This past week, we celebrated Tết, which is Vietnamese/Chinese Lunar New Year holiday and welcome the year of the rooster. The entire week, we tried to do some spring cleaning to get rid of all the ill-fortune and welcome some good luck. Like any holidays, we surround ourselves with family and we cook, bake, and we stuff our face until we’re 20 pounds heavier.
My little brother and his family were planning on visiting us from Amarillo. My niece Serena and Shiloh were born 1 month apart. We were going to celebrate their first Tết and Serena’s first birthday. Of course, Auntie had to make Serena’s birthday cake. And since we’re celebrating it on Tết, I had to make a New Year’s themed drip cake. It was a 3 layer red velvet cake with vanilla Italian buttercream frosting. The cake was decorated with lots of chocolate covered in gold dust, marshmallow fondant old Chinese gold coins, and fortune cookies.
Unfortunately, a couple of days before my families’ arrival, Michaela and Madison was sick with the croup and little Shiloh had the flu. We were not able to throw the party nor join in on any of the festivities.
My family still came to town and celebrated. However, before heading back to Amarillo, they stopped by for a brief visit. The kiddos were able to play with their cousins, got their li xi (lucky money), and had some cake. It ended up being an awesome new year!
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới, Gung Hay Fat Choy, Happy New Year!!!
Wishing everyone good luck, prosperity, love and happiness in the New Year!