My Great Grandma Was A Prepper (Re-Post) & Homesteading Ideas To Love And Try

I chose today to re-post “My Great Grandma Was A Prepper” because it could not have come at a better time then this. My great grand parents built an amazing homestead and so when the great depression (which lasted for 10 years) came it was all their hard work that caused our family to survive. I am hoping with this post you may find an idea you might like to take up. There are so many homesteading ideas and things to choose from such as learning to can food, food preservation, alternative ways to wash clothes and wash clothes by hand, build a camp fire, start a fire with a flint, gardening and composting, make chicken feed, make dog food, knit or crochet a scarf or sweater, cook on a cast iron stove, make yogurt or butter, natural homemade remedies, making poultices, food storage ideas, process wool, spin yarn, weave on a loom, dehydrate, cook over a fire, make candles, fishing and hunting, filter water, make bread, raise chickens, make soap, team work, forage, learn how to sew on a sewing machine, learn how to use a weapon, learn how to use a compass, pickling, cooking, quilting, beekeeping, blacksmiths, up-cycling, marksmanship, ham radio, exercising, build a root cellar, hand made clothes, cut wood, make pemmican, hydroponics, farming, can rotation system, apartment homesteading, curing meat, fermentation, brewing AND SO MUCH MORE HOMESTEADING IDEAS.

My Great Grandma Was A Prepper

Posted on January 21, 2013

During the depression era, Great Grandma was able to keep her family from going hungry and homeless, because she was prepared. Great Grandpa built their first home; it was a small three bedroom cabin. There was also a kitchen and a family room.

My mother told me that Great Grandpa had built a smoke house in the back yard behind the house, where they smoked the majority of their meats like ham and turkey. They maintained a garden in which they grew all kinds of vegetables, beans and flowers. They had fruit and nut trees spread around the land. Great Grandma canned a lot of food from her garden so there was and over abundance of food. They made practically everything they needed for themselves. They had lots of chickens, hogs and cows. This was very common among people back then to can and store food and make or build every little thing they needed.

There was no such thing as waste; they reused everything until it wore completely out. They fed the dogs and cats from the food scraps from the table, there was no such thing as canned dog or cat food for them.

There was no such thing as being in debt nor did they put money in banks, they feared banks. Great Grandma’s bank was under her mattress or jars and cans in the kitchen cabinets. She also had a treadle sewing machine; she made most of their clothing. They had wood stoves and a fireplace to keep warm.

My mom said Great Grandpa had died before the depression hit. It wasn’t too far into the depression that my Grandma realized they weren’t going to survive on their own so my mom said her mother decided to move the family back home to Great Grandma’s to stay while her father had gone in search of employment where ever he could find it and he sent money home when he could. They called Great Grandma big mama back then. She had so much wisdom, strength and common sense.

Thank goodness Great Grandma was prepared and was the one that caused our family to survive and not starve. She had plenty of everything and not only fed her family she helped a few other families survive too. They basically bartered for things they did not have. Great Grandma took good care of things so the family could survive the depression without going hungry. I am so amazed at some of the survival stories my mother told me about back then.

So I say Great Grandma was a prepper before there was a thing called prepping. It was called having mother wit and being wise my mother said.

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By The Way…. Is There Someone You Need To Forgive? Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka

Mauli and Kunal are back sharing the same space again because Kunal is suffering from amnesia due to him falling from a cliff after being shot while trying to rescue his daughter Pari from a set of kidnappers. So now Mauli felt the need to volunteer her life over once again to the Malhotra’s in order to help with Kunal’s memory loss. He needs to carefully and cautiously gain his memory back in thinking she is still his wife or else he will be stuck in the past says his doctor. So when Pari walked in on her wedding preparations asking Mauli to help her dad Kunal she didn’t give it a second thought. She hurt Ishaan and his mother Sandhya as Mauli walked out on the mendhi celebrations. Ishaan’s mother Sandhya is disappointed in Mauli and become saddened for her son because she knows he is so in love with Mauli. It’s like there is nothing Ishaan won’t do for her. And well he is a lovable kind of guy. So Sandhya left the house once Ishaan walked back in the house with Mishti and Pari to take care of for the family. Sandhya thinks he is being a fool because she is not so trusting of people. She believes Ishaan is being too kind and helpful and thinks Mauli may fall in love with Kunal again. So she left the house to let Ishaan deal with all of this on his own.

So while Mauli is on this journey to help Kunal gain his memory back and his way back into the future, she is finding it’s not so easy having to compromise herself, giving her all back to Kunal. She’s feeling the pain of drudging up the past. And to top it off she knows she never really stopped loving Kunal. Her heart won’t let her stop. But at the same time she never forgave him for cheating with her best friend. I was very surprise that she managed to move forward a little bit in her relationship with her fiance Ishaan. The Maholtra’s had to practically allow Kunal to instigate getting her thrown out of the Malhotra household to get her to move forward with Ishaan. Before his memory loss he knew he was not interested in getting back with Mauli although Mauli got drunk one night on a dinner date with Kunal and she told him she still loves him. So I think that’s really sad because Ishaan deserves better. His character is amazing as the man is so, so good looking, a restaurant owner and is very understanding, patient and kind with Mauli’s situation to a fault. I think Mauli is taking the man for granted and because the fact that she can’t let go of Kunal. I definitely would not go to sleep on Ishaan because Mauli might fool around and lose him if she doesn’t let Kunal and his family go. She is in too deep with them. When you think about it Kunal had no problem leaving her for her best friend. And that was the ultimate betrayal. I think she should stop worrying about Kunal and move on with Ishaan and do it quickly.

So I don’t think people are so nice to each other in real life. After a while patience, understanding and kindness do run out when doing these things becomes too much of a burden.

So how about you. Is there someone you need to forgive? Someone who wronged you in your past. Can you let them go and move on and not hold to bitterness or even can you fall in love with them again?

I don’t know, I’m just sayin…

~Cast~

Aditi Sharma~ Dr. Mauli Malhotra (Kunal’s ex wife, Ishaan’s fiance, Mishti’s mom)

Shakti Arora~ Kunal Malhotra (Mauli’s ex husband & Mishti & Pari’s father)

Kinsuk Mahajan~ Ishaan Khanna (Mauli’s Fiance and Mishti’s Popsie)

Arravya Sharma~Pari Malhotra (Kunal & Nandini’s Daughter)

Maisha Dixit~Mishti Malhotra (Kunal & Mauli’s Daughter)

Jaya Bhattacharya~Radhika Malhotra (Kunal’s mother)

Neena Cheema~ Yammini Malhotra (Kunal’s grandmother)

Prateeksha Lonkar~ Sandhya Khanna (Ishaan’s mother)

Prachi Thakkar~ Sweety, Malhora family neighbor

Drashti Dhami~ Nandini Malhotra (Kunal’s deceased 2nd wife & Mauli’s ex-best friend)

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Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated: Mama Used To Say

I love watching YouTube channels and I have my favorites I love to keep up with. But lately I watched one show and a woman on there was talking about how a friend who pretends to be a friend hacked up spit and put it in another so called friends cupcakes she made and how the so called friend watched joyfully as she ate the contaminated muffins. Then previously on another YouTube channel one man showed a video of how this woman cooks her food by chewing up the ingredients in her mouth and spit it out into a bowl instead of cutting or chopping up the ingredients in the right way, then mixing up everything in the bowl to serve that cooked meal to some unsuspecting individual. I have heard some crazy stories like these growing up and it’s very upsetting knowing there are people out here that do these kinds of things.

I tell you that this is totally disgusting. Knowing there are people out here that does these kinds of despicable things is frightening. This is the kind of stuff that make people not trust one another and become paranoid period. You wind up not wanting people cooking for you nor you feeling comfortable cooking for anyone either because then they look at you funny wondering about you. So you just don’t know what’s in people’s minds either way. And then sometimes I think people should not put this kind of stuff on TV or in social media because they are helping to give wicked people even more wicked ideas. So tell me who does these types of things? This is ridiculous.

I am so glad that my mama took the time to raise us up and used to say to us “treat people the way you want to be treated.” And not only did she tell us this she also lived this thing right in front of us. I don’t think my mother could have ever hurt a fly. She was such a soft spoken women and she was very gentle in the way she raised up her children. Now don’t get me wrong she would speak reality to us and caution but not in a way that would leave us tarnished and make us have ill will towards others nor be afraid to live life in the world. She was a very neat and clean woman, healthy and took the time to teach us right from wrong.

I tell you I don’t understand the people in the world today. Some people don’t know how to be nice to each other sometimes if it were to save their own lives. Nor know when they are doing something wrong to another human being. I can tell you this if the shoe was on the other foot and someone treated them with cruelty and disrespect then I bet they would hoop and hola till the roof came down. Some like to dish it out but not like it when the same thing happens to them.

What happened to things like being a true friend to another individual? What ever happened to being kind and being understanding and being a decent human being. Hell everyone is having a hard time in life sometimes. I believe there is no excuse for barbaric behavior.

I don’t watch certain types of shows on TV nor do I read certain types of books. I detest violence in any form. I’m no angel indeed but I can tell you that I have the good sense enough to know how to treat people in the right way. I know how to love and show kindness even when someone is not being so kind to me. Because there is a thing called having an understanding beyond yourself. Sometimes you have to look beyond a persons ways and faults and see their needs. Most people want to be treated with kindness and respect. I don’t think anyone is shouting to the roof “come disrespect me” hell no and if so there has to be something seriously wrong if so. Some people I realize are gluttons for punishment, well that’s not me. If I don’t like a person they have to give me good reason not to like them and so I will leave them alone completely rather then do them any harm. I wouldn’t treat my dog in the way some people treat others. People who don’t know how to treat people need to be sat down and not allowed into powerful positions at all because it seems like that’s what’s happening. People in power mistreating other human beings because they are full of themselves. I tell you any time it feels ok to mistreat, abuse and harm someone then know something is very wrong with that picture.

How about a world where if you do something dirty to someone it comes right back at you and quickly too. You don’t have to wait till later or when you die to be punished. I think that might stop a lot of shit from going on if justice was served up immediately on the kinds of people who don’t have a clue or don’t want to. I know this post will not be one of my popular ones but I have to put this out there into the universe yall. I tell you I bet you a thousand bucks if what you do comes right back on you I believe people will start changing their wicked ways and start learning how to stop the madness and start doing the right things like thinking before they act and loving and treating people better. Why not learn to be kinder, sweeter and have concern for each other and just treat people right period? Why is that so hard?

Well that’s the end of my rant.

Have a nice day everyone.

 

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~Heer-Rangha~Amazing Song By Sikandar: Kullfi Kumar Bajewala~

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~Heer Rangha New Emotional Romance Song

by Sikandar Singh Gill- Kulfi Kumar Bajewala~

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I love this video song on Youtube from one of my favorite Hindi serial shows “Kullfi Kumar Bajewala” being sung by Sikandar G. I wish I could find more songs from this show on Youtube.  Anyway I’ll enjoy this one for now.

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ummm ho… ho..

This is the story of love

This is the story of undivided devotion

This is the story of Ranjha

This is the story of Heer

Heer was everyone’s sweet heart

she was as sweet as jaggery

she was prettier than all the flowers

she was as fragile as a bud…….

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~Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala Cast~ 

Aakri Shama ~ Kullfi~

Mohit Malik ~ Sikander Singh Gill~

Vishal Aditya Singh ~ Tevar Singh~

Anjali Anand~ Loveleen Sikander Singh Gill~

Myra Singh~ Amyra Singh Gill~

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Prepping Times: Grits, Gravy & Boneless Smoked Herring Recipe/ A Delicious Filling Treat For Hungry Tummies

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I absolutely am convinced now more than ever before that being a Prepper is vital. Especially for uncertain days and times such as these. At least with a stocked pantry of food, it can be one of the least of your worries.

Grits are known to be a famous southern type of food and so you will find some people in the north that have never tried it or haven’t eaten very much of it. But I tell you….when it is cooked in the right way… I am sure that northerners will sneak to the back of the kitchen to have seconds. (Smile)

I tell you extra creamy buttery grits with boneless smoked herring and then topped with delicious brown or white gravy is a super delicious combination that will set your taste buds on fire! LOL!

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This is that type of meal that will definitely leave you feeling full and of course will stick to your ribs as my grandmother used to say. I also like the fact that this type of meal can be served any time of the day.

Back in the day…. my grandmother, my mother and my mother in law used to make this inexpensive recipe all the time for their hungry families when money was very tight and tummies needed to be filled, but back then they used to cook it plain with either butter, or canned tuna, salmon or mackerel and so I love smoked herring, always did and so decided to give it a try and I tell you that my husband absolutely loves it better then with tuna, salmon and mackerel. And let me tell you this….don’t have it with some scrambled eggs, buttery biscuits and a tall glass of orange juice on the side as I like to. You might just fall over on the couch afterwards and take a very pleasant nap and have not a care in the world. (Smiles) I tell you there is nothing like having at least one good meal to help you cope with all the worries of this world.

When my children were youngsters and growing they absolutely loved this meal and I had the nerve to add some fluffy buttermilk pancakes with pancake syrup, tall glasses of milk and orange juice in addition with the scrambled eggs and buttery biscuits or toast when I made this meal for them. I remember them asking for it time and time again. And I used to refuse sometimes telling them they will get too fat if I fed it to them all the time. LOL!

So take your pick…. tuna, salmon, mackerel or smoked herring.

Even today I still love having this type of meal on days when my husband and I are feeling extra, extra hungry and man oh man it hits the spot. Plus being that it is such a quick and easy type of meal to make once you get to know how to make grits perfectly well. I tell you it’s a science to making them very well and super delicious. Not too gritty but soft and creamy is the way to go.

I hope you try it and enjoy it. By all means feel free to let me know how it goes.

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Grits, Gravy & Boneless Smoked Herring Recipe

Ingredients

1 medium or large sized pot of well cooked extra thick and creamy yellow or white Jim Dandy grits (never instant/ follow directions on bag on how to cook the grits)

3 or 4/ 6 oz cans of boneless Polar Smoked Herring (cut up, chopped or smashed)

1-2 cups of boiling water (you may need to add a little more hot water, you be the judge)

1 stick of melted salty creamy butter

1-2 teaspoons of cracked black pepper

add salt to taste

1-2 cups of brown gravy (on the side)

Directions:

Add the butter and stir, blending it in good to the extra thick cooked grits. Then add and stir in the herring. Add and stir in the hot boiling water a little at a time (be careful with the water because you do not want to make the grits too watery, you want them to still have a thick consistency) salt and pepper.

Allow it to cook on low flame and cook real slow for an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Then it’s ready to serve. Top it with gravy. This serves an entire family of 3 or 4. Or have left overs for the next day. Just cut them in cubes and reheat.

Rich, creamy and flavorful DELICIOUSNESS!

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What Makes Me Happy: Pretty Fragrant Sachets And Dryer Sheets

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As far back as I can remember, pretty fragrant sachets made me happy. I like the various fragrances and the way their smell give the amazing feeling I get each time I smell them. So I enjoy making them and hanging fresh fragrant sachets all throughout my closets but the problem is that they don’t last but yay… long.

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Recently I found a new way of spreading fragrance around. Dryer sheets! I splurge on boxes and boxes of Mrs. Meyers dryer sheets then I tuck them in my clean and folded laundry. Then one day I started tucking them in everything and everywhere! Tucked inside shoes, books, between sheets, inside pillow cases, inside suit cases and so on and so forth (Smile) and my favorite fragrances are honeysuckle, lemon verbena and lavender. I practically love everything by Mrs. Meyers, her cleaning products and her candles that I love to burn in the kitchen.

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I tell you I have to give credit where credit is due. I appreciate that it was actually my brother who gave me the idea of tucking the dryer sheets in seasonal blankets after they are washed, dried and to be put away in storage bags. I tried it and my blankets come out smelling so fresh and clean every time and so I am hooked. I absolutely love his idea and I wonder why I didn’t think of it myself. But it’s ok, I’m still just as grateful anyway. (Smile)

~~Have an amazing day all!~~

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Making Home A Magical Warm Inviting Place…. Re-Decorating, Sprucing & Tidying Up Of The Home With The Seasons With Love Always

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He said, “above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world

around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely

places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

~Roald Dahl~

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We shopped and brought two pretty decorative wreaths for the front door (I love wreaths) and new sheer glitter curtains for the living room, sheer poofy curtains for the kitchen window, kitchen utensils, copper cookie sheets and baking pan set and some pretty cup cake art for the kitchen walls. I also added some lovely fake cupcakes to a cup cake stand on the kitchen counter and it looks so adorable and pretty. I love the smell of melted wax scents and in every room added lavender and gain scented “glade oil plug-ins” and I like to keep them on the lowest level so the scent is a hint that lasts and they make the whole house smell so fresh and amazing! It’s remarkable how there are so many amazing ways to make it so you work less.

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As the seasons change I sit by my window with amazement from time to time and think of how amazing God’s handy work is as he yet allows us to enjoy what he has made. Each season becomes an automatic reminder to me that it’s time to do a bit of decluttering because I dream of one day our home becoming more of a minimalist home. But for right now I accept things the way they are, so it’s time to do a bit of cleaning, sprucing and tidying up once again.

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All year we survive between seasons with light cleaning and just as a doctor slowly makes his hospital rounds we slowly get around to do the work of keeping house. Keeping our house clean and cozy at all times is important to us and it’s a benefit because whenever unexpected guests stop by we aren’t running around at a frantic pace to straighten things or clean things because its already done.

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Once this past fall came around my husband and I got together with our plans which sometimes seems to grow bigger as we go along (smile) on how we were going to do things. As usual we hire help where needed for both indoors and outdoors and then do a few things that we can.

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So for the bathroom I purchased a new inexpensive pretty shower curtain and I added some decorative towels. I purchased two plain towel sets and then added pretty tassels and lace to make them look expensive and pretty as they are not to be used but are for decorative purposes only. And it’s time we replace both toilets and so we plan to go to Home Depot or Lowes to buy them. I buy lots of “Scrubbing Bubbles Blue Tank Tablets” and the “Lysol Lavender Click Gels” for the toilet tank and bowl so we can cut back on scrubbing the bowl as much. And we have lots of Clorox and Lysol sanitizing wipes so the only job we have to do is at least wipe the rim, seat and bottom portion once a day or every other day.

We move what ever is not nailed down so the area gets vacuumed and mopped underneath with sudsy ammonia. The layer of dust always amazes me because it seems it takes no time for it to accumulate underneath things. But getting the furniture and appliances moved more then once or twice a year is sufficient enough for us, as we swiffer and vacuum the floors everyday or at least every other day. Mopping is done once every week or every two weeks but each season the floors are steam mopped then shined. So we try our best to keep everything clean all year making our way starting from top to bottom.

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We purchased (for $145) the “Singer Magic Electronic Pressing Machine” we use for ironing the curtains, shirts, dresses, pants, pillow cases and sheets as it helps to cut ironing time in half and makes the job more fun to do. I think ironing a minimal few pieces at a time can be so relaxing and therapeutic.

I also noticed there’s a new iron/pressing machine on the market called “Swash Express Clothing Care System” and it seems like it would be amazing to have. I tell you where was this amazing technology back when I needed it back in the day? It used to take me hours to press my husbands uniform shirts and pants back then. Last year my husband split his work pants and because they get so messy I just purchased some jean patches and ironed them on. The patches are hidden so you can’t see them and so he’s glad he didn’t have to throw them away and purchase more only to get them messy.

The windows, sills and the blinds are cleaned and the curtains are washed and we hang soft light weight beige blankets to the windows then the curtains are hung over the blankets, it works well at keeping us warm in winter and cool in summer. Then the washing machine gets put through an empty cycle at least once a season with some good cleaning product I found for cleaning it.

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So after the housework for the season is all done we are happy as bee’s that it’s all over and we revert back to regular light cleaning jobs to maintain the cleanliness.

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I like to celebrate by taking a steaming hot shower then relaxing in my bed snuggled up with sheet’s that’s been scented with lots of lavender fabric softener in the rinse cycle and my brand new fluffy pillows and a new soft warm nightie (long or short) and have a cup of hot tea with milk or hot coco with lots of marshmallows and a favorite snack on my bedside while watching a delightful movie or two or spend the time reading.

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Taking care of home, nesting, treating all of my things with respect, tender and good loving care is what I do. I love it when all my things are well kept and in good condition that they remain looking brand new. There’s nothing like living in a clean and good smelling environment. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world. I always give thanks for that, always! As they say….. Home Is Where The Heart Is.

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~I hope you liked reading my post and please feel free to come by again.~

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Love Cuts A Deal With The Government: Daastan E Mohabbat ~Saleem & Anarkali~

Men often react to women’s words speaking and writing –

as if they were acts of violence;

sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.

So we lower our voices. Women whisper. Women apologize. Women shut up.

Women trivialize what we know. Women shrink. Women pull back.

Most women have experienced enough dominance from men

control, violence, insult, contempt –that no threat seems empty.

~Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse~

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Anarkali struggles to lift her feet in order to keep walking forward to reach the King at his throne. She’s wearing an old worn dress she’d been given as she’s a captive to the house of beauty where courtesan’s are groomed and made. She is barely alive as she has been beaten, tormented and tortured.

Finally the tortures of the palace of beauty have broken your spirit. Tell me. Why did you request to meet me in person. Was your pride stopping you from apologizing to me in front of everyone?[King]

Pride is only made for the Kings. A maid’s life has no pride. It only has sorrow. [Anarkali]

Words can’t change your fate Anarkali, tell me, what brought you here? Your fear or your pain?[King]

It’s my concern for India, the Mughal dynasty and my concern for you.[Anarkali]

Anarkali! (the King shouts)[King]

The emperor may not remember my childhood and he may not remember the day when I wasn’t Anarkali. (she holds out the dress she holds in her hands) Rather I was Saifu. You may have forgotten but I still remember. You owe Saifu a favor. The whole of India owes me and today I’ve come here so that you repay that favor. [Anarkali]

Repay, repayment is for those who have status and you have no such stature! [King]

Wealth is not the only means to repay someone. Your majesty, it’s always favor for favor. You did me a favor and in return I’ve come here to ask for a favor as well. I’ve come here to save India. To stop the rebellion which will take place in the Mughal empire. [Anarkali]

You insolent girl! (shouts the King) [King]

We both know that the Prince loves me unconditionally. (the King makes an about face in anger in disgust of her truthful words) Such a love that has never been witnessed before and it will never be witnessed in the future. [Anarkali]

And because of this unconditional love you forgot your status and started dreaming of acquiring the crown. [King]

Yes, I dream of it. But not of the crown. Only the love. [Anarkali]

Love, love, love! Love is a word that can only be heard in stories. [King]

Your majesty, stories do come true. Like the love story of Saleem and Anarkali. [Anarkali]

Silence! (the King shouted) How dare you attach your name with Saleem in my presence! [King]

You’re upset because I attached my name with him. But you separated two souls in the blink of an eye and I didn’t complain. [Anarkali]

I will destroy your speech, your life and your existence forever. [King]

That would be an easy task for you. But, how will you stop the Prince? I’m aware of his personality. When he gets to know what you did with me. Then he will rebel and it will shatter India. [Anarkali]

Anarkali, I’ve changed the direction of many storms in my life. I’m capable of molding Saleem too. [King]

Your majesty, you can stop a storm but love can never be stopped and it will never be stopped. [Anarkali]

Saleem is my son and I don’t need a courtesan to stop my son. [King]

Then you’ve not understood your son, his heart beat and his love. [Anarkali]

Anarkali! (the King shouts as he turns around to face her now) If you don’t stay quiet. Then I shall kill you. [King]

Your majesty, I can’t even die without his permission. (the King makes an about face) I’d come here to tell you that your wish has been fulfilled. You wanted me to be a courtesan and I am now ready to be a courtesan. [Anarkali]

Finally your ego has ended. [King]

Love can do anything but bow. [Anarkali]

If that’s the case then why are you here. [King]

To make a deal. Love wants to cut a deal with the government. You detained the Queen because she wanted to help me. If you set her free then I’ll become a courtesan. [Anarkali]

Remember your aunt is my captive. [King]

Aunt and I have become friends with death the day I fell in love with the Prince. I could have said this to the world but I didn’t want you to lose. Hence I’m saying this in solitude. Set the Queen free then I’ll become a courtesan. [Anarkali]

Do you expect the King to make a decision after listening to you. [King]

If you can’t listen to me, you can at least listen to Saifu, right? Consider that the same old Saifu whom you provided shelter is begging you to fulfill her wish. (as she is so weak she struggles to put down the dress she held in her arms onto the ground and stand again) I’ll be waiting for your decision. The courtesan wants permission to leave. [Anarkali]     (she bows and salutes him by raising her hand to her forehead and walks away from the royal room) 

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Cast

~Prince Saleem~Shaheer Sheikh

~Anarkali~Sonarika Bhadoria

~King Akbar~Shahbaz Khan

~Queen Jodha (King Akbar’s third wife)~Gurdeep Kohli

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Mrs. P’s “Kraut” Recipe

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I met Mrs. P…. she was a sweet elderly lady, many years ago, and so she had to be in her 80’s or 90’s back then but I can’t recall exactly whether she said she was European, Polish, Dutch or German. Anyway I do remember how she had a beautiful home with amazing quilts and carpets. One day she told me of how she missed the old days when they used to have “kraut” and sausages in her country and how amazing the meal was to her that she’d smack her lips together as she told me how easily it was prepared.

So I went home and made it exactly the way she told me how it’s made and “oh boy!” was she right about it’s deliciousness. I am so hooked even today on this incredible recipe. I find myself yearning for some and so I make it at least once or twice a year. I tell you I have fallen for it’s gentle sour taste.

Yes, I am really so glad she shared her past with me along with this amazing recipe which requires so very few and simple ingredients. Most times I’ll serve it along with grilled beef franks or grilled turkey sausage and toasted buns and I always make enough to last for at least two days. It is the easiest and simplest recipe ever. I hope some of you will make some and like it as well.

Mrs. P’s Old Time “Kraut” Recipe

Ingredients:

32 oz jar of Eden foods organic sauerkraut (strained)

1 cup of baby carrots (precooked and smashed)

juice from 1 small lemon (or 2 tablespoons of reconstituted lemon juice)

(you could add more lemon juice according to your taste)

1 cup of filtered water

1 teaspoon of sea salt

Cooking Utensils

1 potato smasher

1 quart size pot and lid

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients into a pot together, mix well.

2. Bring to a boil. Then cook on medium to low heat for 10 to 20 minutes.

Serve hot over franks or sausages with toasted buns or on it’s own.

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You Won’t Get This Life Again.. So Take The World & Paint It Red: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

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if you’re carrying your restlessness in your heart

……….you are alive

if you’re carrying the lightning of dreams in your eyes

………you are alive

like a gust of wind, learn to live free

learn to flow like the waves that make a sea

let your arms be wide open, to every moment you meet

may every moment gift you a new sight to greet

if you’re carrying you’re wonder in your eyes

………..you are alive

if you’re carrying your restlessness in your heart

……….you are alive

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~ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA CAST~ 2011

Arjun Saluja ~Hrithik Roshan~

Kabir Dewan ~Abhay Deol~

Imran Qureshi ~Farhan Akhtar~

Laila ~Katrina Kaif~

Natasha Arora ~Kalki Koechlin~

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