Monthly Archives: July 2014

Trying to make a comeback :)

Again!! Despite my best intentions,another month has rolled by and I haven’t had chance to keep up with blogging.
I have minimised my facebook time,but I still end up blogging in my head most of the times.On other times,I am just too tired. Seriously,I doff my hat to the mums who work full-time 5 days a week.I work part-time,3 days a week and still fall behind in housework,in just about everything. Some days I am so tired that even keeping up with the kids chatter is a big deal.Cooking seems like a chore..Now,I L.O.V.E. cooking and when it seems like a chore,its not a good feeling.
So,I have come up with a strategy(LOL!! I think I have!)The plan is to stick to quick healthy/wholesome meals on the days that I work.Quick and wholesome being the keywords.And on my days-off,I can plan something more elaborate.So far we have done pizzas,sandwiches,pulav on work-nights and dal-rice-sabji/chicken n fried rice,dosa-chutney,paratha or something of that sort on the days that I don’t work. But those days,just fly by,so quickly thanks to my firecracker,Ms.An!!! So my trusty slowcooker has been dusted and is being put to good use now 🙂
This is what I cooked last night 🙂

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Slow Cooked Cashew Chicken with Vegetable fried rice 🙂

I followed this recipe with a few tweaks. I didn’t have any Vinegar at hand and so omitted it. And I added chopped up celery,red& green Capsicum and onions. I forgot to add the red chili flakes and it was still perfect! 

The chicken was so soft and flavorful.This will be a regular in our house 🙂

Hopefully,I will be back again..n soon 




Too Tired to think

Only the third day of blogging streak,and too tired to think/write. Its the school holidays here.Normally,I plan one big day out and one day in..but this time,co-incidentally,we’ve had to long days out-we all had fun,catching up with friends,but the kids are tired and I am tired.All I want to do is sleep and sleep more.Ms.An is the only one,who is catching up on all the sleep,but Ms.A refuses to nap.But she is at an age where she entertains herself,sits and sketches and otherwise,enjoys some quiet telly time,leaving me free to read or lay down or even just sit quietly,browsing the internet.
Ms.A is a chatterbox-she just DOESN’T stop talking.If a question can be answered in Yes or No,she replies with the whole analysis,why a choice is better and why the other would be wrong..its cute sometimes,but on other times,does my head in.And if you ask her,why does she talk so much,her answer is simple- “Because I am one of those people who like to talk”
Her teacher reckons,Ms.A can talk underwater,with a mouth full of marbles and to be frank,I have started believing her!
On that note,I will stop talking/writing and go to bed.

First train&bus ride.

Today Ms.An went on public transport for the very first time. I had planned to meet some local mums in the city and decided to take the train to the city. On paper,the plan looked will be the easier option,compared to driving into the city- the kids will get to experience something different-The last time Ms.A went on the train was before Ms.An was born. So,it has been atleast 3 years since then.But as the day drew near,I started to get cold feet.I asked a friend,who travels by train,2-3 times a week,if she wanted to take her kids along as well and she said yes. So,we parked near her house and boarded the bus,from a stop,nearby.Ms.A has been on the bus,for school trips and loves bus-rides.But,I was worried about Ms.An-In case you haven’t guessed.. I am scared of and in awe of Ms.An.But she is a star :)She picked her seat quite seriously-tried a few spots before settling on one.Same for the train ride too.

On the way back,she was tired,from all the walking and playing and I bribed her with some jelly sweets. We got a window seat and she sat facing the window with her back resting against me and my hand across her chest.I could see her reflection in the window and it  was the most beautiful sight.Her eyes wide with wonder,taking in all the sights,her little body resting against mine- I wanted to stay like that forever,capture that moment,but I didn’t dare move,lest I ruin our peaceful cuddle. If  you have a child that’s full of beans,you relish and appreciate the quiet cuddles even more.
10475507_667854983263067_580472786_o waving to the Railway workers on the platform 🙂
When I tucked her in,I asked her what her favorite part of the day was and she said,”Pressing buttons”(at the traffic light and lifts)
Oh! the joys of being a kid and finding happiness in little things!

The Pirate Princess :)

The Pirate Princess :)

Pirate one day-Princess the next