Friday, August 19, 2011

Iron Chef at home

After picking up G from the T, we made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up wonton wrappers and avacado. Standing at the produce aisle, G challenged me to an Iron Chef showdown with wonton wrappers being the chosen ingredient.

And in 5 minutes we had our competitive gear on!! We shopped for the ingredients we needed to complete our tasks and we rushed home. The kitchen turned into a battlefield; G & I elbowing each other and trying to complete our tasks with A jostling for our attention.

It took us not more than 30 minutes to get our respective dishes on the table.
G made delicious ginger chicken momos and I made a mango avacado salad with chili shrimp served on crispy wontons.

After ages we had such a blast in the kitchen and on the dining table. Wish we had taken a moment to snap a few pics of the masterpieces we had concocted. Hopefully, there will be another time soon.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A home for books

As most condo-parents, we have been struggling with storage for a while. Trying to get from point A to point B in our condo usually involves some tripping and skipping over our and As stuff. While most of the stuff we consider fine to trip and skip over, As books not so much.

We tried putting As books in our bookshelf, and in a few book bins, but neither worked for us. And nor have we invested in a separate bookcase due to lack of space.

To find a suitable home for her precious books, we spent this weekend brainstorming. We were looking for a storage solution that was:

1) easily accessible for A: she should be able to reach and easily pull-out the books of her choice.
2) suitable for both her room and the kitchen.

As we researched a bit, we stumbled upon this wonderful blog,
In her blog, Lillian used IKEA spice racks [$3.99 each :)] as book shelves. These were just what we were looking for!

A not-so-quick trip to IKEA and we were all set. Not only did we score these functional racks for As books, we also got her this easel. And this is how we set up the area in front of the kitchen.

So far we have put up only 2 racks and each of these racks hold around 10 medium sized books. As for the easel, since it has a white board that A won't be using anytime soon, G folded it and turned it upside down. And secured it to the wall.

Now As books have the perfect home with a perfect location :)
Have you ever come across a nifty idea and used it in your home?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Corner

Trying to organize As books & toys requires a skill set of its own :)

And as I was trying to get all her stuff fit into the toy chest, I realized there have been some toys n books that she and I have just loved to tatters. So, here is a list of books that we couldn't live without:

1) Mirror Me (Baby Einstein): G & I picked up this book on our first trip to Babies'r'us :) when A was not even born. We, and by we I mean the three of us, have loved this book since her early days.

2) Quack, Quack: As A grew and started getting more interactive, she couldn't get enough of this one. And once in a while, she still opens it up.

3) Daddy Hugs & Counting Kisses (Karen Katz) : These two are As most favs right now. G & A read these every night before bedtime. And every night they make her giggle n smile.

4) Old Macdonald A Hand-Puppet Board Book: This is a board book with a hand puppet, and what could be better for a 6 month old. We have used this book extensively while traveling n it worked wonders every time.

These are a few for now. Do you have a fav childhood book you still enjoy?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Not so pretty PINK!

Being a mommie of a daughter has always been a dream. I knew way back when i was quite young that I was going to have a daughter. Don't ask me how or why.

Since A was born I have had the most wonderful journey of my life. It has been incredible and scary all at once. Incredible because of so many reasons. And scary because I really, really, from the bottom of my heart, want her to grow up to be a healthy, confident and strong woman. And you might think that it wouldn't be that hard to raise her to be such.

But as I look around myself, I see such negative 'pinkified' consumerism that I am appalled. The princess culture has left me a bit apprehensive, to say the least.

And what better way to equip myself than start reading up. I started with Cinderella ate my daughter by Peggy Orenstein. First, I realize there are many other moms out there who think like me, and it feels good to belong :). Also, that G & I have an up-hill task of making judicious choices in trying to keep the balance between letting A be who she is and helping her better understand the excesses of the princess culture.

As I was reading the book I realized that it was not the color or the princess that bothered me, it was the relentless marketing, and the adult themes thrust on young minds that have left me uncomfortable.

To help better understand how media is affecting the way young girls are growing up, I was recommended this book called Packaging Girlhood by Lamb & Brown. I have heard wonderful things about it, so hoping I get to read this one soon. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fieri curry

Flipping through channels, I stumbled upon 'Passage to India.' Nah, not the Foster masterpiece; an episode on Food Network. And who would have guessed it..... it's Guy Fieri talking curry!!

I have seen many Food Network stars take on Indian cooking, but Guy jumping the bandwagon took me by surprise. I guess, he is just so 'American' that it was weird seeing him talk about turmeric and garam masalas. Almost to the point that I didn't really trust the food he was cooking. Throughout the show it seemed like he was still new to the cuisine and hence not too comfy with it.

His cooking got me thinking about how India has permeated lives in this part of the continent and how our food and culture has nudged people to take a closer look at us. And by culture, I don't just mean bindis, namastes and caste-system.

Unlike earlier, I feel our country is understood a bit more; and not just as a land of wild beasts and "naked skinny people." Our work ethic, expertise and our eccentricities have over time won over the hesitations and colorful stereotypes. More often than not, I meet non-Indians who speak intelligently about our economics, politics and of course our much-beloved bollywood.

But I digress. 
My take on changing face of India - reserved for another blog :)

As you can see, watching Fieri getting his curry on had thrown my neurons in an over drive. It led to this blog and a long discussion with G. But then isn't this what good shows are all about. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I want, not need.

I have been wanting a few things of late. And wanting them pretty bad.

So, here is my list:

1) Possum Magic: a book by Mem Fox. I have heard so much about it that I keep wishing A would grow up fast so I could read this to her. I want to buy the whole collection once she is ready. Right now it would probably meet the fate of other thin paper-paged ones.

2) Hawaiian Pineapple Macadamia Nut Cake by Harry & David: I swear I could finish this cake by the time you blink. I swear, I kid you not!

3) Rhapsody Beds by Cedar Works: They just magically seem the perfect place to read this.

4) Bicycle Trailer: Every time I see families commuting like this, I just love it! It's environment-friendly and pretty neat!

5) Haiku Teaware: Don't ask what I would do with it. I just like it so much, especially this one.

And what is it that you want, but may not need ;)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

So, here is a blog that works as a file for all that is on my mind. Lists, both to-do and not-to, opinions and random thoughts.