Category Archives: Just Pictures

Wreath Making at Guadalupe Park Garden Conservancy. San Jose, California

I’ve never made a wreath before, that’s why when my friend Rose asked if I wanted to join her for a wreath-making class at the Guadalupe Park Garden Conservancy in San Jose I was excited to go. But what I had in mind is totally different than what I experienced.  I assumed I would be making a typical wreath with the usual pine-tree leaves and just tie them around a pre-fabricated wire circle.  Little did I know I would be in a nature-inspired wreath-making workshop like no other! Continue reading Wreath Making at Guadalupe Park Garden Conservancy. San Jose, California

Grape Juice Tasting in Anderson Valley. Mendocino County, California

Anderson Valley Wine Trail is an undiscovered area of the massive California’s wine country that is our family’s all-time favorite wine trail. I say undiscovered because where else in California can one go for wine tasting where the only other customers are another couple? At Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. What makes Anderson Valley so special is that it is a treat for the entire family – kids and adults. Continue reading Grape Juice Tasting in Anderson Valley. Mendocino County, California

Persimmon Picking in Silicon Valley

Last week I went persimmon picking with my friend Basanthi and my daughter Rani to a persimmon farm right here in the middle of Silicon Valley.  Seriously, when I say this farm is smack in the middle of Silicon Valley, it really is! This persimmon farm has been here long before Silicon Valley got formed and tech companies started building all around the farm. Today it is the only farm in the middle of hundreds of tech companies right off Hwy 880 and Montague Expwy – which is a funny sight to see! I only know about this farm because for years my friend Basanthi has been dropping off the most luscious, crunchy, sweet giant Fuyu persimmons from this farm. Continue reading Persimmon Picking in Silicon Valley

25 Days of Recipes and Stories

Happy December Everyone! It’s the holiday season and what an exciting month we have ahead! Holiday parties, gatherings, Christmas, Christmas trees, presents, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and school will be out for a couple of weeks too! Are you ready for the most fun, eventful, joyful month of the year? Savories, sweets, cookbook reviews, and lots of fun photos to share. I hope you will give some of my recipes a try, maybe check out a book or two, but mostly I hope you enjoy the wonderful month of December! Starting tomorrow I will be posting a recipe, story, or book review a day until December 25th! Continue reading 25 Days of Recipes and Stories

Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2018

Hello folks, hope you had an awesome THANKSGIVING! 🍁🦃  Our holiday was relaxing and fun spent cooking with family and watching some feel-good Christmas movies. I didn’t get a chance to share our Thanksgiving menu with you earlier because to be honest we were rather behind in deciding on our menu. So behind in fact that we went grocery shopping Wednesday night and onThanksgiving Day!  Lucky for us our local grocery store still had stocked shelves of produce 🍎🌶🍅. Continue reading Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this very special Thanksgiving holiday I would like to take this opportunity to thank YOU. Thank you for reading what I write and giving your thoughts, likes and comments on my various posts. You are the best folks a blogger could as for – kind, generous, and always complimentary. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing group of people who read what I write. THANK YOU! Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrating The Festival of Lights with Family and Friends. Diwali 2018

Happy Diwali!

May the joyous celebration
Of the festival of lights 
Fill your heart with
Never ending joy and happiness
Happy Diwali

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali!

We celebrated our annual Diwali party this past Saturday with family and friends. Here is a look at our party pics. Enjoy! Continue reading Celebrating The Festival of Lights with Family and Friends. Diwali 2018

Bok Choy Fried Rice

Bok choy fried rice is a dish I had at a cute little Asian restaurant in San Francisco called Chubby Noodle. We got the recommendation for this eatery from one of my daughter’s friends who lives in SF and suggested we try their weekend bottomless brunch. With two locations in the city, the one we were told to head to was the Chubby Noodle in the Marina District on Lombard Street Chubby Noodle Marina.  Folks, this is an awesome place for awesome food. The decor is eclectic, space intimate, and the wait staff super friendly.  Sprinkle in family and friends and it’s absolutely perfect.  Awesome food, awesome service, awesome decor –  what more does one require for a great eating out experience? If you are looking for a fun place to grab a long 90-minute brunch with friends and family give this Asian restaurant a try – Chubby Noodle. Continue reading Bok Choy Fried Rice

Celebrating the Power of She In the Festival of Navratri. 2018

Happy Navratri!  The Indian nine-night autumn festival of Navratri just got over. Navratri is observed all over India in autumn and is the most important Indian festival only second to Diwali.  Women and girls take central stage during Navratri as this is a celebration of the power of the Goddess in vanquishing evil.  During the nine- night celebration the three forms of the goddess are invoked. Durga – the goddess of strength/ Mother earth/positive energy;  Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and purity;  and Saraswathi the goddess of wisdom, music, arts and knowledge.  Continue reading Celebrating the Power of She In the Festival of Navratri. 2018