Gung hay fat choy * Happy New Year !

Happy Chinese New Year ! 2019 is the year of the Pig :

Chinese New Year in our family is all about family,food and fun .

Tom’s Fried Rice :

  • Rice ( cooked the night before and let it dry) Long gain/ Jasmine
  • 2 t oil for wok
  • eggs (beaten)
  • Cut vegetables ( can be frozen) if not blanch before cooking in wok.
  • soy sauce to taste
  • green onions
  • Meat of your choice ( cut small if using)
Pull Rice out and let come to room temperature before cooking. 
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, once hot add in the rice.
  • Stir-fry the rice to evenly coated with oil, then spread and lightly press around the pan.Add vegetables and cook lightly.
    Pour in whisked eggs, allow to sit for about 30 seconds, then gradually stir to create small scrambled egg pieces, stir to combine with the rice.
  • Top with chopped green onions and soy sauce as needed.

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Sunday * Words of faith

Happy Sunday !

Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity.

恭贺新禧,祝身体健康、事业发达。

Today’s passage is from 1 Chronicles 29-12 when David talks about all his worldly possessions coming from God. Where many blessing flow – may we all be blessed with health and prosperity in the coming New Year . Lisa

Red Envelopes Basics :

When I meet my husband family I was introduced too a new custom during holidays. Lai see -small read envelopes filled with money. My husband refers to the money as mad money or fun money to spin on frivolous stuff. If you haven’t bought your red envelope yet for Chinese New Year -Read on :

Red envelopes or hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese are small red and gold packets containing money given to children, family members, friends and employees as a symbol of good luck. In Chinese culture, the color red is associated with energy, happiness and good luck .
  There are lots of different traditions, but in general, married couples give them to unmarried relatives, friends or colleagues.

Etiquette :

As you give and receive red envelopes, don’t forget these basic etiquette tips: Choose new bills, don’t ever include coins and wait to open your red envelopes until after you part company. Amounts in even numbers are generally preferred, except for the number 4 because of its resemblance to the word meaning death. And, optional, but denominations including 8s (rhyming with the word for good luck) and 9s (for longevity) carry especially positive symbolic meanings. ..

Red Envelopes templates :

Usually I buy them at the Asian market – but if not you can easily make them yourself with Red paper and decorations .

https://www.freekidscrafts.com/lucky-chinese-red-envelope

Holiday Printable s :

https://holidappy.com/holidays/Printable-Envelopes-and-Bookmarks-for-Year-of-the-Pig-Kid-Crafts-for-Chinese-New-Year

Cookies recipes * Almond cookies and Fortune cookies

Happy First day of February ! And my countdown to Chinese New Year continues : Today we are celebrating by making Almond Cookies and Fortune Cookies ! I must confess I usually just buy them at the Asian market but since it’s an hour away – Let’s make our own. Lisa

  • 2 3/4 C Flour (shifted)
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C lard (fat)
  • 1 egg / beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Fortune Cookies:

  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 C flour
  • 2 T water
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

Fortune Cookie Crafts :

Red Craft foam / or red Paper : Cut out a Circle . Fold and pinch. Add glue dots to hold – Slide in fortune.

Cookie : Pin Cushion : Cut a circle recd fabric. Stitch around and leave room to stuff. Fill and stitch close. Fold into shape and fasten.

Chinese New Year Kids Crafts

Welcome to Wednesday !

And today I am share some fun children crafts for Chinese New Year -My husband is an American Born Chinese but both of his parents are immigrants to the USA. He enjoys passing on his family traditions and customs to our family and others. This was my sons class in elementary school . He told them about the holiday and shared food and we made crafts.

Cupcake paper Dragon

  • 12 paper cupcake holders (folded in half)
  • Construction paper in red and gold- for Face.
  • Base paper and Glue

Make the dragon face and horns , and attach the folded cupcake papers to each other in a curve shape.

Paper Plate Fan :

  • White paper plate cut in half
  • sticks for handles /with string
  • Red paint / gold decorations
  • glue,tape and sharpie to write symbols

Paint half of paper plat e with Red paint . Make handles and attach on the back with tape. Decorate with gold sequins and write symbols on fan.

Fun Color Pages :

https://holidappy.com/holidays/Printable-Coloring-Pages-for-Year-of-the-Pig-Kid-Crafts-for-Chinese-New-Year

This title has everything you need for a classroom celebration of the Chinese New Year or a study of the country of China and their culture.

We include reproducible paper bag puppets (dragon and panda), dragon-shaped stationery, Chinese lanterns, figurines featuring traditional Chinese dress, a pretend firecracker, flash cards, book cover, fan-folded paper dragon, and so much more! Complete instructions also provide a background and history of the holiday, as well as a story for the students concerning the naming of the years in China.

This unit also contains material that can be used at other times of the year! A traditional Chinese hat (that the students can actually wear!), paper masks, a model of the Forbidden City, a map of China, the Chinese flag and money….

Your students will even learn to speak Chinese! Included are flip booklets to teach the numbers to 10 and the colors of the rainbow. Various other projects also include the Chinese term and character!

What’s Your Sign ? Chinese Astrology 2019

Did you know that Feb 5th starts Chinese New Year ? And this Year we celebrate the Year of the Pigs !
The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.


Did you know that : Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in. Perfect for theme for this year – want to know more read this :

What does 2019, Chinese Year of the Earth Pig have in store for you? Will your family prosper? Will our dreams start to become reality? We all wonder about the future. This book is a comprehensive guide to what is coming up for you in 2019. Chinese Astrologer, Feng Shui Expert, and Author Donna Stellhorn’s popular annual series of predictions and Feng Shui cures is now in its eighth year. She does the research and offers the most useful insights into the things you can do to improve your luck in the areas of love, money, career and much more. Her instructions are based on thousand-year-old traditions, and are easy to follow once you are aware of them. And they work!

You can increase your good fortune, your good luck potential, and attract what you want into your life. This year Chinese Astrology 2019, Year of the Earth Pig includes predictions for every month for each and every Chinese Zodiac sign. 

You’ll find tips on these topics and many more:
* Finding new love or supporting your existing relationship
* Financial opportunities and career/job prospects
* Home and family (as well as tips for increasing fertility energy)
* Energy surrounding legal matters and education
* You and your family’s protection and safety, and much more!

You’ll have access to this comprehensive information, right at your fingertips!

In “Chinese Astrology: 2019 Year of the Earth Pig” you will find more than just predictions. You’ll find easy-to-follow guidelines to help you work with specific Feng Shui Cures for each individual Chinese Zodiac Sign. 

This book also contains:
* Mercury Retrograde dates and tips
* Solar and Lunar Eclipse dates and information
* 2019 Flying Star predictions

Chinese New Year begins early February 2019, but that’s just the beginning of this exciting year! You’ll want to know how to bring in luck, love and prosperity energy all year long.

This is the best book you will find that reveals forecasts for every aspect of your life in the coming year 2019. “Chinese Astrology: 2019 Year of the Earth Pig” will be your invaluable tool on the way to reaching the next level of personal success and fulfillment.

Author Donna Stellhorn has included two special bonus sections in this book. First, the bonus chapter on the 144 compatibility combinations in Chinese astrology can help you find out who you click with; and then you can discover tips about the best things to do when you want a relationship with someone to work out. 

Another chapter explores how to work with gemstones and crystals, and offers instructions on how to energize them. You can use this information to make the crystals and gemstones you already own more powerful and more effective. 

Imagine yourself a year from now…you’re at a party, talking to some people you’ve just met. They are frustrated and worried about their jobs, their relationships, and whether or not they will have the money they need in the future. You listen and sympathize but inside, you feel very happy and very blessed. Why? Because a year ago you took the time to review what was ahead for you. You took some simple steps to improve your situation. You took action to create positive luck for yourself and your loved ones. Now you are in a whole new place in your life. And it feels great! 

Do you know your birth sign ? Find Here https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac

My sign is :

I am a Rat married to a Rooster with a true Dragon son. Comment with your sign . Lisa Jung

Holiday Card Challenge

You know I love the holidays ! And February starts some of our family Favorites : Chinese New Year (Feb 5) , Valentines Day (Feb 14th) – Mardi Gras (march 5) and more….. So I am calling all Card makers to help me celebrate the Holiday with cards ! Your choice and Post your picture on my Group : Lisa K Challenge Group wall at ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/645340269213511/

Chinese New Year ( Feb 5) : Year of the Pig 2019

Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled.

General speaking, Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in.

Gung hay fat choy is how Cantonese speakers wish you a happy new year—literally “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.

Wishing you happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year! Lisa Jung

What’s Your Sign? Chinese Zodiac

Today Post Chinese Zodiac :

2018 is a Year of the Dog. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. 2018 is an Earth Dog Year.

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030… The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig.

If you’re born in a Dog year, you’re a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

But are you lucky in Love :

For men, although your love life is not forecast to flourish this year, this doesn’t mean that you cannot find romance. It may just take longer.

But for women, your love life is unlikely to develop. Because of your pride and radical nature, you are likely to lose your opportunities.

dog-compatibility

What’s Your Sign?  Do You believe in it?

I’m a Rat – My hubby -Rooster & My son a Dragon

 

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Chinese Horoscope : zodiac information.

Recipe for Fortune cookies

https://www.google.com/amp/s/allrecipes.com/recipe/9684/fortune-cookies-i/amp/

This recipe is from All recipe .com 

Fireworks 

Fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China-

It’s believed that the person who launches the first fireworks of the New Year will obtain good luck. Lisa

Have fun!