Blogmas IV: Mom’s Special – Christmas Recipes

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Hello everyone!

Welcome back to #blogmas. December – the harbinger of winters – is here and December by default means Christmas season. It’s the time to party, for family to sit together and celebrate, and good food is an inevitable part of all celebrations.

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Follow these easy Christmas recipes and have a feast!
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Here are 4 amazing and easy Christmas Recipes from my kitchen.

1.Truffle Pudding

A favorite among kids and adults alike! It’ll be a super hit for parties and is super easy to make.

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Sweet Delight – Truffle pudding!
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Ingredients –

  • Vanilla sponge cake
  • 2 cups Assorted fresh fruits
  • 4 tbsp Dry fruits (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups custard sauce

Method –

Make thin custard sauce (preferably vanilla flavor) and let it cool. Cut assorted fresh fruits into small cubes – apples, pear, peach, grapes, banana, pomegranate etc. Mix them in the custard when cool. Cut the sponge cake into rectangular cubes and line them in a shallow dish. Pour the fresh fruit custard over it. Garnish with dry fruit and serve chilled!

2.Mutton Chops

Take your festive feast a notch higher with these delicious mutton chops. Follow this easy recipe and you’ll know its no rocket science to cook mutton chops.

Christmas recipes for parties
Always a yaaayyy for mutton chops!

Ingredients –

  • 500gm mutton chops (ribs) (flattened)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbsp cornflour/ maida
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2- 3 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1 lemon

1 onion (cut into rings)

Method –

Wash the mutton chops and drain them (be sure that the flesh on the chops has been beaten well to flatten them).

Beat the eggs, add salt, chillies, garam masala, coriander powder, ginger garlic paste, and cornflour to make a thick paste. Marinate the chops and keep overnight. Cook them in a non-stick pan with 2 drops of olive oil on medium heat.

You can also bake/ grill them as per your taste. Serve hot with lemon juice squeezed over them and onion rings.

3. Spiced Vanilla Coffee

Whether its conversations, cuddling up in the blanket to watch sappy Christmas movies, or to just enjoy it with a book, coffee is a constant companion. It’s the season of being merry and this spiced vanilla coffee will be perfect for cozy evenings and lazy afternoons!

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Try this yummy coffee!
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Ingredients –

  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • Sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Vanilla essence
  • 1 cup water
  • Fresh cream (optional)
  • Powdered mix spices

Method –

In a thick pan, boil milk with a pinch of mix spices (star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves). Put coffee powder, sugar, 2-3 drops of vanilla essence in a mug. Pour hot milk and mix well. Add fresh cream if desired (and if you don’t mind those extra calories). Your yummy coffee is ready to be relished with some delish cookies!

4. Puplet Cake

It’s Christmas time for our furry friends also. So treat them with a special doggie cake which they’ll love and the wagging tail will be proof enough!

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The cake was Romeo’s faav! Look at that happy face 🙂

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Assorted fresh fruit (cut into small cubes)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp tutti-fruti

Method –

In a bowl take eggs and beat them well. Add fruits and tutti-fruti. Mix baking powder with wheat flour and slowly add the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Grease a mould with some oil and pour the batter. Bake it for 10 minutes on 180 degree C.

Once cool, de-mould and feed it to your beloved! See the glee on their face and the twinkle in their eyes as the aroma of this yummy Christmas treat fills the kitchen!

I hope these Christmas recipes make your festive season all the more special. Do let me know which of these are you going to try! See you soon for #blogmas!

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Blogtober Day 31: A heartfelt wrap up!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to #blogtober wrap up. It’s been such an overwhelming journey. A month ago, I decided on whim to do #blogtober, i.e. one post a day all of October. With apprehensions and anxiety, I started and thankfully things went pretty well.

The best part about October has to be my birthday in the hills. It was whimsical, filled with lots of sunshine and good food, just the way I wanted.

Forever craving mountain sun! 
Life looks better in the mountains!


Have a look at Mcleodganj Diaries – part I and Part II to have a closer look at the celebrations!

A month of churning content and sticking to a schedule has made me feel so productive and happy. And true that, it’s not the journey that’s intimidating but that first step. Gathering courage to take that first step is the most difficult, and I’m so thankful to y’all and especially maa, for being such a support!

Was so happy to do #blogtober! Thanks for all your support.

Oh, you can also read my birthday special post – 10 things I’m grateful for in life.

Hope this month long blogging helped you in some way. I talked about my favorite things – mountains, books, and fashion. Let me know which post was your favorite from #blogtober.

Always up for book recommendations.

Wishing you love and light for the festive season ahead. Don’t burn crackers, don’t burn hearts, don’t break hearts! Bye and see you soon!

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Blogtober Day 28: Mcleodganj Diaries part – II

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Hello y’all. Its Day 28 and just three more days left to #blogtober. Enjoying a sunkissed lazy Sunday before the hustle of a new week begins.

My talent includes – finding cute cafes, befriending doggies, and pondering over life.

Last Sunday this time I was in the mighty mountains. A week back into the life, but the vacay hangover refuses to fade away.  Mcleodganj has a special place in my heart, and this birthday made it all the more memorable.

Shiva Cafe
You’ll be dead trekking. But this view and the vibe is so worth it.
Shiva Cafe Mcleodganj
Tea breaks like these!
On the way to Shiva Cafe

For my birthday this year I thought I’ll celebrate it at Paa’s favorite mountain destination – Manali. Efficiently we planned and booked well in advance. But due to the recent floods, the plan got cancelled. His second favorite place was Mcleodganj, and that’s how birthday in the mountains came to life.

Mcleodganj monastery
That chanting just gives you goosebumps. So peaceful.   
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Half the trip spent crying, the other half in admiration.
Birthday Ready!
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Luna had my heart melting.  
Illiterati cafe mcleodganj
Love and other perishable drugs.  
Fluffy doggiees, the mountains, and me – perfect love triangle.  
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Totally insta worthy! 

Have a look at part – I of my whimsy trip.

Let me know if this has inspired you to visit this cutesy destination. And if you’ve visited Mcleodganj, what’s your favorite place to chill. I’ll see you tomorrow! Bye..

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Blogtober Day 27: Top 7 Book to Movie Adaptations

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Hi y’all! Welcome to the last weekend posts of #blogtober. And Happy Karvachauth ladies.

After a day of fasting,  a stay in Saturday night with chilling and movie marathon, sounds a good idea. For all you movie buffs and booknerds, I got something special today – books to movies that you’ll love.

YA books into movies
They say never judge a book by its movie. But these book to movie adaptations are really great.

7 book to movie adaptations that you’ll love

1. Me Before You

If there’s one love story you want to read, then watch, sob, and get all the feels, Me Before You is the perfect pick. I’ve lost count for the number of times I cried while reading and watching the movie. It’s super cute, emotional, and so romantic. The chemistry between Emilia Clark and Sam Claflin is sizzling. You need to watch this on those shitty PMSing days to make life better.

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Cuddle up with bae and have the perfect romantic movie night with Me Before You.

2. Room

The story of a mother-son duo that are held captive in a room. The story of their escape and the story of courage and hope, Room is such a deeply moving book to movie adaptation. If you haven’t read it or seen it, I highly recommend it. But don’t blame me if it leaves a void in your heart. I cried re-watching the trailer, so you can imagine. Brie Larson as the mother and the little boy Jacob Tremblay are beyond exceptional.

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Falling short of words to describe how good this is!

3. One Day

For all you romantic buffs, One Day reminds you of old school charm. Both the book and the movie have that vintage vibe! I have to admit that I was a tad bit biased towards the movie. The story traces Dexter (Jim Strugess) and Emma (Anne Hathway) who decide to meet every year on 15th July and see where their life is heading. Spread over 18 years the story is funny and emotional in a seamless way. Watch this with bae tonight and let the romance soar.

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Is there any way you cannot like Anne Hathway?

4. 7 Years in Tibet

It is based on Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer’s life experiences in Tibet during World War II. How he escapes Chinese prison and reaches the holy city of Lhasa where he’s employed as an instructor for 14th Dalai Lama. Soon their bond kindles and they become friends and close confidants. Watch this for the brilliance of the story, visuals, and of course Brad Pitt.

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Story so enticing, and Brad Pitt so convincing.

5. The Girl on the Train

Based on Paula Hawkins bestselling psychological thriller, the story traces an alcoholic woman who somehow becomes involved in a missing persons investigation. Things take a turn and become messier with each turn. Emily Blunt in the lead role is so convincing, loved her.

I can clearly say that the movie as better. The intensity, that chill, and psychological thriller feel was kept crisp in the movie.

best books to movies 2017
In the mood for a twisted psychological thriller? Watch this.

6. If I Stay

If I Stay is the first book in a duology and is followed by Where She Went by Galye Forman. The book to movie adaptation of If I Stay is phenomenal. The drama and tension of the story comes alive in the film and is so enjoyable.

The story is about Mia, who meets with an accident. Although she slips into coma, she has an out-of-body experience wherein she sees life differently and has to make a life altering choice!

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Get ready for a sob fest while watching/ reading If I Stay.

7. The Silence of the Lambs

The movie is based on the novel ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ by Thomas Harris. The story traces Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who seeks help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, an extraordinaire psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to help find another serial killer.

It is creepy, horrific, and gut wrenching. Read it to get the feels and see it for a visual treat that Anthony Hopkins is!

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Best way to describe this – creepy af.

If you’ve read and seen any of these, let me know what you thought of these book to movie adaptations. Also please share your recommendations! I’ll see you tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

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Blogtober Day 26: 5 Useful Diwali Gifting Ideas

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Hii! Warm welcome to day 26 of #blogtober.

Diwali is just round the corner, and while we all love the dressing up, meeting friends and family, eating delish sweets, and festivities, the one thing that most of us dread is deciding upon Diwali gifts.

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This Diwali give a thoughtful and useful gift.
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Gone are the times when you could recycle gifts and give boring mithai boxes as Diwali gifts. This Diwali get creative and gift something useful and practical. Something that’ll make the other person genuinely happy and they can use it in their day to day life.

So here are 5 practical Diwali gifting ideas

1.Health Hamper

Let go of the unhealthy mithai and snack packs this Diwali. Instead you can curate a special health hamper for your loved ones. Homemade cookies, nuts and seed mix, quinoa crackers, kale chips, herbal tea, makhanas, protein bars, etc. there is plenty to choose from. Pack an assortment of items in a beautiful basket, or pick a hamper online.

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Say no to those boring gift packs. Choose health hampers instead.
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You can also gift tea hampers or coffee gift baskets. Customize a hamper with different kinds of roasts and teas, and trust me it’ll be a cherished Diwali gift. So this season gift the goodness of health and wellness.

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You take the coffee and see how conversations begin!
Image Source – Blue Tokai Coffeee

2. Fragrance 

A luxury fragrance is something is a foolproof way to impress anyone! You can pick one as per your budget and it’ll make for a perfect Diwali gift. And if you know the person is a huge fan of a particular fragrance, you can also gift a fragrance set!

Diwali gifts for family
Heartwarming gifts like these!
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Fragrance gift set is always a good idea!
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3. Organization Kits

Space is always a constraint in our modern homes. And what better way than to gift someone a chic organization kit to make their vanity look super classy. Brush holders, organization trays, jewelry boxes…the list is endless.

Amara Accessories is a Noida based brand that has a huge variety of amazing organization kits. From brush holders to bath sets, marble finish trays to stunning jewelry boxes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Great quality and amazing service, do check them out and get your Diwali gifts sorted. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

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Keep your perfumes tidily stacked courtesy Amara Accessories.
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How stunning will this look on your vanity!

4. Memberships

Gifting memberships, be it Netflix subscription for your beloved bestie, gym membership for your fitness freak cousin, or bookstore/library membership for your nerdy sibling, is such a great and useful idea.

Diwali gift ideas
For all your coffee lover friends, this can be a great gift!
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You can also gift your family and friends subscription boxes, there are so many options to choose from – beauty, health, tea, snacks, books etc.  Gifting membership cards is also a great option, something like Body Shop, Forest Essentials, Lifestyle, or PVR membership.

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A gift card gives the freedom of choice and makes such a useful gift!
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5. Beauty/ Skincare Gift Boxes

The festive season means lots of parties to attend, and sometimes amidst all the fun and celebrations, you might not get the time to visit the salon. Gifting your loved ones a beauty or skincare hamper will be an ideal Diwali gift.

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All the goodness, packed with love 🙂
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You can customize one as per the person’s choices and skincare needs, or pick a readymade gift box. There are many available online from brands like The Body Shop, Kama Ayurveda, Forest Essentials, Bath and Body Works, Biotique, Clinique etc.

Diwali gift ideas
You’re spoilt for choices when it comes to gift hampers.
Image Source – amazon

Hope these Diwali gift ideas help you choose better this year! And wishing you a happy festive season ahead.

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Blogtober Day 22: Mcleodganj Diaries part – I

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Hi y’all… Its week 4 of #blogtober!

Back in the hood after a sunkissed and amazing vacation in the mountains of Mcleodganj. So today I thought of sharing whimsy snippets and intensifying your Monday blues.

Much needed getaway to the mighty mountains.
Dalai Lama temple Mcleodganj
Side by side, or a step ahead, together on the path of life.
best places in Mcleodganj
Walked to the monastery with aunty! Small joys of being in the hills.
Found my reading nook!
Happiest in the hills…..
Lunch with a view, always a yaaayyy~
Delish food, sun soaking, mountain gazing, posing, chai drinking – that’s my perfect vacation itinerary
Craving mountain sunshine forever!
Illiterati Cafe Mcleodganj
Evening was spent with Luna! Sucha cutie 🙂
Ombre, balmy, and whimsy – I fall short of adjectives for this prettiness.

You know what’s the worst about vacations? Leaving the view. Wish I could fill up my bags and heart with crisp mountain breeze and sunshine, but then the excitement and longing to go back will vanish.

So here’s to 4 days of vacay and 4 months of throwback! Bye, have a great week ahead.

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Blogtober Day 19: 20s – The decade of love and loss

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Hi everyone! Happy Dussera, and welcome to day 19 of #blogtober. As 20s come to an end, I’ve realized that this decade has been for love and loss.

Love has given me the strength to accept the loss. When I weigh the two, they seem to be equal. But then suddenly loss sinks and I understand that love always over powers.

Love and loss, both giving us strength for life.

20s has made me super strong, and I can vouch for it after losing most part of my family and my heart (Romeo). But it was their love then and now, that I and mumma are carrying on and giving life a tough fight.

Loss teaches you that when it all comes tumbling down, you need to sit there, wait, collect the pieces one by one – some might hurt, and start building the tower of hope again. I know it sounds whimsical, trust me it isn’t. There would be bad days, tears and snorts, heartache and headache, but it all passes. And what’s left are memories that always bring tears of longing and joy.

Happiest memories with my furball!

Collect those tears, drown in them once, build a bridge, and walk across to the other side. It’s always sunny and happy!

Hope the sun always shines on you and makes life bright and prosperous for you! Gotta go now! See you tomorrow

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Blogtober Day 18: 10 things I’m grateful for in life

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Hi from the hills! Its birthday eve and I write this with a heart full of gratitude for all the blessings bestowed in these three decades. Welcome to a rather emotional #blogtober Day 18.

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With papa’s blessings!

10 things I’m grateful for in life 


The best part about life was getting this munchkin home. With tiny paws he walked into our lives and has left paw prints on our hearts forever. Cannot be thankful enough to have his love and companionship for the most amazing 8 years of my life!

With all my heart!

Ok – sobbed, saw a tonne of his pictures, sobbed a little more, and now I’m back.

2. Supportive Parents

My parents have always been supportive about all my decisions in life and we’ve shared a bond of friendship and open discussions. This transparency, encouragement, and support has helped me a long way! And I’m most thankful for ‘em rockstar parents.

Memories for life.

3. Freedom to choose my career

I’m a freelancer and a lot of people do not understand the concept. Yes, I don’t go to a physical work place, but the hardwork I put in is equal and on some days a lot more than a regular 9 to 5. I was lucky to be supported by my parents in this decision and thankfully it has worked for me!

Talk about perks – working in pajamas, freedom to choose your working hours, being on your own. But don’t forget you need to keep yourself motivated and there’s a lot of uncertainty.

4. Road trips with mom-dad

Growing up, my summer and winter vacations were for road trips. Traveling with parents is such a comforting experience, all the luxuries and all the fun! Those lazy summer evenings by the beach, or sun soaking on cozy winter afternoons up in the hills, roadside chai ki tapri, fancy candle light dinner at a machan…such heartwarming memories.

Happy times are like ice-cream; melt away so quickly.

The best would be road trip with Romeo (papa’s last and probably the happiest one)

Look at those happy faces 🙂

5. Friends who understand

You have the freedom to choose friends, so make them wisely. Some friendships stay, some fade away, some linger on, but they all teach a lesson. It’s never a one way journey. I’m thankful for all the friends in my life, the ones who’ve stood through tough times – you know I appreciate it so much, and the ones who weren’t there – good riddance, you weren’t worth the time.

Happiness in a frame!

6. Finding solace in books

Forever thankful for my nerdy genes! Finding solace in books is ultimate happiness. You can laugh out loud, bawl your eyes out, feel loved, feel scared, and do absolutely any and everything in this magical world. For me books are savior and a friend I can always trust.

Finding love in the aisles of a bookstore 🙂

7. Gyaan from grandparents

Cherish memories with your grandparents, because there’s nothing like it. The time spent with daadi (KD) at home gossiping and watching her favorite serials, with nani and daddy in Amritsar – there’s no match to that feeling. Filled with gratitude to have their blessings and now them watching me from heavens above!

8. Publishing a book

It was a dream to see my name on the cover of a book. And now that’s its done, I’m a happy soul. So grateful for ‘December Breeze’ to have happened. So grateful for the tough times when I didn’t give up! However naïve it may be, firsts are always special and so is my December Breeze.

December Breezy by Kritika Manchanda
Feels so surreal to see this every time.

9. Body Positivity

Everybody is conscious in some way or the other, even I am. But now I’ve learnt to accept it and work my way with a smile. Extremely thankful for all things good instead of focusing on how the virtual world deceives has helped me become confident and happy in my own skin.

10. Acceptance

I’m most grateful for having worked on the quality of acceptance. It has helped me wade through the tough times a tad bit easily. Seeing how mumma is a ‘Iron Lady’ gives me so much strength. Acceptance towards death, grief, moving on, and myself – a big thanks to God.

All the light left in my life now!

Gratitude is something we should all cultivate. Let me know something that you’re grateful for in life! And come back tomorrow for birthday post in #blogtober!

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Blogtober Day 16: Move on in life with these 6 ways

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Hello! Welcome back to #blogtober and my second post.

The journey on the road of life is a mixed bag – smooth at times, satisfying at others, and sometimes a rather bumpy ride. The art of happy living lies in taking the rough with a smooth! All of us come across rough patches in life – emotional, physical, mental, or social. You have to be really strong to pull yourself out of these phases, whether all by yourself or with the help of others.

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Moving on in life, one step at a time.

6 ways that work towards bringing positivity and moving on in life.

1.Maintain your calm

However tough or disturbing the situation may be, maintaining your calm is the first step to pull yourself together. As cliché as it may sound, try to follow your routine – personal and professional. Trust me, it goes a long way in bringing mental stability during the troubled times. Try being as normal as you possibly can with everyone around.

how to move on in life
Take a deep breath, sleep it over, this too shall pass.

2. Mediate and talk to yourself

Meditation, even if it’s for five minutes a day, will garner strength. Introspection or even loud talking to yourself will help you analyze the situation and list your priorities, thus, bringing a semblance of peace to you.

3. Interact with people

Talking your heart out with someone you trust is a great way to take the load off your heart. Even if its idle gossip or just a routine discussion about something as casual as shopping or Big Boss, works to make you feel happy. Something as simple as an evening out or coffee evening with friends is a great idea.

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Coffee and Scarbble kinda day!

4. Exercise

Feeling lethargic and fatigued is natural during tough times. Don’t fall in that trap, get your body moving and indulge in some exercise. You don’t need to do rigorous training, little exercise and stretching at home, climbing a flight of stairs a couple of times will do wonders.

If you’re an early riser, enjoy the morning breeze while walking and some yoga, for a healthy body and mind. I, at least found solace in this.

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A walk in the hills, our version of vacay exercise.

5. Eat well

Nothing is as comforting as food. Cook it up or order in, serve it to yourself in fancy plates, and enjoy it. During times of despair we tend to not eat, but force yourself to eat. It’ll give you the strength to be brave and battle it all out.

how to stay positive
Believe in the superpower of food!

My comfort food is a bowl of soup, while Kritika’s is upma. Enjoying comfort food at home, or going to a fancy restaurant, it uplifts the soul and is a great way to feel good.

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Pajama Life!

6. Follow your passion

Yet another way to soothe yourself when the mind is restless! Follow your passion, and if you don’t have one, look for things that you always wanted to do –cooking, gardening, singing, mountaineering, music etc.

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Painting the world my way!

For me painting has been therapeutic, you choose your option. It’s such a stress buster and diverts your mind. Try it once, and you’ll surely enjoy it.

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Dreams do come true!

Hope these tips help you cope with loss and come out of grief in a positive and strong way. Let me know what you thought about it, and keep coming back for more in #blogtober journey. See you soon!

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Blogtober Day 12 : 5 easy instant dessert recipes

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Hi everyone! Finally my first post in #blogtober.

Come October and the festive season begins, and what’s a festive celebration sans delicious food. So here I am bringing you a few quick, easy to make, and delish dessert and mithai recipes to greet your guests and enjoy with your family.

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Try these easy mithai recipes at home

5 instant dessert recipes for festive season

1.Coconut Ladoos

Coconut makes an auspicious beginning for joyous occasions, and it is the main ingredient of the first recipe.

easy coconut ladoos recipe
Yummy coconut ladoos, so easy to make.
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Ingredients –

  • Powdered coconut – 250g
  • Condensed milk/ fresh cream – Half tin/ 1 small tetra pack
  • Powdered sugar – as per taste
  • Sherbets of different flavors – few drops
  • Silver wark (for decoration)

Method –

Take powdered coconut in a big bowl. Add condensed milk or fresh cream/ malai and powdered sugar. Mix well to turn into kneading consistency.

Add rose, khus, pineapple, mango sherbets for flavor (it also gives beautiful colors to the ladoos). Make into small balls. Decorate them with silver wark or coat them with desiccated coconut and serve these sweet delights!

2. Caramel Makhanas

Sweet indulgences during the festive season are more than welcome. And when you know its homemade and healthy, you don’t mind binging a tad bit extra.

caramel makhana recipe
Sweet yummnes…

Ingredients –

  • Foxnuts (makhanas) – 100g
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Method –

Heat 1tbsp ghee in a deep kadhai. Add sugar and cardamom powder. Let the sugar melt over medium heat. Keep stirring till the sugar turns golden brown. Add roasted foxnuts and stir well. Serve when cool and crispy coated with caramelized sugar.

You can also caramelize popcorn in the same way.

3. Instant Kheer

Guests dropping in suddenly and you want to serve kheer? Gone are the days when grandmom took hours and hours to prepare delicious kheer. Try this instant kheer recipe and you’ll surely get lots of compliments for your amazing cooking.

best mithai recipes
Instant kheer for instant happiness!

Ingredients –

  • Milk – 1.5l
  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Khoya – 250g
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cup
  • Saffron – few strands
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Dry fruits of your choice

Method –

Boil rice in a cooker till its soft (you want thick khichdi like consistency). Add milk and let it come to a boil, add grated khoya. When khoya dissolves add sugar and keep stirring. Add saffron and cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from heat when you get required consistency. Garnish with dry fruits and serve hot or cold.

Serve kheer with a fruity twist – layer it with mango puree, cut strawberries, or sweetened pineapple! This is a great way to serve the same old dessert in a new style.

4. Day and Night

Giving your leftover mithai a novel touch with this super recipe! All you need are some ladoos, gulab jamun, and creativity.

Ingredients –

  • Boondi ladoos –500g
  • Gulab Jamun –500g
  • Almonds and pistachios – for garnishing

Method –

Break the ladoos and layer a bowl with this boondi. Put a few gulab jamuns on top of boondi. Repeat the layers once again. Top layer should be boondi. Sprinkle shredded almonds and pistachios. Heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and your yummy unusual dessert is ready!

5. Roasted Makhanas

And after all this sweetness, just a hint of savory delight! Foxnuts are such a healthy snack option. You can munch on them without the guilt of extra calories.

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Guilt free snacking!

Ingredients –

  • Makhana – 100g
  • Ghee – 2tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mixed herbs and spices

Method –

Take makhanas in a bowl and sprinkle salt, chilli powder, black pepper, mixed herbs. Pour 1tbsp ghee over them and toss well. Try different flavors – Maggi masala, oregano, peri  peri, gunpowder, etc.

Heat a non-stick pan or a wok with 1 tbsp ghee. Roast the makhanas over medium heat until crunchy golden.

Do try these easy festive recipes at home and tell me which one did you like the most. Also let me know if you’d like easy snack recipes! See you soon.

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