The World’s Best Sweet Potato Casserole

I have been very bad this year. Also, I know Santa put me on his Naughty list in early Jan.

It is ok. I don’t really mind.

Because, look what my friend Jyotsna Rao brought over. The world’s best sweet potato casserole. Yum!! Thanks J!

I hope y’all are winding down the year and getting ready for Christmas.

Just 2 nameless people hanging out amongst the sea of parents

Just 2 nameless people hanging out among the sea of parents waiting for Ari’s winter concert to begin.

I find this moment of being lost in the crowd absolutely refreshing and delightful because it puts things in perspective about who the true stars are in the life of all these people gathered here.

Speaking of concerts, there is a reason this guy is still my all time favorite date for winter concerts. It is simply because to date (pun intended!) he hasn’t missed even one concert of the boys. He will get out of work, drive through traffic like a maniac, walk into a huge concert hall or gymnasium, scan rapidly to see where I am seated and yell on the phone “Yenga di irruku” (which loosely translates to “Where the heck are you?”). Then, he would rush to sit beside me and say “I made it!”.

I know historically women have fallen for and picked a dude who will shower them with gems and goodies.

Damn the gems and the goodies. I can’t take them to my grave anyways.

I will pick this dude all over again simply because he shows up at the right time to watch his boys and take my breath away.

Now, on to listening to Feliz Navidad.

Happy Karthikai Deepam

Happy Karthigai Deepam!

Every Karthigai Deepam the person I miss the most is my mother-in-law Girija. She made the world’s best Adai and paniyaram to celebrate Karthigai Deepam.

The boy and I lit lamps around the house and made adai with lots of coconut pieces. It is my way of paying homage to my mother-in-law Girija.

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Holidays Almost Here!

In a mad rush through the evening chores, I went to the backyard to drop off some plastic stuff in the recycle bin and saw this beautiful sight in our neighbor’s yard.

Don’t message me with – “Ambal, WTH? You are beginning to lost it yo. It is just a bunch of (bull) blurry lights.”

The lights remind me that the holidays (and much needed down time for me and the family) are not too far away. Yipee!!

Come on. Admit it. Are you not excited about the lights?

I really like how this week is beginning to slow down to get us started for Thanksgiving.

Puliyogare in Poratassi

Tamil Calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar and predates it by several centuries.
You can read more here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_calendar

Poratassi was always a very special month when I was growing up. Lots of Lord Perumal/Balaji related festivities both in our household and near by temples.

Appa always told me that nobody can make puliyogare like his Iyengar friends. Even when was I a child, I understood how special it was when we brought back puliyogare prasadam from a Perumal temple or from one of his Iyengar friends kitchen.

Today is the last Saturday of the tamil month Poratassi.
It is a very speical day.
Because, I have absolutely yummy Iyengar household puliyogare in the Kumar household.
Thank you Latha Iyengar for packing your love in this bottle.

Don’t ask me which clan I fall under – Shiva-ite or Vishna-vite. I am beyond those boundaries because I was foruntate enough to grow up in a household and neighborhood that had enriching influences from both sides. I have huge respect and love for both sides and everything that lies in between. After all, the end goal is the same – moksa.

Anyways, today my moksha is through tasting Latha’s puliyogare.

Happy Weekend Y’all!!