Make This: Chinese Roast Pork

RasaMalaysia has an easy-to-follow recipe for amazing Chinese roast pork. You just need pork belly, garlic, five spice powder and salt. The skin gets super crispy and the pork is moist and flavorful. 


Make This: Almond Fudge Pinecones

These pinecones would make the perfect dessert decoration for the holidays. has the easy-to-follow instructions. You could just as easily use store-bought fudge, marzipan or fondant. 


Make This: Snack Cake Spiders

Not Martha made these awesome looking spiders out of snack cakes and Pocky sticks.  So much easier than baking!


Easy DIY: Mini game kit

So my kids were put on a electronics detox recently. This, of course, made for some unpleasant restaurant experiences for everyone. 

Luckily, I came across these party favors I had stashed away in my closet– mini Uno, mini Apples to Apples and a tiny crayon set. I ended up putting them in a small plastic case along with some paper and a robot eraser because they were getting lost and beat up in my bag.  And FYI, the cards are actually nice laminated ones, not flimsy at all. 

I keep this kit in my bag and it makes meals out so much nicer. An added bonus is that we all get to interact with each other. 

Party Time: Pokemon Birthday Party

For Elliott’s last single-digit birthday, he chose Pokemon as the theme. The YMCA provided the perfect space for the kids to run around and I didn’t have to worry about possibly being rained out. 

I arranged to have the kids play Protect the Pokemon (a.k.a. King Pin) and made cut-outs of Pokemon characters from wall decorations and some cardboard. This was followed up by running an obstacle course since I figured that’s what Pokemon trainers would do.  Almost two hours of non-stop play later, it was time for cake. I used this cake for inspiration and made the fondant Pokemon using these tutorials from Roart I found that used polymer clay.  

 After cake, we ended with a Pokeball Punchbox. I decided not to make it a trivia game, but that’s option if you need a longer activity.  The trading of figures that took place after will eat up some time as well.  

 The little Pokemon figures in the punchbox became part of their goodie bags, which included a Pokemon shirt, Pokemon stickers and Pokemon gum.  


Easy DIY: Paper Hyacinths

I felt guilty throwing away all the scraps from the paper flowers I made, so I decided to try and make paper hyacinths.   

I taped together two toilet paper tubes as the base and then covered one end with tissue paper.    

Bunching the circles into blooms, I started gluing across the covered end and then worked my way down the tube until I had covered as much as I wanted. I cut slits into the uncovered end so that I could taper it down. Using green masking tape and green tissue paper, I made the stem and leaves.

Note: I got tired of cutting out circles, so I tried it with squares. I just had to trim some points off at the end, but it saved a lot time. 

Easy DIY: Paper Flowers

Spring is finally here and so is school auction season. My son’s school is going with an “In Bloom” theme and I’m making large paper flowers to decorate the interior courtyard.  I used the following tutorials, but add my own little touches to some of them. 

Giant Crepe Paper Roses from Studio DIY   

Tissue Paper Flowers from Little Monkeys  
Giant Tissue Paper Flowers from Design Sponge