My Favorite Things: New Books, Honey, A Tea Pot and Household Products

Our local honey guy says he lost all of his bees due to the extreme cold winter this year and that this is the first time it has happened in all the years he’s been a bee keeper. The man is 80 years old and does it for a hobby. Well this is bad news for us because we always buy our honey from him and so we went ahead and purchased 5 quart jars from him at one time. And we plan to go back and buy another five jars to store away as we use a complete jar each winter. Well I hope he will get things started back again somehow. I tell you I love this honey so much that I can scoop out a tablespoon just to eat it rather than put it in some tea at times. LOL! There is another place that sells local honey but I like his honey better, it seems to have a better taste to it.

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Also I purchased an electric kettle and fell in love with how it looks and how fast it boils water. I consider it a major prepping tool as well.

Ovente KG83 Series 1.5 Glass Electric Kettle, Black

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There’s nothing quite like turning the pages of a new book. I love it.

Here’s a list of my new books I will be reading up to spring 2018

“The Belles” by Dhonielle Clayton

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“The Orchardist: A Novel” by Amanda Coplin

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“The River Witch” by Helena Rookwood

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“Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House” by Michael Wolf

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“Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School)” by Jen Calonita

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My favorite easy cleaning products lately are:

scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner, scrubbing bubbles daily shower cleaner, Thrive’s toilet bowl cleaner tea tree and eucalyptus, Lysol or Clorox wipes, Woolite gentle cycle, Woolite delicate, downy infusions lavender serenity fabric softener, bounce dryer sheets, Lysol clean and fresh multi surface cleaner, Mr. clean febreze meadow & rain multi purpose cleaner, Casabella Basics Flexible Microfiber Floor Duster, OXO Good Grips Long Reach Dusting System, OXO Good Grips microfiber hand duster

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OXO Good Grips Long Reach Dusting System

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Feeding Our Dogs Home Cooked Meals

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My husband says his first dog was only fed home cooked meals from the time of his birth until it’s death. His family used to feed the dog with some food scraps from each meal of the day, each and every day, and sometimes they would cook hamburgers for the dog. I thought that was quite odd because dog food is sold in the stores. But his family chose not to buy any period.

With dog food being so conveniently available and cheap I always saw no reason to make home cooked meals specifically for our two dogs (unless we ran out of pet food) but every once in a while we do save food scraps from our table to feed them instead of throwing it away. I notice my neighbor does the same as we do with her dogs too. She feeds her dogs mashed beans, rice, potatoes and all kinds of home cooked meals all the time.

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But now with the recent dog food recall I became so afraid now to buy the dog food on the market anymore. So we decided that the next time we go shopping at Sam’s club (our bulk food store) we will go ahead and buy extra of the frozen chicken and beef patties, beef franks, some fresh ground beef, and share our frozen mixed vegetables, rice, gravy, all kinds of bread, biscuits, milk, cheese and potatoes we normally cook for ourselves to go to help feed our dogs now instead.

So to make it convenient and easy for us we will pre cook on the grill one to two weeks worth of chicken and beef patties and mix in some vegetables and put them in containers labeled for them and freeze the meals. So all we have to do is set out one container to thaw to fed them with every couple of days, along with whatever we have for meals each day. So it’s like this….we feed our dogs at least twice a day because they are greedy. LOL! But we feed our country cats only once a day because my neighbor feeds them too everyday and so yep they are good.

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I know I will feel more relaxed and feel they are safe if we did this instead of risking their lives with the pet food sold in the stores.

I have to tell you that once I saw this video one day of this man feeding his pack of dogs expensive raw steaks. Well I was so shocked!!! Steaks are so expensive baby. My husband and I only buy and treat ourselves to an expensive steak once or twice a year if we are lucky and we make a big deal of it too. We take out the candles and he has wine…..

So today we gave our dogs one cut up roasted beef frank a piece along with a frank roll each for dinner and a banana and they loved it. They really like banana’s.

We have to take good care of our doggies and we love our doggies because they truly are man’s best friend.

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Below are a few links of recent articles on dog food recall.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/02/15/dog-food-recall-euthanasia/

https://nypost.com/2018/02/15/dog-food-brands-recalled-over-concerns-about-euthanasia-drug/

https://www.theorganicprepper.com/dog-food-recalled-euthanasia-drugs/

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Welcome Fat Tuesday! It’s Mardi Gras Parade Time In Good Ole New Orleans

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~Zulu Parade- Mardi Gras 2017-February 28, 2017~

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So yeah, it’s “Fat Tuesday” and I’m sittin at home and watching 2018 Mardi Gras (Live) on Periscope being covered by Buzz Feed News. I am so happy to be able to at least watch it since my husband had to work today and so we didn’t get to go to New Orleans to catch it. The colorful floats, bead throwing, dancers, men and women on horses (King of Carnival is passing thru at this moment as I write this) and so it’s a fun and colorful time and I tell you modern technology is such a blessing as you get to enjoy which is the second best thing, first wishing I could be there myself but this will do for now. So I am going to go back to watching.

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~Rex Parade Excerpts- Mardi Gras 2017~

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Gurdas Maan Rockssss!

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~Gurdas Maan~

Roti”

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You don’t have to be a Punjabi to immensely enjoy Gurdas Maan’s music because he’s such an amazing, amazing, amazing singer, dancer, choreographer and actor. So when I saw him in this music video singing “Roti” for the first time it made me want to get up and shake my thing too. LOL! I tell you this man Rockssss! There’s such amazing passion, color and vibrancy in his music! Watching him move in “Roti” can bring a gigantic and huge smile to your face as it always does for me. I tell you this man sure could dance and move his body to the beat of his music and those dancers and drummers are just a alive and so amazing as well. I tell you I just adore his voice as he always sings with such passion. You don’t even have to know the language because the music just transcends. He is the inspiration, singer and creation behind the amazing songs “Aisa Des Hai Mera” and “Lodi” in my most favorite, favorite movie “Veer-Zaara” with Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta.

Aisa Des Hai Mera-Veer Zaara (2004)

~Gurdas Maan~

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Lodi-Full Song-Veer Zaara-Lohri Song

by Gurdas Mann, Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan

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~Gurdas Maan~

Ki Banu Duniya Da’ Gurdas Maan feat. Diljit Dosanjh & Jatinder Shah- Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4

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Here’s the link to his amazing website which has so much more info and music to love by him.

http://www.gurdasmaan.com

Ki Banu Duniya Da

Lyrics in English

In today’s times,

romance has become frivolous,

destroying the divine concept of true love,

men date women without the intention to marry them,

where is chivalry heading?

Where is the youth heading.

Where is the beauty-struck youth heading?

Traditional embroidered costumes are disappearing.

Traditional earrings are disappearing.

Traditional embroidered costumes are disappearing.

Traditional earrings are disappearing.

Traditional silk stoles and robes are disappearing.

Traditional veils and the veiled women are disappearing.

Our traditional values are disappearing.

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Oh what has become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

What is to become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

What is to become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

What is to become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

What is to become of our world?

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My blessed soul belongs to you my almighty.

It belongs to the heavenly star.

It also belongs to holy men under the banyan tree.

My blessed soul belongs to you my almighty.

It belongs to the heavenly star.

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Water filled vessels once sat on your head.

No one could bare the radiance of your ethereal beauty.

Praises were showered upon you in every direction you traveled.

Anklets embraced your feet with exaltation.

But now you seem to have forgotten your own true value.

Your graceful elegance is dissipating.

Forgetting your old folk tunes.

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Oh what has become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

Oh what has become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

Oh what has become of our world?

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My blessed soul belongs to you my almighty.

It belongs to the heavenly star.

It also belongs to holy men under the banyan tree.

My blessed soul belongs to you my almighty.

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Our partition cost us dearly.

Our partition cost us dearly.

Our partition cost us dearly.

River Chenab often asks her sister river Ravi.

How is my dear brother River Sutlej.

The road to Peshawar is far and distant and hard to reach.

At the Wagah border.

I look for those paths that once existed to Lahore, but sadly don’t exist anymore.

The road to Peshawar is far and distant and hard to reach.

Today “hello” and “thank you” are more prevalent then “Namaste” and “Shukriya”

we seem to be losing our own identity.

We take no pride in our own languages.

We feel no shame in disrespecting and condescending ourselves.

It is important to learn other languages, but without forgetting our own.

Lets not loose what we have,

looking at what others have, because no good has ever come from it.

Drugs are ruining the youth of our country.

Reducing their bodies to bones that sound like Shiva’s drums of death.

Bad politics is killing the ambition of our youth.

Cheating has become the norm.

Oh Maan, there is no guarantee of what the future holds.

Remember our wise ancestors said that hold grudges against your circumstances will never bring you any good. So be positive! .

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Oh what has become of our world?

Only the God almighty knows.

Oh what has become of our world?

My blessed soul belongs to you my almighty.

It belongs to the heavenly star.

It also belongs to holy men under the banyan tree.

My blessed soul belongs to you my almighty.

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Aisa Des Hai Mera

-Veer Zaara (2004)~

Lyrics

Ambar Heththaan Dharti Vasdi

Ethe Har Rut Hasdi

Earth lives beneath the sky

Every season smiles here

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Kinna Sohna Des Hai Mera

Des Hai Mera Des Hai Mera

Kinna Sohna Des Hai Mera

Des Hai Mera Des Hai Mera

Des Hai Mera

So beautiful is my country!

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Dharti Sunehri Ambar Neela

Dharti Sunehri Ambar Neela Har Mausam Rangeela

Mud is golden while the sky is blue

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Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Such is my country

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Bole Papiha Koyal Gaaye

Bole Papiha Koyal Gaaye

Saawan Ghir Ke Aaye

Here sparrows talk

And merles sing

Monsoon come’s back again and again

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Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Haan Aisa Des Hai Mera

Such is my country

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Kothhe Te Kaan Bole

Aayi Chithhi Mere Maahiye Di

Vichhadne Da Vi Na Bole

Aayi Chithhi Mere Maahiye Di

Over the roof the crow tells

Me that there is a letter from my lover

He doesn’t write about seperation

In his letter

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Genhoo Ke Kheton Mein Kanghi Jo Karein Hawaayein

Rang Birangi Kitni Chunariyaan Ud Ud Jaayein

The wind comb’s the field of wheat

Many colorful dupattas flow in there

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Panghat Par Panhaaran

Jab Gagri Bharne Aaye

Madhur Madhur Taanon Mein

Kahin Bansi Koyi Bajaaye

When the village women come to

Fill their pots from the water fountain

Somebody plays sweet music

With his flute

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Lo Sun Lo Qadam Qadam Pe Hai Mil Jaani

Qadam Qadam Pe Hai Mil Jaani

Koi Prem Kahaani

You will find a love story with each step you take

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Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Haan Aisa Des Hai Mera

Such is my country

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Baap Ke Kandhe Chadh Ke Jahaan Bachche Dekhein Mele

Melon Mein Natt Ke Tamaashe

Kulfi Ke Chaat Ke Thhele

Where children sit on their father’s shoulder and see fares

There are shows of ropewalking in the fare

As well as there are stalls of ice creams and chaat

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Kahin Milti Meethhi Goli

Kahin Chooran Ki Hai Pudiya

Bhole Bhole Bachche Hain

Jaise Gudde Aur Gudiya

Somewhere you get sweets

While at others you get chooran

Children are as innocent

As dolls

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Aur Inko Roz Sunaaye Daadi Naani

Roz Sunaaye Daadi Naani

Ik Pariyon Ki Kahaani

Children daily get to hear

Failry tales by their grandmothers

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Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Haan Aisa Des Hai Mera

Such is my country

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Sadke Sadke Jaandi Aye Mutiyaare Ni

Kanda Chuba Tere Pair Baankiye Naare Ni

Ni Adiye Kanda Chuba Tere Pair Baankiye Naare Ni

Kaun Kadde Tera Kaandra Mutiyaare Ni

Kaun Sahe Teri Peed Baankiye Naare Ni

Ni Adiye Kaun Sahe Teri Peed Baankiye Naare Ni

The girl is walking on the road

A thorn pinched your foot, beautiful

Who will take the thorn out?

Who will be able to see you bear the pain?

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Mere Des Mein Mehmaanon Ko Bhagwaan Kaha Jaata Hai

Woh Yahin Ka Ho Jaata Hai

Jo Kahin Se Bhi Aata Hai

Guests are treated like God in my country

From wherever one comes,

He feels attached here

Tere Des Ko Maine Dekha

Tere Des Ko Maine Jaana

Tere Des Ko Maine Dekha

Tere Des Ko Maine Jaana

I saw your country,

I became aware of your country

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Jaane Kyun Ye Lagta Hai Mujhko Jaana Pehchaana

Yahaan Bhi Wahi Shaam Hai Wahi Savera

Wahi Shaam Hai Wahi Savera

Somehow, it feels like I know it from before

The evening as well as the morning is same

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Aisa Des Hai Mera

Jaisa Des Hai Tera

Aisa Des Hai Mera

Haan Jaisa Des Hai Tera

Such is my country

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Aisa Des Hai Mera Haan

Jaisa Des Hai Mera

Even my country is like Your country

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Read more at KrazyLyrics: https://www.krazylyrics.in/2013/02/25/aisa-des-hai-mera/

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Padmavati: Amazing New Movie

 

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“Padmaavat Song” Ghoomar: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor,

Ranveer Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Swaroop Khan

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I absolutely cannot wait until the newest Indian movie “Padmavati” comes out on dvd. I just love Deepika Padukone’s performances as she is an amazing actress and dancer. This movie is based on a story about a Rajput queen who immolated herself to protect herself from Khiji. And this movie is supposed to be the most expensive Indian movie ever produced.

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~Halka Halka Suroor Official Song Padmavati Deepika Padukone

Ranveer Singh Shahid Kapoor~

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Read more info at this link below

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmaavat

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Vishal Vashishtha (Kanhaiya) As The Family Bawarchi! “Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki’ ~A Brand New Hindi Serial To Love~

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~Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki Star Bharat-New Show-Title Song~

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It’s been a long while since Vishal Vashishtha appeared as Baldev Balwant Singh with Digangana Suryavanshi (Veera Baldev Singh) on one of my old favorite show’s named “Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera.”

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I tell you, Vishal Vashishtha’s acting is remarkably superb!!! As he plays the role of “Kanhaiya” who is the “Bawarchi” (Hindi for Indian Cuisine Cook/Chef) and is “a jack of all trades” on this new Hindi television drama, comedy and romance serial called “Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki” on Star Bharat TV.

This show “Jai Kkanhaiya Lal Ki” is the remake of star Jalsa’s bangla serial “Bhojo Gobindo.” The show first aired on January 1st 2018 and it’s basically about a rich grandfather named Janki Prasad Chaudhary (Dipankar De) who is always tense and worried about his granddaughter’s Daali Chaudhary (Shweta Bhattacharya) behavior and future. It is he who managed to spoil her from childhood and so she is in the habit of never obeying or listening to anything her grandfather and the rest of the family requests of her.

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Daali loves spending her grandfathers money as she loves to shop, eat out at restaurants, party and live it up! She hardly ever stays at home. With all of this Daali drives her grandfather, the rest of the family and all of the house servants up the wall with her impertinence. As she always insists on having things run her way and now she also refuse’s to cooperate with her grandfather’s decision to get her married nor does she want to wear any of the traditional sari style clothing of his liking in the house temple. Her only reply to her grandfather and any one else’s demands is always this….. Nay! Nay! Nahin main nahin! (Nay pie jungee! Nay pie jungee! Nay pie jungee!) LOL! And she loves calling her gramps “Hey double senior citizen!” LOL!

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I tell you this story is comical indeed. I find myself always having a good laugh and it has some touching serious scenes as well. I loved it when Kanhaiya glued or nailed Rocky’s (Harshad Arora) shoes to the floor near the doorway after Rocky told him that his shoes cost more then a year’s worth of Kanhaiya’s salary and told him to take care of them. I was cracking up big time when Rocky put his feet in the shoes and Kanhaiya and about ten servants lined up and tugged and pulled on Rocky to unstick the shoes on the floor and the tops of the shoes tore apart from the soles that was still glued to the floor. I tell you I have not laughed this hard in a long time. LOL!

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And also there is some kind of a mystery regarding Sandhya Nath Chaudhary (Rupanjana Mitra) because once a year she always visit the temple and see’s some mysterious person there and every now and then she goes thru the suit case filled with baby’s clothes and toys as she cries. She lost her son somehow and when Kanhaiya arrived he calls her mother underneath his breath. I just wonder what is going on with this. And so I cannot wait to see the mystery about all of this unravel.

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Kanhaiya seems to be gradually winning the hearts and minds of the Chaudhary family, starting with grandfather Janki Prasad Chaudhary as he is satisfied with how Kanhaiya caters to his every need, well except for the time he was instigated against Kanhaiya by Devyani (Prakruti Mishra) and the rest of them when he thought Kanhaiya was drunk and so grandfather Janki’s heart was broken and he beat Kanhaiya with a stick and told him to leave the house. But as Kanhaiya was to leave the next morning he over heard a phone conversation and it was revealed that there is some kind of conspiracy going on to try to steal everything from grandfather Janki, thereby leaving nothing for Daali as well. So he found a way to continue to stick around in order to help protect grandfather Janki and Daali from being taken advantage of by these individuals.

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So since Kanhaiya has arrived at their door step, grandfather finally believes he is the only solution to Daali’s craziness and to his needs being met.

I tell you the acting is remarkably superb by this entire cast! Along with the quick timing and music of this show. It is upbeat, funny, loving and amazing!

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~JAI KANHAIYA LAL KI

FULL CAST~

~Vishal Vashishtha as Kanhaiya~

(the Bawarchi which is Hindi for the Indian Cuisine cook and jack of all trades)

~Shweta Bhattacharya as Daali Chaudhary~

(the spoilt granddaughter)

~Dipankar De as Janki Prasad Chaudhary~

(the rich grandfather)

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~Rupanjana Mitra as Sandhya Nath Chaudhary~

~Rajdeep Gupta as Ravi~

~Harshad Arora as Rocky~

~Prakruti Mishra as Devyani~

~Neha Tiwari as Shiela~

~Purnima Kaushik as Munni~

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~I hope you enjoy my post and thanks for stopping by……

****Bawarchi (Hindi for the Indian Cuisine cook/Chef)

Check out this link to lots of Indian Cuisine……

http://bawarchibellevue.com/

and see the different types of flavorful Indian dishes I’d love to practice creating myself at home.

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Winter Time Is Rest Time: Mom’s Old Fashioned Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe

~”Chanticleer- In the Bleak Mid-Winter”~

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Winter time like no other time of the year is a time to allow nature to rest and allow our bodies to rest as well. So as we tend to hibernate during the winter months, it’s also time for healing, taking preventative herbs, cuddling up, stay in doors so much more, sleeping longer hours, eating nourishing filling meals, listening to winter music, doing a little knitting, sewing or crocheting, enjoying winter hobbies, going to bed early and cuddling up with some good books in bed, watching good movies in bed, drinking hot teas, hot chocolate and toddies.

So in my kitchen fridge you will find a large bowl filled with large delicious juicy oranges, pears, apples and pomegranates along with delicious precooked meals ready to warm up like baked macaroni and cheese, beef chili, stews, homemade soups and delicious cinnamon raisin bread pudding.

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I tell you it’s always been pomegranates that remind me of my childhood winter days along with a warm bowl of cinnamon raisin bread pudding and there’s nothing like it in the dead of winter. I used to always bake some for my family back in the day often and the aroma is amazing. Now just imagine a candle in that scent…. nice right.

Well my husband still loves it whenever we have some bread pudding. But it wasn’t until we vacationed in New Orleans for the first time did I learn about the various types of sauces that go along with bread pudding. I must say that I love the sweet vanilla rum or caramel praline sauces the most.

Anyway the difference between “good” bread pudding versus “great” bread pudding is always in the firmness of the bread itself. Why it took my mother about two or more weeks to save up enough of some old half way stale, dry slices of bread and bread ends stored in the fridge in order to make her delicious cinnamon raisin bread pudding come out the best. The reasons she used only stale or old bread and ends was because back then people never wasted anything and the bread was perfectly stiff and dry enough to hold up in the milk and not get soggy, because it seems soggy bread didn’t cook well.

So here’s my moms old fashioned simple ingredients recipe.

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Mom’s Old Fashioned Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe”

About a loaf of refrigerated white bread (preferably 2-3 day old (or longer but never molded) or the thick kind of bread made specifically made to make french toast, I like to use Sara Lee’s Artesano white bread

4-6 beaten yellow egg yolks plus

2 beaten egg

1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1-2 Tablespoons of Vanilla extract

1-2 teaspoons of rum flavor

1-2 cups of white sugar (I like 2 cups in mine)

1 stick of melted butter

1 cup of raisins (preferably soaked in rum or brandy then strained)

2 cups of condensed evaporated milk or half and half

2-3 cups of whole milk or half and half (you may need to add more milk to cover)

1 cup of butterscotch morsels (optional- I add butterscotch sometimes to give it some  pop of sweetness and flavor)

Cooking Utensils

one 2 quart glass baking dish

with it’s glass top (or foil)

2 large mixing bowls

2 mixing spoons

Directions: For Oven or Crock Pot

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. For crock pot on high.

1. While melting the butter in the baking dish in the oven or crock pot.

2. Tear apart each slice of bread into chunky bite size pieces into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg throughout the bread pieces then set aside.

3. With a blender or whisk, beat the eggs well in a mixing bowl, then add and mix in the sugar first and then the milk, then the vanilla extract and the rum flavor and the raisins.

4. Then pour the wet mixture over the bread pieces and half of the melted butter. Be slow and fold in the liquid mixture onto the bread as you pour turn the bread very lightly and very little because you do not want mush. It’s important that you do not mix or stir or blend too much, just very little.

5. Pour the wet bread mixture into the baking dish or crock pot that has the second half of melted butter in it and do not stir.

6. At this time you may need to add more milk because you want enough milk in the pot to cover the bread but not to over flow out of the pot.

7. Place baking dish in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, until well done. (check it with a knife or fork just as you would a cake to make sure it is done in the middle after one hour because if it is still sticking to the knife then bake it a little bit longer until it is done but do not let it burn or scorch the bottom.)

8. For crock pot let it cook for up to 2 hours on high and check with a knife in middle that it comes out clean, if not let it cook a bit more till done but do not let it burn or scorch the bottom.

9. Remove dish from oven and let dish cool for about 15 to 20 minutes.

10. Turn off crock pot and let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve this bread pudding alone or top it with bread various pudding sauces or ice cream.

~I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great “Winter Sunday” filled with rest and peace.”~

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~”Loreena McKennitt-In The Bleak Midwinter”~

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The Benefits In Being A Lady

When I was young, my mama used to say, Boy

A woman’s like a flower, with love on her you shower

Ever since that day, her words never went away

I always will remember to treat my baby tender

Treat Her Like A Lady”

~The Temptations~

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It’s nice when a lady can attract what she is about…… a gentleman who believes in acts of chivalry towards her even in today’s modern world.

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My idea of a lady is the kind of woman that has learned the fine art of how to dress and be “lady like” at all times and under various circumstances. Being “lady like” carry’s benefits like having a chivalrous man around to help her. For some it may take time to attract that right gentleman into her presence but once he is in her presence he’ll shower her with his amazing chivalrous behavior.

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Having “lady like” qualities benefits a lady mainly because she sets high standards for herself and has high morals. Chivalrous behavior may seem rare these days but a ladylike woman can awaken it because her value is great. Not only is her elegant ways cherished by her, but her behavior, movements, grace, poise and gentleness is altogether enchanting and altogether lovely. A lady takes amazingly good care of herself and her grooming is impeccable! I believe a lady should always strive for improvement in herself everyday and never give up on her game.

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For me there has always been many women who meet the high criteria of gracefulness, elegance and beauty with lady like qualities and some of them were way before my time and they are: Diane Carroll (TV Series Dynasty And Julia), Dorothy Dandridge, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Olivia De Havilland, Michelle Obama, Lynn Whitfield (Eve’s Bayou),

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Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn, and Jackie O. They portray themselves to be 100% a lady! (I especially loved Diane Carroll’s lady like look when she played the role of Dominique Deveraux in the 1980’s TV series Dynasty.)

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For me a lady learns to make graceful movements by handling everything with the utmost care and she never just grabs onto something. When she reaches for anything or touches anything it’s always with a gentle and graceful touch. As she so carefully picks things up and puts things back down.

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She sits with her legs together, sits and stands with the best posture, allows a gentlemen to open and close doors for her, help her with her chair and her coat and thinks nothing of walking on the outside of the curb for her and when she’s cold covers her with his coat. I tell you back in the day this kind of treatment by men was more common then not. And so women felt loved, protected and cherished.

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A ladylike woman always has an elegant air about her, always gentle and careful with her choice of words, sets high standards and is as morally sound as possible. She pours her tea or coffee like a lady, she’s kindhearted and treats little ones and small pets super special. She wears make up always in good taste and what I like most about being a lady is that she can be of various sizes, be it slim and trim or over weight but she knows how to wear her clothing in a way that hides her imperfections.

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For me a lady likes to buy expensive types of things for herself. She is a gentle soul, always at peace with herself and hardly ever frantic. She eats and treats herself to the kinds of foods that are nourishing for both her body and soul. She is knowledgeable about various topics and subjects and exposes herself to the finer things in life and to the various arts.

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So when you meet a lady don’t be surprised to find out that she has been to a finishing school of some sort and maybe taken a few classes on etiquette, grooming and majored in social graces.

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And so there are more woman that I love to watch to learn and live vicariously through them such as:

Anita Baker, Lena Horne, Natalie Wood, Hedy Lamarr (Samson And Delilah), Princess Diana, Maureen O’Sullivan, Liz Taylor, Loretta Young, Joan Crawford, Claudette Colbert, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Greta Garbo, Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman, Diane Lane, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Angela Bassett, Sophia Lauren, Gene Tierney (The Ghost And Mrs. Muir), Maureen O’Hara, Jane Seymour (Somewhere In Time), Irene Dunne (My Favorite Wife) and the list can go on and on, but you get the idea.

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I tell you there is nothing better then being a spoiled lady like woman that’s used to being treated like a tender flower.

It’s no wonder that one of my most favorite songs of all time by the Temptations is Treat Her Like A Lady!

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~The Temptations~

Treat Her Like A Lady” Lyrics

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Ooh, ooh, oh, ooh, oh, ooh

Ooh, ooh, oh, ooh

Ooh, yeah, baby

Whoa, whoa, oh, oh

Mmm

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Now I’m the kinda guy who don’t believe

That chivalry is dead, no

Cause I believe a woman should be treated

With the utmost respect, mmm, hmm

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Don’t be afraid, don’t turn and walk away

I wanna get to know ya, well

Don’t be ashamed, don’t say that love’s to blame

Just come and look me over

You’ll find a heart that you’ve always been looking for

How could anybody ask for much more, woo, hoo

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Now I like opening doors

Picking up her hanky off the floor

Treat her like a lady

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Light her cigarette if she smokes

Even, help her with her coat, well

Treat her like a lady

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In this world of liberation

It’s so easy to forget, mmm

That it’s so nice to have a man around

To lend a helping hand, you can bet, bet you can, baby

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When I was young, my mama used to say, Boy

A woman’s like a flower, with love on her you shower

Ever since that day, her words never went away

I always will remember to treat my baby tender

You’ll find a heart that you’ve always been looking for

How could anybody ask for much more, whoa, ooh, ooh

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Now I like opening doors

Picking up her hanky off the floor

Treat her like a lady

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She’s a bad “son of a gun”

I’m her lovin Don Juan

Treat her like a lady

Ooh, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, ooh

Whoa, oh, oh

Hey, hey

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, baby

Every day, ever way

Hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

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You’ll find a heart that you’ve always been looking for

How could anybody ask for much more, whoa, whoa, oh, ooh

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Now I like opening doors

Picking up her hanky off the floor

Treat her like a lady

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Light her cigarette if she smokes

Even, Help her with her coat, help her out

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Treat her like a lady

Compliment her on her hair

Even help her with her chair

Treat her like a lady

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Now boy, you should remember

To be a gentleman

(You better) Treat her like (Well), treat her like (Ho)

Treat her like a lady (Treat her like a lady)

Treat her like, treat her like (Hey, ey)

Treat her like a lady (Treat her like a lady)

Treat her like (Well), treat her like

Treat her like a lady (Treat her like a lady)

Treat her like, treat her like (Ooh, hoo)

Treat her like a lady (Hoo, hoo, oh, my, my, treat her like a lady)

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Love And Time

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Love shouldn’t be bound by time, dear.

Love is something you feel when you are with the right person.

~Avinash’s Mother~

~AYUSHAMAN BHAVA~

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Having A Pretty Life Style: Things I’ve Added To My Pampering Regimen

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I love, love, love the Huetiful Hair and Facial Steamer. This is something I’ve added to my pampering routine lately. I never knew how steaming my hair would help my hair so much.

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I also added Shea moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen And Restore Shampoo with Shea butter, peppermint and apple cider vinegar and Shea moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen And Restore Leave In Conditioner and I love how it makes my hair feel and smell.

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I basically do a pre conditioning of my hair by massaging in a mixture of oils, like coconut oil, alma oil, olive oil, sulfur oil, tea tree essential oils and I leave it on for at least three hours or overnight. Then I add to a few strands at a time the Shea Moisture conditioner and spray some water on my hair then sit under the huetiful steamer. Once done I wash my hair with the Shea Moisture shampoo, rinse and dry with a towel then I add a bit of Shea butter, almond oil, vanilla oil and lemon essential oil to my damp hair. Then let it air dry. And I tell you it really helps to keep my hair moisturized, soft and smelling so fresh and amazing. I’m lovin this.

Also I am trying out Natures Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies with Biotin. I’ll let you know how this works out.

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~Benefits Of A Hair Steamer~

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