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Baked two sponge cakes (from scratch) for mother’s day tomorrow, one for each mom. These are fruit filled cakes with buttercream frosting. I barely had enough frosting to cover the 8′ layered cake. Instead, I used fruits to decorate it.IMG_7457

I thought the buttercream frosting was too sweet. So with a thin layer of frosting and some fruits, it was a perfect match. Glad everyone enjoyed it. IMG_7468

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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Dai Bee has invited some of his close friends over tomorrow to celebrate his birthday with him. Though he’s been telling me he doesn’t need a cake, I thought what’s a birthday without a cake? Since they are into emoji’s / instagram these days, thought this would be the perfect dessert to have. He did help out making the cake!

Poop emoji: chocolate cupcakes with coffee buttercream frosting. Kissing emoji: strawberry vanilla cake.IMG_7231

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. img_6020

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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):

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Cake for the bigger crowd (white cake with mango filling):

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Ah Lo wanted a birthday party with his friends and family. So we had to split the event in two days. Should have combined it. What was I thinking? While the kids were watching movie (Rush Hour I) yesterday, I spent a lot of time prepping for dinner today. My biggest mistake was trying to do too much. From baking a cake for him to making the entire dinner, it was over my head. I didn’t know what I was thinking, clearly I wasn’t. I just slaved away in the kitchen making pasta with wild mushroom sauce, caesar salad, mango-coconut jelly, and garlic bread! Yes, I made my own garlic bread. It was a big hit, so I didn’t mind the work at all. Since the birthday boy doesn’t care for mushrooms, I had to make something else for the kids – beef tacos. I didn’t take pictures of the food because I wanted to make sure everyone was fed. I had the chance to snap the picture of the cake before the M&M’s started to melt.

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Before he went to bed, Ah Lo came over and gave me a big hug and pecked me on the cheeks, thanking me for the parties. “I know it’s a lot of work. I appreciate it.” My heart melted as quickly as the m&m’s on his cake. What work?!

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!

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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.

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What supposed to be my lazy day turned out to be a productive day after all. Today is Memorial Day which happens to be Mr. Piggy’s birthday. He has to work (from home) and gave me some time to run errands in the morning. Took the boys to the park in the afternoon and came home to whip out Mr. Piggy’s birthday dinner. We had drumsticks, garlic string beans and shitake mushrooms with brown rice.

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What’s a birthday celebration without a birthday cake? Instead of the traditional sweet cake, I made him a fruit cake. Mr. Piggy has met his quota for sweet stuff for the year. He’s lucky to be born in the melon season!! Everything was so so sweet! Happy Birthday, Mr. Piggy.

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Top view of the cake:

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Yesterday was Dai Bee’s birthday, and he wanted to celebrate with family. So I invited my side of the family for a small gathering. I made something simple for the party – egg noodles, tofu, ginger chicken wings, and some greens.

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For his birthday cake, I made the Japanese cotton cheesecake, topped it with whipping cream and berries.

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This is mango mochi (芒果糯米糍) I made on the side for the very first time. I love mochi and I love mango, what a great combination.

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