Jewelry Making For Kids

3 months before, Pari got so much interested in Jewelry making.. Whenever, we visited AC Moore or Michael’s, she will keep looking at the beads section and Jewelry making kits . So, one fine day, we bought some beads (on 50 % off), and stretchy wire, and as soon as we were back, we made a bracelet and a necklace. We both loved it. Photos are not so good.. But they were so pretty and Pari loved the entire process of jewelry making.

Pari making necklace

Pari busy in making necklace

necklace is ready

Pink & Green Necklace is ready



Master Chef Mezze Platter

Today, we went to a friends house and she arranged for pita bread & falafal. She asked me recipe for Tahini paste and …as usual I forgot… Thanks to my excellent memory.. tried to search this recipe but of no use.

So, after coming home, I searched rigorously and found this. This post is just to keep this URL for my record.

Below is the recipe from Master Chef India season 2.

Mezze Platter

For Pita Bread
1 tbsp             Yeast
½ tsp             Sugar
3½ tbsp         Warm Water
650 gm             Flour
To taste        Salt
300 ml             Water
1 tbsp             Olive Oil

For Tahini Paste
1 cup             Sesame seeds
¼  cup             Olive Oil

For Falafel
2 cups             Chick peas (soaked overnight)
½  cup             Parsley (finely chopped)
1 nos.            Onion (coarsely chopped)
3 – 4 cloves         Garlic (finely chopped)
1 tsp             Coriander powder
1 tsp             Cumin Powder
½  tsp             Red Chilli Powder
To taste        Salt
For deep frying     Oil

For Hummus
1 cup             Chick Peas (soaked overnight and boiled)
2 – 3 cloves         Garlic (finely chopped)
½ cup             Olive Oil
1 tbsp             Lemon juice
1 tbsp             Tahini
To taste        Salt

For Baba Ganoush
1 nos. (large)         Brinjal
3 tbsp             Olive oil
1 nos. (medium)     Tomato (finely chopped)
1 nos. (small)         Onion (finely chopped)
4 cloves        Garlic (finely chopped)
1 tbsp             Tahini Paste
1 tbsp             Parsley (finely chopped)
1 tbsp             Lemon juice
To taste        Salt


1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the yeast with sugar and warm water, cover and keep aside for 3 to 4 minutes to allow yeast to froth.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with salt and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast and mix into the flour gently. Also mix in just enough water to make a smooth soft dough. Knead in olive oil, cover with a moist muslin cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.
3.  Preheat oven to 225ºC.
4.  Meanwhile grind the sesame seeds to a paste in a grinder, adding olive oil little by little. When all the oil has been incorporated, remove the tahini into a bowl and keep aside.
5. For the falafel, put the soaked chick peas in a grinder and grind to a coarse paste. Remove into a bowl and mix in parsley, onion, garlic, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well and divide into small portions and shape each portion into a small flattish ball.
6. Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry the falafel balls till golden and crisp. Remove and drain on absorbent paper.
7. Divide the dough into small portions, evenly roll out each portion into a small roti. Place the rotis on a greased baking tray and bake in preheated oven for 5 to 7 minutes or till rotis puff up and are a very light golden in colour. When done, remove from the oven and keep aside to cool.
8. For the hummus, grind the boiled chick peas to a smooth paste in a grinder. Remove into a bowl and mix in the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and salt. Keep aside.
9. For the baba ganoush, brush the brinjal with olive oil and roast directly over a flame, turning constantly till done. When done, remove from flame, cool slightly, peel and mash with a fork. Remove into a mixing bowl and mix in remaining olive oil, tomato, onion, garlic, tahini, parsley, lemon juice and salt.
10. To serve, arrange the pita breads and falafel in a platter. Spoon the tahini, hummus and baba ganoush into small bowls, place on the platter and serve with olives.

Festivals of 2013- Halloween

This is the second post in my Festivals of 2013 series.

Pari’s first Halloween Celebration in USA, and she was so excited. She loved all the Hallowen songs in her school, And she was not at all scared. Her wish for the Halloween to become a Witch and convert her mom into frog “Ribbip-Ribbip”.

This is her costume for Halloween.

Witch Costume (2) Witch Costume

Sparkling Nail Paint for witch

Witch sparkling nail paint


& Pari kept these candies for Trick & Treat for the other kids to distribute.

Halloween Candies

Pari had real fun for Trick & Treat in the evening.

Festivals of 2013- Diwali

Oh !!! I have been so lazy.. I have loads & loads of items in my draft to be posted. Before i forget, I plan to publish the series of posts of our festivals celebration in 2013.

So, this one is Diwali in 2013- NJ

On Diwali evening, we did Ganesh-Laxmi Pooja.

Diwali Pooja

And then, we performed pooja on Pari’s Gharonda, which her Dad made so lovingly.

Diwali Gharonda poojaPari’s friends enjoying their stay at Pari’s house.

Diwali Pari Gharonda 2

Another view of her beautiful house

Diwali Pari Gharonda 1

Diwali Pari Gharonda 3

In the evening, there was a party @ home with friends. I made Diwali special: Gujiya :)

For Dinner, I made Chhole, Paneer Sabzi, Puri, Pulav, Dahi-bade.

Diwali Gujiya



Valentine’s Day

Pari is always so excited about any special day. She will make beautiful cards, drop on the mailbox and then ring the bell & say “Papa/Mumma, you got a Mail”. And this Valentine’s day, not only she made cards but arranged a very beautiful dinner table for all three of us. I wanted to change the table cover, but she didn’t allowed me. Just have a look !!!


On the Menu: Aglio- Olio Spaghetti, Rainbow Salad with lime-olive oil dressing, Fruit Punch, Ice-cream cake for dessert.

Heart Candle


Pari’s 5th Birthday

Have been drafting this post from so long.. Finally it’s ready !!!


Happy 5th Birthday dear. You have been waiting for more than a quarter months.. when is my birthday..when is my birthday…!!! Finally, we celebrated your 5th Birthday. All my apprehensions were gone, when I saw you enjoying the evening with your school friends. I was more worried when I saw the weather forecast – Snow (1 inch- 2 inches). But, your friends were too good, they arrived on time, and were there till the whole evening.

We both started planning for the Birthday Party one month in advance. Party was from 5:30 PM in the evening.

1. Birthday Party Invitation –

This invitation card we made, with Pari putting up confetti in all the possible colors. I have just erased the Venue in this invitation card.

Birthday Invitation

There was one more invitation card, which she liked a lot, in the shape of ice-cream, all inspired from pinterest.

Ice-cream Birthday Party Invitation

2. Birthday Decor: We really had fun time with the decorations. She made me sit the whole night and make the tissue paper flowers.

Food Counter Decor

Her Dad made the very beautiful “Shubhangi” Banner.

Bdaydecor2Also, he made these balloon decorations with streamers. Aren’t these awesome. Bdaydecor3I loved it. Bdaydecor4  Streamer decor for the doorway.Bday DecorPari reviewing the decorations and providing the expert comments.

Pari Bday Decor

3. Birthday Cake – I wanted to bake a rainbow cake but could not make it :( .. So, we finally ordered a pink Barbie cake (her choice offcourse)- Marble Cake with Chocolate Mousse filling- from BJ’s.

Pari Cake

3. Food Counter


Chips: Lays, Doritos-Plain, Fritos, Cheetos, Doritos-Cheese with Salsa.

Drinks: Apple & Eve 100 % Juice (for kids), Fruit Punch (Orange Juice + Lemonade in Sprite with strawberry ice-cube).

Fruits: Honeydew, Muskmelon, Strawberry, Grapes.

Dishes: Veg Noodles, Rainbow Pasta, Veg Biryani, Chicken Curry, Pepper Paneer Butter Masala , Naan, Mix veg Raita.

Dessert: Vanilla Ice-cream, Gulab Jamun, Walnut Choco-chip Cupcake

Food Counter Decor

4. Party Favors- There were 5 things in their goody bags: Princess/ Ocean Art (Deco & Stick), Addition/ Subtraction Flash Cards, Stickers (Princess, Mickey Mouse, Toy story), Chips and packaged Juice.

5. Gifts for School Kids – Her Birthday was on Sunday, so in school, we celebrated on Friday. We bought wooden toys from AC Moore, and wrapped in Sesame Street Gift wrap.

School Gift

School Gift wrap

6. Gifts for Pari: On her 5th Birthday, she received 5 gifts from us and loved them all. She didn’t ask for more. I think, just like me, she finds lots of happiness in small things.

- Minnie Mouse dress up

- Barbie Shoes

- Princess Belle

- Minnie Mouse Coloring Canvas

- Hello Kitty Pari GiftsOops, no pic of Belle.

As you turn 5 !!!

Dear Pari,

It’s a very special moment for me as you turn 5. Having seen you growing for 5 years, I really believe you have grown up to be a very smart & intelligent girl. You do help me in all my kitchen experiments, whether it’s making dough, raita, jelly, omelette, or anything which requires mixing , Oh, yes, baking … I can’t dream of baking without your presence.You understand when I say no- you can’t do it. You know when it’s time for me to apply moisturizer on your face, and before that only you hide it in some place. I love when I am able to carry out conversation with you. I love shopping with you. I love when we both drool over the tablet by watching Stephanie George decorating cupcakes. I  love browsing you tube channels with you, be it vahchef, superprincessjo, cupcake addiction, laura in the kitchen,doonya dance, nail arts and other various channels. But, I don’t like your habit of decorating the entire room with stickers. I love the most your fashion sense, sense of style, your color combination, and also, the way you try to resolve our small disputes. Now, I can see you make friends  (but only with kids you kind of like). I am blessed..seeing you growing.. Love you lots !!!


One day, in the morning, you get up & tell me “Mama, I had a dream. I have a small baby girl sister”

Me: :) :)


Well, from last year, I started this questionnaire for the kiddo. But, right now I could not find those questions & answers from last year’s. So, I cooked up my own questions (30 Questionnaire) for Pari. & This is for the record, which I missed to do last year.

1. Favorite TV Show – Curious George ( Yes, she loves this program, and apart from these there is endless list of Peppa Pig, The Cat in the Hat, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Angelina Ballerina, Sesame Street, Chota Bheem, Peg+Cat, DInosaur Train, Peep)

2. Favorite Color – Pink & Green ( No change from last year)

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Mail man ( Yes, she wants to be a postman)

4. Favorite Song – Main rang sharbaton ka

5. Favorite Movie- Dhoom 3

6. Favorite Fruit – Apple ( without skin)

7. Favorite Food – Maggi

8. Favorite Drink- Apple Juice

9. Favorite Dinner- French fries wale aaloo & roti

10. Favorite Dessert- Jelly

11. Favorite Lunch- Dal & Rice

12. Favorite Animal- Rabbit

13. Favorite Season- Spring

14. Favorite Flower- Tulip

15. Favorite Dinner- French fries Aaloo with roti

16. Favorite Book- Dora

17. Favorite Teacher- Ms Falk

18. Favorite Word- I Love You

19. Favorite Dress- Green flower frock

20. Favorite Game- Hide & Seek with Papa

21. Anything at home you like most- Pom-pom tissue paper flowers

22. Favorite Snack @ school- Animal crackers

23. Favorite Shop- Dollar Tree

24. Best Friend- Nidhi, Samriddhi

25. Best Vacation ever- Atlantic City

26. Always Carry- Hello Kitty Toy

27. Favorite Language- Hindi

28. Favorite Craft- Made wooden boat with Papa

29. Mommy or Papa – most Favorite? - Papa

30. Mommy@office or Mommy@ home ? - Mommy @ home.