We had some friends over Sunday, and I made a coffee cake roll for dessert. Since I had leftover frosting, I decided to bake my nephew a birthday! Yesterday, I brought a mango (his favorite). After slicing the mango, I realized it wasn’t enough to cover the whole cake. So I covered the top with chocolate sprinkles.
Happy birthday to Mr. T, whose turning 8 tomorrow. He’s the sweetest little guy I know.
Ah Lo wanted to bake for his classmates this Valentine’s day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time today because we spent a good chunk of time at Mr. Piggy’s friend’s RE&G party. We started in the morning, took a long break (party and then haircut) before baking. Didn’t start baking until the evening time. This is our first time making lemon bars, so don’t know how it will turn out. Will make another batch if the chef thinks it’s good.
UPDATE: the lemon bars didn’t turn out the way I hoped (sad face). So we rushed to Safeway and got some sugar cookies to pass out to his class instead. I realized this is our last year we will be making V-day treats. Since Ah Lo will be going off to middle school next year and I don’t think middle schoolers pass out treats to their classes. Over the years, we made cards, baked, did all kinds of crafts together for V-Day (much better than store bought). I enjoyed spending every minute (with them) making the special treats. These great memories will always hold a place in my heart.
Felt like this is the the coldest winter ever, especially at our house. We tried not to turn on the heater because of obvious reasons. Instead, we baked often to keep our house and ourselves warm.
Dai Bee’s birthday is coming up, so Ah Lo and I got busy the last week to bake him his birthday cakes (2, one for his friends and one for the family). Yesterday (Friday) was the only day we have available. From birthday invitation to activities, he took the lead planning his own party with his friends. The party was very casual, no decorations, no special themes, no party favors, nothing fancy. Just his friends meeting up after school, shoot some hoops at the nearby park, then back home. A simple homemade dinner, a fun movie and a cake, were all it took for a fun party.
This is the first party where it dawn on me I really don’t need all that hoopla. I realized the boys had so much fun, just being around each other, joking around and that’s all that matters. Some of the boys had their guitar from school. So they played some songs to entertain the rest of the group. It was just that simple.
Today, celebrating with his cousins and my side of the family, was also fairly easy going. After dinner, we watched a chinese movie, and then cake.
Cake for his friends (coffee cake roll):
Cake for the bigger crowd (white cake with mango filling):
Threw a birthday party for the Girl. This was a crazy week for me. It was a short week and every night there was something to do in the evening. Since we were out of town tomorrow, I had to put on some OT hours to get this party going. I knew for sure I wouldn’t have the time to cook anything because of my busy schedule. The only thing I could do was to bake a cake.
And this is what a birthday cake looks like for a high school junior! It was a big hit!
Favorite activity to do the day after Halloween! What candy?
I’ve made swiss rolls before, but never decorated. I’ve attempted to make some decorated cake rolls before, but not good enough to impress. This time, I tried different approach and I was happy with the results. It so happens that we have kiwis at home and I used it for the filling.
Making the most requested meal in our house for dinner tonight – baked Pork Chop over fried rice (焗豬扒飯). You can see the detailed recipe here.
You can’t get a bigger smile than this…