came up with a bunch of moles we can play with (i.e Rock-n-Mole, Moleficient, GuacaMolee). Extra points awarded for being creative; therefore, I was anxious to “help”. Since I have the materials, I basically took over the “lab” while she wrote the report.

Here’s what I came up with, introducing to you “Holy Molely.”

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These great chocolate bear cookies are great for cake tops! Haven’t baked cakes in a while. I started last night (baking the cake making the frosting). By the time I got home, I was so tired today I almost didn’t want to do it. Luckily I have these tops and plopped them on it. The girls gobbled it up in no time. Always a bless to have someone being my guinea pig around the house and willing to try everything I make!

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Here’s what’s for dinner tonight. This morning threw in the drumsticks and lather it with BBQ sauce. My lazy way of cooking.

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Spent most of the day baking cookies and decorating! I am not a huge fan of cookies, especially sugar cookies. However, the endless creativity put into those cookies is the one reason why I love to bake them. Today I am making a batch for my 2nd niece’s 10th birthday (on Tuesday).

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With the extras, I had fun making these cute pumpkins. I got the silly faces here.

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Inspired by Soule Mama:

A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}.

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In this pot: baby carrots, 1 onions, baby potatoes, ground beef, barley and tomatoes, water, a can of V-8 juice all thrown in the crock pot last night…

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so we can have dinner ready by the time I got home…I just had to cook the rigatoni and 10 minutes later, dinner was served.

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Here’s my 2nd batch of Halloween cookies. I messed up on the green icing as the consistency was too runny. Ugh, other than that, it turned out better than I expected. I got the orange color better than the last time. I realized when decorating cookies, you need a load of patience and can’t do everything all at once. For the pumpkins faces, I did it last night and chill them in the frige. I had 5 pumpkins, and thought just to make 5 faces. However, they were so delicate, 2 of them didn’t make it.

Once I get the hang of these, I’ll definitely get the boys and girls involved. I think it’s a lot more fun when decorating the cookies in a group!

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So I’ve tried baking bread, cupcakes and cakes, and now onto my next big thing – cookies! Since it’s my first time ever baking sugar cookies from scratch, I didn’t want to over do it in case I messed up. I bought the these cookie cutters years ago when I was making bentos, but never used them for cookies. Well, here they are. Luckily, it turned out nicely.

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I made the icing from scratch as well. The fun part was decorating the cookies. The creativity is endless! I’m already seeing lots of decorating for Christmas!

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Today Mr. Piggy and I took the day off to take the boys for their annual checkups. Because we want to take advantage of the school holiday, so did everyone else. The doctor’s office was jam packed with people. We were there for an hour 45 mins. Lesson learned! Today I also witnessed how much my boys have grown. When the doctor suggested for them to take the tetanus and the HPV A shots, they didn’t even flinch. I remembered even last year, they refused to take flu shots when the doctor brought it up during our conversation. This time, today, Ah Lo was reading his book and Dai Bee was doing his Algebra workbook when they took their shots. Not a peep, “that’s it?” they asked. Yep, that’s it.

After lunch, we rushed home because we had a play date with Ah Lo’s friends. I invited a bunch of his classmates who are at the same reading level as Ah Lo. I recommended “Theodore Boone series, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham.” Today, I’d be the moderator as the kids discuss the book. I emailed the parents a head of time to have each kid come with 5 words they don’t know, and then find the definition, along with 3 questions about the book.

First, I had each write down what they thought of the book on a white board. Next they we went over the words they didn’t know and shared it with the group (i.e. immunization, flustered, recluse, frail, gazebo). The fun part was the Q&A. The kids asked the most detailed questions from the book. It was interesting as well as eye-opening for me.

The last 15 minutes, we had a debate: whether it is a good idea to have ice cream before dinner? They wrote down the points to support the answers. I kept the group small (4 people) and held it for about an hour which was perfect. I was supposed to bake some cookies/cupcakes, but didn’t have the time. As treats for the kids to bring home, I threw in some candies which they loved anyway!

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