5 Things- 5 Things I love about Summer

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5 Things Tuesday — Things You Love About Summer

Longer days

Longer days give me more time to do what I need/ want to do during daytime. The sun sets later and rises earlier. I specially enjoy early morning time.


I like this drink so much. A wonderful, refreshing combination of coconut and pineapple. It’s my favorite cold drink.


There was a time that I wasn’t keen on eating mangoes. Perhaps I found them too sweet. But in last couple of years, my love of mangoes has made a comeback. In Pakistan we have a huge variety of mangoes. And the all are amazing.

Summer break

Summer break from school means that we can plan a trip someplace. Usually it’s up north to the cooler areas of the country. This year we went for a couple of days to a hill resort, Nathiagali. It’s a lovely, lush green place. Lots of little monkeys are also roaming around there.

Cool summery clothes

Our summer is very hot. So we have cool lawn clothes to wear. These are made of lightweight cotton fabric which are usually available in very lively colors.

These are my 5 favorites for summer. What are yours?



5 Things Tuesday- Ice breakers

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5 Things Tuesday — Icebreakers

We have been talking about food related topics here on 5things. This week I wanted to break the mould. Oh dear ! That’s another food related metaphor. I am afraid I can’t help myself. I simply love writing about food. 

This week’s topic is Icebreakers or Conversation starters. Which are your favourites?


In a big get together;

How do you know the host/hostess?

In a wedding reception;

The hosts are not here as yet! Even they are late!

In a queue for cinema tickets;

Are you a big fan of superhero movies like me?

At a salon;

I love your haircut!

In a grocery store;

Please go ahead, I’m in no hurry!




What 5 things mean spring

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Today Tanya asks us to list 5 Things that mean Spring to us;

Putting away blankets, quilts, and winter clothes

I look forward to doing this all throughout short winters. I don’t like heavy blankets and quilts and love the time when I put them away! In summer a light bedspread is enough when the air conditioning is running.

Lightning up of days;

It gets light sooner and gets darker later in the day. I especially enjoy the early morning quiet time when going outside doesn’t mean wearing more layers. Usually, it’s very pleasant and a light breeze is blowing.

Green leaves and colorful flowers everywhere;

The best part of spring is the rebirth of plant life. I get such joy from watching the tender green leaves and branches sprouting from the bare trees. The gardens all around us are full of lovely displays of flowers. There is in fact a competition among the residents to see who’s lawn is more beautiful. There is some sort of award too.

Strawberries, melons, and guavas in fruit market;

As I am a foodie, it should be no surprise that I await the spring for the delicious fruits it brings. Unlike America, we don’t have all fruits, all years around except apples and bananas. So strawberries come at the end of winter and last a couple of months. Melons also start to arrive in spring/ early summer as do the guavas. I love to make a salad of my favorite fruits.

Spring showers;

Nothing like the spring showers to lift the spirits. The sound and smell of rain are most welcome to me. It also holds back the sizzling summers for a little while.



5 ways to enjoy Strawberries

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Today, Tanya asks us to share our 5 favorite ways to enjoy strawberries 🍓

Chocolate coated strawberries;

I have never made them myself, though they are easy enough. But I love eating strawberries dipped in either dark or white chocolate. They are so yummy.

Strawberries with whipped cream;

Easiest and yummiest way to have fresh strawberries. Just douse them in sweetened whipped cream and enjoy.

Strawberry smoothie;

I make this with Greek yogurt and honey. If I want to avoid honey I use stevia. This is not only tasty but healthy too. It fills up the tummy and reduces hunger.

Strawberry tart;

Homemade or store-bought, I love the crispy flaky base with juicy strawberries on top. It tastes even better with cream or ice cream.

Strawberry in my oatmeal;

I love strawberries and walnuts in my oatmeal. It makes the perfect healthy breakfast dish.



5 Things – 5 Favorite French Fries

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Today Tanya asks us to list our 5 favorite ways to enjoy French Fries

• Battered fries;

Coated in batter and fried to crunchy, I love these with the special dipping sauce they serve it with.

Masala Fries;

I like the ones which are sold by ” One potato two potato”

Cheese Fries;

What can I say, who doesn’t love this gooey mess!

Home Fries;

Thick cut and sprinkled generously with salt and pepper, yum!

Garlic Mayo Fries;

Another messy side. When I get these I don’t want to share them with anyone.

These are my favorite ways to have Fries. What are yours?




Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #14: Citizenship – 5 Women that influenced my life

March is Women’s history month.



Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #14: Citizenship

In this month I plan to write at least one post per week, honoring women.

This week, I want to honor 5 women who positively influenced my life.

My paternal grandmother;

When my mom passed away, my paternal grandparents moved in with us. My grandmother took care of us, three siblings. She was old and thought herself even older than she was. But she embraced her role and took on the mantle of a surrogate mother for us. We ranged in ages, 4 – 8 and I can imagine how hard it must have been for her.

I really admire the fact that she put her own life on hold and took care of us.

My grade 8 class teacher;

She was the second inspirational woman in my young life. She was a very smart, well-articulated woman. She inspired us all to be well-read and well-spoken. We all, ( it was an all-girls school) idolized her and she never showed us any weakness. I met her again later in life when my daughter went to the same school and she was the principal there.

My anatomy professor;

She was a dragon lady. A fierce woman, closer to my grandmother’s age, she was famous for her knowledge of anatomy and her very strict discipline. We were fascinated by her and afraid of her in equal measures. She passed away a few years ago and the medical community lost a great champion.

My mother in law;

She was such a wonderful person. A doctor by profession, she was an extremely kind and loving person. She became the mother for me that I had missed growing up. She was witty and cheerful. She was my role model when I became a mother-in-law to my son’s wife. I adopted her way of interacting with my daughter in law and the result is that I’m good friends with her.

My elder daughter;

I have learned a lot from my elder daughter. She has faced many hard times in her young life but her courage and determination are phenomenal. I’ve learned to be fair and compassionate from her. I have seen how wonderful she is as a mother and have tried to follow her example.

Many people, men, and women have influenced me, but these five women stand out.

If you like, you too can share who, men or women have had a great influence on your lives.





5 Things- My favorite cold remedies

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Today Tanya asks us for our favorite 5 home remedies for the common cold.

• Honey;

I believe honey to be very effective in fighting a cold and scratchy throat. Either by itself or in warm milk does wonders for the cold.

• Hot beverages;

Tea, coffee, green tea are all helpful when under the weather from cold. They warm up the body and elevate the mood pulled down by being sick.

• Soup;

Even the doctors recommend soup when we are not well. Any soup would do as long as it’s not too spicy. But tomato soup and chicken soup are specially good.

• Vitamin C;

I find vit-c lozenges useful in cold. Oranges and orange juice are excellent source of vitamin C as well.

• Turmeric and ginger tea;

This is not my favorite but it is very effective. Boil ginger root in water for about 10 minutes and add a bit of turmeric to it. Add honey to make it drinkable. Both ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and give relief in cold or cough.

These are my go to remedies for the common cold. What are yours?



5 Things- My Favorite Winter Soups

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5 Favourite Winter Soups

Tomato soup;

This is my all-time favorite soup. It works both in winters and summers. I love the roasted tomato basil soup.

Hot and sour soup;

An old favorite. It’s a soup popular in our local Chinese restaurants. I make it at home too and it’s good when you are not feeling like eating a meal.

Cream of chicken soup;

This was the very first soup I made by myself, from my mom’s recipe book. I love it because it’s so yummy, yet easy to make.

Broccoli cheddar soup;

A bowl of broccoli cheddar soup with some warm bread makes a delicious meal.

Mulligatawny soup;

This is much like lentil soup except it also has some rice and chicken in it. It is flavored with garam masala and thickened with chickpea flour. This is a family favorite as well.



5 Things- New year resolutions that I make but seldom keep

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It’s been quite a while since I made New Year’s resolutions. Back in the days, when I was young and over-optimist, I would make a few resolutions every New Year’s Eve, only to break them a few weeks into the year.

The usual ones were;

Losing weight;

Since I’ve been battling with weight nearly all my adult life, this would be the topmost resolve. I would start with new plans with enthusiasm but it mostly fizzled out within the first two weeks of January. You see, I love food!

Be more organized;

This one lasted more than the first one but then life usually interfered and it was back to running behind the schedules and trying to play catch up with work and studies.

Exercising more;

Though it was a part of losing weight resolve, exercising more was also a goal by itself. I always had a very high heart rate and was told to exercise more to lower it. I loved cycling but often didn’t find enough time for it. So this resolution also lay unfulfilled at the end of the year.

Going to bed early;

As I was an avid reader, sometimes I stayed up till early morning to finish a book. This played havoc with my day. I would resolve to go to sleep early only to break it when I found a book I just couldn’t put down.

Getting up early in the morning;

This goal mostly failed as it was connected to going to bed early at night. Though I am happy to say that I have achieved both these habits, in my middle age. Not through any resolutions but through common sense. I realize that this works best for me. I have also been able to get better of my insomnia by sleeping early.

What are/were you 5 failed New year resolutions?