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!

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. 

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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!

Cake Mix Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

I recently ran out of flour at home but have promised to make cookies for some of my customers and family. Going through my pantry I found a box of vanilla cake mix and decided to use that to bake some cookies. I followed a simple cookie recipe with the consideration that all my dry ingredients and flavouring was already premixed. 

Needless to say, the cookies turn out amazing and I am still awestruck at how easy this recipe was. After this first recipe turning out delicious, I decided to make a second, third and fourth batch with different ingredients. I used oatmeal and dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and almonds, and a batch of peanut butter chips.

Here’s the quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 box white cake mix (or chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence 
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Here’s what you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350C.
  • Sift cake mix into mixing bowl, mix in sugar.
  • Add butter, vanilla and eggs and mix until a thick dough is created. 
  • Add extra ingredients (I used oatmeal & chocolate chips) and mix well.
  • Make 1 inch balls and drop on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes depending on how crispy or chewy you want your cookies.
  • Dust with icing sugar if desired and enjoy!

I bake my cookies for a bit longer because Dev likes well-done cookies. But once the top layer is no longer moist and bottoms golden, your cookies are ready.