Kids Room (Girls)

I have been toying with this idea since a while.. I have a little girl who dreamt of a-not-so-typical pink princess room. When we told her she could choose , she was a bit biased towards Dora,but seeing the various wall papers in pink and wall stickers, she created her own theme for her room. The little ones are the toughest to convince!

She wanted it to be with flowers,butterflies, the characters-hello kitty, Dora, tom and Jerry and all her toys. I must admit that the budget was minimum, and I could do what I wanted within it! Best place in Dubai to find kids room furniture at a bargain is definitely Dragon Mart.

We kept her furniture white, with a study table and desk for which we got a mickey mouse mirror at a bargain!all from Dragon mart.. I was not keen on one wall paper, as I dint find anything with ‘Everything’ she liked.. Hence I kept a chandelier border and had Mr Z put flower and butterfly stickers over them and we had the whole forest/Dora/tom-jerry/hello kitty theme happening below it with wall stickers!!

Small effort, but seeing the smile on the little one’s face was PRICELESS!

While I was looking for inspiration, I came across a few beautiful and interesting themes!I thought I must share a few.. and finally reveal Zaara’s room.

All the following images are from the internet! except the last 3 ones of Zaara’s room…

I loved the vintage themed room.. pretty little princess rooms for your special girl..

Then the bold black and pink rooms..The rock chick

Who said girls like only pink!!! Here’s the purple room!

Black and white theme anyone???

All colours under the roof for me!

I quite liked the pink and green mix.. Green is the new PINK!, Say even a lil blue for the Girls???

even the pastels below.. An i love that Cupboard!!!

Ones looking for twin beds.. These were a few good ones!

Last but not the least..Zaara and her room! Sorry they are Phone pics!!!

Nighty Night Swety pie!

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Moistest Blueberry muffins! and some Good news!

I cant believe that January is over!!! I must say that I had a fabulous December and an even busy January.. I missed blogging! Its something I would think about all through the day, and sleep with that tiny guilt of not doing enough!

I have decided that 2012 will be the year of improvement…To try and be better at the things I love to do! Move one more step forward to perfection! This is a very important year for us as a family, as we are expecting a new addition to the Family! Team “Belgami” is definitely growing!Yes we are having another baby! Zaara will soon have a sibling, and I must say she is thrilled!

Shes happier than We are! Now all her stories and activities revolve around how she would care, play,cuddle her lil BABY!

I’m so glad that we could have another child!Starting  at a point where I was told I could not have children to the point where we are having our second child, We , as a family have definitely come a long way! Thanks to God almighty for his graciousness!

Looks like I will now broaden my blog to including the new one, Zaara, food and DESIGN! Talking of which, I also have a resolution to upload a design post after every food post. I have so many drafts in the designing bit that clearing them up would mean more design posts than food posts!

We had a fabulous Holiday In India, and I made these muffins soon after we returned!

I bought the most delicious boxes of blueberries from Geant! After savouring a few, I decided to make my all time favourite muffin- The blueberry muffin!!! Its my favourite recipe from All recipes, But with slight modifications.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

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Uniappam

Unniappam Literally translates to “small rice cake” This is another of my favourite, I love mine with Flour, jaggery, really ripe bananas, Deep fried!!! The authentic version is made of rice flour and ethnically is considered the favourite of Lord Ganesha or Lord Ganapati who is Worshiped by Hindus . He is considered the remover of obstacles, and it is a practise in South India- Predominantly Kerala, to offer him Unniappams. This becomes modak and sometimes Laddoos as we progress from South to North India.

Its been my favourite since my childhood days, waiting for Mom to make this every once or twice a week! We do now get readymade, packaged ones, but the real taste is when they come on to your plate directly from the piping hot pot- Oh and its a very special pot this is made in! Called the unniappa chatti, its in cast iron with spherical moulds in it! We fill it with oil, and then spoon in the batter for the perfect unniappams!

Ingredients

Maida- 1Cup

Jaggery-100gms

Banana- really ripe 2

soda powder- 1 pinch

cooking oil-500 ml

Method,

Mash peeled banana, while the jaggery is made into a thick warm syrup with little water over flame. add maida and baking powder to the banana and mix well. Add cooled jaggery into this mix and make into a thick batter. In an Unniappa chatti, pour oild half way to fill the mould and spoon the batter when the oil is hot.Turn the unniappams for uniform golden brown colour- Might take a few minutes! Enjoy warm! Makes about 15-20 unniappams.

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