Fortune Cookies

Fortune Is….
Having the transmission on your car go out right before Christmas
and having Don the mechanic say, “Remember. God is watching over you.”
Somehow, the expression of that sentiment made it easier to let go.
Having pennies left in the bank account
and receiving the following email from the hubby’s former mission president:
You may recall that I once repeated a comment made by Elder Holland at a Mission President’s Training in Europe when he said, “ the worst day in the history of mankind was followed three days later by the greatest day since the creation.” Then he said, “tell your missionaries when suffering and afflictions abound that there is a miracle just three days away”. I know that there is a miracle just three days away for your family.
Somehow, those words–which I’d never before heard–offered a resounding reminder of all I needed to hear.
Having one-of-those-days from dawn to dusk: floors sticky with spilled juice, hair wilted just-so, the arrival of {yet another} bad batch of mail
and catching Conan O’Briens classy farewell just before bedtime.
Somehow–for just a moment–the comedian tickled my heart, rather than my funny bone. Bless Him.
Having one more chance to start the New Year off right
{Chinese New Year is arriving Feb. 14. Hurrah!}
May we each re-meet 2010 with faith, hope, and optimism anew!

Vanilla-Ginger Fortune Cookies
If you’ve never made fortune cookies from scratch, then you are missing out on an experience which is equal parts dessert and activity. A thin batter is spread onto a cookie sheet, then baked for 5 minutes. Once removed from the oven, you’ve got less than ten seconds to toss in a custom-created fortune (oh! the fun you can have with these!), fold, twist and pinch the cookies together before they begin to harden. Thin, wafer-like little cookies result. Perhaps you, like I, will just oogle them and smile. Don’t you just sometimes amaze yourself with your funny little kitchen creations?
3 egg whites
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. white flour
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 drop Doterra Ginger Essential Oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together until very smooth. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons onto a cookie sheet (covered in parchment is best), spread with a flat knife until you’ve created very thin circles of batter. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, or just until the edges turn brown. Remove from the oven and immediately put a fortune in the center of each cookie. Fold in half, twist backward, pinch gently in the center to close. Allow to cool, uncovered for 1-2 hours. Cookies will harden as they air dry.

We saved a cookie for you.
Cracked it open to find your fortune. What did it say? What did it say?!
Oh, whoops. I think this one is MY fortune.
Here’s another, hand picked just for you…
You will be famus?!
Why, Congratulations! I promise to become your biggest fan!
In the meantime, I’ve got to figure out what to do about the other fortunes daughter Alyssa snuck into our cookies…
You will get a baby sister.
You will get a baby brother.
You will get a cat.
You will get a dog.
You will get $9 million bucks.
All of which would make for a marvelously fortunate {if entirely exhausting} year, indeed.