New year 2017

Our new year was low key, just how I wanted. To be with the family and relax. We Tony first finished building Christmas City Lego

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so proud of the duo πŸ˜€ (basically Tony tries to build it, Sofia tries to destroy it, and repeat! :D)

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I took Sofia and my parents for brunch one day

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had the most beautiful avocado toast! It’s really easy to make but so good. Toast + smashed avocado + feta cheese + tomato + green onion + poached egg. If I’d make at home, I’ll omit the feta cheese and replace poached egg by fried egg.

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On a cold Sunday, I started my day with a run, with my lovely husband. As you can see from the pics, it was a dreading run for him, but glad he finished the 3 miles. I then run another 8. 11 miles on 1/1. πŸ™‚

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usual breakfast tastes even better after a long run

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then we did groceries and prepared a Chinese meal for the family

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and an international meal for dinner. Poached salmon with mushroom in sherry sauce. First time trying sherry… I like the taste but didn’t dare to put too much at first, so the final product lacked the distinct sherry flavor. I’ll do better next time.

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Monday was still holiday so we had friends over for lunch… The girls got to play dolls…

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the grow ups got to make dumplings

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Sofia loves playing with Tiantian, once again because Tiantian basically follows Sofia’s lead. Sofia is a natural leader… or want to be πŸ™‚

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and when Lizzy is up, she joined the big girls… Sofia always so sweet with her little sister

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while chinese dumpling was being made, I made the beef taco station

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the final food table, a mix of chinese and international food

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it was my first time making taco, so easy and so tasty! It’s definitely a crowd pleasing meal. and it’s fun to assemble it too, a competition of who gets more filling in!

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our new year started with the tone for the year… good run, good time with family and friends, and good food. πŸ™‚


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