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It’s super tiring hosting back to back, from clean up to cooking, glad my boys all pitched in to help, especially Mr. Piggy. For my family, I offered to make everything (yes, I really enjoyed cooking that much).

Here’s the menu:

  • grilled vegetables (eggplants, red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, corn, portobello mushrooms, green beans and broccolini)
  • mixed green salad (with oranges and pomegranate kernels, sprinkled with pistachios and crumbled feta cheese, homemade orange honey salad dressing)
  • beef flanks with salad (made that for Mr. Piggy’s Thanksgiving meal)
  • BBQ pork sliders
  • garlic butter with brussel sprouts (wreath)
  • Chicken
  • my sister made clam linguine


IMG_7393DSC_7804DSC_7803Wasn’t sure if I had the time to bake a cake, but I managed to squeeze some time in! This is a chocolate cake and I had so much decorating it with my nieces. Everyone enjoyed it and good thing we didn’t have too much leftovers!IMG_7392.jpg

Let the unwrapping begin!



Another batch of sugar cookies for upcoming parties! I think I’ve met my quota for sugar cookies this year! Woohoo…totally satisfied!IMG_7369

We’re hosing two parties back to back this Christmas. I’m sure I’ll be very hectic the next few days, especially I will be cooking for 30 people on Christmas day. Therefore I’m trying to finish up the little details for the party. One step at a time…


This should be my last batch of cookies for 2018. These were made to order for my niece’s potluck party. Apparently, it was a big hit at the party, and my niece told me kids in her class were asking for seconds. Happy to hear all that! Not sure if I mentioned this before, but the only reason why I make sugar cookies is to decorate them! Lots of work, but therapeutic for me.IMG_7319.jpg

Today our Christmas countdown activity is trying out new food. We were at a restaurant and we found this – chicken feet. Dai Bee loves it, and my picky Ah Lo ate one. At least he tried it.IMG_7326

IMG_7238Did something very ambitious this year and baked cookies for the 12 days of Christmas. It was crazy to challenge for myself, spending hours and hours whipping and cracking eggs.  When the delicious smell and sweet aroma fills up the entire house, who cares that my kitchen and dining room were a big mess?

Many of these went out to friends and family, coaches and teachers. Sharing these reminds me why I started this challenge – to share the enjoyment with others in the spirit of this holiday season.


Adding a little bit of Christmassy to our meatless Monday meals. We had so much veggies, I thought for sure we won’t be able to finish it. Just happy my boys love vegetables. It makes my cooking so much easier. IMG_7314

Treats for one of Ah Lo’s basketball teams. We’re having a holiday get together today. Coincidentally, Dai Bee also has his school’s winter concert same time same day. So we ended up going separately. I got to enjoy some nice classical music while Mr. Piggy enjoyed a great meal with Ah Lo’s basketball team.IMG_7290.jpg

Some sweets for the coaches who spent many Sunday afternoons with the boys.

We stayed most of the day today. It was perfect since it was raining. We had a load of chores to do, rooms to clean and cookies to bake!

As one of the Christmas countdown activity, the boys get to request their favorite lunch, and of course, it’s the clay pot rice that they wanted. Easy peasy, whipped it up with a Christmas feel and we’re all set. It’s really looking a lot like Christmas.  IMG_7285

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}