Monday, June 18, 2018

Taking a break

Hi all my lovely friends,

I didn't post anything since few weeks. I know all of you love me a lot, and your beautiful comments always encourage me to write more. However, currently I'm little overwhelmed , and cannot think of anything. So, I've decided to take a break, and think about my blog, how to revamp it. I also want your suggestions to make it more attractive. I'll some back again in August with more interesting posts. Till then do not forget me.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Five on Friday

I know Friday had already over long ago, and a brand new week is going to start, but I yet to share my five days of the week. Actually, first I taught of posting Friday night, then again thought of posting Saturday evening. However, all my plans didn't get the success. Saturday was real busy, we had a dinner party at home, and I didn't get time to sit and write. Anyway, now I'm sitting down and sharing with you how my five days were.

My house was in hot big mess. Last week I didn't properly clean the house.Though it was a holiday, but I spent entire morning cleaning my house. Actually I already finished the books I rented form library. So, I had nothing in my hand to read. I decided to use the time by cleaning the house. *smile*

Tuesday:The house was already cleaned. I went for a walk in the morning. Last week I couldn't walk as it was cold. But, suddenly today it was so hot, I couldn't walk that far which I usually walk. In the halfway I came back home. I had not in mood to cook. I sat down and thought for a while. I had few pending crafts to be finished. Among them was making few cushion cover from old jeans, and clothes, and I finished all of them. Before going to pick my son from school, I really felt accomplished, as I my plan worked out totally.

Wednesday:Today kiddo has "GoldRush Day" in his class. The whole fourth grader participated in the activity. Past few weeks this activity was going on, and today was the final day. They had been enacting the history of California Gold Rush. I had volunteer duty for one hour. Then my best friend and I planned to go to mall. I just decided to keep hold all my jobs and to go with her, and enjoy few hours in the mall. It was a great time.

Thursday:Today I was in cleaning spree. First I deep clean my kitchen. My kitchen cabinets are white, and I've open kitchen. I need to deep clean it at least once in a month. Last month I didn't do that. Anyway, after cleaning kitchen I deep clean Mr. Man's car. His car is a black one, which always needs a good wash, otherwise it doesn't look good. On the top of that it is really low. So, vacuuming inside is really difficult. Anyway, after finishing that I didn't stop. Then I decided to deep clean the garage which was pending for a long time. And before 2:30 in the afternoon I finished all these three big jobs.

Friday: The computer table we bought for kiddo, was delivered yesterday evening. Today was the day to assemble the parts. Every week I usually say, "my Friday was busy", but the busyness was on some level this Friday. Today was a the last day of school. Yes, my fourth grader is going to fifth grade.My little boy is no more a little boy. He is growing!  Anyway, the school was going to be dismissed at 12 in the afternoon. So, I had very little time in my hand in the morning. MR. Man and I wanted to finish the computer desk before going to school. But, that had been taking forever. On the top of that kiddo and his friends had year end party in a park. We moms also planned to do the little pot luck. In the midway of assembling the desk I went to the party. That was also a disaster as picnic area of the park was getting renovated. We couldn't stay there long. From there I we came back home, and I dropped kiddo at home and went grocery shopping. In the meaning time Mr. Man finished the desk. After coming home I grabbed the cup of tea, which Mr. Man made, and jumped into arranging the desk. I quickly finish it ,and sweep the entire house sipping the tea. I was almost running against time. Still I didn't have time to mop the house. Again we rushed to kiddo's soccer practice. We dropped him there, and we had another store to cover for Saturday's dinner party. After his soccer practice we went to Trade Joe's to grab few more things. After coming home I prepared for Saturday's party, so that I could finish cooking quickly on next day. Then I fix the dinner. After shower when I went to bed I was half asleep. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Visit to Adventure Park

Few months back my son and his friends went to their wrap up party of their “Odyssey of the mind” competition group. Those who follow me know that my son took party in that competition this year. Though they couldn’t make it, but at least they could secure the fourth position. Anyway, after the competition in March, their coach wanted a wrap up party for the kids , and we all parents agreed with her. 

She decided to have the party at Adventure Playground at the Berkeley Marina. I didn’t know about the park before. She told that kids could play with all the broken stuffs, they could something from throw broken pieces of wood, nails, and many more useless articles, which we usually prohibit them to use. 

When we reached the park we saw there a broken boat, few broke drums, many more broken trash. Those “trash” were smartly arranged , so that the kids could enjoy. The park reminded me my childhood. At that time our parents didn’t protect us that much. So, we played with all broken tins, sticks, clay, and many more items. Many of them were not good choice to play with. Actually, we did many of those mischiefs without the knowledge of our parents. So, the park rekindled our childhood memories, and we chatted about our mischiefs at a length. 

I remember vividly that on incident occurred when I was in grade two. I had been doing some dangerous tricks on swing, and landed on my back on the ground. The ground was not protected with any soft material, and I got a huge bruise on my mack. On the top of that I had math test on next day. It really made difficult me to sit properly on next day, and I did poor in the test. Now it is funny to me, but at that time it was not funny at all.Anyway, wonderful unique outdoor facility of unusual  staffs encourage children to play and build creative things. Those really boost up the creativity in the children minds. As it was a little dangerous the parents supervision was always needed. They drove the broken boat, they built “house” with broken wood, nail, and hammer. Those throw away articles give immense pleasure to the kids. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Chicken Thigh in Soy Sauce and life update

Recently I’ve become very irregular in my blog. I’ve no particular reason for that. Actually, there is one reason. I’ve been thinking for revamping my blog for a long time, but I yet to sit and start that. Anyway, I missed post my “Five on Friday”. Friday I was not feeling well, and on the weekend I was too much preoccupied with two books. I wanted to finish both of the books, and I succeeded in that. Otherwise my week was overall good. In past 10 years, for the first time I went to movie with my girlfriends. 

Do you have any suggestion for revamping my blog? Your valuable input will help me immense. Before finishing here is another quick recipe for chicken.

Two-three  skinless, boneless chicken thigh
Three tbsp soy sauce
Two tsp garlic power
One tsp ginger paste or powder
Salt to taste
One tbsp oil
Two tsp brown sugar
Slitted green chili (or jalapeƱo) 
Oil spray 
Marinate the thigh pieces with soy sauce, garlic powder, ginger powder or paste, and salt, at least for two hours. 
Preheat the oven at 350 degree F.  In a baking tray line with parchment paper. Spray oil the paper, and keep it ready. In the pan heat oil in high heat. Fry both sides of each pieces, and transfer them to the baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with an aluminum foil and bake for half an hour until chicken is tender. 
After the chicken pieces are done, in the same frying pan add the remaining marinate, half cup water, and sugar, chili. Bring into boil. Boil until the sauce starts to thicken. Switch of the stove. 
Arrange the pieces in serving dish. Pour the sauce over the chicken pieces. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Shredded Chicken Curry

Finding out different recipes of chicken everyday is very difficult to me. But, Mr. Man and kiddo need chicken almost everyday. So, the other day while browsing Facebook, I got to see a picture of  shredded chicken dish. Then the idea of cooking shredded chicken came into my mind. I just think about some recipe in mind, and came up with it. 
Here is the recipe:

One pound boneless skinless chicken thigh (you can use breast also)
One medium sized onion
One tsp ginger paste
Two tsp garlic powder (or two-three garlic cloves, smashed)
Five-six cashew nuts
Two tsp poppy seeds
One fourth cup raisins
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
One tsp wine vinegar
One tbsp oil
Salt to taste

In a big pan take the thigh or breast pieces (If you are using chicken breast, then cut into big chunks). Add salt, and garlic powder(or smashed garlic). Bring into boil. Boil until the chicken is done, covering the pan. Let it cool down. 
In the meantime finely chopped the onion. Heat oil in another pan in medium. Add the chopped onion. Fry onion until soft, stirring occasionally. Add ginger paste, and mix well. 
Scoop out the chicken pieces, in a bowl. Save the stalk. Shred the pieces using two fork. (Hold each pieces by inserting one fork into it, and shred with the other.) Add the shredded chicken in the onion. Mix well, cover the pan. Keep the heat in low medium.
In a mixer make a fine paste on cashew, poppy seeds, and raisins, with a little water. Add the paste into the chicken. Mix well. Add the remaining stalk of the boiled chicken,salt, wine vinegar, and cook until the gravy becomes thick. Switch off the stove. Add freshly grated nutmeg. Serve hot with roti (Indian tortilla)or rice. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Visit to Alden Nursery

We are planning to landscape in our front yard, but we are really confused which plant to buy for the garden. We have been tried to gather knowledge from Internet, but it was a difficult job.

Few days back Mr. Man have come to know about one nursery. Though the nursery is not exactly near our home, but we can manage to go there and buy plants. 

So, last Friday  Mr. Man took me there. To me, it was another busy Friday, but I could manage to squeeze out some time to visit there. I was completely blown away by the collection of plants in the nursery. We decided to take walk through the whole area. However, we reached nowhere. Moreover , I didn’t want to buy any plants, as we are going to landscape in August. Mr. Man didn’t want to ask with anyone. Lastly I talked with one lady, and she was amazing. She showed me all the plants which I can use for landscaping. I just told her my requirement. And, my requirement was in very broad range.


I told her the how I want to decorate my garden. She showed me all the pants one by one which I can use, and within no time I managed to narrow down my list of plants.
She gave me some tips, how to test the drainage capacity of the native soil. She told me to dig a one foot deep whole, and pour water into it. If the whole becomes empty within an hour then the drainage is good of the native soil. I also want to plant want Clematis   in my garden, I love the flower, the flower is absolute gorgeous. She told me that, the root of the plant should be kept always cool. 

Anyway, I usually love gardening. I love to visit the nurseries, but this nursery gave me all I want for my garden. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Five on Friday

Morning was really relaxed. In the early morning father-son went jogging. The house was empty. I had lots of leftover in the fridge, so I didn't have to cook anything. I decided to finish all the household chores before dropping kiddo off to school. I felt so relaxed that I didn't have any jobs to finish. So, after volunteering in school I went for a long walk. The weather was cloudy yet not cold, and was very pleasant.

I had not much job to do today. Today I took a long walk in the morning.

Today's dinner, broccoli-chedder bake

Again today I managed to do all the chores before going to school. I had no volunteer job today. So I decided to clean my car after my routine walk in the morning. But I made the mistake. I shouldn't walk in the morning.  Cleaning car is heavily laborious job. I started cleaning at 11 in the morning, at it took two full hours to finish. I didn't clean my car since last year. It was not in a good shape. On the top of that few days back bird dropped on the car, making polka dotted design on it. So, it was a high time to clean. Moreover, when children sit in the car, it can never stay cleaned. So, cleaning inside and outside consumed all my energy. When I went to pick him from school, I almost couldn't move myself.

Date-dry fruit bread, baked on Monday

Today I had a plan to clean my pool. So, I didn't walk in the morning to keep my energy. That was a  wise decision, as I didn't felt totally worn out in the evening.

Chicken-dumpling soup, today's dinner

Friday:It was as usual a busy day. At least I didn't have volunteer job, and Mr. Man dropped kiddo off to school. So I got the entire morning to do all my chores. Then in the afternoon Mr. Man took me to beautiful nursery. It was little far from our home, but it was worth it visit there. They helped a lot to choose the pants, and I got few tips which was going to help me in landscaping after few months.

I saw on the trail Monday morning while walking.. It was big, almost four inches long. I've never seen such long centipede. I don't know why it gave a chill on the spine.