Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My flower garden

My husband loves to garden and he bought some pretty flowers for the front of the house. My favorite flower is the dahlia and my husband bought me some. The kids love to water the flowers. It is so adorable to watch my budding gardeners. Take care ! Free Spirit !


As some of you might know I have a ton of bangles and it is a very Indian tradition. Well being in America was not going to change that for my daughter. A short trip to Sacramento to the Indian stores and getting some hand me downs from another mom who is from Pakistan Priyasha now has dangles as she calls it in all colors to match every outfit. She and I can now wear similar bangles. I just love that the kids can have some of the Indian traditions and culture. Here are some cute pics of her showing off.

Miss Independent

The other day Priyasha wanted soem water and I was in the middle of loading the dryer. Pravan was busy watching Scooby Doo and little missy took it upon herself to get water. I walked into the kitchen and caught her helping herself. She is just too smart for her own good. I could not get mad as she did not make a mess. It was just so cute to watch. Here are some pictures.

Happy father's day

My sweet sweet husband puts up with me and my photo shoots. Here are some shots I got with him and the kids.


Busy, busy, busy

Sorry I have not been around for a while. Life is just crazy. All of a sudden I am getting calls to set up play dates. If my son is not at someone else's house then I have other kids here. This week he went to a friends house yesterday and I had the girls. Priyasha and sweet Keara the baby I babysit. It was nice just having the babies. Today we went to story time and having three kids seems to be getting easier. Keara loved the songs and Priyasha and Pravan seem to be so independent and sat up front with the storyteller. Today I am cooking a delicious dinner in the crock pot. Short ribs with veggies and nutty rice. I love watching the food network when I get a chance. I saw this the other day and I am giving it a try. It smells so good.Try it out. Let me know what you think. It was quick and easy to throw together this morning. Smoke House Short Ribs Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee, 2008 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 short ribs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 large onion, thickly sliced 1 (12-ounce) bag baby carrots 1 cup celery, thickly sliced, about 2 stalks 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 teaspoons smoked ground black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning salt 1 cup red wine 1 (10.5-ounce) can beef stock Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Season short ribs with, salt and pepper. Sear the short ribs on all side until brown and caramelized. In the bottom of a 5-quart slow cooker place the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Then add smoked paprika, smoked ground black pepper, and all-purpose seasoning salt. Pour in wine and beef stock. Place short ribs, meat side up, on top of vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 8 hours. Strain and defat the cooking liquid. Serve as sauce on the side. Recipe Summary Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 3 minutes Cook Time: 8 hours Yield: 4 servings Tomorrow I have a play date schedule at a friends house. Thursday I have company and Friday night I am teaching a class at It is a class on spring books. Check out the link to see some pictures. I have some new pictures on Go ahead and check them out. I will try to make some slides for the blog. I have many many other things to get done and I honestly feel like the kids secretary. Hopefully next week won't be so overwhelming. Have a great day and stay cool ! Free Spirit !