Happy Easter

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R tried something different this year and he’s done a pretty good job ! Last year was a little experiment with chocolate, this year has been extremely busy so he decided to do a quick fix ( wasn’t that quick though) .

Midnight mess in the kitchen , lots of cashews and stirring and a few marzipan chicks 🙂

Have a blessed day all !

Of childhood memories , cartoons and crayons

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1995 Flashback

Those were super carefree days and cartoon network was a hot favourite . Flintstones , The Jetsons, Captain Planet , Scooby Doo and all those happy hours !

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We would exchange stickers of the various cartoon characters in school and drawing each  of these was fun .

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I remember some of us always carried our crayon boxes and would get busy when it was a ‘free period’ and the substitute teacher was kind enough to let us do whatever we pleased .It was a year of transition , shifting from afternoon school hours to early morning , from pencils to pens and from crayons to water colours.

 

I’d cut them once I reached home and stick them in a notebook. Found one of those books yesterday and it took me back to 1995 and fifth grade fun ! So many memories , so many smiles and nostalgia !

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Those were the days 🙂

When dad to be becomes party planner !

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Sweetest surprise !

It’s special when someone takes over as party planner to make your day superspecial and looks into every little detail .  When the hub takes the trouble to send out handmade invites and even bakes and moulds fondant for the first time , he deserves a pat on the back !!!

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Merry cupcake toppers !
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and you made badges too 🙂
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….and an inventive dessert ! Gifted 🙂

I had to share a few pictures 🙂

I hope everyone’s having a blessed and joyful festive season with family and friends 🙂

Happy holidays !!!

 

 

 

Do not keep calm ….Christmas is coming !

Red , green , white , gold and glitter dominate my home already . No , the decorations are still waiting to get out of their boxes, but there’s paper , ribbons, gifts and envelopes all over. I have been warned not to open the craft boxes today and rest for a bit. That explains why I have time for a post 🙂

Sharing a few designs …hoep you like them !

 

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Working with crayon after years ! Was so much fun 🙂

 

 

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For my  cousin brother who will spend his first Christmas away from home 😦

 

There’s something about receiving and sending out cards that makes me really happy. My dad used to post christmas cards for many years until he was really ill two years ago . From then on, I have tried to post a few cards every year , not as many as dad though.

 

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Merry and Bright . Using the bits of paper I have .

 

The inspiration to send out handmade cards came about four years ago and all credit goes to my dearest friend M. Her hands create magic with the least amount of things and her cards are eagerly awaited.

 

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Oh Christmas tree !

 

I finsihed a few cards and am ready to post the first batch . Am not sure when am going to sit down and do the rest. With carpenters and painters all over the place, it’s just so messy. There’e also a party for the family soon after Christmas and preparations are on in full swing , am done with a few thank you tags to go along with the party favors.

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Thank you SNOW much  tags – ten down !

With about 42 presents still to wrap , a dozen or more cards to do , the props for our photbooth , the decorations for the party and the making of sweets which will take up the entire week before Chrismtas , am sure this is going to be one busy month . I can’t keep calm , christmas is coming !!!!

 

 

Pudding up a quick treat !

Four brown bread slices , an egg , some sugar , some milk and a super craving for something sweet resulted in this quick pudding ! I had a generous portion and it felt sooooooooo good !

Yum freshly baked warm pudding = Afternoon delight !

What went in  –

  • Four slice brown bread ( cut the edges)
  • I tbsp butter ( apply ligthly on one side of each bread )
  • I cup milk ( warm)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Vanilla essence  – 1 tsp
  • Nuts ( I used cashew  nuts , a few raisins )
  • Saffron
  • Cinnamon powder

 

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Step 1 – cut the edges of the brown bread , apply butter on one side of each slice , cut cubes and arrange in the baking dish

 

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Warm 1 cup milk and dissolve sugar

 

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One egg whisked

 

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Add the whisked egg to the milk and sugar , let the milk cool before you do or else the egg begins to form lumps . Pour over the bread.

 

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Let the bread soak for about 5 minutes ( preheat the oven for 5 minutes)

 

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Top it with nuts , cinnamon powder and some saffron and into the oven it goes for 40 minutes

 

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Out  and inside the tummy in a jiffy 🙂

and then a nap – priceless !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas is coming ! Handmade happiness :)

Last year we had begun preparing for Christmas around this time . Shopping for presents and wrapping them , making the cards and posting them , a few handmade ornaments and decorations, getting the sweets ready , baking …… the daunting list was easy to handle and with some good planning we had a fun festive season. This year I am not too sure about the cards and we may cut down on the sweets too. I seem to have no energy and the hub is having a super busy time . I hope we can still do most of the stuff we usually do in preparation for the best time of the year . For now, I am listening to a few carols and looking at last year’s festive fun .

A few cards we made last to send out to family and friends.

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This one was sent to family in Goa

 

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The Goan Baath – Coconut and Semolina cake

 

 

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Making out tags and wrapping all the presents at home:)

 

 

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Homemade rum balls – yum !

 

 

 

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Using toilet rolls to make a few window decorations

 

 

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Our little snowman made in 2014 . Having fun with waste and scraps.

I hope there’ll be some energy and time for us to get a few things done this year and to those who’ve begun the countdown ..have fun !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating us !

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Happy eighth Ry – with all my love and madness and more 

For the sane times and the crazy days

For bringing back my smiles on those deep blue days

For seeing me fall and rise and fall

For understanding who I really am , beyond the names I’m called

For holding my hand when I’m writhing in pain

For teaching me what it is to dance in the rain

For showing me your scars and accepting mine

For celebrating our imperfections , for believing we’re fine

 

For the giggles, the songs , the games , the fights

For the warm embraces and those velvet nights

For letting me live and love the way I do

For letting me journey through life with you

Thank you .

( For the toughest year I gave you , I am sorry and for the way you’ve seen me through , I’m proud of you. God bless you Ry. ) For the 16 years of oink oink times ….cheers ! Hope you love the cake 🙂

Fondant flashback !

Have been wondering about what to bake this year for our eighth anniversary . With just a day left to figure that out, I began looking at different fondant fun times I’ve had in the last year and a half. Haven’t really been able to work with fondant as much as I’d like to but found these in my folder . Brought back some wonderful moments from some very special days 🙂

 

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Our seventh anniversary cake –  Owlways best friends !

 

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Mum in Law’s birthday – double fun !

 

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From the first fondant class !!! Just couldn’t get the smooth finish right 😦

Fondant is fun but so much work …I think this year it will be more basic . Any ideas ?