Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nine days of vacation

I blinked and my nine days of staycation are over! Looking back, if I were to sum up the vacation at home, I spent all my time doing either of these five activities -
  • eating 
  • working out 
  • catching-up with office work
  • shopping
  • meeting family and friends

I think I am ready for a busy December now! :-)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dump Cake Recipe

This dump cake is so perfect for fall dinners and get-togethers and super easy to make. Life is all about fancy short-cuts! ;-)

All you need is:
  • One can of cherry pie filling
  • A box of cake mix (I used french vanilla)
  • One stick butter 

Now follow these 3 simple steps -

And just like that - dessert is ready!! Serve it slightly warm and top it off with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit for the extra oomph!

P.S. This recipe is egg less so is perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions too.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy November!

Happy November!

What a lovely chill in the air today! It's time to get the plants indoors for the winter. Also, time to plant the Paperwhites to force them to bloom just in time for the holidays.

Forcing Paperwhites is easy and they bring so much joy and life to holiday decorations. I love them when mom plants the cheerful flowers around the house. They make really nice hostess gifts too. 

So today I hunted down all the jars and decorative containers I had bought at various sales, the extra pebbels I had from two years back when I made an attempt at the succulent garden (btw - that was a failed attempt!) and I bought some Paperwhite bulbs.

Now all I did was fill the container half-way with pebbles, then placed the bulbs firmly in-between the pebbles with the pointed-end facing up. Then I filled up the container with water, keeping the water level just below the bottom of the bulbs and added a little moss on the top. 

Hopefully, they will bloom in 4-6 weeks.