Attraction Is Like The Moon But… True Love Is Like The Sun ~Balika Vadu~

 

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an attraction is like the moon.

Increasing and decreasing and sometimes

it vanishes during the eclipse.

But real love and need is like the sun.

It never reduces. It always shines,

heats and lights up with the same power.

Even if the dark clouds surround it at times…

still, the sun defeats them and rises up to shine again.

With the same loyalty and power.

[Sumitra]

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Sumitra Bhairon Singh/Jagdish’s mother (Smita Bansal)

~Balika Vadu~

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A Woman Must Be Strong In Some Ways… ~Balika Vadu~

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A woman should always be modest. She must be able to endure.”

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Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh/Jagdish’s Grandmother (Surekha Sikri)

~Balika Vadu~

A woman should not allow herself to get upset over what may be trivial things, nor should she be short-tempered or let things get the best of her. Because life and certain people can wear holes in the bottoms of her shoes.

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~BOZ SCAGGS~

“Lowdown”

 

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I Don’t Want Nothing Old But Money! ~Inside “Black” Love~

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My brother’s famous saying was…. “I don’t want nothing old but money!” And he really meant it and lived it! LOL! The women he loved and married he loved hard and they loved him that way too. And although he married a couple of times he always loved being married to pretty, beautiful, delicate and youthful women. But when I say youthful I mean for him they had to be youthful in spirit, mind, and soul just like him. He would treat his wife like royalty. I just loved it. One time he took off his fine coat to cover a puddle of water so her feet didn’t get wet when she stepped on the ground. (smile) She loved it. My big brother was a good looking, handsome, charming and kind man and the women loved that about him too.

I used to love to see him coming down the street because he used to love wearing red and white color clothes and shoes and whenever he purchased his clothing each item had to be purchased brand spanking new and when I say new I don’t mean famous brand names either with ridiculous sky-high prices he knew how to shop and find nice things but inexpensively and they were made with quality materials and so, as a result, he would take excellent and good care of all the new things he purchased so that they lasted a very long time. And to tell you the truth he looked so good and sharp as a tack, LOL! I loved having him around me.

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His grooming was meticulous in that he always shaved his head clean and he’d use hair oil on his head and so it shined and had such a healthy glow and he always wore red suits, white suits, red ties, white ties, white shirts, red shirts, white shoes, red shoes, white hat’s or red hats. His appearance was that of a fine gentleman and when he wore casual clothes sometimes he stuck with the same colors and so he wore red or white jeans and white or red sneakers. I tell you as he walked in any room his swagger, his mannerisms, his unique style commanded respect and he got it. As he always brought a smile to the faces of the people who encountered him. He had such a lively and charming personality.

He also had such a lovely apartment and would not stop at just his clothes but everything in his apartment had to be either red or white too and so as we would go to visit him at his apartment at times you’d hear lovely “old school” music playing as you knocked at the door and you’d hear him singing as he came to answer the door to let us all in.

I tell you I don’t know at what point or what made him choose to live his colorful happy life or what made him wake up one morning and choose this new way to be. Because I know he had some rough, tough and difficult times in his life as he served this country in the military and fought in the Vietnam war. And I’d like to believe he came back home to us without a scratch but it was not the case. He suffered greatly behind serving in that war. He loved and lost in his marriages as you all know love can come and love can go and he also had several bouts with sickness. But he continued on with his life and made it the best life. And it is not so much about being materialistic, I consider Oprah to be materialistic. Did you see her homes? Wow! I still love her though. LOL! And so he could not afford to be materialistic but he used what little he had to recreate himself and ate only the things he enjoyed eating and wore only the clothes that he felt good wearing, even his undergarments were red and neatly arranged in his dresser draw. He loved music as he was a DJ and made lots of extra income doing that on the weekends too besides his weekday job.

And so it’s true he could not take any of those things with him but while he was here he spent his few little pennies on and used those little small things like buying and wearing new inexpensive clothes, taking care to be well-groomed and by decorating his apartment so that every little corner of it made him happy. Loving others darn well and bringing a smile to another human beings face. Well, I like that he chose to live his life in the way he did and so he chose happiness for the remainder of his days.

And so he was a great influence in my life when it comes to things like this. He chose to be kind-hearted and decent instead of rotten and evil. We were very close and he was so very easy to talk to and there are not many people with that quality. One thing he always let me know was that I should choose to be happy and never let no “person” nor any type of “circumstance” kill my joy. He was my example of how a person can choose to live life joyfully and he actually did it one day at a time.

He was multi-talented and one of his skills was his excellent carpeting skills. He used that skill and built for my sister a huge amazing backyard patio and saved her hundreds of dollars. He always donated a lot of his time in helping families with his carpeting skills as well.

One thing I almost forgot to mention is that my mother told me she purchased for him a new red snowsuit when he was a little boy and when it was time for them to go back indoors after play, he would give her a hard time because he did not want to take off this red snowsuit. LOL! He wanted to keep it on in the house for much longer. I find that to be so cute and so funny.

So I celebrate my big brother today. His memory stays deep within my heart. I miss him and I miss how he loved people and how people loved him the same. He’d be the life of the party, always had a smile to give which costs nothing. He was a very cheerful giver and was always ready to give all he had to someone in need. If he knew you and found out that you were homeless he would move over and let you stay in his place with him for a while until a person could get back on their feet again. He did this often. He was one of a kind. So… I Love You Big Brother… may you rest in peace.

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At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou-

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~George Benson~

“Inside Love (so personal) 1983”

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Coronavirus Soup Recipe & More Prepping Things

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I been checking out some amazing YouTube channels that are offering a slew of advice on ways to prepare in case there is a serious coronavirus outbreak in this country and so I figure why not do some of the things they are suggesting because it wouldn’t hurt even if there is no outbreak to have these things on hand.

So being the busy little bees we are, we added a little here and there this month and so we purchased a bag full of Shungite rocks (natural water filtration), a bright orange 5-gallon heavy-duty Igloo beverage cooler and two more cute bright pink inflatable 3 ring pools for kids to help in the collection of rainwater on the lawn. I was surprised at how cheaply we got those kids’ pools. They were around $7 bucks apiece. And we also got a bunch of cheesecloths sheets to use as a cover over the top of the 50-gallon terracotta rain barrel we purchased as well to strain off some sediment and keep leaves out. We found a perfect spot nearby that water just runs off like a flood when it rains and so we figure we can set this barrel over there and collect 50 gallons of rainwater real fast and easy.

So you may ask why did we get these items. We figured to put these things in our storage just in case things do get out of control and by chance if everyone is quarantined and made to confine themselves to their home area. It’s quite possible that the water company would be closed during a quarantine and so the water might get shut off for a while and although we have a good amount of water stored it would be wise to have these extra things in case what we have gets depleted and were forced to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning.

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And we also thought about our health in that we were trying to build ourselves up health-wise in advance by working on our immune systems and prevention. So we purchased some extra bottles of supplements, powdered greens, protein shakes, and vitamins and although we already drink green shakes and smoothies for breakfast and eat lots more of healthy green salads for our lunches. We thought to add on some kind of vitamin-filled soups. And so I thought back to when my stepmom used to make these various kinds of healthy soups whenever anyone was sick or there was a flu going around and so I got the idea of concocting this amazing nutritious soup recipe in her honor. lol!

And so we made it, tasted it and found it was very delicious! As we sat eating our soup we started poking fun and making light of this coronavirus everyone is talking about lately. We started laughing and joked by calling our soup the “stop coronavirus soup”… lol! So anyway don’t mind us. lol! Here’s our recipe we concocted this weekend. I hope anyone who makes it likes it as much as we did this weekend. And like my stepmom used to say about all of her home remedies… If it doesn’t kill ya, it will cure ya! Enjoy!

So let’s all build up our immune systems, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and by having plenty of this soup, it’s so easy to make. An ounce of prevention is much more worthy than a pound of cure. And start thinking of things you might need to have on hand at home if there is a serious outbreak. Now’s the time to get things ready.

Ounce of Prevention Coronavirus Soup Recipe”

Ingredients:

3 cups of white quinoa (washed and pre-soaked in water overnight, then strained)

1/2 cup of dried Wakame (seaweed, washed and pre-soaked, strained then chopped)

1 Package of Portobello mushrooms (washed and chopped)

4 cups of chopped fresh yellow squash

1 cup of chopped green scallions

2 cups of chopped white onions

2 cups of garbanzo beans (pre-cooked)

3 cups of turnip greens (pre-seasoned and cooked)

1 roasted red bell pepper (chopped)

2 tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons of agave syrup

2 tablespoon of apple sauce

1 teaspoon of ginger powder

avocado oil

Hot water

Utensils:

1 medium-sized crockpot

1 large spoon

1 ladle

Directions:

1. Full crockpot halfway with hot boiling water. (you might want to add a little bit more boiling hot water to your liking because the white quinoa will soak up some of the water as it cooks)

2. Stir fry the onions, scallions and yellow squash (fry till lightly browned) and pour into a crock.

3. Stir fry the mushrooms for 3 minutes then pour them into the crockpot.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot and stir and let cook on high for 2 hours or more up until done.

5. Serve while hot with salty lime plantain chips on the side or some salty crackers.

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Let There Always Be Love… Sanam Teri Kasam

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…I LOVE YOU, TO THE SQUARE OF INFINITY.

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Saraswati “Saru” Parthasaarty Parihaar~ Inder’s Wife~ (Harshvardhan Rane)

Inder Parihaar~ Saru’s Husband~ (Harshvardhan Rane)

Sanam Teri Kasam 2016”

(Swear On You My Beloved)

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If It Be In His Will… Sanam Teri Kasam

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If things go your way, it’s good.

If it doesn’t, it’s even better.

Because it is the will of God.

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Jayram Parthasaarthy ~ Saru’s Father~ (Manish Choudhary)

Sanam Teri Kasam 2016”

(Swear On You My Beloved)

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Amaranth Fritters Recipe

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These Amaranth Fritters takes two days to make but they are so delicious and such a nutritious protein-rich healthy food. My husband could not eat only one. LOL! I prefer to use the Spelt flour instead of the white flour because the consistency is much different and the taste is so much better than the white flour. And there was enough to have a few the next day and so I sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top. Anyway, I hope you will try them.

“Amaranth Fritters Recipe”

Ingredients:

1 cup Organic whole grain Amaranth

1/2 medium onion (diced)

1 cup of scallions (diced)

1-3 cloves garlic (minced)

1 ½ cup water

(add in 1 cup of water every 8-10 minutes of the 40 minutes cooking time)

1 teaspoon of better than bullion chicken broth paste

2 eggs

4 Tbsp Spelt flour

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Avocodo oil to fry

Utensils:

1 large skillet

1 spatula

1 mixing bowl

Directions:

Day One

1. In a skillet add 1 Tbsp of oil and brown the onions (not the scallions) and garlic.

2. Then add hot boiling water, broth paste and stir in the amaranth.

3. Allow it to cook on low flame for 40 minutes and add in a cup of water every 8-10 minutes because the water evaporates into this grain. So you’ll have to watch it closely.

4. After letting it cool. Pour the mixture in a sealed container to go into the refrigerator overnight so that the mixture is cold and jelly-like.

Day Two

5. Put a little oil in the skillet and let it warm up.

6. Add 4 Tbsp of Spelt flour (or white flour) and 2 eggs and scallions to the cold jelly-like Amaranth mixture and blend together well then add one tablespoon at a time into the hot oil to fry browning both sides evenly until done.

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When I Think Of Winter I Think Of So Many Wonderful Things…

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Well, we are definitely in the midst of winter here as it’s been in full swing. I am doing all the things that a person can do to try to make the most of it and enjoy it. I tell you I love winter because it gives me the opportunity to cuddle up more often as I try to stay warm and toasty. It seems watching Bollywood movies and my favorite Hindi soaps during winter feel so much more enjoyable.

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“Deepika Padukone’s Smashing Performance at IIFA 2016”

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“Mohe Rang Do Lal Bollywood Queens”

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This winter I am enjoying cuddling up in plush velvet white sheets as they feel so soft against the skin and feel so warming. It’s amazing how such a little thing like soft velvet sheets can help someone ease into sleep. This winter so far I tried some new herbal teas and different kinds of coffee flavors to sip on by day and or night.

I look out my window and I can see the green grass is starting to grow in a bit as spring is trying to take hold once again. But I think I’ll put my head back under the covers and dream of winter a little while longer. And when I do I think of so many things and here’s some of what comes into my thoughts and in my mind…

Fuzzy mittens, wool hat, thick soft scarf, earmuffs, blizzard, shoveling snow, snowflake, snowball, ice melting, snowman, north pole, icicle, ice skating, sledding, comforter, blankets, bedspreads, roasting, baking, pies, soups, teas, heater, hibernate, wreath, holidays, fireplace, furnace, candles, chill, socks, wind, cold, frostbitten, flu, boots, fur, flannel, fleece, shearling, sheepskin, cashmere, bears, Eskimo, decorating, winter crafts, knitting, crochet, cardinals, snow globes…. watching more and more of my favorite Hindi Soaps and Bollywood movies to the hilt!!!

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“Sanam Teri Kasam Title Song- Official Video- Harshvardhan, Mawra- Himesh Reshammiya, Ankit Tiwari”

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My Favorite Homemade Cold Cereal Recipe

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Ever since I learned that the cold cereal’s sold in stores was not good for you, in fact, they were poisonous I decided to come up with my own recipe. And oh boy does this cereal taste so much better than store brought cereals. The flavor and chewy texture are unlike any other cereal I have ever enjoyed and tasted in my life! I am hooked and cannot go back. I love to have my homemade cereal sometimes with ice-cold organic horizon milk, or some kind of homemade nut milk and sliced banana or without milk as a plain crunchy snack or sometimes I’ll go as far as to make a few cereal bars with this cereal by mixing in a few melted vegan marshmallows and caramel sauce. And the wonderful thing is that these types of grains are so very good for health.

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My Favorite Homemade Cold Cereal Recipe

Ingredients:

3-4 cups of Rolled Kamut

3 cups of Rolled Spelt

½ to 1 cup of melted creamy butter (or a light olive oil if you don’t like butter)

1 cup of Agave syrup (or add more if you like it to be sweeter)

2 Tablespoons of Vanilla Powder (the powder gives it a more powerful flavor than the extract)

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

2-3 teaspoons of pumpkin spice

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt

2 cups of raisins, soaked in water till plump then strained

1 cup of pumpkin seeds (removed from shells)

Utensils:

1 large cookie sheet

1 large spoon

1 medium mixing bowl

1 small bowl for the raisins to soak

Directions:

1. Mix all the ingredients together except for the raisins for now and spread out the mixture evenly on a large cookie sheet and bake in the oven uncovered for 1 hour at 200 degrees.

2. Take the mixture out of the oven and move around the mixture with a spoon and add the soaked and strained raisins and re-spread out evenly then sprinkle over the top with a bit of pumpkin spice and cook for another 2 hours at 200 degrees.

3. Remove from oven and store in an airtight container in the fridge to have with milk or plain as a snack.

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Lucky To Find A Blender With A Flour Mill Setting: Prepping

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I have found what I been looking for! I been searching for an electric flour mill and had no good luck because they all seemed so very expensive. You know the cost is up there in the hundreds. I feel it makes no sense to have to shell out so much money for something I would use periodically. So for years I waited and watched, hoping the prices would come down on some of those mills. But so far it seems the prices are going even higher every year.

So one day I just happened on something amazing! The answer to all my prayers. It is called the “Ninja Chef” which has a flour mill setting and runs on 1500 watts. I was amazed that I got it at around one-third of the price of all the expensive flour mills on the market.

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The reason I prefer to grind our own flour is that it can be made as needed for baking, decreasing wastage since flour can go bad and get bugs in it. So now I can grind just enough to last for a month into a baggie into the freezer. Plus I like the idea of knowing these different flours, once ground up is at their freshest peek, free of additives and preservatives and that I could also mix the kinds of flours I want together at the same time while it’s being grounded.

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And doing it this way assists with prepping by having the various whole grains to turn into flour in our food storage already like Spelt, Kamut, Teff, Millet, Amaranth, Rye, White and Red Wheat Berries. We buy them and store them in food grade buckets or in number 10 cans and in this form, they may last almost forever up until their ground because once ground the clock starts ticking. So our goal is to keep stocking up on grains and vacuum seal the unused portions as we go.

So now all we need is a solar system.

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“Ninja Chef Duo Blogger Review”

 

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