Sunday, March 31, 2013

HAPPY EASTER

The blessings of the risen Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! l! Wishing you a very happy Easter!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pesaha Appam and Pesaha Paal (Updating with better picture)

Today we celebrate "Pesaha Vyazhazhicha." I think "Pesaha" means Passover and "Pesaha" commemorates the Last Supper of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ before He was crucified for the remission of the sins of all human beings. After His death on the cross He rose again from the dead on Easter Sunday and because of this mind-boggling event we can all lead a life of amazing hope, true beauty and joy. Anyways on Pesaha we make Pesaha Appam and Pesaha Paal. I made both but only the paal turned out good. The Appam did not work out. Here is a picture of my Pesaha Appam and Paal. . And I did some research on Wikipedia about the significance of this tradition of making Pesaha Appam and Paal in my community. If you like history you can read on. Pesaha Appam From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Pesaha Appam (Passover unleavened bread) & Pesaha Pal (Passover milk) The Pesaha Appam (Passover unleavened bread) and Pesaha Pal (Passover drink) from Kerala, South India made during Passover by Saint Thomas Christians (Nasranis) Origin Creator(s) Jewish Diaspora [1] Details Serving temperature Served after dinner without any yeast[1] Main ingredient(s) Rice batter Variations Pal appam (fermented bread for festivities and other days), Injera (Ethiopian yeast risen flatbread), lahoh (לחוח) in Yemenite Jewish Cuisine Other information Cultural cuisine of the Nasrani[1] community and Malabar Jewish[1] community. It is not prepared on any other day except on Passover. The left overs are to be finished by the next day and any other left over on the third day if at all is to be burned according to the rules in leviticus Pesaha Appam is the unleavened Passover bread made by the Saint Thomas Christians (also known as Syrian Christians or Nasrani) of Kerala, India to be served on Passover night.[1] It is served on passover night of Maundy Thursday. Pesaha appam is made from rice batter like Palappam,[2] but it is not fermented with yeast in its preparation.[1] Traditionally, Pesaha Appam is served in a ceremonial manner on Passover night in Syrian Christian households. The head of the family cuts the appam, dips it in paalukurukku (syrup) or Pesaha Pal (Passover milk), and serves it to the other family members.[2] The Pesaha Appam is derived from the ancient bread of Jewish tradition.[1] It has survived and continued as a tradition by the Knanayas that migrated to Kerala from the levant in the early days of Jewish Christianity.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] During Passover the Saint Thomas Nasrani Christian prepare bread without yeast in accordance with the Jewish commemoration of Pesaha or Passover. This unleavened bread is prepared only for Passover and is called as Pesaha Appam or Passover unleavened bread. This was also followed by the Malabar Yehuden or Malabar Jews of Kerala.[1] Pesaha pal (passover coconut milk [חלב קוקוס]) is served along with Pesaha Appam on the night of Passover.[9] Some families have the custom of singing traditional Kerala Nasrani Christian songs on passover night.[11] This tradition of Pesaha appam was observed by the entire Nasrani people until Portuguese persecution as well as the Cochin Jews.[9] Hope you have a blessed day!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cupcakes

Ever since I saw pictures of bunny cupcakes and and other Easter cakes in bhg.com I have been wanting to bake. So as I was writing a mental grocery list for the supplies needed to bake bunny cupcakes I remembered I already had some flower sprinkles from before in the fridge. They were in pastel shades and so I decided to use them for my cupcakes. For a glam touch I added silver balls. I wanted to finish decorating the cupcakes before my kids came home from school and so I was in a hurry and could not do a good job yesterday. However, this morning there were 3 cupcakes left and so I redecorated them and took pictures. I love decorating cupcakes. Do you? Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dessert Tables

I really love dessert tables. I would love to make the desserts as well as decorate the tables for the desserts. How cute are these tables that I pinned.

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I want to make milkshake for my kids in glasses decorated like these. I have never had a milkshake in a glass rimmed with sprinkles. I would love to drink milkshake from a glass decorated like this.
Do you like decorating dessert tables? Have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Mantel is Complete

I hope your weekend has been good. Mine was good. I feel a sense of accomplishment because I was able to finish my Easter mantel finally yesterday. If you have been following my blog, you might remember that I had made the paper tulips and the frame with the verse on it earlier. I made a garland of flowers with coffee filter paper, paint and yarn. The garland was hard to come together because I did not know on what to hang the flowers. Finally I decided on yarn and it worked okay. I cut out the letters for HAPPY EASTER on scrap book paper and hung it on yarn with coffee filter flowers between each letter. Here is a close up picture of the scrapbook paper letter. I picked this paper because of the purple bunny. And below that is a picture of the coffee filter flower. Have a great rest of your weekend!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Beauty of the Sky

When I was three years old our family used to live in a two-story apartment building and our home was on the second floor. This apartment/flat had a balcony in the front. From the balcony you could look at the sky. Standing in the balcony and looking at the pretty clouds in the horizon there was something I always wanted to do. Walk all the way to the horizon, gather some pretty white clouds, put them in my pocket and bring it home. I really love looking at the sky. I love how the clear blue becomes a moody, smoky blue at times and then that changes to a smoky gray, and then a clear gray and and how it becomes velvety dark in the night and how it changes back to pale blue in the morning, not to mention the times with the fluffy white clouds, and the reds, pinks and purples of sunrise and sunset. Here is a view of the sky from my backyard. Do you like looking at the sky? I love the pictures of the parisian skies in the blog--parisinfourmonths. Seeing those pictures gave me the courage to document my own Iowan sky. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Allowing myself to dream of Sweet Easter Treats

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I think, in life, if we focus on good things, we are sure to succeed in our endeavors. So today I decided to inspire myself by looking at cupcakes and cakes from bhg.com. How adorable is this cute little Easter Bunny cupcake.

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I wish I could bake this mommy and baby marshmallow bunny duo cakes for my kiddos. We will see.

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This cake is a Malted Mousse Cake. I wish I were a talented baker with my own bakery that sold cakes like these.

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This is a Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade cupcake. This too would be sold at my dream bakery which would be beautifully decorated and luxurious. In my dream bakery all people would be welcome. Rich people and poor people, educated folks and uneducated folks, stylish people and people who are not stylish, impoverished students, teenagers with pimples, employed people and people without jobs, people who live in huge mansions and people who live in bus stops and libraries.....all would be welcome to my dream bakery.

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This is a Sunflower Cake. In my dream bakery that sold cakes like this, all the cakes and cupcakes would be free.

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Look at this fresh fruit and cream tart. Even this would be free. Smiles and politeness are the only required payments for all the treats at my bakery.

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How cute is this Easter nest cupcake! Even this cute cupcake would be free in my bakery. My bakery would exist to give all people pretty cupcakes and cakes for free so they can smile a little. Thanks for letting me dream today. I hope you too will dream some today! Blessings to you!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Simple Tuna Casserole

It is spring break for our kids and so I wanted to make something simple for my kiddos for lunch. I found the recipe for a healthy Tuna Casserole in Every Day Food with Sarah Carey in the Martha Stewart website. It was very easy to make and turned out good in my opinion. It is tasty in a wholesome and happy way. It is creamy and the mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmesan on top is nice. This involves the making of white sauce and I have always wanted to make white sauce well. I have tried it a few times before but this time it turned out nice. And below are two pictures of the gift I wrapped yesterday. If you have been following my blog I sort of promised yesterday to share pics of how I wrapped the gifts I had to. I was not at all satisfied with the way this turned out but it is okay, I think. I made the flowers with coffee filter paper. I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wrapping Gifts

One thing I really like to do is to wrap gifts.Recently we had the opportunity to give some gifts and I was searching pinterest for ideas to wrap the gifts we bought. Here are some. This one with polka dots in black and white and paper flowers is cute, don't you think?
Brown paper, lace and paper peonies.....gorgeous!

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This one is cute as well, know?
This looks so happy. Recently when I went to Target I saw some pretty white paper with silver dots on it. I really liked it but did not buy it. I regret not buying that paper. Anyways, if I am able to, I will take pics of the gifts I wrap for this space tomorrow. Do you like wrapping gifts? Have a great Tuesday!