Friday, November 30, 2012


I am glad that the leftover turkey is entirely consumed by us. We were really creative to use what we had at home. I had many projects planned. Every little bit of time help all of us to create in someways. Having simple easy meals was a winner for all of us. 

This was an easy fix;bean rice, taco mixed turkey, lettuce, onions, chillies, and tomatoes could be just the right thing for a meal. 

What did you do with leftover turkey? 

Less time in the kitchen preparing meals means more time for family and projects. Puzzles, Painting, Sewing, Gardening, and Whatever comes in between. Holiday being just around the corner, gift giving, and visiting friends could be sometimes stressful. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free Time...

I love creating free time for my children. This help them to relax, unwind, organize, and to create. I have to be honest I get bored watching TV for a long time. I can do for few hours after a while it get really get under my skin.

I see this happening to my youngest, she get bored after watching TV for a while. She would go back to her room and begin to build with her block. This is sometimes really amusing what she would do with the blocks. This is a collection which was passed down to her by her brother. She loves them deeply and continue to amaze me with her creativity.

I was able to snap few creation she created using her block. Do you encourage free time to your child. What do you provide your young with to create.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Planning ahead...

In order to get few things in the house I need to be organized. How I accomplish that by planning ahead as much as I can. I plan my meals on Friday night, get them prepared if possible on Friday if not on Saturday. Sometimes the cooking can take over some of my time and energy. The meal plan includes a wide variety from pizzas, pastas, curries, soups to some Asian dishes.

Lately I have been cooking Salmon as a Sri Lankan curry dish. It has been a quaint a dish in our household. Additionally, I have been cooking chicken and some other vegetables as well.

I have to admit, I love coming home to a meal after work. I usually unwind with a cup of tea or for an early dinner.

How do you plan your weeks menu... I would love to hear.


Monday, November 26, 2012


Balancing work with family life, school, and crafts needs creativity. But my hands and mind work together find few minutes work and finish projects. This is the season for fleece and there are so many projects. 

I bought the fleece from the ruminant rack last year. Its being a while and finally I made this cute little no sew blanket. Nicolette still enjoys her naps at school and a warm blanket would certainly take her to the deep slumber. She refuses to wake up but she also falls a sleep little later at school comparing to home. 

I might keep one in the car on our way home from work so she can rest for few minutes. 
This is a very time friendly blanket to make for busy moms.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving is one of the few celebrations I celebrate with my family. I had joy making every single dish. Little Nicolette can understand and appreciate the true meaning of Thanksgiving. 

We finished all of our last minute shopping on believe it or not on Wednesday morning. Kids had half day at school on Wednesday. I was able to score few things I wanted for my shop as well as for home this Thanksgiving. Turkey was in on Tuesday with the rest of the Thanksgiving menu. 

Nothing fancy but my usual menu with an abundant of desserts. I made a lattice apple pie and very happy with the results. It was delicious with a little bit of ice cream and caramel sauce. Extra tart went to the neighborhood gathering after thanks giving meal. It was a fun gathering and was a huge collection of desserts.

I could not get to the green beans this year... but enjoyed the Brussels sprouts with pecans and ham. The sweet potato dish was a hit... it was sweet and crunchy with its topping. 

We shared this poem with children at school and it really touched my heart. i thought I would share with everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. 

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest is all gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain.
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!


Sunday, November 4, 2012


It is the season for this wonderfully soft fabric. The fabric stores are loaded with this beautiful super cozy fabric. I was motivated to make cowls. However, I do not think I originated this idea. I am sure there are zillion patterns out in the web. But this is my idea and I kept few practical things in my mind. The age of the child wearing and the activity level of the child. 

This cowl originated with these principals. I wanted to have a few in my hand so little Nicolette can be cozy outside when she play in her school with style. 

I wanted it to be a little loose so she can move it around instead it been so snuggly against her skin. This fabric could get warm I was afraid she might not want to wear them at all. If she is running around she could get warm pretty quickly. 

I decided to make them a little bigger so she can manipulated her cowl when she wants to instead of she taking the whole thing off. Now it is light and airy but definitely keeps her neck and chest area warm. 

The fabric patterns can drive a person crazy. I could not decided what I want luckily the time factor was on my side so I had to narrow down my choices. I picked these for my trial lot. I am planning to make more of these. Could be very cute gift during holiday season. 

Little Nicolette was happy to model... 

My temporary cowl alternative until I get my fingers wrapped in yarn... then its another story.... 


Thursday, November 1, 2012


The hustle of holidays is just around the corner. The neighborhood ladies are getting together for drinks I am looking forward for this event. As the hurricanes retrieves, communities are getting together to help people, and people are getting ready to start their work. 

I cannot be thankful enough for the month of November. I am thankful to have my loving family and warm house to sleep. I am thankful for drinking water. I am thankful to the roads that leads work is not flooded. I am thankful for the children who are eager to learn and discover in my classroom. 

I am thankful the for the month of November and I do not think I can squeeze all that to words to simply explain how thankful and grateful I am for this month.