Taking a break today from our meatless Mondays for some homemade zong zi (粽子), traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (端午節). My MIL made these, and they require a lot of time and work. She doesn’t like store bought ones and only eaten the ones she wrapped. According to my MIL, during her younger days, she used to make a big load and handed them out. Now, she only makes them for herself and her immediate family, which still requires days of preparation. IMG_7600

From the salty egg to the roast pork, from washing the bamboo leaves to boiling (for hours), she hands wrap each and everyone by herself.  Because we get it from her every year, I don’t normally buy them so I don’t know what others taste like. However, I must say, her zong zi is loaded with a decent amount of filling and hence, quite tasty. IMG_7603

Baked and decorated some sugar cookies this weekend in preparation for a graduation party coming up. I haven’t decorate in a while, it took a while and wasn’t my best batch. Oh well, I’m sure someone will eat these…IMG_7566

Kind of late in the game – but today we are scrambling to shop for some decent clothes for Dai Bee’s promotion ceremony this coming week. I think I had the same problem last time. He wanted to dress in sweat pants and a hoodie for this graduation. We had to argue that wasn’t appropriate and had to drag him to shopping. Of course, there weren’t much sizes to choose from. The clothes he normally wear for performances are a bit tight fit for him. Sadly, we didn’t get anything, the search continues…IMG_7585

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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Ah Lo has been helping out with dinner the last few nights. Since Dai Bee is out at Yosemite, it’s nice to have some alone time with him these days.

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Excited to learn that Ah Lo is picked by his teachers as one of the speakers at his promotion ceremony. He was a bit hesitant at first, but with some nudges, he finally agreed. I suggested he finds video from YouTube to get ideas of what to write, how to start and so forth. Couple of nights ago, he was frustrated because he wasn’t getting anywhere with the speech. Like most kids, he wanted to give up. Again, with some more encouragement, he dried his eyes and kept writing.

I was warned by his teacher not to help him (so that I would have the surprise factor), and I stayed out. His teacher and he worked on a few revisions. I can’t wait to hear it next week! I would probably need a box of Kleenex.

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Fresh baked bread for breakfast! Only if I have the time to make these, I’ll have them every morning over store bought bread…IMG_7598

Since our meatless Monday meal police is not around, I was thinking of skipping it a week. Glad I didn’t. These are exactly what I was craving for tonight.IMG_7553.jpg

Mother’s Day without Dai Bee since he’s off to his school’s outdoor ed program to Yosemite. Made him lunch this morning and dropped him off. Missed him already.IMG_7473-edited

We did something different for Mother’s Day this year. My sisters and I took my mom out for dinner Friday. On actual Mother’s Day today, we are also promoting health and wellness in our family as well as celebrating Mother’s day. After dropping off Dai Bee, we took a nice stroll with mom along ocean beach. The walk was about 1.5 miles from my mom’s house to one of my sisters, where we ended up with lunch (take out). The weather couldn’t have been better as it is always windy by the ocean. What a great way to enjoy mother’s day, staying healthy and avoiding the restaurant crowd at the same time!IMG_6743

As for our family, we just wanted to stay home and enjoy dinner comfortably. We bought some lobster tail from Costco ($20/lb=$40 for 6). Mr. Piggy offered to cook but he was afraid he’ll screw it up. So I ended up cooking for the night. It was easy to make and super delicious.  IMG_7539

Hope everyone enjoyed your mother’s day dinner as much as I did!IMG_7542

Spent half a day baking yesterday and half day decorating today.IMG_7435

Baked two sponge cakes (from scratch) for mother’s day tomorrow, one for each mom. These are fruit filled cakes with buttercream frosting. I barely had enough frosting to cover the 8′ layered cake. Instead, I used fruits to decorate it.IMG_7457

I thought the buttercream frosting was too sweet. So with a thin layer of frosting and some fruits, it was a perfect match. Glad everyone enjoyed it. IMG_7468