Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Evergreen tree!!

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. ~Leo Buscaglia Quotes

Quilled Card!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Grilled fish

Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling. ~Andre Gide

Yummyyyyy

We love seafood and one of our favourites is spiced fried/grilled fish!! This sure is the simplest yet yummiest Indian delicacy but please DONT fry it inside the house, they have an undying fragrance for ages LOL. Grilled fish is lot more healthier. Heres a yummy recipe with king fish!



Ingredients: 

Fish pieces 4 
Oil to coat 
Red chilli powder 1 tea spoon
turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
ripe tomato 1
salt to taste
 
Procedure:
 
  • Clean fish and coat the fish with oil, chilli powder, turmeric powder and squeeze the juice of one ripe tomato.
  • Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Grill them on bothe sides and serve them hot with rasam and rice.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Good-bye Thanxgiving welcome Christmas!!!

This Thanksgiving was very very special and one of the most memorable one!!! All the wonderful memories are etched in our hearts 4ever..... Thanking God for making this family reunion happen. Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving.

Here are some of the interesting things happening here during this season.



Heres a pretty quilled art!
















 


How about some crunchy egg pakoda???



















Heres what the kids did for thanxgiving!!


















Recipe for Pumpkin spiced, Persimmon cake!



A decor Idea for Thanksgiving!!!
 

Friday, November 26, 2010

N Day

A beautiful night sky!

For N day our activity was to explore the nignt sky!!!

"Mom, why is the moon following us??" Mom why is the moon  broken???" "Mom can you please buy me wings so that I can touch the stars??" "Why is the star not falling down??"" These have been the questions my kids have been shooting at me recently, it sure was quite challlenging trying to explain a four yera old and a two year old about the night sky. But it sure was fun learning together.



We learnt that a star was a big ball of gas that changes color and size over billions of years.The sub is the brightest and biggest star in our universe and you can see it during the day. We also learnt that the moon is
about one-quarter the size of our planet.And also that Armstrong was the first human being to walk on the moon. Both of  them want to go to the moon when they grow up:)


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Growing herbs

 Mint - You can't live with it and you can't live without it.

Refreshing mint...

Peppermint has many uses ,
  • The menthol in peppermint soothes the inner lining of the digestive tract and helps in the production of bile which helps in digestion.
  • Mint is an excellent breath freshener. It is also known as a good remedy for gingivitis.
  • Peppermint has a calming and sedative effect.
  • It is also used as cold remedy
  • Mint is a stimulant and it is known for lifting the mood, bringing cheer.
  • Mint contains Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
  • Essential peppermint oil is analgesic (pain-reducer), anti-inflammatory, and a counterirritant.
  • It is used for flavouring foods and drinks.
  •  Mint can be used as a repellant. Mint may repel ants and flies.

Growing mint:


Groing mint is very easy. It is an invasive plant. Just try to chose a spot where you won’t mind the rampant growth or grow it in a confined space. As a result growing mint is perfect for the beginning gardener. Mint grows from underground runners and thrives on abundant water and plenty of compost.

Harvesting:
Mint leaves can be harvested regularly and enjoyed throughout the summer.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2 Chronicles

A nation that honors God will be successful:

The book of 2 chronicles emphasizes for the returning Jewish exiles the blessings of following God. This continuation of the history of Israel from King Solomon to the exile gives little coverage to her wicked kings, while describing in great detail the lives of those kings who sought to do things God’s way. With such a focus, 2 chronicles warns the people against disobedience to God and reminds them that the nation that honors God will experience success.
We can find faithful followers of God in this lengthy account of a nation’s downward slide into corruption, idolatry and compromise. Solomon’s wise start ends in foolish disobedience (2 Ch 1-9). Yet the Queen of Sheba praises God because of his rich blessing on Solomon’s kingdom (2 Ch 9:1-12). Queen Athaliah’s idolatry holds the nation under the influence of Baal (2 Ch 22:10-23:21). Yet Jehosheba places her life on the line for six years to hide from this wicked queen the rightful heir to the throne (2Ch22:10-12). Years of idolatrous practices harden the people to god’s ways, but the prophetess Huldah bravely speaks God’s words of commendation and warning ( 2 Ch 34:22-28).
While the influence for good is present in Israel, the choice to disobey god ultimately wins out. After years of political turmoil, beloved Jerusalem falls, the temple is destroyed and the people find themselves in exile. But 2 chronicles doesn’t end on that discouraging note. The last words of the book are a reminder of Jeremiah’s prophesy of restoration and a decree from King Cyrus of Persia that any of the exiles who wish to return to Jerusalem may do so (2 Ch 36:23).


Another pretty quilled art!

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher
Fall colors!!



Monday, November 22, 2010

Egg pakoda

 The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.  ~St Frances de Sales
This snack sure is the best on a day like today!!! It has been drizzling and windy today. Everything looks greener and cleaner everywhere. Love the smell and feels like the monsoon season in India. I remember so vividly eating these snacks with my family back in India a couple years back. And today, some of my closest family are here for thanxgiving and we all are having sooooooooooooooooo much fun. I havent laughed this much in such a looooooooog time. I sure wouldnt trade it for anything. This snack sure brings back memories. Im enjoying sooooooooo much with my family. Heres a simple treat for your family during this season.


Yummy crunchy snack



Ingredients

Hard boiled eggs 6
Baking soda 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 1tsp
Gram flour (besan flour) 1cup
oil to fry
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure
  • Make a thick batter by mixing gram flour , chilli powder , ginger garlic paste ,baking soda and salt with water.
  • Cut the eggs into wedges.
  • Dip each piece in the batter and fry till golden brown.

Cute and funny video

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday's Feature {Lanie}

Hi everyone!!! Check out this nice blog where Lanie makes very pretty and amazing craft items. They are pretty and very inspiring.Through embroidery she makes some beautiful creations.Do check it out 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, November 19, 2010

M Day

And off to the museum we went, with my dad :) We had  an awesome time. Grandpa enjoyed answering thousands of questions that the lil ones were shooting at him:) They sure had loads of fun!!!


Heres a craft that the kids made for thanxgiving:)



Bindu Nair Varma and Jyothi Valaboju are the winners. Pls do email me your address and I will send you a surprise gift!! Thanx for making my 100th post very special.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

100 th Post!!!!

This is my 100th blog post!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! 

Well, I asked on FB what you would like to see on my 100th post.  Many dear friends and family replied on my wall. Thanx soooo much for replying and dropping by ..... your presence here and your words of encouragement keep me going!!
Thanx a ton!! Totally appreciate it!
 So heres what you wanted to know......
 What inspired me to start blogging.
 A tribute to my parents.
 And my first blooper in the kitchen!!! 
So here goes my story:)
                         I was the princess of B'lore and then I got married and became the________ (LOL). Well before I got married I had never had the opportunity to get into the kitchen and cook.Had many maids and was studying working and then was sent away to this country with my DH who I met just 4 days bfore the wedding. The first thing that I asked my DH when I landed here was , " At what time will the maid come tomorrow??" I cant forget the look on his face LOL.From the very next day I would call my mom first thing in the morning and she would walk me through the whole process of making break fast, lunch and dinner. Whew
those first few days were crazy. But enjoyed cooking thoroughly!!!Two weeks later, Dh asked for Idli. Well I called my mom got the recipe, got the dough ready and it was fermented and ready the next morn. To my surprise, I made some super GOOEY, super STICKY yucky Idlis. I had no clue what went wrong with them. Then my neighbor told me not to worry and that I could make it again while she supervised. And found the secret to yucky idlis - just leave the whistle on (LOL). This sure was my first blooper and yes
there were a couple more down the line. But now I sure have amazed a lot of people with my cooking especially my parents:) I have loved to cook and love to try out new dishes.



                         Once we had kids we decided that one of us have to stay home to take care of my God given precious little angels. I decided to be a stay at home mom. One of the most difficult decisions I have made but it sure is the best ever for my kids and family. I salute moms who are working and taking care of their kids as it sure isnt easy!! Being a full time mom, I have very less time to socialize and be of some help to the ones around me. I always wanted to impact people around me and serve in every possible way I can so that God alone will be glorified, coz  He has give me these talents. I wanted to share these little talents to my friends and family at first since they wanted to know how I made that craft or wanted the recipe for some of the dishes that I made and some wanted to know what I was teaching my kids and always the biggest Q What are you always busy with???? At first I would post it on FB, then as I was looking into creating a website as I am a web designer, I found that I could reach more people through blogging than just having a website. I checked out some of your blogs, and fell in love with the blogging world. Thus was born my blog!!! YOU are my inspiration!!! Each one of you have inspired me to knock into my talents and use them and not hide it.... its YOU who have made me come out of my shell and show the world that each person can make a difference!!! This page sure is dedicated to you, my friends and my family. 

You, requested me to write a tribute to my parents, I sure do appreceate their impact in my life but I cant leave out my DH who has also been an integral part in making this happen. Thus this poem is dedicated to my family :) Thanx yalll I love u:)


I love you for what you are,
And for what I am when I am with you.
I love you for what you have made of yourself,
And for what you have molded me to be.

I love you because you bring out the best in me,
And for ignoring the things that you aren't so proud of.
I love you because you dig deep into my life
And see the beautiful things that no one else would see.

I love you because you make my days brighter
And my dark nights lighter.
I love you because no one else could have done any more
to make me who I am today.

You have done all this and more,
just being yourself
and expected nothing in return 
but just to be me.
     Sheeba

Oh how Im thankful to my DH, daddy, momy and my dear brothers, aunts and uncles whose constant support, prayers and words of wisdom never cease to make me a better person!
Have fun reading my blog and drop me a line:)

The winner will be announced tomorrow!! Thanx for participating!!

1 Chronicles

 "And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.~             1 Chronicles 28:9

A godly king makes a nation strong.
The books of 1 and 2 chronicles were originally one large volume. Later divided by the translator of the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament) into separate books, the two volumes portray the history of Israel before the time of the exile. The book of 1 chronicles helps the returning Jewish exiles rediscover their godly heritage as they rebuild their homeland. Emphasizing the need for obedience to God’s commands, 1 Chronicles highlights the importance of true worship, the positive aspects of David’s reign and the continuation of his family line.
While the opening chapters of 1 chronicles seem like an endless list of nondescript names, they are actually much more than that. The lengthy genealogy asserts God’s love for individuals. He knows each by name and never forgets even one. In addition, when we look more closely we see that the genealogies unveil familiar women. We meet Keturah, the joy of Abrahams’s life after Sarah’s death (1Ch 1:32-33). We recognize Abigail and Acsah, women whose resourcefulness brings blessing to their families (1Ch 2:16-17; 49). We find Tamar and Bathsheba, women who suffer the consequences of sexual sin (1Ch 3:5-9). And we find Miriam, who learns the importance of following god’s leaders (1 Ch 6:3).
Studying the positive aspects of David’s reign helps us to understand the importance of doing things God’s way rather than forcing his way onto the throne, David waits for God’s timing and unifies the nation (1 Ch 10-12). Instead of bemoaning his inability to build the temple, David energetically assembles the materials for its construction (1 Ch 22). David’s choice to follow God’s plan and God’s timing instead of his own brings blessing to Israel.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Decoupaged Plaque

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.~Theorore Dreiser

 Docoupaging away.....

Heres a very simple plaque that I made using some wooden blocks, mod podge and scrapbook paper. I first spray painted the wooden blocks gold, that I got from the craft store. Then I cut the paper into different shapes and layered them and then I hot glued them on a wooden block. And voila here I have a beautiful plaque.




Have fun and see you tomorrow :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pumpkin spiced, Persimmon cake!

Vegetables are the food of the earth; fruit seems more the food of the heavens.  ~Sepal Felicivant

Yummylicious!!!!

I love persimmons.There are two types of persimmons, astringent and non-astringent.  The most common astringent persimmon is the hachiya persimmon, also known as a Japanese persimmon, they need to be ripe to the point of bursting, only then it will taste great. Heres a simple recipe with this delicious fruit!!



Ingredients

Persimmon pulp 1/2 cup
Baking soda 1 teaspoon
Sugar 1 cup
Vegetable oil 1/2 cup
 Eggs 2
Pumpkin spice 1 teaspoon
Salt 3/4 teaspoon
Water 1/3 cup
All-purpose flour(Maida) 1-1/2 cups

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease your pans.
  2. Stir together the persimmon pulp and baking soda and keep it aside for few minutes. The pulp will thicken.
  3. In a bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin spice, and salt. Then add persimmon pulp and water alternately with flour. 
  4. Fill each pan 2/3 full and bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.After 10 minutes, transfer to a wire rack untill completely cool.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

You wont believe this!

Saturday's Feature {Susan Midlarsky}

Firstly I would like to apologize for not being able to post today. I usually dont delay posts unless and until there was a computer glitch but today was fairly a crazy busy Saturday.... thus posting at the wee hours of the morning. I promise this wont happen again.

Todays feature is a wonderful teacher who has inspired many. Check out  Susan Midlarsky’s website, home of math and literacy programs for children and professional development for adults! Check out her blog here.

Please visit the pages below for information, including Singapore Math and NaNoWrimo-based homeschooling and tutoringprofessional development opportunities, and more.

Have a fab weekend!!!!
 

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, November 12, 2010

L Day

And off to the lake we went................ this was just the most relaxed fun filled day!!!

Hope you all had a fun day.... what did you do with your kids today???

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yummy Strawberries

Growing Strawberries......


Planting Strawberry Plants

  • Plant in the spring as soon as the soil is dry enough to be worked.
  • Plant them in full sun.
  • Add 1-2 inches of organic matter like compost

  • Make a hole large enough to spread the roots. Hill the center of the hole and place the crown at soil level. Spread the roots downward on the hill. Bury the plant so that the soil only goes halfway up the crown.
We had loads of strawberries on the plant but they didnt get to the kitchen and we found who stole our strawberries.... It was my lil 2 year old son .... he loves strawberries and once its red its in his tummy :) The kids love to grow strawberries and they love to water and take care of them. Have a fun day tomorrow will see you all in the blog world soon.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2 Kings

The peril of refusing to obey God’s prophets.

The book of 2 kings details the steady downfall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Beginning with the ministries of two prophets, Elijah and Elisha, it traces the reigns of the kings of both nations, highlighting the price that each kingdom pays for failing to heed the message of God’s prophets. Because of sin and spiritual blindness, Israel is exiled to Assyria. Judah’s failure to learn from Israel’s example leads it down a similar path to exile in Babylon.
In 2 Kings the rebellion of the majority is contrasted with the faithfulness of a minority. We rejoice as a prophet’s widow finds provision when she follows God’s direction and closes her door to outside distractions (2 Ki 4:1-7). We’re delighted when a Shunamite woman bears a long-awaited child, and we grieve with her as the child’s death tests her faith(2 Ki 4:8-37). We revel in the bravery of a young slave girl who remembers the lessons of childhood and makes a recommendation to her sick master ( 2Ki 9:30-37) but gladdened when Jehosheba is able to save young Joash from certain death ( 2Ki 11:1-12).
As the fabric of morality slowly unravels in both Israel and Judah, the lines of right from wrong become blurred. The majority of their leaders show little regard for godly lifestyles. They become easy marks of idolatry, trusting that their status as God’s chosen will insulate them from destruction- if they care about God al all. As the people of 2 Kings learn, the negative effects of persistent sin intensify over time. Compromising God’s standards will result in moral and physical collapse. Obedience is the only sure path to blessing.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Diwali Wrap Up!

 Missing India during this joyous season... heres a taste of India in my house. Since we dont celebrate Diwali, heres what we did during this season. We enjoyed loads of sweets that Dh got from the store. It was soooooo yummm!!!!












Carved a pumpkin with an Indian theme. Isnt it pretty?? Love the way it glows:)

Heres a simple decor Idea for your mantle. The picture is a 'Coffee
Art' done by me. A very simple technique yet beautiful. Im totally in love with this art..... Will be making more of these soon. Well heres a teaser..... each room in my house is decorated with a different theme from different parts of the world- Egyptian, Country, Asian. Indian etc. Will be posting the pics soon....  But heres a peep into my home.... Enjoy:)


 Check out the tutorial on how to make this beautiful art here.


Here are some delicious recipes for this season!
Click on the following links to get these awesome recipes. 







End of five days of festivities

This little light of mine,I'm gonna let it shine.....

Hope you all had a wonderful Diwali!!! This day marks the end of the five days of deepavali celebrations.A day when brothers visit their sisters and sisters pray for their brothers.
Diwali is called the Festival of Lights. During this festival loads of  beautiful clay lamps are lit and decorated in may homes. I have carved  a clay lamp on a pumpkin.Enjoy the beauty of it!!!




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