4 Amazing Places to Visit in Mysore

In our 4 Trips to Mysore,  we have visited new places every single time.  Here are the hidden gems, to try in next visit –

  1. Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum – Done by a single artist, it is a piece of work.  It takes 30 – 45 minutes,  the detailing is pretty amazing.  Visit here.
  2. Planet Earth Aquarium –  This is a full day trip,  farm house concept. It has aquarium, play area, adventure activities and a farm full of veggies.  Kids will absolutely love it. Visit here.
  3. SukhaVana – One of the largest aviatory,  this one is house for a wide variety of birds. There is bonsai garden within the  compound as well, and it will need 4-5 hours for a full trip. Visit here.
  4. SeaShell Museum –  Created by a single artist again, it houses a ganesha which entered Guiness Book of World Records. Again, it takes 30-45 minutes, marvel at the time she spent at creating each artefact. Visit here.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

#ScienceExperiments : Elephant ToothPaste

We started the series  of science experiments with kids at home.  Plan to do one every sunday, just to keep the excitement going.WhatsApp Image 2019-11-04 at 12.01.31 PM

This experiment was huge success.  Pick it up here –

https://sciencebob.com/fantastic-foamy-fountain/

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Adventure Rides and a Timely Lesson

As part of our short Mysore Trip, we went to Planet Earth Aquarium.  Pretty awesome place, worth a trip for anyone with our without kids. Practically, anyone who loves nature.  When Saanvi celebrated her birthday this year,  I wanted to book her a slot in a sports zone in Marathahalli, as part of her birthday activities.  Adventure Activities – I wanted her to try from a long long time. She is 9, and I always thought she should be more forthcoming to activities like these.  Mr. V spoiled it as  usual, and we spent the day watching and eating.  Ofcourse, kids loved it.

So, when I saw the adventure activities in this Aquarium, I ofcourse wanted them to try.  Saanvi had stomach ache a little, but I know the main reason was her extreme cautiousness to try anything new at all. But, as she saw Vihana all ready and getting her gear on,  she was really, like literally forced to go – thanks to her younger sister already attempting it.

It took her exactly 10-12 minutes to finish the 5 set of adventure activities. They walked on high poles and zig zags an went through tunnels in the sky and slid through the rope.  She looked uncomfortable all the while doing it, and also for a while after she came back. I deliberately avoided any discussion about it at all.

After we drove back home, and I was getting the girl all freshed up – she made a remark.

Mom,  the adventure  activities are the best thing I did in Mysore  Trip!

Mind you, she chose these over her  Water Park activities  and the extremely awesome Jumbo Circus we saw over  the  trip. When I quizzed her,  she said – she was really scared to try, but she did. And She liked it that she did. I just told her one small thing –

Everyone is scared.  You are also, but you do it anyway.

She said,  “Really Mom,  I thought I am the only one.  I feel I dont try new things, I am scared more. Look at Vihana, she wasn’t scared a bit!”.

Its my turn to talk now. I took her close to me. Looked into her eyes, and told her while I stroked her hair –

“Darling, everyone has a natural style.  Your style is to be cautious, her style is to jump.  In general, they are not harmful. But, some situations – you need to tell yourself that it’s okay to be scared and you do it anyway. In some situations – she need to understand it’s okay to wait and let go of few things. We can’t experience all, due to various reasons!”

She further said – “So, is it not a bad quality in me? “.  I said = “Ofcourse not! It’s who you are. Embrace it and be vary of when you feel like not doing things! And If you really feel you dont want to do something, it’s absolutely fine in Life. Its really beautiful when you are at peace and are happy with yourself!!”

A grin and a warm hug.  I’ve gotten more than what  I wanted.  That is why, Life lessons are learnt outdoors, never in front of TV or buried within the school textbooks.

Btw, anyone in and around bangalore – definitely give it a visit. Here is the link.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Snacks : Hara Bhara Kabab

After getting home a bunch of spinach, I wondered how can I feed this to my kids.  As I almost zeroed  in no-effort-after-school-snack  ( Oats & Milk),  I decided will do this, and surprise the kid.  It took me 45 minutes, from start to finish. Boy, it was filling and delicious!

Easiest way to do this is  to boil potato and peas when you cook in the morning. The rest will get done in 15-20 minutes.

Pick up the recipe from here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/hara-bhara-kabab/

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Verdict  – 10/10

I also made Fig Milkshake with fresh figs to go along with this, recipe from the same blog – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/figs-milkshake-recipe/

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#CookingwithKids : Chayote Salad

We start a new section on my blog – #CookingwithKids.  These are recipes we exclusively cooked at home, with the chefs being either or both of the kids.  We plan to cook once weekly, lets see how this goes.

Chayote or Chow Chow is one of the easy to digest vegetables, which can be eaten raw as well. This recipe takes 10 minutes, and has a super crunch and tanginess to it.

Ingredients

Chayote – 1 medium

Green Apple  – 1

Honey – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

Salt & Pepper – To taste

Olive Oil – 1 tbsp

Recipe

  1. Grate Chayote and Green Apple finely
  2. Marinate them with honey and lime juice
  3. Toss gently with olive oil. Add salt and pepper just before serving.

Verdict – 5 /5 , easy to make and extremely healthy.

Have fun and keep rocking!!

Soups: Broccoli Peas Soup

This one has been on my menu list from a long long time. These days, as winter kicks in – season of soups starts at home. I try my hand at various soups – this one was a hit.

Ingredients

Onion – 1

Garlic – 5 to 6 pods

Brocolli – 1 medium

Green Peas – 100 gms

Almonds, soaked and peeled – 10

Cinnamon Powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt & Pepper – To taste

 

Soup

Recipe –

  1. Boil Brocolli, peas, onion, garlic and almonds in cooker.  Cook for 5 whistles.
  2. Cool down and blend smooth.
  3. Transfer back to stove and add salt, pepper and cinnamon powder.

Verdict –

Super Creamy and nice taste. This  soup does not need milk, almonds give it the creamy and the thick soup flavor.

End to end cooking time is 30 minutes , try it and enjoy!

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

 

 

Baking : Oatmeal Cookies

What goes well with Soup?  Something nice, hearty and home made!  So, for kids after snack lunch I made Oatmeal cookies, along with Brocolli and Peas soup.

I picked this one up from here,  my most trusted source for veg recipes on Internet.  It took me 30 minutes from start to finish – 15 minutes to pre-heat and 15 minutes in the Oven.

After 10 minutes, I tossed them upside down – because I didnt want a burnt bottom for cookie. The top portion was slightly browned, but it evened out. Looked good, tasted  good.

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Verdict – 9/10.  I wish to get more presentable cookies!

Have a good day and keep rocking!!