Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

I'm not sure why but from a very young age I started a fascination with the Asian culture. It started when I read the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. One tradition I started celebrating with my family is Chinese New Year. We clean our house to rid old bad spirits and bring in new luck. We give my kids money in red envelopes, and we have a Chinese dinner as a family.

A few years ago a long time friend of mine taught some women from her neighborhood how to make pot stickers. My mom and I were lucky enough to be included in that group. Now every year for Chinese New Year I make them as part of our dinner. Although this year I couldn't find gyoza wrappers so I used won ton wrappers instead, which just means they are square not round. After a you tube search on how to fold them it worked out fine. Well as long as I made them, my husbands were a little odd looking!
My batch of pot stickers. I was getting anxious at the end to be done so I stuffed a few of them to full.

Yesenia literally telling Dad, "Yours aren't as pretty as Mom's are!"

This year I also attempted a sweet and sour chicken recipe I got off Pinterest. Here is the link to it: Sweet & Sour Chicken For those of you not familiar with Pinterest, This link will take you to my Pinterest page. Click on the picture of the recipe and it will redirect you to the original recipe.
My kids all loved the sweet and sour chicken. Yesenia probably only liked it cause I told her the recipe had kethcup in it. Looks like I have a new family favorite that all can enjoy, a rarity in my house.

On top of that the local Chinese cafe here also sold me approximately 30 fortune cookies for only $2.00! So we dipped them in white chocolate and sprinkled red sprinkles on them. Red is the color for good luck if you can't tell there's a theme here. The whole meal was a lot of work, but well worth the fun. The kids enjoyed reading their Chinese zodiacs, coloring year of the snake and watching Kung Fu Panda.


  1. This is a great idea. I think we will have to do this in the future. My two older girls did some similar activities in school to celebrate the Chinese New Year but we never do anything at home.

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