Monthly Archives: June 2010

Dreaming…. Post 30!

I promised Swaram,I will share one of my poems here.This one was written in July 2000..Wow!that seems so long back,now.This one was written on a beautiful day,when the sun was playing hide and seek with the clouds..aah just my kind of weather.Confession-now when I read these poems,I find’em funny..so,you can laugh!!Here goes nothing:

Dreaming….

There are days when I  think..

Then there are days,when I am alone,

Alone in a crowd and I think.

Thats when I am dreaming of an unseen person.

Someone who will make my heart jump up and down

Someone who will make me believe,the ground is not just hard and brown,

but can also be silvery soft like clouds.

Someone who will make me walk on the clouds,

and still keep me firmly grounded.

He who will take care of me when I am feeling low

He who will push me when I refuse to go

The one I can count on ,in thick or thin..

Someone who will be there as a friend,a guide..

My lover for eternity and eternity..

That’s my Prince Charming-

With hands strong to hold me,

A gentle,mighty kind heart…..

Sigh!That brings me to the start..

And there I go again..sitting alone ,thinking.

Funny,how DH fits this to the T.. And when I wrote this,it was just random musings..and I had no idea,that he existed in this world!

And that brings us to the end of NaBloPoMo..I really enjoyed doing this again..and I hope,I can continue with daily posts.And I hope you will keep visiting:)

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The Cake story

Two lone apples were sitting,waiting for their fate.Would they be bitten into or would they be peeled and cored?Mommy decided they were going to be peeled and cored and then grated and made into a yummy cake.All was well,until,Ms.Aadya heard about mommy’s plans.Then started the bargaining.
"Mommy,can I wait till the cake is done?",she asked.
"No..its late and little ones must sleep.Besides,I’ll make the cake only after you go to sleep",said her Mommy.
So,the bed-time routine was done and mommy kissed her g’nite and Ms.Aadya asked,
"Mommy,you promise you will wake me up in the night,like on my happy birthday..and give me cake"..Mommy agreed.
Mommy came out and started making the cake.She peeled the apples and cored them and grated them and started adding the other ingredients,one by one.
"Mommy,I am thinking,IF I get some cake,then,I can sleep!"called out,Ms.Aadya.
"No,the cake is not doen yet."..
And Mommy mixed and mixed and put the cake in the oven.Soon,the cake was done.And mommy pulled the cake out of the oven.As soon as she shut the oven door,a tiny voice asked,"Can I come out now?I think the cake is DONE!!"..
Mommy took a deep breath..she realised,it would be long cakeyyy night..she thought long and hard,and before she could say anything,pleaded the tiny voice,"Please Mommy..can I pleaseeeeeeee come and eat my cake?"
"Oh well!" said mommy.."you might as well come out and eat your cake then.."
Ms.Aadya ate her cake,happily..and off she  went into a cakelicious dreamland!

While she is sleeping,would you like a bite??

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Dig in:)

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Recipe:Kuskura/Phodnichi Poli/Vaghari roti-Post 28

Swati wanted the recipe for this Breakfast favorite..So here you go,Swati.

Ingredients:
4-5 Rotis
1 medium sized onion-fine chopped
1 green chili
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp corriander-cumin powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp oil
For Garnish:
1 tbsp lemon juice
chopped corriander

Preparation:
Break the rotis into bite size pieces and run through a chopper to cut into small bits.

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Sprinkle a fistful water on the crushed roti bits to make it slightly soft.Add salt and sugar to the this and mix well.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds.When the cumin seeds splatter,add the onions and green chili.Fry till the onion turns translucent.Add a little salt to the onions,to season it.And add the spices. Add the crushed roti and mix well.Cover and cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes.Garnish with fresh corriander and lemon juice and serve hot.

Hope you enjoy this,as much as we do!

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Weekend means tag time-Post 27

And this one I flicked from Monika🙂
Rule: Strike out all that you have done from the following list.

1. Graduated high school – yup!!

2. Kissed someone Code … umm What does this mean??

3. Smoked a cigarette – tried it and hated it,right away..

4. Got so drunk you passed out

5. Rode every ride at an amusement park-Wish I had the guts(literally) for it-I throw up,at the thought of merry go rounds.

6. Collected something stupid candy wrappers,broken bangles..for craft..not so stupid i guess
7. Gone to a rock concert if rock bands at IIT count.

8. Helped someone If we were doing tally marks,this one would fill the page and more!

9. Gone fishing

10. Watched four movies in one night-LOL!I would rather read!

11. Lied to someone… sure-who doesn’t?

12. Snorted cocaine

13. Smoked weed

14. Failed a subjectPhysics!!Hated it..still do..

15. Been in a car accident-crashed the car myself..when I first started to learn.

16. Been in a tornado

17. Watched someone die…. its a heartbreaking thing I wish noone has to go thru it ever!:(

18. Been to a funeral

19. Burned yourself… just my hand,in the chemistry lab.

20. Run a marathon… want to

21. Cried yourself to sleep… ohhh so many times..:D

22. Spent over 10,000 bucks in one day… When I was shopping for my wedding and on my last India trip,when we were shopping for my cousin’s wedding.

23. Flown on an aeroplane-I wish!

24. Cheated on someone the guilt would kill me.

25. Been cheated on…Dunno and don’t want to know!

26. Written a 10 page letter… 4 pages-yes done that!

27. Gone skiing..

28. Been sailing

29. Cut yourself – lots of times,in the kitchen!

30. Had a best friend… Still do!!touchwood.

31. Lost someone you loved… lost and hated it.

32. Got into trouble for something you didn’t do

33. Stolen a book from the library ….

34. Gone to a different countrydoes living in a different country count?:P

35. Watched the Harry Potter movies

36. Had an online diary… does a blog count?

37. Fired a gun

38. Gambled in a casino LasVegas Baby

39. Been in a school play In every single one of them..and in dances too!

40. Been fired from a job .. Thankfully,no.I quit it 😦

41. Taken a lie detector test

42. Swam with dolphins-Aahh someday..I wish

43. Voted for someone on a reality TV show

44. Written poetry… yes:) started when I was in school,stopped over the last few years.

45. Read more than 20 books a year… EVERY year!I am NEVER between books.

46. Gone to Europe if Transit counts!!

47. Loved someone you shouldn’t have

48. Used a coloring book over age 12 still do..and love it!
49. Had a surgery
50. Had stitches

51. Taken a Taxi

52. Had more than 5 IM conversations going on at once

53. Been in a fist fight my sis will vouch for it!

54. Suffered any form of abuse

55. Had a pet HE is at my dad’s now,a dog called Frisky

56. Petted a wild animal a wild snake-in a controlled environment!
57. Had your own credit card & bought something with it

58. Dyed your hair Should I color my hair again?
59. Got a tattoo

60. Had something pierced

61. Got straight As most of the times..remember Physics!

62. Known someone personally with HIV or AIDS

63. Taken pictures with a webcam

64. Lost something expensive … a gold chain

65. Gone to sleep with music on
All done..:)
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Another simple pleasure shared

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When I was growing up,one of  the staple weekend breakfasts,comprised of Kuskara or Phodnichi poli. This is essentially made from leftover Rotis.The leftover Roti/chapati is crushed or broken into small bits/flakes.These flakes are seasoned with salt and a pinch of sugar and stir fried with onions and served hot,garnished with fresh coriander and a dash of lemon juice. Yummm…

I have missed this favorite breakfast,over the last few years since we got married.Whenever I make chapati/paratha for the two of us,we finish it.Or may be one or maximum two chapatis are leftover..we end up eating those,as it is. When I go to India,I ask the maid to make 5 extra rotis,for each meal..that way,every other day,I eat kuskara for breakfast!My dad doesn’t get this fixation of mine..and wonders why I want to eat this,when I can eat something fresh every day..but what can I do..I HEART this.

Offlate,now that Ms.Aadya eats with us..and its not fixed how many chapatis she will eat..sometimes,she sits at the table with us and eats a chapati or two,when we are eating..on other days,she doesn’t even touch it.As a result,we now have some left over chapatis :D..So,the other day,I made around 6-7 extra chapatis,and made this Kuskara for breakfast and asked Aadya to taste it.She didn’t want to taste it,at first..then,when she tasted it,she loved it..and asked for more.Even asked me to give it her for lunch,the next day.I was happy…I would trade the crackers&chips&biscuits  for a good wholesome breakfast anyday!

What were your breakfast favorites when you were growing up??Do your kids,love what you loved as a kid??Do share:)

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Nutty Beanie with a flower applique

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Ms.Aadya requested this hat yesterday,for her to wear to the Teddy Bear picnic at School today.She lovedddddddd it..and didn’t take it off all day.

She picked out a fancy yarn,from my yarn chest and asked me if I could please make a hat for her,that would cover her ears.This is what I love about being able to knit/crochet-I can make things as I like and don’t have to settle for something,I don’t like.

This beanie is slightly longer than most,just because,I needed it to cover her ears..we are so done,with ear-infections.

For this hat,I used:

Yarn- Moda fashion yarn

Hook- 4.00mm

Pattern-I just improvised as I went.I started with –

Ch4,sl st to form ring.

Ch2,10 Dc in the ring.

Ch2,2 Dc in each each DC,all around.

Ch2,DC in first DC,2DC in next DC,all around-This row is repeated till the hat fits the head.-I think two or three more rounds. I was checking it on her head.Once you get the desired circumference,

Ch2,DC on each DC all around- 3 more times,till you get the desired height.

Ch1,Sc all around.finish and weave in ends.

Decorate with a motiff of your choice.I used this tutorial from Applehead’s blog.

I wasn’t very sure about using this color for a kids beanie..but I like the way,its come out!

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Hats that stay on All Day-Post 25

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Ms.Aadya requested this hat yesterday,for her to wear to the Teddy Bear picnic at School today.She lovedddddddd it..and didn’t take it off all day.

What do you think???BTW,do you think,I should cross-post about my crafty finishes here ,or just leave a link to the craft blog post??

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If I were-Post 24

A picked it up from Monika and I am picking it up from A’s blog!Here you go:

If I were a month, I’d be February

If I were a day of the week, I’d be Thursday
If I were a time of day, I’d be 9.00pm.

If I were a season, I’d be Spring.

If I were a planet, I’d be Jupiter
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a Sea Horse

If I were a direction, I’d be East.

If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a Rocking chair.

If I were a liquid, I’d be Fresh Lime Soda-salted.

If I were a tree, I’d be a Maple Tree
If I were a tool, I’d be a Screwdriver
If I were an element, I’d be Silver
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a Black Pearl
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a Violin
If I were a color, I’d be Blue

If I were a emotion, I’d be love

If I were a fruit, I’d be an Orange

If I were a sound, I’d be the lilting laughter
If I were a car, I’d be a convertibleIf I were food, I’d be a Shawarma 😛

If I were a taste, I’d be Sweet

If I were a scent, I’d be Jasmine
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be Flip-flops
And if I were a bird, I’d be a Woodpecker

Its been a long day-cold and windy..and Aadi has a fever again..and they are having “teddy bear picnic ” in school tomorrow..and the li’l diva,sweetly asked me to make a new hat,which will cover “my ears”..how could I not? I am almost done with the hat..just making a flower to embellish it now.Pics of the hat and model,tomorrow..

To Post Or not to Post-Post 23

Since the last post was written and published,after midnight,in Australia,I was wondering,if it counts as the post 23 for NaBloPoMo..then,I decided,what the heck..another  post won’t make a difference and this time,I am enjoying NaBloPoMo,more than the last time..There is no pressure-its easier to write and post something everyday,this time around.

Coming to today’s post..I remembered last night,that I never posted a picture of the goodies that Shruti sent us..so,here it is:)

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I am sad the flowers were damaged,when I recieved it..nevertheless,I will always cherish this greeting.Thanks Again,Shruti..Sorry,it took me so long to post the picture.Blogging is so much fun,with the Windows live Writer!! I am loving it!

In other news,today was quite a nice day..When I was combing Aadi’s hair,this morning,the Medicare Ad was on air..and she saw the lice and freaked out.I told her,the little girl,used to cry when her mommy combed her hair..and so she got lice..And the little Puppy,bought it..so we evaded one of our biggest battles.I tied her hair into two pigtails and she was in a good mood..feeling pretty and all.

The only fight we had all day was at dinner table.Dinner was a little late today..so,she was tired and sleepy..and thats not a very good combination..she started playing around with her food.DH sat down to feed her,but both of them were distracted by the TV.Then started the whining.."I don’t like this vegetable”.We are counting our fruit and vegetable servings each day..and aiming for 5..So,I  tried to remind her that she would be one serving short..more whining followed,so i stopped making the chapatis and sat down with her,feeding her.And guess what she said,"Mumma I love this vegetable.”,so I guess all the drama was for mumma to sit next to her.

As for our fruit-vegetable servings,today she had grapes for her morning snack,tomato with her lunch,then she had an apple for a snack and finally for dinner had a serving of beetroot raita and beans..yayy..all 5! I love vegetable raitas..they are  nutritious comfort foods,isn’t it?

Hope you had a nice day too:D

Screeching in..Artsy Craftsy

Here’s presenting our Colorful Zoo on Canvas!

DSC03909 This is our Entry for Artsy-Craftsy June 2010

We started working on our Zoo..a long time ago..and ended up loads of paint on the floor..some more on the clothes and some unwanted spills on the canvas..So,we had to abandon our attempts.

Tonight(technically,its past midnight in Australia,so last night) after I wrote my last post,went in to find,both DH and Aadi,fast asleep..I had to try and salvage,this piece of art..:D

Here’s what we used:

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A plastic plate to take our colors in,Animals stencil sheet,a roller brush and balls of soft cotton and/or  rags.

First I painted my canvas,with a bright yellow. Then,Ms.Aadya got to work,armed with soft cotton balls and we just dabbed the cotton balls in color and dabbed on the canvas,to make a  busy backdrop.

Then,I used the rags dipped in color and traced out the animals,randomly. All done..Easy Peasy!

We were half way,through creating the backdrop,when the big spill happenned and we had to stop. I had almost given up on this,but Something made me want to do it..Ohh I know what it was- my love for Shruti!

This one is going up in my guest-room..Another retro decor under $10! I think it will look nice in a kids room too.I am planning on making a couple of these in smaller sizes(4by6 or 5 by 8) and various colors for my market stall..what do you think?Will it sell??Give me an honest feedback please!