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

Sitting Pretty! by aishwaryaisonline on

How's my head-tilt? by aishwaryaisonline on

24/7 Hungry. by aishwaryaisonline on

The Angry Bird by aishwaryaisonline on

Pout on fleek. by aishwaryaisonline on

Common Grackle by aishwaryaisonline on

Nom nom nom by aishwaryaisonline on

Bonding over breakfast. by aishwaryaisonline on

House finch by the feeder. by aishwaryaisonline on

Robin by aishwaryaisonline on

The Tree Whisperer by aishwaryaisonline on

Berry Merry by aishwaryaisonline on

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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Glazed Lime Cake

I haven’t baked anything in yonks and was craving for something lemony since a week. I baked this glazed like cake for the first time 3 years back and we loved it so much that I wanted to try again. I’m usually very conscious while baking cake, I try to replace all purpose flour with wheat flour, white sugar with brown sugar, butter with oil but this cake has all sorta mean stuff- butter, white sugar, white flour and all sorta meany yum stuff. But it’s totes worth it. 😀
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Strawberry Sorbet

I’m not a big fan of ice-cream but I do love me some sorbet/gelato/popsicle.  I’m obsessed about Talenti Alfonso Mango sorbet and I can finish it in one sitting. So proud! Anyway, we went grocery shopping last weekend and we came across an amazing deal- 8 lbs strawberries for $5!! I’m the only fruit eater at home and don’t ask me what I would do with 8 lbs of strawberries but I *had* to grab the deal. I usually infuse water with them and a big fan of it. Yesterday I made a batch of Strawberry sorbet and some popsicles. I had around 5 scoops of it today morning and you can say I’m addicted. Here’s how I make it. It’s so easy and it’s only two ingredients. yayy! Also, I don’t remember the last time I type out a recipe here!! Hoping to post more from here on. Okay, off to recipe now.
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Hawaii Haul

I hope you’re all doing great! We are back from the Aloha state, Hawaii with lots of memories, pictures, tan and a bag full of goodies. We had no plans of shopping anything major except a souvenir or two but we did end up getting quite a lot of stuff. Mostly food stuff, not a surprise if you know me well. 😀 Here are few things that we got from Hawaii!

1. Our Airbnb hosts gave us a box of milk chocolate covered mac nuts which we loved and got this ‘cookies & creme’ macadamias with us to mainland. These are our post-dinner treats and they are so yum. 
2. I was nauseous at the airport while leaving to Chicago and picked this tamarind candy at a random store at airport. It tastes like our Indian khatta-meeta golis which was exactly what I wanted at that time. So yayyy! 
I can’t wait to try these, in fact I might open this packet right after I finish this post. ugh. Can’t wait! I wish I bought these in many other flavors but I wasn’t sure then. But I see them on Amazon so no worries! Yay!

These are the bomb!! I don’t know what I was thinking, I should have bought at least a 10 more of these considering anything that has chocolate plus coconut cannot go wrong. These are available on Amazon but at double the price but it’s worth it!! 
I’m a sucker for anything passion fruit so I *had* to get these yummies. I’m planning to make passion fruit mousse with the syrup or just pour over french toast. And the jelly, I want to try with toasted bread or I might lick it all in one sitting.
 We saw this ador(bobble)head which goes on the car dashboard and we *had* to adopt him right away. We fondly call him ‘Thenga’ and he cracks us up every.single.time we see him. 
   I may or may not have bought couple of Hawaiian key chains for my friends here. 😀 
8. We stopped at a random fair in Kauai and though I’m not a accessory person, I really liked this necklace and the sweet shopkeeper lady said she would love to gift it to me. :’) Hawaiians are as sweet as their pineapples!
9. We got this name plate for our ‘Kauai’ inspired garden in our backyard which is our little Summer’17 garden project. Let’s see how that goes. 🙂   
10. We also got a refrigerator magnet that I can’t seem to find at the moment. :O
11. We also got our moms a pearl necklace each and we hope they like it.
That’s all folks! I hope I post often now that I’m back from Hawaiian beaches with spackled soul and aloha spirit.
Take care, youguys! <3