Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Shot the lightning!

Hey there!

It has been really long since I wrote something...for that I have a pretty good reason!  My parents came to visit me so we were having an amazing time in Dharamhsala. They just left yesterday and I am really missing them, wish they hadn't left!
Any way, back to blogging...Here is a shot that I had always wanted to click and finally managed to do so. This is another addition to my favorites now!


Sunday, 13 October 2013

First Snowfall!

A view from my home!


I clicked this shot today morning and I keep looking at this photograph again and again. 
I love love love winter. The weather is changing and there is nip in the air. I can't wait for it to arrive. 
Just like many people I and my hubby love winters too. I can't wait to experience that snuggly feeling one gets when wrapped up in a pretty shawl or a furry blanket all cozy on the couch or in bed with a hot cup of tea or coffee reading a book, watching T.V or listening to music. 
I also love taking a walk in winter. That feel of cool cool breeze on the face is so much fun. My hubby calls me Santa Claus because i always end up with a red nose in winter. 
Gosh! I sound like a little kid...you can imagine how excited I am.
Well, hope you all have a great winter too!













Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Recent clicks!

I clicked these shots yesterday...Enjoy!

Shades of the Sun







Feather Friend








Painting away!

Hii...
I haven't posted since a few days because I have been busy performing the duties of an Army wife! Also, the painter in me has suddenly awaken and I have been spending the rest of my time working on art/ craft projects which I was literally itching to do.
I have been artistic since I was a kid. I mean I remember always carrying a little drawing book and colors with me no matter where I went. In case, I didn't have my drawing book with me, I would memorize anything that caught my eye. Once home, I would sketch out the whole thing. Also, I have always been very imaginative. Wow! I have never used so many 'I' before so enough about me.
My Art Project- It's basically something I created on leftover wood. Will post pictures soon!
I am sure our buddy must be thinking as to what I am up to? First I asked him to bring me some paint, then I asked him to nicely clean the leftover wooden pieces which he would have probably thrown away.
Any way, I had forgotten the fun and the 'feel good factor' that comes with art & craft.
Simply, loving it!

Catch up soon...

Thursday, 3 October 2013

2 minute Chocolate cupcakes with Espresso icing!

For the past year and a half I have really got interested in cooking and baking. I mean from never entering the kitchen before marriage to making bread, cakes, cupcakes, pizzas, kathi rolls and lots of other dishes...I never thought I could or would do it!
Well, day before yesterday I tried this new icing for my cupcakes and invited my friends to taste it after we finished our walk. They loved it!
In fact, the fragrance of coffee which filled my home was so strong that as soon as my hubby entered our home, he went straight to the kitchen.
Well, another new addition to my recipe book!

I made the effort of photographing every step of making the cupcakes just for you. So, in case you get tempted to try this recipe this should make it a fun experience.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients: 
Makes about 16 depending on the size of the moulds!

1/2 cup flour (Maida)
1/4 cup cocoa
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar or slightly less 
2 eggs
Milk

Method:



Sift together flour, baking powder and cocoa at least 3-4 times. 



Now, put the oil and sugar into a bowl and whisk until the sugar dissolves a little bit. I like to do it the traditional way!



Add the eggs one at a time and continue whisking. I always break the eggs in a separate cup so that just in case the egg is bad it would not spoil the batter.



Once the eggs and sugar are nicely mixed, add the flour mixture into it and whisk.



This is how it's going to look...tempting! Keep whisking and now add very little milk to make the batter smooth and light.



This is the final stage of whisking. Your batter should be smooth and velvety.



This is the stage where i get really excited and can't wait to stuff my mouth with these yummy  cupcakes. My cute little moulds!



Pour the batter into the moulds and remove the air bubbles if any. Now, place these in the microwave for just  2 minutes! No rack is required, just place them on the glass plate.

Yup! just 2 minutes is all it takes...

Voila! hot and fresh chocolate cupcakes

Espresso Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp espresso powder

Method:

  1. Mix the espresso powder into the vanilla until dissolved; set aside.
  2. Using the whisk attachment of mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar a little at a time. Once all the sugar is added, scrape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Add the vanilla mixture and continue to mix at medium-high speed until all the ingredients mix up well. Now, decorate your cupcakes with this yummy icing...I am still perfecting the art but it tastes heavenly!