Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake


PreHeat the oven for 325 degrees. Grease the cake pan and sprinkle some flour. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a mixing bowl. Stir and set aside.Add the butter (room temperature), sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl. Beat on high with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the 1 cup of milk .Mix in the dry ingredients in 2-3 batches. Stir until just it just comes together; you don't want to over mix.Pour the batter into the pan, and cook for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife in the middle(make sure you check it in the middle) and take it out of the oven when it comes out clean.


2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
Zest of two lemons
4-5 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Almond
1 cup milk and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and set aside for 10 minutes
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Choclate Dessert

Choclate Triffle: 
A Simple Recipie which can be made for a Get together/ Potluck. I made it for the SuperBowl and it turned out pretty good for a first timer.

1. Bake a chocolate cake 
2. Cut them into pieces 
3. Place them In a transparent bowl.
4. Mix Instant Chocolate pudding mix()  with sweet condensed milk  and whip cream (thaw).  
5. Add Half of chocolate pudding to bowl and add whip cream.
6. add the cake pieces and add Half of chocolate pudding to bowl and add whip cream.
7. Grate a chocolate (I did KItKat)
8. Freeze it for 6 hours / 2 hours in defrezer.

9. Serve it with cut Strawberries

Chocolate cake: 
Heat Oven for 350 degrees and mix all the ingredients and bake the cake for 30-35 minutes. Do not open the Oven during this time.

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract  

Do It YourSelf

Compromising on Pooja Mandir is pretty Frustrating so, I decided to make one and now I am glad I did it. It is Pretty Straight forward and Simple with a little bit of Homework.Well, I took help and dragged Mahesh to get some help and he ended up doing most of it.:). 

So, I started of with little bit of homework and looked around for designs and I drew one. we ended up changing the measurements after we reached Home Depot. So, here is the final design with Measurements. 

Once, we have it we went to a nearby home depot and took some help of the sales associate (Brian) who was way more helpful than we expected. I posted some pictures of the parts and accessories that we used through out the blog.  

We picked 2 planks and 4 legs first and provided the measurements to Brian who cut the wood accordingly. Here are the measurements:
The Stair Legs are 28 Inches and they were cut into 23.5 and 4.5 (were used as the legs at the bottom).
One Plank was cut into 2 pieces each 24X20 (LXB)the other as 20X23.5 (LXH).
Decorative molding was cut into 4 pieces 26.5, 23,21,19 accordingly. 

Step 1: Drill 4 holes on Plank 1 (Bottom Plank ). Use Sandpaper 1 and Sand Paper 2 to smoothen the surface of the wooden surface. It took approximately around 30 min to smoothen each of them. 

Step 2: Drill holes to the 4 bottom legs and  use glue to stuck the wooden nails to it and after an hour stick 4 Bottom wooden Legs to the plank. Leave it for an hour.
Step 3:  In the meanwhile Stick the Decorative Molding using the Glue and let it untouched for an hour.
Step 4:  Drill 4 holes to the Wooden plan on the top plank  and Insert the TNuts to the Plank (You will need a Hammer for this. We also drilled some holes inside of the top plank so that we can screw in cup hooks and hang the bells. 

Step 5:  Once it is fixed screw in the legs (the stair legs comes with a screw).
Step 6: stick the stair legs to the lower part of the Mandir. Leave it for 2 hours. In the meanwhile you can stick the decorative molding and this is how it is going to look. Yes, it is going to be very messy because we are dealing with wood. We used a plastic sheet to save the carpet. 

Step 7: Once the whole structure is strong enough we can screw in the back plank. 

Step 8: Use the cloth to clean the wood before staining. We started staining it after testing the structure.  3 times using the mini wax poly shade giving 6 hours each time for it to dry. Used a smaller brush to stain the curves that we missed..( If you have pets keep them away from the structure. I have a cute parakeet which stayed away in the bedroom all along.)

Step 9: Once it is done I decorated it with bells I bought at Micheals and painted using color from Micheals. 
Here is the end result. 

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Saturday, 1 February 2014


Devulapalli Krishna Sastry

Telugu Lyricist:Sri devulapalli venkata krishna sastry

Song Name:Navvipoduru gaka Naaketi Siggu


Navvi podurugaaka naaketi siggu ?
naa icchaye gaaka naaketi verapu ?
kalavihangama pakshamula deliyaadi
taarakaa maNUlalO taaranai merasi
maaya mayyedanu naa madhura gaanamuna !
navvipOduru gaaka naakETi siggu ?

moyilu dOnelalOna payanam bonarchi
minnella viharinchi merapunai merasi
paaDuchu chinkunai paDipOdu nilakau
navvipOduru gaaka naakETi siggu ?

pakshi nayyeda chinni Rukshamayyedanu
madhupa mayyeda chandamaama nayyedanu
mEghamayyeda vinta merapu nayyedanu
alaru nayyeda chiguraaku nayyedanu
paaTa nayyeda konDavaagu nayyedanu
pavana mayyeda vardhibhanga mayyedanu
ElOkO eppuDO yetulanO gaani
maaya mayyeda nEnu maripOyedanu
navvipOdurugaaka naakETi siggu ?
naa iCChayE gaaka naakETi verapu ?




Jaya Jaya Jaya Priya BhArata

Telugu Lyricist:Sri devulapalli venkata krishna sastry

Song Name: Jaya Jaya Jaya Priya Bharata


Lyrics: Telugu