November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving...


Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and their families...

A bit of Thanksgiving history for the newbies: Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest season. The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the first settlers after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians. Days of thanksgiving were celebrated throughout the colonies after fall harvests. All thirteen colonies did not, however, celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time until October 1777. George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.

It is now celebrated as a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. So I took this opportunity to get back to blogging after a small break. It's been a while since I wrote and posted anything and now the keyboard seems a bit rusty and indifferent. There's a web of inertia in my mind and each time I sit to explain why there were no posts, the computer seems more and more unfriendly. But this seemed like a perfect time to write to my loyal readers who have been filling the mailbox.:)

Some time after my last post, we were blessed with a baby. So "malluspice" had to take a back seat to the new addition in our family. This is the new entrant in my life giving me sleepless nights and restless days, who puts that dreamy(read sleep deprived:))look on my face. Despite diapers and being on call all the time, it is a wonderful experience all over again.
Now it's this cherubic face that we all watch eagerly for a hint of a reaction instead of the comment section after each post. My camera now sees more of this tiny face than styled food plates. Let alone styled plates, it's mostly been just my mom cooking and me hogging. (But I did learn some new recipes that I will post soon.)

So while I do wholeheartedly want to cook and blog, it's not that easy to write and post frequently now. Getting anything done which takes more than half an hour at a stretch right now seems far fetched. (Now you can understand why I did the express cooking contest.) So please bear with me and I will post soon.
Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all have a wonderful day with your families.

45 comments:

TBC said...

Congratulations!!

Siri said...

Congratulations for the baby!. My sister-in-law had a baby too just a couple of months back, and I know how many sleepless nights she had. take a good care of ur health and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Siri

Happy cook said...

Congragulations with your little one. I have been thinking what happend to you as youhadn't posted anything new.
Enjoy the small one.

Sreelu said...

Congratulation on your addition, being a mom changes every priority.Enjoy your time with the little one as they grow up in a wink of an eye. Happy Thanks Giving.

sunita said...

Congratulations! It's nice to have you back..happy thanksgiving.

Sia said...

shaheen, thats a wonderful news. god bless u and ur little ones:)
so u r using all the recipes from express cooking? very smart of u:)

Jayashree said...

Congratulations, Shaheen....

sra said...

What a surprise, Mallugirl! Best of luck and take care!

maninas: food matters said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations, Mallugirl! :D

I must admit I missed your posts... :)

Seena said...

Hey Congrats Shaheen..!

bee said...

congrats. i missed ya. is your little darling a boy or a girl?

Anonymous said...

congrats shaheen. You kept this good news a secret from us, huh? Is it a boy or a girl? Happy thanksgiving to you and your family too.

Rg.

Menu Today said...

Hi,
Congrats!!!!! Have a great time with little one.

Prajusha said...

shaheen,
congrats to ur new bundle of joy.Enjoy each and every moment of motherhood:)Happy thanks giving to u too..

Nags said...

wow! its so nice to have u pack and posting. never knew u were having a baby. hoping to see ur posts soon :) congrats!

Sig said...

WOW! What a great news... Congrats Shaheen, take care...

Jey said...

Congratulations Shaheen! Nothing like a baby adding spice to your life! Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

Do you by any chance know Priya in Marlboro NJ?

Roopa said...

congratulations! Enjoy your time and best wishes

Anita said...

Great news, Shaheen! So that is who has keept you away!

Little babies are the miracle of life - you have your own miracle! Enjoy the baby (you didn't tell us- boy or girl?) - they grow up to fast.

Rachna said...

awww shaheen a huge congrats to you dear.... this is truely a special time....

Mallugirl said...

Thanks for the good wishes..I could do with all of them and more!:)I can see everybody has been superbusy posting while I was away..lots of catching up.

Sra, i just didn't want to broadcast it..

Sia, u are right.. i did use the express stuff in the last months of preg. and now i will be using the recipes when my mom leaves.

Bee, RG,Sig,Anita,..its a girl and already a charmer. I thot u didn't like babies, Bee..:)remembering the seven things meme.
Anita, yup. its the little one hogging my time now.

Jey, I think you are new.welcome to my blog. no I don't know Priya in Marlboro.

Aarathi said...

Congratulations!
Enjoy motherhood.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

assalamualikum shaeen,
mabrook on the new baby..
you really got us worrying-)
But when i saw your comment in nabeelas blog,i was relived!-)
you should have updated us..we, who are so regular comers to your blog.
we have been coming her almost daily..to check on news from you-)
anyways,hope baby and you are fine.
And yes, we ARE looking forward or your moms recpie.
safia

Diane said...

Congratulations!!! How wonderful.
We have missed you, but surely understand you have other priorities now. But don't feel like you have to post a huge post with photos - just dash off a quick one now and then to let us know how you are, what you are up to...

Anonymous said...

nic 2 c u back
ki

archana said...

Congratulations, enjoy your days. There is no greater joy than catching a baby's first smile.

Anonymous said...

hey !

congratulations....

rashmi

Linda said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Shaheen, and even more importantly, Congratulations!! I'm smiling all over to read this tonight! Hope you all are doing well -- will look forward to updates on the new little one :)

Shivapriya said...

Congrats Shaheen, That's a great news. Have fun.

starry nights said...

Congratulations on your new baby

indosungod said...

Shaheen, Congratulations! Nice to have you back with this piece of wonderful news.

nosh n reh's mum said...

Hi Shaheen...congratulations to u and ur family and wishing you loads of happy moments with your little ones!

Namratha said...

Aww that's so sweet Shaheen, congratulations mommy dearest :) I was wondering why there were no updates here...hmm now we know!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Heary congradulations shaheen! :) Taking care of your baby is top priority and a full time job! Thanks for this post! Atleast we got to know the reason! :)
Have a great time with the littleone! :)

Bharathy said...

Congrats!!!

Such a pleasant surprise!!
Not a single clue. you had given us so far!!!
We are happy that you are back.
and we are aware what it means when there is a new addition in the family.
Post (recipe or non recipe)at least twice a month, to oil the key board ;)

Mandira said...

Shaheen, a Big Congratulations on the new addition! Enjoy your time with your daughter... we missed you and welcome back :)

babli said...

Welcome back Shaheen :)

Congratulations!! Enjoy your sleepless nites with the little one. Truly a blessing!

Mona said...

Mabrook Shaheen !! Many Many Congratulations on this happy news. Do post some of your lil Pari's pics when you get time.. We will all b waiting.. :-) Congrats once again dear :-)

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Mallugirl said...

Aarthi,Thanks!
Diane, that is the sweetest comment.. and i was thinking what to post and write!

Ki,u are the motor behind this post.

Rashmi,Thanks a lot for ur wishes.

safia, makes me smile to read ur nice loong comment. Will try to be regular from now on.

Shivpriya,Linda, starry nights, Indo, Nosh's mum, Namratha,latha,thanks for ur wishes. All the good cheer will be treasured.

Mandira,thanks a ton!
Bharathy, will surely try to keep rust away..:)

Mona and babli,sleepless nights it definitely is. Sorry but won't be psoting photos on this blog..hope u understand.

Arundati Rao said...

congratulations!!

KayKat said...

Congratulations, Shaheen! Boy or girl? Post some pictures, please? :)

Jyothsna said...

Congrats Shaheen!! God bless you and the baby!! Enjoy this wonderful time!

Rahin said...

hey Shaheen, thts wonderful news , Congratulations !!! n take care

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Shaheen!

Mamatha said...

Congratulations Shaheen!