Yes, I know it's been awhile since I've posted anything...

If anyone cares or was wondering...I'm not dead, just busy.

Doing What?

The Maitreya Project brought sacred relics to Chùa Việt Nam (the temple where I volunteer), so we were busy busy busy.

Then it was the Trung Thu aka the Moon Festival. So, it was moon cake making day and night to get orders out.

Handmade Piggies
Boxes Ready to Be Filled
Traditional Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Vietnamese Ping Pei Mooncakes

Print Cakes

Theochew Pia Pastries

With the moon festival behind me it was time to enter the Puyallup Fair's Professional Fresh Floral Design Competition. I entered 8 designs and won ribbons for 7 of them, and one best in show. Here they are....

1st place, Class 1860 Design of Chrysanthemums & best in show:

1st place, class 1862 Design of Gladiolus:

1st place, class 1864 Design of mixed flowers, wholesale value over $30:

1st place, class 1865 Basket Design:

2nd place, Class 1863 Design of mixed flowers, wholesale value under $30:

2nd place, Class 1868 Novelty design using a container other than a vase or basket:

3rd place, Class 1871 Fresh wedding bouquet:

What's next? ...a few days off then it's back to school for 2 more quarters and I'll be done! and a new chapter opens in my life. Time flies eh? ;)

Comments (16)

On 12:06 PM , Unknown said...


welcome back and what a spread. such lovely mooncakes

On 10:10 PM , Anonymous said...

Your flower designs are beautiful!
Congrad on your winning.

On 10:08 AM , Little Corner of Mine said...

Your mooncakes are always beautifully done. Glad to read something new after MIA for a while. Keep up your great work!

On 3:45 PM , Anonymous said...

Your moonies are so good.

Please check your email.


On 2:25 PM , Anonymous said...

Yes you should be ashamed of yourself! I love reading your blog, ^__^ lol

On 7:55 AM , tina said...

Welcome back! Was wondering where you MIA'd to. Good to know you're keeping busy and beatiful mooncakes and flowers.


On 10:47 AM , Beau Lotus 涟 said...

Love the mooncakes pity none was for me :-).

And congrats for your flower arrangements, that's like Greek to me I fear. So should you open cake shop or florist shop? LOL

But welcome back most of all!

On 2:57 AM , Edith said...

Time really flies. It seems like just yesterday you started your first day of school.

Lovely spread of moonies and I love those flower arrangement.

On 12:31 AM , Anonymous said...

I have only just now found your blog. Wow.
Having been interested in asian ingredients & cooking for some time, this blog was an amazing find! Please keep it up!

And thank you.

On 8:01 PM , jadepearl said...

Your flower designs ~ gorgeous! Congrats!!! I also love your mooncakes! Welcome back!

On 8:17 PM , Unknown said...

Those moon cakes look SO good! I hope to try some one day.

On 11:57 AM , Anonymous said...

Haha!! So funny that piggies!!

On 8:05 PM , Anonymous said...

Hello em Hoang! I do love reading your blog. Would like to thank you for sharing all your fantastic and easy recipes. Some of your recipes do bring back found memories of my time in Hanoi! I have been missing some of the Vietnamese dishes but from your blog now I can try making them myself. Thank you once again!

On 1:55 AM , Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I didn't know those circular 'pia' pastries were Teochiu (Trieu Chau). My family is Teochiu but my parents were born in Vietnam. My grandma used to make those pastries and we called them "bia" - essentially meaning pastry or cookie in Chinese. :)

On 11:01 PM , Unknown said...

hi, i'm curious about where did u buy yr moon cake boxes?

On 1:23 AM , hoangtam/tt said...


I custom order my mooncake boxes in Vietnam.