Category Archives: Stories From Our Home

Friday Flowers. Flowers for a Cellist

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  For us we ended the week last Friday with a performance by one of my twins’ school orchestra for a Winter Concert.  Rani is a cellist in her orchestra and since she is a senior now and heading off to college soon all these school events have taken on a deeper meaning.  That’s why I decided to invite a few of our close friends to attend the concert. Continue reading Friday Flowers. Flowers for a Cellist

New and Exciting Year Ahead 2020!

It’s the beginning of the year 2020!  So much to look forward to and like many of you I am looking at ways to get the year started off great!  Eat healthier, exercise more, get out in nature more, spend time and visit with friends and extended family, these are the types of New Year’s resolutions I have on my list.  Things that are not daunting but more doable and in my control.  That’s what I’ve learnt over the years, making New Year’s resolutions that are in my control makes it easier to accomplish and gives a positive boost to my psyche as the year progresses. That’s why these goals are not Climb Mount Everest type of goals but more achievable, ones that can be achieved in as little as a couple of months. The key will be to stick with them for the long haul and make it part of my lifestyle and routine. Continue reading New and Exciting Year Ahead 2020!

Holiday Lunch with Devi, Del & Rose

Happy Saturday!

Looking forward to a fun weekend? How was your week?  This past week has been rather cloudy and dreary around here, no matter though because I got to spend a fun afternoon earlier this week at a gift exchange party, and a cheerful afternoon yesterday with my good friends Devi, Del and Rose. What a fun afternoon seeing my dear friends turned out to be! Continue reading Holiday Lunch with Devi, Del & Rose

Pink Elephant Holiday Lunch 2019

It’s December and the holiday season is upon us. You know what that means? Parties and gatherings of all sorts.  Holiday parties at work, at school, with friends, with family, with neighbors, it’s the one time of the year that I think at least for me I get to see everyone I know all crammed into just four weeks. Continue reading Pink Elephant Holiday Lunch 2019

Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Happy Tuesday! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you got to relax a bit and also had a chance to do some holiday shopping. We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  After a festive and relaxing Thanksgiving day dinner we headed out an hour and half away to the seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel. Continue reading Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends

Happy Saturday!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was busy cooking all day until dinner time at which time we had friends join us on this very special holiday.  Being vegetarian coming up with a Thanksgiving dinner tends to be tough for me as we don’t do the usual turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, or cranberry sauce.  However if one is willing to venture away from the traditional Thanksgiving faire there is no shortage of vegetarian options for a delicious and festive Thanksgiving dinner. Continue reading Thanksgiving 2019 Vegetarian Dinner with Family and Friends

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

I know I know, I’m so late to using spaghetti squash as angel hair pasta substitute bandwagon.  My eldest daughter has been telling me for years “Mom, you have to try spaghetti squash instead of pasta, it’s so good! It’s part of the Whole30 plan.”  But honestly I just couldn’t do it! I would tell her “I only have pasta maybe twice a month, and when I crave pasta I want pasta! Not a veggie substitute.” As you can see I’ve known about spaghetti squash for a long time, but just couldn’t bring myself to make it as a pasta substitute. So yeah, I was a holdout. Continue reading Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

Squash Three Ways

It’s autumn and you know what that means? Lots of squash at the markets.  What’s fall in America without squashes?  All sorts of squashes abound this season, they get used as decorations and in foods, and as many varieties as squashes are harvested, there are that many squash recipes out there.  In fact, so many types of squash are available at the farmer’s market that it’s sometimes hard to figure what to get for what dish.  In my weekly farm box last week I actually got three types of squash – delicata squash, spaghetti squash and butternut squash. Continue reading Squash Three Ways

Friday Fall Leaves

I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Today I would like to share these photos I took of our poplar and maple trees. I feel like this fall our trees are especially vibrant yellow in color, maybe they were this bright and gorgeous last year too, but somehow they just seem even more beautiful this year especially with the backdrop of crisp blue skies we have been having lately.  In fact, I feel the camera didn’t do justice to how stunning these trees are looking right now. Happy Friday! to you all! Continue reading Friday Fall Leaves

Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to a fabulous week ahead.  Today I would like to share another tea recipe that I recently learnt how to make from my brother’s in-laws who visited us from Dallas, Texas last week.  Darshana and Yogesh came on a fall-California road trip and headed up from LA to Northern California to visit with a friend of theirs and us. It was a quick 2-day visit during which time I took them around our beautiful hilly terrain and of course showed off my garden 😊. Continue reading Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws