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Another jam packed Saturday. First we have a 5k Run in the morning. When I signed up, somehow I thought it was 5k was ONE mile. I know?! Of course, got some lip service from my boys since one of them has a basketball game in the afternoon. Still, they were a a good sport and came out to run with me in the morning. IMG_2046-EDITEDAfter the race, we went home and took a short break and went off to Ah Lo’s basketball game. It was a nail biter since we won by one point! These games are a lot more interesting to watch now since Ah Lo has been improving. Way to go!

We had to part after the 1st game since Dai Bee has a piano recital in the evening and Ah Lo has another game. Mr. Piggy reported our team won the second game.


Big feast with ma familia today celebrating Year of the Dog. I spent all day today in the kitchen cooking, dicing, plating. I started out with easy pace in the morning and then got nervous when I realized I have a whole bunch of stuff to do!


I made 8 dishes and my sisters made soup, brought fried rice, salt and pepper fish and duck.

We started Prosperity Toss (撈起- or Lo Hey) tradition last year. Since this is the year of the dog, I made the dog design with spiralized zucchini, Japanese daikon, carrots with wood ear (dog’s ears), red bell peppers, smoked salmon and fried wonton skins.


Today is also the day we pass out red envelopes to the kids.

Great to have my family living so close, and even greater to have cousins who are (fairly) close in age. Since I’m back to work today and thankful that my sister and BIL can take my boys for a fishing trip. They went from pier to pier on a chilly day trying to get a good catch.

Results of their fishing expedition- lost 3 hooks, 2 weights, 1 line, and gained 0 fish, and a few giggles.


Mr. Piggy is celebrating Christmas with his family today, unfortunately, the two old gramps couldn’t make it. Neither can I.  Since they can’t be join the rest of the family for Christmas, I brought Christmas to them. I made some pasta (per her request) and some tomato soup with puff pastry (something different). Normally on Christmas morning, we take time to visit seniors (normally who live by themselves). The tradition hasn’t changed this year, except I happen to visit someone we know this year! To me, this is what Christmas is all about.


This is the first year we switched with our inlaws in celebrating Christmas. Since we first started celebrating Christmas (30 + years ago), we celebrate ours on December 25th because of my sister’s birthday lands on Christmas eve. On her birthday, she normally goes out with her friends to celebrate. Since we wanted to include her, we celebrate Christmas on the actual day, which has been working out perfectly.

To many, Christmas is about gifts, lights, reunions. For me, it’s all about food! For Christmas feast with my family this year, I made some dishes, more than I needed. Entrees are salmon and steak and we played with the sides. I asked my sisters to bring some sides.  Some of the food are not shown here…IMG_0981

Here are some appetizers I made…cheese platter,IMG_0974

pesto pastry…IMG_0971

cocktail shrimp…IMG_0977


Made anchovies for my sisters as Christmas gifts.  I just need to figure out what I’m giving for the rest of the family…IMG_0956

Another day in the kitchen today, making a few dishes – this time for my side of the family.  As usual, we had a potluck, and everyone brought some delicious homemade food. This will probably the last time we’re ordering the turkey from KFC, folks are not too thrill about it. Anyway, here’s to another year of good health and great food!IMG_3436

A foggy day to pay respect to the deceased on Double Ninth Festival (重陽 – observed on the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese.) The little ones were so eager to help out with grunt work.

Missed my dad so dearly…hope he’s doing great wherever he is…IMG_0258

Girls came over tonight to join us for dinner. I had to made some changes to my dinner menu tonight – cooking their favorites: chicken wings, glass noodles with napa cabbage, tofu with minced meat and steamed eggs. Various conversations were flying around the small round dining table, just like it was when they were staying with us. We talked about college life, friends, relationship and work. Both the girls are very animated, so the boys always enjoyed listening to them talk.


Today, we were at a baby shower. I didn’t have much time to decorate the cookies. A bit sloppy, but still happy to manage to get a few ones in.IMG_9791Made a gift card holder, just for fun.IMG_9796There was so much food at the party, I had to split a slice of cake with the boys because I was so stuffed. Can’t wait to meet the little one in November.IMG_9798