Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy hands, happier feet and happiest times!

Life is exciting, it's full of surprises and living each day hoping  and making efforts for the better is really the best way to live.A few days are the happiest, a few the luckiest, then there are those days you never want to have again, the sad ones, the tiring ones, the normals and so on...There would be times you need to make sacrifices for the loved ones and put their needs ahead of ours, there is something I learnt about sacrifices put in words here it is quote unquote:"There are days that make the sacrifices seem worthwhile. And then there are the days where everything feels like a sacrifice. And then there are the sacrifices that you cant even figure out why you're making"
My post "breakfreeee" was more when I was going through the not so happiest days, but like I said we chase life hoping for more sunshine, more excitement and more happiness.
Well now here it is and so I write with Happy hands, happier feet about the happiest times :)

Happy hands because I have loved art and crafts and appreciate them immensely and I am getting to create a few. A friend of mine is immensely talented and is coaching me on this creative side.  I have finished my first painting and makes me feel happy to have  it on my wall, a simple one but elegant. I also have been long chasing the dream of making a Tanjore painting. It is a grand, incredibly beautiful  and detailed artwork.

I almost started taking lessons and didn't really get started like about three times and fortunately, now I have begun and it feels great, I am just loving it!! Thanks to my friend and teacher for this, my hands are in All smiles, when I am working on my board!

Here is my first work,  a simple but special one!

My feet are happier because of the dancing tunes and the fitness workout - Zumba
Dancing is my passion and when I am at it, it's just ecstatic. I have the most enthusiastic and talented instructor and she takes us on this incredible musical dancing joy for an hour and half and it is addictive and absolutely enjoyable. 

My son is now a year and a half and he is chasing butterflies, jumping, climbing, saying or rather trying to say all that he sees and it is pure fun watching him and see how much he has grown! He is just never tired and is always full of energy, that's something i wish i could have :)

 It's like, when you are happy and have your hands full, it feels great! My friends, they are an awesome bunch, always planning for some fun!! We Women know, time with girlfriends are super fun and much needed ;)
My man, my son, the Skype and phone time with my family far far away, those long conversations with my old precious friends, the company of my new friends, new people, the long drives, interesting conversations, delicious food and simply the  start of everyday all make my time fulfilling and happy!

Signing off with a smile :)

Wishing you all Dozens of happiness - Happy 12-12-12!

Pictures Courtesy: Google images

Friday, July 13, 2012

For those with a 'less' sweet-tooth - A recipe for banana oatmeal muffins

Banana Oatmeal Muffins
My in-laws are here with us, it has been wonderful seeing them with their grandson and touring places around. They are loving the united states, the land of the free! Both my parents-in law are in their early stage of diabetes and have cultivated and follow a healthy diet. However, there is still a tiny craving for sweets.

I thought of a sweet bread and tried the Banana walnut bread and everyone loved it! My next try was to make something more healthier and tastier and then I tried the Banana Oatmeal muffin, which was an absolute hit!

I relished the taste of these yum muffins and I am sure you'd liked to try this because it's healthy, not too many calories and easy, so easy to make! My husband who is never an oats person found them delectable :)

Here's how you make these moist nutritious muffins.

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup Sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole Wheat flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas and honey; mix well. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until the poked toothpick comes out clean. Cool in tray 10 - 15 minutes before  serving. The above quantity of ingredients would make 18  golden-brown muffins. Here's how it looked. The above picture is the same muffin with the instagram effect ;-)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Break FREEeeee

Breakfree... Really... Let's see.
You Are all positive about all the changes that life has thrown upon, changes that come with challenges, it's own ups n downs...Life isn't always easy...
You feel, feel so strongly and have made up your mind to deal with all it's difficulty... Yet there is this part of you that just breaks down at one stage when it's all too much!

Why is life so tiring? Why does it make you feel, u can take it no more?
Don't we deserve to be happy go lucky all the time? Why does it have to stop and make us feel awfully down?

You go to work, you are great at it and you are showered with compliments almost every day, you get them from colleagues and friends that you are exceptional, indispensable, the best the company has, the best worker etc etc...
Then suddenly you choose the family way and give up the work... It ends up with taking care of your baby, cooking, household chores.... No matter how hard or how perfectly you do... Nothing exceptional. Apparently, this becomes every women's "duty" the large, active world you lived in suddenly feels so passive, small and limited.
All you hear is a few compliments from close ones, few friends, relatives, invites, who come and go now and then... What happens to self esteem??

 All of us like to appreciated, liked and loved.... What if all this just gets lost in the monotony of change that has become your life currently?
you thrive to do best what you are doing, but do you derive any happiness out of it? Is it going to be appreciated, is it worth of all the things you given up... I am not sure....
Yet we continue chasing it... Going strong, not to give up on life.
There will be sunshine and sooner or later, you'll get what you want from life!

Hope, thats what it's all about..
A quote from a wonderful movie which brings a smile on my face...Hope,  is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.