Beautiful weddings and thanksgiving

I cried today. They were emotional tears of joy for Eileen at her wedding ceremony...it's beautiful and touching. :)

Aren't the bouquet of flowers lovely? They're mine. :) I can't believe the bride's bouquet flew right to me! ^_*

Korean food was served at the Hilton Hotel.

Congratulations Eileen and Donghoon!

I attended another beautiful wedding. Darren and Soojin are a lovely couple. It was interesting to watch the Korean P'yebaek ceremony vs Chinese tea ceremony.

Plated Chinese food served at another Hilton Hotel

(Note to self on dish ideas: Cylindrical taro fried in sweet and sour sauce, Deep-fried white mushrooms. The red "flower"on the right is actually white fungus dipped in red coloring. )

Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the US and it's similar to the Chinese New Year or Mid Autumn Festival where families get together to eat. (I think I gained several pounds that day. *wink* )

Staples include pumpkin pie, candied yams, turkey, corn bread, green beans, potatoes, etc...

Aunty Helen made her specialty candied yams that's absolutely traditional...she's been making it for the last 20 years! Here's her recipe that she calls, "Elizabeth's candied yams" as Elizabeth gave her this recipe.

For 9x13in pan, Use 7 yams (red skin), peeled and quartered into strips. Place cubes of butter or Liquid Lecithin +olive oil onto the bottom of the pan. Mix these in a bowl: 1/2 t nutmeg, 1/2 t cinnamon, 2t vanilla extract, 2 c white sugar (or 1 cup white and 1 cup brown). Pour on top of your yams. Dot 1 stick of butter on the top of yams. Bake at 350 F for about 1-2 hours. Every 7 minutes, bath yams with liquid, using syringe. (top with marshmallows if you want)

Alternative healthier version: Go natural- bake the yams wrapped in foil- they're naturally sweet and tasty :)

The pictures above show the two desserts I made that day. The top is cream cheese pie-cake while the bottom picture is Orion cheese cake.


Happy Birthday to 2 girls..

It was potluck dinner for Joan's birthday and I made a gigantic egg tart, scribbling the words "Happy birthday Joan!" on it.....
I used the Portuguese egg tart recipe, hence the "burnt" look on top.

J and I shared a tiny slice...it's high in calories and cholesterol!

Kar Wai's 24th birthday...

Vegan strawberry tofutti cake that I made specially for her :)

Crushed graham crackers acted as a base for the strawberry tofutti cream cheese mixture, topped with clear strawberry jelly.


Silver anniversary Banquet & more

LLCC concluded it's week-long silver anniversary celebration with a lavish banquet in the evening!

Pastor Yen said, "these are the most talented & smartest waiters and waitresses in the world!"
Pictures of the fancy dishes:

The mayor of Loma Linda and Cal Conference President Gerald Penick liked the flamingo decoration so much that they took it home as souvenirs!
Pictures of Prep work:

These carvings were made out of daikon or white carrot!

Rosettes are for the pioneers to wear:

Shadowless Dancers danced wonderfully. :)
The noon worship service celebration was just as meaningful with baptisms, inspiring sermon and wonderful special music numbers.
Steve got baptized and I'm really glad he made this stand for God and accepted Jesus! I made him a "HOLY BIBLE" cake that's richly frosted with chocolate buttercream. The whole cake is a little too dense and rich in my opinion. Oh well, it's the look and thought that matters.
Side note: Sister Zhang was baptized several weeks ago and believe me, her story is amazing! Click here to refer to my journal article for her touching testimony!!!!

I made these German chocolate low- fat cupcake topped with carob frosting for her. ;p Even non chocolate cupcake lovers loved it. It wasn't sweet and smelled heavenly fragrant. :)
Going back to what I was saying earlier. Oh yes, along with Steve's cake, I made a Mango cream cheese cake for Shawn's birthday. ;p It was a good excuse for me to try out this recipe that a friend shared...Mango cream cheese mixture and mangoes between two layers of soft sponge cakes- topped with fruits and jelly mixture.
It was icy and frozen when I took it out from the freezer... should have taken it out earlier. ...

The mini ones with graham cracker base were creamy and perfect. :)
Let me just focus my attention on Zoei now. She is a star in her own way, capturing the hearts of all who were at the banquet with her "The Lord's Prayer" song.
I got to spend some time with her earlier this week and and we made coconut agar agar with pineapple bits. To her, it was "art and craft."

Baby Zoei insisted on taking pictures of me...I think it came out pretty good for a 2 year old. lol

Ok, this post is getting long...
but I thought that I should just post up this bundt cake picture. Thanks Elizabeth for this recipe. :)
Some modifications I made:
Since I didn't have cranberries on hand, I substituted it with wild blueberries and raspberries. Low fat sour cream was used instead of the regular one and 3/4 cup sugar was used instead of 1. It turned out great...thanks Eliz. :)
Ingredients :
115g butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggsn( large)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup low fat sour cream
1/4 can wild blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries ( or 1/2 cup of cranberry)
Method :Refer to her blog for further instructions.
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