Yesterday was the first day of the Chinese New Year's celebration. This is the year of the Tiger and not that I believe in every thing involved with Chinese New Year's but it is a good way to show the kids a diversity in people and traditions. We have started, thanks to my mom :), celebrating Chinese New Year's because it is something different for the kids to experience. If you get a chance in the next 12 days - maybe grab some chopsticks, chinese food and have a little fun with it. I tried making Fortune Cookies, but they were too thick, so we will try again sometime. But here is a Fortune Cookie Recipe if you would like to try it sometime.
Make up your sheet of fortunes and cut them apart.
8 egg whites, 1 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon, vanilla, 4 tablespoons water, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Seperate the egg whites and beat until they form stiff peaks. Blend in the sugar and butter. (Save the yolks for scrambled eggs some other day.)Add the flour, vanilla, salt, and water to the mixture and mix until it is smooth. Grease a cookie sheet and spoon the batter into 3 inch circle (takes about 1 Tablespoon). Bake at 375 for about 3 minutes.
When the cookies are done, remove them with a pancake flipper onto waxed paper. Take a fortune and put it in the center of the cookie. Fold the cookie in half and then gently bend the ends of the cookie back towards each other towards the straight edge of the fold. If they get stiff, just put the cookies back into the oven for about 1 minute to soften in order to fold. Enjoy!