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Bento #234 – Everyone loves taco day!

Bento content:

Left container: Salsa & cheese in the 2 containers, corn muffin and chocolate for dessert.
Right container: grilled chicken and salad and tomato & taco shell.

A simple yet healthy lunch – grilled chicken taco with all the fixings.


9 birthday cakes!

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.

Pooh Birthday Cake

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

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.
Princess Doll Cake

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.
Princess Castle Cake

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.

Tinkerbell Teapot Cake

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.

Strawberry Shortcake 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.

Barbie Merliah Cake


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 – Simple sandwich day

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 – Fried Rice day!


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

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 – A salad day


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!

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