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Devoured our meatless Monday meal (and burped). This meal was pretty simple to make. A box of Trader Joe’s low sodium organic tomato and red pepper soup, and some mushrooms for the ‘shroomy flavor (only in 3 bowls, since Ah Lo is not a big fan of mushrooms, any mushrooms). Paired with the soup is my favorite guacamole grilled cheese sandwich. These just go so well together wished my tummy is big enough to take on more. The boys, of course, had seconds. Yes, they would like to have this again.

Never had grilled cheese sandwich growing up. Now it’s one of my faves.

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So the latest trend in Japan is the pull apart bread. I’ve been drooling all over every time when I see photos on Instagram. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I found are in Japanese, so I had to play around with it. The boys were eager to try it before I had a chance to decorate it.IMG_7080

By the time I put in the details, one-third of it was gone. Hahaha…IMG_7085

This is what’s supposed to look like. Yes, I know I have lots of work to do.

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Photo from @umi0407 Instagram <- She’s the pro!

A crazy busy day, starting off with waking up early to bake these scrumptious BBQ pork buns. You won’t find the fatty BBQ pork inside these homemade ones (unlike the store bought ones). Now that I got the recipe for these soft fluffy dinner rolls down (will share recipe later), you can pretty much do whatever with them. IMG_7057

Dai Bee has music (choir) competition in the morning, two placement tests (math and language), and fencing late afternoon. Ah Lo has two basketball games today as well. Now you know why I baked these, just to get the boys off the right feet for a busy day ahead.

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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Just updated our trip to the backcountry.

Enjoy.

Ok, adding another title to Dai Bee’s role. He’s not only a big brother, a friend, a mentor, a piano teacher, a parnter in crime, and a math tutor to Ah Lo. IMG_7041

Made Tom Yum Goong noodle soup. For those who don’t know, this soup is hot, sour and spicy made with shrimp stock, one of the popular dish you’ll find in Thai menus. I’ve never made it before. Because my sister made it a few days ago, and had leftover ingredients (galangal, kaffir lime leaf), she gave them to me. I happen to have some lemongrass, so I tried making it today (following Pailin’s recipe), and added noodles to make it a full meal.

I can’t tell you if the ones I made are similar to the ones in the restaurants. I haven’t had tom yum goong in a long long time, so don’t remember the exact taste. This one I made had all the flavor I could remember. My critics ate it for the first time and gave it two thumbs up.

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Love the meatless Monday meal today, especially the lotus roots (a good source of iron and vitamins) stir fry with fungus. IMG_7025

Last night got the boys to help out with kneading dough (making breakfast). Of course, they had too much fun and start goofing around. Right when I was about to calm them down, I sat back and decided to enjoy the giggles and silliness altogether.

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Ready to go in the oven!IMG_7013

Made a long overdue trip to Costco and packed the fridge with veggies and meat. Happy to find ourselves some lamb loins for dinner tonight. I especially like these ones from Costco, since they don’t have such strong gaming taste to it. Boys all love it! Dai Bee did a quick calculation of this meal which was $27. He thought it was well worth it, since it would be $27 per person if we were to eat out.

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