I started this blog when C was not even 3 and now she will be turning 10!! Gasp!! Where did time go?How did she grow so big!! She is almost as tall as me and I am sure that when I write a post for her 11th birthday, she will be taller than me already! We had her early 10th birthday party this past weekend and as  I baked her cake, I thought about all the cakes that I baked for her birthday – all 9 of them!

!st birthday: Before C came along, I have never baked a cake in my life. Then as C’s 1st birthday approached, I  decided to try baking one. I ended up baking a Pooh cake because that was the theme for her bedroom. It turned out ok except that it was the first and last time that I will ever use shortening for the icing.


2nd Birthday: For the 2nd year, it was all about Elmo and my first attempt at making marshmallow fondant.


3rd Birthday: The cake of the year was a Barbie birthday cake. This was a fun one and C loved this cake because it was pink and all girly.

4th Birthday: This was the princess castle cake that almost did not turn out. In spite of some cake disasters, the cake made it to the birthday table. The kids loved the cake especially the cake tower which was made with rice krispies and ice cream cone.

5th Birthday: This was the year when C was crazy about TinkerBell. This Tinkerbell Teapot cake was modeled after her Tinkerbell toy. The teapot was made with rice krispies.


6th Birthday: This was the year when I went just a little overboard!! We had a huge double birthday with C’s best friend and had over 100 kids. So I made 2 huge cake for the 2 girlies. C had the Strawberry Shortcake house cake while her best friend E had  a Garden Fairy cake.



7th Birthday: It was under the sea theme this year with a pink Barbie Merliah mermaid cake.  This was one of my favorite cake. I had a lot of fun making all the sea creatures.



8th Birthday: This year we had a simple all pink girly flowery cake. C is slowly discovering that she does not like cake anymore. So we made a simple chocolate cake with lots of flowers just for fun.


9th Birthday: Surprise! We had no cake this year! But we did end up make these minion rice krispies bar for her class birthday treats.


10th Birthday: We just had her 10th birthday party last week. Guess what cake we made for her first double digit birthday?? Come back soon and check it out!


#bento 233 @ kookyculinary.com

Bento content:

Left container: Ham and lettuce on a dinner roll and fruit roll-up. Right container: carrot sticks with Ranch dip, plums and pita chips.

Since we are now packing  nut-free lunch, my backup lunch has changed from Nutella sandwich to ham and lettuce sandwich. It’s now my go-to sandwich when I have no idea what to pack. What is your back-up lunch?


#bento 232 @ kookyculinary.com

Bento content: Spam pineapple fried rice, cheese omelette roll and pomegranate.

Lately I have been packing a lot more Thermos lunches just because it has been wet and cold lately, so a warm lunch is always welcomed. Today’s lunch is fried lunch with Spam and pineapple. The trick to a good fried rice is leftover rice from yesterday. The reason is because it is easier to fry rice when the rice is not moist. Freshly cooked rice can be a little mushy, thus not ideal for frying rice. Besides Spam and pineapple, I usually add carrots, green peppers, corn and peas and whatever else green vegetables found in the fridge. It’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables!  Do you like fried rice?

Have a great Friday!





Bento #231 @ kookyculinary.com

Bento content: Chicken Taco Salad with taco sauce on the side and green apples with cinnamon sugar in the little bottle.

Happy Wednesday! It’s chicken taco salad day! This is an easy peasy lunch box because the chicken is actually leftover from the rotisserie chicken that I got from Costco yesterday. Most of the time we cannot finish the chicken, so I end up usually making chicken taco or chicken pot pie for the next meal. No wastage, right?

Have a great day!



Bento #230 – A flowery bento

October 27, 2014
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Bento content: Bottom Tier: Ham and carrot omelette flowers and brown rice flaxseed crackers Top Tier: Carrot sticks with Ranch dip and pepperoni flowers. Wow, it was a crazy weekend weatherwise! We had a blustery windstorm and more than 150K household lost power and I am just so thankful that we did not lose power. […]

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Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant @ Vancouver, BC

October 23, 2014

Sometimes when you surf the net for places to eat, certain dishes keep showing up on many blogs and reviews. This dish is one of those eye-popping dish and it is the lobster (or crab) sticky rice at Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant in Vancouver, BC. So when we went to Vancouver last weekend, we decided […]

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Bento #229 – A sammy day

October 22, 2014
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Bento content: Ham and lettuce sandwich, mozarella cheesesticks, chips and pomegranate. Do you like pomegranate? Do you spit out each individual seed??  I am not a big fan of pomegranate. I like the taste but I am just not quite sure what to do with the seeds. I just find it weird to swallow them […]

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Bento #228 – Another pasta day

October 20, 2014
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Bento content: Baked farfalle pasta with marinara sauce, chips, carrots and Ranch dip and finally green apples with cinnamon sugar in the small bottle. Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a great weekend! We had an awesome weekend and it went by too fast! Is it just me or do the weekends really goes by […]

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Bento #227 – Kitty day

October 17, 2014
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Bento content: A cutesy banana muffin topped with a kitty-wannabe cheese slice, a couple of extra cheese, ham flowers, apple slices, carrots with dip and a KitKat for dessert. TGIF! I love Fridays! So it’s a simple & fun bento for today. Do you guys have any plans this weekend? I think we will be […]

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Aberdeen Centre @ Richmond, BC

October 16, 2014

One of our favorite mini-vacation is a trip to Richmond, British Columbia. Since it is only about 2 1/2 hours away, we usually head up there once a month during the weekend and we are there for only ONE reason and that is to pig out on Asian food! Even though there is an abundance […]

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