Monday, April 27, 2009

Snoqualmie Fall, WA

I like to get caught in an unexpected rain. I like to be on a beach. I like any place where I can get into water. So Snoqualmie falls was no exception.

This


turns into


and then


The best was
Couldnt miss


If you are going to Snoqualmie falls, make sure that you are in your trekking shoes.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Culture Unplugged Video

A film about the part of the society which fights hunger & poverty to survive, but stll have hope & faith.




Just look around and you will know how blessed you are.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tulip Festival; Skagit Valley

Long drive, beautiful flowers and some shopping..... What else you can ask for, on a sunny day after a long long winter.

This weekend we had been to
Tulip festival.

Our destination was about 60 miles from home.


Tulips were not bloomed fully, but those that were, looked beautiful.

A bunch of them

Isn’t it pretty


Still a bud
but you can see this

And this too

Guarding them

In pinks

Couldn't miss this

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Recipe; Simple cake

Last week Sandra @ http://inthissmallhouse.blogspot.com/ House had posted a recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies. As the name says, one of the ingredients of the cookie was cocoa powder, which I didn’t had at home. But I wanted to try it, so I baked it without cocoa powder. Well I must say, what I got were delicious mini cake bite.

I just modified her recipe and made a cake. I did the frosting for the 1st time, so messed it up a bit while spreading, but it tasted great.

Here is it(Picture is not that good, but taste was awsome):

To do the cake you need


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla/almond extract
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup Chopped almonds

And then

  • Mix together sugar and vegetable oil
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, almonds and salt and add to the above mixture
  • Beat till its gets to the ribbon consistency
  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the baking dish with a nonstick spray
  • Pour in the mixture and let it bake till the tooth pick comes out clean, when inserted in the center of the cake, approx 55-60 minutes(time may vary)
  • Transfer it to the wire rack and let it cool completely before frosting

To do the Frosting / Icing you need

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla/almond extract
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

And then

  • In a large mixing bowl place the whipping cream, vanilla/almond extract, and sugar and stir
  • Chill the beater & mixing bowl for at least 15 mins
  • When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Finally

  • Once the cake is completely cooled, take a bread knife and cut it horizontally it into two equal halves
  • Now spread the whipping cream on the top of one half
  • Cover with the other half of the cake and spread the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting
  • Decorate it with the finely chopped almonds
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving

Tip

  • I line the baking dish with the aluminum foil and then pour the batter on it. This way it’s easy to remove the cake from the dish.
  • After the cake is baked if you want to do icing on it, turn it up side down, that is the icing should be done on the base. Hence you get a flat surface. (I got to know about this after I was done with my cake)

Monday, April 13, 2009

LoST & FoUND

Saturday we had a dinner invite at two of our friends place, a birthday celebration and a get-together. It was fun and we had a a nice time till…………………………

I usually keep away from the last minute rush but this time my gift bag shopping was pending till the last moment and as a result I messed up. Got a gift bag from QFC and in turn left my cell phone there, which I didn’t realize up until mid-night, that is when we got back home, sleepy & exhausted.
Loosing a cell phone is not a big concern until you have critical info stored in it, which I had.

Anyway, I couldn’t sleep peacefully. I knew where I had left it, but then what are the chances of getting it back when you forget it at a store like QFC.
1st obvious thing to do next morning was to go to QFC & what a relief to find that they have kept it safely.

When we start believing that you can’t trust anyone and that there are few honest & earnest people around, things like this make you realize that people around us are much better than we think.

Lesson learnt; don’t store important info on the devices like cell phone. I am always careful with my cell and have not misplaced even one till now (I can say that as I got it back :)) but then you never know.

Friday, April 10, 2009

SMS !!

Yesterday there was a news about a dad hammering his teenager’s cell phone after getting a monthly bill of $4,765.25. She had send and received over 10,000 test messages in a month.

I was shocked, but then I harked back to my collage days, when I used to finish all my 100 free text messages per day. It may sound crazy but at that time even 100 free messages a day were not enough. I can never forget how my mom used to get annoyed and scold me, seeing me SMSing all the time.
Well, gone are those days and that phase of life, although I still wonder, what I used to send/receive.
Whatsoever, it was fun, a feel of freedom which all teenagers wish for. But then if my bill would have crossed even to the 1/10th of the $4,765.25, I am sure I wouldn’t have had the cell phone for another couple of years.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Symbol for Indian Currency, Rupee

Lend-a-hand to the Government of India, in finalizing the symbol for the Rupee.
Follow the link and vote for the sign you feel is the best.
You can even design the same and win the cash prize of Rs 250,000. Click here to know more about the competition.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring is here

We had a wonderful weekend here with bright & warm sunshine.
flower's blooming...

birds chirping...
Welcoming spring...

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Alki Beach, Seattle

View from Alki Beach:
Seattle Skyline

Mt. Ranier
Caught you
Space Needle

Seattle Downtown

Friday, April 3, 2009

As it’s said!!

Is it actually so "Whatever happens, happens for good"? Sometimes terrible things happen to people and its impossible to find what good has it done to them.

Or is it that “Whatever happens, happens for a reason”? I feel this one makes more sense. A reason which we can’t see or a reason which doesn’t exist; either way, which is satisfying
If we believe that there is a reason we will create one otherwise we will never notice it.

Deep down in our hearts, all of us mull over that whatever happens, happens for good.
Whatsoever it’s a fine quote to stay positive and optimistic.

What do you say?