Thursday, November 26, 2015

Three Things Thursday 11.26.15

Three Things Thursday 11.26.15

Today is the kickoff the American holiday season with the Thanksgiving holiday, people travel from near and far to go home to their loved ones. This year is extra special, because for the first time we have family coming from out of town, usually everyone is within a two hour driving distance. 

Today's Three Things Thursday is dedicated to why this Thanksgiving I am extra grateful! 

1: The last few days I have been in the middle of a health scare. I got good news late last night. However, until I got results, I kept on pondering the "what if"'; what if the results weren't in my favor, what if I had to take time off from my job for treatment. Fortunately, with the prayers and positive energy from my loved ones, my preliminary testing results have been in my favor. ::sigh of relief::


 Source: http://www.nwasianweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/33_06/blog_health.jpg


2: I have been blessed this year to be able to travel the world. I have gone to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand this year. A friend and I took the leap, in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in Africa, we were on our way to South Africa. 


Source: The Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

3: Last but never the least, my parents. They have been an endless pillars of support. Even the last few days, they both put aside their ailments to make sure my needs were met. I am a independent, working woman and yet my need for my parents when I was going to a medical scare was so significant. 


Source: http://blog.thrillophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/1905012Q9dpB8jitxuDkdRiMYAXLdPnWFqRtVXKAO28Io7_jhBbMtSCVai_EnHoxeVgiZb1aX+nfpXBgAMmtjWsCqzvHg.jpg

Wishing you ALL a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!!



Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Three Things Thursday 11.19.15

Three Things Thursday 11.19.15

Thanksgiving in the United States is one week away, I can't believe the Hindu holiday season is officially over and the American holidays are nearly here! 

Growing up my family and I went to a family friend's home for Thanksgiving, we lovingly refer to them as Chacha and Chachi (in Punjabi it means Dad's younger brother and his wife), ironically they are both older then my parents. Growing up, we would show up around 4pm to their apartment and watch as Chacha ji would bring out the turkey. All the children would huddle around the dining table as he would cut the first slice on the holiday turkey. For my family, Thanksgiving has always been a Friendsgiving holiday. Everyone would come together in the late afternoon, as we would cut into the turkey and stuff our faces with stuffing, beans and mashed potatoes. An hour after our traditional American Thanksgiving meal, an Aunty would come into the t.v. room where the kids were sitting, to announce that "dinner laag gaya" (dinner is served). Everyone would slowly get up and go for round two of the evening's meal' traditional Indian food. As Chacha ji and Chachi ji have gotten older, they have stopped hosting at their home, put continued to make the turkey. Last year, Chacha ji and Chachi ji gave up all the cooking responsibilities to the next generation. As my brother slaved over the oven for hours to prep, baste and cook the turkey, you realized how much time, love and devotion Chacha ji and Chachi ji have put into the Thanksgiving meal over the years. Last year, my family hosted Thanksgiving dinner, and my cousins and I quickly ixnay the Indian round of food. This year, my cousin moved into his first house and has officially asked to take over Thanksgiving dinner from now on. 

I was asked to bring dessert, so here are the three choices I am considering. All of the choices are Indian, to bring back an old school Indian twist to Thanksgiving. 

1: Apple Kheer from Nisha's blog Spusht

Photo source: http://spusht.blogspot.com/2011/09/apple-kheer-rabdi-pudding-sweet-recipe.html

2: Kaju Katli from Prerna Singh's blog Indian Simmer 


Source: http://www.indiansimmer.com/2011/10/kaju-katli-revisited-vegan-and.html

3: Gajar Ka Halwa from Nisha's blog Love Laugh Mirch

Source: http://www.lovelaughmirch.com/gajar-ka-halwa-gajrela/



So what recipe do you think I should make and bring to Thanksgiving dinner this year?



Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Three Things Thursday 11.12.15

Three Things Thursday 11.12.15

Diwali ki Shubkamanye! 

Yesterday, was day three of the five days of the Hindu Diwali celebration. Day three is largest celebration, families around the world do Ganesh Puja, to remove any obstacles in their lives, and they also pray to Maa Lakshmi, to bring them good health and prosperity. Families light up their homes with earthen diyas, so Maa Lakshmi can find her way to their home. Also, Diwali signifies the victorious win of good over evil, as Lord Ram made his way back to his kingdom with his wife Sita Maiya, after fourteen years in exile and the fight against the demon Ravan. 

Over the years, my family and I would do Diwali puja at our home, light up all the diyas around our home, and then we would head to my Aunt's house for aarti and dinner. Immediately following the aarti, my aunt would distribute approximately twenty different types of homemade mithai for prashad as everyone went around hugging each other "Diwali mubarak! Happy Diwali! Diwali diyan lakh lakh vadaiyan!"

My aunt passed away last year and this was our second Diwali without her. Nobody has stepped up to take over the celebrations, it was too much of a loss for everyone, and things just wouldn't be the same. We have tried to create new traditions, however there is still a bittersweetness to the holiday. As I decorated the house, I was able to think of all the wonderful memories of the Diwali celebrations at my aunt's home over the years. 


Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous Diwali!


Here are three things that brightened up my Diwali week! 

1: Diwali is associated with bhajans and aarti lyrics. I never heard of any Diwali songs, unless they were upbeat party Bollywood songs.....until the Ultimate Diwali Carols...have a listen below and laugh away your worries!


                                 


2: This song from the Bollywood film Home Delivery! I had it on a loop, when my niece, nephew and I decorated diyas this past week. 




3: I set up a Diwali treat for my coworkers today in the staff room. A mixture of Indian and American sweets! Hopefully, this will encourage those that don't know about the holiday to look it up!







Check out the original bloggers from Three Thing Thursdays: Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance