Saturday, April 28, 2018

Beautiful Melbourne, Australia.

After a very long time we make a road trip!!During our Easter vacations we drove down from Sydney to Melbourne in Victoria to be with our friends from Muscat days.
It was a drive of almost 850 kms which took us almost 10 hours (Arun drove all the way...since I don't have a license here) but what a beautiful drive it was!!
We lost a lot of time in traffic as we started out from Sydney...much later than we planned (that's typical me..last minute packing and rushing around :))
What beautiful views as we drove and my phone was busy all the time...click..click...click...


















The blue skies...



















Windmills...






Highway...

We finally reached late evening and as we reached our friend's place and met them we were as fresh as ever...meeting after almost three years and chatted late in to the night...laughing and giggling...

Next morning we were up early and decided to go for a walk to Jells Park at Waverly Hills and what a beautiful park it was...









The sun kept playing hide and seek all along..but we definitely enjoyed every moment there.
After a hearty brunch we head back home and catch up on sleep and enjoy a cup of tea and the kids enjoy their chocolate milk :)
Then we headed off to St. Kilda Beach and what an amazing sunset(for a sunset addict like me) we enjoy!!

This is my friend Priyanka who made sure we had an awesome time throughout our stay at her place.It started to get chilly and we left the beach and after a hearty dinner at Shopia's we headed back home.
The next day we were again up early and packed a picnic basket and we headed off to see the Twelve Apostles. 
The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
The apostles were formed by erosion. The harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 50 metres high. Because of this erosion, there are eight Apostles remaining the ninth having collapsed dramatically in July 2005.

The countryside was wow!!!

We follow Priyanka's car at a distance enjoying all the views...
And finally after a  four hour drive(through short cuts) we finally were at the 12 Apostles.But what a disappointment with clouds hovering and no sun. However, after a while the sky cleared and the sun decided to make an appearance and we were really thrilled !!
We spent an hour or so taking pics and admiring the views and then we head back..




















Beautiful views on the way...



















And what a gorgeous sunset...
We reach back home and keep chatting and laughing till the early morning hours...
Next morning after having delicious breakfast prepared by Priyanka and filled to the brim we start off on our journey back around 11:30.As usual we have a dramatic cloudy sky giving us company...

What gorgeous views on the way...



















We take short breaks throughout the way...stretching on and off...

The kids get hungry by evening and we stop for a quick burger and coffee at Mc Donalds and I see this beautiful view...

We carry on with our journey and as Arun drives on refusing to stop I have no options but to carry on clicking from the moving car like I did throughout the journey..
Capturing sunsets and views I will forever cherish and treasure in my heart!!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!! Cheers!!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Handcrafted Jewellery - Bracelets

It's been a very long time since I have been to bloggerland.Life has just been a roller coaster ride in the last few months of trying to settle down. I have found a new passion along all the chaos and am trying to turn that hobby to something to help me fulfil my desire to travel..travel and travel!! ;)
That new found passion is jewellery making. During my stay in Dubai and while I was working with SNF (a school for the specially abled) I was lucky to have been in the company of my colleague the so very creative and talented Raquel who has been such an inspiration in my life and I got to learn the starting of Jewellery making and craft work from her. As I create every piece I still am thankful to her.
When we are so far away from family and friends at times the loneliness gets a bit too much and just to keep myself sane and be a little independent I started off with creating these pieces and thought they looked quite beautiful. I still seem surprised when I complete some of the pieces and I tell myself 'did I really create that'? Most of the photography is done by my 10 year of daughter Diya. From encouragement from my friends I started getting orders and so that's how I stated off!!
I would love to share my creations with you all here and would love to receive feedback to add on to my handcrafted creations. I am also accepting orders if you would just drop me a line at artantana01@gmail.com

I have these bracelets available at AUD $8. Handcrafted with love just for ‘YOU’!!

I have this fascination for blue and you may find it in most of my creations ;) This is a simple blue beaded bracelet.

This love bracelet with the evil eye can keep you safe ;)
Another butterfly blue and orange beaded bracelet...
This is a bali bead inspired bracelet...

This fairy wing beaded bracelet is my favourite!!

Waiting to hear from you soon :)

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Overnight Chia seed and Oats Breakfast Pudding

This is definitely the easiest and healthiest breakfast and a favourite with my family. By now whoever has read my recipes must be aware that I always like the fast forward kinds where the lazy me is not tortured by being in the kitchen for too long :)

I have really started to enjoy chia seeds filled with goodness!! They are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to raise HDL(the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke) cholesterol. Chia seeds also are rich in antioxidants, and they provide fibre, iron and calcium.
Indeed they look a little strange specially when they absorb all the liquid and bloat up and enlarge (just like the basil seeds) and sure look funny! :)

Ingredients:
15gm chia seeds
4 tbsp. rolled oats
200ml milk of your choice
2 tbsp. rose syrup
2 tbsp. honey
Fresh strawberries

Method:
The night before place in different jars the chia seeds in about 100 ml of milk along with 1tbsp and oats in the remaining milk with another 1tbsp of honey. Mix well to combine. Leave it in the refrigerator (it's pretty cold here in Sydney so I just left it outside) overnight to thicken.

In the morning I  just layered it up starting with the oats at the bottom and alternating it with chia seeds in a jar or glass. Since my little one is very fond of rose syrup I decided to add two tbsp. into the chia seed layer for her. Added some freshly sliced strawberries and it was ready in no time and the best part is with no effort!!
This delicious breakfast really saves me a lot of time as my busy mornings are always rush rush...



Hope you will enjoy this breakfast as much as I do. Thanks for dropping by and have a great day ahead. Cheers!!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY Popsticks Tea Coasters

We haven’t been able to find any tea coasters that we really liked for our new home.With the kids home during the Easter break we decided to try making some instead. So we landed up making these colourful popsicle tea coasters(this was my elder one's idea).

















Materials used:
Adhesive glue
Scotch tape
Popsticks (coloured or plain)
Jute string(you can use crochet or embroidery thread of any colour, completely your choice)
Scissors,
Embellishments.





















To start with, choose the popsticks of your favourite colours (or use the plain white coloured
ones).Place them together and run a scotch tape around the centre on both sides to keep them in place(but for people like me I prefer to do without it).
Use the jute string to interweave plain white coloured the popsticks. It should be tight enough to keep the popstickss in place .





















As you reach the last Popstick interweave it backwards the same way.




















We did three complete lines at a time. We finished it off by knotting the thread at the end.
Repeat interweaving the top, centre and bottom the same way. (The centre line is optional)

Add the embellishment to the corner of the tea coaster with glue and you have this beautiful,
colourful tea coaster ready!!





















It's really very easy and you may want to try it out :) Cheers!!




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Salmon Wraps

It’s been quite a while since I have been away from bloggerland…a little busy with our relocation (btw we have relocated from Dubai to Sydney) and still trying to settle down. Feeling blessed with the change as we are now closer to greenery and nature after the desert sands for so many years.
Kids are settling down fine and are happy with their school and it has been an awesome Easter break …with trekking to some of the most beautiful mountains around New South Wales .
In between trying to settle down and being lazy just wanted to try out these salmon(salmon being our favourite) wraps and take the kids out for a picnic. The kids and I loved the taste so maybe this will be in the menu for the kids lunch atleast once a week. Happy me...this makes life easier :)

Dedicating this post to my fish lover friend!!





















Ingredients:(the best part of this recipe is there are really no measurements you have to follow
seriously)

Salmon
Oyster sauce
Wholemeal/White Wraps(whichever you prefer)
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Any of your favourite salad ingredients.(I used spinach, rocket, red and green leaves)
Peri Peri Mayonnaise( I managed to pick up a spicy one this time)
Mustard sauce
BBQ sauce

I just fried the salmon in oyster sauce.

I used the wholemeal wraps and spread the Mayonnaise(but the kids find it a little to spicy so I just spread in half the wrap to reduce the spiciness and as usual Diya tells me " you are a crazy mom") and filled up the wrap with vegetables(since the kids don't really like them when they see them...so a wrap conceals the amount you stuff :) Placed the salmon on top and added the mustard and BBQ sauce.
Then folding the wrap bottom up and on both sides and it was ready to be eaten!!
And the kids wait patiently as I try to take the never ending shots (getting the wrap took me less time that getting a shot :) )...still not to happy with the shot though...
And Diya settles down with her favourite book and says "this is heaven"!! What better compliment can I receive?
Hope to see you soon again. Have a great day!! Cheers!!

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