Sunday, October 31, 2010

Alternatives to Halloween!

Many people choose not to observe Halloween. Hmm yes thats us included!! I dont want to discuss here all the "whys" and "why nots," but just wanted to let you know what we usually do during this season :)

Fall Carnival or Harvest Festival

Many harvest festivals are held during this season in the churches for years. Organizing this event gives parents and children to go and celebrate with outher families. Kids come in beautiful costumes and enjoy the fun and games and collect tons of candy :)My lil ones having fun at the harvest festival!




Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch
We had fun picking pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. The kids loved this activity. 


Cooking with your kids with the pumpkins :)
We made a very yummy Indian treat check it out here








Fall decor
You can decorate create an autumn theme with these easy crafts with your family! We created a beautiful fall wreath and very pretty cylinder hurricanes for our home.




Portraits
How about a nice fun portrait session with/of your kids??? Heres my little Pocahontas!!!!






Fundraiser

Made some Christmas cards and we as a family were able to bless a ministry with part of the sales. 



Thanking God

We also celebrate our wedding anniversary this season and take time to thank Him for all the wonderful blessings in our lives. 


 We are also going to carve our pumpkins this week :) 

Enjoy this season and have loads of fun!!!!! And drop me a line and tell me what did u do this season???



Saturday's Feature {D & G}

Dottie and Gary have a wonderful blog. They have lotsa information on photography and crafts including mosaics, hypertufa and turning trash into treasure. They have also written for Blooms Extra magazine.  Check it out here. They also have an Etsy store where they sell unique stuff.


You can buy these here.




Check out their blog and please do leave a comment and share/rate/review  their blogs. Hope you have fun! Remember to list your blogs under your category-just leave a comment and url.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Alphabet J Day

"Quiet!" -- 4 year old, when asked what begins with 'M' and sounds good.

 Grrrrrrrrrowwwwwwwwlll!!!!

We learnt that Jaguar, Jack fruit and Jet plane start with the letter J. We learnt different parts of Jaguar and that they love to climb up the kapok tree.We learnt about its uniqueness and how its leaves are joint at one of its ends. We then went exploring looking at trees and their leaves.

The fun activity was playing in the park on the jungle jim



Hot hot hot chillies!!

My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.
David Byrne


Growing Anaheim Peppers


We Indians love spicy food.Indian curries are not complete without these chillies! I was soooo excited to grow them in my garden. Growing Chillies requires a warm growing environment and yaaay Im sooo glad I live in southern California!




I sowed the seeds from some of the store bought chillies :) I sowed them indoors about 2 or 3 seeds in each 1 inch cell of a seedling tray.
I transplanted the seeds once they were about 4 cm in height. They should be planted where they receive a good amount of sunlight.
Watering them regularly and not flooding them will help them grow well.


Harvesting


The Chillies will take a few weeks to develop and will take few more weeks to change from green to red. You can harvest them when they are Green or Red.The longer you leave the chillies on the plant, the hotter in flavour they will become. I just love my garden chillies....... the burst of freshness and the hot spicy flavor is amazing!!

** Sorry for the delayed post friends, due to a computer glitch I coudnt post yesterday ... aaaaaaarrrrrrrrghhhh but I know you understand!!! 


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2 Samuel

"Is it not my family God has chosen? Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. He will ensure my safety and success."2 Samuel 23:5

A nation and its leader.
The book of 2 Samuel records the events in the life of one of the brightest lights of the Biblical narrative- King David. Continuing Israel's history from the death of Saul to the end of David’s 40 year reign, the book chronicles David’s highest achievements as well as his lowest failures. An able administrator, David brings the nation of Israel to political, economic and military supremacy. His godly example strengthens his people’s commitment to the Lord, and yet his failure to control his passions and his family transforms this kingdom from peace to dissension.
This uncensored story of David’s triumphs and troubles gives is a glimpse of life in the royal palace at Jerusalem. We encounter the resentment of David’s wife , Michal, who has become a political pawn instead of a beloved spouse (2 Sa 6:20-23). We trace the slippery slide of adultery and cover-up as Bathsheba becomes an unwitting partner to David’s passions and suffers the death of her child as a result (2 Sa 11:1-12:25).
We experience revulsion and horror at the rape of Tamar by her half-brother (2Sa 21).
With its candid examination of the life of David, the book of 2 Samuel stands as a graphic reminder that there are devastating consequences to sin. Only confession and repentance can heal the wounds.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Glass Hurricanes!!


Craft is part of the creative process. Gavin Bryars


  I hope you've had a blessed day full of sunshine!

Im sure you've seen these Dollar Tree Glass Hurricane's all over blog land, isnt it??? I saw these at DecorChick! and I fell in love with them :) 
Have you seen these candle holders from Williams Sonoma before?  Ive always wanted one of these and didnt want to pay $50 for them.
I went to the dollar store and grabbed the candle sticks and the cylinders and rushed home to make them :) It came just in time for my autumn decor oh how I love dollar store :) Don't you think they would make great gifts? I used hot glue but I would use Gorilla Glue to give it to others.

Heres what I came up with the ones lying around my house:) Give it a try and let me know your awesome creations.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Kheer (Pumpkin Rice Pudding)

  It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.  ~Julia Child

 Yummy Fall Desert

Prep & Cooking: 30 Mts
Serves 4 persons
Cuisine: Pakistani



Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup rice
1/4 cup Pumpkin pure
1/2 cup raisins, cashews
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 
Directions  
  • Bring milk, pumpkin pure and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add rice, and simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens and the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
  •  Stir in the raisins, cashews and cardamom, and cook for a few more minutes. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with few more raisins and cashews.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dance by moi!!

Praising God through dance .......

Everything I do I try to glorify God. I wish I had the energy and time to practice and dance for the Lord. Danced at the Adonai Sports Ministry Fundraiser Aug 7 '10 after many many years. Be blessed!





Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday's Feature {Sam}

Hii everybody!!! Hope yo;u; all had an awesome week. Todays feature is Samuel Williams. He is my dear brother and an amazing person. His blog is very interesting. Its about his life and his walk with God. Make sure you check out his doodles.

Are You Even Listening?





The Pulley







From Sam:

I AM A NATIVE OF Chennai, Southern India currently residing in Toronto, Canada. I am a mosaic of eastern and western experiences and worldviews engulfed in Christian values. THIS BLOG IS MY ATTEMPT to be vocal about the things that matter the most to me. I love Christ (for saving me and revealing GOD to me), His Church (imperfect, yet beautiful, that accompanies me in my journey), GOD's infallible word (It refreshes me, brings clarity and perspective to my life and invites me into GOD's active work in the here and now) and my unpredictable life (which I believe is part of GOD's bigger story that is being told in our generation for His glory and fame).

Friday, October 22, 2010

Alphabet 'I' Day

“You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks” ~Eskimo Proverb quotes


Igloo

This was a fun day........ after our study time we went to the ice cream parlor :) We also made an igloo out of sugar cubes :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Anybody can grow sunflowers

Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals.  Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.  ~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers

Sunflowers!!!

 Sunflowers have it all!!!! They are healthy, nutritious and attractive.We adorn our yards and gardens with these beautiful flowers. They are high in protein. Sunflowers are popular as a cooking oil, too.



  • Sow the seeds directly into the garden.Sunflower plants grow well in average to rich soils.
  • After planting, cover them with a screen, as the birds and animals love it.
  • When you are planting the seeds space them two to three feet apart from one another.
  • Sunflowers always face to the rising sun in the East. Keep this in mind as you plan where to plant them.
  • Apply extra phosphorus and potassium when the flower bud begins to develop, to promote bigger blooms.
  • Sunflowers are an annual. They can withstand a mild frost. However, cover your seedlings if a hard spring freeze is anticipated.

Double ka meeta, Indian bread pudding

I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert.  ~Jason Love

Mouthwatering delish....
Prep & Cooking: 8 hours 20 mts
Serves 4 persons
Cuisine: Andhra



I made this pudding for my dad when he visited me. It sure was a hit and I crave it every single day since.................. Its just uuuber yummy and dad still raves about it. Ms S says " Can you please make crspy sweet yummy bread today???'' So believe me it amazing .. you should try it atleast once its worth it and its pretty easy..... and please do drop me a line before / after trying out my dishes.... I thrive on your comments lol.....

Ingredients:
Bread - 10 slices
cardamom powder 1/4 tsp
ghee for frying
Half and half 2 cups
sugar 1 cup


Procedure:
Cut each slice of bread into halves of triangle and let them dry over night.
Fry it in ghee till golden brown
Make sugar syrup flavored with cardamom and keep it aside.
Boil half and half until it is thickened.
Add 2 tbps of ghee to a pan and once hot fry the cashews and raisins for a couple of minutes and keep aside.
Dip the fried bread in sugar syrup for few seconds and place it on the serving dish.
Add the fried nuts and raisins on the bread and pour the thickened half and half.
Serve it warm or cold with whipped cream.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1 Samuel

The LORD does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (NIV) 1 Samuel 16:7

A change in leadership

The book of 1 Samuel continues the history of Israel as it connects the end of the era of the judges under Samuel with the reign of Israel’s first king, Saul. The nation of Israel faces abashing transitions as it rejects God’s rule and longs ors for a leadership like that of its neighbors. Though grieved by Israel's choice, God grants the people’s request and installs Saul as king. Ultimately Saul falls prey to the sin of pride, and Samuel anoints Saul’s successor, David.
Godly women play important roles in the unfolding drama of 1 Samuel. We feel the anguish of Hannah’s barrenness and share her ultimate joy when God grants her desire for a child (1 Sa 1:1-2:26). We see the first love as Michal reveals her feelings for David and sympathize as she incurs her father’s wrath when she attempts to protect David ( 1 Sa 18:20-29; 19:9-17). We applaud Abigail’s intelligence and resourcefulness as she dares to do what’s right despite her husband’s evil intentions (1 Sa 25).
Some characters in 1 Samuel exhibit weaknesses that serve as vivid lessons. Eli’s poor parenting results in children who lack moral strength. (1Sa 3:1-18). Saul’s preoccupation with success at any cost brings about his ultimate removal from leadership (1Sa 15). And Jesse’s lack of discernment blinds him to god’s perspective in choosing a new leader (1 Sa 16:1-13). Throughout 1 Samuel one truth rings loudly and clearly: God doesn’t necessarily opt to use those with tremendous talents or leadership skills. He uses those who are willing to be used and who value obedience above all else.Read the book of 1 Samuel here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Silhouette art!

Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.~ Vincent Van Gogh

Country living!




I love this art, the contrast of black and white is just amazing :) Hope you like it.

Instructions:

Things you need:
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black paper
  • White paper
  1. Draw the desired picture on a black sheet of paper.
  2. Cut out the silhouette using an exacto knife, and glue it to white paper

    Here are some ideas from the net:) Click on the Image to check out their pages..






Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday's Feature {Arundhuti}

Hello Everybody!! I have a long list of amazing blog post topics....... I am amazed to see sooo many wonderful sites and Its just the most amazing experience meeting soo many amazing and talented people.Today I would like to feature, Arundhuti and her blog My Saffron Kitchen. These are some of the delicious recipes you will find here.

There are tons of authentic Indian food recipes and you will enjoy.

Check out their blog and please do leave a comment and share/rate/review  their blogs. Hope you have fun! Remember to list your blogs under your category-just leave a comment and url.

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