Live for the Moment

Every moment counts. Hence live for the moment to be happy and light

May 14, 2014

Baking fun

I accidentally got to know of a baking class through a dear friend way back in Dec `13.  And jumped at this opportunity.  My girls love cakes.  That was the inspiration plus the zest to learn a new thing.  Just a two day class of 3 hours each.  We learnt to make 6 varieties.  Thanks to Shubhada Gadkari.  She is meticulous and particular.  No wonder her passion for baking could be easily seen in the class.

Since then, every b'day in the family gave me an opportunity to try.  Base cakes I've been baking regularly.  But those special ones were reserved for b'days.  This was the latest.  Chocolate truffle. Completely baked and decorated by my daughter Upasana under my supervision :)  I have graduated :)


My daughters chose what they wanted for their b'day.  So Jan and Feb was Chocolate truffle and black forest.

Here's the black forest . (Pls don't mind the quality of pics.  These two were from a cell



Then March saw fresh fruit cake. This was the best that I liked.  Sob sob I DON"T LIKE CHOCOLATE CAKES but I bake them for my girlies.



Here I could use strawberries, pineapple, black grapes and kiwi.

I also tried my hand at pineapple upside down



And ofcourse walnut cake and cup cakes




With the mango season on, I tried fresh fruit with mango layers



BaKiNg hAs beEn FUN :)

February 26, 2014

Plant Exhibition - 2014


Before I begin with a few pics from a plant exhibition we recently had in the city, lemme show you my green corner again.  I just change positions of the few pots that I have and admire myself at the new look and be happy.  :)


And now for some pics from the plant exhibition.  This year.  The number of bonsai plants were less.  But we have bonsai exhibitions once or twice a year in the city.  Oh!  those are amazing.  I learnt the basics of bonsai  last year.  But the plant did not survive.  I'll try again.

Now for some pics.  There were flower arrangement , bonsai competitions there.  Please don't mind the quality of the pics.  They were taken from my cell.


Can you see the green rose?


Dahlias







This is beautiful. The bougainvilleas










Cactus.  These are so huge and must be old too cause they have flowered.




I liked this idea.  Its an old tray.  Huge one.  On which the landscaping has been done.  Thats really beautiful.


These were the only two terrariums.


There was salad decoration also.  He looks cute na?


Flower arrangement.  I liked this a lot.  Simple but beautiful.



This got the first prize


Look at this.....  This reminds me of christmas snow flakes.  (crocheted :))
 


This is my favourite.  The adenium.  It has been grafted multiple times.  So we can see different shades of the flower on the same plant.

I ENJOYED MY VISIT TO THIS EXHIBITION.  I bought three petunia plants.  Have to buy a pot to repot them.  Could'nt make that buy as yet.  Will do that soon.  I bought some radish and carrot seeds too.  Plant to sow them tom. A special day for me.  My girl turns 18.

February 03, 2014

Zipper pouch

Before I could even blog about it, its gone.  Nevertheless, the memories are there :)  Ever since I saw zipper pouches on blogland, I wanted to make one myself and more than me, my little one was very keen that I make one for her.  I kept getting lot of reminders from her :) is when I decided its time I work rather than just gaze at tutorials.  

Here's how it turned out


She used it excitedly for about 10 days and :( sad, left it behind in school one day.  And she's lost it. Her favourite TRIMAX pens and other paraphernalia along with the pouch are gone.  She was upset for a day... (so was I ).  I'll make one more now.

The making is super simple.  There are vivid tutorials available on blogland.


Four pieces of fabric. The same size as the zipper.  I also used a soft sponge for padding in between.  All left over fabric that I had in my stash. By the way, the sewing machine is my mother's and is more than 50 years old. Going strong.  She has attached a motor also.  Though I use it sparingly, I take care, oiling it once in a while.  I love it.


I tried this out.  Cut circles.  Turned them inside out first



Then pinned them like this and 


Stitched them one above the other to make it look cuter.

Sense of achievement. Source of scoring brownie points from my lil one :)

Hmmm... there are two new shoots growing in my balcony.  I planted these.  Can you guess?


January 18, 2014

A good beginning

Happy New Year

Happy Sankranti

A fortnight into the New Year already!!  Time flies!!  
May the year have in store lot of happiness, good health and cheer
for you .

The beginning has been great
Have had so many moments to treasure
Inspiration to create too!

Just as how cakes are baked during Christmas, its Til laddoo for Sankranti.  I have talked about this festival last year here.

Til's nothing but sesame seeds.  How interesting to note that because it has a power to generate heat in the body, this became a tradition to make til laddoos during the winter festival Sankranti.

I have a wonderful blog to run upto whenever I want to make something.  Shilpa of aayisrecipes is a wonderful cook.  Her passion for culinary art is amazing, clearly visible on her site.

So I made



Thanks to Shilpa, they turned out well.

I baked a cake... with orange zest and orange juice


Another learning... Used Ribbet! to create this collage.

There is more. And here's a preview



This journal of mine gives me so much of joy.

December 26, 2013

Adding a little holiday cheer

MERRY CHRISTMAS

&

BEST WISHES TO ALL THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Its always nice to add a little holiday cheer.  Even festival times call for extra cheer.  Though its nice to add cheer all year round.  Its upto us how we steer our day along.  

Here's how we added cheer


Tossed some exotic vegetables.  Its more a soup.  Don't know what its called :)

The colours just sing



We made this fried rice.  These pair up to be the favourites of all at home


My centre piece.  How can I forget that.  A dash of rose petals definitely  bring in cheer. 
The beautiful crochet doily was made by my mother for me



How could I miss out on baking a cake for Christmas.  Certain sweets are associated with a festival 

I recently attended a baking class.  Oh! that has given me so much of confidence.  We get a number of recipes on internet.  But this hands on experience does give confidence.

The exquisite ingredients required for icing requires a visit to a bakery essentials shop far way.  My kids did'nt have patience to wait so long.

So I made a base vanilla cake.  It turned out to be yummy

Am so happy and so were the kids


This blog post has come up after a lonnnng time. Literally from Diwali to Christmas.  Doesn't matter.  This is a journal for me to record moments..... 
Beautiful and Treasured.....