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2 Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Week 1 Day 3 of BM #57 -

In this season when the leaves start to fall, I look forward to the pumpkins displayed all over; in malls, in stores, outside homes. My kids look forward to the various treats made out of pumpkin and also Halloween :)

So as soon as I saw this pumpkin spice mug cake, I was sure I could surprise my older one. So after a hectic day at school I managed to see a smile on her face which was all the reward I wanted. 

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour 4 Tbsp
Sugar 2 Tbsp
*Pumpkin Spice 1/4 tsp
Baking Powder 1/4 tsp
Milk 2 Tbsp
Pumpkin Puree 2 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil 1 1/2 tsp

* Instead of pumpkin spice the following can be added - Cinnamon Powder 1/8 tsp, Nutmeg Powder 1/8 tsp, Ginger Powder a pinch and Cloves Powder a pinch

2 Minute Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Method Of Preparation -

Blend Oil, pumpkin puree and milk in a bowl and set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon spice.

Grease an oversize Coffee mug.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients in the mug gently until there are no lumps. [For another batch I divided the batter into two smaller ramekins.]

Microwave the mug for a minute. Check to see if it is done. I had to microwave it for another 20 seconds.

Scoop out and devour immediately.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 57. 

Preparation Time 5 min + Cooking Time 2 min
Serves 1

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2 Minute Eggless Nutella Mug Brownie

Week 1 Day 2 of BM #57 - 

What do  we do when the kids want a chocolate treat in a few minutes? If you are like me, you will quickly dish out a 2 minute microwave mug cake like here or here or this mug brownie. That is exactly what I did a few weeks back.

The kids loved it with a scoop of ice cream to the side. The other adult joined them in an impromptu celebration!!

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp
Baking Powder 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda a pinch
Sugar 2 Tbsp
Cocoa Powder 1 Tbsp
Nutella 1 Tbsp 
Milk 1 1/2 Tbsp
Yogurt 1 1/2 Tbsp
Vegetable Oil 1 1/2 Tbsp

2 Minute Eggless Nutella Mug Brownie

Method Of Preparation -

Grease a big Coffee mug. Add in the dry ingredients. Gradually add the wet ingredients. Whisk gently until there are no lumps. Cook in the Microwave for 60 seconds.

Check to see if it is done. If it is under cooked, cook for another 30 seconds. Leave it there for a few more seconds.

Remove from the Microwave, scoop out a portion of the brownie and serve it with ice cream for a delectable dessert.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 57. 

Preparation Time 2 min + Cooking time 90 seconds
Serves 1-2

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Sweet Potato Hash In A Mug

Week 1 Day 1 of BM #57 - 

After a hectic month of blogging for #BuffetOnTable series, we are back to the regular three posts a week schedule starting today. For the first week, I chose to highlight some mug treats or single serve treats. I realized that these mug treats are suitable for students in Dorms and bachelors as well.

My older one fell in love with this hash and so I added a few shredded carrots for her in the second batch and she said she loved the crunch of the carrots and asked me to include carrots henceforth. I am sure this will be a staple snack for her.  It is easy to put together and is ready in under 10 minutes.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Sweet Potato peeled, cubed 1/2 cup
Red Onion, finely chopped 1 Tbsp
Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped 1 Tbsp
Rosemary, fresh or dried 1/2 tsp
Salt, Pepper and Red Chili Powder as needed
Butter 1/4 tsp
Cheese, shredded 1 Tbsp

*I added shredded carrots also in another batch.

Sweet Potato Hash In A Mug

Method Of Preparation -

In a microwave safe bowl, add the chopped sweet potatoes and pour water over it until all of the pieces are in water. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 3 minutes, stirring in between to avoid spillage.

Drain the water after the sweet potatoes are cooked. Add the onions, peppers, rosemary, butter, salt, pepper, red chili powder and cheese. Mix well and cook in the microwave for another 45 seconds until the cheese melts.

Enjoy it warm for a filling snack. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 57. 

Preparation Time 5 min Cooking Time 4 min
Serves 1

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It has been a wonderful experience participating in the MegaMarathon also nick- named #BuffetOnTable. Thanks once  again to Srivalli, the mastermind behind our BM group.
The Mega Marathon was divided into 5 different sections, each section/calendar week had a specific theme under which  we had to publish our post.

This series has pushed me out of my comfort zone as there were a couple of themes which were challenging. As my older one pointed out, these restrictions / rules make us explore new areas and they get to enjoy the treats!!

Here is a re-cap of the month long Marathon.

 Week 1 – Combos from Different Countries

 Week 2 – Indian Regional Food

 Week 3 – Condiments from Different Countries

 Week 4 – Breakfast From Across the Globe

 Week 5 – Blogger’s Choice

Here are the Re-cap posts of our fellow BMers..

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Posted by Harini-Jaya R on Friday, October 2, 2015

Corn Flakes Chivda

Day 30 of BM #56 - For the final day of this #BuffetOnTable, here are some snippets of our trip to the CN Tower, Toronto.

On our final day in Canada, we had plans to cover the CN tower in Toronto and an African Safari on our way back home. Later in the day, we realized that it was not a practical plan to cover both the places in a single day.

We convinced the kids we could visit the Safari at a later date as it was closer to the Border and was just about a couple of hours drive from home. The kids were a tad disappointed but they soon got carried away with the excitement of the view from the top of the tower.

Since we had purchased the entry tickets to CN tower online, we saved the waiting time there. But we still had to brave long queues to go to the top of the tower to have a thrilling experience.

We had some snacks to munch on and so the kids had a difficult time complaining about the long wait :). I wonder why I didn't carry this Chivda on that trip. Or maybe my friend got it but left it in the van!!

CN Tower

Anyway, the main attractions are

*An elevator which takes about 58 seconds from the ground level to the observation deck.

*At 346 meters, there is an outdoor protected observation section. But it is extremely windy 

*A glass floor in the Indoor Observation Level, on which we could sit/stand/lie down and view the streets from a height of around 342 meters.

*An Edgewalk at 356 meters, where the visitors would be tethered to an overhead rail system and they can walk on the roof of the main pod. This is more for the adventurous and not for us :)

View from the top of CN Tower
View from the top observation deck
And obviously tons of pictures were taken as I was the chief photographer. A few more pictures..

CN tower

Since the weather was very cooperative, the whole trip was a pleasant one. So that was how we recharged ourselves in 3 days!! 

Ingredients - 

Corn Flakes (hard ones meant to be fried) 2 cups
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Roasted Gram /Putana/Putnala Pappu 1/2 cup
Salt, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric, Amchur Powder as needed
Oil to deep fry
Method Of Preparation -

In a wok/kadai heat oil and fry the corn flakes until they puff up. Transfer them onto paper towels to absorb the excess oil.

Fry in batches until done. In the remaining oil fry the peanuts. 

In a wide bowl, mix the fried corn flakes, peanuts and roasted gram. Sprinkle salt, turmeric, red chili powder and amchur powder. 

Toss the mixture and serve it with coffee or tea. 

Store in an air tight container for up to a month.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

Preparation Time 30 min
Makes 4 cups

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Southern Style Hash Browns

Day 25 of BM #56 - 
Day 2 in Canada - 

As narrated yesterday, we drove to Canada in the idyllic countryside to reaach the Niagara Falls. There we experienced the beauty of the fireworks on a full moon night. We then drove to a hotel which was a waterfront property and had a fantastic view from the breakfast nook. 

A walk along the small bridge (as seen in the picture below) on a full moon night was breath taking to say the least!

Canada - Waterfront view

Talking of breakfast, they had an excellent array of breakfast options which we all enjoyed. Combine it with the beautiful view, pleasant weather, we had an excellent start for the day.

Off we went to the numerous rides/shows experiencing Nature in its glory and fury. Here are is a collage of some pictures before we take a look at another breakfast we had. I had posted earlier in the month the full spread of the breakfast tray.

Niagara Falls

Now, on to the recipe..

Ingredients - 

Potatoes 2 , scrubbed, washed and cubed
Butter 2 Tbsp
Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Oregano and Red Chili Powder as needed

Southern Style Hash Browns

Method Of Preparation -

Cook the cubed potatoes al dente. (I cooked them in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.)

In a heated pan add the butter and saute the potatoes without using a spatula. Just toss them around until they turn a shade of brown.

Sprinkle all the spices as needed and serve warm and crisp.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

Preparation Time 20 min
Serves 2-3

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Posted by Harini-Jaya R on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Day 24 BM #56 - 
The last three days of this #BuffetOnTable is Blogger's choice and I chose to write some articles about our recent trip to Canada. Day 1  
Background - Two mini vans, 3 families, loads of snacks, Sandwiches, Idlis, Yogurt Rice, Soft Drinks and Juices. 
Customs clearance, Border Crossing and Action...

Lush green fields surrounded us, seemingly endless, as we crossed the border. The sight of so many windmills towering over us was very exciting. Such scenery left us all in awe. 

As we neared the Niagara Falls, to our delight, we spotted a double rainbow. The weather was perfect - Not too hot, not too cold, with a gentle breeze. 

The setting in our mini-van ~  Chattering kids, Wonderful music, camera person and snacks :)

With such excitement, we drove for about 3 hours through the beautiful country side. Upon reaching the Niagara Falls, we promenaded along the falls, taking pictures from various points. We were told that there would be fireworks on Fridays and Sundays. That being a Friday, we were trying to locate a good place to relax and enjoy the fireworks.

A full moon night, beautiful weather, colorful surroundings, wonderful friends and fireworks. 

We then drove to our hotel which was about 45 min from there amidst a heavy downpour. We were lucky to miss the rain by a few minutes at the Falls. 

Upon reaching our waterfront hotel, we unloaded the Idlis, Peanut Chutney and Yogurt Rice along with some cucumber sandwiches and had a sumptuous dinner in our hotel room. Exhausted after a long day, we all crashed for the day making plans for Day 2. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56

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Posted by Harini-Jaya R on Monday, September 28, 2015
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