Thursday, June 30, 2011

Growing Bromeliads

Bromeliads can be easily adapted to regular home conditions. Bromeliads are beautiful foliage plants, with leaves in red, green, purple, orange, yellow, banded, stripes, spots or other combinations.



Growing Tips for Bromeliads

The plants prefer well-lit, bright windowsills, but not direct sunlight. Bromeliads are very tolerant of drought conditions. They can be grown in a fast-draining potting soil. A mixture of 2/3 peat-based soil mix and 1/3 sand is good.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Romans

The book of Romans was written by Paul to the Corinth, Paul's letter was written to the church to inform then that he is going to visit them. He wanted to visit Rome to meet new Christians to encourage them and to be encouraged by them.He had finished ministering in the East and he was moving to the West to share the Gospel. Paul announced the judgement of God according to truth explaining that the judgement is by law and that circumcision alone avails  nothing. He also explains that all have sinned there is no one righteous,but instead the righteousness of God comes through Christs sacrifice. Paul stops to recall the privileges Israel enjoyed but how through disobedience she missed the fulfillment of the the promises and the Lord turned to the gentiles for the present time. But Paul affirms that there is a glorious future for the covenant promises. The rest of the book lays out the application of our new covenant relationship through Christ.


 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

July 4th Scrap book page.

I love scrap booking..... I  have been waiting to share all the pages that I have created and heres a sneak peak into one of the pages that my daughter and I created for baby J.:)


Here the little card was given to him by one of friends and the little dress was a gift from someone special. This page brings back amazing memories..... this is why I love scrap booking :)


Monday, June 27, 2011

No Bake Lime Tart for July 4th:)

Seen before????I KNOW !...But this is my first time making a no bake tart. This is pretty simple and just delicious:) Im a chocolate person, but when I made this... it was definitely a hit!! My family loved it and Im a fan of it too :)


 Lemon Curd Recipe

Grated rind of 4 limes
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, strained
1 tin Sweetened Evaporated milk
3 extra large eggs, lightly beaten

Add the juice, rind, condensed milk and butter to a heavy based  saucepan.
Stir over a low heat until the butter has melted.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly beat in the whisked eggs with a spoon.
Return to a low heat and cook, stirring continuously until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
Ladle it into jars.




Fill your choice of shells or crust with  lime curd. Top with  blackberries, raspberries or sliced kiwi.
* If you dont want to make the lemon curd buy some from the store:) Amaze yourself with the instant gratification of this yummy lime tart:)




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturdays Feature { Hayley }


Hayley is another wonderful blogger who has amazing ideas. Check it out her inspirations 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, June 24, 2011

Nature Walk {No TV Activity 2}

This activity lets your little kids use up their energy and enjoy their summer... There's a beautiful Botanical Garden near our house, and we go there and my lil munchkins just love it there:)

What you need
Lots of time


 What to do

The kids can collect the things that intrigue them . My kids were super excited and had loads of fun .......... they found twigs, leaves, berries , flowers etc.




They also met the turtle family at the nature walk. They loved the whole idea and have been asking to go again :)


They segregated them and put them in the box to be used later.



 Check out the photo frame they made using what they collected during nature walk.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Story of my Palm tree:)/ How to grow a palm tree?

Much before we bought our house, I had already decided the number of rooms and how my dream home should be:) (Dont tell me Im not the only one) Ok I also started buying stuff for my new home that we hadnt even started looking for(hmmm I knew we were going to buy one some day hehehe)And one of my wishes was to have 3 palm trees in the front yard. We saw many houses and we even put an offer on some and didnt get it..... This was the first time for us and it was kinda disappointing... and none of those houses had all that I wanted. Then finally we came to see this house and I totally fell in love with it. From the entrance to the completion of the home tour, it had every bit I had ever wanted..... I still cant believe it... God was sooo goood to answer even the little things I had asked for. I knew this was it!!! This was going to be my home :) And by Gods grace we were able to buy it with my two palm trees in my front yard :) Well every time I see them Im reminded of Gods presence in my life..... just had to share it before giving you tips on growing one :) As I told you before since I wanted a palm tree in my front yard I had already researched on how to grow one :) So heres some tips on growing your very own palm tree....



Many factors are involved in successfully growing a palm tree.
One main aspect is to finding the right sprecies to grow in your garden. Did you know that there are over two thousand and odd palms.......hmmmmm mind boggling huh... yea I never knew that before.The best way to find the perfect palm for your garden is to go to the nursery and talk to them as they will ask you question such as where u live and how hot or cold is it in wineter etc and they will narrow it down for you and then it will be much easier for you to choose your palm.

The next aspect is to decide the size of the plant. You can buy small plants or big mature palms.The small plants are inexpencive but talk a while to grow. The large ones are pretty expencive but will def give instant gratification.:)

The other aspect is to know when to plant the palms. If you are in an extremely hot area like Palm Springs or Las Vegas, avoiding planting during the extreme hot months might be warranted. However, there are very sturdy species that can essentially be planted any time of the year. It’s probably best to check with your palm expert at the nursery when you buy your plants.

The right soil is also important for the Palm to flourish.Find out if its clay or sand.The amendments one uses when preparing the soil for planting are different for clay or sandy soil.The best scenario is to have a sandy soil with a bit of slope or incline to the garden.Sandy Soil: For every three parts of your native soil, mix in one part of organic material (fir shavings, etc.) For Clay Soil: For every three parts of your native soil, mix in one part of organic material and one part of course sand.

Remove from the pot and dig a hole and plant it an inch or two deeper to create a “watering well”. Fill the bottom with soil blend and plant it and water it. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have more info to share pls post them :)




 



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Acts

The Book of Acts is more properly a continuation of the Gospel of LukeThe Book of Acts picks up where the Gospel of Luke left off with the account of Jesus and continues the account of Jesus from that point.  The Book of Acts reports how the gospel of Jesus through his witnesses was spread in ever widening circles to Jews and Gentiles alike. The Book of Acts could also be considered a documentation on the work of the Holy Spirit to gather , the Christian church, through the spreading of the gospel of Jesus. The book talks about Jesus’ ascension, Pentecost which marked the birth of the Christian Church, the church’s calling its first deacons or lay leaders to assist with the ministry, the conversion of Saul (Paul), the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Gentiles of Cornelius’ household.

 





 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Water droplets!!!!

This painting is super quick and very easy. Even if you haven't touched a paintbrush ever, its time to do it now:)  All you need is some water colors and water. Dip your paint brush well in water, dab some paint and drop your paint brush lightly on the paper...... use different colors.. its OK if the colors run and mix. U can never go wrong trying this painting:) And once u are done with it, use a black pen and draw an outline...... it doesn't have to be exactly around the leaves and the pot... From the time I started painting theSe.......... I cant stop it :) Dont you wana get your paints and try it ???


 





Love these colors:)

Ive been inspired by these colors:) would decorate a whole room with these colors but for now its on "Jess" :),  I love these bold colors especially the green belt :)  dont u?


 

Monday, June 20, 2011

First day of summer - Fresh tomato basil salad


 Yaay summers here!!!!!! In the summer, I am obsessed with home grown tomatoes.I grow them in my very own lil eden. They are the most delicious tomatoes in the whole world ( yes,Im exaggerating lol ) But they are BIG and juicy ( go on..... click here to see it).  And I make this yummilicious Italian salad ....... Yes, its uber easy and delicious:) Try it out and let me know how you liked it..... but it tastes best with my home grown tomatoes :) Enjoy the summer!!!!



Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Serrano pepper finely chopped
  • 5 ounces mozzarella cheese crumbles
  • 5 leaves fresh basil, torn into strips
  •  1 shallot finely chopped
  • salt to taste

Procedure 

1. Chop tomatoes .Add olive oil, green chilli, chopped shallot  and sprinkle with black pepper and salt. Toss lightly and add the mozzarella cheese crumbles. Throw in some torn basil leaves:).Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for half an hour before serving.


  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

An Ode to my DAD -My hero!!!




Dad is ....

To my mom, a loving, caring, God fearing and a sacrificial person,

To my friends, he is a patient, calm, and a wonderful teacher,

To the eligible bachelors (when I was single) he is a firm and strict yet wise man-(Every time these guys tried to make small talk with my dad (coz they knew they had to win my dads heart to win mine)Dad would just ask just one question (they were about 16/17 yrs old) Where do you think you will be(career wise) in the next five yrs?The looks on their faces was just hilarious.... I guess they didnt even have a clue where they would be in the next 5 mins LOL)

To his colleagues he is a highly intellectual and a honest man-(He was the head of a team and their successful contribution for Jaguar Aircraft was published in the UK newspaper, he has also worked with the Ex President dr Abdul Kalam for the  development of the LCA aircraft.)


To his subordinates he is an amazing Boss who has always treated everyone justly and helped them to climb the corporate ladder(Yes, there are many success stories.... and No, I may not be one of them- just in case you were wondering LOL)

To his friends, he is loyal, truthful and 'forever' friend,

To his enemies.... (Im yet to find one) he is their best friend,

To my brother, (in his words) "He is awesome man, he knows everything about everything!! I cant fool him!!!" LOL

And to me he is all that and my HERO!!!

I always prayed that I wanted to be like him when I grew up........ I didnt know that being him would be such a challenge!!!
And at times I see the contrast in me rather than similarities and Im so thankful that he still believes in me.........
When everyone (including me) gave up he believed in me,
When I failed, he gave me the assurance that its just a stepping stone to success.......
When life's burdens got too heavy to bear,
He gave me his shoulders to lean on and whispered wise words into my ears...
When he saw the joy in my eyes and smile on my face he had tears of joy in his......
For all the heart aches that I gave him,
He gave me his undying love and intern taught me to love others ....... Coz of His undying, unselfish, abundant love, I can understand Gods amazing love. God has sent a piece of Him to me. Thank you Jesus!

Thank you dad for being YOU!!! You are my hero and always will be.......... but as you know, now I have a hero who has taken precedence over you - My Jai:) Who loves me dearly...... Yep yep Im in good hands and I believe my kids will grow up and call him their hero!! As we moms fade away in the background, we shed tears of joy and stand tall with pride seeing our family being blessed!!
Definitely behind every successful man there is a wife- who keeps saying he is wrong!! LOL 

To all the Dads out there... keep on lovin and watch ur steps coz ur lil munchkins are trying to follow urs..... Have a fantabulous Fathers Day!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fathers Day Gifts!!!

The kids made this for their grandpa with the twigs that they collected during Nature walk.


Sharon wanted to gift a frame for her daddy with her favorite pic that they took together at school on 'Father daughter pancake day'....... so this is what we made :) She picked her own frame, she said she didnt want any other pic in it so we added a scrap book page for the A. Well I suggested that she could add a sticker on A that says 'I Love U' and she replied, "If  I say it, it would have more meaning, momy." Hmmm well she is right !





Jason always says "I will be like daddy when I grow up." So we got him dressed in dads clothes and shoes, got pics and decorated the frame with some pebbles that the kids collected and voila- a cute fathers day gift. He has said that he will give it to dad and say"Dad look, Im like you" CUTE!!!!



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Growing beans and its benefits....


  •  Recent studies have confirmed the presence of lutein, beta-carotene, violaxanthin, and neoxanthin in green beans. In some cases, the presence of these carotenoids in green beans is comparable to their presence in other carotenoid-rich vegetables like carrots and tomatoes.
  •  Recent surveys have shown that 60% of all commercially grown green beans are produced in the United States, with large amounts of green bean acreage found in the states of Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Although countries like France, Mexico, Iraq, and Argentina are large-scale producers of green beans, there is plenty of this delicious vegetable available in our own backyard.Click here to see how to grow them in your backyard.
  • If you are unable to obtain fresh green beans, you can still get many valuable nutrients from green beans that have been frozen or canned.When first frozen and then cooked, retention of some B vitamins in green beans (like vitamins B6 and B2) can be as high as 90%.
  • Green beans have recently been shown to have impressive antioxidant capacity.
  • Green beans may be a particularly helpful food for providing us with the mineral silicon. This mineralis very important for bone health and for healthy formation of connective tissue. 

  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

John

The Gospel according to John is quite different in character from the three synoptic gospels. It is highly literary and symbolic. It does not follow the same order or reproduce the same stories as the synoptic gospels. To a much greater degree, it is the product of a developed theological reflection and grows out of a different circle and tradition. It was probably written in the 90s of the first century.The Gospel of John begins with a magnificent prologue. The prologue proclaims Jesus as the preexistent and incarnate Word of God who has revealed the Father to us. The rest of the chapters consists of the Baptist's testimony about Jesus followed by stories of the call of the first disciples.It contains a series of "signs"--the gospel's word for the wondrous deeds of Jesus.The whole gospel of John is a progressive revelation of the glory of God's only Son, who comes to reveal the Father and then returns in glory to the Father.

  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Having fun with chalk!!!

I'm done with my painting with water colors and chalks. Im a lover of nature and this painting brings me sooo much joy. There will be more in the coming days ... enjoy :)


  

Monday, June 13, 2011

A typical South Indian dish -Idiyappam (Rice Noodles)

Idiyappam is a tasty South Indian breakfast dish. The perfect combo would be Idiyappam and coconut milk and sugar!!! Its def my fav. It could also be had with Navaratna Kurma .



Ingredients:

Parboiled rice 2 cups
Freshly grated coconut ½  cup
Coconut milk ½  cup
Salt ½ tsp

Procedure:

  • Wash and soak rice for three to four hours. Air dry the rice and grind into a fine powder.
  • Mix 1 cup of rice flour with required warm water and salt.
  • Knead into smooth dough. Apply little oil on the inner side of the cooking press and insert it in to the cooking press.
  • Press it on the idly moulds greased with oil.
  • Steam in the idly cooker for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove and garnish with grated coconut.
  • Serve with coconut milk and sugar / with Navratna Kurma
Enjoy!!!

  

Friday, June 10, 2011

Paper Bag {No TV Activity 1}

This activity lets your little kids use up their energy and practice gross motor skills. I had hung a bird feeder from the roof and kids always were trying to reach that with twigs and sticks and I would always say "Stop That! I am watching you." They would stop and kinda looking disappointed! Thats when I got this Idea 'Tada':)



What you need
A plastic bag
Newspaper
String
Wooden spoon

What to do

Tear strips of newspaper and roll it into balls. ( My kids loved doing this and they were pretty busy for a while:)). Fill the bag and tie and string and hang it. Thats it! Voila and there you have a "play thing" that keeps kids busy for a while :) S and J loved hitting the bag with  sticks.... I would suggest giving them a wooden spoon as its safer :) Have fun keeping your little munchkins busy this summer :)



Thursday, June 9, 2011

Grape vine!!!

The grape vine is filled with lush leaves and loads of green lil grapes........... I just cant wait for them to ripen :) My lil munchkins are also uber excited :)





Did you know?? that these little grapes have loads and loads of health benefits???? Here are a few:)


  • Asthma: Grapes can be used for cure of asthma.
  • Heart diseases: Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which prevents blood clots thereby reducing the chances of heart attacks. In addition the antioxidant present in grapes prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which blocks the blood vessels.
  • Migraine: Ripe grape juice is an important home remedy for curing migraine. It should be taken early in the morning, without mixing additional water.
  • Constipation: Grapes are very effective in overcoming constipation. They are considered as a laxative food, as they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose.
  • Indigestion: Grapes relieve heat and cure indigestion and irritation of the stomach.
  • Fatigue: Light and white grape juice replenishes the iron content present in the body and prevents fatigue.
  • Kidney disorders: Grapes can substantially reduce the acidity of the uric acid and helps in the elimination of the acid from the system, thereby reducing the work pressure of kidneys.
  • Breast cancer: Through a latest study, it has been discovered that purple colored Concord grape juice helps in preventing breast cancer.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: Resveratrol, a beneficial polyphenol present in grapes reduces the levels of amyloidal-beta peptides in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Studies suggest that grapes can enhance brain health and stall the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Macular degeneration: Grapes can prevent the age related loss of vision or macular degeneration. Three servings of grapes a day can reduce the risks of macular degeneration by over 36 %.
  • Prevents cataract: Flavonoids present in grapes have antioxidants, which can reduce and fight the damage caused by free radicals such as cataract apart from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and age related problems.
  • Blood cholesterol: Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene, which has the capacity to bring down cholesterol level. Saponins present in grape skin can also prevent the absorption of cholesterol by binding with it.
  • Antibacterial activity: Red grapes have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties and can protect you from infections. They have a strong antiviral property against poliovirus and herpes simplex virus.
  • Anticancer properties: Grapes are found to have strong anti cancer properties due to the anti-inflammatory effect of resveratrol present in grapes. It is particularly effective in colorectal cancer and breast cancer. Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins present in grapes have properties of an anti-proliferate and can inhibit the growth of cancer causing agents. Grape juice not just prevents the risk of cancer but also suppresses the growth and propagation of cancer cells. The pigments contained in grapes enhance the overall immunity of the body.
If you want to know how to grow and harvest grapes check out my previous post for more information.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Luke

As with the other two synoptic gospels—Matthew and Mark—this book’s purpose is to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ and all He “began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven” (Acts 1:1-2). Luke’s gospel is unique in that is a meticulous history—an “orderly account” (Luke 1:3) consistent with the Luke’s medical mind—often giving details the other accounts omit. Luke’s history of the life of the Great Physician emphasizes His ministry to—and compassion for—Gentiles, Samaritans, women, children, tax collectors, sinners, and others regarded as outcasts in Israel.

 

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