"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, February 04, 2011

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

So, yesterday was Chinese New Year!  The Year of the Rabbit is fully underway and we are hoping that it is kind to us, bringing us one very special little girl.  I'll admit, I had grandiose plans for celebrating this year.  I've been researching recipes, traditions, etc. but this winter storm changed our plans.  We never did make it out to a Chinese grocery store to stock up on authentic foods and whatnot, but that doesn't mean that we didn't eat well.  Last weekend we went to Costco for one of our regular visits.  They do have a little of everything there.  We picked up some spring rolls and pot stickers (complete with sauces) and they turned out to be fantastic!  YUM!  While we ate we mentioned to the boys that Margaux was probably eating (or had eaten) foods similar to these to welcome the new year!  It was nice to know that we were celebrating the same event, in a similar way, as our little girl even though we are half-way around the world.  It also was noted by us that the next time we celebrate Chinese New Year, we may be doing so with her!  

As for dessert, I again had plans that didn't come to fruition this year.  However, Amy had made a heart-shaped cookie cake the day before when she was home with the boys.  Last night we decorated it with frosting and sprinkles and that was our Chinese New Year dessert.  Maybe not the most authentic, but absolutely delicious nonetheless.  Who knows?  Maybe we've begun our own tradition that Margaux can join us in next year.  I am sure that she will love the cookie cake as much as we did, it was after all the best cookie cake I've ever had!  You can see it below, decorated with our initials (Amy and I split the "M")!

So, our first official celebration of Chinese New Year has come and we did enjoy it quite a bit.  Next year I am sure we will add to it, hopefully in more ways than just food and decoration!  We plan on trying to get out to a Chinese grocery store this weekend to check it out and maybe pick up some things.  We'll see if we get around to it with all of our other plans of laying around, relaxing, painting Margaux's room, and otherwise avoiding the bitter cold!

All is well, Gung Hay Fat Choy, in Drosche Land.


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