Monday, October 20, 2014

Painted Rocks

I came across a bunch of painted rock activities recently and have been wanting to create the same for Agirl. It looks like it would be fun and I think she would enjoy it. The only problem I have is that Agirl still puts stuff in her mouth sometimes and I want the rocks to be big enough that she won't be able to put it in her mouth and swallow.

So what I did is this:

- Big enough river rock stones or pebble stones
- Buy non-toxic acrylic paints from any craft store - a bunch of colors

I painted both sides of the stones and dried them out in the sun. But the problem I'm hitting is that the acrylic paints don't completely cover the color of the rock itself. Either the paint is not thick enough or the stones I chose were not the right ones.

The black & red stones came out pretty well. But the white, yellow, blue and green ones are not that great. I'm hoping multiple coats of the paint will help with this but so far, no luck. I'm going to try another 4-5 coats and then give up if it doesn't work.


You can see from this photo from the black and red look good but the others don't.

Do you have any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Naan Pizza

My husband got some naan bread from Costco the other day and he ate it with some curry. He wasn't too impressed. I remembered that my sister had mentioned she makes pizza with it sometimes. So I thought why not try the same.

I google'd for some recipes and finally a found one I thought I could use with what I already had at home.

Here's the recipe I used from another blogger - I made some minor modifications.

Update: Use fresh shredded mozzarella cheese. I had bought finely shredded mozzarella cheese from the store a couple of weeks ago and tried this recipe again and the cheese didn't melt at all.



Naan Pizza with Peppers & Onions:

Ingredients (for 2 pizzas):

1 Small Green & 1 Small Red Pepper, chopped up
1 Onion, chopped up
2 Naans
Marinara Sauce (store-bought)
Italian seasoning - to taste
Crushed Red Pepper (if you like it more spicy)
Mozzarella Cheese (finely shredded)
Pinch of salt

Directions:


  1. Chop up the peppers and onions. 
  2. Take the Naan and put it on a baking sheet (I used aluminium foil on a baking tray)
  3. Apply marinara sauce generously and spread it around the pizza
  4. Add the veggies and spread it
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning & crushed red pepper on top
  6. Take a pinch of salt and spread it as well 
  7. Add plenty of cheese and spread it around.
  8. Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. Result = yummy naan pizza!



Friday, October 3, 2014

Being a Good Mom

Recently, as my daughter has been getting older, I feel the pressure of being a mom more. When she was an infant, being a good mom mostly meant feed her, clean her, love her for the most part. But as she gets older, apart from the feeding, cleaning & loving, there's also the responsibility of teaching her & exposing her to so many new things in the world.

Nowadays, the pressure is on to take your kids to many classes like dance and music, bake them stuff and introduce them to different kids of foods, teach them discipline & manners & self-control & patience and so much more. Sometimes it all gets too much. It's not so much the pressure to do what others are doing so much as what you put on yourself. You want to be the best mom you can and provide everything to your kids that you can.

So when I read this article on Babble about Good Moms, it really resonated with me. I'm a good mom and I don't have to be perfect or super-mom to be a good mom.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shellshock Vulnerability

I use mostly Linux machines at work and Mac machines at home and when I heard about the Shellshock vulnerability that all Linux and Mac machines were vulnerable too, I immediately checked my machines for them.

My Linux and Mac machines were vulnerable to it and so I updated them.

Here's an article from Lifehacker which tells you how to check if you're vulnerable to this and how to fix it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Browser Tricks

Most of us spend majority of our time at the computer using a browser. Browser shortcuts are a great way to save some time. I hate taking my fingers off the keyboard to get to the mouse. I have RSI in my shoulders and wrist and according to the ergonomic expert at my work, this is because of short frame and the mouse being too far away. So I try to avoid taking my hands off the keyboard if at all possible.

Here are some browser tricks I recently learned which have helped me.

  • Press Alt+D to go to the address bar and have it selected
  • Press CTRL-Enter to type 'www.' and '.com'
    • Press Alt+D to select the address bar
    • You can type the name of the website. For eg. google
    • Press Ctrl+Enter and it will fill in www. and .com and take you to the website
  • Backspace to reverse one page
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sundal


Recently, I made Sundal after a long time. It's a south indian snack made of garbanzo beans or chick peas.

Here's the recipe I used:

Sundal

Ingredients:

2 cans of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
Curry leaves
3-4 red chilis, broken up in half
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon fresh/frozen grated cocunut              

Directions: 


  1. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Drain again. 
  2. In a deep frying pan on medium heat, add the olive oil and let it get hot
  3. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and wait for it to sizzle
  4. Add the chilis and curry leaves and let it fry in the oil for a few seconds. 
  5. Add the cocunut and let it fry for a few seconds
  6. Add the beans and mix it well. Add salt to taste and mix well. 
  7. Let it cook for a few minutes and turn the heat off. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Check Yours Now

5 million gmail passwords have been leaked. It looks like a lot of the passwords were older but still, better safe than sorry. Check to see if your password has been leaked.

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Check Yours Now