Sunday, February 16, 2014

Time to Raise Toast with Cake and Roasted Peanut Pesto Pizza for Anniversary Celebrations !!!

"The best and the most beautiful things in the World cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." 
                                                                                          Helen Ketter

I am touched with these words as we complete a decade of love and companionship... !

Today we are Celebrating our 10th Marriage Anniversary and a Perfect time to raise a toast.... ! Hope we create more sweet memories and always cherish the joy of being together with  each other. All these years were beautiful and blissful and though wish many more to come and live happily ever after... !!!

Ten Years back, down the memory lane on 15th February 2004. 

It was a bright Sunday morning. I woke up very early in the morning. Little excited for new life and new beginnings and more anxious about the unknowns and unplanned things destined to come along the way. As I walked through the memory lane, I had a glimpse of my childhood days running in our backyard in little red polka dot frock. Missing all those good old days of being in play school to elementary to high school and graduating from college and university. Every day was a better day, more meaningful and memorable, yet the recurring thoughts of old bonds with family and friends were flashing before my eyes, making it misty for a while.

The time flew and ten years rolled up in a breeze...!!!! 

Recalled and refreshed the memories of some of the best days and some not of the best days of life as life did appeared scrambled at times...

The reminisces of past make me realize that the good old days are rolling up fast. And I need to make the best of the present time! 

The day was spent in entertaining ourselves at home by watching Winter Olympics held at Sochi, Russia. The games are truly captivating showcasing the array of skills and talents of uber talented people. It was so much fun and really rejuvenating to see the athletes doing their very best and so much inspiring and motivating to follow them. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn virtually from the masters in their respective sports. Indeed an incredible league of people carving a name for themselves and their homeland on international platform. A toast to their spectacular performance too !!!

Since it's snowing here continuously from past few days,  we baked our favorite dish - Pizza with Roasted Peanuts, Veggies and Pesto and Lemon Poppy Seed cake at home for the celebrations.... !

Beautiful Roses for the day !

Pizza base getting ready...

It's Fun to be a Selfie... !!!

The Happy Time begins... !!!

Baking Signature Cake for the Occasion!!!

Moist and Soft Cake is done !

 Bundt Lemon Poppy Seed Cake !!!
Perfect Cake to Celebrate the Precious Moments !!!

These years were blissful yet the best years are still to come, I guess....!

Many Thanks for being here. Have a wonderful day and stay warm !


Friday, January 10, 2014

Umpteen Best Wishes for the Year 2014 and Redefining Self !

Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat".

With the dawn of the first day of the Year, I like to make a traditional start by seeking blessings from the great Almighty by chanting the vedic Gayatri Mantra from a hymn of the Rig Veda.The meaning of this highly revered mantra is "O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge."

My umpteen Best Wishes and Blessings to All for 2014 !!!!!!!!!!!! 

Wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year !!! Let's begin the New year with New Hopes and New Aspirations of chasing our dreams; and digging into our potential while riveting our Best. Have a wonderful beginning of the year and stay happy and Warm ! The New year at my end started with storm Hercules and soon got entangled in 'Polar Vortex'. The temperature was dropping every day to two digits in negative and making it much more colder than ever in two decades....

2014 marks yet another year of blogging. It seems yesterday to me when life was so good so far till we moved to United States. The initial couple of days were spent in sightseeing the Apple City. The relaxed suppers in our tiny balcony overlooking the Hudson river followed by evening stroll on the pier park. Inspired by many people around me nurturing their hobbies, I too got down to mine to doodle at my blog My Creative Flavors giving me an opportunity to make my kitchen as a 'Learning Pad' and 'Redefining Self'. A glimpse at my dashboard full of your supporting comments and unconditional love stimulates my creative instincts and are instrumental in scrambling new ideas (some pictured and published and a plethora of them in the waiting list of the drafts) ! My creative flavor does give me a platform to showcase my experiments and learning's on my way and every post takes me a step closer to self actualization.

On 31st December, just hours before its time to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year, I curled up on my couch with my traditional pocket calendar in my lap. While flipping through the months and saving the dates for the upcoming events. I paused for a while. Blinked my eyes twice while having 
reminisces of the illuminating times of 2013 and made a vast array of resolutions for the year ahead to make it eventful and continue my quest to learn new things everyday ! 

A recap of the happy times of 2013 which seems to have rolled over in a breeze. The wrap up week was wonderful. Had got to spend time resting, relaxing and watching movies. 

And a day trip of Rockefeller center, NYC.

              The Tree at 5th Avenue at New York City

The Decked up gate on the Christmas Eve !

Snow White at its Best !

My Sweet Pea beaming in Snow Showers !

I wish warm and a very happy New Year for all my readers and friends !

Stay tuned to for Simple Vegetarian Dishes for all Seasons and Reasons !!!

Umpteen Best Wishes and Love,


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Living the Dream at Harbour - 'Home Sweet Home' !!!!

I feel like living the dream at my New Home !!!!!!!!!!

It is a place where I enjoy the first amber rays of sun streaming through windows and sheers !
Delighted to read Aesop's fables and family fables to my growing buddy !
Like to brew a cup of green tea in my kitchen and gazing out at  dew drops on the grass !
Savour a simple supper on the deck full of baskets of morning glory !
Fond of feeding the birds chirping in the bird house !
Get mesmerised by the sight of the deers running in the backyard and
Simply love a perfect tinkle of wind chimes, every time the wind breezes and it drizzles !!!!
A serene and peaceful place to relax and rejuvenate, to enjoy the nature and the Almighty's grace !!!!!

Reminiscing about the once upon a time days when making a 'home' with play cards; in the drawing books; and with sand on the shores used to make up for happy hours...! 

Now every Sunday began with the hunt for the Dream Home. We were on virtually an open house spree......!!!!!!!!

Streaming one house after another....!

The hunt for the perfect home continued week after week.....!!

At last we did found our own cozy space called, 'Home Sweet Home' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After walking in and out of number of houses, as I stepped into this house, it smelled like "HOME" to me.

There were huge empty walls, empty rooms and empty closets......!
I felt like getting an opportunity to start the life on a fresh note...!
Curled up near the window panes with a big drawing pad, spent days and nights religiously doodling our plans for the decor of the house.

Yes, to be precise it was like having an 'Idea Marathon.'

And here we are couple of weeks later, unpacking our stuff, still continuing with the activity though and making this place as our own Lil' world ! It was just going crazy and crazy everyday with innumerable trips to Home Depot and Lowe's ! I did ended up make beautiful paintings for family room and my munchkin's room !

On Browsing through different chapters of my life experiences and excursions,  I often pondered on the ways to make the most happening and memorable days of life. I sat down and realized it wasn't shopping in Milan or strolling in the New York city.

It is indeed carving a niche for yourself, enjoying the simple pleasures of life, right at your own harbor - Home !  

Pretty soon I realized that my home has become like a small observatory to my mind and soul, a perfect place to unwind and kindle beautiful memories of past and at times of future.... !!!!

Here is a sneak peek of our new 'Home Sweet Home' !

Blooming Soft Pink Roses in my Backyard Mini Rose Garden !

Belonging and becoming a  part of your dwelling, calls for celebrations.... !

Celebrating the happy moments with family and friends is priceless......!!!!!!!!

Welcome Guys to My New Home !!!!!

 Bringing an end to the week after week  unpacking mode, the weekend was spent in doing the rituals and housewarming ceremony with close friends followed by Buffet made at Home from Scratch. 

The menu had concoction of Asian and American appetizers, nibblers, main course and homemade red velvet cupcakes in the dessert for the little fellows!

A bunch of Fresh Flowers for the Dashboard of the Harbour !

The Sunny Side Up of my Kitchen !
The Kitchen Island turns into Learning Pad with Quick Breakfast & Dinner Makeovers  !!!! 
My Cozy Corner from Dawn to Dusk to Enjoy breakfast & Supper; Beauty & Bliss of Nature;
with a picture perfect view of Geese & Deers in the Backyard ...............!!!!

The Rays of Sun adding Warmness to my Nest.... !!!!

So finally we have settled in ready to get LinkedIn with the new neighbourhood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Everyday is a new day, giving me a platform to create new things and glide with the times !

Everything is looking so far so good... ! 

And I finally feel like living the dream at my New Home, Ever since !!!!!!!!!!

Guys, I know I took a really long break for settling down but I do promise to make it up by sharing sizzling recipes for the holiday season ! Before signing off, check out my holiday seasons favorite recipes at mycreativeflavors -

Stay warm and stay tuned for upcoming sumptuous recipes to keep you cozy in the fall .... !!!!

Love & Regards,
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