Wow, it sure is crazy to think that 2013 is taking its last few breaths. Pretty soon, the full force of 2014 will be upon us! It’s weird to think how quickly this year went by. But as the seasons change and our calendars change dates, some things always stay the same.
The last day of the year will always be December 31, and it’s been that way for a very long time. If I’m not mistaken, December 31 was created back when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar in 45 BC, where December was given 31 days instead of the 29 it had under the old Roman calendar.
On this last day of the year, people everywhere will begin making resolutions to themselves. Some of that will include eating healthier, losing weight, exercising more, getting more sleep, procrastinating less, etc. Personally, I don’t have my list of New Year’s resolutions ready yet, but I will! I’ll probably post them on my personal blog (kuyasnotebook.com) later today or tomorrow when I finally have the list finalized.
Before midnight rings, it’s also important to clean the house and get everything ready for the new year. Today has been filled with cleaning, tidying things up, and just getting the house ready to soak in all the luck that 2014 has to offer.
Filipinos have always been superstitious about New Year’s, probably a product of our Chinese ancestors. A few important things you should do before the calendar rolls over to January 1 include:
- Cleaning your house
- Fill your wallet with money (no empty wallets unless you want an empty wallet all year!)
- Scatter coins around the house and outside your door
- Eat round grapes at the stroke of midnight
- Have long noodles for long life
I’m also going to be jumping twelve times at midnight to increase my height this year. :)
Also, on New Year’s Day, it’s very important that you don’t clean anything and don’t spend any money at all! You wouldn’t want to wipe away the good luck that came in on New Year’s Eve, and your spending habits on January 1 will last for the rest of the year! As in, if you spend money of New Year’s Day, you’ll spend away too much of your money this coming year!
Bok Choy and Broccoli has a very international audience, many of you hailing from the United States, Canada, and the Philippines. Please in the comments leave how you celebrate the New Year and what your superstitions are (if you have any)! Until next time, have a great 2014 ahead of you!
White Toblerone Macadamia Cookies
- 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- ½ cup white sugar
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
- 1 ½ cups (approx. 2 bars) white Toblerone, coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 300° F.
- In a medium bowl, comine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk. Set aside.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend sugars at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour mixture and macadamia, and blend at low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix!
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto un-greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown. Transfer cookies immediately to cool, flat surface.