Kol sana wento tayebeen ya batabeet ya 7elween.
I love this Eid, the small one. The other one or as we at home sometimes call it Eid el La7ma; is exhausting and by the time the dab7 is finished the day is almost over. Eid is a happy time for our family, when I was back in Egypt we would spend the wa2fa and the Eid days at my maternal grandmothers house on the farm. All of my cousins, my aunt and uncle and some of our extended family too, imagine gabalayet el 2orood keda. When we were young my parents would take my sister and I to Toys’R’Us and let us pick our own toy, later when we grew older we would get our 3edeya. Hehehe Eid was the time to be rich! I stopped getting it when I got married :-). My family is a generous one, bless them all. My husband and I had our Katb Ketab on the second day of Eid the year before last. So this is like our second anniversary as a technically married couple. This year is special because my mom and my sister are coming over to spend it with us in Kuwait and it is also my daughter’s first Eid. We got her a special outfit, complete with socks, shoes (my husband insisted even though she still can not stand), matching hair accessories and her own special toy. This year we picked it out for her, but I am hoping that next year she can pick her own toy. My mom is also bringing over ka7k all the way from Egypt. Hehehe and then there was the year my sister stuffed herself with one too many ka7ks and has not touched one since, she can’t even look at them anymore. There was also a Eid many years ago which we spent in Edinburugh when we were living in Scotland which was so much fun too. My father (allah yer7amo) loved calling everyone Eid morning right after prayers to wish them a happy Eid and make sure that they woke up. He was a very funny, kind,amazing man and sometimes a prankster (my mom would tell him 7arram tarwee3 amn el moslemeen, it was a family joke); he is still terribly missed although it has been ten years since he has passed), he would have enjoyed this Eid with us. There were also a couple of sad ones with sad memmories, but the happy ones are always the ones that prevail.
This year I am truly wishing a happy Eid to the entire Muslim Ummah, wherever you are, enjoy this year, pray for our brothers and sisters in need, try to help if you can by sending money or useful items or even by just visiting. Visit your family and friends, call those you can not visit, and no those cheesy emails are not good enough. Make it a personal mission to wish everyone a special day. It should also be a day of remembrance of those who are no longer with us, pray for them too.
Again, have a great day and enjoy it, you have just gotten thru another Ramadan, may your fasting be accepted by Allah, your prayers mostagaba and your soul cleansed to get you thru another year.
a car, I would be a BMW Z4. Blue, with cup holders and hot pink leather interior
a month, I would be November. I was born in November, need I say more?
a time of day, I would be dawn. The birth of a new day, fresh and clean.
a website, I would be Wikipedia. Open source, collaboration and knowledge, a great mix.
a movie, I would be Forest Gump. Funny, sad, dramatic and very human.
a book, I would be a dictionary. Words rock!
a feeling, I would be hope. Hope is the basis of all the other good feelings and can smother away the bad ones.
an object, I would be a kaleidoscope. A new perspective with every turn.
a color, I would be blue. Just imagine the color of a perfect blue sky.
a food, I would be pizza. Pepperoni, jalapenos and extra cheese.
a day, I would be Tuesday. It is smack in the middle of the week. In Arabic it’s like three and all good things come in threes.
The god Týr, identified with Mars, after whom Tuesday is named.
a country, I would be Japan. History, culture, perseverence, reslience, pride, cherry blossoms and amazing silk kimonos.
Japanese Cherry Blossoms on mount Fuji
a plant, I would be a cactus with a flower. They live in the harshest conditions, require minimal water yet they manage to have the prettiest flowers.
Cactus flowers by crystalwriter
Because they remind me of my childhood
Because they remind me of birthday parties
Because they make me smile
Because I learned to make them on my own
Because I made the icing all by myself
Because they look so cheerful and colorful
Because they are chocolatey
Because I can
“Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.”
– Zig Ziglar
I have some bad micro addictions that I am trying to break. This post at ZenHabits inspired me so much that I decided to turn it into my wallpaper. Click the image to get the 1024 x 768 version.
I was just thinking that staying at home has lots of its perks so here they are
- No managers, just one very bossy baby.
- There are no deadlines, just one ongoing very long day trying to finish all of your small tasks
- There is no competition, there can only be one mommy, so you are always employee of the month.
- Even diaper changing can be fun if you make it game like. Baby hold clean nappy, baby hold diaper cream, baby chew on clean nappy, baby lift your legs up, lots of tickles and presto it is fun!
- Every day is casual Thursday, I could wear a clown suit and no one would care except the baby and I think she might find it funny.
- Dancing and singing off tune is acceptable and is very appreciated.
- You can take naps, that is when and if the baby decides to take one.
- Playing tickle monster all day.
- Playing hairdresser with the baby’s hair and trying out different do’s all day long.
- And the top ten reason is that you are payed in smiles and giggles.
Yes it is exhausting, yes sometimes I feel like poking my own eardrums when she’s having a cry fest for no apparent reason but it is always rewarding. It is an enjoyable journey and I have big plans. The process of learning together and seeing the world through little Miss Wiggly Bottom’s eyes is just more than anything I had ever expected.
Some people are very talented. Clay art by Sha3teely
Rashid 2 on Flickr – Photo Sharing!.
Yes, shocking as it may sound I do cook. My sister said “eh dah manti bete3rafi ahoh” her exact words. For some reason I do not look like the cooking type. I do enjoy cooking I just hate doing the dishes later. Around the kitchen I follow no one’s rules, I just add stuff and hope it turns out great. El mohem, my poor husband loves el messa2a3a but because I didn’t like eggplants and had never actually tasted it, I just never made it. This ramadan I decided I could make him some. I checked out the recipes for information, bought eggplants, called my mom to ask her about it and entered the kitchen. He loved, and I loved it too.
And because I am in a good mood here is my moussaka recipe for dummies (aka the easy way) this makes 3-4 servings.
4 medium sized eggplants.
1/4 kg ground beeg
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
4 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin olive oil)
2 handfulls of mozzarella cheese.
3 jalapeno peppers
1 green pepper
Spices: salt, pepper, ginger and cinnamon.
Mince the meat, in a saucepan add the ground beef and onions after you have peeled and diced them. Add some salt, pepper, half a teaspoon of ginger and a touch of cinnamon to the mix and wait till it all becomes brown and the meat is cooked. Turn the heat off and put it aside.
Peel the eggplants and slice them 1 cm thick. Brush the slices with olive oil and saute them in a frying pan until both sides have been browned.
In an oven dish layer half of the slices at the bottom of the dish. Add the minced meat as the second layer. Slice the jalapenos into little rings after you have removed the seeds. Sprinkle them on the meat. In another saucepan add the remaining olive oil, the tomato paste, basil and half a cup of water, lower the heat until it simmers. Add the sauce on the meat and cover with the remaining slices of eggplants. Add the mozzarella cheese and garnish with slices of green pepper.
Preheat the oven at 270 degrees and put the dish in. It takes around 30 minutes in the oven but that depends on the size of your dish and your oven, so check it after 20 minutes just in case.
Enjoy your meal!
I would want to be a sesame street cupcake, Elmo probably.
Sesame Street Cupcakes
From Martha’s Cupcake Contest.