Dog face Jell-O poke cake from scratch

For our kids' birthdays, I usually try to make a birthday cake that represents their favorite thing of the year. But last year was special because my son turned 12, which meant he completed one 12-year cycle in his 生肖 (sang1 ciu3), Chinese zodiac. He was born in 狗年 (gau2 nin4), the year of the... Continue Reading →

Sew cute quilts

My husband's grandmother was an excellent quilter. She didn't use a machine; she showed her love by hand-quilting, one stitch at a time. The quilt we always use in the summertime was made by her. We have used it since we are married, over 15 years! It's still going strong, providing warmth and love to... Continue Reading →

Birthday cake 生日蛋糕

Growing up, I didn't get to eat desserts as often as my kids do nowadays. But, the one day I could count on having sweets would be my birthday--a longing birthday cake 生日蛋糕 (saang1 yat6 daan6 gou1). Traditionally, Chinese people don't use an oven, so desserts are cooked on the stove, steamed, or deep fried.... Continue Reading →

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