Monday, December 22, 2014


~Merry Christmas-2 ~

Christmas is in the air, colorful baubles and beautifully 
decorated Christmas trees are surely a treat to the eyes!! 
Local markets and shopping malls have transformed into
tiny santa lands with the festive paraphernalia beautifully 
displayed all over the market place. Its Xmas everywhere !! 
Chill winds and fog give a perfect excuse to spent the morning 
indoors and indulge in some  cutie treats for lil ones. A bit of 
 creativity n food play with some readily available ingredients
 is perfect to add some warmth to cold winter mornings. 

Good Morning Santa !!! 

Whole wheat bread topped with peanut butter, sliced bananas 
strawberry, grapes and red berry. 

Christmas is incomplete without sweet treats and fresh bakes, 
while we have been baking our gingerbreadman cookies for the 
Christmas eve, our big jar of soaked fruits and nuts is all juicy
 and full of aroma, just waiting to flavor our spiced Plum cake. 

While I was busy making this Santa PB sandwich for 
daughter , she was standing beside me and creating a cute 
little breakfast for her daddy - a red nose rudolph with 
some pocky stick horns !! While the daddy daughter 
duo was laying the table for breakfast I was busy
 clicking some pics of the Xmas cuties. 

Xmas breakfast .......

The house is all ready for Christmas, must share this 
DIY santa that daughter made with some outer garlic 
peels ,paper plate and some crystals sometimes back. 

Santa Craft 

Paper plate, outer garlic peels, cotton , color paper & colorful decorations. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Xmas time !!

~ Merry Christmas -1~

Christmas is all about spending time with family, taking
 out kids for an adventure walk, making tonnes of christmas 
crafts or just lazying around with them at home and watching a
  wonderful movie of their liking. Adventure walk was surely on
 top of our things to do list but owing to some ongoing projects n
 some pre festive assignments ,daughter and I decided to stay at
 home ,watch her favorite movie and munch on some easy peasy
 x-mas cuties at home ....

X-mas buddies ....

Crackers topped with cheese, tomato , olive and red berries 
(Indian ber) with savory star snack . 

While picking up tomatoes from the local market yesterday,
the pointed tips of a local Roma type variety set my creative 
juices to thinking , while driving back I turned off the music
to keep the upcoming ideas intact in my mind- I know it 
sounds crazy but this is what creative addiction is all about!

Back home we enjoyed the movie truly Christmas style !!!
Movies are incomplete without hot buttery popcorns , I quickly 
popped some southern spice  flavored ones and brought it to life 
with tomato and olives. Of course no one loves to be disturbed 
between the climax of a movie , but it was nothing less than a 
surprise when kiddo paused the movie and made a cute face 
with a loud loving "Awwwwww "....exclamation and kept 
admiring the Rudolph  before finally popping the popcorn .

Xmas popcorn !! 

Popcorn, olives, halved tomato and cucumber

Friday, November 21, 2014

Little Fox

~Welcoming Winters ~

Winter has almost set in  many northern parts of the 
country .While cold winds from the mountains have lowered 
the temperatures drastically, bright afternoon sun, hot cocoa
 and loads of blooming flowers have beautifully spread their
 warmth to welcome the season. Winters in India are much 
different to their western  counterparts. Winters here 
are synonymous to afternoon family excursions-a sunny 
weekend  in park , picnic with kids or just lazying in sun .
Our winter excursion list has been made by my daughter 
this time and as expected - visit to the zoo topped the list. 
Besides regular animals  we were lucky to spot a tiny baby
 fox this time, the cute creature mesmerized my daughter so 
much that back home I decided to create one on her plate .

Baby Fox on my plate !! 

Whole wheat bread topped with peanut butter, strawberry
black grape, orange  and kiwi. 

The cold wave from the mountains has brought loads of 
persimmons, strawberries and grapes . The large box of 
strawberries and black grapes that we had picked up for a hearty
 fruit salad became the ear and features of our peanut butter fox. 

My family is crazy over strawberries ,besides adding the 
antioxidant powerhouses  to our smoothies, shakes and parfaits, 
I love sprinkling some finely chopped chunks to my daily bowl 
of oatmeal too. Before finally bidding adieu to these divine booties 
by end of march, I never forget to freeze a bagful for the rest of 
the year. 

Cheer a Child
( campaign for the underprivileged by Real Greetings)
It's very necessary to teach our little ones to count our blessings
 and thank Almighty for it and share the joy of festivities with
 the underprivileged. Recently India's preferred packaged fruit
 juice brand Real hosted a family day for  Prayas kids NGO 
This mega initiative by  Real Greetings -  "Cheer a Child"was a 
wonderful way to put some smiles on the tiny faces. Real Juice 
India handed over token quantity of real juices against  all the
 wishes received by the campaign on different social platforms. 


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