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Chinese Bakery Frosting Recipe

My baby turned 3 years old today. She’s been telling everyone, “今天是我的生日快樂 (it’s my happy birthday)!” To celebrate, I baked a cake and cupcakes, both decorated with my Chinese bakery frosting recipe. What I love about this frosting is that it requires very little sugar and is so easy to prepare. Chinese bakery style frosting Read More

Fresh Berry Tartlets with Cream Cheese Custard

Wild blackberries are not hard to find in the Bay Area. My husband’s office is surrounded by wild blackberry bushes, heavy with their plump and shiny fruit. After an hour of berry picking my son came home with bowl full of juicy berries. He ran in the door and excitedly asked me, “Mom, what are Read More

Drumming Activity

Our biggest learning hurdle is keeping my son engaged. He has a very short attention span which is totally normal for kids. This multisensory drumming activity really got the kids excited. They had big smiles the entire time and they effectively learned a character in less than one minute! Last week my son came home Read More

Learning To Tell Time

What does “late” mean? Every morning I race around screaming, “又遲到了! 又遲到了!” It takes my kids half and hour to finish breakfast and another half and hour to change their clothes. There is no sense of urgency on their part. One day in the car on the way to school after a particularly slow morning, Read More

Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My kids love to cook! Or maybe it’s the huge mess they make while doing it. Probably both! I’m preparing for our earlier mornings by exploring make ahead breakfast recipes. Last night we made healthy chocolate zucchini bread and served it this morning with some fresh fruit and cheese for a super quick breakfast. The Read More

Books on Hygiene

My boy, my first born child, 我的臭豆腐, is starting kindergarten next month. Friends, I’m totally spazzing out. In preschool there is a teacher per 6 students. In preschool they all go as a group to wash their hands before they eat. They brush their teeth after lunch. Kindergarten is going to be a free-for-all. I Read More

Growing Activities and Vocabulary

My son’s teacher mentioned that he spends most of recess digging in the dirt and pretending to grow things. It’s July and the weather is FINALLY warming up where we live. We have been working on growing activities and vocabulary in Chinese. What a great opportunity to make learning fun by incorporating a child’s interests. Read More

Google Translate

Many of us have had comical experiences with Google Translate. For example a children’s book title 紅屁股小偷事件, Google translates to “Red Ass Thief Event”. According to Google Trends, the word “ass” is twice as popular as “butt”. That could factor into the software’s selection of words it uses for translations. One can only guess their Read More

Done with Sagebooks 1.1

My first Sagebooks blog post was exactly 1 month ago! I am happy to share that we are FINALLY done with Sagebooks 1.1. This is the first book of 25 books and we have a long way to go. 臭雞蛋’s Progress My 2 year old daughter is our little bookworm. Her brain has an amazing Read More

How to transfer files to C-pen

Ok, so ya finally splurged and bought the darn thing. Now how the heck do you use it??? The C-Pen English user guide is missing half of the instructions so I had a hard time figuring out how to transfer files to C-pen. Luckily I got some help from another C-pen user so I am Read More