Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year, 2018

We are just few hours away from another year. In less than twelve hours another year will come, sun will rise again on the East giving us new hope to pass another year. This year came and just gone by within a blink. 


So many things happened only within 365 days, some of them were good, constructive, some were not. Mother nature was angry time to time, and showed us her fury, yet she is gentle, she is loving.

 
Anyway, my year was mixed of many things. We jumped into remodeling our house, at one point I lost all my peace, and couldn’t even thinking of getting back the house. However, on the other way remodeling gave me something that might not I would do. When, there was a big problem with the bathrooms, I went to stay with my sister in Philadelphia. I knew if the remodeling didn’t happen, I wouldn’t go to her. 


Off late I couldn’t keep up in the blogosphere. Sometimes I only posted on Fridays. I couldn’t sit and write down. I couldn’t take good pictures to show you. But your positive comments always make keep going. I’m really grateful to get many good virtual friends in the blogosphere. 
I don’t make any resolutions. Resolutions give me more stresses. So, I’ve decided to keep going, doing work, and thinking all positive.


Wish all of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May the yea will bring all happiness, peace, good health, and all things positive.


See you again in the next year
XOXO

Friday, December 29, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:
We went to a short trip to Carmel by the sea. Today evening we came back home. So, I did nothing as much since morning. I’ll write in details about the trip. The little town by the sea is just like a fairy tale town. I think any time I can go there and relax. Carmel wouldn’t be boring anytime to me. Anyway, after eating out continuously since Saturday we wanted to have some home cooked food. So, I cooked in the evening, and the day was mellow.

Tuesday: 
I had work in the morning. So, there was no time to relax with a cup of tea. After coming back I cooked dinner, and clean up a little. I have much more to clean.


Wednesday:
Today I had work in the evening. So, I got the whole morning to clean. The living room was in mess. I fought I could finish within 12:00. However, it took me forever to finish the living room, and kid’s room. 


Thursday:
Today was another hectic day. I cooked for two days, the I deep clean my kitchen. On the tip of that the contractor guy came to finish few more things. They left the ion the afternoon. Then I went to work.


Friday:
Today again I had a long day. I left home at 5:30 in the morning for work. Came back around 2:30. Then again went to Costco, as I ran out of many things. In the evening I really couldn’t move myself.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:


Yes, at last we are going to get back our home. The contractor has told that he is going to hand over tomorrow. We are getting back our home on Tuesday. After doing the volunteer duty in school I came back home to start my baking spree. I’m already late in baking, as I’m not going to get much time from tomorrow. I have cleaning house, and going for work from tomorrow. Before going to pick my son from school I could bake six cakes (two together at a time). The baking is not in my hand , it depends on the oven. At least I baked few yesterday. So I have to bake only two more which I can manage tomorrow.


Tuesday: 


I had work in the morning. I had a conversation with the contractor in the morning, and he said that he has only half day work to finish. Though he said that he will finish in half day, but he was still working at 3:30 when I came back home. He smiled and said that , “half day is never going to be a half day”. Anyway, little minor things are still to finished, which he going to do after Christmas. After he left the house, the we started working, and it was just a next to impossible job to do. One bed we could easily manage to take inside one room. Then we got stuck with the next bed. That is heavy, still we could manage to carry that, but the we stuck in the hall way. Then on that tilted position Mr. pull apart the parts. Then we carried it inside the room. Then again we stuck while assembling the bed. In the meantime my son had meeting with his team for the Odyssey Of the Mind competition. We rushed to drop hime there. After coming back again tried to assemble the bed, but somewhere we had been making mistake. Again it was the time to pick him from there. I had no energy left to cook dinner. We had burger and came back to fix the bed. At last able to fish out the instruction booklet from a drawer,then we understood the mistake. After all the drama when we went to bed the clock was ticking 12:00.


Wednesday:


In the morning I had my last physiotherapy session. I’m feeling much better now. After coming from there, I started working on again with the cleaning. The garage was on the hot big mess. I started with that. It took a  whole lot of time to do that. When I went to pick my son, I was dead tired. Still I had work in the evening.


Thursday:


After working a lot I decide to pamper myself a little. So,we three friends went to nail spa. It helped me lot to get back my much needed energy. The whole morning I did nothing. We there hanged out in the morning with coffee, then went to nail spa. Then I went to school to volunteer for the Holiday Party. My son’s teacher gave a sweet little gift.

 
Friday:


Again I started working on the garage. I decided to move the things to the respected room first, and cleaned out the garage. I finished moving almost everything, and left few little things to move. The garage was looking much better. 
 
Lastly, wish all of you a Merry Christmas. Enjoy !!

 




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas mini album for sister

For a long time I desperately wanted to sure the mini album I created for my sister. However, I didn't do, because I didn't want to spoil her surprise. Now she has already received the album, so, now I can share with you. I created this album amid chaos in my home. The day I started creating the album the painting guy had been spraying prima. It became so difficult to stay at home, my son and I went to library. n the top of that my son was not feeling well today. Anyway, I managed to finish that, and sent it to my sister. Here are the snick picks of the album.


















Saturday, December 16, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:
Today when I peek through the blinds in the morning, I saw thick frost on the roofs, but the sky was crystal clear. The  sun was shinning in the bight gorgeous blue sky. It was looking picture perfect, but I didn’t feel happy. It is almost mid of the december we yet to get rain. May be this year again we would get another dry winter, and which is not good. The mountains are still barren, yet to get the green coat of grass. I fear this year the mountain are not going to get the light green color coat of grass. I know, I can easily find the weather of december in weather channel. However, I don’t want to do that. I just want to keep my hope alive of getting rain. Isn't it crazy? 
Season's first fruitcake


Tuesday:
Today in the morning I went to work. After that I had time in my hand before going to pick my son, I went to Hobby Lobby. In the mean time I had been chatting with my sister, and totally forgot Why I went to Hobby Lobby. So, I only browsed every isle, but when I saw the queue at the register, I stopped myself to buy anything. 

Shortbread cookies were instant hit

Wednesday:
Today Mr. Man decided to take leave, and all my plan went in vein. Only productive thing I did, making worksheet for my son.
My son'd first gift from his friend's mom

Thursday: 
Thursday early morning I had physiotherapy session. It was freezing cold outside. Though the sun was burning bright, but couldn’t melt the ice. Only thing he did, was to make difficult in driving. The sun was so bright it was really difficult to see. Yesterday while crossing one stop, I really couldn’t see anything due to glaring sunlight. Luckily, one was crossing the road. After that my friend and I had a quick coffee together before running some errands.
Holiday decorations in nearby mall

Friday:
Today the floor guy came with his assistants, and had started doing the floor. Hopefully, they would finish by tomorrow. At last the today crocheted the infinity scarf for my friend, and I gifted her today. She was very happy , and she immediately put that on her neck. *smile*

I saw this sculpture in the mall, isn't it beautiful?





Monday, December 11, 2017

Bull Chasing

This post is little different. This time I'm posting a story written by my 9 years old son. Please read it.

Love



“Cairo, follow me” Dell whispered. ”Why should I, because you found a mermaid in your backyard like it was last month or you found a piece of gold in your back yard like it was last time. The gold was really a piece of paper” Cairo said in an angry voice. ”No, just follow me” Dell replied.They walked through the dry land and through the town until they came to a fenced area. ”Over here” Dell said. All of a sudden Cairo tripped over a rock and fell in the fenced area.”What are you doing” Dell asked anxiously. ”I don’t know but there’s one thing I do know, look!” Cairo screamed. Dell looked up.There was a bull running right towards them. ”Run!”Dell screamed ”And what I mean is you run” Dell said. Cairo ran as fast as he could. The bull was making a cloud of dust behind it. Cairo was running faster than a Roadrunner. The bull all most got him a little with his sharp horns.“Yoww!” Cairo yelped. He ran towards the gate. When he reached the gate he opened it and headed for town. “Hang on” Dell yelled as he ran for the bull. Now Cairo and Dell were being chased by what turned out to be a bull. As they entered town a few town folks were also being chased by the bull. “Hey, I have an idea,head for the church, it’s red” Dell suggested. “Sure, anything to stop the bull from chasing us” Cairo said. Finally they reach the church. “On three we jump to the side” Dell said tiredly. “One Two  Three!” the Dell screamed. The two jumped aside. The bull crashed into the church just as planned. “High five” the two yelled. The church was rebuilt in 3 days. After a few days a knock came on Cairo’s door. Cairo opened the door and guess who was there? Dell. “Follow me” Dell said. “oh boy, here we go again” Cairo said. And so they went.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:
I couldn't even imagine we are already in December, and the year is going to end so soon. I really don’t know what I did through out the year. On the top of that, remodeling is resisting me to do many things. Once the worker leave the house I can do my chores.
However, today I cooked in the morning, so that I didn’t need to cook  at least for three days.

 
Tuesday:
As usual I did nothing since morning. I could read books which I rented from the library, but I ended up not doing.


Wednesday:
The started with a bad note. Everything thing was fine. I took my son to the breakfast book club in school. After volunteering there I decided to come back home before going out with my friend. While crossing the road in front of the school, I couldn’t understand how I fell down. I fell down so hard, that I got three bad cuts on my left palm. Somehow I managed to drive back home. Then I washed my hand with soap and water. However, the little finger had been hurting. I put some ice pack, then I felt a little good. Then my friend came my home and picked me up. Together we went to mall. We had a very good times together. We had plenty of time in hand to walk around the mall, doing window shopping and as well as real shopping. We sat down a had good time with a cup of coffee. Everything was good until I came back home. After coming home I saw that three guys were working inside my home. The one of main switches was off, so the stove stopped working. The painting guy took off the bathroom door to color it. Altogether the situation was a hot mess, but I had no other option , but to wait. The painting asked me whether he would put up the door temporarily, but that was going to delay more, so I asked him to finish the work first. I’m just waiting for the end of this ordeal.


Thursday: 
Today I woke up with a swelled pinky in my left hand. I realized something went wrong yesterday. Mr. Man also told me to take and orthopedic appointment. I got the appointment exactly at the of dismissal of school. Anyway, I arranged with Mr. Man, and went to doctor. Through x-ray doctor found out I go two hair line crack in my pinky. He gave a brace to wear for three weeks.


Friday:
Today was real busy day. I woke up at 4:45 in the morning. Since then I didn’t sit. I had been running errand. In the after putting away all the Costco haul I got time to sit in the late evening.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chicken and dumpling soup

On Thanksgiving Day I was thinking of cooking something special, but nothing was coming in my mind. I usually watch the cooking videos on Youtube. From there I got a recipe of chicken and dumpling soup. From the recipe I found that, almost all the ingredients were available in my kitchen. I decided not to use few of the ingredients like heavy cream, or cheese, just to make the soup a little light. That recipes are extremely delicious. Here I’m sharing my version of chicken and dumpling soup.


One pound of boneless skinless chicken thigh
One medium sized onion
Two celery sticks
Two carrots
One cup grated carrot
Half cup white wine
Three tsp. dry oregano
Tree tsp. dry thyme
Two tsp. garlic powder
One tbsp. and half cup all purpose flour
Half tsp. of baking soda
Salt and papper to taste
Two tbsp. of butter (you can use oil)
Chicken stalk (store bought or home made, I usually make my at home)
One cup of milk


Cut and wash the chicken thigh into small pieces. 

Take the  pieces in a big bowl. 

Add salt, pepper, and one tbsp of flour. 

Mix everything well. 

Cut onion, celery, and carrot into small pieces.


In a big pot heat butter in medium. Fry the chicken pieces, and keep them aside. 

In the same butter, add the all the veggies. 

Give a good stir. 

Cover the pot, and let it cook, about ten minutes.

Add all the chicken pieces, again mix everything.

Add oregano, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Mix well, and cook another about 10-15 minutes.

Add chicken stalk, and bring into boil. 

Meanwhile in a bowl take grated carrot, half cup flour, salt, and pepper, one tsp thyme, ones tsp oregano, and mix well.

Add water little by little to make batter kind of dough.

The batter should not be very thick, or thin like pancake batter.It should be in between, so that you can scoop out with an ice-cream scoop.

In the boiling soup, with the help of an ice-cream scoop, add dumplings and let in cook. 

When the chicken will be done , add milk.

Then decrease the heat,and add white wine.

Cook until the desired consistency reaches. The soup will be thick.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kacha Thai Resturant

Every time I went to restaurant, I think of writing down my total experience, but every time  I ended up totally forgetting. After long time when I look back to those pictures, I can’t even remember where I tasted those food. So, this time I deiced to share with you my experience on a Thai restaurant.  Suddenly on sunday Mr. Man decided to go to restaurant for lunch. When we started from home,the weather was good. But, in the midway, all of a suddenly it started raining heavily. Anyway, that wasn’t the matter. The Thai restaurant name “Kacha” was in a mall. We parked our car in the parking lot, then lost the way to go. We went up and down few times, in the parking lot, then we went out on the road, then we abled to enter the restaurant from the front. After entering, I started wondering, how another family whom I saw had parking the after us reached before? Anyway, my son went with ‘Pad Thai’, he didn’t war to taste any other food item. I decide to go lunch platter. I forgot the name of the dish Mr. Man ordered. The food was good. The yellow curry in the platter was very tasty, and the cashew chicken was delicious.

Lunch platter


Pad Thai


Anyway, while leaving the restaurant, one waiter asked us whether we parked the in the parking lot. When we said yes, he show us a backdoor to go the parking lot. After coming out of the back door e found that we parking our just in front of the door. What a hilarious situation !!

Litchi mojito

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:
My son had no school this entire week. I thought that I would have some rest this week. However, things went entirely wrong. The painting guy came in the morning to put prima on all the walls. The prima is a spray . Though he tried hard to cover, but the fine particles scattered all over the place in my  entire home. It was difficult to stay at home on that smell. On the top if that my son was not feeling well. At last unable to stay at home we both went to library. As he was not feeling well, he didn't even want to stay in the library. I told him that we had to stay in library until the guy left our home. Anyway, we came back around three. At least at that time he stopped spraying.

I brought all those book from library, do not how many I can finish. :)


Tuesday:
Today my son felt worse than yesterday. So, I took a  quick doctor’s appointment and went there. Doctor told me that he caught stomach virus. He lost his appetite. Doctor assured me that he was going to be fine before thanksgiving. Anyway, today was much better that yesterday, as the painting guy finished with the spray on Monday. Today he used painting brush.


Wednesday: 
Today my son started feeling much better that before. I had so many jobs to be finished, that I couldn’t sit. The painting guy even told me, “Oh! you never stop!”*smile*

I wanted to bake pumpkin bread, but when I took out the pumpkin puree from fridge, I found that not i good condition. But I already mixed everything according to pumpkin bread's measurement. I took a risk, added the grated carrot, two large apple, and half cup buttermilk. The cake turned out delicious and moist. 


Thursday: 
Today was Thanksgiving Day. I cooked all the morning. Mr. Man suggested going to the nearby mall, and we experienced the worst Black Friday madness. It took half an hour to enter the parking lot. I told him that it was better to take U turn rather to waste energy in searching a parking space. It was much better to go back home, and relax with a cup of coffee. In the evening we had a beautiful dinner with chicken-dumpling soup, pork chops, and chocolate-coffee cake.


Friday:
I went to work early in the morning. I came back totally exhausted. Then in the evening we had a dinner invitation. That was good, as at least I didn’t have to cook.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ground Chicken Fried Rice and Happy Thanksgiving

I just can’t believe that Thanksgiving is round the corner! This is the time to give thanks to other, to recognize all the people, and things for which I thankful. First of all I want to give to thank to all my blogger friends .  Your encouragement keeps me going for all those years. Your lovely comments always make me happy, and inspire me to write more. I want to say sorry to all of you because, I rarely reply to your comment, but I always read them. Again I want to give thanks for those. Here I’m sharing one rice of fried rice. If you are not going to Thanksgiving dinner, or not hosting any, like me who are just spending a quiet time on Thanksgiving night, you can try this fried rice. *smile*


One pound ground chicken(or turkey)
One and half cups Basmati rice
One big potato/four-five small round potatoes
One fourth cup raisins
One fourth dried cranberry(optional)
One fourth cup dried cherry (optional)
One fourth cup cashew 

One fourth cup green peas

Three tbsp. sugar

Two green chili (optional)

One and half tsp. garam masala powder (or you can mix cinnamon powder, clove powder, green cardamom powder, or you can get it any Indian store)

One/Two bay leaves
Two/three cloves
Four/five green cardamom
One inch cinnamon stick
One medium sized onion
One tbsp. ginger paste
Two tsp. garlic paste
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Four tbsp. of oil (you can also use ghee)


Wash the rice, and soak in water for half an hour. 

In the mean time,thinly slice the onion.

Peel the potato. If you are using a big potato , then cut the potato into medium big chunk.

If you are using small potato just peel them. 

Take a heavy bottomed pan, heat two tablespoon of oil in medium. 

Add the potato. Add pinch of turmeric powder, and salt. 

Fry in medium heat until slightly brown. Take the potato out, keep aside. 

In the same pan, add another two table spoon oil. 

Add all the whole spices, and slightly stir. When the fine aroma start coming, add the onion. 

Stir it, and let it cook covering the pan. Stir the onion occasionally to prevent burn on the bottom. 

When the oil starts oozing out, add garlic and ginger paste. Mix well and  add the chicken, and stir constantly. 

When chicken starts making lumps, add the garam masala power, and mix well. 

Then add all the dry fruits,sugar, peas,and nut. Mix everything well. 

Add the rice on the top of the mixture. Add one cup of water. 

Lower the heat to medium low. 

Cover the pan, and let it cook until the total water gets absorbed. 

Watch in the mean time. 

If you need more water add little. Do not add a large amount of water. 

It will take fifteen to twenty minutes to cook. Serve hot. 



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Five on Friday


Hi all my lovely blogger friends,
All of you want to know about the remodeling task. Yes, it is still going on. Now they are working on the walls inside the house. Hopefully they will finish texturing this week. I just want to thank you all my friends. Yours encouraging words are really helping me to going through this tough situation. Hopefully everything will be done in the first week of December. Then I’ll decorate for Christmas. I’m eagerly waiting for that.  Here is the five days of the my week.


Monday:
Since the weekend I was down with bad cold and fever. In the morning I was so weak that, I was feeling giddy while walking inside the house. Anyway, after dropping my son to school, I took a good rest , rather I slept on the couch for few hours , and then I felt good.


Tuesday: 
Today I’m feeling better, but I didn’t do anything. I was sitting on the couch since morning. I desperately wanted to do some crafting, but in this chaos, I couldn’t find anything. However, the floss,and the fabric was in the chest, so I decided to start one cross stitch. At least I could spend some time. 


Wednesday: 
Another day  passed without doing anything. Actually,I didn’t have outside work. In the home I couldn’t do anything. So, again I work on the cross stitch.


Thursday: 
When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I heard the sound of rain. Yes, it had been raining the whole night. In the morning, the sky was overacted, and the nearby hills were completely covered with dense cloud. I had a long list of work in my mind.  However, after coming back from my physiotherapy session, I sank in the couch, with a mug of coffee,and lost interest of doing anything. I was literally on the couch before going to pick up son from school.


Friday: 
Today was just opposite of Thursday. I had work in the early morning. I left home in the dark. On the way back home I ran some errand. After coming home I finished cooking, and cleaning, then went to library. From there I went to school. Luckily I didn’t have folder duty in school, which I usually do on Fridays. Then in the evening my son wanted to go mall. So, again we went to mall. At the night, I didn’t have energy to drag myself to the bed.
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Here I'm sharing some  pictures of our Satna Barabara trip three years back. Why I didn't write about our trip I don't know.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:


As usual the Monday was very busy. Since morning one after another job was going on without any stopping. After dropping my son to school, I went to work. From there I came home, gulped down my lunch, and went to pick my son. As the remodeling is going on, I cannot do anything before five in the evening. After the workers went, I finished the household chores.



Tuesday:


It early morning I went to do physic therapy. It was very cold in the morning. I kept my car outside, and it was covered with frost. I had to throw warm water on the windows to get rid of the frost. After that I stayed home almost all the day.  Though I was in home through out the day I didn't do anything. I was just sitting all day long. Actually, I had no option to do anything. I could read some books, but I didn't do that. I had been reading a book on Magna Carta, but the book is so intense, I cannot read three or four pages a day.


Wednesday:


It was another busy day. Today morning I first I went to my son's school to volunteer in the Breakfast book club. From there I went to work. Then to do grocery shopping. After picking my son from school, came back home, and did the other works.


Thursday:


It was another busy day. I had physiotherapy session in the morning. Then went to work, then grocery shopping. In the evening all cooking, cleaning, and other household chores. It was so exhausting that I almost fell asleep before dinner.


Friday:


My son had no school today. so, mother and son were in home all the day. However, staying in home was neither easy, nor pleasant, as the workers were working whole day.  


N.B. These are pictures of little fall decorations three years back. this year I'm hoping that I can decorate in Christmas. *smile*