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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Current Projects

Salam alaikum sisters!

Today I wanted to show you some projects I have been working on.

Here is a sneak peek of a quilt I am working on for the new addition to the family. I haven't started sewing it all together as I am gathering up more scraps of material to include in it. I am super excited to get this done, inshallah!

The main focus of it is already sewed together. It is a block that is called "the exploding pineapple". Very easy to make.

Before the new baby comes I really want to get a new rug in the living room. Right now we are financially very tight, so I am making a rag rug. I think it will really go with what I have in my living room already as it is decorated kind of "country shabby chic".

A friend of mine was helping me move my husband and I's bedroom around to make room for the new baby, and while doing so, she ripped our comforter. It was just a loosely woven cotton comforter, here in Florida there is no need for heavy blankets. It was beyond repair because it was so loosely woven, so I cut it up to make a rug out of it! I am just crocheting around the strips of material and alternating the color of yarn.

I am also working on knitting a sweater, leggings, and sewing dresses for the baby, but I will show all of those when I finish them, inshallah. 

Maternity and Nursing Abaya

Salam alaikum. 

I have had this design in my head for a while now, but no fabric. Alhamdulilah, a sister I sewed an abaya for was so thankful that she in return purchased some fabric for me. I have another abaya to sew yet, but I thought I would go ahead and show this one. 

This abaya is designed in a way that it allows a growing pregnant belly, looks flattering when you are not pregnant, and allows breastfeeding (and room for fluctuating sizes, as you breastfeeding mothers know what I am talking about). I think it would look lovely in a solid print, but the solid print material was incredibly more expensive then this calico print. So I bought prints rather then solids, but I prefer solids in all honesty.

See how I have the pleats that allow room for growth?

Plenty of chest coverage (there are 5 buttons in total, so that is how high the neck line is).

Full view of the abaya and my 26 week baby bump. :)

I am not quite happy with the sleeves. I haven't figured out exactly how I want them, so I just cut them out large for the time being. Once I figure out how I want them, then I will adjust them. :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Iraqi Fish Soup

Salam alaikum, so I posted a picture of this soup on my instagram and was asked for the recipe. Due to its length I told the sister I would post the recipe here. 

In all honesty, I am very picky when it comes to fish recipes, which is why I was so surprised how delicious this recipe is. I originally got it from Emiratican Kitchen but have changed to suit my husbands Iraqi taste buds. I have had fish soup made by some Iraqi ladies and didn't care for it, as it was very fishy tasting, but I suppose all the yumminess in the soup cancels out that fishy taste.

UPDATE 01/20/2014: I wanted to update you all on this soup. I had quite a bit of leftovers from it one evening and thought, why not put the orange lentils with it to give it more substance? It was delicious! And my husband said he liked it even more with the lentils in it. So, give it a go. :)

Marinade for the Fish:
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TBS 7 spice
1 inch cube of fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp salt
juice of 1 lemon
2 thick fish fillets with the skin on cut into fairly large chunks not small or it will fall apart while being cooked!! (In the original recipe you cut up two whole fish, but I didn't have any whole fish on hand, so I used what I had)
Rub the marinade on the fish and let set for 20 minutes. 

Ingredients for the Soup:
2 TBS oil
1 cup onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 large tomato skinned, seeded, and chopped
1 green chilie
2 turnips cubed
1 large carrot peeled and cut into medium sized "sticks" (refer to the picture to see how I cut my carrots)
1 tsp 7 spice
1 maggi stock cube
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 TBS of pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 cups of water
2 dried black lemons (loomi aswad) pierced
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup of oil for frying

Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet and slightly fry the marinaded fish. Enough to where there is a little bit of brown on it, but not fully cooked as you will be fully cooking it in the soup. 
While frying the fish, heat oil in a large soup pan and cook onions until slightly translucent. Add the chilies, ginger, garlic, turnips, carrots, and tomatoes, cook until the tomatoes have softened. Add all the seasonings, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, and water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer, let cook until vegetables are almost tender (about 20-30 minutes). Add the fried fish and chopped cilantro. Cooked for another 10 minutes.
I serve this with plain white rice and salad.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Catching Up

A long over due SALAM ALAIKUM to all my lovely sisters who follow and read my blog! Subhanallah how time flies. I didn't intentionally neglect blogging, things happened and a little toddler destroyed my keyboard! Just typing these few sentences have been a hassle (I think I am developing a blister on my pinky where the "a" button is missing). But Alhamdulilah, at least I have my laptop back. My husband had it at the store for the longest time, and now I can finally update. 

In July we found I was expecting again! Alhamdulilah! I am now 24 weeks pregnant and we have found we are having a girl! Mashallah. :) Inshallah she should be born March 4th, unless she is going to be an early bird like her brother. On a serious note sisters, keep me in your duas that I carry her to full term. Having a preemie is heartbreaking and difficult. I need all of your duas!

Ahmad is growing and is soon to be 2! Where does time go? He is such a little man now, and is talking up a storm, wanting to help mama and baba as much as he can. Mashallah, he does a good job helping too. 

These months have been filled with projects, baking, cooking, cleaning, and sewing. Basically, homemaking. I have sewed a few abayas for friends, I am knitting some things for the new baby, working on a rag rug big enough for our living room (excited about it!!!!), and inshallah I need to start many more things. I HAVE to sew some clothe diapers and dresses before the baby comes. So much to do, so little time. Seems my day is filled just doing housework and tending to Ahmad, before I know it, it is too late to sew or knit. Hehe, more like I am tired by then. 

Inshallah all of you are well!

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