Baking banana bread

Nadia’s favorite snack is Banana bread from Starbucks…she doesn’t like the nuts though…so now she has decided to make her own nut-free version.

We put all the ingredients together…

She blended them…

Really well…

And here it is ready to go into the oven

Note: if this becomes a regular thing I need to buy her a bread pan.

It turned out great…showed her how to prick with a toothpick and make sure it’s all cooked.

The chef sampling her own creations and giving it a thumbs up too!

She baked enough for 2 days and saved a piece for her Baba too.

Cheers,

Aruna

Baking cupcakes

Nadia baked chocolate cup cakes this weekend with Ms. Amanda…

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Cracking the egg…

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Pouring the oil…

 

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Beating the batter and pouring it in…

Oh aren’t they heavenly…so happy

Let’s taste our own creation…

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And a testimonial in hindi too!

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Thank you Amanda for clicking every moment of this. Nadia loved it!

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Volunteering your time

Every year on the occasion of her birthday, Nadia chooses one charity to donate to. It’s not just about writing a check, it’s about volunteering her time and the compassion behind her actions.

This year, she hosted an art and craft project session and request her friends to donate to benefit Syrian refugee families. These families raise goats as their livelihood for cheese and milk sales. We donated at http://www.gatherforgoats.com. She also painted a beautiful painting that tells a story (reference: red and black image).

Everyone, grownups and children enjoyed the art and craft activities on a beautiful sunny day.

The lovely paris paper toy city by the adults…

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Adorable bookmarks…

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Pretty birdhouses…with paper birds…

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Finally, care kits for homeless people in Milwaukee…

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It was a great day for a greater cause!

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Have a great week!

Cheers,

Aruna

Summer fun in India

I would have loved for Nadia to spend her entire summer in India, enjoying as I did when we were young. Traveling to Kolkata, fishing, picking fruit and just wandered in orchards all day!

She had to make do with 2 weeks…

Eating a lot of mangoes…

 

Plucking her own mangoes…

 

A lot of fun and fights with her cousin brother…

Attending a wedding and eating an endless supply of ice cream in the hot night…

 

Some quick dips in the pool…

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Staying cool for some casual dinners…

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And this tops it all…spending precious moments with her great-grandmother 🙂

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Here’s hoping she gets to do this every year while I swelter in the Indian heat 🙂

Cheers,

Aruna

Monkey bread

I am sure all of you must have seen the video that’s been floating around of a delicious recipe for Monkey Bread. Ever since I showed that to Nadia, she has been wanting to try some. So we got started. I rolled the dough and Nadia stuffed the balls with chocolate bits. We tossed it into a mix of cinnamon and butter and here they are.

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Nadia glazed them with a mixture of heated butter and sugar.

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Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Baking a cake

After the cupcakes…Nadia’s very interested in baking. So Chocolate cake next…in goes the flour, eggs, milk etc.

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Nadia stirred it all.

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Chef’s given the approval.

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Batter ready…in the oven it goes.

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Cake is ready…

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Alas…the chef made mincemeat of it while turning it upside down.

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No worries, frosting will do the trick. And add on sprinkles…those always help.

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It tastes great…who cares how it looks 🙂

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Happy baking!

Cheers,

Aruna