Peppa pig Birthday party Ideas

Celebrating birthday is always fun and it becomes more fun when you get to be crafty for your favorite person on the Earth. While we (whole Family) tried our best , it might not sound perfect party to all the readers. Because everyone’s definition for  “Perfect” is different. Everyone’s “Rights” and “Wrongs” are defined different.  But as long you see everyone one in your party enjoying with that big smile on face; sounds much like  PERFECT to me. And this was not possible without my Family and friends who pitched in for the party preparation. Below are some ideas for Peppa pig birthday party for 3 yrs old.  Below were the decorations, party favor bags, games and food for our party.

Decoration Supplies (bought from Party city and Handmade):

  • Birthday Banner (party city), wall hangings (party city), Yard characters (handmade), peppa pig drawing(handmade), balloons (party city).

Party Favor Bags:

  • Peppa pig tattoo(party city), Stamps (party city), Miniature Easter basket with bunnies ( Hobby lobby-less than 2 inch big). Thank you cards with family conversation starter cards (handmade),Sidewalk Chalk ( each gift wrapped as candy from Walmart), Hershey Kisses (Hershey choc factory, Hershy, PA), Peppa pig Books (amazon).

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Games:

  • Feed Peppa! (handmade from Cardboard box)
  • Ball pit (handmade from big Box of Sofa)
  • Trampoline (target)
  • Balloon treasure hunt (similar to Easter egg hunt)
  • Character kids Band-aids, Hershey chocolates to fill Balloons in treasure hunt game.

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Food:

  • Mediterranean cold pasta salad
  • Fruit Basket
  • baby Carrots and Tzatziki sauce dip
  • Raj Kachori / Raj Khasta Kachori (Click the link for ingredients and recipe)
  • Spinacopita (Costco)
  • Hummus & pita chips
  • Juice for kids and adults
  • Coke for adults
  • Ritz crackers, Indian Rice Crackers (papadi/ sarevda), Sev (homemade)
  • Pizza
  • Peppa pig cake chocolate
  • La Madeline cake ( costco)
  • Small mango cake (extra)
  • Cilantro coconut green chutney, Red Chutney (dates), Sweet yogurt sauce.

Having  Birthday near Easter weekend, the game was pretty much fixed(Easter egg hunt), but to look like more peppa game I changed the concept to use water balloons to find treasure with peppa’s friends in backyard. Also Peppa mean jumping in muddy puddles, but wanted the muddy puddles jumping clean; so ended up doing Ball Pit puddles jumping in a big cardboard box. We only had Raj kachori as one Indian item on the menu. But thanks to my creative foodie friends; they ended up creating innovative combination from the ingredients on the table. You see the big basket with Indian rice crackers(papadi), was topped with green moong sprout, potato, onions, tomatoes(stuffing for raj kachori), chat masala and sev. So officially we had papadi chat and raj kachori ( 2 Indian items) on the menu. Hope you have fun with your peppa pig party.

 

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Variety Stuff Tortillas/ Stuff paratha/ Leftovers Recipe

 

I like the concept of stuff paratha. Its very versatile food. Basically, you can try any combinations or leftovers you wish to stuff in paratha. Method is same but this post is mainly for introducing vast possible options. So, dont miss to check out the Possible stuffing options below.

Possibilities are endless: Onion-Papad-Cilantro Stuffing,  Rice Veggie Stuffing, Aloo stuffing (potato), Gobi stuffing (cauliflower), Shredded Cabbage stuffing, Paneer Stuffing, Onion Stuffing, Garlic Stuffing, Mashroom Green pepper stuffing, Crushed balck beans and Avocado Cilantro stuffing, Avocado-Cilantro-Lime-Rice stuffing, Hummus Stuffing, Chickpeas paste stuffing, veg noodles stuffing, and so on …

To share the photographs, I have made Palakh paneer paratha. Its not a new recipe but I was introduced to this method by a lovely friend Aditi Shah. Below are the ingredients I used:

Palakh Paneer/ Spinach-Cottage Cheese

For stuffing: 3 cups finely chopped spinach leaves, 1 cup paneer crumbs (cottage cheese crumbs), 2 tbsp blue cheese (or any of your choice, I like mozzarella too), chat masala, salt per taste,  1 tbsp garam masala, 1/2 tbsp kitchen king masala(optional), red pepper per your taste, 1 tbsp onion powder , 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1/2 tbsp Ginger grated, 1/2 tsp aamchur powder/ 1 tbsp lemon juice.

For Paratha, Tortilla: 3 cups wheat flour, salt per taste, warm water as required, 2 tbsp oil.

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How to make:

  1. First, make a dough for Roti ( as soft as possible, you can handle). Kneed for 5 minutes and let it sit underneath wet muslin cloth for 30 minutes before use.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and mix it well. Note, that you don’t need to boil spinach. We are going to use raw spinach salad to stuff. Once its stuffed inside paratha, it will cook with parathas.
  3. Take one medium size ball dough and roll it big enough. put as much stuffing as you can handle to roll the next round. close it properly and roll it again. Softer the dough, easier it is to roll the stuff paratha.
  4. Now on electic griddle or tava, shallow fry the paratha/tortilla by using very less amount of oil/ghee. And its ready.

Other interesting Stuffing to give it a shot:

Onion-Papad-Cilantro Stuffing: 1 cup finely chopped onions, 1 garlic 1 papad(fried/microwave), 1 cup cilantro finely chopped, 1 tbsp blue cheese (or any of your choice, I like mozzarella too), chat masala, salt per taste,  1 tbsp garam masala, red pepper per your taste, 1 tbsp onion powder , 1 tbsp garlic powder (if you use regular papad), 1/2 tbsp Ginger grated, 1/2 tsp aamchur powder/ 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Rice Veggie Stuffing: (leftover veg cubji , rice): Mix up potato/flower/chickpea/peas subji with left over rice, 1 tbsp blue cheese (or any of your choice, I like mozzarella too), chat masala, salt per taste,  1 tbsp garam masala, red pepper per your taste, 1 tbsp onion powder , 1 tbsp garlic powder (if you use regular papad), 1/2 tbsp Ginger grated, 1/2 tsp aamchur powder/ 1 tbsp lemon juice.

 Enjoy! Let me know if you try some stuffing that I have not mentioned. I would love to try new stuffing. 

 

Chhole Bhartha Recipe/ Diy chickpea Eggplant curry

This recipe was invented by my talented mother in law. As I have told you enough about her cooking skills already here, she is the most innovative chef I know. I said invented by her, as at least I have not found this combination on internet yet. So we made chhole bhature (Chickpea curry) one day and next day we made Baingan Bhartha (Eggplant curry). My mother in law did refrigerate some boiled chickpea as she thought it was too much for that day. In Baingan bharta, she put lot of garlic per my hubby’s taste buds; so there was so much left over from that day as well (I personally don’t eat Baingan Bhartha). So, if you already put your thinking cap on, you know by now; whats the recipe ! Well, just mix them up (Boiled Chickpeas and Baingan bhartha). According to my husband, that was the top class Chhole he had.And if you eat this curry with this Spinach stuff paratha, its yumm! To give you the recipe:

Ingredients: American Eggplant (big one), Garlic 10-12 cloves, 2 tomatoes small size, Half onion (if big size), green chili, 1 tbsp garam masala, 1 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tsp sugar(optional), 1/2 tbsp Greek yogurt (use heavy cream for richness), salt per your taste, pinch of cardamom powder, Cinnamon , bay leaf, cloves, oil/Ghee/Butter 2 tbsp, chickpeas boiled 1 cup, Cashew paste if you used yogurt, 1/2 inch ginger, Asafoetida, coconut powder(optional).

  1. First boil the Chickpeas and let it cool.
  2. Take the american eggplant, wash, spray oil on outer skin and keep it for roasting on an open flame. Once you think its roasted on all the sides and inside, keep it aside for cooling it down. you can also put this eggplant in ice water bowl.
  3. Once cooled down, peel the skin from smoked eggplant.
  4. Make a puree of tomatoes and onions.
  5. Make separate paste for garlic, ginger and green chili.
  6. Also make paste of the roasted eggplant after skin peeled.
  7. Now put oil in non stick pan on medium flame. Once hot, add cloves, asafoetida, Cinnamon stick, bay leaf and cardamom powder. Then add onion -tomato puree.
  8. After 5 minutes, add chili-garlic-ginger paste and coconut powder, salt.
  9. Once oil separates, add eggplant puree and all the masala. Garam masala, coriander powder, red chili powder, sugar, etc. Let it cook with covered lead for 10 minutes on slow-medium flame.
  10. Then add yogurt and cashew powder and chickpeas. Let the spices incorporate on low flame for 5 more minutes. And its done.
  11. You can garnish with Coriander leaves and shredded coconut  and serve!

Sorry for not sharing any pictures. I could not take any pics as she cooked this recipe in my absence. I personally did not taste it but my Husband’s certificate for “Top class Dish” is hardest to get.Let me know how your family liked the dish if you end up trying in your kitchen.

 

IndoMexican Recipe ~ Homemade Chapati Enchiladas with Avocado Cilantro dressing

I must not classify this recipe as new creation but just a twist to Mexican food Enchiladas recipe. I make Chipotle bowl recipe at home many times. To try something new, I made enchiladas for the first time. But I wanted it to be healthy and unique. I made wheat flour chapatis/Indian bread tortilla size. I prepared the black beans, tomato avocado salad, green pepper-onion salad, cilantro lime rice, avocado cilantro dressing.

  • For Wheat chapatis/tortilla: 3 cups wheat flour, salt, 2 tbsp oil and water as needed.
    • Make chapatis Indian style and let them cool while you prepare other stuff.
  • For Cilantro Lime Rice: 2 cups of rice, cilantro, thick gravy removed from black bean tin, salt, taco seasoning,black pepper, cilantro chopped, half lemon juice
    • Cook the rice first and let them cool. Once cooled, then mix all ingredients listed about together and simmer on slow flame until rice absorbs all the gravy and looks dry.
  • For black bean: one tin of black bean rinsed (saved the gravy from the tin), salt, taco seasoning, black pepper, 1 tsp cream cheese, 2 tbsp tomatoes, 2 tbsp corn.
    • Mix all these ingredients and mash the black beans.
  • For Green pepper-Onion Salad: Cut them long and saute. Add salt, taco seasoning and black pepper to your taste.
  • For Tomato -Avocado Salad : Finely chop avocados , tomatoes and salt and pepper. For garnishing.
  • For Avocado Cilantro Sauce/dressing: 1 big avocado, 1 jalapeno, 1 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup yogurt,  half lemon juice, salt, pepper, 2 tbsp coconut, 4 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp cashews, half cup water(add per consistency you like).
    • Blend everything together to smooth paste.

How to make:

  1. Once everything is ready, preheat oven 375. I put oil sprayed empty glass container in oven while preheating.
  2. Take one wheat tortilla, layer the avocado cilantro dressing in half and taco hot sauce in other half. Sprinkle some Mexican cheese.
  3. Next put black bean, Green pepper- onion salad, more cheese(optional) and roll them. Prepare all tortillas like this.
  4. Once preheat done, layer taco hot sauce and avocado cilantro sauce in bottom first, then put all the rolled tortillas prepared, and make another layer of hot sauce and avocado cilantro sauce(more this sauce as if soaking enchiladas in sauce). Garnish it with cheese, salt, pepper, cilantro. Bake on 375 until sauce and cheese are bubbly. I baked it for 10 minutes and let them sit inside for 10 more minutes while oven cools down.
  5. On the plate, put one enchilada and garnish top with finely chopped avocado-tomato salad. Put more salad as side dish salsa and serve it with one serving of cilantro lime rice.
  6. Personally I don’t like onions, so I try to make my version of enchilada by not adding anything onion/garlic. To have enough stuffing, I added cilantro lime rice in my enchilada and it was yummy.

Just a suggestion; but if you want to make this dish exotic to earn a Michelin star on this recipe then add finely chopped mango to garnish. Or you can make Avocado-tomato- Mango salad for garnishing enchiladas. TBT: suggestion credit from dearest hubby.

Enjoy the exotic Indo-Mexican enchiladas! Pictures from my kitchen.

 

 

 

 

Montessori @ Home by MOM~ March 2016

Welcome, Spring! This month is little one’s Birthday month. I love spring here in Texas. We already start seeing blue bonnets this year. Its beautiful! So this month, some of the activities stays same for language shelve,  math shelves and practical life shelves. But I did introduce new activities to my little one. See below.

Language shelves: I created this personalized alphabet book  for the language activity along with color the alphabets and find the alphabet activity. We also learnt these new games of matching cards and rhyming cards.

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Math Shelves: I had this gift from my parents “Count and link” game. Its actually for older kids to teach addition, multiplication, subtraction and division. But my little one uses it to make number train, number recognition activities. I also tried to introduce the concept of addition and subtraction but I know its too early.

Cultural shelves:We did already visit Texas state capitol and learnt new stuff that we did not know. I tried to explain regardless of she was interested /understood or not.  I will update more activities (if any) in this area at end of the month once again. Also, we received an invitation card from India. So I showed her the stamps (Sardar patel photo stamp) on the post/mail. I told her who he was.

 

Sensory shelves:We did make mug cake at home for grand parents anniversary. Little one did help me stir the cake mix and put it in microwave to make the cake.  We also got to touch Easter bunny, little ducklings and feel it with hands. Animal sounds, etc. She got to have them sit in her lap.

 

Practical life shelves: I am not sure if this one is really practical life activity. But since last month she is so much interested in telling the story. Like every night, we tell her bedtime stories but since few weeks we have swapped the roles. She is the one who tells us the stories at bed time. She also cleans up after her toys without me telling her. We are going to mail her Birthday invites to few friends as she know little bit about stamp/post/mail.

 

This month lots of card activities as one of the letter we are focusing will be C for “Cards”. C for “Count and link”, C for “Cake”, C for Capitol, etc. Enjoy!

 

DIY “Match Rhyming Cards” Toddler game ~Montessori @ Home by MOM

This one is similar to the Match the cards memory game on my blog. But, as my little one still working on reading skills and not able to read all by herself, I play the easy version of the game. You can challenge your kiddo as per their skills. It’s always good to push their limits but I don’t want her to be overwhelmed.

How we played:

  1. I made 54 cards but only played with 10 cards to start with. Also, I had the cards open and not put upside down like the other game. (here)
  2. Then, I explained the concept of the game to my toddler. She will have to find the words with similar rhyming and make a pair.
  3. She did not enjoy this one as she did not know how to read in first place. And also explaining word “rhyme” took longer for us.
  4. Then once she got hang of it, she started finding “Dog-Frog”, etc.

 

How to play(version 2/Moderate version):

  1. Decide the #of cards to play with according to your kid’s age.(for ex: 14)
  2. Put them upside down and let the player open 2 cards.
  3. If found matching, then they win the pair. if not, next player’s turn.
  4. Player with the highest pair cards wins.
  5. This version is good with more # of players.

How to play(version 3 /Moderate):

  1. Take as many cards as possible. (for example:  all 54)
  2. Arrange them open to read, but random. (Not upside down)
  3. Now let your kids make pairs by looking at cards.
  4. this version is good for less # of players, as if strong player then he would want to make all the pairs at once.

How to play (version 4/ Hard):

  1. Put all 54 cards upside down.
  2. Let the first player open the 2 cards, and make the pair.
  3. If not found matching rhyming card, then next player’s turn.
  4. This one will work on rhyming as well as memory skills.

This games are good for language shelf.

DIY “Match the cards” Toddler Memory game~Montessori @ Home by MOM

This one is super hit activity of all of them till now. It’s also one of the Montessori inspired activity. It is fun for both toddler and adults. I took the printouts of these cards from here. This one is transportation theme cards. you can make your own cards from any area you like. But this were ready to print and it also teaches new vehicle names to my toddler. Its double fun. In addition, we play these cards once every night. And my daughter have so much fun to play with mom, dad, herself, grand-pa and grand-ma. It also works on memory building skills for toddlers. I was amazed to see that at some point the little tot was taking the game seriously and trying to find matching card as many as possible to win the game. below are the pics, again I should have laminated  the cards. Find the similar game “Match the similar rhyming cards” here on my blog.

How to play:

  1. Arrange upside down like shown in below pics.
  2. Let the first player open 2 cards. If they match, they win their first pair. But if they did not match then you have to put them back upside down and let the other player open 2 cards.
  3. Player, that finds the maximum pair cards, wins. So be ready to be surprised; how your toddler can memorize! it’s so much fun.

 

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