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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Celebration, International | 0 comments

Progressive Dinner and Chicken – Spinach Lasagna

Progressive Dinner and Chicken – Spinach Lasagna

A month or so ago, our American Heritage Girls troop hosted progressive dinner. Theme for the dinner was ‘Tour the World’. Can you hear me squeal? My most favorite theme for anything pretty much 🙂 This theme fitted very well in our ‘World Heritage’ AHG Badge. I feel like I am learning a lot through AHG with my daughter. For example, take this dinner. Until that time, I had never been a part of or hosted a ‘progressive’ dinner. When I first heard of it, house hopping every 30 – 40 minutes sounded too much of hassle but those who had participated in this earlier, went ga-ga about what a wonderful experience it was. So we signed up. To those of you who are new to the concept of ‘progressive’ dinner, this is how it goes. Dinner ‘progresses’ course by course through individual houses.May I suggest to carpool when you are house hopping ?We did. Couple of our AHG family signed up to do each course. Starting from Appetizer, Side, Main,...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Celebration | 0 comments

Festival of India – Sankranti

Festival of India – Sankranti

Almost a week ago, on Jan 14th, India celebrated one of the biggest Hindu festival. India is saturated with colorful festivals. However, after Diwali in late October, early November, it slows down a bit and picks back up in full swing when Jan 14th arrives. Perhaps that the reason anticipation runs high for the arrival. So what is  the name of the festival ? Well it depends on which part of India you are celebrating it.Isn’t that neat? I call it ‘Makar Sankranti’ because that’s what we call in the part of India I grew up. However, if you go to Eastern state of Assam, you will be greeted with the sound of ‘Bihu’. If you are in West state of Gujrat, you are probably looking forward to kite flying with friends as you celebrate ‘Uttarayan’ .If you are up  in Punjab,you can barely wait for ‘Lohiri’  and bonfire. I happen to be in Southern state of Chennai at one time and I loved the taste of ‘Pongal’ Despite...

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Celebration | 0 comments

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year friends! It has been a while since I have penned in this space. Still love food, still love experimenting with food, still love cooking but I don’t get around staging pretty food pictures and writing about it.Winter? Life? Priorities? As you can see below all the picture are taken from the phone and shared in real time with my family.Yes extra flashy shine on plate,some little blurry,served on dinner table.And I am ok with that. It is less about impressing with photography skills and more about sharing what I want to with you. So let’s talk about the new year. My family in India and I are always whatsapping.A cool app which I use a LOT with my family living oceans away. Thank you Wi-Fi! New Year started half a day early for us. Food pictures started showing up and memories of picnic stirred up. This is a plate my sister’s neighbor shared with them.  Spread of food at my aunt’s house. Yes, I know I wish I could have...

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Celebration | 0 comments

How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 2 – Experience

How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 2 – Experience

If you have followed along on Part 1,then you may  understand that next thing we asked ourselves was, how do we make our kids tangibly experience what a life must have been for the birthday girl,we are sponsoring in India? Easy answer is,take a trip to India to visit Apeksha. (Read Part 1)We are praying that this will happen one day for us. Until then, there are couples of ways that I can think of, to bring the experience closer to home. Compassion experience It is an excellent initiative by compassion. They set up a ‘mock trailer house’, similar  looking and feeling like what some of these sponsored children might be living in different locations throughout the country. Compassion Experience Video I was pleasantly surprised that it was happening close to where we live in birthday weekend. Could God have planned any better? What can you expect at compassion experience? We arrived at the location and waited for our turn. We got our headphone gears with mobile devices. We had a choice...

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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Celebration | 1 comment

How did we celebrate  our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 1-Wishes and Food

How did we celebrate our sponsored child’s birthday?Part 1-Wishes and Food

Couple of years ago, we decided to sponsor a child through compassion international. A little girl from India, the country that I am from. Preferably sharing the birthday and age as our daughter so  our kids can co-relate as we carry out the conversations about her. Our sponsored Child, Apeksha, which means “expectation”  in Hindi, lives in poverty and not in safe community, as has been the case of many of these children. Growing up in India think I have vivid idea about what her home and surrounding might be. But our children don’t. We celebrated her birthday, a day before our daughter’s .She is an year younger than our daughter. So I asked our children what we should do for her birthday. Unfortunately we can not get the cake delivered to her even though it is logistically possible but not allowed for many good reasons. We tried few things such as Asked our kids to color happy birthday poster. We sent the actual poster through snail mail. We also took...

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Celebration, International | 1 comment

Pasca

Pasca

Happy Resurrection Day my friends! We celebrated the risen messiah at the downtown square, out and open in our community with sprinkle of rain here and there. It is great that we can hold the meetings like that, so openly in our community without any fear. I have been thinking of the events in Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea a lot lately. Persecution of Christ follower is very real at this point of time in that part of the world .I wondered if the resurrection day was marred with fear this year for them.Can you imagine the fear that your Bible may get confiscated or you may be arrested or fined for reading the word of God? Would you pray for the leaders, for people and especially for the children who are often most neglected and end up orphan in the crisis like this? What is Pasca? ‘Pasca’  is sweet bread, popular at the time of Easter in East European countries.I  baked the Romanian version because  I just happen to...

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