January can be a blah month, a let-down after the holidays. So, even though we have no Asian ancestors, Gerhardt and I decided to celebrate Chinese New Year. (Well, I decided and he went along with it.)
What a fun time we had! The closest I got to Chinese food was egg rolls, but everyone loved them. They also loved my peppermint cupcakes! (The recipe for those will be in my next Christmas novel, CHRISTMAS IN ICICLE FALLS, the last book in the LIFE IN ICICLE FALLS series. You'll want to get that one just to have all the fabulous recipes.)
I didn't find fortune cookies in time for the party, so I held a contest to see who could come up with the best fortune. Everyone wrote one out on a slip of paper, leaving it unsigned. Then I read the various ones and we all voted for our favorite. We had some great ones, like "Don't grin when you sin."... "The rooster who crows the loudest may not be right." And, my personal favorite: "Better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Ha!
Fun and games, good times, good friends - I can't think of a better way to beat the blahs. Who says you have to go away someplace glamorous for a good time? Sometimes the best good times can be found in our own back yard!