My Favorite Instant Pot Recipes

Hi-Five if you’re one of those 210,000 hyper-excited people who bought Instant Pot from Amazon Prime Day sale. My IP was delivered today and I can’t wait to try something soon. Hi-five if you are like me, scouting internet for Instant Pot recipes. I’m sharing few of my favorite recipes which I might try real soon one recipe at a time. Do share your favorite recipes too.Read More …

Moringa Leaves Stir-fry

  Growing up, I hated greens and vegetables. I vividly remember making faces at my mom whenever she force fed us. Little did I know the health benefits then, all I knew was spinach was Mr.Popeye’s favorite. Now, greens are a must for me not that I like it but I feel good when I eat it. I usually add it to my daily smoothies or else in curries like palak paneer, spinach dal tadka or a simple stir-fry like this one. This time I was surprised to find moringa leaves/ drumstick leaves/Murunga keerai in our Indian grocery story and grabbed it without second thoughts. My mom usually makes sambar or kootu, I wanted to just stir-fry it along with some moong dal.Read More …

A daughter’s worst nightmare – My Father’s passing …

Phew! I really don’t know if I can do this as it stirs me up , but I wanna pour my heart out.  My tone may seem bland but read it with one full of devastation, rage and disappointment. I lost my dad on January 18th of this year after his 1.5 years of battle with esophagus cancer at the age of 61. I feel so pathetic and unlucky that I couldn’t be with him during the end. To those who don’t know, I stay abroad with my husband. It was a Sunday afternoon for me when I got the news.. Few hours before my father passed, 10 am in Chicago | 21:30 in India
Me: How’s appa(dad) doing?
My brother: He’s been sleeping since morning..
Me: Oh.. I think he’s drowsy cos of the sedatives.. He’d be fine tomorrow. Don’t worry.. Good night..
After restless 4 hrs.. 14:00 in Chicago| 01:30am IST,
My husband and I were having our lunch, my husband’s phone rang and when I saw my brother’s name flashing on the screen I started panicking. It was past 12 am in India and it is unusual that my brother would call us at that time, the call which I’d never forget.
I gathered some courage, picked the call and asked , “what happened?”
he said, “Can u pass the phone to Hari?”
Me: No tell me.. what’s wrong?!
My husband takes the phone from me.
My brother’s voice was trembling when he said, “Appa passed away”
I could hear him bawl…
I was numb and could hardly grasp what I just heard..  I was as still as a statue..
I wanted to slap myself so that I could cry..
I wanted to scream my lungs out but I just couldn’t..
I wanted to unhear what I just heard..I wish..
I WISHED I COULD REVERSE WHAT HAD JUST HAPPENED.
He complained of breathing problem few minutes past midnight and wanted to rush to the hospital, and in no time he passed away peacefully in the arms of my mom and my brother due to cardiac arrest. They were still hopeful and took him to nearest hospital only to hear the doctor pronounce him ‘Dead on Arrival’.
We knew that the time was ticking for him but we din’t know it was THIS soon either. He was recuperating pretty well. He was a fighter throughout the battle; brave,uncomplaining, compassionate. He could have lived another 5-10 years easily. What went wrong?? Did I not pray enough? What did I do to not deserve having my dad around for few more years?
 He was (it kills me to use past tense) a very kind, quick-witted, loving, generous, jovial person.. He didn’t deserve to be tortured by this cruel monster.. After long hours of radiation+chemotherapy, sleepless and painful nights, he had lost around 30 kgs but still looked charming as ever with that beautiful smile he wore.. It was heart-breaking and soul-crushing for us to see him suffer and going from this
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to this
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 and finally to this..
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Weekend Tidbits!

 

Happy Holidays Y’all! It’s a long weekend for us and we are totally making most of it..

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How’s your weekend coming along? Hope it’s not as bad as Steve Harvey’s!

Here are few links from the web which I thought you might like..

  1. Miss Colombia though! Gotta admire her spirit and this is why!
  2. Bummer! I miss eating at Chipotle! 🙁
  3. Star Wars Characters- Now and then!
  4. 10 types of people on Whatsapp!
  5. Whattay cute doodle.. Might do one for 2015.
  6. This peppermint bark I made was such a hit.. Gonna make one more batch of it..
  7. Hahaha this illustration.

Have a good rest of the weekend guys!

   

Gift ideas for your family/friends from USA

Hi guys, Booked tickets to visit your home country? I’m sure you must be thrilled. yay!! And I’m sure you must be at oss of ideas on what to gift them. I feel ya!  I’ve compiled few gift ideas which will help you decide on an amazing gift to take along with you to your family back home. :)Firstly, ask them what they would want from USA because that’d be REALLY helpful else check out these ideas. Electronic stuff like camera/phone/iPod/iPad/tablet/chromecast/firestick Bluetooth speakers Watches Chopping board/Knife set/Peeler (Ikea,Homegoods/ross/TJMaxx/Burlington Coat factory)   Perfume/Cologne (Perfumania) Body wash/Hand wash/bath soaps/body butter/body lotion/shampoo/conditioner (The Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, Target, Yves Rocher) Make up stuff (MAC, ELF, Naked palettes, eos lip balms) Plush throw( Macys, J.C.pemny, Ross, TJMaxx) Hand sanitizer Chocolates( Costco/Sams Club/Lindt/Godiva) Trail Mix(Costco/Sams Club/ Walmart/Target) Shaving/grooming kit Deodorants/Roll on Deodorant Hair dryer/straightener/curler Epilator Clothes(T shirts/ tops/ shirts/skirts/scarf/cap/kimonos/jackets) Silicon Scraper, Milk frother, popsicle moulds, Ziplocks from Ikea Hand bags/Purses (Vera Bradley,Nine west,Coach/Michael Kors) Pot pourri Scented candles Clorox wipes(Samsclub/costco) Can openers from dollar store/tree Nuts(walnut,almonds,pecans,pistachios) Craisins(dried cranberries) from costco/samsclub Diary/planner for cousins(Ross/TJMaxx/Burlington coat Factory) Baby clothes from carter/target/OshKosh B’gosh Toys, DIY kits from Dollar store/Dollar tree/Amazon/Toys r us Saffron strands Multivitamins/NyQuil/ Bengay Chocolate covered pretzels Room/car Freshener Hair spray/gel/serum/after shave Cereal boxes Carnation powder(costco/samsclub) Liquor I’ll keep updating as I remember. You can also levae a comment if you can think of anything. Hope it helps. Have  a safe trip. Enjoy!