March 7, 2011We were a little out of step with the rest of the world in celebrating the Chinese New Year, but that is the way we prefer to be. It was a glorious afternoon of slanted gauzy rays of sunshine, and a cool evening with the glowing lanterns strung red and gold above the lawn. Even the cool sprinkle of rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the children as they ran fearlessly in the dark. The Year of the Rabbit was well celebrated.
How could we be a week into the Year of the Rabbit without a rabbit celebration? The good folks at Pinder's know the value of a good rabbit, or two. Actually we saw several excellent displays of bunny artistry at Pinder's, which should drive a good rabbit lover out to Palm City to consider his or her own pitiful lobilias, and rectify the situation immediately. Have you looked at your petunias lately?
January 28, 2011It's Food Friday!Here is a recipe for home made fortune cookies. No matter where we get Chinese food the fortune cookies always seem stale. I would hate to bring stale cookies to the Year of the Rabbit festivities. I have also included some pithy quotations that you can print and include in your batch of yummy fresh cookies. Charles and Camilla had so much fun helping me choose!3 egg whites¾ cup white sugar½ cup butter, melted and cooled¼ teaspoon vanilla extract¼ teaspoon almond extract1 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons waterPreheat the oven to 375°F. Line cookie sh...
January 27, 2011The Year of the Rabbit sparks many fashion concerns. This is the ideal hat, unless, of course, you have rabbit ears. It is a perfect sun hat, rain hat or umbrella. It can cover a platter of pigs-in-blankets and it could probably provide shelter for a family of tiny bunnies. I dare say that if you added a couple of sprigs of springtime blossoms and some colorful ribbons it would be suitable for the Easter Parade in Newport.
January 26, 2011Some hats are a little outlandish. This is not a happy bunny. The New Year's festivities which we enjoy are not very formal or staid. In fact, pigs-in-blankets are one of the favorite traditional main dishes. Kosher, please. And yes, we do have fried rice and egg rolls, too. But Cheetos are also integral to the celebration. East meets West under the paper lanterns.
January 25, 2011We celebrate the Chinese New Year in our neighborhood with Miss Morning Glory, the War Lord and a variety of colorful, description-defying neighbors and extras and flying monkey children. And since hats are necessary for any major party or event we have accumulated a veritable treasure trove of politically incorrect headgear. And while this hat looks oh, so charming on this wee bunny, you should see it perched atop the Tall One's explosion of curls. The long pigtail of shiny black hair is especially piquant.
January 24, 2011As you hunker down in front of your computer this morning, Gentle Reader, I want to cheer you with this thought: Chinese New Year is just around the corner! February 3 starts the Year of the Rabbit! And it is never to early to start thinking about your wild celebratory plans for your New Year party, is it? Pearl River is an excellent source for party decorations and favors. (And it is a bonzer way to kanoodle for a few minutes...)May the bunny be with you!