Merry christmas-2

Merry christmas-2

div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;"div style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: large;"bbr //b/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-size: large;"bspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Times, 'Times New Roman', serif;"~ /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Merry  Christmas  ~/span/b/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"bi (Christmas party  for lil tummies)/i/b/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Christmas is incomplete without sweet treats and  beautifully /span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"decorated  X-mas trees. Be it the traditional christmas pudding /span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"or the yummy spiced Christmas cookies , the cheer of holiday /span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"season is a perfect excuse to sink your tooth into a generous/span/divdiv style="text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" holiday indulgence./spanbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8302072223e84aa220eac.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"img border="0" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8302072223e84aa220eac.jpg" //span/a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"I just love the colors of Christmas , its  the time for celebration /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" everywhere. /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" Once you step out of your house, you are simply  bound to/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" be a part of the /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"ongoing activities all around the town.The gorgeous/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" decorations at all the /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"shops , malls and  hotels seem to be silently/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" competing to draw the /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"maximum attention and highest  footfall ./spanbr /div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8349/8267565558ea0707e7d3c.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"img border="0" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8349/8267565558ea0707e7d3c.jpg" //span/a/divi                                                                                   span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;"Pics clicked at Grand Hyatt Goa/span/ibr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Little guests on christmas surely need some more pamper and/spanbr /div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" an extra welcome with a large slice of yummy cake but what if/span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"you come to know about their visit the very last moment !!/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Keeping /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"in /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"mind my /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" lil one who dosen't relish the deep flavors n/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"soaked fruits of Christmas cake the /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" answer had to be something/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" beyond traditional- a  wonderful /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"nutty /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"banana choco cake :) :) /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"for sure./spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" While the aroma of the cake wafted in /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"the house - /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"I was /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" busy /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"with the preparation of some quick/span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" Gingerbread cookies !!!!!/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Christmas party means lot of /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"homemade stuff ....isn't it ???/span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"To add some more fun to the tiny party , the kids had to decorate /span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"some  gingerbread cookies too - with less time on hand , piping /span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"some royal icing decorations was jus out of question - so the /span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" colorful edible food markers surely came in for rescue. (Thanks/span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444;"a href="http://www.sailajakitchen.com/"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444;"Sailaja/spanspan id="goog1392080364"/span/a,for the lovely gift-/span I just loved scribbling with it too :) :) )/span/divdiv style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/830317404869aee56074b.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"img border="0" height="512" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/830317404869aee56074b.jpg" width="640" //span/a/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"biBaking for Lil ones/i/b/span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"bubr //u/b/span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"buNutty banana choco cake /u/b/span/divdivspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8302071911ef0932e5d5c.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"img border="0" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8302071911ef0932e5d5c.jpg" //span/a/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"ibr //i/spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"iIngredients-/i/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"1 cup refined flour (maida),1/4 cup whole wheat flour (atta)/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"1/4 cup cocoa powder , 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2  cup yogurt /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"(room temp),1/2 cup mashed banana,1 tsp baking powder,/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/3 cup olive oil , 2 tbsp choco /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"chips , 3 tbsp chopped walnuts ,raisins n  almonds./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"iMethod-/i/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Preheat oven to 180C. Sift together  flour and cocoa n keep/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" aside. In a large bowl whisk together yogurt , mashed banana /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"& sugar to a smooth creamy consistency,  mix in baking/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" powder & soda to it. Keep aside or 3-4 mins till the mixture/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"is slightly frothy. Gently mix in oil & the flour mixture. /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Add half the nuts & choco chips & reserve rest for topping./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Pour the mixture in a 7" loaf tin , top with remaining nuts & chips /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"and bake in a preheated oven for 40- 45 mins or till toothpick /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"inserted in the centre comes out clean.Cool for 10 mins in the tin /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"& then remove to cooling rack .Cool completely. Slice and serve./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"The best part of blogging is the passion that it instills in oneself /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"about creating , cooking , clicking & sharing. Sending my alcohol free /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" festive /spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"cake to  Jungle frog's a href="http://junglefrog-cooking.com/christmas-cakes-sparkly-and-festive/"Christmas cakes & Monthly mingle. /a/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"buEasy peasy Ginger bread cookies /u/b/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8303232222e8eca23e9ac.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"img border="0" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8084/8303232222e8eca23e9ac.jpg" //span/a/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanispan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Ingredients /span/ibr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"1/3 cup butter softened , 1/2 cup castor  sugar ,1 egg beaten,/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp mixed spice ( powdered nutmeg, clove,cinnamon,/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" 1/4 tsp fresh ginger juice,  2tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp baking powder./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"iMethod/i/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Whisk together butter and sugar for 4 mins or till pale. Mix in rest of the /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"ingredients and knead to a smooth dough (sprinkle some flour if required)). /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"Shape the dough into a flat disc , cling wrap & chill in the refrigerator /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"for 45 mins. Preheat oven to 180C. Roll the dough on a floured surface to/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" 3 mm thickness & cut out fancy christmas shapes. Transfer the cookies/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"to a lined baking tray & bake for 10-12 mins.Cool completely on a wire /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"rack before serving./spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444;"Do check out my fun food creations /spanbspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: blue;"'Santa's Goodies'/span/bspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444;" in the/span/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" Dec issue of Child magazine , India on Pg 60-61. Cute x-mas/spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"pizza, star shaped crackers some easy DIY decorations on cupcakes//spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"muffns & cookies can surely give a new twist to the party :) :) /spanbr /span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8497/83022546494f97205fe4c.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"img border="0" height="427" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8497/83022546494f97205fe4_c.jpg" width="640" //span/a/divspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //spanspan class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #444444; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"br //span/div/div

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