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This is my 3rd time making lemon bars, and finally, it worked out. Phew! Didn’t think it was that hard to make! Because everyone says it’s so easy to make, the last couple of times I wasn’t paying much attention. This round I took my time, and it turned out beautifully. My boys are not huge fans fo lemon bars, so I ended up giving these to my co-workers. img_4268.jpg


Dai Bee made pasta and I baked parmesan zucchinis. It all about teamwork. IMG_4299.jpg

A simple meal – make your own shrimp taco. Don’t think it gets any simpler than this.IMG_4276IMG_4272

Happy that we made it to this annual event, now in its 4th year at the Botanical Garden (today was their last day!) The boys took turns to play pianos hidden around the garden and listened to performances from professionals and talented visitors alike.

The boys did it last year and it was downright magical. I suggested to the boys instead of practicing at home tonight, they can bring their pieces to play (as practice). This time around both is more willing to play in front of the audience. Dai Bee received compliments from a few people. So so proud of both boys!IMG_4225IMG_4233IMG_4224IMG_4234

Before heading to Ah Lo’s basketball games in Rocklin this weekend, we must load him up with some fresh homemade banana bread for breakfast! It’ll be a long weekend.

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}


Having a little more fun with these macarons, which I’m currently obsessed with. There are a ton of cute ones out there and I can’t wait to make more.


Introducing the family a new grain today – farro. My sister suggested trying because it’s the new superfood for the health conscious people. She believes it’s better than quinoa because it has a nutty flavor with all the same nutrients. This one from TJ takes only 10 minutes, so it was quick and easy. I added some greens and grapes and it was delicious (at least for me, the salad fan). Pair it with wild cod, this was one of the easiest meal to make!

My older sister gave us a whole bunch of zucchinis. Of course, one of the best way to enjoy them is making zoodles! IMG_4066I think zoodles are best with avocado pesto! I substituted pine nuts with pistachios. Grilled some chicken thighs, it was divine!IMG_4150

Going for Korean tonight, with my two nieces and sister over for dinner. It seems a lot, but I made the side dishes a head of time, so technically, I’m only making the kimchi fried rice. I prepared the Soondubu (tofu stew) base over the weekend, so it didn’t take much time. HK’s step grandma was super nice to offer marinated the short ribs for me. I picked it up after work, and grilled it. This looks like a lot of work, but if you spread it out, yes, this can be a weeknight meal!IMG_7811

We also celebrated my niece’s birthday (tomorrow) with this number cake:IMG_7815