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Got a whole bunch of apples from Mr. Piggy’s auntie’s backyard. I shared some with my sisters and kept some for myself. Should have made apple pie with these, but decided to make soup with them instead. Using some pork bones, carrots, sweet and bitter apricot kernels (南北), this apple soup is good for soothing lungs, especially great to drink during this hot and humid weather.

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We got to spend some time with some college friends today. It was a potluck, and I made salad, coffee rolls and fruit tarts. Since these are a bunch of foodies, I was under pressure to perform 🙂

Of course, the more pressure, the more nervous I get to make things perfect. I had to make two coffee rolls (because the first one cracked). This shell of this fruit tart was under baked and the pastry creme didn’t have the perfect consistency. I’ve made these before and never had this problem. This time, I just got anxious and scooped it up to the bowl. The trick to baking is to willing to accept failures. I know exactly where my mistakes were. I will keep trying, keep practicing until I get this right again. After all, “mistakes are proofs that you are trying…”IMG_9077

IMG_8569Decided to throw my youngest sister a baby shower very last minute. This is her 2nd child, and she didn’t care to have a shower, even for her 1st baby. So we surprised her with one today! It was not much of a party, but rather an excuse for me to make stuff. 🙂 Recruited some helpers along the way.IMG_8545IMG_8567IMG_8568IMG_8561

Celebrating Mr. Piggy’s belated birthday today. His birthday was a few days ago but because of graduations left and right, we finally got a chance to celebrate his birthday today. We didn’t go out, just made some  homemade garlic noodles, vegetables and steamed a couple of crabs.IMG_7692

Even made a fruit tart as the dessert for the very first time.  Happy belated birthday Mr. Piggy, thanks for being so patient and waiting for your turn!IMG_7694

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

Boys’ breakfast this morning. Similar to these.

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Saw these “open-faced” fruit sandwiches on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the color, not to mention the nutritional factor. So since this is testing week for the boys, I thought it’d be the perfect time to make them for breakfast. Then I found out the test happened last week. Oh wells, at least they are having something nutritious.

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My sister found these from the farmer’s market this weekend and brought some over for us to try tonight.

Thanks to Google, we found that this fruit is called feijoa. According to wikipedia, this fruit is native to the highlands of southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina, and Colombia.

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It is widely cultivated as a garden plant and fruiting tree. The flesh inside is very creamy and sweet. I loved it, will get the boys to try it. It’s great to try new food.

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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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Ah Lo wants to share some treats with his classmates tomorrow. I took out a box of cake mix from the pantry. In the midst of trying to decide vanilla or chocolate, a light bulb went on in my head! How about other choices besides cupcakes?

Time wise, preparing for this might take longer, but not any harder. Wash, chop and chill. The class can enjoy a much more healthy snack tomorrow. Sometimes in life, you have make very hard decisions, and this is certainly not one of them! Whew!

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Each cup is filled with apples, grapes, strawberries, banana and almond jello.

“Today I am thankful for being able to work from home tomorrow…”