Ugadi 2016

Back to India for this Ugadi! 🙂 Having a great time with everyone at home. My sister & sister-in-law are also here to celebrate. Lots of fun!  This time I wanted to experiment with the rangoli stencils instead of flower rangoli. We went to the market and bought few of them. These are some of the stencils I bought.

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On the night before Ugadi, we made this rangoli at our place.

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The next morning, we went to our grandma’s place.  We three of us tried the rangoli using stencils and some flowers. It’s summer here and we weren’t much comfortable doing it as we were sweating all over. We made Obbattu, Vada & Ugadi pachadi. My mom took this opportunity to add Dill leaves/ Sabakki leaves to the vada to make it healthier. My sister is an expert in making Ugadi pachadi. It’s made of jaggery (sweet-happy), tamarind(sour-disgust), chilli(hot-anger), neem(bitter-sad), salt (fear)& mango(tangy-surprise).

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There was another wonderful moment. My LO was playing with his Great Great Grandmother 🙂 It was very cute!

 

Succulents – My new found love!

Recently, I’m more interested in growing succulents in our garden. They are very easy to grow and maintain. I’ve had no problems till now.

This post is about the cacti we grow at home. (Almost all cacti are succulents)

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The three cacti in white containers are from IKEA. We bought it last summer. It grew well until winter. I hope it will start growing again now that its spring.

The other cactus is called a moon cactus. It’s a grafted cactus. The upper cactus lacks chlorophyll and thus red in color. As it cannot survive on it’s own, its grafted on a green cactus. We bought it at a local garden center.

And that’s a pair of Shisa from Okinawa :). Shisa are cross between a lion and a dog from Okinawan Mythology. The left Shisa has it’s mouth closed and the right has it’s mouth open.

Toothbrush Holder Makeover

This is our toothbrush holder bought (by my husband)many many years ago. Plain. Dull. Boring.  😦 Although I was tempted to change the holder several times, I didn’t do it!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Instead I gave it a makeover.I had planned to paint it using acrylics (long term plan 😉 ) but ended up using some stickers/seals from my craft box. It took me less than 15 minutes to do this. Now my LO is all happy with it. 🙂

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From a dull and boring toothbrush holder to a colorful one!

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Getting bored with household stuff is common. But little makeovers can make them interesting.

My Little Balcony Garden (2012)-2

Posting some more photos of my garden 🙂

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Fenugreek (Methi) Seedlings

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Tomato flowers

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Little Tomato

I grow Fenugreek and Coriander plants in these big rectangular pots. I planted both at the same time but Coriander seeds take a very long time to germinate.

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Fenugreek & Coriander

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Crossandra

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Crossandra Flowers & Fenugreek harvest