A Fun Weekend & Hearth and Soul Hop

Phew!! It was one helluva amazing weekend.. When you meet your friends after many many years and you just don’t want to stop the fun!! You want to utilize every single minute that you have in hand and that’s exactly what we did πŸ™‚ Three friends, their husbands, one car and four hours drive to Yosemite.. you guys can imagine the fun!

If you ever get a chance to visit Yosemite National Park, you shouldn’t miss it. It is beautiful beyond imagination! It was very cold and windy and at night, there was a snow storm. It was my first snow storm experience and so, I couldn’t stop jumping around πŸ˜€ Thankfully, it was not very bad and even though few roads were blocked, we managed to drive back home, only to get ready to go to a club and have more fun! The next day, we were too tired to even get out of bed. This is what happens when you don’t work out regularly and then dance the night out! continue reading »

Lemon Mint Cake with Almonds

When I started my blog 3 months back, I had posted a recipe for Lemon Mint Cake inspired by one of Giada’s recipes and that cake became a hit among my friends. Most of my friends tried the recipe and they fell in love with the fact that how easy the recipe is and how tasty the cake turns out. One of my very close friend Deepa became kind of addicted to it πŸ˜€ Every other day, she would bake a lemon mint cake.. and I was wondering that if she was not getting tired of the flavor? Turns out she just can’t get enough of it πŸ™‚

Now, Deepa is coming to CA, all the way from NJ, to spend a week with us πŸ™‚ Her husband is Arvind’s friend and so, you guys can imagine that how excited we all are about the reunion! We girls have everything planned out. What to eat? Where to visit? Which disc to go? What parties to attend!! Everything planned out πŸ˜€ continue reading »

Boneless Chicken Pulao

Did you guys notice the url? YES, it’s now sunshineandsmile.com πŸ™‚ Isn’t that cool ? I wanted to do that for a while now. But then, life got busy and I wanted to be sure if I was enjoying blogging. Finally, Arvind realized that I am not only enjoying blogging, but kind of getting addicted to it. So, he spent his entire evening yesterday working on my site and changed it to the new url πŸ™‚ The other url is still active and it will redirect you to this site, but eventually it will stop.
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Rajma Chawal/ Vegeterian Chilli

Weekend always bring this extra smile on my face, the cheek to cheek smile πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sometimes, I wonder how our life would be without any weekend. Can you guys even think about it??!! Did you know that the present-day concept of the weekend first arose from Dies Solis (Day of the Sun) decreed by Constantine and the Biblical Sabbath. The first five-day work week was instituted by a New England cotton mill and it wasn’t until 1940 that the two-day weekend began nation-wide. Well, I just want to THANK the person who invented weekend!

This weekend was fun! We did SHOPPING and lots of shopping. Yeah! I am one of those girls who loves to shop anytime and every time πŸ˜€ At times, it works out as a stress buster for me.. How silly does that sound? Back in Bangalore, I and few of my girlfriends used to spend the whole day on window shopping. Try out diff outfits, do our very own fashion show and then come back home after eating a heavy meal outside. Some days, it used to be serious shopping and we used to return home with dozen of bags and way too tired.
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Sabudana Tikki/Tapioca Pearl Fritters

Sabudana is also called Sagodana in Hindi and I have no idea about what it is called in English. So, I googled and found that Sago Pearls(dana means pearls) or Sabudana are similar in appearance to Tapioca pearls, and the two may be used interchangeably in some dishes. Typically, both are small, dry and opaque balls. When they are soaked and cooked, they become much larger, translucent, soft and spongy. Sago Pearls is made from the starch extracted from the pith (center) of the Sago Palm stems

Back at my home, Sabudana was not commonly prepared. In fact, it was treated as a source of energy drink/soup to quickly boost your energy and hence, it is often served in India for breaking fasts during religious festivals.The taste of Sabudana is very bland and whatever dish you plan to prepare, you have to remember to add a lot of spices to it. My Mom used to make sabudana pudding and I never ever could eat those. Honestly, I never liked them at all.

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