The Sprouts: Rakhi Bracelets & Fruit Chaat

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As we’ve been reading about India we learned about the Rakhi Festival, a celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters.  A rakhi is a decorated piece of sacred thread.  The thread is considered stronger than iron chains and is believed to strengthen an inseparable bond of love and trust.  The Rakhi Festival falls on the full moon day in the fifth month of the Hindu calendar.   This year the festival falls on August 13. While it is only June, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate Rakhi in our house.  

We feel lucky. Our kids have always had a special bond it is something that we focused on from the beginning. But we are currently out-of-balance. Our almost four year old naps less and seems to also be in disequilibrium right now…stubbing her toe left and right, running into gates and countertops, and pushing her limits with her older brother. We’re hoping by the end of the month, with the arrival of her fourth birthday, the pendulum will swing back in balance. But until then there are many opportunities for learning.

This past weekend, after I found Skoogie on top of O trying to pull a stuffed animal away (not a first in this current phase), I decided to ask them if they knew why we had two kids? They looked at me a little dumbfounded. I told them that we decided to have two kids so that you’d always have someone to play with, be with, share with, laugh with and some times cry with…and that it’s important to remember how lucky they are to have this special person in their life. The rest of the day they enjoyed their time together with imaginative play, at least until 5 p.m. when over tired, no-nap girl arrived. Don’t get me wrong, the squabbles still continue, but we’ll take what we get, and keep moving forward. This morning Pete and I grinned when we overheard Skoogie asking from the other room, “O, do you love me?” Then a “Yes,” and a hug… priceless. Making rakhi bracelets today helped us build on that momentum and now whenever I hear the bickering, I can ask, “Do you have your rakhi bracelet on?” We improvised and used pipe cleaners and beads we had on hand. Skoogie made one for O, and O made one for Skoogie.

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Fruit Chaat or “Spiced Fruit” is often served as part of the Rakhi Festival. We made it and served it with our dinner tonight. O liked it so much that he is taking it in his lunch tomorrow.


Fruit Chaat

Ingredients:

(Fruit can be adjusted to your taste and season)

1 Orange, segmented

1 Apple, cubed

1 Pear, cubed (peel if desired)

2 Bananas, sliced

1/2 Pineapple, cubed

1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

1 T Lemon Juice

1 T Mint Leaves, chopped

1 t Cumin seeds


Directions:

Mix all fruit, kosher salt, lemon juice, mint leaves in a bowl.

Toast cumin seeds on stove. If you like, use a mortar and pestle to grind or just sprinkle seeds over fruit.

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