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Childhood Memories- Vettu cake / Malabar tea cake

This photo was taken when Amma made this cake for Riaan for the first time..The cake tasted even more delicious since she added a secret ingredient for her grandson….love!

​This this something you ll find in all the chayakadas(teashops) in Kerala mostly Norther or malabar kerala.

Since childhood i have seen my ammamma ( grandma) make this for tea.

Since we were in Muscat i longed for this cake. Amma(mother) was not good in this cake making when i was young..now my mom is an expert. my mothers two sisters sreeja aunty and vimala muthamma (eldest aunty) will prepare this in batches when we come to india. we used to come down during the rainy seasons to Kerala. I love this cake and tea with rain…its a tradition in our family now to make this cake during the rains. If its raining and you go to any of my moms siblings home …u ll be greeted with hot tea and hot cakes.
If u come to visit Kerala…must try this!

VETTU CAKE/MALABAR TEA CAKE

Ingredients:

500 grams all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

250 grams confectioners sugar

Approximately 1/2 cup water

Oil for frying

Method:

In a bowl,whisk together flour,baking soda,salt and ground cardamom

In another bowl, beat together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the flour mix along with just enough water to form a tight / stiff dough. Cover the dough with a damp towel and set aside for 1 hour. Divide the dough into 4. Roll them out to form a cylinder. Flatten it out and cut out 1 inch squares or triangles.

Heat oil  on medium heat and fry them till they are golden brown. Drain on paper towels, cool and store in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks!

Try this at home. I am sure the kids will love it!

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BABY SLEEP TRAINING STEPS AND TIPS

Do you have sleepless nights with your baby?Does your baby have trouble in sleeping? Well who doesn’t have? All moms especially new moms know exactly what i am talking about. Here are some of the things i followed to get some sleep myself and my baby to have a routine and full night undisturbed sleep.Sleep is my spirit animal and i cant even dream of losing it over my baby..ter r so many books on how to put a baby to sleep around 50 million of them i guess..i really don’t know how that phrase “sleep like a baby” came up…really? seriously?

If you are like me, you would have probably researched all possible parenting resources to get your baby to sleep well .Welcome to” Less Sleep But SleepLover Parents Club”.

When my son was born, I didn’t know anything about making my baby sleep, thank god in India we are with our moms after delivery until three months.But everything changed after i shifted back with my hubby .That very night i called my mom , she advised me to rock the baby in my arms until he would drift off…it was easy in the beginning  then things started to change, i would rock him for 30 mins to get him to nap for 30 minutes!It was so exhausting and my back started giving away. This is when i started reading baby sleep books, talked to my friends about it but all ended up in rocking the baby to sleep thing.This method was not possible for me anymore as my back pain increased and i was getting angry every time i tried to make him sleep..so i started trying different methods to get him to sleep.Then finally at around his 5th month i had a routine which helped.

These are the few steps i followed to get my baby to sleep full night

Step1

Let ur baby distinguish day and night:

Let some rays inside your room during day sleep.Babies who sleep in natural light during day adapt faster to the 24 hour time cycle than those who sleep in artificial indoor lights.

Step 2

Watch for baby sleep cues:

like yawning, rubbing ears or eyes, slower movements, crying, too clingy, etc

Step 3

Stop tiptoeing around

Go ahead with your routine  work and do not reduce voice or make the house noise proof. by going about your normal day baby starts to get used to the fact that daytime is activity time, while night is rest time{this doesnt mean that u should have a rock concert at home when baby is asleep}.

Step 4

Dim lights at night

By three to four months babies produce sleep hormones, so with lights on makes it difficult for them to fall asleep as light can suppress the hormones.So atleast two hours before bedtime reduce babys light exposure.Its healtheist for babies to sleep in complete darkness, but its advisable to put a dim nursery light just to keep an eye on the baby at night.

Step 5

Establish a routine.

This will make it easier for you and the baby  on the long run.Establish the same routine, start with the same thing, same order everyday. Once the baby gets the hang of this, baby will himself or herself start preparing to sleep at the same time. I have penned down the Tips to bedtime routine below.

Step 6

Teach baby to self soothe.

Whether you like to rock the baby to sleep or sing lullabies put them to bed at night when baby is drowsy and almost sleepy and not when they are fully active. If baby starts crying whisper long shhhh sound in the ear, rhythmically but lightly pat him on the upper back, still baby doesn’t calm , then pick up the baby, soothe until drowsy,then put down. Repeat previous steps if necessary until baby is asleep.

Step7

Be Consistent

Dont be discouraged if it doesnt work right away.Stick to the routine.give this method time to work and i am sure it will.Once this is established both baby and you wil have undisturbed good night sleep.

BEDTIME ROUTINE FOR A BABY

  1. GIVE A BATH
  2. READ BOOKS OR BED TIME STORIES
  3. LISTEN TO SOOTHING MUSIC
  4. BREASTFEED OR FEED THE BABY
  5. GIVE BABY A MASSAGE
  6. SPEND TIME CUDDLING OR ROCKING
  7. SING LULLABIES 
  8. CHANGE TO NIGHT DIAPERS AND PAJAMAS
  9. WIPE GUMS OR BRUSH TEETH
  10. SAY GOODNIGHT
  11. SAY PRAYERS

HOPE THIS HELPS ALL MOMMIES HAVING A ROUGH TIME THROUGH THE EARLY BABY DAYS.

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30 DAYS PARENTING CHALLENGE

30 DAYS

PARENTING

CHALLENGE

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Do u want to be that awesome parent that your kids friends envy? Do you want your kids to love you more and want to bond and spent time with you more and more each day?Do you want to be your kids favourite person? if yes,then just take this 30 days parenting challenge and be the beautiful parent you always wanted to be.

Parent-child relationship is a beautiful one but yet so complex .Each day we as parents are thrown with new challenges and barriers and it becomes difficult sometimes to keep the bond and connection in this parent child relationship.Each we need to grow and bond more with our kids o make them feel secure and loved.Being a parent especially a mother it’s not easy, every child looks upon the mother for everything and we as mother’s need to balance everytning.good parenting is even more difficult for working  mothers.

Personally being a first time mom,I quit my job to be a hands on mom as i wanted to be there for my son in every step of his life. I watched his every milestones ,i watched him eat , play, sleep, even poop…i was there. initially it was great ,but slowly i was getting bored(oops did i just write that??), yes i was getting tired sitting at home as my enthusiasms was less , i was going gaga over everything my son does… at one point i even realised i was boring for my son too!!! that realisation hit me hard. I never wanted to be that boring mom i became. I didn’t want my son to have another favorite person.I wanted to connect and bond with my son each growing day but at the same time i did not want to be bored. So i got lots of books on parenting and searching the web i made a 30 day challenge for being an awesome fun parent.

Try taking this simple challenges and see how awesome your kid will feel and loving you more each day more than the other.

  • Hug ,Hug,Hug yor kids at least 10 to 15 times daily.
  • Cook or bake together with your kids.Let them break the eggs or clean the utensils.Trust me both of you have lots of fun and bonding(I know, it’s going to be hard cleaning the kitchen).
  • Go for a nature walk together.
  • Have a no talking contest.
  • Go an entire day without raising your voice.
  • Put on the music and have a dance party.
  • For book time ,read a joke book together.
  • Go off all the electronics today’listen to what ever your kid is talking.
  • Build a blanket fort.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Watch a movie together.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Take pictures today.
  • Paint with watercolors .
  • Go stargazing .
  • Wash the car.
  • Do a puzzle.
  • Say “yes” today.
  • Have carpet picnic in the living room today.
  • Show the kids all the silly faces you can make.
  • Give them a cape and tell them” you are my superhero”.
  • Spin in circles today.
  • Pick flowers.
  • Make paper airplanes.
  • Leave love notes for them to find.
  • Draw a smily face on their big toe .
  • Have a pillow fight.
  • Sing a song together.
  • Tell them about your childhood days.
  • Show them their photos and keepsakes. Let them know their every moment maters to you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             03753a4a7af04c7c5dbfa3e83290477f.jpg                                                                                                                                                        
  • Take this challenge mommies and do tell me how it went and how your kids  loved   you more!!