Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer _May 2017

  • Had family come from India on May 10th. Mom, Dad, Chechi and Paarth. Went to the airport at 10 am and picked them and got them home. Luckily they did not have any jet lag, spend time eating chakaada, lots of sweets and seeing all the nice dresses from India
  • Ritiha got attached to my sister and wanted to stick by her and play with her all the time. The two brothers were competing, fighting all the time, playing video games. We all together played a lot of UNO.
  • Took them to just nearby places and I did not stress too much on taking them out. Went to Costco, soccer matches and just generally around.
  • We did go to Lake Calhoun one evening , had ice-cream, clicked a lot of pictures and returned.
  • We also went to Willow river Falls and had a gr8 time getting wet in the waterfall.
  • Since we took farmland a lot of time in the evenings went in putting water and getting farm work done

Happy Birthday my darling Dindu

July 9th , you turned 3 years old and let me tell you my love, you are my most precious one.
At this age you are such a delight to be with. You are talking non-stop and I am amazed by your vocabulary and some of the words and constructive sentences that you use.
Also your amazing manners to say Please and Thank-you.
In fact when we went to Fedex Store 2 days back the lady at the counter complimented me on your good behavior.
You are such a great helper, helping at home an also in the farm.
Nowadays you want to play with your friends all the time and it is easy for us to leave you down stairs. You are also very good at making friends.

Some pics from your bday party.
Love you lots

Friday, May 05, 2017

Happy Birthday to me

Yess, Its my birthday today and what did I do. Well for starters I wanted to buy a dress but no time :(
Thankfully got a new kurta from India so I adorned that and accessorized it with some earrings and bangles (from India) . Got wishes and kisses form hubby in the morning. WhatsApp messages from school friends and other dear friends, facebook . Got a cutest

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sweetlings - Week 3

As mentioned last time I had skipped the week-end as we were having our Volleyball Tournament this time by MMA(Minnesota Malayalee Association). We WON!!!(more details and pics later)

On sunday we had our Apt frinds gathering for a potluck and the dessert was Ice-cream(it has been long since I had icecream so gorged on it).

Mon: 27th: There was a potluck at office and there was a huge variety of desserts. I had Mango  pudding/gulab jamun/cake/jalebi, evening I had tea too

Tue: 28th: Today being ugadi one of my frinds got gulab jamun at work and I had two, so that means today would not be counted either.
Lets see how the remaining days go.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sweetlings - Week 2

So you remember the No Sugar Challenge that I had undertaken, well for my own sanity I decided to omit Week-ends, we had two birthday parties over the week-end and it is difficult for me to tell No to a piece of cake.

Weekdays are easier for the challenge. So continuing on to this week, again committed to the same.

Mar20: No tea/no sugar routine followed.

Mar21: I was at home and after having a bread omelette, wanted to have a tea, so had one small cuppa :(

Mar22: Uneventful, though I did order a burger from cafeteria but omitted the fries

Mar 23: We ordered lunch from out and since the restaurant goofed up our order they gave a yummylicious coconut cake. God! it was irressistable. I had to devour it and since the day was not counted anyway  and it was a rainy day , I came home to a hot cuppa tea.

Mar24: Uneventful.

I am not sure if this is helping in anyway but atleast Weekdays I am making an effort to minimize my sugar intent.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Inspired by Sayesha I decided to do a 30 day no sugar challenge. recently I have also been reading a lot about how too much sugar consumption is bad for the body yada yada and I really want to give it a try. I always had a sweet tooth but lately I have been going to extremes like simple eating sugar if I cannot find anything sweet, popping 2 macroons and sometimes even 3, buying chocolates from the cafeteria if I feel like it etc etc. So just for myself I have started this 30 day challenge on no sugar which means no tea, no chocolates,no fries,no pizza,no macroons and no artificial sugar. I still decided to go ahead and eat sweet fruits and honey and jaggery if needed(though I usually do not consume that too much)

GO ahead and join me or encourage me

Day 1: Mar 13th
No tea, had egg and bread for bfast, some rice and sabji for lunch, no tea in the evening, was so hungry by 8, quickly eat the rice and fish curry.
Told Ritvik about my challenge, he wanted to join too. I told him he could do a shorter version of it, maybe 10-5 days and he said very confidently, "Amma, I will do it for one evening" :)
he however did request to give him healthy options for lunch and not the bread/jam I give him everyday.

Day 2: Mar 14th
As I could not give bread/jam for school lunch, I made a panner grilled bread, had it for bfast(omitted ketchup), took grapes and strawberry for lunch, but laptop crashed at ofc and I would get the replacement only the next day, so came home had rice/fish curry for lunch..No tea, snacked on some mitcher  and nite had panner/broccoli paratha.

Day 3:Mar 15th
Send panner parantha for lunch, had bread/omlette for bfast, got curd/rice and pickle for lunch.
Went home, someone got a cake asked hubby to eat but he refused, couldn't control and took a bite.

Day 4: Mar16th
Had maida dosa for bfast, got shrimp and chapatti for lunch, couldn't control sugar urge so went to cafeteria and got a blueberry/honey/pecan bar. Evening picked a bourbon biscuit but before popping it in the mouth remembered the challenge so restrained from eating it.
Had dal /rice and fish for dinner

Day 5: Mar17th
Had bread/butter  for bfast, omitted the sugar.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mere Maa ke Haath ka Khana

Not sure how I missed this but way back in 2013 when IMC had just started they had a Giveaway on "Mom ke Haath ka Khana". I submitted 2 recipes and won the prize.

I got reminded today whn I made Maida dosa for my son after a very long time.

Monday, January 30, 2017

End of Blogathon

My dear friend Vincy commented on many of my posts and that really encouraged me to write a post a day and complete the Blogathon, but I missed the weekend of 14th and them my daughter fell sick, she had a fever and loose-motions. I could not send her to day care and had to keep her home for 2 days. On Friday the fever subsided and so I send her to day care but got a call in the afternoon as she had 2 loose motions and they wanted us to take her home. She felt better only by Saturday evening and then I got a nasty cold again.
it was so bad water kept dripping from my nose and I took medicines to help me.
When I got a little better the son felt sick and had to be kept home for a day and then who else but the hubby to catch the cold.
Hopefully we are all done with the entire family getting sick in January but unfortunately I was not in any way motivated to open my blog and post.

Me thinks the only way to complete a successful Blogathon is to write all 30/31 posts as drafts and the just post it each day :)


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Post 12 - Puerto Rico - Day 5 - Blogathon 2017

Woke up leisurely and then went for brunch to a Mexican Restaurant, it was great Mexican food , fajitas, sizzlers, enchiladas yummm.
Then with no really fixed agenda we went to a nearby gaming area, they had pont rides, ATV rides and Go-Karting. Since the little one was not allowed on ATV me an Ritvik decided to go on the ATV whereas father-daughter stayed back. It was an awesome 1 hr ride, middle the guide took us to a secluded place where all of us dived in a beautiful naturally formed pool. We got back and did some Go-Karting and then off to the resort, after a nap all of us went to the resort beach, the little one not being used to sand did not want to get down from my lap, the son had lots of fun.
We then returned to the swimming pool and the kids had a great time.
We also walked around the resort a lot as that was the last day for us there and we were checking out to another place in the morning.