First Play Dough

IMG_5343This is the first time I made the play dough. Going to use it this weekend with the kids. Lets see how it goes.


1/4 cup plain white wheat flour

1/8 cup salt

1 Tbsp yucca/tapioca starch

1 tsp oil

Natural color

Mix all well together slowly with water. Add little by little water to get a dough, knead well, put into zipper bag and freeze until use.

I thought about natural colors and looked around and used things from the garden. So here is how I got these colors. I mixed the below ingredients to the basic recipe to get the colors.

Red/Orange – Achiote seeds from the garden, ground up.Unknown
Green – Hibiscus leaves blended with water and boiled to thicken up.

Black – AshesUnknown-1
Yellow – turmeric


5. Blue/Purple – Fresh wild purple/blue flowers ground up with salt. I do not know this plant in my garden but it blooms a lot.




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I love making such kind of patties for lunch along with a large salad and a chutney. I keep trying various flours and grains for such patties. This time the recipe is:

1. 1/4 cup Barley
2. 1/4 cup Quinoa
3. 1/4 cup White dry corn pieces
4. 2 small onions chopped fine
5. 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
6. Salt to taste
7. 1/2 cup water
8. 2 TBSP plantain flour

Soak first three items for 4 hours. Drain, wash, blend with water. Add the plantain flour. Mix well to make a batter, not too thin and to thick. Add rest of the ingredients and mix well. You should be able to pour the batter with a tablespoon on the pan. Turn when cooked on one side. Cook until cooked on the other side also.

Chutney: soaked and boiled tamarind with water, coriander leaves, dates, garlic – blend all together and serve with the patties.

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Garden Photo Blog – 2017

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My Dream Project – Library and Learning Centre

Phase 1 :

My Dream Project – Building a library and skill centre in my village 🙂
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Teaching English – Body parts & colors with drawing

I printed some worksheets from on body parts. Kids had to match the words with the body parts, then color the body, then draw another boy’s body and label the body parts. In this snippet I taught them colors and they had to color the scarecrow. Whenever they picked a crayon they had to tell the name of the color and then paint.
The kids are 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13 years old.

Teaching body parts and colors with drawing
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How I use soapnuts


1. To wash not so soiled clothes (5 soapnuts without seeds in a muslin bag in the laundry machine). I have seen that soapnuts do not really work on soiled clothes and kitchen wipe cloths.
2. To wash toilet, kitchen counters, stove tops and to sparkle the sink tap: For this use I powder the nuts in vitamix dry grinder, strain and pack in sprinkler bottles like that we use for salt on the dining table. Then whenever I want to clean I just sprinkle it, sprinkle some water, wipe it all over, leave it for 5 minutes and wash with water. To sparkle the steel taps no need to leave it for 5 minutes.
3. To wash hair: Soak overnight and use. 3. To wash hair: Soak overnight and use. Oil massage hair previous night and take a shower next morning.


Some good videos here:

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Another simple potato soup



1 Large potato (the softer soup variety)
1 medium size onion
10 chives
1 TBSP coconut oil
Salt, black pepper to taste
3 cups of water


Cut the potato and half of onion into big chunks and put to boil until soft, blend.
Make thin slices of the other half of onion and stir fry in coconut oil.
Finely chop chives.

Add all ingredients and serve! Serves two people for half a dinner or full dinner.

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Corn malt


I feel sad when I see moms giving hormone-filled milk and zero nutrition highly processed corn flakes mixed with poisonous white sugar to their little ones in morning breakfast. Here is a much easier and very quick nutritious breakfast you can provide to your kids and yourself.

1/4 cup dry white corn. (Corn can be substituted with various kinds of millets)
1 cup of assorted nuts and raisins and dates.
3 tablespoons of jaggery.
2 pinches cinnamon powder.
3 cups water.
1 tsp of coconut oil.
1 cardamom ground into powder.

Soak corn overnight.
Boil in water along with cinnamon powder until cooked.
Add cardamom powder, jaggery, oil and nuts.
Serve hot.

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