Category Archives: Holidays

Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Eid al-Adha, Ramadan, Holi, Diwali, Epiphany, New Year, Purim, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Navratri, etc. Any holiday I know about or celebrate, I’ll write about it here!

Quick Update Plus Diwali and Thanksgiving Pictures 

Monday was the last day of my clinical. It’s been an exhausting part of my studies but I’m finished. The next portion is less physically straining and allowing more interactions with the residents. 

During my community work; which began on Tuesday, I have been assisting staff with feeding, doing activities and walking with the residents. This is a very good chance to get to know the residents and learn their experiences. Although, it’s a much slower paced part of my education, I am enjoy it. 

I completely forgot to upload photos of thanksgiving and Diwali and so decided to include them in this post. Thanksgiving was fantastic and dinner turned into lunch due to a miscommunication between my husband and I. Nevertheless, lunch was enjoyed by all and we were so full afterwards, that everyone decided to nap right after. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving lunch:

Lamb chops with pasta, scalloped potatoes and stuffing
My Thanksgiving dining table
French vanilla custard cake
Puff pastry fruit and chocolate tea snacks
Egg, spinach and cheese puffs for breakfast
Garlic pull-apart cheesy bread

As for Diwali, my darling husband surprised me and Nid by showing up earlier than expected. Nid and I were just getting dressed and beginning to light candles and diyas when he burst through the front door. I have to say I was overjoyed because I felt terrible that we were celebrating without him. 

Later that evening, when all of us were dressed and ready to pray, my brother joined us and stayed for the prayer and dinner. Nid completely adores my brother and was overwhelmed with excitement. Here are some of the pictures of our Diwali prayer and lighting of the diyas: 

Rangoli made with chalk and turmeric

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Happy Diwali

From my family to yours, Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. I hope this Diwali, Lakshmi ji brings happiness and prosperity in your home and your lives are brightened and blessed like this prosperous day. 

Sending love, warm wishes and prayers to everyone celebrating today. God bless. 

Happy Thanksgiving 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. I hope you’re celebrating your long-weekend with tons of family and friends. 

This year, I am thankful for my family and few immediate friends; for the support they’ve given me during my time to further educate myself. Especially, thankful for my husband, who has taken on the full responsibility of supporting us financially and working the long hours. He’s been my strength and has encouraged me to keep pushing when I wanted to give up. He’s praised me for all my successes during exams and assignments and boosted my confidence when I needed the push. He doesn’t know it, but I love him to the moon and back and am so thankful he’s by my side.

I will be celebrating my Thanksgiving with my little munchkin and hubby and maybe a relative or friend. I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving lunch. I’ve veered against doing dinner this year because of my placement schedule and having to work the next day. Nevertheless, I am excited to be making the feast and have an amazing menu planned.

I’ve decided to start with a light caeser salad and a three cheese pull-apart garlic bread. For the main course, I’ve chosen rosemary and thyme lamb chops with a garlic and rosemary sauce. For the sides, we’ll have garlic scalloped potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed asparagus and carrots. And for the grand finale, a white chocolate, raspberry swirl cake and vanilla bean ice cream. 

I’ll take pictures of my table and of all the dishes before everyone gets to it and I’ll share some recipes later this week. 

Have a blessed thanksgiving and enjoy your time off with your family and friends. 

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Happy 150th Birthday Canada 

 Happy Birthday to the country that has been my beautiful home for the past 30 years. Thank you for all the opportunities you’ve given me. Thank you for being a beautiful, safe and culturally diverse place to raise my family. I am truly a blessed and proud Canadian. 

Happy Canada Day and 4th of July to everyone north and south of the border. I hope you celebrate your nation by loving your neighbors, appreciating all the opportunities you’ve been given and count your blessings. Have lots of fun and celebrate.

Have a great long weekend! 

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my dad and my hubby. We are so blessed to have the fathers that we were given to. And although, throughout the years I’ve had my many ups and downs with mine, he still is the best dad that I could ever have. 

I hope you all enjoy your day with your dads and cherish every moment you have with them. Happy Father’s Day! Xoxo

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, my lovelies! I wish you great accomplishments, happiness, love and successes for this New Year. 

I don’t know what I will be doing for New Year’s Eve, however, I do know what I will be doing after that. Every year, I tell myself that I will not make resolutions. But this year, I will be making a list of New Year’s resolutions and planning on how to stick to them and fulfill each of them. 

But for now, let’s just celebrate the ending of 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms for all the new beginnings we will experience and chapters we’ll close. 

Happy New Year’s Eve! Party hard but stay safe! Xoxo

Merry Christmas 

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you’re surrounded by amazing food, tons of laughs, happiness and all of your loved ones. 

Last night, I held Christmas Eve drinks and dinner for my darling brother, his girlfriend and a couple of our friends. I was quite tipsy but I think everyone enjoyed themselves and the food.

I’ll be surrounded by some of our closest friends tonight and will be preparing a feast to share with them. I’m so excited to begin cooking and setting my table. So, I’ll take your leave now. But I hope you’re all as blessed as I am to have all the necessities and then some to enjoy Christmas without much worrying. 

Merry Christmas!