Monday, January 20, 2014

The usefulness of the much desired but scary PICKLE (by Rujuta Diwekar)- You can relish it now!!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the Indian Pickle...Wow I love them but oops........calories !calories! calories!!!!(coz of the huge amount of oil and salt that accompanies it)

Now here is the good news..

Thursday, January 2, 2014

How to extract all images and image attributes from a wordpress post (without a plugin) - wordpress

Imagine displaying a  dynamic grid with multiple images (say 10).So,what would you do?Let's see.
You would create 10 different posts,insert a different image in each post and call it into a Wordpress loop.Now imagine doing that for 50 or even more...Sounds terribly tedious,right?

Well,here's a full fledged solution to this problem..So all you need is a single wordpress post and multiple images in it...You can add /edit/delete them whenever you want.And how do we achieve this??By simply manipulating "the_content".:)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Easy recipes for kids- Ragi(Finger millet) halwa



This recipe is full of calcium and protein and contains a great amount of iron and other minerals..Why ?? coz its a halwa made with "Ragi" , commonly known as "Nachni" in Maharashtra and common name of Finger Millet in South India.It's not only good for children but for everyone and can double up as a healthy dessert too!!! As with my other recipes,I always try to bring in the health part by using more of healthy and nutritious food items.I almost always manage to trick my son by calling it a "chocolate pudding" !!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Indian Food Wisdom by Rujuta Diwekar - The importance of "tadka" in our food

I am about to start a series on sharing health and weight loss mantras from Rujuta Diwekar's video "Indian Food Wisdom" . I am really quite fond of her ideas since she doesn't stress on fad diets and talks on the importance of traditional food and their benefits and why we don't need to follow senseless diets to lose weight.We can stick to our old rich Indian food , eat merrily and still lose it all by eating it the right way !!

So, come and join me in this journey!!!!

                                    The importance of "tadka" in our food

The tadka that we apply to our food doesn't only carry calories,but it also has loads of nutrients and therapeutic values in it e.g. turmeric powder,ghee,oil,sesame seeds,coconut seasonings,etc.Unless you use it,you wont be able to absorb the vitamins and minerals and the heap of benefits that come with it.In other words,consuming vegetables alone without the tadka has no value.And of course,undoubtedly, it adds heavily to the taste.So what happens then?
a.You enjoy eating the food
b.Since your appetite is satisfied,you wont get cravings for high calorie food post the meal and that's where you will lose it healthily.

Most importantly,it helps you get "pranic" value .

Prana – that most people are unaware of – is vital energy.It is extremely important to uplift our senses,our joints and scalps healthy,our moods ,makes us light and lively and helps us stay healthy and energetic and keep us looking young and thin.So the mantra here is "to count prana and not calories."



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Wordpress learning series -Validating submitting and emailing a contact form using jquery and PHP

For many of you who use “jquery.validate.js” to validate your forms, you may be keen for a solution that not only submits the form and emails the content but also displays a ‘thank you’ message after successful submission and all within the same handler .I am focussing on the same handler as you will find 100’s of solutions to submit it using another function but not within the same validate function.

So, here’s a full proof resolution for you after putting in hours of hard work. Since I use wordpress for most of my projects, I'd like to put forth a solution that would work along with your wordpress themes as well.

I am not using any contact form wordpress plugins here, but simply combining the power of PHP and jquery to accomplish the desired output. I’m a huge advocate of building things from scratch rather than use WP plugins mainly because you really need to hack the core to get it working as per your need. So let’s begin the journey and get going..

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Easy kids recipes – Dalia (broken wheat) porridge -II


This dalia porridge is perfect for all those fussy eaters who would shriek at the sight of dalia.
You can also try out a similar recipe for infants from my other post: http://stay-athome-moms.blogspot.in/2012/03/easy-baby-food-recipes-1.html

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Easy way to add rich editing options to your bbpress forums with Bbpress post toolbar


In one of my recent projects where I am using “bbpress” to create forums, I wanted to bring about a rich editing experience for the end user. The default “bbpress” forum template is pretty simple (displayed below) with just about very basic editing features. Users who are fluent with HTML coding could benefit from some HTML tags, but you wouldn’t want to target your site for tech savvy users only. Hence arrives the need to include a toolbar where users can easily embed images, video, smileys and rich formatting options while posting in forums.