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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


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.

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.


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

Ha! My hands were itchy to try macarons again! Didn’t have to wait long…

I started out with these. Tried to cut down sugar, but they came out flat and didn’t rise properly like they should. Luckily I had more time to whip up another batch (above), except this time, I added back the sugar. I guess I just can’t get away with it. Yikes.

My first attempt to make macarons – I’m not a big fan of macarons, but they are so pretty to look at. I’ve always heard these are so finicky to make, so I avoid it. Lately, my courage overrode my fear, especially I found a recipe that makes a small batch (6 or 8). If I fail, at least there won’t be so many that go to waste. IMG_3929I followed the exact ingredient (with match filling). Man, these things are so so sweet, I couldn’t finish one. I will try to see if it will work with less sugar on my next batch. As for my first batch, I was very happy to see the “feet” rising upwards when I took these out. Not too bad for my first try…will definitely keep baking!IMG_3928

Afternoon snacks: green onion biscuits, celebrating the last day of school for Ah Lo!IMG_3527

This is my first time making pineapple buns (not sure why they are called pineapple buns since it has nothing to do with pineapples). Just for fun, I filled them with BBQ pork. BBQ pork buns was what I had in mind initially, but somehow combined the two. When I first learned to make bread, I thought the recipe for the pineapple buns was too complicated, so I didn’t want to attempt. Now that I’ve baked a bread of two, I decided to give it a try. All of a sudden, it wasn’t as hard as I thought. These were for the boys’ afternoon snack. Glad they saved some for breakfast this morning!

Enjoying the meatless Monday with a homemade margarita! I love how this is such an inexpensive meal to make (even got my own sauce). The basil leaves were from a Vietnamese restaurant we dined at this past weekend. The kids love it!IMG_3086Untitled

Woke up early this morning for a basketball tournament. Surprised by a breakfast by Mr. Piggy – totally didn’t expect that. So yes, it was a pleasant surprise!

After basketball game, we met up with my other sisters and had takeout at one of the sister’s house.  Like last year, we took a stroll along ocean beach back to my mom’s home.

For dinner, my boys made (spam and egg) for dinner. Sure, it was simple, but I was able to take the day off (even squeezed a quick nap in between)!

Baked the cake just so that I could use the Russian tips! LOL. The frosting was still a tad bit softer than it should be. In hindsight, should have toss it in the fridge for 30 mins. Oh well, I was pretty happy with it, and glad everyone enjoyed it.

Happy moms day to all the superMOM’s out there.