Ajwain Crackers

Postpartum cravings are real! I din’t crave much for anything except apple and watermelon during my pregnancy but I’m craving a lot these days. My dad used to but us these crackers and cream biscuits from a local bakery and these were our after school snacks. I din’t know what these crackers were called so I had to guess the ingredients and google the recipe and both google and my tastebuds din’t fail me. I found a recipe which seemed close and I tweaked it a bit.

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How we named our baby.

Previously on ‘Treasured Chronicles’, you’d have read about ‘how we found out that we are pregnant‘. and that ‘we had our baby girl and how obsessed I’m about dressing her up‘.
So, when did we start brainstorming the baby names you ask?  As soon as we knew that we are having a baby gir… no wait.. Actually it started way before we even got pregnant like I think when I was in school. LOL. Jokes apart, sometime in 2016, I came across this name and kinda liked it. Who would have thunk that we would get pregnant and have a baby girl the next year? But it happened. My dream came true!! 🙂 Straight outta soap opera, right? 
So, our baby girl’s name is 

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DIY Headband

Ever since the gender reveal balloon burst out the ‘pink’ confetti, I have been a little cray cray about dressing up my baby girl. I kind of did a happy dance at a baby store and freaked the heck out of people there. Those tulle skirts, bloomers, headbands, moccasins… I know, right? That’s how giddy happy I feel too. I think I’m obsessed about baby headbands and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. At least my brother and FIL adore them on her as much as I do. As a crazy mom who’s *this* close to bankruptcy, went on Pinterest and browsed for ‘DIY Headbands’ and found this easy-peasy tutorial. Tutorial? LOL. Alright. This is how I made these cute headbands.
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Peanut butter-Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Don’t get me wrong, these cookies are not just for breast-feeding mothers, these are regular cookies anyone can consume. I read somewhere that oatmeal is good for lactation and the minute I uttered it out, my husband made a quick Costco run and got a huge box of oats. Apart from having it in the form of oh-so-boring pudding, pancakes I made these cookies which were delicious. I’m not sure if it boosted my supply but hey at least I got an excuse to eat cookies. Here’s how I make them.
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Happy 2018!!

Hello helloooo! HAPPY 2018!

I’m back from a major break and if you.. *sneeze* Give me a minute, I’ll dust away the cobwebs here and be right back. It’s been so long since I entered my blog space that it has gathered so much dust.
So yeah, if you follow me on Instagram, you know why I was MIA. For others, this is what happened- 

So, we found out that we are pregnant last January.

First trimester, I kinda camped in our restroom for a brief period because I was throwing up most of the time. So I might as well stay there right? LOL

Second trimester, I slowly vacated restroom and my husband surprised me with a surprise babymoon to Hawaii. 

Third trimester, let’s just say, HORMONES-1, ME-0. ’nuff said? 
And then on September 24th, we had our baby girl and everyday has been sleepless great since then. 

For everyone who told me 2017 is gonna be MY year, THANK YOU!! It was really an amazing year, so many things checked off our bucket list. Above all, it feels great to be happy. Wish you all a very wonderful 2018!

Backyard Visitors 2017

If you have read this post from last year you know how obsessed I am about these birds and the obsession has only grown infinitely. Cooking and gardening has taken a backseat these days, looks like birding and photography is my favorite hobby these days. These are few of my favorite pictures that I have clicked. Hope you enjoy them.

Bath time by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Sitting Pretty! by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

How's my head-tilt? by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

24/7 Hungry. by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

The Angry Bird by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Pout on fleek. by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Common Grackle by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Nom nom nom by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Bonding over breakfast. by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

House finch by the feeder. by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Robin by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

The Tree Whisperer by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Berry Merry by aishwaryaisonline on 500px.com

Banana-date-nut Bread

My husband and I go bananas over banana bread and it’s our breakfast staple at home. I have tried several versions of banana bread like this chocolate-banana bread, banana muffins, nutella-banana muffins. To be honest, this recipe is my favorite of all the ones I have tried to date. It’s vegan- no egg, no butter, no milk and yet so fluffy and moist. I have used part ‘whole wheat flour’ and part ‘all-purpose flour’ here, you can change the proportion to your liking. Here’s how I make it.
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