to My Blog. I am retired and now a full time home maker spending my time blogging. I write the day to day experiences I come across, share recipes from my kitchen and lot more happenings that capture my mind. Wish you all a great time here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Archana to Saibaba

Every Thursday I do Archana to Saibaba and get his blessings. Today I thought let me share the Archana done by me with you all. Also we have Saibaba temple where I stay and every Thursday I go there. Two weeks back Baba was looking very divine with Salwai. So I thought of sharing that also with you all. The archana which I did to Saibaba is the one given by Soldier recently when I met her in Kantha's house. May Saibaba bless all of you and fulfill all your wishes

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recipies for Palak Milagootal,Alu Palak, Tomato Thoku

Here are the recipies for Palak Milagootal, alu Palakand Onion and Tomato Thoku

Palak Millagootal

Boil the Palak with salt and haldi , then grind it

Grind Coconut, jeera and Red chilli

Boil Moongdal in cooker

Finally add the Palak grinded, grounded coconut  and dal and boil . When done bagar it with rai, urad dal and chana dal fried in oil.

Alu Palak

Fry onion in oil , then add the boiled potato, when it is well fried add tomatoes, then palak and add sambhar masala or garam masala according to your choice

Onion and Tomato Thoku

In Oil fry rai, uard dal, chanadal, when ready add  green chilly, ginger, onion and then add kadipatha and
tomatoes. Then add salt and haldi and LG powder. Then grind this fine . Again in oil add this grounded paste and make it thick. Thoku is ready to eat

Today's menu

Yesterday my dh had brought Palak. So today I made two in one, i.e. Palak Milagootal for lunch and Alu Palak for breakfast to have with Chapathi. Then I also made onion and tomato thoku which will go well with Milagootal. So here is the spread, enjoy and let me know how it is.

My Golu of last year

Please visit my Golu of last year 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Devi decorated by me during last Navrathri

I had decorated Devi for last Navrathri 

Pooja Stand

Forgot to add this photo to my pooja stand 

My Pooja Stand

My Pooja Stand. On Tuesday I do archana for Ganpati, on Thursdays for Saibaba and on Fridays sometimes vilakku pooja and sometimes Devi Pooja. Please take a look and give your valuable comments 
I am very fond of Rangolies. Not able to bend and put rangoli on the floor now a days. So somtimes try out on paper. Waiting for your valuable comments 

Rangoli done by me. Waiting  for your valuable comments 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Crispy Adai my own recipie

Few days back I made adai which came out crispy and thin. The recipie is this:

1 glass of Rice
2 spoons each of urad dal, chana dal, tur dal and you can also add moongdal
Red chillies according to your taste
Hing Powder
Kadi patha
salt to taste

Grind the above very fine just as you grind for dosa. The batter should not be very thick . While making adai I made it with butter instead of til oil. The adai came out crispy. The usual adai we make usually people make it thick.

“Age is…wisdom, if one has lived one’s life properly.” Miriam Makeba

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum

After retirement we feel life is going to be a bore. We start thinking that there is nothing worth living for. We should think always young, plan a future and look forward to a happy year. We have to try to forget ourself . Everyday we can keep ourselves busy by doing a favour to someone and it will work. Take up any work then life can be wonderful and thrilling. 

We should feel we are always young and live that way and be gentle. God has given us a life which we should make it worthliving. I know I am growing older each day but my heart remains in the size and shape of a child that I amstill learning every day. If we keep ourselves busy helping others life becomes worthwhile and meaningful. No matter how old we are life can change when we share a smile, give a hug to show that we care, say some comforting kind words to someone who badly need, always extending a helpin ghand. 

It gives you that happy feeling of starting your life anew,
But like any other business, it requires time and attention too!
So be in the business of staying young, and the heights of joy you will reach,
Make staying young your new career, and practice what you preach.
Age can be a frightening thing, if you let yourself fear it…
You can’t help being up in years, but needn’t be down in spirit.
Take pride in your appearance, always look up to par,
It’s a way of making others forget just how old you are.
I know I’m not indestructible, time is taking it’s toll,
But I have a goal to reach, and I know I’m not too old.
So get busy and be useful each day of your life on this earth
With your talents and your efforts, find a way to prove your worth.

God will keep us strong and healthy, if in His hands we place our life,
We’re living in a world that needs us, though it’s filled with envy, sin and strife.
Let’s help make it a better place, so all can plainly see,
That each hour we spend here, is part of our eternity.
-Author unknown

Days are passing so fast but we can keep in memory the happy moments left behind. We shoudl do the best we can everyday. We should see the good in all that comes are way and be content with what we have at the end of the day. Then we feel rich in happiness while staying young at heart. 

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.


Plants in my son and dil's house

Hi Dearies these are the plants in my son and dil's house 



Friday, June 22, 2012

Building blocks of a relationship

Marraiges are made in heaven but we have to try and make it WORK here.

Remember the three "F"s in a successful marriage.
You are each others "F"riend, give each other "F"reedom and "F"orgive each other at times.

Never expect too much from any relationship if you want it to work. If you give more then you expect you will always be happy.

Much has written about couples made for each other and being opposites but attract each other. Now let me write about my best half. He is no doubt a gem of a person but sometimes if I say yes to something he will say no. In somethings he does not like to listen to me. I think he thinks that if he listens to everything I say then I might sit on his head.

In some things we are east and west but I always give up so thats why we have been together since 39 years , next year we will be completing 40 years of married life. Whenever we are going out I only choose his dress, usually he wears dhoti and shirt or kurta only for any functions. In that he listens to me. Today he was wearing the dhoti on the wrong side, when I told him he was not listening to me first then somehow listened to me and wore it on the right side. He does not like watching Hindi Channels much whereas I like to watch.

I am lucky that he comes with me to visit my friends and that is why I could meet so many ILites from different places. He is very simple but at the same time he is strict also and for him ellu na ennaiya irukkanam, means whenever he says to do something should be done immediately.

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
“Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”
~Kahlil Gibran on love

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Here is my Chariot

I have drawn a chariot, inside the rangoli I have written Ram. Hope you all willlike it. I know it has not come to my satisfaction, the padam should have been in the middle, but no patience to draw it again. Your comments please

Here is my Chariot-100_0897.jpg

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Liebester Blogger Award

Thanks Mira for the award. God bless you. You have brought a smile on my face and made me happy
I am so happy to receive the "Liebster Blog" from Mira from Mira's Talent Gallery

Sketch made my me and gifted to my virtual daughter Mira

This is the sketch I had drawn last year and gifted to my dear friend cum virtual daughter Mira who has inspired me to start blogging here again. With her inspiration I have come here to daily post something. She also helped me in changing the face of my blog. Thanks Mira dear , my hugs and kisses to you. 

Mehndi put by my niece's daughters during marriage

This Mehndi was put by my dh's  niece's daughter when her periamma's daughter was getting married. The marriage was in Pune. My dh's sister has two daughters and one son. The niece's daughters and her brother's daughter are very close. After a long time I had put mehndi in my hands.

Niece's daughters and her brother's daughter were telling me , aunty on your 50th Wedding Anniversary we will dress you up as a bride. Whether it willhappen or not I was very happy to hear them say that and felt as if I was already celebrating 50th Wedding Anniversary. Its the love that counts and the love they have for me. 

Durga Devi drawn by me

Friday, March 2, 2012

The bond between mother and child

Myself and my husband had gone to Dubai in March to my daughter's house and were there for a month. I had the opportunity to meet my Indusladies site friends also. It was nice of my son in law to take us to all my friend's house and one or two places my daughter took me. Since my grand daughter is also there we enjoyed a lot. Had the opportunity to visit the different places also in Dubai.

On New Year's day one of my Indus Site friend Vijaya had come with her daughter Sandhya. Both are very friendly and loving and we did not feel that we are meeting for the first time. Sandhya was all the time taking photos of my granddaughter , Gopika. One of the photos is this one which I liked it very much. . It has come out natural and shows the bond between a mother and daughter. When I see this photo it reminds me of Goddess Mary with a child, Yashoda with Krishna. Such a beautiful photo it is and has come natural.

They were happy that they could take our blessings on New year's day. They had come with thambulam, lot of jasmine flowers, plantain, haldi , kumkum, a gold plated tray for me, Shiva idol with stones for my daughter and a cute bag which Gopika is holding and so pleased with the gift given by them. I wanted them to have lunch at our place but they only had payasam. Here is the tray given by them .