Friday, July 29, 2011

Cooking with your kids {No TV Activity 6}

Research shows that cooking with your kids can
  • It encourages kids to try healthy foods.
  • Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
  • Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
  • Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
  • Kids aren't spending time in front of the TV or computer while they're cooking.
  • Kids generally aren't eating junk food when they're cooking a meal at home.
  • Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
  • Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
  • Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.
So what are the way can we help our preschoolers help us in the kitchen???? These are few things that our preschoolers can do with us:
  • Scrub, dip, tear, break, and snap (for example, snapping the ends off green beans)
  • Shake, spread, and cut with a cookie or biscuit cutter
  • Peel (some items), roll, juice, and mash
  • Remove husks from corn
  • Wash vegetables in a colander
  • Measure and pour some ingredients
  • Hand mix
Heres what we cooked:)
We made some home made wheat breads together....... can u see the look on my sons face..... precious!!! Isnt it?


Please check out other recipes that my kids have created ofcourse with my supervision.
Tiny tot chef.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

How to grow and harvest Taro root! (Arbi)

How to Grow. Taro is a tropical or subtropical plant that requires very warm temperaturesand consistent moisture to thrive.
Taro corms can be planted in dry or wet settings. Taro requires rich, moist, well-drained soil to moisture-retentive soil.
Planting time. Plant taro when the weather and soil has warmed in spring. Taro requires at least 200 frost-free days to reach maturity.
Harvest. Taro tubers are harvested about 200 days after planting when leaves turn yellow and start to die.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ephesians

Paul writes this letter from prison to the church he started in Epheses. in the first half he explains God's great plan to redeem the world through Christ, showing what this means for individual Christians and for the whole church. In the second half he gives practical advise on how to live the Christian life. As you read this book, first examine yourself to be sure that you are saved.Then move on to fight against Satan and show your love to your family your church and your community.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hanging Pictures! (3 Easy steps)


Since moving into our own home,we have been working on couple of weekend projects to fill in the blank space on the walls. The best way to do it is to add a collection of framed pictures.



1. Cut squares of paper in the dimensions of the frames.
2. Using painter’s tape, secure the paper to the wall in a pattern that you like.

3. Hang the frames with your favourite pics:)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fruity Posicle

pSummer’s hot winds and cricket-laden nights are here. Its time to get the popsicle  moulds out and enjoy some splash of chillness. Instead of reaching for that box of pre-made popsicles, make this easy breezy and undeniably delicious homemade recipe. This is definitely healthier and cost efficient and its eco friendly too... no package to throw away:) And the fun part is that you can use you own by substituting different fruits and juices that your family loves. They are great for fun days at the pool or just lounging in your favorite chair and daydream:)


Ingredients
100% juice white grape 
Few strawberries-chopped
Few blue berries

Procedure
Fill 3/4 of the popsicle mold with juice
Fill in the chopped strawberries and blue berries.
Freeze for 6 hours or untill frozen completely
Enjoy!!!!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday's feature{Adrienne Gager}


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Friday, July 22, 2011

Play Dough {No TV Activity 5}



What you need
Wheat flour
Water

 What to do
Make the dough and give it to the kids.Dough is entertaining as it is pliable, when in kids hands it provides hours of fun while improving hand strength, dexterity, and motor skills. Recent research also shows that using your fingers and hands actually stimulates your brain and increases the number of neural connections it makes. So when your child digs into play dough, he's not only building little figures and shapes, he's building his brain! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Growing Cyclamen




Plant the cyclamen with the top of the tuber just slightly above the soil line.Water the plant when the soil feels dry. Dont water the crown of the plant. Aallow the plant to dry out for 2-3 months.And keep then indoors during the winter. Dont water them when the plant goes dormant. Keep them in a cook dark place so that they can start blooming again in the summer.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Galatians

Paul writes this letter to the churches he founded in Galatia, warning them against certain false teachers. He remins them of the simple message of salcation by faith aone, which he and other church leaders teach, and cocludes with advice on how to lice a Spirit - filled life. As you read this book, be sure that you are saved by a personal faith in jesus, and ask Gods spirit to help you walk in Christian love and peace.



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Textures {No TV Activity 4}

This activity keeps my little munchkins not only busy but also keeps their mind active as they learn about the different textures around them.



What you need
Plain white Paper
Crayons
Color Paper


 What to do
Give them couple  of plain white papers and crayons. Let them keep the paper over different materials and color on them. They will be super excited to see that there are soo many different textures around them. You could ask them if they are rough , smooth etc. You will be surprised what they say to you:) My 3 yr old son said..."Look momy I made indentations on the paper!" Enjoy yourself with your kids this summer:) After that you can make a little booklet and decorate with colored paper.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cilantro and its benefits

Cilantro is used in dishes cooked in Spain to Mexico, the Middle East to the South America. The fresh leafs are often sprinkled over dishes.Cilantro is also known as coriander.



  • Powerful anti-inflammatory capacities that may help symptoms of arthritis
  • Protective agents against bacterial infection from Salmonella in food products
  • Acts to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
  • Relief for stomach gas, prevention of flatulence and an overall digestive aid
  • Wards off urinary tract infections
  • Helps reduce feelings of nausea
  • Eases hormonal mood swings associated with menstruation
  • Has been shown to reduce menstrual cramping.
  • Adds fiber to the digestive tract
  • A source of iron, magnesium, and is helpful in fighting anemia
  • Gives relief for diarrhea, especially if caused by microbial or fungal infections
  • Helps promote healthy liver function.
  • Reduces minor swelling
  • Strong general anti-oxidant properties
  • Disinfects and helps detoxify the body
  • Stimulates the endocrine glands
  • Helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar
  • Acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent for skin disorders like fungal infections and eczema
  • Contains immune-boosting properties
  • Acts as an expectorant
  • Helps ease conjunctivitis, as well as eye-aging, muscular degeneration, and other stressors on the eyes.
Click here for tips on growing cilantro.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2 Corinthians

Paul writes this second letter to the church in Corinth from Macedonia while on his way to Corinth. This is one of the most personal of all his letters, he expresses both how exciting and how painful his life as a missionary has been.He also finds it necessary to defend himself against those who are criticizing him. This is something that God has taught me ... keeping quiet sometimes harbors more problems. As you read this letter, think about how exciting it can be to serve the Lord, but realize too that being a Christian can sometimes lead to pain and suffering.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A quilled peacock in my garden!

The peacock strides in silence with his lacy feathers following behind him. It’s plumage iridescent and beautiful captivates the heart of every one who see it. This is a beautiful peacock cut out with exacto knife and is embellished with quilled papers.


Check out this beautiful peacock @ Inna's creations
and check out her website @ increations.blogspot.com
Check out these beautiful quilled white peacock @ Allthingspaper
check out her website @ allthingspaper.net
For loads of quilling ideas check out quilling magic 
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Sheeba Asariah

Monday, July 11, 2011

Indian Lamb/Mutton Curry

Lamb/Mutton is one of my favorite foods. I love to cook at home. In Indian restaurants, when I peruse the menu and see mutton listed  I’ll invariably order it. And when I go to the Indian grocery store I definitely bring home some fresh meat to make this yummy dish that mom taught me. This goes well with rice, and wheat bread, naan. My kids also love this dish. You can adjust the spices according to your taste and enjoy this delicious curry!



Ingredients

Lamb 1 Pound washed and cut into small pieces
Oil  2 tbsp
Onion   2 thinly sliced
Green chilly  2 chopped
Ginger and Garlic Paste 2 tbsp
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Cloves   2
Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece
Roma tomatoes 2 chopped
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves to garnish

Instructions:
  1. In a heavy bottom pan heat oil and add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
  2. Add chopped onion and green chillies.Sauté until it is translucent.
  3. Now add the chopped tomato,chilly powder, turmeric powder and sauté further for 2 mins.
  4. Add mutton pieces, salt and combine well.
  5. Add 1/2 a cup of water,cover and allow to cook, till the oil separates and the meat becomes tender.
  6. Serve hot with steamed Basmati rice!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Sprinkler {No TV Activity 3}

The kids love it ........ letting them play with water balls, slides or sprinklers will keep them cool and they will enjoy it.




Thursday, July 7, 2011

Harvest!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been waiting for this time..... the plant begin to flower, lil fruits are formed, they turn green and finally they are ripe and ready to harvest........ Got a basket of beans, chillies, and some ripe red tomatoes......... yummmmmmmmmm






Wednesday, July 6, 2011

1 Corinthians

This book talks a lot about love, marriage and relationships.......... The verses that summarize  this book are

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 8 Love never fails. ......
 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

These verses are sooo amazing..... I pray you are blessed by reading these verses.


Sheeba Asariah

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bisi Bele Huli Anna

Bisi Bele Huli Anna, is a Karnataka speciality. Bisi - hot; Bele -lentis/dal; Huli - tamarind; Anna - rice. We lived in Bangalore for abt 15 yrs and this one of the dishes that we made often and enjoyed it with potato chips:) This dish is also served in many Indian marriages. Its a mixture of rice, pulses and some aromatic Indian spices!!!





 Ingredients:
Basmati Rice - 11/2  cups
Toor dal / pigeon peas - 3/4 cup
Tamarind - a marble-sized ball
Chopped vegetables - 11/2 cups (French beans, carrots, potatoes, peas).
Onion - 1
Green chillies - 2
Hing / Asafoetida / Perungayam - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
 
 Seasoning:
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Few Curry Leaves
2 Dry Red Chilies, Broken

Grind:

Fenugreek seeds 1 tsp
Coriander seeds 1tsp
 Red chillies 6
Grated coconut
Cardamoms 4
 Cloves 4
Aniseed 1
Poppy seeds 1 tsp
Cinnamon-A small piece


Procedure:

  1. Peel onions and chop them lengthwise, cut vegetables into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Wash rice and dal thoroughly, add 21/2 cups of water, a pinch of turmeric powder and chopped vegetable and keep it aside.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the mixtures needed to be ground until you get the sweet aroma of the spices, grind it and keep aside.
  4. Soak tamarind in a little water and extract the juice and keep aside.
  5. Heat oil, add red and green chillies, mustard and curry leaves. When mustard crackles, add to rice and mix well. Add tamarind juice, salt to taste and mix thoroughly.
  6. Heat a little ghee and fry cashew nuts until golden brown in colour.
  7. Add all the ground mixture,to the rice and dal mixture and pressure cook untill well done.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, fried cashew nuts and add some ghee just before serving.
  9. Serve hot with vadaam / chips / appalam and raita / curd.

 



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