Tuesday, January 01, 2008

How does the fortune cookie crumble?

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This morning I woke up early and decided to make Chinese Fortune Cookies. I've been wanting to do this for some time, but never tried it before. The first day of a brand new year seemed like the perfect time to try it. Bobby and I made up a list of sayings to put in the cookies. That was a lot of fun!! Then, I printed out this recipe and tried my hand at it early this morning.

Although the cookies were a flop - I'm sure the recipe was not at fault, but my own bad execution of the recipe. I don't quite have the concept down pat yet and think that I probably made the dough way too thick on each cookie and thus they were so thick they wouldn't bend around the fortune paper slips without totally breaking.

At any rate, I have the fortunes printed up and may dispense them to myself and others through another way, like maybe a cute little vase, candy dish or whatever. I made up some of the sayings and I quoted my favorite authors for many. It will be nice picking a daily reminder from a cute little vase before I walk out the door each day.

I've been off work for the past two weeks and it's rare that Bob and I have had so much time together as a couple and as a family (our daughter was off from school too). This is the most vacation time we've taken in years. We didn't go anywhere, but just spent the time together. Emily commented yesterday that it's been TOO MUCH of a good thing. Yeah, I think everyone's about ready to get back to a regular work/school routine, much as I'm surprised to feel so ready myself.

Though we haven't gotten a lot done, we've relaxed a LOT, watched a lot of movies and enjoyed the rest and reflection. We also worked out a new budget for the New Year to reflect our determination to get debt-free and live more within our means. We're getting to the age where retirement funding needs to be a consideration, and we haven't faced that enough.

The best decisions I made last year: Leaving the company I was with at year's end - making a clean break of it and heading in a new (but related) direction careerwise. Leaving time to relax before starting my new job.

Most fun I had all year: Going to Stitches Midwest in Chicago with the knitting buddies, including my Mom. Visiting St. Louis with Bob.

Great accomplishment we made as a family: paying down some of our debts. Taking time together the last two weeks of December and hanging out together.

The best thing I knit last year: Three things actually - the Harriet knitting bag; the Forest Canopy Shawl and the denim vest sleeves.

What I learned that made me proud: How to crochet. How to knit lace!

Have a good year ahead everyone. May we all make it the best year yet.


Carol said...

I did these cookies one time long ago. I found the key was to have very soft dough that I rolled into small balls and mashed very thin with a class. As soon as I took them out I put the fortunes in and folded them over. They cool very quickly so you have to do them fast.

Yarn Thing said...

Oh stitches Mid-West...that sounds like so much fun!!! I wish I could go!