Ah Lo to Dai Bee: “She’s our perfect mom…”

Dai Bee back to Ah Lo: “Nobody is perfect, so she’s not perfect, she’s a good mom, just not perfect…”

Ah Lo: “But still, she tries to be perfect…because she lets us do most of the stuff we want.”

Dai Bee: “I know, that’s why she’s a good mom. Nobody is perfect.”

Ok, we now know who the sweet talker is…

One of the few posts not about my boys. Today for the very first time, I’m hosting a formal dinner for my friends since middle school! Yeah, middle school? Crazy we still kept in touch. Every now and then we would find the time to gather and share our experiences, discuss our opinions on certain issues, and provide an outlet for each other.

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We ate, we talked, and we laughed in a cozy and elegant environment. At the end of the night, we hugged, we scanned through our next date, and we waved until the next time. The dinner party was fun, low key and simply a celebration of friendship. Until the next gathering, we await for the joy that never ends.

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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Here are my first autumn bentos.

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Yeah, as you can see, this is from the leftovers last night; however, just enough for person’s consumption. So I decided to do something cute with it.

Here in the west, we are experiencing a serious drought. Last night I was happy to see it finally rained. This morning, I saw that the ground was still wet. I am hoping for more rain because we really need it.

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Dinner for 7 tonight (with my nephew here too). Well, technically, dinner for 5 since I don’t eat much during dinner time. And my niece just had her molar extracted, but refused to give up this meal. So she was eating jook while picking on some vegetables and vermicelli.

I prepared the XO sauce and stashed them in the frige. It’s always nice to pair it to any vegetables because it adds the complexity and flavor to it. Chicken wings are always a big hit no matter when. Marinate it overnight with rose cooking wine, salt, garlic, ginger and cornstarch. Pan fry until golden brown and all of a sudden the chef is the star of the night. Lastly, because an extra body coming, I made the rock cod with vermicelli and satay sauce. Satay sauce goes very well with vermicelli because the spice adds richness in taste to this dish. Always feel good to please my patrons.

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Here’s one requested by Ah Lo – the Clay Pot rice with Chinese sausage. I’ve made it before. I also prepared some sweet soy sauce that will be used to drizzle on the rice. Of course, with the six of us, it didn’t take us much time to swoop down the bottom. The boys were after the brown crispy crust at the bottom of the pot while the girls stare with open mouthed. Ah Lo scraped the pot so clean I’m surprised he didn’t lick it. For me, by adding some soup to the aromatic crust, it just completes the meal!

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My niece requested to have baked pork chops with tomato sauce on rice. Preparation of this meal takes a bit of time, so it makes sense to have it on weekends. First cook the rice, then fry it with onions and eggs (corn kernels are optional). At the same time, should have the pork chops marinaded for at least an hour or so. Grill the pork chops and place them on top of fried rice. I’ve made the tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, and mushrooms. Before putting it in the oven, sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese. Bake it at 325 for 10-15 minutes.

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Got cheese a little burnt – that’s what happens when you try to juggle so many things in the kitchen. Surely didn’t stop from everyone digging in.

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After dinner, we didn’t get the chance to chill. We were called for a game night. After 5 minutes of picking this and that, we decided with Scattergories. It was the first time the boys played this game and they loved it. We were separated into two teams. They were both so so good at it. We played all the way to the 12th list!

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Had a blast at this special couple’s wedding tonight. The venue was amazing, the food was great, especially the cake, and the party was so so fun. I wished I can get married all over again. By the way, I guess it’s the trend now the cake tops are the figurines of the bride and groom in their wedding outfits. The wedding, simply, was just wonderful.

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Of course, our mandatory stop at the photo booth!

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I made Ah Lo finished his homework yesterday (though they were due on Friday) just so that we can get it out of the way. He was not very happy about it. I sat down with him to finish it. It only took him less than 10 minutes to complete it. Upon completion, I said, “boy, that was quick! See now you have Wednesday and Thursday nights all to yourself.”

He was all calmed by then. He smiled and out of the blue said, “mama, did anyone tell you you are a good mom?”

“Eh, no.”

He replied, “Well, you are a good mom. You are strict, but you are fun. You are kind and cook good food. You care about your kids and your family. But one thing though, you are embarrassing sometimes, actually, you are embarrassing all the time.”

“Hahahaha…really? but that’s what parents do to their kids.”

This is the biggest compliment a mom can get from her children – that I am doing a good job!

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