* Track of the little sparkles *

Daily log of childcare, cooking, gardening, sewing, and so on.

Entries from 2024-01-01 to 1 month


We found these yellow cauliflowers at the supermarket. We used them as white stew😋 My 4yo daughter said, "What a lovely stew❤️" and of course, she ate the cauliflower at last😁 It was sweet and full of flavor😋


We made "Okonomi-yaki". It was her fist time to use "adult" kitchen knife for my elder daughter, so she was very nerves at that time. However, they were satisfied with their Okonomi-yaki, and gulped them soooo quickly😋


Recently, my 7yo daughter is addicted in reading flip-flap easy illustrated encyclopedia, which are about dinosaurs, animals, foods, bodies, and so on. She says "I want to learn many thing from these books!" ... Unbelievable! What made her…


Usually, our breakfasts are made by my husband. But these several days, he went to his office very early, so I made them. Since my husband doesn't like baked tomatoes, I usually make baked tomatoes during his absence. Hmm, it's super nice …


My younger daughter did the #DWE Activity, SBS recently. Here is a girl's face she draw. I thought these activity was a little bit difficult for 3yo, but now, she is 4yo and enjoys them👍


We borrow these "The Magic School Bus" series books from the nearest library!!! I didn't expect that it would have this series!!! As I expected, my elder daughter likes them, so we started to read them. I searched to buy this book series, …


I cooked this Yakisoba with salt-lemon flavor last weekend. Because there is not my husband, then I expect the remains will be my lunch❤️ (The picture is the first remains) But, surprisingly, my elder daughter ate almost all of them as her…


I found that strange drink on the vending machine! I knew about Oshiruko, but it was my first time seeing the crab porridge ... I wanted to try it once, but I was not brave enough at that time... Next time, I'll try! (I also want to try th…


I made mask hooks for wearing over a ponytail last weekend. During my daughter's flu, she tried to wear a mask all day so as not to infect flu to other family members. But soon, she had earache due to the mask string. She said it helps to …


We made pancake on last weekend, because I really wanted to eat pancake with whipped cream & anko!!! So, we bought anko in advance🤭 My daughters welcomed to help making them, and they decorated them by themselves. Needless to say, they were…


We went to the large park, yesterday. My daughters rode the bicycles, and my husband chased them running😁 Because one of his this year's goals is, to be slim! Our 4yo daughter went so quickly, so he must lost his weight🤭


We went to the zoo, as usual weekend. And also I made rice balls for our lunch, as usual🤭 My daughters really like this Japanese white radish's leaf & salted kombu rice balls, so they ate many🍙


We held "Temaki Sushi", a Hand-rolled Sushi party this week! We ate toooooo much, also my daughters, but we were all satisfied😋 We found that our daughters don't need so much raw fish, only cucumbers and eggs are enough for them🤭


One of my mom-friends... no, our family-friend gave us these the special Disney books & CDs!!!!!! Since our daughters love Disney stories (maybe as you know), and it includes Frozen & Tangled, they were sooooo happy. After they get home, t…


After picking up the acorns from the park, we tried to classify them into the species. We thought there were five kind of species, and it was a little bit hard to classify...! We'll try to germinate them and hope to see the roots & sprouts🌱


There were some plum blossoms in the park. It was a warm day, but still the beginning of the year! We enjoyed the flowers and picking up the acorns. My elder daughter tried to smell them, but they were too high🌸


Our family's first writing on our aspirations for this year. My elder daughter had 5 aspirations...! "kindness", "happiness", "muscle", "reading", and "be rich"!!!!! (Since we give her monthly money based on her daily chores, she said she …


In New Year Holidays, we usually eat mochi & anko, and usually both of them left over. So, the other traditional (?) foods are "Oshiruko", which we put the mochi into anko-based soup. It's soooo sweet, and needless to say, my daughters lov…


We played with a kite, that is a traditional play in Japan during the New Year holidays. Usually, we hoist the kite high up into the sky, but our daughter loves to run around with short stringed kite🤭 It seems a kind of training.


My elder daughter made this wreath at her international school short program. She said it's a wreath for Christmas, but... I think it's for New Year in Japan😁 So, we arranged it in our house for New Year🎍


As I told in previous post, I made some of Osechi with my daughters. Because I knew that the sweet potato (Kurikinton) and sower veges (Namasu) will soon disappeared into my daughters' tummy, I tried to make them at first, and a lot!!!! It…


My daughters and I did "Kakizome", which means the first time to write with writing brush. Because we used "water" version papers, my 4yo daughter also able to enjoy✌️ My elder daughter is crazy about gymnastics, so she wrote "Gymnastics"🤭


That's our "Ozouni" which we eat during the New Year holidays. Because this year's animal is dragon, so I bought this cute dragon Naruto for Ozouni , Because I'm from Hiroshima, traditionally we use Hamaguri (clam)'s dupe, but I used norma…


We did the "mochi-tsuki", pounding steamed rice to make rice cake in our house. We bought mochi-rice, and steamed it by our normal rice cooker, and pounded and pounded. That was soooooo nice, and relatively easy to eat for even infants.


Since we couldn't return to my daughters' grand parent's home this year, we enjoyed cooking & eat "Osechi", New Year's food in Japan We cooked small fish "Tadukuri", red & white sower vegies "Kouhaku-Namasu", and chestnuts & sweet potato "…