During my recent trip to the Mustang Library in Scottsdale, I sat reading a book next to this large window. It felt so refreshing as though I was outside, sitting in nature, browsing through a good book.
Instead of the good old damp and dark library scenario represented in movies, in reality, most of my favorite libraries are modern and architecturally unique,but the feeling of being out instead of inside a room has always been the common factor.
A cup of coffee is the necessary drug for everyday. It’s the wake up and go factor as well as the lets do this thing for me. I love a cup of black coffee.
This is my fun idea of prehistoric beachfront memory jar.
To represent the sea, I have used glass pebbles of various blue and some green. A couple of seashells I collected from my visit to the east coast and a pair of miniature dinosaurs I have been carri g around for the past 12 years.
It’s a wonderful way of making a memory jar.
Bougainvilleas are uniquely beautiful. Desert temperatures as well as hard, arid land benefits them.
Duo tone bougainvillea ❤️
My rose plant waits to be potted while Bougainville petals collect around.
Pink roses in bloom
Beautiful pink rose buds ready to greet the world.
This is my first time seeing cacti blossoms. The colors vary from yellow to orange to pink to red.
Same red roses , just different point of views. This is the Don Juan variety of red roses which thrive in the desert heat. Just remember to water them. This variety of red roses are very fragrant as well.
Despicable me series has been one of my favorite movie series. All because of the MINIONS! Yes I am a Minions fan. I love them. They are my most favorite characters. Minions are cute, smart, very efficient, have their own language, and yellow. Here is my tribute to them:
I call myself a recipe pirate. Maybe, a bit non-conformist cook. The reason is simple, I dare to go off recipe. I do follow recipes but make some changes, tweaks or modifications along the way. And sometime i create recipes. Today is the auspicious day for creating one and here it is:
1/4 cup sweet dark chocolate
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg. Yolk and whites separated
3 ladyfingers (ok not okra but the Italian biscuits used for making Tiramisu)
4 teaspoon instant coffee
1/3 cup hot water
3 oz Brandy
Dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee in hot water and set aside. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe dish (use the defrost setting as this avoids burning the chocolate.In a microwave safe bowl lay the lady fingers and soak them with the dissolved instant coffee and 1/2 brandy and set aside. Add the remaining coffee in a mixing bowl along with the egg yolk and remaining brandy. Mix well. Now mix in the melted or softened chocolate. Stir well and mix in the bread crumbs. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form or its frothy. Softly fold this in the breadcrumb mixture. Spread this over the soaking Lady fingers and cover with microwave safe lid.
Microwave it for 2 minutes remove and serve.
A word of Caution
: This dessert might be a bit potent in alcohol.
10 Reasons the Grass is greener on my side
A couple of years ago I wrote 10 consecutive status updates on Facebook with the topic- The grass is greener on my side.
Here are the top 10 reasons why the Grass is greener on my side; mind you they are a bit sarcastic in tone. 🙂
Grass is green
#10 reason the grass is greener on my side: Coz you are still wearing those ridiculous green lensed sunglasses/ glasses.
#9 reason grass is greener on my side: are you sure you are looking OVER the fence and not just at your OWN lawn?
#8 reason the grass is greener on my side: the location is not 20.6328° N, 11.2061° E
#7 reason the grass on my side is greener: do you know the phrase ‘appearances can be deceiving ‘ ?
#6 reason the grass on my side is greener: here’s the logic, grass is green. Get it … Grass is green colored. What else are you curious about
#5 reason the grass on my side is greener: every day, long hours of weeding, mowing, fertilizing, and watering under hot blazing sun … In other words, lots and lots of sacrifices.
#4 reason the grass on my side looks greener: I live close to a golf course
#3 reason the grass is greener on my side: It rains a lot here
#2 reason the grass is greener on my side: It’s artificial turf. Low maintaince. All season.
#1 reason the grass on my side is greener: I edit it constantly in Adobe Photoshop
One of my favorite seafood recipe, invented by me is Seafood with vegetables stir fry served over curried noodles. Its spicy mouth watering goodness, satisfies the seafood lovers tummy.
I like strawberry shake, especially home made ones. My recipe replaces strawberries with chocolate covered ones. Now that’s something special! The proportions in the recipe doesn’t matter as long as the consistency of the strawberry shake is pouring consistency. Try making my style strawberry shake the next time you get some delicious chocolate covered strawberries. And hush! keep it a secret that you used chocolate covered strawberries in your strawberry shake. Let loved ones be pleasantly surprised. Go ahead and enjoy!