Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate Small Things: April 18, 2014

It is Friday once again and that means it is time to celebrate some of the good things that have happened during the week.

This week, I am celebrating:

1. The four stems of roses that I had cut from our neighbor's rose bushes have taken! Yes! they all are thriving and one even has a tiny bud. It is the very first time I have planted anything on my own (my Dad has the mega green thumb in the family) and I am sooooooo happy. Can't wait for those roses to start flowering.

2. It appears I have been diagnosed with SLE but the doctor says I am so lucky that I do not have multiple organs affected. Now that is something to celebrate!

3. Game of Thrones season 4! Okay so the books are much more exciting and much more awesome than the HBO series, but... the series is pretty good too. (By the way... I am keeping my eyes, fingers, arms, legs, and toes crossed that George RR Martin will finally finish Winds of Winter before all my hair turns gray -- I am just dying to find out what happens to John Snow and Arya Stark.)

4. I am able to keep up with the April 2014 A to Z Challenge post schedules. It is no easy feat as I have to go to the doctor, get tests done and even work on getting a diagnostic procedure done. 

What have you got to celebrate this week? Whatever you may be celebrating, I am celebrating with you -- with some delicious maja blanca (coconut pudding with sweet corn).

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My Favorite Things: P is for Potato

Okay... I like food... which is why most of my A to Z Challenge posts are about food. But then how can anyone not like food? 

Among the many vegetables and fruits that my Dad has in our garden, the potato is one that he makes sure we have enough of. (Well potatoes and onions to be precise)
Picture of aloo (potato) paratha lying on a ta...
aloo (potato) paratha  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The amazing thing about the potato is that it is incredibly versatile. A potato can be boiled, roasted, baked, fried, steamed, or even dried. I use boiled potatoes as stuffing for aloo ka paratha (flatbread stuffed with mashed potatoes), as the main ingredient in potato salad, a great dip when mashed and added to yogurt, and a great snack all on its own. Plus, when our canine babies are not feeling so well, boiled potatoes helps to settle their tummies. 

Potato salad with egg and mayonnaise
Potato salad with egg and mayonnaise (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The potato is also great when it is fried. But we try to avoid having fried potatoes or anything else fried as much as possible. Which means that when I do make French fries or fried potato patties, Dad and I make sure we savor each and every bite. 

Darn, I always make myself hungry when I write posts about food -- I am craving some potato salad. Anyway, the potato is among my most favorite things. 
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