Category Archives: Stories From Our Home

Holiday Dinner with the Cousins. 2018

Last Saturday we spent the evening with our cousins for an end-of-year holiday get together and a Christmas celebration with all our families.  We have been celebrating a holiday gathering with our local Bay Area cousins for over ten years and is a dinner that we enjoy so much and look forward to every year. There is always, and I mean always lots of laughter, great food, and great times when our cousins get together. This is a fun fun party and this year was no exception. Here is a look at this year’s holiday dinner with the cousins. Continue reading Holiday Dinner with the Cousins. 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

May the joy of Christmas fill your home with love, laughter, friends and family 🎄🎅.

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Ours Christmas day was spent with just us and close family friends who came over for a simple vegetarian Christmas Dinner.  An evening with family, good friends, and good food – we couldn’t ask for a more relaxing evening.  Just perfect. Here is a look at this year’s vegetarian Christmas Day dinner and menu. Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Dinner with Santa Claus and a Game of Charades

We were invited to our friend’s Basanthi and Vivek’s annual holiday party this past weekend for a fun evening of laughter, delicious food, and a visit from Santa Claus 🎅🎄.  This party is unique in that Santa Claus always makes an appearance at Basanthi’s pre-Christmas party and hands out presents to all kids AND adults. This is a joyous evening to celebrate the holidays with little kids, big kids and Santa Claus! Continue reading Dinner with Santa Claus and a Game of Charades

Holiday Tea with Two Friends

I don’t know what it is about the holidays that makes me feel the urge to somehow cram seeing all my friends before the year is up, despite seeing them often and throughout the year. Maybe it’s that I want to share the festive season and all the joy that comes with it, or maybe it’s that meeting up over the holidays has a certain charm that is hard to capture at other times of the year.  Whatever the reason maybe, so here I was squeezing a quick tea with my friend Padmini before she left for Dallas to be with her family over the Christmas holidays. And since tea is always more fun with one more friend to share it with, I invited my friend Veena to join us. Continue reading Holiday Tea with Two Friends

Holiday Tea at Devi’s

Earlier this week I stopped by my friend Devi’s home for a holiday tea to cheer her up and to get her mind off the pain she is still in from her knee-replacement surgery a few weeks ago.  My Dad and our mutual friend Rose joined me on this afternoon.  Rose and I were determined to get Devi into the holiday spirit and distract her from her discomfort even if it was just for a couple of hours. From the looks of it we accomplished our objective, as Devi seemed to be enjoying herself on this afternoon 😊😀. Continue reading Holiday Tea at Devi’s

Celebrating Hanukkah at Rose and Dave’s. 2018

Happy Belated Hanukkah!

Hanukkah got over a week ago but the celebrations continued at our friends Rose and Dave’s home this past Sunday. Our annual Hanukkah gathering is always a fun evening with good company, good food, and good cheer 😊😋😀🍾🍷!  Here is a look at this year’s Hanukkah celebration at Rose and Dave’s place. Continue reading Celebrating Hanukkah at Rose and Dave’s. 2018

Pink Elephant Gift Exchange with Friends

Good friends exchanging presents? What’s not to like with this stupendous holiday soiree??  Absolutely nothing! A holiday party like no other – a Pink Elephant Gift Exchange Party is what I attended a couple days ago and what an amazing time I had.

Getting together with friends whom I haven’t seen in months is always a blast, but getting together over delicious food and exchanging presents? Seriously – women and presents, what’s more to add? We like presents, in all shapes and sizes, big or small; we love to open a nicely wrapped something, making this soiree a fun party for all the ladies. Continue reading Pink Elephant Gift Exchange with Friends

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

Peanuts!

I absolutely love, love, love Peanuts! Not the peanuts, but the cartoon strip Peanuts by Charles Schultz.  The one with Charlie Brown, and Lucy, Lionel, Snoopy, and the gang. I don’t know what it is about this cartoon strip that has me smiling even thinking about it 😊😊.  Maybe it’s the simple story lines that convey meaningful messages or maybe it’s because the stories are just that – simple life lessons conveyed humorously through the trials and tribulation of a bunch of young kids in their daily lives with their friends. Or maybe I like Peanuts because the comic brings a sense of nostalgia when kids played outside and worried more about which friend to invite to their birthday party, or what games to play. Continue reading Peanuts!

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