Happy Lunar New Year

Xin Nian Kuai Le

Who is ringing in celebrations this evening for the year of the Ox? I’ve ordered Chinese take-out with potstickers for dinner, we’re welcoming the year by turning to a few traditions, such as serving dumplings. They resemble ancient Chinese money and are eaten for good luck during the Lunar New Year, much like we eat collard greens and black-eyed peas at the start of the year since they resemble cash and coins.

2020 was precarious year at best, we all could use a nudge or a sign that the future holds much hope and happiness for everyone.

Wishing good fortune to all!!!
Kathleen

Making Thanksgiving Unique

There’s a joy in making every meal a matter of great taste, most especially Thanksgiving dinner with all its traditions. The 2020 holidays will most certainly look like no other, and for many of us it will mean a much smaller gathering. I come from a large family, and am used to cooking for dozens. There will be something elegant in prepping for an intimate group. As this year’s holiday menu has been drafted, I look forward to deviating from tradition, and will let you in on a secret….. I purchased a 7-Layer Caramel Cake from Caroline’s Cakes since, I didn’t have time to bake. I know what many of you traditionalist are thinking …… she couldn’t bake her own cake. But, I cannot tell you how liberating it felt when I arrived home from running errands over the weekend and saw boxes sitting on the counter. Whew… that’s definitely how you start the holiday by purchasing a few items, as well as making and baking a few.

Gather round to give thanks for family, friends, health, and happiness!!!
Kathleen