I've wanted to try making fortune cookies for years. Decades, even. But I've never done it. It was an obvious choice to add to my list of 40 Things. When I told Trevor I was going to be making fortune cookies, he was very excited and immediately volunteered to help. In particular, he wanted to write the fortunes.
We went to the computer. He climbed onto my lap and dictated fortunes nearly as fast as I could type them. I LOVE his ideas. Pure gold.
After cutting the fortunes, we started making the cookie batter. Check out that recipe next to Trevor. I tore it out of a magazine during the Year of the Ram... 2003. It was one of MANY fortune cookie recipes I'd torn out of magazines over the years, knowing that someday I'd make them.
After making the batter, I spread it on the pan and baked for 4 minutes, four cookies at a time. Then it was a mad dash in which Trevor placed a fortune onto each 400°F cookie, then I folded the cookie in half, and then in half again. Needless to say, we weren't able to take pictures of the process.
Eating our fortune cookies was just as much fun as making them. Steve hadn't seen Trevor's fortunes, so it was especially fun seeing his reaction as he opened his cookies. His first cookie advised him: Never be a bully. ("What kind of fortune is that?!" he asked.) His others: Be thankful for food. Try your best. You should be careful today. ("Why is my cookie threatening me?" he asked.)
My fortunes were pretty good: Always think before you do. Listen to your teacher. You are great. Your wish will be granted.
Trevor's fortunes included: You are awesome. Try to be nice. Always be kind. Make your luck keep going.