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


References


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.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shrimp Puffs - Indian

My kinds and I love shrimp:) and this is one of the recipes I concocted to satisfy my shrimp tooth. It was a super hit at our family table :) My kids loved the flaky crispy puffs and were super excited that it had shrimp in it. Im sure you will love it too........ this brings back memories of me and my friends having some egg puffs outside our school at the Indian bakery......... ohhhh yummmm :) Enjoy it and make sure you make lots coz they disappear in minutes:)





Ingredients:

Puff Pastry Sheets – 1 box 

For the Filling:

Oil – 1 tsp
Butoon shrimp- 1/2 pound
Onions – 1/4 small, finely chopped
Salt – to taste
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Green Chilies -1
Cilantro- few
 
Procedure:

1. Take the sheets of Puff Pastry out and thaw them according to the instructions on the package.
2. Pre-heat the Oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Now for the stuffing, take a small skillet and heat Oil on medium heat.
4. Once hot, add in the Onions and saute till they turn translucent and add salt.
5. Add the shrimp ,green chili and coriander leaves and saute
6. Add Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder and Red Chili Powder.
7. Cook on low flame covered. Once done mix well and keep aside.
8. Cut the Pastry sheets strips into 3s to form a square.
9. Put 1 tbsp of the stuffing in the center.
10. Fold the Pastry Sheet and seal with water.
11.  Put the Puffs on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
12. Place in the pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
13. Once they are out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to rest and cool down for 5 minutes.


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