Archives for posts with tag: homemade

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

Mother’s Day without Dai Bee since he’s off to his school’s outdoor ed program to Yosemite. Made him lunch this morning and dropped him off. Missed him already.IMG_7473-edited

We did something different for Mother’s Day this year. My sisters and I took my mom out for dinner Friday. On actual Mother’s Day today, we are also promoting health and wellness in our family as well as celebrating Mother’s day. After dropping off Dai Bee, we took a nice stroll with mom along ocean beach. The walk was about 1.5 miles from my mom’s house to one of my sisters, where we ended up with lunch (take out). The weather couldn’t have been better as it is always windy by the ocean. What a great way to enjoy mother’s day, staying healthy and avoiding the restaurant crowd at the same time!IMG_6743

As for our family, we just wanted to stay home and enjoy dinner comfortably. We bought some lobster tail from Costco ($20/lb=$40 for 6). Mr. Piggy offered to cook but he was afraid he’ll screw it up. So I ended up cooking for the night. It was easy to make and super delicious.  IMG_7539

Hope everyone enjoyed your mother’s day dinner as much as I did!IMG_7542

Using Insta Pot for my the beef tendons/stew for dinner tonight. Normally this meal would take hours and hours to make (especially tenderizing the beef tendons and brisket). With the instapot, I made this in an hour. IMG_7249

Add some noodles, and we have a complete meal! There was actually enough for lunch tomorrow!IMG_7250

Piano recitals back to back (last night with Ah Lo and tonight with Dai Bee). In the morning, I made the boys turkey and cheese sandwich (Grand Piano) and PBJ sandwich (piano keys) for breakfast. Just felt like making them when I got up this morning since it’s been awhile. Oh I miss playing with food!IMG_7120Untitled-3

Also came in the mail today was the children’s magazine that published one of Ah Lo’s poems. Coincidentally the poem they chose to publish is about the piano which goes perfectly with our music theme this weekend.

IMG_7133

Devoured our meatless Monday meal (and burped). This meal was pretty simple to make. A box of Trader Joe’s low sodium organic tomato and red pepper soup, and some mushrooms for the ‘shroomy flavor (only in 3 bowls, since Ah Lo is not a big fan of mushrooms, any mushrooms). Paired with the soup is my favorite guacamole grilled cheese sandwich. These just go so well together wished my tummy is big enough to take on more. The boys, of course, had seconds. Yes, they would like to have this again.

Never had grilled cheese sandwich growing up. Now it’s one of my faves.

IMG_7094.jpg

Another quick and easy meal for our busy Wednesday night schedule – one with basketball practice and another violin lesson. FullSizeRender

Meatless Monday meal serving Korean sticky rice cakes. I liked the chewy texture of the noodles. It went well with the vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu. Was hoping to have leftovers for lunch, but didn’t happen.

IMG_6353

Bought a 10 lb bag of potatoes and decided to make (and store) some hash browns for the boys’ breakfast. Even sucked into buying a potato ricer and squeeze out the excess water just for that. IMG_6335

I just lightly pan fried them, and after it’s cooled down, froze them. Here’s another option for weekday mornings.

IMG_6336

Meatless Monday tonight calls for a hearty and flavorful dumpling recipe filled with diced five spice tofu, chives, carrots, black ear fungus and jicama (for the crunch). Pan fried, just couldn’t get any better than this.Untitled

Had lunch with my sisters today at a Vietnamese restaurant. My sisters each ordered a bowl of pho which came with a bundle of basil. One of them didn’t bother putting in the soup, so quickly I grabbed it and thought of using it for tonight’s dinner -Thai basil chicken.

Thai basil chicken is something I’ve always ordered when dining at Thai restaurants. Never knew how easy it is to make and the taste was also amazing! The recipe calls for Thai Holy basil, but since those are hard to find, I substitute with the basil I got from the Vietnamese restaurant. It could be a tad bit spicier (didn’t want to go too far in fear my boys can’t handle the heat). I made a lot more so we can save some for tomorrow’s lunch. There’s so much to play with this recipe I can’t wait to try again.

IMG_6232IMG_6226