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Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Happy Sunday! 

Hi folks, I hope you are having a good weekend! Ours has been a quiet one especially after all the power outages we had the previous weekend, we were happy to be home with electricity and happy to have a low-key couple of days.

Today I would love to share with you a fabulous fall garden project that uses foraged flora and natural garden elements. Are you looking for a creative way to decorate your pumpkins this season? Try this foraged flora pumpkin project that everyone can be a part off. All you need is glue and foraged flora and you can make the most beautiful decorated pumpkin that I promise will look like you purchased it from a high-end florist! Continue reading Foraged Flora Pumpkin Decorating with Friends

Halloween in the Neighborhood 2019

How was your Halloween Thursday? Ours was really nice walking with the kids in our neighborhood.  The weather was pleasantly warm and there were a good number of people out and about having a great time. A few streets down the road from us take Halloween extremely seriously and decorate their homes, their entire street, and get all decked out for Halloween. It’s practically like walking in a Halloween street party!  It’s all in good fun with everyone having a wonderful time.  Here is a look at a few pictures I took of the festivities. Continue reading Halloween in the Neighborhood 2019

Wonderful Friends, Power Outage, and A Memorable Diwali Weekend.

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a lovely weekend.  Ours was eventful to say the least!  It was our Indian festival of Diwali this past weekend and Indians all over the world were celebrating in grand style.  I had planned a big party on Saturday for all my friends and family and had catered food and arranged for sweets to be baked by my friend Rose, only to find out Friday that the high wind danger in our area was going to cause power outages on Saturday evening! After all the planning I had done I had to reluctantly cancel our big party 😒😞.   Better safe than sorry. Continue reading Wonderful Friends, Power Outage, and A Memorable Diwali Weekend.

Pre-Diwali Dinner at Kamal and Nishma’s

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a good weekend.  We had a relatively quiet weekend. Saturday was a tad busy but Sunday was a low-key relaxing day. Saturday I took care of a few errands during the day and then started making dessert for my friend Nishma’s Pre-Diwali dinner on Saturday night. Continue reading Pre-Diwali Dinner at Kamal and Nishma’s

Friday Flowers: Pookalam. Flower Art

Happy Friday!

I am excited to share with you these images of an Indian floral art form called Pookolam that is “floral artwork” that I saw this week.  Pookalam are created in the Southern Indian state of Kerala during their fall-harvest festival. I had never seen a Pookalam until this week when I stopped by my friend Veena and Mani’s home for their annual Navratri Golu celebrations. Every year Mani and Veena put on an elaborate and gorgeous display of mythological Indian dolls and souvenirs for their Golu display, but this year Veena had gone further to create a beautiful Pookalam or flower art for the occasion. Continue reading Friday Flowers: Pookalam. Flower Art

Celebrating Navratri 2019

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was super busy.  We were celebrating the fall Indian festival of Navratri.  Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival that is celebrated every autumn.  It is observed in various parts of India in different ways but one common theme runs through them all – Navratri is celebrated in honor of the divine feminine. Continue reading Celebrating Navratri 2019

Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival

Happy Tuesday!
Hope you had a great weekend!

Our weekend was busy prepping for the start of school for our twins, which starts later this week. We also had our annual dinner celebratingRakshabandan – the Indian sibling festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. For this festival I usually mail my Rakhi (the thread bracelet that the sister ties on her brother’s wrist) to my brother who lives in Dallas, but this year I was in Dallas for my brother’s big birthday bashand got to tie it on his wrist in person, just a few days early. Continue reading Spain Inspired Vegetarian Dinner for our 2019 Rakshabandan Festival

Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week started off great!

How was your weekend and Father’s Day? I hope you got to celebrate and appreciate all the Dad’s in your family.  We had a wonderful Father’s Day, at least that’s what Hitesh (Father to my three girls) conveyed to me at the end of the day on Sunday.  Hitesh got to do his chillin and relaxing during the day. I made a veggie omelette for him for brunch with savory scones and fresh fruit. After that we planted some veggie seedlings that I picked up from my friend Veena. Then he and the twins went to downtown Los Gatos to take a stroll while I stayed home to get dinner ready for our Father’s Day dinner gathering with my cousins and their families. Continue reading Father’s Day Celebration with an Indian Vegetarian Dinner

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads!
May your day be relaxing surrounded by the people you love 💙💙💙!

You’ve Been There For Me
You’ve been there for me all my life,
And loved me through both joy and strife.
Thank you Dad for believing in me,
Thank you for taking my side
Through all the ups and downs of life,
And every bumpy ride.
So with gratitude I’d like to say,
Have a Happy Father’s Day!
Best Father’s Day Poems on homemade gifts made easy.


Six Veggie Creamy Yellow Squash Soup

A soup so creamy that’s made without cream or potatoes? That’s how deliciously creamy this squash soup turned out. It was an unusually cool May afternoon earlier this week with cloudy skies and cool temperatures when I made this creamy squash soup for a belated Mother’s Day lunch I had with a couple of friends. I was originally planning on making a veggie dish to go with a few dishes my friends were bringing, but changed my mind and decided to make a pot of soup instead. I thought a steaming bowl of soup would be a welcome first course on a chilly May afternoon. Continue reading Six Veggie Creamy Yellow Squash Soup