Here in Northern China, eating jiaozi (dumplings) is a must during Chinese New Year! It is known as one of the traditional "prosperity" foods. Many families eat these at midnight so they have money at the changing of the years. Some cooks will hide a clean coin in one for the most lucky to find--if they don't break a tooth :) Boiled, and served with soy sauce and vinegar, is the most common way to eat them like the above picture. These are pork and cabbage--one of our favorites!
These are fried jiaozi and they are my personal favorite! Since I'm the cook, I always include some of those too:) Some of our girls like these, but most prefer the boiled variety. These are pork and mushroom, but I especially enjoy the lamb and onion ones!
Another of the "lucky" foods is considered broccoli. Here it's stir-fried with garlic in a thickened chicken bouillon sauce--the most popular way here.
And this is another very popular dish here in Northern China. It is raw cucumbers with soybean paste sauce.
We are the Rippee family! We manage and are house parents in a home for older orphaned girls in China. It's called the Forever Home, and it is a project of New Day Foster Home. Like all foreign workers at NDFH, we receive no salary for our work, so if you would like to support our family's living expenses, please click the button below to donate through PayPal. Donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about the Forever Home and ways you can directly support this work, please visit New Day Foster Home's website.
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Elise was adopted at the age of 3 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elise is home- schooled and really loves music, cooking, arts and crafts, and enjoys being the big, older sister to the Forever Home girls.
Shawna was adopted at the age of 1 year old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Shawna is home-schooled and is good at piano, arts and crafts, and thoroughly enjoys playing with the Forever Home girls.
Elizabeth was adopted at the age of 10 years old as a special needs child by Randy and Rita Rippee, managers and house parents of this Forever Home. Elizabeth is home-schooled and loves the outdoors, computers, bike riding, and crafts.
THE FOREVER HOME GIRLS
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