Made lunch and dinner at home today. It was such a beautiful day, we walked to our neighbor grocery store to pick up a few items. Instead of going out for lunch, we made burgers at home. I love that I get to add on whatever I’d like without the “extra charge.”

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For dinner, I made Vietnamese beef stew (Bò Kho) with the instant pot. Instant pot is definitely a huge time saver on this meal. Earlier the day, I marinated the beef brisket. It took about an hour to get the tendons and beef tenderized: manual high pressure for 50 minutes and add the carrots for 7 minutes on high pressure. The aroma from the fragrant broth was absolutely amazing.  Glad I made a big pot, so we can have it lunch tomorrow!IMG_0224

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For non-electronic Sunday, the boys went back to the basic entertainment – building legos. They spent most of the day building ships, planes, or any moving vehicles with legos. Somehow they convinced me to join them. This is my first time sitting down building something with legos. I turned on my innovative and imaginative thinking and attempted to put something together – and failed (the pieces start falling apart). When the boys encouraged me to build with them, they gave me the best pieces to play with. I never realized how difficult it was – how much it involves spatial reasoning, concepts of symmetry, shape, and geometry. Whoopsies.

Later on that day, boys had an epic battle with their creations. The last standing one wins!IMG_0178

They did manage to sneak some time out to take a break from legos.IMG_0223

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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This is one of Ah Lo’s shoe. The sole of his shoe ripped during basketball practice yesterday. Of course, when we learned about it, it was very late in the day. I didn’t pay too much attention to it (or didn’t realize how bad it was). The next day, he told me one of his classmates accidentally stepped on it which tore the sole even more. Being innovative, he used his shoe lace to tie around the entire shoe from falling apart. I think maybe it’s time to get him some new shoes?IMG_0150

You can pretty much find Yangzhou fried rice in every Chinese restaurant, and the cheapest rice plate on the menu. We normally don’t order it because I’d always thought it’s so easy to make at home. Strangely, I never made it…until a recent graving, which was tonight.

A couple of years ago, I had the best(est) Yangzhou fried rice in Hong Kong (西貢). That restaurant raved about their Michelin star rated Yangzhou fried rice. The waiter promised us we won’t be able to eat it anywhere else. He was absolutely right! Everything about that fried rice (at that restaurant) was so perfect, even ’til this day, I remembered it. Unfortunately, that one dish was shared by man, so I only had a two spoonfuls. I should have ordered more, but decided to try something else.

I wasn’t going to replicate it tonight because I can’t.  I just wanted to eat it and so I made it to satisfy my craving. IMG_0145

Made the pork bone broth this weekend and finally got to try it with noodles. IMG_0141.jpg

Meatless Monday meal – vegetable (purple yam, cauliflower, tofu, onions, carrots and potatoes) coconut curry with brown rice. Dai Bee agrees only this coconut curry makes the brown rice tastes so good. IMG_0138

The boys were at cousins’ sleepover, we had some quiet time. Mr. Piggy and I hardly go out for brunch. This morning we decided to walk down to local coffee shop and enjoy some time to ourselves. This place is called Home, and has a good variety of coffee. Their breakfast/brunch menu is very limited and quite expensive. Sometimes you just can’t worry about that (geez, I can totally make this avocado toast at home), but give yourself an excuse for a date.

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That time of year again. Check back to see what we’re working on for this year!

Here’s our 2016 pumpkins!

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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