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Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Happy Lunar New Year!
The Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in China. Originally it was tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar and was celebrated over 15 days. During this time families honor their household,  heavenly deities, as well as the family’s ancestors. It was also a time to bring families together for feasting. Continue reading Broccoli Pepper Stir Fry Noodles

Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Vegetarian Family Dinner 2018

❤️💞💖💓💗 Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️💞💖💓💗!


Every year a few days before Valentine’s Day my twins ask me this question “What special menu are you planning for Valentine’s Day?”  I don’t know why but the question always catches me off guard, because Valentine’s Day usually falls on a week day and I assume that everyone just wants to get on with their homework and studying and relaxing after a long day at work. Every year I ask the kids if they want to celebrate Valentine’s day on the weekend when it is more relaxed, but I get the same answer every time “No. Valentine’s Day is on February 14th, why can’t we have a special dinner on this day? Maybe even a dessert or something?”   Continue reading Valentine’s Day Stay at Home Vegetarian Family Dinner 2018

Celebrating the Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. January 14th, 2018

Sunday, January 14th was the Indian harvest festival of Shankranthi celebrated all over India. Shankranthi is observed every year on January 14th and is the only Hindu festival that follows the solar calendar, unlike other Indian festivals that follow the lunar calendar and can occur on different dates depending on the year. Shankranthi is known by various names depending on the region of India. In the state of Gujarat in western India, Shankranthi is known as Uttarayan, in the central, eastern and northern Indian states Shankranthi is known as Maghi, while in the state of  Tamilnadu in South India it is called Pongal. Continue reading Celebrating the Harvest Festival of Shankranthi. January 14th, 2018

New Year’s Eve Conundrum

Oh the New Year’s Eve conundrum. When we are a family of five with three adults and two kids, deciding on what to do for New Year’s Eve can be a quandary. When we are a family with younger kids, it’s even harder for parents like ourselves to go off and have a good time while the kids stay back at home, especially on a special day such as New Year’s Eve. After all, it is the start to a new year, fresh beginnings, looking forward to new endeavors. This is the type of occasion one wants to celebrate with loved ones – young kids being in that mix. Continue reading New Year’s Eve Conundrum

A Karaoke Christmas with the Cousins

We have been getting together with our cousins here in the Bay Area for Christmas Holiday dinner for more than ten years.  It’s not always right before Christmas as synching our schedules is tough so we work with what works for all –  but it’s always in December. Sometimes early December, sometimes mid-December, sometimes on a Friday night, sometimes on a Saturday night, but always over the holidays and to celebrate Christmas. We never miss this dinner – we always make it happen. Continue reading A Karaoke Christmas with the Cousins

Holiday Lunch with the Girls and Gals

I had my annual holiday lunch with two of my dear friends and my twin girls earlier this week.  A wonderful happy lunch with four of my favorite people. When we get together it’s like a girls party with delicious vegetarian food and sweet sweets. When the five of us get together we fit like a glove – we all get along wonderfully and enjoy each other’s company perfectly – despite our drastic differences in age – 70, 50s and 15! Continue reading Holiday Lunch with the Girls and Gals

If Ornaments Could Talk

Every year we have a battle with the kids regarding our Christmas tree. We want an artificial one – one that we can quickly assemble and that is pre-lit, so we don’t have to worry about picking a real tree, and then bring it home, and try and get it through the front door, then water the tree every day, and then when it’s all said and done, cut it into pieces so that the city can pick it up on New Year’s. We want a gorgeous artificial Christmas tree 🎄.

To be or not to be? Artificial or Real?

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25 Days of Recipes, Posts & Stories. 2017

It’s December 1st! You know what that means? It’s the holiday season!!!  Christmas Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, New Year, holiday parties, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas presents, Santa Claus, family gatherings, red, green, gold, silver, and everything shimmering and bright. This is what the holidays conjure up for me, and I absolutely love it. Love, love, love December! Continue reading 25 Days of Recipes, Posts & Stories. 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Share, share, share, is all we preached to our kids as they were growing up. Oh how we all disliked sharing when we were kids. I think my kids started to dislike that word too. Why do we have to share, it’s ours after all?  That’s a tough question to answer. Why indeed should we share? Because it makes the other person feel good? Seriously? As if a child cares at that young an age. Some qualities don’t always come naturally and have to be taught, sharing is one of those characteristics.

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