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First 500 Likes!

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Its just been a little under two months when I published my first post on ‘A Homemaker’s World’ and I proudly mention the first 500 likes on my blog.

Thank you all for appreciating and encouraging me with your compliments every time I post on the blog.

This means a lot to me and will definitely take my zest for writing more interesting posts and articles one step ahead.

Hugs!!

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Cakes with a Green Dot: Chocolate Cake

My love for baking cakes keeps growing and I desperately wait for the next birthday or another celebratory day in my family, when I can bake my next cake.

I personally believe that eggless cakes when compared with the egg based ones are spongier, rise higher, and are absolutely scrumptious. My family drools over the cakes I bake, so I have lots of testimony vouching for Cakes with a Green Dot. 🙂

Today I am going to share with you my recipe for a basic eggless chocolate cake.

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Freshly Baked Chocolate Cake: Fabulously Risen, Spongy and Smells of Chocolate and Vanilla All Around

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 2 ½ cups plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ or ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt

Initial Preparations:

  • Warm Water in a Vessel
  • Grease the baking tin and dust with plain flour
  • Preheat the oven at 180⁰ C

Method:

  • Put condensed milk, oil, sugar and vanilla essence in a pan
  • Mix/blend the ingredients to ensure all the ingredients are combined well
  • Sieve a mix of plain flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder a few times, to ensure all the dry ingredients are mixed well
  • Slowly put the dry ingredients in the condensed milk, sugar, oil and vanilla mix
  • Add a tbsp of warm water to allow the mixture to blend well
  • Use the conventional cut and fold method to ensure creation of vacuum in the batter
  • Add a pinch of salt and mix again
  • Pour the batter in the dusted tin pan and place in the preheated oven
  • This cake takes around 45 mins to 1 hour to bake
  • Insert a toothpick or knife to check, if it comes out completely clean the cake is baked. If not, bake for 5-10 more mins

The cake is ready. Let it cool in order to proceed to the icing part. 🙂

Photography Instincts:That Broken Twig!

One day while crossing the road of a local market, I came across this broken twig from a nearby tree. My eyes instantly fell on it and I was intrigued by the sheer beauty of its symmetry, each of the six leaves half dried and half green lay lifeless on the road.

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That Broken Twig

Was it a picture of the onset of autumn, when the leaves or twigs, like many others, are destined to drop from its branch one day or was it the twig’s tough luck that a pair of quarreling crows on the branch forced it to part ways from its companions, still flourishing and lush green up there?

I guess the latter was true. Its half green and half dried state signified its once lush green appearance and how its leaves were gradually drying out at the edges. The day was approaching when it would completely dry out and crumble into pieces to become a part of mother earth, which had once nourished it to life.

So much said, at that hour I only had my mobile phone handy. And since I never miss a chance to capture Mother Nature’s sheer beauty, I captured this one in my phone and my memory.

My Tryst with the Paint Brush: Radha Krishna Painting

Yes, I do have a special connection with God and this makes me the person I am. I certainly believe in the presence of a guiding power above. Even as a child when I used to paint or sketch, I sketched Gods.

Indians are born and brought up in an environment of moral, cultural and traditional values. And my parents always taught me to be conscious about the presence of the Almighty, who is not only keeping a close watch on us but guiding us at every step we take. This feeling has kept me humble, made me a good critic of myself and helped me develop a personality that makes me thank the Almighty everyday for a beautiful day.

When I hold the paint brush, it’s usually me and him, the paint brush. I am not the kind of painter, who has learnt the art, studied the subject and can paint a beautiful sketch anytime and anywhere, but yes, I do have a creative side.

People say the subject of the paintings, the use of colours and the story behind the painting exhibit’s an artist’s thoughts, frame of mind and emotional state.

I love to pick the paint brush when I am connected with my internal self, the self that I explain as pure, passionate, happy, and most importantly, satiated about how life presently treats me.  This is when I feel closest to the purest part in me, the God (as they say everyone has God deep within them, you only need to have the eyes to see the invisible).

This is one reason that when I sketch or paint, there is an angle of godliness, beauty, culture and tradition in some way.

This time, my heart said I think of Love as my subject of art. And when one connects love with godliness, the only image that comes to mind is of the ‘Yugal Sarkar’ (Young almighty couple), Lords Radha and Krishna.

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Radha Krishna

Lord Krishna is said to be so fond of Radha ji that in order to please Him, you just need to please Radhe Rani. That’s why people all over the world fondly chant ‘Radhe Radhe’.

I made this painting using handmade paper, fabric and water colours, and marker pens. A quick sketch of the Lords of Love and I got down to painting a beautiful and colourfully vibrant image.

This painting represents the Yugal Sarkar, the couple, the epitome of oneness, signifying that the universe is complete by the presence of both masculine and feminine energies. The portrait presents them in pure bliss, with Krishna playing the flute and Radha helping him hold it, this according to me, is a display of love, harmony and understanding in a relationship.

The peacock feather that Krishna adorns on his head is said to ward off negativity from the environment and the beautiful colours in the feather bring happiness and good vibes.

The yellow clothes worn by Shri Krishna symbolise his Pitaambar dhari (wearer of yellow attire, another name for various avatars of Vishnu) form that reflects His ultimate level of knowledge and godliness, while Radha Rani’s Red and Green attire portrays her as the Goddess of youth, beauty, fertility, love and happiness.

These are my musings and portrayal of the ultimate power of love and harmony through this colourful painting of Lords Radha Krishna.

Hope you like this.

Its just the beginning

Hi there, all you homemakers, glad to have you here!

So here I am; after all these years of running around for studies, corporate life, challenges of the personal life; taking an altogether different route to connect back with my long lost friends, family, make new friends and share loads of stuff that forms an integral part of a homemaker’s life.

This is a platform for all the working/non-working, married/single women to share their thoughts, experiences, expertise and hobbies, speak their hearts out, share their daily challenges and their ways of dealing with them.

Check this space for cooking, home décor, fashion, beauty, DIY projects and much more. And not to forget sharing lots of personal daily life experiences, funny or emotional, with all you readers out there.