Candy Cane Lane

On my days off from work, I play chauffeur to my mom and my aunt. They love to plan the places they would like to visit and tell me their to-do list. They get excited when I’m not working so that they can have their playtime outside of the house.

With the rain pouring for the last 3 consecutive days, they are getting restless just staying in.

This week I took them sightseeing in Pasadena. We checked out a neighborhood, where the tradition of showcasing Christmas decorations and lights outside their homes attract many locals. It’s called Candy Cane Lane near Pasadena.

I was the designated driver so my sister took these pictures from the car. We were too cold to walk around the neighborhood 😦



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I want to go back and see more. The neighborhood is quite big and there were plenty of streets to check out. Maybe next time we will have better weather and I can walk around with hot chocolate in my hand 🙂

Breakfast this morning was a delicious spinach and egg sandwich. I made egg omelet using 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites. I toasted whole wheat bagel thins and add spinach and cheese.


I’ve been enjoying bagel thins bread lately. My favorite brand is Earthgrains and Thomas Bagels.

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Lunch was tofu stir-fry, made very similar to my cabbage stir-fry. I make a big batch and will eat it for a few meals. All Trader Joe’s ingredients.


  • Trader Joe’s Extra firm Tofu (white/yellow container)
  • Trader Joe’s General Tsao Stir Fry Sauce
  • Stir-fry ready pack vegetables


During the busy holiday season, my everyday meals tend to be more simple because more time are being spent baking and creating more indulgent desserts in the kitchen 🙂

I can’t believe Christmas is almost here.

This Christmas will be my last in my 20’s and my last Christmas being single. It will be a whole new ballgame next Christmas being newlyweds. It’s a new chapter…I am definitely excited for all the new things to come.

How’s your Christmas preparations coming along? I still have a lot to do, but I’m slowly getting there and completing my list.


  1. WOW! That is a lot of lights. We haven’t driven around yet to see any of the well decorated neighborhoods- we need to get on that. Josh and I are both big fans of bagel thins too. They’re great for breakfast or for sandwiches. I am ready (I think!) for Christmas

    • Good thing the neighborhoods stays lit and decorated even after Christmas, hopefully you’ll get a chance to check it out. I’ll be excited to see your pictures. I love Christmas lights.

  2. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Oooh I know that place I’m in the next city over. There’s more places to go to in pasadena. You have to check out Christmas tree lane and the Balian House.

    Huge Christmas Trees covered with lights up and down the street and the Balian House are an Ice Cream Co. that has been around for many years, this is there home that gets decorated they start as early as Sept. to put up the lights and props, it’s amazing I plan to go this year and I will be sure to take pictures and post for you.

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  3. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Correction “The Balians” own an Ice Cream Co. Catering to local Restaurants.

    • Thanks Annette for the info. I’ve never heard of the Balian house but I was told about the Christmas Tree lane but ran out of time to check it out.

      If the rain stops, we might go to Naples in Long Beach this week for more Christmas lights 🙂

  4. I can’t believe how close Christmas is either!!!
    Candy Cane lane is gorgeous even if its not great weather!!!!

  5. Candy Cane Lane is beautiful! I love all of the lights! So festive!

  6. movesnmunchies says:

    ive got one present!! 2 more to go.. ekk!

  7. Oh my goodness, those lights! Def got me in the spirit!

  8. Lea, those lights are amazing!! My holiday is going well, I’m getting ready to go home to family tomorrow. Merry Christmas to you : )

  9. Thanks for the hello on my blog! 🙂

    Looks like you saw lots of amazing lights. My family has a tradition that is kinda similar. Every year we go look at lights and drink egg nog.

    Both of my parents are originally from San Diego, so Cali is close to my heart. 🙂

  10. sunny shafer says:

    Your pics are of of the annual Upper Hastings Ranch Christmas light up. It lasts 2 weeks in Dec, There is no Candy Cane Lane in Pasadena. I’ve lived there since 1948 and in the 70’s I owned a home there on Hastings Ranch Dr.

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