The twins turned sixteen last week. Where do the years go? Ever since the twins became teenagers they have wanted to celebrate their birthdays separately with their own group of friends. Funnily my twins are nothing alike, have absolutely nothing in common except of course their birthday and that they are twins. Continue reading A Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebration at Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California
It was Hitesh’s birthday last weekend and the kids and I were debating if we should make reservations at a nice restaurant for this occasion, but the girls pointed out that Dad will be coming back from a long week’s business trip and they assumed he would want to relax at home on his birthday on the weekend. So began the planning for a stay at home birthday dinner for Hitesh. Continue reading Bitter Veggies, Beets and Brownies Birthday Dinner. A Menu Worth Replicating
Cream of celery soup with creamy hazelnuts? Yup, that’s what makes this soup so yummy and unique. I had this delicious celery soup at my friend Shalini’s home when we met for lunch one afternoon. Creamy celery soup accompanied with a faro salad, some roasted Brussels sprouts on thin pita strips with mint chutney, along with fresh fruit and a cheese board – this lunch was wholesome, nutritious, and packed with flavor. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup
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
When it’s cold and dreary outside, I so crave flowers and color. Many times to satisfy my flower craving every winter I peruse through my weathered collection of gardening books to escape to summer gardens far and wide. Since I love flowers so much I read and re-read through my collection of books dedicated to just flowers with beautiful decadent pictures of flowers, indoor plants, branches, seedpods, and greenery. Which leads me to this post – for someone like me who loves vibrant colors and flowers these photos that my daughter Sri sent from a wedding she attended in India last week in January were the perfect antidote on a dreary rainy week like I had.
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
Heading over to Jo and Oliver’s for a get together is something we always look forward to especially during the holidays. We know we will be treated like family in their warm and inviting home and served a special gourmet meal prepared by Oliver. With such a lovely couple as hosts it’s no wonder we look forward to this dinner every year. Continue reading A Holiday Dinner at Jo & Oliver’s
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
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
Our friends Rose and Dave hosted their annual Hanukkah party this past Saturday to bring a few of their friends together to celebrate, have fun and feast on delicious homemade delicacies.