Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have you all started making sweets and savories for Christmas??

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

It's mind boggling how just couple of days back at this time I was making preparations for Thanksgiving. Travelling and enjoying every moment with my family. And now I am fully focused on Christmas. My house is decorated inside with red green and gold and beautiful lights. We're still working on decorating the outside and Ive got a list of things to do before Christmas. Im also getting ready for the 'palagaram exchange' (Cookie exchange) next week. I also have planned a wonderful time with our family - Sandiego here we come!

I am determined though, as the Christmas season rolls on, to remember what its all about - the birth of Jesus - and to not get caught up in all thefrenzy. If my palagaram doesnt turn out the best, oh well. If someone doesn't like what I am wearing, So what? That's their problem. And as far as gifting goes, I am going to give those who are in need and be there for those who are lonely and alone during this season. I pledge not to go crazy over materialism. This isn't important people!

Let's turn our eyes to the reason why we are doing all this in the first place. It's because Jesus was born and he died on the cross for us and he rose again. We should spend the season being thankful for him and for all that he has done for us.  Remember to ask "What Would Jesus Do?" during this season. Rejoice and enjoy the season in Him.

Well heres a yummy and simple recipe that you can enjoy with your family during this season!

Diamond Cuts


Ingredients:

All purpose flour (Maida) 2 cups
Baking powder a pinch
Salt a pinch
Eggs 3
Powdered Sugar as desired
Oil to fry

Procedure:
  • Beat the eggs well
  • Add the flour little by little and form a ball of non sticky dough .
  • Roll into lemoon size balls  and flatten them with a rolling pin into 1/4th inches thick discs .
  • Cut them into diamond shaped pieces.
  • Deep fry in oil and drain .
  • Serve dusted with icing sugar
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving was just here ...........

Time definitely flies........... Im soooooo thankful for ALL the wonderful things God has done in my life. The song Count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done", has been ringing in my ears this whole month. God has blessed me with a loving and understanding family,  very close friends, loads of acquaintances and many inumerable things that Im soooo thankful for.... I also am soo thankful for you all who read and post on my blog.... Thank you God for all that you have done for me! The month of November is a time of lots of celebration. It started off with our 7th anniversary celebrations:




After which we celebrated our parents birthday!!




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We decorated our home with soo much warmth and love.... I didnt want to take the decor down:( But had to as we have started with the Christmas decor!






Just the four of us enjoyed and wonderful breakfast ,we made pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin french toast ... it sure was yummmmmmmm..





For Lunch we had our famous pumpkin soup, Deep fried Asparagus and Pumkin seed sprinkled salad.


For the main course we had green bean casserole, ham and yummy chicken made by my dear friend.


Sides included Sweet potato with marsh mellows, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes(made by dad) and home made gravy!


Last but not the least was the Tropical pumpkin flan! Which was a big hit!

Everyone loved the food and we had a wonderful time together.




Well after that we went to the mountains to meet our dear friends to have a wonderful thanxgiving feast!!!!!!!! Thanking God for everything.





Truly thankful! So what did u do this thanxgiving ......... and count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rainbow Birthday Party!

My mom and dad celebrate their birthday on the same day! Yes, this makes it even more special :)

The minute I mentioned that its grandparents bday, my kids wanted to throw a rainbow party for them. After a long time we are being able to celebrate their bday together coz they used to live faaaaaaaaar away! Past two yrs have been a great blessing since they are couple of miles away!! Truly its a great blessing to have them close to us.....:) 

Well the minute I heard 'rainbow party', my mind was running wild and we had soooooooooo much fun decorating, cooking and celebrating their birthday today! I sure have loads of pics for you to enjoy!!


Ranbow parties are so much fun! As you can see ... I got carried away.  :) We had a desert table thats soooo in today! 

We had loads of treats! We had different colored jello, candies sorted out in different colors and one bowl with rainbow colored candies. We also had some CAKE POPS and candy covered oreos. We also had rainbow colored juice! Recipes coming soon!


For the decorations we made a modern art for background, paper flowers with colorful paper bags, tissue paper flowers, punched flowers,paper medallion and we replaced some of the picture frames with the art work that the kids had painted! Kids just loved decorating and cudnt wait for the party to begin. Will be posting -how to's soon:)








We also had a spread of rainbow sandwiches(make your own sandwich) for lunch!We also made some delicious lip smacking chicken kabobs. The kids also helped with the fruit kabobs.







 The birthday ended with a beautiful family pic ......  It has captured our wonderful memories forever!


   This reminds me of a quote 'Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. '

Love you mom and dad!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Blogging after a long time is pretty difficult!!!!

Its been two months since I blogged.......... yes two whole months!!!! Thank you for all the mails, yahoo and facebook messages..... I missed you all tooooo!!!! Thanks for thinking about my blog and knowing that Ive been missing......... oh what would I do without you all! Ive been wanting to blog soo bad I finally decided to write just how I feel and what Ive been upto ....










Ive been super busy with a lot of things since Sept. The thing thats keeping me oh so super busy is that my daughter is going to kinder yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyy!!!Yes she is and Im homeschooling her part time. Who would think that homeschooling a K would be sooooooo time consuming and FUN!!!!!!











This is her first day at her school! With her amazing teacher! I just dont know how she does it she surely is fabulous!! The kids adore her :).I just volunteer only once a week and thats not easy at all LOL.







 We have been on two school trips already :) soooooooo fun!! We had been to the fair and the zoo. 
Thats her climbing to the trapezium.....


......... and here she comes :)









Sharon has been going for a bunch of classes........ jaz, ballet, swimming, awana, bible classes at church, practice for christmas programme etc. She loves it all. And I have the distinct pleasure of being the chaperon :)







And then Ive been going for aerobics and spin classes, womens bible study and then off to our biweekly bible studies and I just love going to all of these. I ve also been spending loads of quality time with my friends and families - I cant post all the pics but here are few:)










It has been an awesome two mths but Ive missed blogging a lot.......... tho I wont be able to blog everyday..... there will be more new amazing blogging in the future :) so please do drop in and check it out :)
See you soooooooooon!!!!!!!!!!!!















Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

My blog turns one today yoooooooooooohooooooooo! Thank you for making it happen!!!!




Have blast browsing through my  blog yohoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crafts and kids

1. CREATIVITY

The most obvious benefit of doing arts and crafts is that the activity promotes creativity. Creativity engages a number of mental processes, such as problem solving, idea generation, and comprehension. Making something from raw material also comes with considerable personal rewards and a sense of accomplishment.Creative actions serve to increase self-awareness and promote self-acknowledgment.

2. MOTOR SKILLS

One of the most important developmental phases for children is that time when they begin to master basic motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Art builds up physical co-ordination. Activities like painting, drawing, coloring, cutting, joining and gluing things together to form a new object improve motor coordination in children.

3. FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS

While plenty of craft projects are flexible enough to allow children to explore their ingenuity, most of them involve a set of instructions that must be followed in order to produce the final product.


4. HAVING FUN

Crafts are fun and instructional for children. Having fun is a cornerstone of childhood, and its value should never be discounted when coming up with interesting activities for children to explore.


5. PERSEVERANCE

Perseverance is regularly stated as the single most important quality for any successful business person, sportsman, professional or individual.Fortunately, arts and craft improve everyone's perseverance. Kids learn to keep trying until they finish any task. And if something goes wrong... they simply persist by trying new ways and means. This is a good way for kids to learn patience and to understand that sometimes it takes work to achieve a positive final result.


6. CONCENTRATION

Similar to having perseverance, developing concentration is probably the second best quality any successful individual can have. Arts and craft will definitely teach your child to focus on one specific task at hand... ignoring other distractions. In short, concentration will definitely improve.



Heres a little something that my kids created when i gave them a plain piece of printing paper. inst it cute:)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Benefits of Naval oranges

The antioxidant vitamin C is a main nutritional ingredient of navel oranges.  Other nutrients in navel oranges are also known to help to prevent cancer as well, such as stomach and esophagus cancer.  The high fiber content in navel oranges can help improve cholesterol ratios in the body, which is important in controlling diabetes.
Beta-carotene is another antioxidant found in navel oranges which helps prevent cell damage.  Navel oranges also contain calcium, which promotes strong, healthy bones and vitamin B6 to boost production of hemoglobin in the bloodstream. The high potassium content in navel oranges helps maintain the balance of electrolytes in cells, and its magnesium helps keep blood pressure at an acceptable level.
Click here to read how to grow them in your backyard!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1 Thessalonians

Paul writes this letter to the church he began in Thessalonica, shortly after leaving them and being unable to return. He is excited about their Christian faith, reminds them of his intense love for them, and answers questions about what death means for a Christian. As you read this book, find comfort as a believer that when you die yo will still be under Gods care and will be with the Lord forever.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Honey Grilled Chicken

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Ingredients

 vegetable oil 1/4 cup
honey 1/3 cup 
soy sauce 1/3 cup
ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon
chilli powder 1/2 tsp
cumin powder 1/4 tsp
 chicken breast halves -8 (skinless, boneless) 
 garlic 2 cloves 

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, chilli powder, cumin and pepper.
  2. Preheat the grill
  3. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.  

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturdays Feature {Malika}


Hey everyone,
This blog is all about Malika's passion for designing. Check it out and be inspired. I love her pretty cards......You will really enjoy her blog check it out here.








Friday, August 12, 2011

Building blocks and kids






Social Benefits- Blocks encourage children to make friends and cooperate while playing in groups. 
Physical Benefits- Blocks build dexterity and strength in children’s fingers and hands, and improve their eye-hand coordination.
Intellectual Benefits- Blocks can potentially help develop children’s vocabularies as they learn to describe sizes and shapes.  They may enhance their math skills through the process of adding, subtracting or grouping blocks together. 
Creative Benefits - Children receive creative stimulation by making their own designs with blocks. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Benefits of Taro root

aro root can be a great addition to a meal to make it heartier and healthier.They can avoid a high risk of heart issues and a risk of high blood pressure because of the lack of cholesterol and sodium in the food.Taro is high in a few vitamins that are important for the body. Taro has a lot to offer as far as minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus, Taro is an excellent source of potassium and manganese. You can grow taro root in your own garden. Click here to learn how :)li


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Colossians

Paul writes this letter to the church in the Colosse at about the same time as he writes Ephesians. False teachers are deceiving some of those to whom he writes. Therefore, Paul stresses the power and glory of Christ and instructs his readers on how to live as Christians. As you read this book, put your faith in this glorious Savior who died for you, and promise him that you will show Christian love and compassion to others.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Before and after TV Stand --- Unbelievable ( 3 Easy Steps)

With just few steps you can go from dab to fab!!!!
Step 1: Sand your table.
Step 2: Spray paint
Step 3: Decoupage the draws

And voila!!!!! You are done!

Before:


After:




Friday, August 5, 2011

Gardening with your kids{No TV Activity 7}

Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons :

  • they learn about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow,
  • they learn to be responsible as they see how necessary their care is to the garden,
  • they also learn what is loss when flowers die at the end of a season. 
  • they learn about nurturing a life
  •  they work with their families and learn to work together and share, 
  • they also understand where food comes from



Thursday, August 4, 2011

How to grow Jasmine



  • Fertilizers should be added from time to time. Mild or moderate fertlizers must be used.
  • Phosphorous and Potassium should be applied in two split doses i.e once after annual pruning and again during June and July.
  • Tips of the plants should be pinched to stimulate lateral growth and frequent prunning.
  • Younger plants should be tied with the stems to give a fairly heavy support.
  • The preffered time to plant this Jasmine bushes is June and November.
  • Sandy loam soil is best recommended for growing Jasmine plant.
  • Water the plant daily, dont let the soil completely dry.
  • You can add lime to soil for the plants healthy growth
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Philippians

Paul writes this letter to the church he started in Philippi. Even though he is in prison, he feels happy when he thinks of what Christ means to him and of what the Philippians are doing for him. He gives some very practical advice on how to live the Christian life. S you read this book, remember always to rejoice in the Lord and to be content, whatever the circumstances.

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