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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

Post-Diwali Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration 2019

Happy Thursday! I hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. We sure are! Last weekend we hosted a post-Diwali/ Pre-Thanksgiving party and we are so looking forward to a quiet weekend ahead.  As you may recall we had to cancel our annual Diwali party three weeks ago because of a scheduled power outage on the day of the party!  Folks, it was a good thing I cancelled because our power did go off on that Saturday promptly at 7pm! When Hitesh asked when I was planning on rescheduling our party I told him “Next year!”  He was so disappointed and after much discussion convinced me to host our party again. But calling our party three weeks after Diwali a Diwali party just sounded silly, hence our Pre-Thanksgiving and post-Diwali celebration last weekend. Continue reading Post-Diwali Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration 2019

Three Days with Aunty Shashi + Two Recipes

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you had a great weekend!

After a busy last week we had a lovely relaxing weekend this past Saturday and Sunday.  I spent most of my time planting up spring bulbs and I also worked on dividing a few of my daylillies and bearded iris in the garden. Speaking of gardening, my Aunty Shashi visited me from South Carolina last week and spent three wonderful days with my family (she is an avid gardener).  The last time I saw her it was under sad circumstances last fall as her young daughter Tara had passed away unexpectedly, but this year her visit is a more upbeat one as she came to celebrate her granddaughter’s 8th birthday down in Southern California; and then made her way up north to the Bay Area to visit with me and my two cousins. It was a lovely time spent with Aunty Shashi whom I affectionately call Shashi because even though she is my Aunty (My Mom’s younger sister) Shashi is only 14 years older than me 😉😀.
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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

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

Mid-September Dinner with Friends Jo and Oliver

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was busy, not busy – meaning we had a packed Saturday and a quiet Sunday. Packed Saturday because it was our twins back to school day and Hitesh and I had to split our parental duties so we could meet over fourteen teachers. These are amazing teachers who are teaching the subjects that our twins are taking this year. Subjects ranging from Economics, Statistics, Calculus, Spanish, History of Genocide, Madness in Literature, Poetry in Literature, Orchestra, Choir, Dance Productions, etc.  As you can imagine it was a packed agenda. Then after we got home Hitesh had to take the twins back to school for auditions. I didn’t realize all this when I invited our very good friends Jo and Oliver for dinner on Saturday.  Lucky for me Oliver loves to cook and had asked me earlier in the week if he could bring something and I took him up on his offer! Continue reading Mid-September Dinner with Friends Jo and Oliver

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

Weekend in Dallas. 40/41 Birthday Bash

Happy Tuesday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 Hi folks, I hope you had a relaxing weekend and that your week is starting off great.  Around here for many of us school is starting this week! Luckily my twins’ school doesn’t start until next week, so I am soaking in all the relaxing time I have with them the next few days, and as a last hooray to the end of summer we just returned from a quick weekend trip to Dallas, Texas where my brother lives.  My bother Kiran and his wife Prachi turned 41/40 respectively and Prachi had planned a grand birthday bash for herself and my brother.  What an awesome weekend this turned out to be! Continue reading Weekend in Dallas. 40/41 Birthday Bash

Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds

It was my birthday back in July and I got to celebrate it in Spain this year,which meant that I didn’t get a chance to celebrate it with my dear friends Rose and Devi like we have been doing for almost a decade now.  But a gal can celebrate her birthday more than once, can’t she?  So my friends hosted a small tea for me after I returned as a belated b’day get together.  It turned out to be a wonderful relaxing afternoon with good friends and good food. Continue reading Whole Grain Banana Bread with Flax and Chia Seeds