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Food, Holidays

Sparkle #157: Sample Thanksgiving Menu

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are spending time with family today and feeling grateful for all the blessings in your life. The Thanksgiving night dinner is typically a big affair and it can take weeks of preparation to get the menu right. There is no dearth of inspiration on the internet – a quick search for Thanksgiving recipes will give you plenty of options to choose from. If you are still planning your menu, check out some of my favorite recipes below. I can’t wait to try them all! Let’s start with this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad And this easy Cheese and Fruit Tray Now let’s…

November 26, 2015
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Food

Sparkle #149: Decadent Hot Chocolate Recipes

We are wrapping up ‘welcome winter week‘ on the blog today, and what better way to do so than a food post? Food and winter go hand in hand, so this category was a natural pick for today’s post. What is that one recipe or food group which you associate very closely with the winter season? For me, nothing says winter better than a steaming cup of hot, creamy, decadent chocolate. Chocolate is God’s own food, but it really comes into it’s own during the winter season. Hot chocolate is the perfect way to fuel up for the holiday season, and it…

November 5, 2015
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Art, Default, Family, Food, Holidays

Fall Decor at My Sister’s House in Virginia

I am very lucky to have two extremely creative sisters in my life. The elder one is the queen of innovative DIYs and decor while the younger one’s talent lies in baking goods of all kinds – from the healthy to the sinful. Somehow, winter and the festive season brings out the best in both of them. This weekend, my little sister made this amazing coffee cake which perfectly complimented my morning mocha. And my elder sister welcomed Fall and Halloween with quirky owl and pumpkin themed decor. My sister has really upped her DIY game over the past one year. What I love about her decor is that…

November 1, 2015
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Food, Living

Sparkle #141: Clean Eating Cookie Recipe

This week is turning out to be one of those weeks when all you want is the weekend, FRIENDS re-runs on TV and chocolate! Actually, make that lots of chocolate! Any other day and I would have reached out for a decadent slice of chocolate cake. But I have been watching my diet for the last two weeks and don’t want to go off track by binge eating due to work stress. So I turned to the internet to look for healthy dessert recipes which would be delicious and easy to make, thus satisfying my craving for something sweet without adding any feelings of guilt. To my delight, I discovered…

October 15, 2015
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Default, Food, Travel

Sparkle #135: Amazing Waffles at Virginia Beach

I have mentioned a couple of times how much I love fall and winter. I am also equally fond of spring! However, I don’t like the hot season much. But the one thing I do love about summer is the beach. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I had a fabulous beach vacation at Virginia Beach in May this year. It was the perfect weekend getaway with my wonderful sister, brother in law and amazing niece. My super smart niece has her own blog and she even wrote a post about our trip here! I know I have promised you…

October 6, 2015