Prosperity plants & pasta

Maybe it was because I kept seeing Chinese New Year ads all over the TV.

Maybe it was because I just sent out a whole bunch of Chinese New Year cards on Friday.

Maybe it was because I felt the living room lacked some Chinese New Year “ong”.

Maybe it was because my hands were itchy.

Maybe it was all of the above reasons in one way or another, but most probably it was because we were gonna have Ethan’s early birthday lunch celebration today, so my parents are here in Penang for a visit and yeah, so are my parents-in-law. Double the stress! So what to do, what to do, what to do? I mopped the house and gave the living room a facelift lo, like any good daughter/daughter-in-law would do.

The prosperity plant we had had long since dieded… so okay, we cheated. We bought a healthy-looking one from Jaya Jusco two days ago (RM23.80), and all I had to do was just to scoop out the old soil and replanted the new prosperity plant. The ceramic pot of course remained. The plan was working flawlessly, and I beamed with pride when MIL exclaimed, “What a healthy looking prosperity plant that is!” Unfortunately, my hubby let the cat out of the bag when he retorted, “We bought it from the supermarket laaaa!” Bummer. *grumble grumble mutter mutter*

Next, the space in the living room where once the Christmas tree stood, had been empty for about 5 days now. I took the tree down on Monday and on Friday, I brought out our pussy willow stalks in a tall vase. Fine, it was last year’s but they still look good, so I thought, “Why not?” After hanging the decorations and turning the vase a few times to ensure a perfect angle on the pussy willow stalks (hubby helped a bit with the aesthetics too), I was glad. NOW, it looks like Chinese New Year… well, save for the mandarin oranges we have yet to buy though. Do you think I have got enough decorative elements on the stalks or do I need to make some more?

On a rather unrelated note, isn’t it weird why I would crave for something Italian and cheesy when it is Chinese New Year season? When I work from home, I have the luxury to experiment in the kitchen, and pasta was the main course for lunch on Friday, as I cooked up a mushroom and herb pasta dish. So yummy, so cheesy, so calorie-laden, so…. Okay, okay, so you caught me again. I had some *help* making it (of course I “kah liu” with cheddar cheese and margarine – I didn’t have butter) Still good, no? Works for an Italian-food lover like moi!

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16 Responses to Prosperity plants & pasta

  1. michelle says:

    yum yum mushroom herbs pasta…
    alwayz eat dat for breakfast…
    too lazy to add stuff..just dump int he pot..
    go shower and dats it my breakfast is done when i am done with shower..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Wow..your breakfast every day?!!! That sounds really nutritious and filling!

  2. LB says:

    Looking very Chinese New Year! Pity I can’t just drop by for some kwachi & Orange Fanta, eh?

    Hey, I do that to my pasta too! Fusion cooking, hor? πŸ™‚ Add add! Mix mix!

    The Giddy Tigress says: If you’re around, you are most certainly invited. But I don’t have kwachi and Orange Fanta wor.. pineapple tarts and Shandy can?

  3. may says:

    hey love that prosperity plant! hope it brings lots of moolah to you πŸ™‚

    p.s. I cheat a lot in pasta cooking too — all those ready-made sauces are my “friends”… *wink*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks – I just hope I manage to keep it healthy long enough to bring in the moolah. So refreshing to know so many people have the same *friends* as I do!

  4. Chen says:

    Very CNY
    Very Prosperous..
    Very Ong.. Err.. where is the Ong Lai? πŸ˜›

    hehehe, most of the time i also use the ready-made sauce bought from supermarket for my pasta πŸ˜›

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ong lai,didn’t buy wor…but pineapple tarts coming soon! Ready-made sauces must be really good for health, since doc also uses it eh?

  5. rinnah says:

    Hehehe… I also cook using some *help* mah…

    I wish I can do CNY visitation at your house!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Come come! *opens doors in welcome*

  6. simon says:

    i saw this shop selling this yellow CNY plant for RM400! Giler man.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yellow??? Artificial one or real one? That’s daylight robbery! The person selling the plant will definitely have instant prosperity if he manages to sell just one of those plants!

  7. kyh says:

    oooh so the CNY atmosphere! u’re so artistic… can help me decorate my dorm or not jek? πŸ˜›

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hehe thanks….girls not allowed in boys’ dorms la…

  8. Sue says:

    Oh..so nice..everyone is in CNY mood, I miss home now…haven’t been back for CNY in 3 years now. Next year must do it!

    The Giddy Tigress says: So how are you gonna celebrate CNY this year?

  9. wen says:

    ya,that looks healthy. if u dont buy then u hv to plant from very small and takes quite a while to grow. better buy la, i bought last yr

    The Giddy Tigress says: I hope I can keep it alive for a long time though.

  10. huisia says:

    pussy willow here even got other colors, like red, purple, pink…just so pretty:)

    The Giddy Tigress says: I still prefer the white regular ones though – they look more authentic!

  11. shireen says:

    Those prosperity plants not easy to grow leh. They keep turning brown at the tip…. maybe we have no prosperity πŸ™

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah loh….and some people say I don’t have green fingers!

  12. Is that what that plant is called? I had no idea. My mother is so fussy about it. You and family are all set for the CNY!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I think so. Some people call it the money plant though.

  13. jazzmint says:

    enough lor…i havent even start decorating my house

    The Giddy Tigress says: Okay…but all you need is to hang your scrap printouts and you’re done πŸ™‚

  14. jacss says:

    hey, yr prosperity plant looks exactly like mine….even the ceramic pot also the same…..hahaha but i put up lots of butterfly & red ribbon so that makes it look more sparkling !!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Butterflies? Hmmm…I don’t know how to create those from angpow packets. Care to share?

  15. chinnee says:

    shud match with prosperity long noodle πŸ™‚

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ooohhh…are you going to make that for me? πŸ™‚

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