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Friday Favorites!

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Happy Friday once again everyone!

It is time for favorites of the week πŸ™‚

1. Β  One of the things I’m loving currently is this carrot cake –Β 

carrot-cake

I first tasted this lighter than air carrot cake a few months back and I kept going back for more. It’s sold by this family-owned bakery called ‘Old German Bakery’. The owner is really kind and always goes out of his way to explain the details of all his pastries.

2. Β  My next favorite? The ‘Modak’ that I made yesterday for the very first time for the Hindu festival of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’. For those who don’t know what Modak is – it is a sweet dumpling with fresh grated coconutΒ and jaggery as the filling. The outer cover is typically made from rice flour and then steamed. They have different variations but this is what is usually made at my home.

Modak

IΒ have always seen my mum making it and although mine did not turn out perfect when it comes to looks (hey don’t blame a girl for trying) they tasted really good…soft and had the perfect amount of sweetness. Approved by the hubby πŸ˜‰

3. Β  Last but not the least – time for some green tea.

I’m a coffee as well as well as a tea lover and the ‘Bigelow Green tea with Pomegranate’ is my new obsession. I was a bit apprehensive initially as I’m not a huge fan of pomegranates, but this tea has just a hint of that flavor. Β The color is a rich maroon and it isn’t too sweet. I fell in love with it at the very first sip.Β 

green tea

Wish everyone a happy weekend!! Cheers and keep on smiling!

XOXO

34 Comments

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    bettylouise31

    September 18, 2015

    I baly need to keep calm so thanks for the calming message

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    Smiling Notes

    September 18, 2015

    πŸ˜‰Have a happy weekend!!

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    September 18, 2015

    So nice to see these favorites! yumm the tea sounds amazing!

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    Sunshinebright

    September 18, 2015

    This carrot cake looks so light and delicious!

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      Smiling Notes

      September 18, 2015

      Yes indeed..! I feel like having it again lol πŸ˜€πŸ˜˜

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        Sunshinebright

        September 18, 2015

        Carrot cake was my husband’s favorite. Seeing your photo brings all that back in memory.

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    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    September 18, 2015

    Superb favorites! I think you did a fab job on the modaks, I’m sure they tasted even better πŸ™‚ I love bigelow green tea too, i do try to have a cup atleast once a day:)

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      Smiling Notes

      September 19, 2015

      Hey so good to know we share a mutual love for bigelow green tea..! πŸ‘­
      And thank you for appreciating the modaks..I tried my best lol..yes they tasted really good! πŸ˜ƒ thanks once again Freda for your love and support! 😍

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      Sunshinebright

      September 24, 2015

      My favorite tea is Bigelow also. I love the Earl Grey (decaf) and the Mint Medley. Great stuff!

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    Sadie's Nest

    September 19, 2015

    I like a fruity hint in my tea sometimes too:) I wish I lived by that German bakery so I could get some airy carrot cake!

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      Smiling Notes

      September 19, 2015

      Yes girl..a hint of fruit in the tea is so refreshing sometimes. I wish you could taste that cake..sending it virtually to you hehe πŸ˜‰πŸ°πŸ˜€

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    youthfoodblog

    September 19, 2015

    Little but wonderful treats!

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    An Artsy Appetite

    September 23, 2015

    That tea sounds good. I love Bigelow,must try the tea out. Thanks for sharing πŸ’– http://www.anartsyappetite.com

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      Smiling Notes

      September 23, 2015

      Yup bigelow is really nice..you should definitely give that flavor a try if you get a chance..thanks for checking out my post 😊

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    atkokosplace

    September 24, 2015

    I’m a sucker for a good carrot cake! Fall is the perfect time of year to bake it…well anytime really! πŸ˜‰ This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing! Happy Fall to you! Koko❀

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      Smiling Notes

      September 24, 2015

      Yes.. carrot cake all the way!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment..happy fall to you as well!! 😊
      -Shamira

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    Becky B

    September 25, 2015

    Ooh not had the green with pomegranate but have had pure white with pomegranate which I think is divine.

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      Smiling Notes

      September 25, 2015

      Oh really…I should give that one a try as well πŸ™‚ Thanks for checking out my post πŸ™‚

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    125Pages

    September 26, 2015

    Now I want to curl up with a treat and a cup of tea. Found and followed via Dream Big’s Meet and Greet. 125Pages.com

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      Smiling Notes

      September 26, 2015

      Snuggling in with a cup of tea and treat sounds awesome πŸ˜‰ thank you for visiting my blog..heading over to yours!! πŸ‘πŸΌ

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    Liz

    October 11, 2015

    Omg I truly love that cake slice. I wish I could eat it straight off the screen!

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      Smiling Notes

      October 11, 2015

      Hahha i crave for it every single time I see it too 😘😍

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    woodysluxtoys

    October 30, 2015

    I also love Bigelow Green tea with Pomegranate and I am a tea lover as well. A variety of Bigelow tea you can find in Charleston Tea Plantation – I really enjoyed their tea selection and the tour. They also sell beautiful tea cups….BTW – The carrot cake looks very yummy. I wish this bakery was in my location:)

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      Smiling Notes

      October 30, 2015

      Oh that’s great to know about Charlestown tea plantation! Must check it out someday 😊glad you liked my post and yes that carrot cake is super delicious!!

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    Jana

    November 2, 2015

    Wow the pomegranate green tea looks delicious! Me personal favorite is Jasmine green tea but I will definitely be trying the pomegranate next!

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      Smiling Notes

      November 2, 2015

      Ooh I would love to try out the Jasmine! Thanks for letting me know and also thanks for coming over on my blog 😊

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