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!

The boys always ordered these Chinese scallion pancakes whenever we go to restaurants who serve them. Well, this weekend, I made a small batch and froze them so we can have it anytime. This morning, the boys jumped for joy when they saw this was for breakfast.

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Making lunch today was a bit of a challenge. With one having a toothache (and sick), one who despises cheese and the other two who requested for Mac and cheese, I had to make 3 different lunches today. So the one with toothache got some chicken porridge which I quickly whipped up this morning. The two boys got their wish granted and packed their mac and cheese. The other girl got this, leftovers.

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Today’s lunches are quite good, at least I think so! I used the leftover sauce I made  from yesterday’s pork belly to stir fry some minced pork. Pour it over the rice, the aroma of roasted soy sauce totally stimulates the appetite. Boy, hopefully, these will come back cleaned!

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Tonight we’re having ramen! With pork bones soup base, I’ve added a few tablespoons of miso paste to the soup to add that mild, earthy flavor. For the char siu, I bought a pork belly and slow cooked with five spice powder with a bit of everything, cooking wine, soy sauce, sugar, salt and fish sauce. It was absolutely divine! Lastly, I threw in whatever was in the frige (I know chives are not my boys favorite), but oh well…

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Today, I made a mini birthday cake for a little girl who turned 4. Her parents invited us for a pizza lunch, and then we went back to her house for dinner. This little gal is crazy about Elsa, so I decided to make a frozen inspired mini cake, without realizing her mom also made her an Elsa cake. Glad I didn’t bake full blown cake, otherwise, I’ll have to bring it home (since she had leftovers earlier during lunch). Anyway, this was all made with scratch, from the cake to frosting.

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I actually enjoyed making these mini cakes these so much I made extras. Asked the girls to choose their colors and they wanted pink. Don’t need special reasons to have cakes, it’s just because…plus everything is cuter in miniature form.

Frame Artist

We had a creative Saturday. I suggested for a painting session with the boys and they were totally up for it. Ah Lo invited his friend over to join the fun. With pizza boxes (which we got free from a local pizza joint), Mr. Piggy converted them to easels. I bought canvasses from Michael’s last summer (when they were on sale). We finally get to use them today! I set up the art station in front of the house 1) to avoid cleaning up the mess and 2) to sell cupcakes and cookies. The boys were painting and selling cupcakes and cookies at the same time. How fun was that?! We made $14.50 in two hours. Obviously we did it for fun, and not for the money.

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painting

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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A couple of days ago, one of the girls was having “friends” issue, aka teenager problems. She was so upset even food wouldn’t do the trick! How do you explain to a teenager that friends come and go, but true friends are the ones that will leave the prints? You just can’t. All you do, is make “artificial” friends, in their lunches. Yeah? I didn’t have time to make the rest with silly faces, just plain old sushi. Hope she gets it!

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Turkey and cheese sandwiches today for the 4 rascals. Simple, but healthy.

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Made some crepes for my family tonight. With Ah Lo’s assistance in cutting the bananas and strawberries, it saved me the extra work of cutting and dicing. He even helped spread the chocolate sauce on the crepe and served everyone!

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You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make the crepe batter:

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1-1/4 cup milk (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, then cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
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