Liberty State Park, New Jersey

Liberty State Park is one of my top favorite picnic destination. It has the most magnificent view of Manhattan skylines, back view of Statue of Liberty, and perfect view of Ellis Island plus there are couple of Bollywood songs filmed at this location.

Well, this post is a compilation of Bollywood songs filmed at this wonderful place.

1. Hey Shona Song (Ta ra rum Pum) In this video, this location starts from 3:15 to 3:52

2. Hai Junoon Song – (New York)
This song was filmed in Liberty State Park from beginning to 3:05.. with beautiful view of Ellis Island.

3. Mitwa Song- (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna)
In this Shahrukh Khan song, this location is from 3:15 to 3:40

And below are some of the pics, which I enjoyed taking in Liberty State Park

Empty Sky Memorial


Beautiful view of Freedom Tower from Liberty State ParkDSC08749

Flags at Liberty State Park (featured in Hey Shona song)DSC08813

Liberty State Park Walkway DSC08952

Statue of Liberty (back view)DSC09068

The beautiful fall colorsDSC09078

The perfect playground with breathtaking Manhattan skyline (Hai Junoon song playground)DSC09094

This is the best treasured tourist destination in New Jersey, and I love it the most.

Going Shopping with Pari !!!

I was reading this wonderful article written by Priya. It’s really very well written, and says exactly the same thing which I was thinking from past few days. I have never done this intentionally, but this is what I have been doing…especially when we go for shopping.

When go for shopping, I never tell Pari, don’t touch this , don’t touch that. If she wants to look at some items ( which is not with her age, maybe some home decor), I will be with her, and talk about those things and then move on…earlier I avoided her taking to the toy section.. but, now, I allow her to go there & let her explore… and at the end, she is now able to decide well which toy she wants to buy. And, yes, there have been days, when we didn’t buy her anything, and she was happily home.

When we go for shopping for clothes, no toy section, she will have no interest. So, I will still tell her to explore & touch & feel the clothes. Is this soft? or silky? or  look for the patterns, and color: we then have our own discussion about the shades of pink, hot pink, baby pink, lilac, and magenta. When I select jeans for her, she will ask me.. mummy did u check if it’s stretchable. She knows all the patterns and co-ordinates her dresses accordingly. She loves to have polka dots, stripey, and animal prints in her wardrobe collection. She loves to do shopping for me. While writing this, I hope, she develops a good style sense, which her mom is yet to develop.

Ah, Grocery shopping with Pari. The exercise begins at home itself, making the list with her. And in the store, she makes sure, I buy all the things from the list. Plus, the scariest part is: She won’t allow me to buy anything which is not there in the list. I have to take a deviation approval from Papa then. :)

Shoes shopping have been so much tiring for me. She loves high heels, and I don’t wear them, but in the store, she will make me to try on all the high heels, until she’s done. For buying her shoes, she loves everything as usual, this time her Dad will let her wear all the shoes and will tell about all the pros and cons of buying and not buying. I hope she is able to take good decisions.

I have given her freedom to decide on lots of things. Yes, there have been some instances, where I have been told that  it was too much to agree on her decision.  Also, there have been times when we have not been in the same side. And, yes, she knows I am her mom.

In nut shell, I love shopping with her, and really enjoy each & every moment.

Easter Party !!!

We were invited to our very first Easter party on April 20th by our very dear Friend. What a wonderful party she had arranged. Plus the kids had Easter Egg Hunt. Pari’s first Easter egg hunt, which she liked a lot, and this tradition, I know, she will cherish for years to come.

For this party, we made a very special Easter Basket. Our very first basket ready to be wrapped. Got the basket, Decorative bow & Easter grass from AC Moore, easter eggs with Hershey’s candies, a white bunny, some stickers, erasers and chips for the kiddo, along with some other Aveeno products.

Basket ready to be wrapped

Basket is ready, & the best thing was, they didn’t realize that it was not store bought :)

Easter Basket

Now, coming to the party. Perfect Planned party, and the very great arrangements. Here are some pics.

Appetizers ready !!!

Great Appetizers

On the Menu (Appetizers): Veggies (Celery, Carrots, Yellow squash, Green Peppers) with Dip, Garlic bread with Hummus, Fish Fry, Tandoori Chicken, Samosa with Green Chutney, French Fries, Dahi wada, Juice

Great Appetizer 2

On the Menu (Main Course): Naan, Raita, Mix-Dal, Aaloo-Palak, Matar Paneer, Rice Lunch

On the Menu (Dessert): Fruits, Pine-apple Custard with Ice cream


About Easter Egg Hunt: It was a good sunny day, and Pari really enjoyed the egg hunting with the kids.Egg Hunt1

Egg HuntingEgg Baskets filled with eggs after egg hunting.

Is she Masterchef in Making?

Yes, I do believe so… Look how she reacts ..


I make a dish & give her to eat. She says “Mummy, it’s yummy. How did you make it ?”

OMG… 4.5 YO asking me the recipe …



We are in Michael’s – Bakery aisle. I am looking at some cupcake pans. Pari is looking at heart-shaped cake pans, Hello Kitty shaped pans, and constantly saying “Mummy, please buy these. Mummy pleeze….pleez” & I am avoiding her. & then suddenly she tells me “Mummy, see this is fondant. Pleez-pleez I want it .. “

Me: pari, I think Fondant doesn’t taste so good…

Pari: okay, fir marzipan hi le lo na plzz.

I don’t know from where she learnt about fondant & marzipan.. I am literally unaware of these things.. Yet to google…


All the kids of her age watch Curious George .. but she watches You tube Videos of Stephanie George from Joy of

Other kids watch Princess movies, Minnie Mouse & she loves to watch videos of My Cupcake addiction Channel on You Tube.


We went to BJ’s for her Birthday cake selection. The lady there, was decorating the cake which she had to deliver, and Pari is happily watching her finishing the work.


Me & Pari are chit-chatting about something. Suddenly she sings ” I love pink lemonade….I love pink lemonade….”

I asked: “Do you like pink lemonade….?”

Pari: “No, I love plain lemonade. But how do we make pink lemonade. Is it made from strawberries”

I said: “Yes”

Pari: “Do you take juice out of strawberries and mix in plain lemonade?” I said “Yes”

Pari: “Don’t do that for me. i love plain lemonade”

Oh, she really digs into every food…


While making cakes, Pari is the one who decides the colors of layers of the cakes. She helps in making the cup, assembling the cake, decorating the cake. On our anniversary, she did the cake with more enthusiasm, and it came out really well, atleast with my standards.


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.