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Sunday, January 20, 2013

What You Find When You Aren't Looking...

Subhanallah, I was going through some of my notebooks and tearing out pages I didn't need anymore when I came across some of my notes on my daily reading of the Quran, I had done this during the majority of my pregnancy and somehow stopped once I had Ahmad because I was so busy. I will share one entry I made on September 30th 2011:

Beautiful points in today's reading:

Chapter 2 Verses 255-257

  • There is no god but Allah- the living, self-subsisting (self supporting) Eternal.
  • No slumber/sleeping comes over Allah.
  • Everything in the heavens and the earth belong to Him.
  • He knows everything that happens in each of our lives.
  • Allah's throne extends over the heavens and the earth. He is never weary of guarding and preserving us. For He is the Most High and Supreme in Glory.
  • There should never be an impulse/compulsion/ urge in religion.
  • Truth will always stand out from error. 
  • Those who reject error/evil and believes in Allah has grasped the MOST TRUSTWORTHY hand-hold that NEVER breaks.
  • Allah hears and knows ALL things.
  • Allah protects those who have faith in Him. The ones who live in error/evil He will lead to the truth *IF* if is His will.
Chapter 2 Verse 261
  • Allah gives riches to those He chooses. He cares for everyone and knows ALL things.
Chapter 2 Verse 268
  • Shaytan threatens us with poverty and encourages us to do evil acts. While Allah promises us forgiveness and bounties- for He cares and knows all things.
Insha'allah, I hope I can get back into this good habit again. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ahmad's 12 Month Doctor's Visit

On Tuesday I took Ahmad to the Dr for his 12 month visit. 

He now weighs about 20lbs and is 30 inches long!

Dr. Safi says he is doing great. He received two shots and was fussy for about 2 days, but alhamdulilah he is fine now. :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Basic Cherry Cheesecake

Monday night I made this and took it to our friends house on Tuesday while they watched Iraq play against Bahrain (soccer game). Mabrook to Iraq for winning! Everyone loved it so I thought I would share the recipe. :) It originally came from the recipe book my grandmother gave me, "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 10th Edition", but as usual, I didn't follow the recipe exactly, so I will share the recipe I came up with, insha'allah. I don't own a spring form pan that most use for cheesecakes, so I used a regular circular cake pan instead, and it worked just as well. Therefore, I had to halve the filling of the cheesecake. I also do not have an electric mixer, so I just mixed everything by hand. 

Ingredients:

CRUST:
2 cups of finely crushed graham crackers (I didn't have graham crackers so I used these tea cookies we had on hand)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine (melted)

FILLING:
1 1/2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS flour
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 TBS milk

Directions:

For crust, combine crushed crackers (or cookies) and cinnamon. Stir in margarine. Press crust into pan, 2 inches up the sides of an 8-9 inch spring form pan.

In a bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy (this is possible to achieve by hand as well, just takes a lot of work LOL)

Add eggs all at once, beating on low speed just till everything is combined. 

Stir in milk. Pour into crust lined pan. (For a spring form pan, place on a shallow pan, for my cake pan I didn't do this). 

Bake at 375* for 30 minutes or until done (when the center appears nearly set when shaken). 

Cool for 15 minutes, and let set in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. 

For spring form pan:
For an 8 inch pan bake for 45-50 minutes.
9 inch pan 35-40 minutes.

When center appears nearly set, cool for 15 minutes, loosen crust from sides of pan. Cool for 30 more minutes; remove sides of pan, cool completely. Chill at least for 4 hours. 

You can make your own cherry filling, but we do not have fresh cherries available, so I just bought the canned cherry filling.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Kabsa


This recipe is originally from a youtube cook, her name just left my mind. I found this wasn't salty enough and the rice was a little mushy I decreased the broth to 3 3/4 cups, when her recipe was 4 cups. 

Ingredients:

Pre-cooked Chicken and broth:
2 pieces of chicken (or more if you want)
6 cups of water
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 TBS salt + 1 TBS powdered Chicken boullion

Combine chicken water, onions, and spices. Cook for 1 1/2 hours or until fully cooked. Strain the chicken but reserve the broth and use for the rice. Shred the chicken.

Rice:
2 cups basmati rice (soaked)
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 large onion
1/2 cup white raisins soaked in water
1 TBS salt
1 TBS ground cardamon
10 cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp Arabic 7 spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 3/4-4 cups chicken broth
4 TBS butter
2 TBS oil

Drain rice and mix all the seasonings with the rice. 

In another pan add 2 Tbs oil, 1 TBS butter, onion, and tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes and onions are soft (about 10 minutes). Add rice and raisins, mix, and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add 3 3/4-4 cups of chicken stock from the precooked chicken. Stir and place on top the 3 TBS of butter. Let rice come to boil, cover, and turn to low heat. Cook for about 30 minutes or until done. 

Place rice on platter and evenly distribute chicken on top. 


Malfouf (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)

I know before, I was including picture examples of what you do, step by step for every recipe. Now, I hardly have the time to take photos, so I will just post the recipe and if you have any questions on how to do anything, leave a comment. :)


This recipe is adapted from one I got from the internet. The one from the internet did have enough salt, nor enough flavor. 

Ingredients:

1 cabbage head 
3/4 lb of ground beef
1/4 cup of rice (soaked)
3 HEADS of garlic (minced, 15 cloves need to be separated, as they will be put in the water)
1 tomato (diced)
1 1/2 TBS salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2 tsp Arabic 7 spice
2 tsp dried parsley (if you have fresh use that instead!)
1/2 tsp dried dill
4 lemons squeezed
3 TBS olive oil

Directions:
Peel off outer leaves and use them for the bottom of the pan. Pit out the large stem on the bottom of the cabbage. Simmer the whole cabbage in a large pan until the leaves begin to separate.

As leaves begin to loosen, peel them off and place in strainer. If leaves are not soft and flexible, boil until they are, but do NOT make them mushy.

Mix meat, rice, spices (including the salt), extra mince garlic, and tomatoes.

Take leaf, cut in half (removing the hard stem at the same time). Take 1-2 TBS of meat stuffing along an edge of the leaf and roll. Line up in a pot. Put the greenest leaves at the bottom. Roll all leaves and put in pot.

Saute the 15 separate minced garlic in oil until golden brown. Pour into pot, squeeze 4 lemons and add 4 cups of water. Put heavy plate on top. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours (sometimes less). 

Enjoy!

Another Home-made Abaya!

So today I finished my new practical abaya, that will work for me while I am pregnant, breastfeeding, and when I am neither of those! This abaya is my very own pattern, I made it completely by scratch.


The sleeves are large and comfy, there is also an invisible zipper allowing me to be able to breastfeed, without it being obvious that there is a zipper. 


I use elsatic to keep it where I want it (below my bust line) also allowing more gathers!


It is very wide, no more tripping because of a narrow skirt/abaya!


It is roomy enough for pregnancy.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ahmad's 12 Month Update

Subhannallah, yesterday I was filled to over flowing with so many emotions. My baby is a year old! I feel so young to have a 1 year old. It seems that he should have stayed a baby a little longer. I remember when he was first born, I remember the first time I held him, I remember when the doctor told me Ahmad had to stay in the hospital, the day he came home, when he began gaining so much weight and catching up with his birth age group, when he began holding his head up, when he rolled over, started crawling, speaking, walking. This year went by too quickly, I wish I could push the rewind button and be with him all over again. But no, I just have to make the most of every day I have with him. Life passes too quickly to be idle and spend your time on things that, in the end of the day, mean nothing.

Ahmad now walks just about 100%, he doesn't need any help to stand up, he stands up on his own, he can squat, and from squatting he can stand. He eats just about everything, when he is done eating he says, "All done". So cute masha'allah! He also got his first hair cut, I saved a few locks of his hair. He looks so nice now, like a little man, yet at the same time, I miss his baby curls. Time is passing too quickly, it doesn't seem right for it pass this fast. Insha'allah we will all make the most of our time with our growing children and families.

Ahmad's 1st Birthday!

Jasim, my husband, had to work on Ahmad's birthday, but when he came home a friend of his, who cuts hair professionally, came over, cut Ahmad's and Jasim's hair. Afterwards we had supper at the Cheesecake Factory.


Getting ready! Fresh out of the bath, I was combing his hair when he decided he wanted to play with it instead. 


Making dua, it does look like he is doesn't it? Masha'allah.


Masha'allah, all full of smiles. :)


After his hair cut we went to the Cheesecake Factory.


"Mama, I am a year old now, I need a menu of my own".


Exchanging looks of love! <3


Enjoying the bread!




Complimentary ice cream since it was Ahmad's birthday. Just about all the workers came to sing for Ahmad. :)




My two best men, masha'allah. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Big Thank You To NICU Nurses!

As today is the day I gave birth to my little boy Ahmad a year ago, I remember being so overwhelmed with the early delivery, worries, fears, etc. The NICU nurses were always so kind and supportive, they took care of my son when I was not able to. They cared for him as if he was their own. So yesterday we were able to visit the NICU, only one of the nurses that cared for him was there. 


Ahmad's Second Birthday!

Our Anniversary!