For all those who wanted to see…

…. the cake, rather the cupcakes.

I decided to bake cupcakes instead of a cake. That way I could keep away most of the cupcakes in the freezer, instead of it all going to our tummies 🙂 And I can take it out in case of a ‘dessert emergency’.

So here’s how they turned out. She was super happy to be able to frost it too.

And this is how they turned out.

She also baked some biscuits, heart shaped ones, at school, and it made her so very happy 🙂

Ram Sene would not be happy.

Our years of not celebrating Valentine’s day( we are a couple of boring people – we don’t do any ‘days’ ;)), comes to a crashing halt.

Our resident imp has decided that we need to celebrate it. So she made cards for us yesterday, and we are supposed to have cards ready for her by the time she comes back from school. And not just that, I also have to bake a ‘Valentine’s Day cake’ and decorate it in pink.

If this isn’t torture, what is 🙂  You think I should call the ‘tradition saviours’ of our society to protect me from all this 😉

So what are you guys up to? Any special plans? Do you have imps at your place threatening you into celebrating it too?

Beaten pink and black..

I do know that there are no free lunches – ever,  but it doesn’t stop my heart from skipping a beat in excitement when I saw a letter addressed to me with a stamp saying ‘Official Confirmation of award’.

See that envelope torn in a hurry? – that was how excited I was.  But then, it just takes a second to come back to earth with a thud. I was eligible for a award which would be at least £15, could be £50, £100 or even £1,500! All I needed to do was open a credit account with somebody. Yeah, right! As if it would be anything else. I was just grateful that some uncle of mine , in Nigeria, did not die and leave me a fortune. All my hopes of a special gift on the eve of Valentine’s day were dashed. Serves me right for thinking that Valentine’s day is something special.

As the season of love surrounds us, all sorts of offers come through the door. We got a ‘pizza lovers’ booklet of offers from Pizza Hut. If Pizza Hut was offering, could Domino’s be far away?  And then there pink coloured restaurant menus announcing special Valentine’s day menus, which caused Poohi to jump in delight. Everything pink is her’s by right. So before I could recycle them, Poohi appropriated them and hid them away – for future cutting up into shapes.

I had been out shopping yesterday and was glad that I went alone. Every bakery had pink cakes. Pink hearts decorated most shops. Love is most certainly in the air. Of course, Muthalik might not agree. Although that piece of news was greeted by most of us with glee.

I could never understand what it was about Valentine’s day that makes some people go so ballistic? It used to be Shiv Sena’s forte earlier, but seeing that they are busy elsewhere, helpful cousins of theirs are helping out every year these days. Funny, isn’t it, because  while reports confirm that the days after Navaratri, sees a boom in abortions, I have never read anything similar about Valentine’s day.  But that, I guess, is legitimate and part of our ‘culture’. Valentine’s day is an import so it is ‘right’ to beat up people, forcefully marry them off!  Women drinking in pubs is an import again, so they can be beaten up? Yeah, that is part of our culture – beating up people and intimidation.

Is it such a wonder that others decided to take matters into their hands and decided to blacken his face? I can just say that he got what he deserved – a taste of his own medicine- just a year late, probably.