Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Forcing Paperwhites

Forcing Paper Whites is a fun way to begin Holidays. I have been taking part in this tradition for about a decade. I remember I did this with my son when he was very young. Nicolette enjoys this and love watching how these guys grow inside during holiday. 

Although I am not a big fan of it fragrance because it could get very strong we continue to force them. 

I perform this ritual in my classroom as well. Children love watching them grow and producing beautiful flowers. This is my drive for gardening during harsh winter months…

Monday, December 29, 2014

Canning Cranberries...

Canning has become part of my cooking rituals. I like the fact that I could easily make a gift while I am cooking. Because it tis the same time I would spend in cooking a meal and I can do the canning as a part of cooking. End of the day I had made a gift, which I could tuck away for the right moment. Sometimes, if I am visiting someone in a hurry I can always take a canned item. This cut my time in half so I don't have to look for a gift or stop halfway through a drive. 

Not only that we get to enjoy some of the fresh fruits off season. Which we have come to love specially the pickles and jams. I am still a novice when it comes to jams. But I have tested all my boundaries making many kinds of jellies. 

Some might say I enjoy cooking but actually I don’t when I come to think about it. Certainly enjoy feeding my family. I know when I was young my mother stayed at home and often surprised us with many treats which to today I dearly hold those memories to my heart. 

Being isolated from many family members, its hard to ask someone to recreate those dishes. Although, I have come to recreate my own dishes with what is readily available to me at my finger tips. I often go through few blogs which is close to my heart to recreate those dishes which I have come to love.