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Yesterday, I baked a cake roll for my sisters (who were both born year of the dog, and same month!) I was pretty happy with it except just a note to myself not to use parchment paper!

IMG_2789With the leftover batter, I baked some cupcakes as well. I decided last minute to make the coconut jello using mah jong mold (I bought a while ago). I didn’t have enough time to ‘freeze’ it longer, so it started to melt (ack). Anyway, can’t wait to play with this more in the future!IMG_2798

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Went on a baking frenzy this weekend. Because of Ah Lo’s tournament, the team wanted to run a concession stand. I volunteered to bake some cookies. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time, so I baked the cookies with store bought cookie dough (I know, boo). Besides baking 80+ cookies, I made quinoa salad for Mr. Piggy’s grandma, my mom and aunt (who never tried quinoa). Glad they all liked it, at least that’s what they reported.IMG_2670

Again, trying to perfect the pull apart bread (still can’t get parts to stay in place). The softness and fluffiness is there (which I’m super happy about because really, it’s all that matters). I even tried the 3-D baking (for some reason, had a lot of leftover dough left this time around). Obviously, that needs to a bit more work, but it was fun.

Ok, I’m determined to perfect these pull part bread. The first two batches weren’t that successful, so I attempted again. The softness and taste greatly improved, but appearance wise, not exactly what I wanted. For the next few weeks, I will try (and fail) – REPEAT – until I have this down! Nevertheless, these make great breakfast or afternoon snacks for the boys.IMG_2475

This is the first spring break we didn’t go anywhere (because of the boys’ different school schedules). Between Mr. Piggy and I, we took off a day here and there. He also spent some time with his cousins (my sister took the week off for her kids). When Mr. Piggy stayed home with him, there wasn’t much productivity [frown]. Today, I took off and got him 1) to clean his room, 2) to bake and 3) to do his laundry. Of course, he complained! I just had a little more patience than him. I nagged until he gave up and did it. That’s one of the many differences between a mom and a dad.IMG_2450These came out beautifully and just in time for Dai Bee’s afternoon snacks. He scarfed down 3 without much hesitation.IMG_2412

Homemade breakfast options – hard choice to choose from American or Asian style?

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How about some soft pretzels for breakfast this morning? 3choices: sesame, salted and cheese.

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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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 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

Attempted my first batch of the traditional mooncakes from scratch (and bombed it). There are many steps to it and it’s a great test of patience. Though I made some of the ingredients a head of time (golden syrup, the lotus paste and the dough), I was in and out of the house this weekend because of Ah Lo’s basketball tournament. It was hard for me to get this done correctly (with the time constraints). I am too embarrassed to show the end result. I won’t give up that easily. I will keep trying…

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