Sunday, 13 July 2008

Tasty Chillies in Two Minutes

My father-in law likes to have green chillies with every meal. So when I went to market to buy vegetables, I especially bought green chillies. But I noticed that he hasn't touched them even once. When I asked the reason, he said that lately he is getting mouth sores when ever he eats green chillies.
I decided to minimize the sharpness of chillies. Its very simple to preserve the taste of chillies and yet savor them without any fear of burning your mouth.
Make a full length cut in the middle of the chilly. Make sure that the chilly is not cut to half. Rub some salt inside the chilly through the cut opening. Put half teaspoon oil on a pan and fry the chillies on low flame.Turn them over and fry till they are light brown on both the sides.
Tasty chillies are ready in two minutes.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Gajar Ka Halwa: An Indian Sweet Dish

Today I made Gajar Ka halwa, especially for my husband. He has a sweet tooth and likes every sweet dish and dessert that he can lay his hands on.
Recipe: Making gajar ka halwa or gajarpak is very easy.
1. Grate peeled carrots.
2. Boil them till they soften. If you are making them in cooker then it won't take more than a whistle to get them softened.
3. Mix sugar to taste and now remove the lid from the cooker or pan and let the water evaporate by continuously stirring the mashed carrots.
4. When the water has dried, add milk and again stir for some time.
5. The carrot, milk mixture will thicken and your gajar ka halwa is ready.
I haven't given any quantity for this recipe because I don't know my self how much carrots or milk are needed to make a particular amount of halwa. I always prepare dishes on guess. My measurements are never same for a single dish.

Give Your Business a Thrust

Every business needs customers and to reach customers, you need to take certain steps. For example advertising is a step taken by businesses to market their product. Another way is telemarketing or direct mail advertising. You can get telemarketing lists on some fair price and make your business swell through agressive marketing. It is important that the telemarketing list or the direct mailing list that you buy, targets the specific consumer group which is your prospective customer.Dcmg.com is a site that provides such lists at a resonable price, so if you want to boost your business, you may like to have a look at what they have to offer.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Playing with Stones

Ananya is fond of playing with sand, water and stones. I have observed that every kid likes to play with sand and water. Ananya likes to collect stones when we go on beach and decorated her sand castle with them. She can make a circle and a line with the stones that she has at home.
Today I was preparing lunch and she was playing with stones. She was also talking to me, and I was absently answering to her chatter. When she repeatedly called for my attention then I looked up and I saw what she had made.

It was beautiful, that too made by a two and a half year old. Ananya says that its a slide. She climbs on it from one side and slides from the other. Kids are imaginative and creative by nature. It’s us and our teaching methods that make a child loose all her creativity.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Teaching Colors to Your Kid

My daughter Ananya is two and a half years. She knows four colors by heart; white, green, black,and orange.Black is the color of her laptop,she learned green from the grass, her favorite sweater is orange and white is th color of her teddy bear. She has learned all these colors by making associations.
-I also use colors in our general conversation, like "Give me my red towel Ananya", or "throw this dirty blue shirt in the laundry".
-We play color games also. Ananya is fond of making different patterns with stones. I will make a line with a pattern of one white stone and one black stone.I will ask Ananya to give me one white stone and then one black stone. She gets confused in the beginning, but learns fast. There are only two colors in stones and she already knows which ones are white. Then I reinforce her new color recognition by asking her to point out all the black things in the room.
- Bright colored toys and books attract kids.Make use of the local library. But remember to stress one color at a time.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Clay Earrings

When ever I go to library, I happen to cross these stalls on Royal Mile, which sell hand crafted stuff. Some have leather bags, others sell painting. One stall has clay earring on display. The designs are so creative and attractive that I am tempted to buy one or two, but each time I have to stop myself. I had long promised myself that I will first try to make a handicraft myself, if I am unsuccessful then only I will think of buying it. I haven't yet tried my hands on making clay earrings. Wish me luck.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

How to Keep Tiny Tots Busy-2

I find that Ananya takes a lot of interest in taking things out of their place,( clothes from wardrobe, dishes and kitchen items from cupboard).After her exploration trip, the whole room looks like it was hit by Hurricane Katrina. No amount of cajoling or getting angry will make her tidy up. But when I say in a playful tone, let's put these poor little things in their home ( or something like that), she readily participates in cleaning up process.When I am busy, I spread the card zig saw puzzles, which I have made for her. These are big pictures of a single item, like an animal, a car or a house.As she is only 2 years and 3 months old, I have cut these pictures in to very large 3-4 pieces, so that she identifies the parts.
We also do pretend play. She asks me to become a doctor, then she takes one of the animals and comes to me for its treatment.Pretend play is a great way to teach kids different things. Now Ananya knows a lot of terms, like stethoscope( she can't pronounce it though),bandage, pincers, betadine,tablets etc.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Scrapping with cancer: Help to Spread the Word


I was looking for some scrapbooking ideas when I came across this article by Carmen Chapman. Her twelve year old son is battling with blood cancer. Instead of being beaten down by this fatal disease, this young guy has taken upon himself to make life easier for kids like him. He makes scrapbooking kits for children suffering from cancer and distribute them in cancer wards. Each kit costs around $60.It is a very commendable effort, and we should help the kid. You can donate through paypal when you visit the site http://www.scrappingwithcancer.org/ or spread the word by linking to brody's site.

How to keep tiny tots busy

My daughter is a gem. She never gives me hard time to make her do anything. My mother thinks that Ananya has grown past her years, and this worries her. But I think that Ananya gets lots of opportunities to do kid stuff and this helps her to stay away from trouble. As I get to spend a lot of time with her now a days ( 24/7 practically), I have to invent new ways to keep her busy, so that she is out of my hair and let me do my work.
I have put lots of crayons and water colors, pencils and brushes for her. You may say that it's too early and pushy to expect a 2 year old to dabble in painting. I disagree. Children have a natural attraction towards bright and colorful things, just like they love playing in mud and water. I see so many kids holding a color pencil and draw haphazardly on anything that they can lay their hands on.
When I am cooking Lady's finger, I give Ananya the upper left out part and ask her to stick them on paper. She is very fond of this game. Some times she sticks the cut lady's fingers on her nose and laughs" mama, joker." When I am with her, both of us make different designs using cast of lady fingers. Just dip the part in water color and then stamp it on paper.You can make lots of arty designs with it.
I have to go, Ananya has waken up from her nap. Let's discuss other arty tricks later.

Diamond Rings for Her

This a review of site jamesallen.com,which sells engagement rings and diamond rings. You can also view the jewelry in 3D view, to get a feel, how the design will look when you wear it. There is a sweepstake going on, where you can win a honeymoon holiday in Mexico. You don't have to buy any jewelry to enter the contest.The site also sells loose diamonds.They have a blog which has many interesting articles on diamonds and diamond jewelry. I liked the video proposal section. Its a collection of funny proposal videos.

Monday, 26 May 2008

Crafter's Block




Like writer's block, there must be a crafter's block too, otherwise why I am feeling like doing nothing. I have had many ideas lately, but I have one great weakness, If I start the moment I get an idea, I can hope my work will be finished. But if I put it for later then all the creativity and inspiration is gone. Often it so happens that an idea struck and I got to work on it, but this or that material was not available and I had to postpone the implementation. Many of my projects never took off just because of this.

Friday, 9 May 2008

How to Make Baskets

For many of us, basket making is a hobby. While for others it is a full time job. Basket making method is also used to make trays, hats and mats. To get a hang on the art of basket making, you must:
-Read several books or articles about basic techniques.
-Locate a spot in your home where you can weave.
-Assemble basic tools including measuring tape, scissors, water bucket, awl, knife and clamps.
-Read on line instructions and browse free patterns for ideas and techniques.
-Practice makes a man perfect. So practice, practice, practice.
How to make a Basket
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1. Plain weaving:This is the most common weaving method, the weft is worked in and out among the successive spokes (skeleton) of the warp. A wooden base is easier to use than one with woven base. Holes for the spokes of the warp are bored with an awl around the edge of the wooden base. Spokes are then inserted in the holes and held in place from underneath by weaving. Continue weaving until the base is the right size. Then the spokes are bent upward and the sides of the basket are woven, while the spokes are held firmly in position.Handles can be added to baskets after the weaving is complete or they can be made by allowing several spokes to extend across the mouth of the basket. They are held in place by inserting the free ends into the weaving and binding them in place with weft material.

2. Coil Winding: Flexible material like rope or reed is used to make in baskets in this method. Strips of raffia or corn husks hold the basket together. The sides are built up layer on layer. Each row of the coil is stitched to the next with raffia strips. Generally a large needle is used for weaving.

3. Pattern Weaving:In this method different patterns are included in the weaving. Twill and herringbone weaves are two of the more common patterns. Both are made by passing the weft over and under two or more spokes at a time. In twill, each row must be started one spoke to the right of the previous row. In a herringbone, a few rows are started one spoke to the right, and then the same number is started one spoke to the left, giving a zigzag effect.

Two easy to make methods for baskets:

1.Can Basket: This little and handy basket is very easy to make. You will need a can, glue, a colored sheet, scissors and a posterboard. Cut the upper part of the can. Paste the colored paper round the can. Put a strip of poster board for the handle. And you are done. Make sure to cover the edges though. This small basket is ideal to put Easter grass and candy.


Thursday, 8 May 2008

Win a chance to be a Top Model

An online contest is being organized for young and beautiful people at lookoftheyear.com.If you win the contest, then you will get ten thousand dollars. And if you don't win? Don't lose heart, who knows you may get selected for top modeling agencies from the fashion cities of Paris and Milan. It is an online contest, so higher the number of online surfers voting for you, higher will be your chances of winning the contest

Monday, 5 May 2008

A blog about Toronto

I was looking for a some cheap hotels in Toronto, we will be going there to attend a friend's wedding.And I came across this lovely blog bedandbreakfast-toronto.com.. Actually the name of the blog is a little misleading, but in a good sense, because the blog not only provides information about Toronto bed and breakfast hotels, but it is also for those, who want to know everything about Toronto.
The blog keeps you update with the latest happenings in Toronto.The blog owner has also compiled witty, weird and funny news related to Toronto from all over the net.You get to know that air canada is going to charge for better customer service, then there is a story about a kind hearted butcher who gave away $.2million to his employees after winning a $14 million lottery.
There are some funny pictures too. Its a nice blog for Toronto-ites who want to keep in touch with their home town.