A Family That Cooks Together…

… eats together. It just so happened that both hubby and I bought new cookbooks this past week. We hadn’t planned it and didn’t even talk about it with one another. Good timing though because my in-laws were coming in from out of town. We like to feed them with good food to ensure they’ll be back. Cooking, you see, is something that we both really enjoy especially when we can do so together. Two extra pairs of hands were of immense help with Sophia and allowed us to try something from each of our cookbooks. The results were quite delicious — and not very difficult either.

I tried my hand at dumplings from this book.



and can report that they were very successful.

Then… while I relaxed for a few minutes, hubby made cumin beef from the same book. That, with plain white rice was a huge success even with the youngest diners. 🙂

SunCuminBeefMy mother-in-law baked a delicious vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream for us for the occasion of our 5th wedding anniversary. She’s a pro at decorating and we’re pros at … well … cake consumption :-).


… this has become a tradition and follows the cake she baked when we secretly eloped Quaker style.


It was quite a bit of cake and so we froze the top heart-shaped layer with the big “5” on it. We’ve been sternly warned that she better not see THAT cake at Sophia’s 5th birthday celebration :-).




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