IZEA ads

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diwali-Ready

The 5-days of Diwali Celebration started today but the preparations in the Indian households had begun well in advance. Preparing sweets and delicacies, cleaning the house, re-doing the decor, adorning the garden with lights, shopping, planning the holidays and getting the travel tickets booked have kept all of us busy. 

Diwali related pins have been afloat on Pinterest like never before. Consequently, my post Diwali Decor has been getting hits around the clock and some inquisitive DIYers have also had questions.




Let me take up the 'How you did that' before anything else.
There are actually only two easy steps to it. 
  1. Paint the tea light candles with your chosen color of Acrylic paints, covering the wax-top and sides. Be sure to use a good consistency of paint. Keep it thick. That provides better coverage. 
  2. Use glitter tubes to make designs on the candle. The craft glitter tubes available in stores would be perfect. To get neat designs, make sure that the tip of the tube does not touch the surface while you are making the design. Hold it slightly above the surface, just as you would do for henna.

'Can these be lit?
Yes! If you would have the heart to ;) These candles can be used just as their not-so-fancy, pale-white, straight-out-of-box kins. Once the wax has all been used up, you'll see the layer of acrylic paint with the glitter, left as residue. Sadly, I don't think that can be re-used. However, if you think of something, do let me know!


How are your Diwali preparations coming along. I am just a tad-bit ahead of the start line. Thanks to Nayana from Cherish Dream Live for sending in these beauties and the lovely hand written note, just in time for Diwali. They now adorn my entrance. 





The kitchen had been looking at me with longing eyes since days, so I walked in last night to get started with some sweet making. My favorite from mom's kitchen, Coconut Barfi, like always, marked the beginning. In my head, I see myself preparing/doing a lot of other things but let's see how much of it actually gets realized. [Reminder to self: Just a day before Diwali!]



I shared this picture on IG and a few other groups, and have been asked for the recipe. Now the help-all-good-girl that I am being this Diwali, I thought to post the recipe for Coconut Barfi as well today. 



NOTE: 
1. Some milk can be used for grinding. Alternatively, the coconut can also be grated.
2. You might need to pat the grated/powdered coconut on the mixture. 
3. An alternative to khoya is fresh cream.
4. To set the burfi, keep it in the refrigerator for some time. Flip the pieces of burfi and refrigerate again. 


Are you thinking-talking-dreaming Diwali too? Don't forget to tell me all about it. And if you are still in the planning phase like ME, join these fabulous bloggers sharing their Diwali moments, easy Crafts, DIY ideas, Recipes and book recommendations with you. So sit back, relax and check out all the fabulous Diwali Dhamaka posts from the participating blogs in the linky and when you have done that RUSH to get started! Only a day to go!!





Participating blogs







Link in your Diwali posts here


14 comments :

  1. Your diyas are so pretty! And thanks for the barfi recipe.
    I added my diya and elephant cookies to the hop.
    Once again, Happy Diwali!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know I am very late with the reply to this but I would like to thank you for partying with us and sharing your incredibly beautiful cookies.
      Let me know if you try the recipe :)

      Delete
  2. Lovely idea. Hope you had a great Diwali

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it was beautiful :) Hope you had the same.

      Delete
  3. Coconut Barfi looks yummy and I just love tea light candles idea.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Those candles are beautiful Tanya. Wish I'd dropped in here before Diwali. Bookmarking for next year now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you get a chance to make them next year. Cheers!

      Delete
  5. Those candles are so cool. I want to make some of those. Hope you have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sure :) Don't forget to share the pictures when you do.

      Delete
  6. Such bright and beautiful candles for Diwali! How can one not feel happy with such cheery colours to inspire?!

    Poppy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Poppy. I hope some happiness was spread around the world through this blogpost.

      Delete
  7. Your candles are not only pretty, and colorful but sparkly as well!! I will have to have a go at making Coconut Barfi, it does look very yummy!! :) Enjoy the rest of your week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for such sweet words, Christine! Glad you stopped by.

      Delete

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear your views...