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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Celebration | 0 comments

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  – Psalm 139:13(NIV) Handful of joy is celebrating the month of May as a month dedicated to mothers.Though for me,most of what I cook everyday is inspired by my mom and in a way I celebrate mother’s day moment every time I cook.So.. Let me begin by saying what I call my mom..  …And it is NOT mom.In Hindi,most popular way to address  mother is ‘Mummie’, ‘Mumee”.Kind of like you take ‘Mum’ from British and add lots of love on ‘E’ and stretch it out tad bit when you say it.Though interchangeably I call my mother “Maa” with a fading sound of ‘n’ in the end..Hindi script “Devanagari‘ have 52 symbols,it is hard sometime to translate all those symbols and sounds to its English equivalent.But This is not it.My south Indian friends call their mom ‘Amma’.My muslim friends called their mom ‘Ammi’ or ‘Ammijan’.My mom,called her mom ‘Mai-yaa’.In pure formal hindi we say ‘Mata’ or ‘Mataji’.In sanskrit,it is ‘Matre’…Many add ‘ji’ at the end as...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Celebration | 1 comment

Valentine Treat Bags

Valentine Treat Bags

We made treat bags for our kids classmates and teachers.It easily added up to around 35 little gifts.It is  very easy to go over board but I wanted to Keep it simple but cute Keep it frugal yet  not cheap looking My kids MUST participate in making it happen Of course,these days there is pinterest to help Mom like me and  that’s where the ideas came from,I customized little bit to suit in my budget. For teacher   Teacher’s valentine gift For classmates I don’t wanted to print the cute labels.My printer is an ink hog or spend money outside printing it,so I made my kids write it.Yes alphabet practice bonus ! I love paper crafting(or that’s what I think),so I have some crafting supplies.I cut out hearts and my kids scribbled,drew on those white cards and glued heart cut outs,which they handed to their classmates. Valentine cards for classmates I probably spent less than 50 cents on each gift.Cheap can you say?Cute,i like to think so !You be...

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2012 in Celebration | 0 comments

Valentine Day Party

Valentine day party has come and gone and i know i am little late in posting.To me valentine day is modern day invention,i know the roots run  deep but its popularity is definitely something i wasn’t aware of growing up in India,US is another story and i am told it has been certainly popular longer then what i knew of.So much so that there are class Valentine day parties at schools. Of course my kids school are not any different.Every kid was suppose to bring something for all of their classmates and for teachers(Though it is unwritten communication).Also a food item for the party. At the home front,we of course wanted to do something to celebrate it little.So we went out for dinner(Yes,its a big deal to go out for dinner in the weekdays for us.Don’t laugh and judge us !!!).So in short that’s what we did for Valentine madness.  Valentine Treat Bags Valentine Sugar Cookies Red Velvet cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting...

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Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Celebration | 0 comments

Superbowl Party

This past Sunday on Feb 5th,we hosted the Super Bowl XLVI party at our home with some dear friends.I am so not a sports person,certainly not the football ,though I am married to one who likes a game of good football !            Don’t ask me the score for the game,I only came to know who is playing who and when, only couple of days because I had to send the email out for the party.The real reason I love  Superbowl is,you get to gobble TONS of wide array of food with friends,lots of laughter sitting across the dinner table  and watch some funny commercials,the only time during the game that  I turn my head towards the TV or may be half time entertainment !             I just have to say it to those who are not familiar with American Football,Yes I had several instances where I had to explain this.Its quintessentially  ‘American’ Football ,which might have been played in some place outside...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Celebration, NonVeg | 0 comments

BBQ Chicken Drummettes

BBQ Chicken Drummettes

If you have watched Superbowl,there is outrageous  amount of food involved.Also you may have noticed there are some food which are associated with watching football.Chicken wings are obviously one of them,if you haven’t guessed it yet.And its not just one variety. You will usually see assortment of chicken wings,flavored with different types of sauces,devoured during these parties.Some are fried and then soaked with sauces.Some are grilled and basted with sauces during grilling and there are some like me who bake the chicken only because it’s the easiest  and it does not require me standing by the stove.So thats what I was trying to do for our superbowl party..I had made Balsamic Chicken Drummettes and now I wanted to make a BBQ flavored one.Again,I wasn’t making ‘wings’ technically,I was making meatier part of it ,sold as ‘Drummettes’. Food network once again came to help.I loosely based  my BBQ Chicken Drummettes on this  Recipe. Yummy Notes:  I used the BBQ sauce I had in hand and used 1/2 cup instead of 1/4. I omitted orange zest because I wasn’t sure...

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Celebration | 0 comments

Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are great party appetizer because of the ease of making it.I personally  can not tell how they taste but i have heard the rave reviews of it whenever my friend Emily brings it to the party.Here is how she makes them. Ingredients: 1 lb sausage (I used mild) 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese 3 cups Bisquick Directions: Let sausage set out til room temp. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with your fingers. Mixture will be crumbly.  Press together to form 1” balls. Bake 350F for  18-20 minutes. Rotate them half way through cooking to prevent them from sticking.   Yummy Note: Bisquick is a brand of baking mix for those not familiar with it,outside...

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