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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.



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}


Overheard the boys’ conversation last night:

Ah Lo: I am fat, I need to lose this (pointing at his belly) so I can run faster.

Dai Bee: Me too. (Raises his shirt and slaps his belly). But I just need to exercise more. I can’t go on a diet. Mama’s cooking is too good.

Ah Lo: Yeah, and we eat it pretty much every day too.

Dai Bee: Yeah, I just can’t give up on that.

This makes me happy. It inspires me to keep making more healthy and delicious food for the kids.

Made dinner with our new toy (sous vide) again tonight. Bought some rib eye steak and let it slow cook to the perfect temperature. Seared it both sides for a minute, and it’s all done. The meat came out very juicy and flavorful. According to the boys, they are much better than the ones in the restaurants! We may never cook steaks any other way again…

Took the boys for their annual checkup today! Ah Lo has grown 3.125 inches and Dai Bee 1.875 inches since last year. In terms of height wise, Ah Lo is in the 97 percentile and 88 percentile in weight. For Dai Bee, he’s in the 75% for weight and height.  They left the doctor’s office with 2 shots! Untitled

How cool is to have a ceramist as our neighbor? Yes, the husband is a poet and the Mrs. is now a ceramist (and a retired English teacher!) The boys help them with little things (pick up newspapers when they travel, water plants, etc.) and in exchange, she invited the boys to come over her studio working with clay. They spend a some time with her today and had a blast. Thank goodness she lives so close (totally save on the travel time *wink*)


This time, I bought the lotus paste and the salted duck yolk. The store paste was so much different from the ones I made. These were much easier to work with. Because the colors of the dough and filling had so much contrast, I was able to wrap them nicely. Untitled.jpgHere are the finished products. I couldn’t get it to brown (yes, with egg wash) like it should be. I’m guessing it was my temperature? However, these moon cakes look and taste a lot like the store bought ones. So I’m happy to share them!IMG_0058IMG_0060

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}IMG_0131


My second attempt in making mooncakes. Yes, I know the mid-autumn festival is over, but I want to get this right. One more time. Like last time, I made the golden syrup, and perfect it! However, when mixing the dough, I might have added a bit too much of the akaline water (a little over 1 tsp). I had to toss the entire dough because of the smell. This is my second try of the golden syrup.IMG_0024