Tag Archives: celebrations & get togethers

Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Quiche is synonymous for many with a good crust and a great egg filling.  For me however quiche will always be about the veggies that go in it, because without a great tasting veggie mix, that quiche can taste rather boring in my opinion. When I make quiche I make sure my veggie mix is packed with lots of veggies, lots of flavor, and lots of good quality cheese. These are to me what make any quiche taste outstanding. Continue reading Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

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

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

Celebrating The Festival of Lights with Family and Friends. Diwali 2018

Happy Diwali!

May the joyous celebration
Of the festival of lights 
Fill your heart with
Never ending joy and happiness
Happy Diwali

Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali!

We celebrated our annual Diwali party this past Saturday with family and friends. Here is a look at our party pics. Enjoy! Continue reading Celebrating The Festival of Lights with Family and Friends. Diwali 2018

Apple Zucchini Salad

Apples are in abundance everywhere I look this fall season. I’ve already made an apple crisp, and apple ginger cake, and I’ve been eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away, yet I have lots of apples in my fruit basket. That’s why when I stopped by my friend Rose’s place for lunch to celebrate our mutual friend Devi’s birthday, I came up with a recipe that used lots of apples – an apple zucchini salad. Continue reading Apple Zucchini Salad

Celebrating the Power of She In the Festival of Navratri. 2018

Happy Navratri!  The Indian nine-night autumn festival of Navratri just got over. Navratri is observed all over India in autumn and is the most important Indian festival only second to Diwali.  Women and girls take central stage during Navratri as this is a celebration of the power of the Goddess in vanquishing evil.  During the nine- night celebration the three forms of the goddess are invoked. Durga – the goddess of strength/ Mother earth/positive energy;  Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and purity;  and Saraswathi the goddess of wisdom, music, arts and knowledge.  Continue reading Celebrating the Power of She In the Festival of Navratri. 2018