It’s Monday (February 20, 2023)

It’s Presidents’ Day today so the kids are off school, but the husband still has to do work – plus he worked over the weekend!

Some things last week:

We had lunch at a Japanese restaurant on Sunday. The 9yo wanted to try the salmon skin sushi but then declared he didn’t like it… so guess who had to eat it.

Made some more Chinese bakery-style hot dog buns, with tangzhong dough. This time I cut the sausages in half so it’s less for a portion. Much better. But I somehow forgot to pay attention to the time on this first batch and it got too brown. 😛



Rise by Jeff Yang etc

I feel like these past couple of weeks, I haven’t been reading as much as last month. Haven’t figured out why yet. It’s taking me a while to sink into the various books I have going….!


Crash Course in Romance on Netflix (new episodes every weekend). Also, each new ep of Abbott Elementary that comes out, as I love it. I am also rationing the episodes of the Makanai, a Japanese drama, because there are only 9 episodes and it’s so sweet and delightful.


The Sixth Extinction – yes it’s been a while, but see above with my problems with reading these couple of weeks!

Eating and Drinking:

Lemon Bliss cake (recipe here)


Last night for dinner I cooked lamb loin chops with mashed potatoes, pan seared king oyster mushrooms and asparagus. We also have leftovers from the Japanese restaurant (chicken katsu) so I won’t need to cook for today. But it looks like we will be getting some rain (Thursday and Friday) and cold temps this week so I want to make something soupy. Fish ball noodles maybe, and make some tomato soup.

Last week:

I read:

Anne of Greenville – Mariko Tamaki (isn’t that cover just delightful).

I posted:

Read in January 2023

Library Loot (February 15 to 21)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. My baking always used to be too brown in the early days and so I ended up eating a lot of it. I like fish skin a lot, luckily no one else does, so I scrape it off and eat it while I am cooking. I have never seen salmon skin sushi but it sounds good.


  2. Your photos of sushi made my mouth water! Looks delicious! Your hot dog buns look so professional and tasty! This year I’m also off to a slow creative and reading start….so much has happened in our family…but even before that it seemed like I just needed time to “veg out” for a bit. Happy cooking and reading!


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