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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Feels Great

While my American friends and family are blowing up facebook with statuses about pumpkin flavored everything, apple picking and putting on layers this is the conversation Ryan and I had this morning:

"Feels great outside."

"Yeah, it was mid sixties at sunrise. We should go walk to the store."

"It's going to get hotter though."

"Yeah, but it's really cooled down. The high for the day is only 90. To have some perspective that means it's going to stay cooler all day than human body temperature. It's really starting to cool down!"

Happy Saturday everybody, from India.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thanks and Blessings

I've been very blessed. I've got a cup of chai and a wiggly baby, with a sweet kitty giving me loving looks. I've made fresh banana bread and the morning sun is peaking through the curtains.

This is the post on my blog where I thank God for the blessings of the week.

Thank you Lord for my Hindi lessons. I feel like things started to click a bit this week. I'm still so very, very beginning, just working on the Devanagari script and vocabulary right now but I can read words fairly quickly in a phonetic way now (as long as they don't have matras) and when my vocabulary expands maybe I'll actually be able to understand what I'm reading! Haha. Seriously though I have a bunch of words to absorb. Then I think I focus on learning the matras, more vocabulary, then grammar, then more vocabulary and the next thing you know maybe in a year or so I'll be speaking Hindi! It's exciting, especially as it's probably going to go much better than my five years of French since I'll get the privilege of immersion right outside my door. And maybe, with God's blessing, we can even raise a bilingual daughter.

Whoa, a bird is trying to next on my balcony as I type this... not too smart bird. Princess Panchali still has balcony privileges.

I'm thankful my herb garden is flourishing, except the citronella plant. It died. But that's because I didn't get enough flower pots and stuck it in a plastic jar I had punched holes in the bottom and apparently that wasn't good enough, drainage wise. It was only 25 rupees (about 40 cents) and an impulse buy, so not that upset about it. I'm hoping to buy more pots soon and add new plants, since the rest are doing great and adding a few more things to water is not a big deal.

I'm thankful Lydia is coming to visit next month. So much fun to anticipate.

I am thankful for my friendships and for my husband. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Recipe: Lentil Tacos

This is a staple meal in our house since I started making it.

I use rotis instead of tortillas because, well, it's easier. You can make this vegetarian or non-veg.


It's yummy.
1 onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Chicken broth/veggie broth/water + salt
1 1/2 cups lentils
Taco Seasoning (to taste, middle ground is probably around 2 teaspoons.) 
Cooking Oil (1-2 teaspoons)

  • I've made this with chicken broth, veggie broth or even with water plus some salt. If you use broth, you don't really need to add salt. I most often do it with a crushed chicken bouillon cube. The lentils take a long time to cook, so as it boils down you add water so it doesn't burn.
  • I use either olive oil or canola oil.
  • Lentil wise I tend to use the yellow split ones that are a bit larger and harder. There are these smaller, softer ones that are perfect for the Indian dal that just falls apart: not so perfect for this recipe, it will make a taco mush. lol. I know. It's still edible, but you want the harder ones for the right texture.
  • I make my own taco seasoning now because the packets are imported here and are comparatively pricey. But if I had them I'd probably just add a half to full packet.


1. Heat oil in a karahi or skillet. Add chopped onions and garlic and cook a few minutes until tender.
2. Add lentils, seasoning, and broth/water.
3. Leave to cook until lentils are tender. This varies greatly and can take from 20 minutes to an hour. Keep checking and add water if getting low.
4. Once tender make sure the liquid boils down to the right consistency for taco "meat." 
5. Serve in tortillas/taco shells/ or other flat bread like rotis. Add veggies and possibly cheese. Lettuce is pricey here so I generally do chopped bell pepper/capsicum with shredded cheese and possibly corn.

Additional Tips: You can mix this with taco meat to make it go farther, or salsa if you want to go veg. It's also good in stuffed bell peppers!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

With A Sleeping Baby in My Lap

I have that nice "just worked out" feeling. Not the immediate, okay, I need to rest feeling, but the ten to fifteen minutes later feeling, when you're still sort of tingly but you don't feel wiped out anymore. Pleasant.

Though sick she's been able to have some fun this week!
Dreamer is sleeping on me now. She's still all stuffed up and today there was a tinge of green for the first time to her congestion. She's not had a fever yet, so we just have to keep doing what we've been doing, which is a safe baby cold med, saline nose spray, steam, and of course the nose bulby. She's very aware of what that is now and it's hard to get her stay still for it. But necessary. It's just congestion, so we're not sure if it's a head cold or allergies. We'd taken her to the doctor the day before the trip and he gave us the prescription for the med and instructions. It's been a week and a half. About four days ago she started coughing. At first I thought it was just the gunk coming out of her head and draining, but then the coughing got bad and I was afraid it was it progressing. We called the doctor but he told us just to do the same, as she has no fever. We increased the steaming. And she is better, in that she's not coughing as much and isn't complaining much about it. Mainly, she's a happy baby. But again, the gunk today was green tinged, so not sure. I kind of hope it's a cold so it'll be done with asap, if it's allergies who knows when it will end...

She heals in her sleep (we all do) so I am glad she's napping.

I haven't been a great blogger lately. I'm both planning too much and too little. That is, I keep planning out a week of posts, then not being able to follow through and getting caught up in the "no, Thursday is supposed to be THIS post" and not getting it out. I think I need to relax a bit and just post what I post and I'll get more out. Which is why I'm doing this off the cuff style one.

Ryan's working nights again after a month of working days and is in that tiring adjustment phase. The good part is he's gotten Sunday and Monday off. The last two schedule changes he's only had weekdays off. We've had pleasant family time.

Well, Dreamer's awake now! I'm off!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Scripture Sunday

Thanks and Blessings

I am so thankful for the little one bouncing on my knee right now.

This is the post where I thank God for a few of the blessings of the week.

Thank you for grace and thank you for pizza.

Thank you for Dreamer's swing.

Thank you for cuddles and internet, web cams and phone calls.

thank you for moments like these

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yarn Along

I *have* done some crocheting this month. Before our trip I made the cats another yarn mouse. Except for when I went to the hospital during my pregnancy and for delivery we hadn't left the cats overnight before. We weren't gone that long and they were fine, but I wanted to make sure they had something fresh with which to play. That wasn't the only thing they had to play with though, the day before we left for our trip we got a delivery: a cat tower! It's a small one, with a little scratching area. We put it on an end table so they can have more height when they use it since cats love heights.

As far as my next crochet project goes, we'll see. I'm surprised at how little free time with my hands I have! When Dreamer isn't demanding I hold her or bounce or what have you, I am desperately trying to get things done, either with housework or this blog or even just making sure Ryan and I communicate and work on our marriage. And there really is no "down time." That is, there is time when I am not necessarily being productive, but I am either too frazzled or too tired to do things then. I pictured evenings with her asleep and me and Ryan talking while I crocheted her some wool soakers for her cloth diapers... but it hasn't really gone that way. It still may, we'll see, but I'm just not finding time to crochet.

yay they have a cat tower!
That being said, it's not autumn. It's still in the 90s here. And actually every year I tend to get the crochet bug when the air starts to cool. Which won't be until late November or even into December. So it's really not unexpected.

Project wise I want to work on the wool diaper covers and also I just decided I want to make her leg warmers for the winter! I carry her around in the ergo my sister got us all the time, and her legs stick out. Ryan was expressing the other day he wasn't sure if it would be good for winter. I laughed at him. She's usually sticky with sweat from being in there and I'm eagerly waiting a drop in temps so that it's more comfortable for both of us. And of course in the winter she'd have on pants, not just a onesie. But he was still concerned and then I was talking to a friend of mine living in the US, where it is appropriately chilly now that we're in October, and she said she was going to make herself leg warmers. Ah ha! Good idea!

As far as books go, I've been listening to audiobooks lately, as I either get stuff done or as I go to sleep, nursing. Hands free!
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