Thursday, February 18, 2010

Public Schools vs. Private Schools in USA

This topic is a never ending debate I guess.

We have a 3 yr old who currently goes to a daycare center which has pre-school and kindergarten too. We are in the process of deciding whether we need to send him to a private school (from Pre-school till 12th grade) so that he can continue till 12th grade in the same school. Even though we live in an excellent school district, we still want to look at all the options that private schools provide.

I would like to hear real-life experiences from moms across the country and that’s the reason why Iam posting it here. It would be great if you can post some words on the following :-
  • Why did you chose a private school for your kid/kids ?
  • What was the criteria in selecting that school ?
  • If you had switched your kids from public to private or private to public at some point during their school years, why ?
I do know that the most important factor is to make sure what’s right for my child and not just depend on hearsay or others opinions, but I think experiences from fellow desi moms would really help me in making this decision.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Guilt-free Cookies

Cross-posted here


I saw these cookies on a fellow Raveller's blog and Aadi caught me!And she demanded for some.I was drooling myself and decided to try the recipe.Only..I was/am on a diet and I didn't want to blow it.So,I decided to play around with the ingredients.So here's a dieter's version of the cookies..

You need-
3/4 stick of butter(at room temperature)
3/4 cup sugar(I just had one kind)
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour.
(I just changed the quantity of butter)

And followed the rest of the recipe ,as is..from Here


1) Using a hand/stand mixer beat the butter till smooth and very creamy. Add the sugars and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. The mixture should be smooth and velvety, not fluffy and airy.
2) Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in the egg yolks, again beating till the mixture is homogenous.
3) Add the flour and mix using a spatula, until the dough looks uniformly moist. The dough will not clean the sides of the bowl nor will it come together in a ball. You want to work the dough AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.
4) Divide the dough in half and shape each piece into a smooth log about 9 inches long.
5) Wrap the logs well and refrigerate them for at least 3 hours (or overnight).
6) Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper.[160Deg in Fan Forced oven]
7) Remove the log of dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it and place it on a parchment paper. Brush some yolk all over the sides of the dough- this is the glue then sprinkle the entire surface of the log with coarse sugar.
8) Slice the log into 1/3 - 1/2 inch thick cookies ( no thinner than 1/4 inch). Place the round on the baking sheets.
9) Bake for 17-20 mins. When properly baked the cookies will be light brown on the bottom, lightly golden around the edges and pale on top. Remove from the oven and let it rest a minute before carefully lifting them onto a rack to cool to room temperature.

The cookies were yummy!!! I used the fan forced oven and heated it up too much..burnt the first batch!By the second batch,I realised my mistakeand adjusted the temperature.The cookies came out beautiful and were demolished in 10 minutes flat.I just got to taste 1 ..rest was gobbled up by the father-daughter!

I am going to try this again..I m thinking..if the diet version is sooo good..how good would the Real thing be??

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sorry I disappeared

I meant to write and let you all know,about the changed blog..but,just never got around to..No excuses..I had decided to remain anonymous for a while and so chose to stay away.But now I am back..hopefully you all will still have me.
I promise to be regular this time..I now blog at-
http://littlediva.wordpress.com and
http://craftymaa.wordpress.com

Hope you all are doing well.
Lots Of Love