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We have chopsticks & silverware in the same drawer. We like onions in our pancakes and we also like hamburgers and watermelon. We like dim-sum and grilling by the pool. Our kids are also really, really pretty.
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Real Talk

March 3, 2020 at 10:35 PM

Sam: “Mom… something really bad happened today.”
Me: *bracing myself for the worst*
Sam: “This girl from my preschool said she’d play with me at recess THEN SHE CHANGED HER MIND and said she wanted to play with just girls instead!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Me: *lets silence hang for a few seconds*
Me: “She’s allowed to change her mind. Also… welcome to girls, buddy.”

February 26, 2020 at 7:49 PM

Best five words today:

“Sara, I have all three.”

Wear ’em out, dad.

February 22, 2020 at 6:44 PM

Guys, I am loving this stage. The two big boys don’t have to be carted around, they can DO stuff now! On today’s grocery adventure, they carried the basket (I only needed a few items). To avoid fighting over who got to carry, they each carried part & had to communicate about the most efficient way to do so. They ultimately decided on the “no handles” method. Then I sent them on a scavenger hunt to get all of the vegetables. We made a pit stop at the fascinating seafood section just to look. Then, after they unloaded stuff onto the conveyor belt, they got in an all-out brother brawl that continued into the car. Can’t win ‘em all. But I *may* be slowly working myself out of a job and I’m not unhappy about that.

February 22, 2020 at 10:53 AM

The sun was not shining,
It was too wet to play (baseball).
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold wet day.

*just kidding, no we didn’t*

That would be a rookie mistake
With three little boys.
We will take them out
To mitigate the noise.

February 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Josh had a day off today and his other brothers went to preschool.

Him: “Mom!!! I can’t wait to tell Sammy about the things we did today! I can’t wait to show him the toy you got me!!”

Me: “Wellll, honey, remember how upset he was this morning that you had a day off and he still had to go to school? He may not actually appreciate hearing about your fun day. You *might* not want to talk about it much with him. That’s called ‘wisdom.’ Are you allowed? Sure. Is it best for Sammy? Probably not.”

*2 min later we pick up Sammy & TJ from preschool*


Boy, you just tied yourself up to the alter and imma just step aside while Sammy reigns down his holy fire on your head and consumes the wood and the stones and the dust and the water in the trench.


Tempura Batter Up

Step right up to the plate because you are about to hit a home run with your dinner. Tired of steamed, roasted, grilled, sautéed and stir-fried veggies? I present to you tempura-ed fried veggies. Oh my goodness. Make this deliciousness and serve it with any dipping sauce you want and your kids will scream for more. It’s a relatively easy recipe. Some use club soda which is fine if you have it in the house, but I often don’t and I sure as heck am not making an extra run to the grocery store with a bunch of little kids in tow. I found this recipe to be light and delicious and the Lin family gives it two thumbs up.

Tempura Batter Up

Tempura Batter Up


1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup corn flour or rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup ice cold water
Oil for deep frying

Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg slightly and mix with the ice water.

Stir in the dry ingredients. Stir only until mixed; mixture will be slightly lumpy.

Dip shrimp and *vegetables into the batter and deep fry until golden brown.

Fry ingredients a few at a time. Too big a batch may change the temperature of the oil.

Drain on paper towels and served immediately.

Magic Sugar Cookies

Magic Sugar Cookies

Why do we love this recipe?

  • Does not need to be refrigerated.
  • Can re-roll dough with no issues.
  • Creates sharp cut-out’s that hold their shape.
  • TASTES AMAZING (even without the icing)

It seems like these sugar cookies would be too good to be true, but here we are. Occasionally, you just run into a magic cookie.

Magic Sugar Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200g) granulated white sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Add butter to the bowl of your stand mixer and cream on medium-high for 1-2 minutes, or until butter is smooth and lighter in color.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the sugar and the egg.

Scrape the bowl with the mixer off.

Turn mixer back on low and add in extracts.

Allow all ingredients to combine fully.

Add in the baking powder and then the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.

Remove bowl from mixer and drop dough onto a floured countertop. Roll out into a flat disc, about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.

Cut out cookies in the desired shape and bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes. (Keep an eye on them! You don't want burnt edges and every oven is different.)

Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Helpful Hint: Place your cookie sheet in the freezer between uses. This will help ensure your cookies bake evenly!

Glaze Icing

To outline and fill approximately one dozen cookies in one color


  • 1 c Powdered Sugar
  • 1 T Milk
  • 1 T Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Drop Lemon Juice


  • Place one cup of powder sugar in a sifter. Try not to skip this step! Lumps in icing are hard to fix.
  • Add one tablespoon milk, one tablespoon corn syrup, and one drop lemon juice.
  • Mix everything together. If it looks too dry, can add more milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Be sure to mix well after each addition as you don't need much.