Monday, January 31, 2011

Kolzhi Varuval

Heres another spicy recipe from southern India...... Its from my moms recipe book and Im sure you are going to love it!! You can increase the amount of spices or decrease it to your taste......



1 lb Chicken, cut into small pieces,  bone-in
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp oil
1tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
3 Green Chillies slit
2 cups onions, chopped fine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped fine
Salt to taste


  • Cut the chicken into small pieces. Marinate the chicken with the salt and turmeric powder and keep aside. Marinate it for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan and add 1/4 tsp garam masala powder and saute for few secs. Don’t let the spices burn. Add the chopped onions and fry untill golden brown, now add the chopped tomatoes and saute until the oil oozes out.
  • Add the chicken pieces and saute. Sprinkle some water on the chicken pieces while frying. Cook until the chicken is tender.
  • Garnish with curry leaves. This can be an appetizer or a side dish for rasam and aromatic basmati rice.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Super Excited!!!!

Hello everyone.... Hope you all had an awesome week end..... wow I cant believe that we are already at  the end of Jan ....Inspiration{LOFT} has had a lot of new things here this past month. If you havent noticed, there are two more categories for you to enjoy. One is clicks and the other is Princess Hairstyles:) Check it out and leave ur thoughts if you havent yet done so.


Check out some of the simple yet beautiful things that have been captured around me. Enjoy the simple pleasures of life and be amazed at Gods creation.

Princess Hairstyles

My daughter has been blessed with beautiful locks of hair and we together make beatiful hairstyles. Come and find something new for you/ or your beautiful princess :)


Heres another blog that I started this month, where you can post your prayer requests etc. This place is your prayer blog so please take some time and post your prayer request or a prayer for another or your favorite bible verse. We serve an amazing God, may this be a place for all of us to join and pray and encourage oneanother. So please do check it out and be blessed :)

Well now Ive been planning on more topics that we could cover this coming month..... and heres a sneak peak :)


Our family loves to travel:) Will post some of the pics of our travel and also give you information of things you could do there and web pages that will be helpful for you to choose the right place for your vacation/holiday.

Tiny Tot Chef

My children love to cook, they are such  great helpers and I think now they have graduated to be a Tiny Tot chef. You will find quick, fun recipes that you could do with your little ones. Im sure you will love it :)


Oh yes, this is the place for you to relax and find tips, recipes etc to make you beatiful inside and out!! Put up ur feet, grab a cup of cafe, latte, tea and come join the fun here at the Inspiration{LOFT} Thanx soooo much for your comments and love that you all show towards me :) Super excited to share all that Ive planned for the weeks ahead of us....... I hope you are tooo :)
See ya tom :)


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturdays Feature {Kassandra Heller}

Kassandra Heller  is an artist who converts her sketches into beautiful colorful art using her magic wand :) These sure are a must see :) To read more click here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

S Day

We had loads of fun playing in the snow and building a snowman!!! We sure had loads of fun:)

The same week we also went and visited our dear friend- Stick insect :)


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pretty yellow flowers

I bought these pretty yellow flowering perineal plants and placed it in my garden and totally forgot about it .... not really but thats all I did and they bloom faithfully every year:)
Well Im not sure of its name..... do any of you know.. If i find out I will update:)


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Judgment and salvation

Isaiah discusses problems that are as troublesome today as they were in ancient Israel and Judah. With Israel (the northern kingdom) living in slavery and exile, the inhabitants of Judah (the southern kingdom) stand at a crossroads. Lacking a strong leader to point them back to God, the people slip into idolatry and indifference, extortion and excess, depravity and deceit. In the midst of this spiritual decline, Isaiah brings a message of confrontation to the people of Judah as well as a message of hope for the exiles of Israel.
Isaiah, a well-educated prophet, maintains direct access to the king and to the leaders of Judah. He speaks God’s words clearly, denouncing the idolatry and sinful practices of the people (Isa 1-5). He vividly recounts his vision of God, revealing God’s holiness (Isa 6). He demonstrated God’s awesome power over seemingly insurmountable obstacles when Sennacherib threatens Jerusalem (Isa 36-37). Using a compelling poetic style, Isaiah offers peace and strength to those who follow God (Isa 40).
The book of Isaiah also includes the most vivid portrayal of the Messiah found in the Old Testament. We learn of his birth (Isa 9) and his supremacy over everything ( Isa 41-48). We weep as Isaiah portrays the messiah as the suffering servant and unveils the horrors of his ultimate sacrifice (Isa 49-53). Yet Isaiah’s prophesy does not end with horror but with victory, with promises of hope and restoration in God’s future kingdom (Isa 60-61).


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A card for your sweetheart!

Hi friends!  I hope you had a glorious Tuesday!!  Im relieved that Monday went by so quickly and we are on a roll this week. I sure do have a big family to do list for the week..... lets see how it goes:)  Thankfully I had a card in reserve that I’m sharing with you today. 

This is a pretty card with different layers. I used the cricut machine to cut out the heart, oval and the two layers beneath. Just layered them. Then embellished them with flowers and a pretty butterfly.It doesn’t get any simpler than this!! Thanks for peeking in today.  In the meantime, have a blessed day!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturdays Feature {Krincess Carl Lopez}

Krincess Carl Lopez's blog is full of fun. All her blogs are straight-from-the-heart and they are very entertaing and fun.Its filled with myriad topics like cooking, cars, art and crafts, search engine optimization, travel, photography and gardening. To read more click here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

R Day

During R day, we went on many rides.  Then we tried to imagine what else we could ride.  Then I showed them the pics from books and the net. It sure was a fun filled day.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Growing Petunias

Petunias rank among the most popular flowering annuals. They are beautiful and bright, and bloom from spring until frost, and scent the air with lovely fragrance. The best part is that they are very easy to grow in the garden and in containers. Last year they blossomed on t he ground this year am planning to grow them in my new pot :)

  • Petunias grow very well when there is plenty of light.
  • They grow well in well drained soil. They dont need very rich soil to grow.
  • Petunias tolerate lots of heat, and are relatively undemanding when it comes to water. Watering them once a week may be good. But  if they are in containers they need to be watered everyday.
  • Wait until soil warms to about 60 degrees and frost danger has passed before transplanting petunias into the garden.
  • Remove faded flowers ... this is called "deadheading," it encourages blooming by preventing seed maturation.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


A love song

The Song of Songs celebrates the joy and intimacy of the romantic love relationship between a man and a woman. This tender yet passionate picture of physical love affirms the sanctity of marriage and has often been seen as mirroring God’s unconditional love for his people.
Using at times deeply sensual word pictures, and phrases that unveil the joys of physical love, the Song of Songs introduces us to the bride, called “Beloved,” who is beautiful and deeply loved and who responds to her “Lover” with affection and passion. The groom, called “Lover,” is revealed as a handsome, virile male, who praises his bride’s beauty using delicate yet sensuous pictures from nature. The “Friends” of the bride and groom encourage their love and offer them advice and instruction. Song of songs reaches its literary and emotional climax in chapter 8 when the Beloved passionately describes the intensity and the eternal nature of the love that she and her Lover share.
The lyrical beauty of Song of Songs gives the reader a pleasurable picture of love in its most intimate form. The sensuous images of the physical side of love are paired with passionate declarations of the strength and intensity of love. They combine to reveal like no other passage of Scripture the love between a man and a woman expressed and experienced as God intended. Historically, many commentators have drawn a parallel between the Lover and the Bride in Song of Songs and Jesus Christ and his bride, the church.

Etched Heart

As I was strolling down the road....... I found this etched on the road by the melting snow....... beautiful huh??

3 twists and a braid

This is a very simple hairstyle...... it took me about 5 mins. To make this hairstyle make 3 sections and add a twist braid in each one.Then simply braid the twist braids together into a regular braid.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Hello hello! How is everyone doing?  I make atleast one card a week – well, almost every week.......... I do this so that I have about 50 cards by the end of the year that I could use to send it out to my loved ones. I love making these cards and heres one that I made earlier.......(I have loads of card making ideas to share :))


Monday, January 17, 2011

Beans Poriyal

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis
Vegetarian DelicacyPrep & Cooking: 25 mts
Serves 4 persons
Cuisine: Tamil Nadu

This side dish is very simple to make and very yummy.... You can make this with canned cut beans or frozen cut beans and saute it in spice infused oil. Adjust the amount of water according to the amount and type of beans. Adding too much water may overcook the beans. Sprinkle water little by little and cook it. Serve it hot as a side dish or cool as a salad.

Beans – 1/2 lb
Onion – 1/4 chopped
Green chilly – 2
Grated coconut – 4 tbsps

Seasoning: Mustard seeds - 1tsp Urad dal - 1tsp Curry leaves - 1strip

•Wash chop the beans into small pieces, steam and drain the excess water . Keep it aside.
•Heat oil in a pan add mustard,urad dal, curry leaves and saute it for 30sec.
•Add the chopped onion and green chilli and saute it for another 30sec.
•Add the chopped beans and fry it for 1min.
•.Add the grated coconut and saute.
•Garnish with curry leaves.

Perfect Love

As valentines day approaches, people are looking for love, showing how much they care about their loved ones....... some are disappointed, some are totally blessed and thankful...... yet when we look to the world for love, affection and acceptance, we may be denied, rejected or feel 'high' for sometime...... But there is just one perfect love for you and me ..... and thats Jesus.... May you always be filled with His LOVE!!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturdays Feature {Blessing Refuge Ministry}

And I thank Christ Jesus our lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me in to the ministry. I Tim 1:12

Pastor S.Jeremiah Daniel was born in a Christian background and was brought up by knowing the truth (the word of God) even at a very young age. He had a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through the help of the Holy Spirit. His parents had dedicated him to the ministry of the Lord even when he was in his mother's womb. He was the youngest son of the family which consisted of one elder sister and an elder brother. The organization is located in the District of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, South India.

When he was studying at 10th Standard, God sent a Prophet to him and said, "He is the elected vessel of God". During this time, God intervened with Pastor Jeremiah and spoke to him and he heard the voice of the Lord.

Pastor Jeremiah then went to Shalom Bible College which is located at Chennai to pursue his studies in Theological. At the age of 16 he became a Pastor of the Church of which he has started in Cheyyar

At this time God has used Jeremiah to plant churches in various parts of India. God has gifted him with an Apostolic Ministry. Pastor Jeremiah Daniel has graduated Masters Degree in Divinity from IICM and he has finished B.A Degree from Madras University.

Please click here to check out their website to know more about  their vision and ministry.


And off  to school she went with this cute hairstyle.......... my daughter made my day coz she sang all the way to school "My mom is the best...... she does cool hairstyles" :) Very cute and simple check it out here.


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