Camping with Kids

I enjoy the outdoors a lot and try to find ways to connect with nature. Best way to do it – camping. I used to love camping before getting married and once my son turned a bit older, we resumed this wonderful activity once again. This year alone, we went camping twice. But each time I found that I was missing important items. I am putting together a checklist here that will help me and other parents such as me prepare for camping (especially with kids).

Camping gear

  • Tent (I have a 2 people tent since it is just me, my husband and my 5 year old)
  • Mallet (to get the pegs in the ground)
  • Lantern (super important if you want to see at night)
  • Flash lights
  • Sleeping bags (or any other alternatives)
  • Cooler
  • Coal (if you want to grill)
  • Wood (if you want to allowed to and want to start a camp fire)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matchstick
  • Aluminium foil

Food Options

While for meat eaters there are many variations and varieties of grill options, it reduces drastically for vegetarians. While that is so, I still offer a few variations below that come out quite tasty.

  • Corn, of course!
  • Sweet peppers (you can get a colorful bag of these at Costco). Goes great with sandwich.
  • Onions, tomatoes, asparagus, squash, zucchini, and peppers. (free free to add any other veg that you want to roast)
  • Marinated tofu (or paneer tikka)
  • Veg burgers
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Naan pizzas

For breakfast, eggs are a great option. Or an easy option is pancakes. Add some berries or bananas to the dough and you will have a scrumptious breakfast. Don’t forget to take milk (that doesn’t need refrigeration).


July 4th in Milpitas

Living in Milpitas, I try to get involved in as many community activities as possible. Having a full time job and a small child, the list is not too big. But every 4th of July, as a family, we go to see the fireworks. It is a tradition that we follow diligently. This year has been the 3rd year in a row that we have attended the 4th of July fireworks in Milpitas. The city does a nice show starting at 9:00pm and the fireworks are always spectacular. What I like in particular is that the show is accompanied with nice music.


All the festivities happen in the Milpitas sport center.

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What I do before 9am

I read a post about what successful people do before 9am and it was almost perfect. I wish I had such a perfect morning…


My perfect morning would go something like this. Get up by 5:00am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, get in a short run or a bit of exercise and then have a healthy breakfast. A quick shower followed by a drive to office for a productive day. Doesn’t that sound perfect? But the reality is nothing like that.

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Mirchi Ka Saalan

I love spicy food. But more than just heat I like it best when there is interplay of various other notes. IMG_5265One such dish that elevates flavors like sweet, savory and heat is Mirchi Ka Saalan. Its a Hyderabadi dish that is generally an accompaniment to Biryani. But I prefer to eat this with plain Jeera rice, it tastes great. Plain rice allows the various taste profiles on this dish to shine on its own.

You can make this with any kind of Chilli, but I prefer to make the dish not too spicy. I normally use either Anaheim peppers, big Jim or sweet peppers found in the farmers market. Now lets proceed to how this savory dish is created.

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Yummy Potato Fry – South Indian Style

My husband is a big time potato aficionado. IMG_4127I can make potatoes any time and he is really happy. This is one of my favorite potato recipes. It is easy to make and is an excellent accompaniment to Sambhar or Rasam. This has a decent amount of crunchy dals which makes it healthy and tasty. Season it with curry leaves and you’ve got a winner. Continue reading


I am done with my PMP…I am back!!!

Hi Dear Friends,

I have been MIA in the past few months. My sincerest apologies for leaving you all without much information. There were multiple contributing factors. But needless to say, my blog and my followers were on my mind the whole time.

Let me tell you more about my past few months experience. I had been preparing for my PMP (project management professional) certification exam for past 3 months. It was a long road of three months of prep that led me to September 26th, my exam day.

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