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  Chinese New Year is today! It's time to celebrate the end of the year of the snake & usher in the new year of the horse. I know, we are not Chinese by origin, but I think it's important for us to teach our son about different cultures!  

  Here are a couple of fun facts about the year of the horse! "Those born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive and witty. Famous people born in this year include actress Halle Berry, Rembrandt and singer Aretha Franklin." 
(Information fromwww.independent.co.uk)  

  We usually spend Chinese New Year with my grandparents & spend the day making egg rolls. As they are out of town this year, we are flying solo this year and the cooking is all up to me! I thought I would share one of my family's favorite Chinese recipes in honor of the occasion!




Stir Fry

Ingredients:

1 cup of chopped green onions
3 minced garlic cloves
3 tbs coconut oil1 cup soy sauce
2 tbs grated ginger
1 1/2 cup snap peas
3 cubed chicken breasts
1 small can chopped water chestnuts
1 can chopped baby corn
1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
2 peeled & chopped carrots
1 chopped & seeded bell pepper
3 cups of rice

  Start out by seasoning your pan with coconut oil. Once it's melted, throw in the garlic, onions, soy sauce, bell peppers & ginger. You can even add a dash or two of ground pepper. But, that's up to you! Let those cook on a medium temperature for 4 minutes. This will create a stock to flavor the rest of your dish. Next, throw in the chicken & the rest of the vegetables. Cover the pan & cook for 15 minutes on low. Make sure you stir evenly every few minutes to make sure the stock reaches all of the ingredients. When your chicken cubes have reached a golden brown color, you're all done! I hope you enjoy this yummy dinner add much as we do!

  This year we will celebrate by making Natashia's stained glass windows from one of her earlier posts! Click here if you would like to see her tutorial. To keep with the Chinese tradition, we will only use red tissue paper. In China, the color red represents fire, which wards off bad luck. Pretty neat right?

   Next, we like to go outside & light sparklers. It's so nice to have an excuse to play with them again!

  Whatever you do tonight,  I hope it's filled with new memories of the one's you hold dear! Enjoy your weekend Mumsies!


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