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Baked and decorated some sugar cookies this weekend in preparation for a graduation party coming up. I haven’t decorate in a while, it took a while and wasn’t my best batch. Oh well, I’m sure someone will eat these…IMG_7566

Spent half a day baking yesterday and half day decorating today.IMG_7435

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

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

So the latest trend in Japan is the pull apart bread. I’ve been drooling all over every time when I see photos on Instagram. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I found are in Japanese, so I had to play around with it. The boys were eager to try it before I had a chance to decorate it.IMG_7080

By the time I put in the details, one-third of it was gone. Hahaha…IMG_7085

This is what’s supposed to look like. Yes, I know I have lots of work to do.

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Photo from @umi0407 Instagram <- She’s the pro!

Made Tom Yum Goong noodle soup. For those who don’t know, this soup is hot, sour and spicy made with shrimp stock, one of the popular dish you’ll find in Thai menus. I’ve never made it before. Because my sister made it a few days ago, and had leftover ingredients (galangal, kaffir lime leaf), she gave them to me. I happen to have some lemongrass, so I tried making it today (following Pailin’s recipe), and added noodles to make it a full meal.

I can’t tell you if the ones I made are similar to the ones in the restaurants. I haven’t had tom yum goong in a long long time, so don’t remember the exact taste. This one I made had all the flavor I could remember. My critics ate it for the first time and gave it two thumbs up.

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It’s been awhile since I baked soft bread rolls. Yesterday, just had time to make dough and left it overnight. IMG_6973Only took 15 minutes to baked these. Loved the fluffiness of the bread. Nothing beats fresh batch of bread rolls right out of the oven for breakfast! I haven’t quite perfected this recipe yet, so I won’t put it down. Once I have this down, I’ll be to share it.IMG_6976

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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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.  screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-56-00-am

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.

Need some hot soupy meal to warm the bodies – I went for Bun Rieu (Vietnamese Crab and Tomato Noodle Soup) from scratch. Made a big old pot so we will have it for tomorrow night as well! img_4869

‘Tis the season of tomatoes! I’ve been making and storing my own tomato sauce for awhile now. Sure, like anything else, it takes time. However, it gives me peace of mind to know that I use fresh ingredients with no preservatives or no food coloring. Best part, it’s the taste! Because there’s an abundance of supply of tomatoes in the market these days, you really don’t need much. It’s pretty simple to make.

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1) buy some fresh organic tomatoes

2) boil a pot of water, and put a slit at the bottom of each tomato

3) boil the tomatoes for 2-3 minutes

4) remove them form pot and let them cool (i’m too anxious and often burn myself).The skin should fall off pretty easily

5) garlic, olive oil, chop and sprinkle some fresh herbs (this time, I used fresh rosemary and thyme), add salt and pepper to the mushy tomatoes. Since my boys are not big fans of eating tomatoes in chunks, i blend it to make a smooth sauce.

6) of course, the easy part is put it in the container and store them in the fridge for future use.  This is a great multi-purpose tomato sauce because it use it for pasta, salad, and even on stir fry!