Monday, July 15, 2019

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cookies

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 السلام عليكم


I'm sorry - I haven't been online for a very long time. The issue is, I didn't know what exactly to write about, but now I have three ideas I can write about.

Today I am going to write about two, but as for the third idea, I will just suggest it. Whoever wants to do it can put a comment. Anyway, I will do it later inshaa Allaah.

Now before I start, I will just share some pictures of the Hills in Katara. If you haven't been there yet, I suggest you go there! Yes, it is hot, but the particular day we went - Friday - wasn't so hot. We also went at 5.00 PM, which yet it was sunny! It was SO beautiful. Though... I meant to take a few flowers and a stick so that I could photograph it, but Qadarallaah I wasn't prepared for it. Next time inshaa Allaah, I will take a freezer bag or box and keep my treasures!



Sunday, June 16, 2019

Little update...

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 السلام عليكم

Rosenblatt, Drip, Raindrop, Wet, Drop Of Water, Beaded

Forest at midnight
Dark leaves drip warmest liquid
Giant moths zoom by.

No, it's not prose. It's poetry - Japanese (three lined) poems called Haikus. I never really liked them, but, they ARE interesting. Syllables are a bit confusing.
I came across them at the end of my English book - just a page to go and I'm done - I can start on the next book. At the end of the page I had to write my own Haiku. Well, you probably know the rule of Haikus - 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 again in the last.
 This was my poem... it's a pretty bad one.

Sandy hot wind blows
Scattering people like ants
Run for cleanliness. 

 You can guess WHAT this is - a sandstorm... or is it a mini tornado? That's up to you.

I can remember the last time we had a sandstorm, Ummi swept the dust up for a total of 4 times, because we forgot to close the window. Next time this happens, inshaa Allaah we WILL close the window.

On the road it would look kinda like this:
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This doesn't happen very frequently in Qatar, Alhamdulillaah!

I don't really feel like doing book reviews right now, I want to review a whole book - point out the mistakes and all that. SO just to make up this time: Ummi did a review on her blog of some books I was given and I LOVED those!

Click here to view it.

I will be baking muffins today inshaa Allaah, maybe I'll post the (slightly) altered recipe and the cookbook I used.


Maimoonah

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Eid schedule

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

 السلام عليكم

 So, I've been sooooo busy (as a worker bee, you may say), and I hadn't got time to post until NOW, which is today morning (I'm not a morning person but occasionally wake up for a few mornings).
This is EXTREMELY late, but, well... never mind.

So, I didn't (COULDN'T) sleep on Eid, as soon as I heard the Adhaan I sat up and walked outside with Ummi, took a ghusl, and somehow got my hair dry - it usually never gets fully dry - it puffs like puff pastry unpricked. This time I didn't care about it.

And woke Ramlah up - she wasn't very grumpy, but she wasn't really good about getting up at 4.25 AM, so it is a crossbreed. I mean, a mix. She wore her new dress - I didn't take a picture of it but it is a light blue and a darkish pink. On first thought, you may think the combination would look horrible (!) but really it is not, it is pretty!

Everyone had a ghusl, so we left for the musallaah at 4.46 AM, pretty good because we are late for many things (so far not the Eid prayers - despite the crowd)!!

We found a good parking spot and walked to the musallaah following the Sunnah of the Prophet : ).

At this point, Abi went to the male's section and we went to the females. We made sure to bring our prayer mat, because we were praying on the road, literally! We went to the Lulu parking area, they had a musallaah. It was SO hot when the sun came out, even though it was the earliest morning!  (not sure if this spellcheck is working, it suggested 'the earliest morning'!!)

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We prayed and then listened to the khutbah and greeted each other: Taqqaballaahu minna wa minkum, left back home, we left early, so there was almost no crowd at the exit (there usually is).

We bought breakfast at a shop - it was light and the only breakfast I really ate on Eid. (I didn't eat much dinner the night before.)

Image result for malu pan

It's called malu pan in Sinhalese (I THINK?) and you pronounce it maalu paan. It means, literally fish bun. We also ate curry roti which is spicy.


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Then we entered the house (this really is very detailed, you know) and opened the gifts...

I got Super Scarab - one I've been wanting for a whole year:



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By the way these aren't my pics.

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And the Burmese Ruby is what Ramlah got. It's SO pretty! (Not as pretty as mine... no... equal!)

Then I read the Railway Children for the hundredth time and fell asleep.

I woke up at 1.59 PM and helped clean the house... did nothing really except dust the bed, make sure the drawers are clean, etc etc. LOL!!!

Then, our guests arrived and gave me and Ramlah another set of gifts...!!!

Mashaa Allaah they were VERY nice.

Image result for aura thinking putty
I LOVE this putty soooo much, I like glow in the dark stuff. And hypercolors!

For Ramlah, my friend gave her a special edition thinking putty:

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Which is the cutest putty I ever saw! Ramlah was very happy and wanted to play now. But with the little ones it was almost impossible so she kept them in a safe place. She also was given a bagful of chocolates - mini kinder buenos - oh the taste of nutella! As well as the chocolate, she got a beanie-boo, one that was ever so cute! it was the owl called Owen.

We got assorted chocolates alhamdulillaah I love them all.

I got a coloring book too, not the coloring book that IS for kids but the one that is more advanced: Lost Ocean. I can't wait to start coloring it!

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I made her some handmade gifts as well, and forgot to photograph them! Oops!

When they went we cleaned up the house and gave Ramlah her other gifts!

SO SORRY for the quality of these pics. The camera was in a bad mood and refused to obey.

A kitchen! I set it up by myself and some occasional directing from Ramlah. It comes with a few accessories like two mugs, two saucers, a ladle, a kind of a spatula and a tosser (I've no idea what these utensils are called), and well, please look for yourself!

I was so excited when I saw the phone on the box but really, it's just a piece of decorative plastic. It doesn't even stand up properly.

These boxes are cardboard but durable so far...

I actually thought this was a hairdryer but realized it was a...
TAP! hehe!
There's an oven too, the door doesn't close properly unless you push the sides together, which you can't be doing everytime you are 'baking'. Also, the grill tray falls when you put something heavy on top (really heavy!).


Wait... is there a real thing such as ORGANIC pepper???? I mean, how do you make pepper organic? like, do you put more chemicals (make it unhealthy) or make it less tasty?
This was the other gift she got. a cutting board and some fruits.
the cutting board is tiny!


Some pics on how she cuts a fruit (or veggie??).
Cooking soup for me - I'm hungry!
Baking stew... ????
Served breakfast here, yum! I really want this to be real!

Well, thats it for now because I already spent an hour writing this, no idea why it takes time but I guess without writing skills it would take more time? I don't know.

Alhamdulillaah for everything.

Assalaamu Alaikum.

Maimoonah Thadhani

Monday, June 03, 2019

As promised, post before Eid

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

 السلام عليكم


 As promised, here is the post before Eid.

 

This is basically an update of the things going on in Ramadhaan:

1.

As I took the book from the library I didn’t know the heaviness of the sin even in reading books like this. I had never even dared to look at these Harry Potter series before, as my parents had totally engraved it into my mind that it is a form of shirk and that I shouldn’t even look at it. A friend of mine had recommended me to read it as she said its good and that the way J.K Rowling captivates the audience by her books is amazing. Another friend of mine had seen the movie and said that it was interesting to see it rather than reading it. I immediately gave up the idea of watching movies as I couldn’t watch it, especially at home. But reading a book seemed fine to me. I took it home and started reading it. For a second I thought my parents just wanted to scare me by telling me all kinds of horror this book contained. It wasn’t until that day my mom saw It on my bed and questioned me. I was very mad and told her it’s no problem if I only read it, at least I didn’t believe in it.

After reading this talk by Musa Richardson I understood that even reading it for fun or for time pass is disbelief.

·     He said that a person who is pleased with the performance of magic although it does not harm him has left Islam and has disbelieved and does not even have a mustard grain of faith in his heart.

·     Sometimes even reading a book can lead to kufr and doubts in Islam which eventually leads to eternally dwelling in the hell-fire.

·     Magic is forbidden in Islam and causes a lot of harm to the society and that’s why Allah has commanded the magicians to be executed.

·     If Allah has ordered the execution of the magicians, then how can we follow their books or enjoy their performances?

I always thought, why my parents are so strict in aspect to everything I do and now I have found answers to this in Musa Richardson lecture:

·     The Prophet Muhammad sallahualyhi wasallam said, “All of you are shepherds and you will be accountable for your flocks.” The Prophet further said, “There is no Muslim servant who has been given any flock to care of, who has been made a shepherd and he does not advise them and protect them from evil except that he will not smell the fragrance of paradise.”

·     This hadith tells us that it is the responsibility of the guardians or parents to protect their offspring about the evils in this world and to advise them beneficial knowledge if they want to smell the fragrance of paradise.

I realized that it was hard for me to concentrate on Salah and I often thought what was the cause for this. I used to fear if Allah had sealed my heart forever, then where would I go? I didn’t know this was the cause of my distractions in Salah. I have learned a lot from this and I pray that I never fall into these sins again. 


The above is from one of Ummi's students and here is the link to the lecture:
https://www.troid.org/comprehensive/magic-and-evil-eye/691-the-evils-of-harry-potter-and-the-kufr-of-magic


2.

I have almost completed the cross stitch pattern. What I mean is, I only did the leaves and finished a growing bud. Maybe I'll post a pic on Eid. Inshaa Allaah.

3.

Oh, and we will be having guests for Eid, inshaa Allaah. Like last Eid! Remember the posts I did when I was small!?

4.

COOKIES! I finished baking a load of cookies today, all ready for tomorrow!!! I used Betty Crocker's recipe, and the altered version!

5.

HENNA! I will do for Ramlah too, inshaa Allaah!! When I was small, I really hated the smell of henna but now it is SUCH a lovely smell!

6.

I have wrapped all Eid gifts, even mine! (mine is something that I really wanted for a year! I'm telling NOT now, but when I write my Eid post inshaa Allaah pictures provided!!)

7.

We got something for Ramlah that was way too big to wrap, subhanallaah. can you guess what it is??

8.

I have changed my blog design! How do you like it??


Well, thats all, for now and see you later inshaa Allaah (in other words, see you when I see you)


Maimoonah

Monday, May 06, 2019

Ramadhaan Mubarak!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 السلام عليكم


Ramadhaan Mubarak to everyone! May we all have a blessed Ramadhaan. Aameen. 

For those of you checking my blog in Ramadhaan, you will not find any posts until at least the eve of Eid, as I will not be online until this blessed month is finished. If you ARE looking for Ramadhaan posts, then you can look at my old Ramadhaan posts here.

And if you want to use my mother's Ramadhaan products, you can check out this post (on her blog) which has free stuff and not free stuff on it. 

Here are some pictures of the work I did last year.

(I know the writing is wonky)



Also, my mother did a 'Ramadhaan Reminders' video series, they are short and beneficial, alhamdulillaah.

And I JUST HEARD THIS NEWS! QATAR RAIL IS GOING TO OPENNNNNNNNNNN!!! ON WEDNESDAY... 
Alhamdulillaah! But wait. Only a part of it is to open. Read more here!

Doha Metro Red Line South to open for public on Wednesday

Ok, so this has turned into quite a long post. I wanted to keep this short... 

Look for a post on Eid, inshaa Allaah!

السلام عليكم
Maimoonah

P.S: I will be trying to finish the Quraan at least twice this Ramadhaan. How many times will you?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Update on Cross Stitch

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 السلام عليكم


 So I know this is gonna be a short post, for 2 reasons.

1. Because I kind of miss the short 5-minute posts. I'll try and do more of them soon inshaa Allaah!
2. Because I have no time, I want to do a quick painting (coming up soon inshaa Allaah).

So to get on,
I've finished quite a lot of the pattern. I'm trying to figure out HOW to start on the leaves, what a nightmare. I'm sure I'll make a load of mistakes, and I don't even know how I'm gonna get it done before Eid, because I want to send my grandma a picture of the completed pattern - she'll be so happy inshaa Allaah!

I did one easy leaf yesterday, and today I did the outline (stem) of a leaf and a bigger bud, if you can guess what THAT means.
Believe it or not, I took these pictures in absolute sunlight, the sunlight of Qatar, which, in summer is pretty hot. It doesn't look bright though.

And this is a view from another angle:
And I have this left to finish:

One that I'm particularly happy with is the pink rose that looks so bright and... well, happy.
This is where I keep my piles of floss - which is only the beginning of it. Am I being too mysterious? Well, perphaps but it shall be revealed quite soon inshaa Allaah.

And now if I pack it up, this is how it looks.
Sloppy, but it's fine - I keep it away from Ramlah. If you have little siblings and you are doing some kind of handicraft, PLEASE do remember to keep your tools, your work and your everything UP and AWAY from them.



So that's quite it...

And inshaa Allaah see you next post!
Maimoonah

Friday, April 26, 2019

Board books any child would LOVE - Book Recommendation #5

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

 السلام عليكم

 So I know Ramlah's a three-year-old, but she still loves board books and, you know, laminated books. This post isn't entirely about board books, sometimes you might find books with the age group 3+.

Let's start!

Book #1

The Way to Jannah



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Ramlah still loves this book, we had it when she was born, and even before that. I myself had it when I was small! It's a lift-the-flap book, as you can see on the cover. I remember reading it to Ramlah when she was a baby. Though, now she can read it!
Age Group - it really depends. This is a read-aloud book for ages 3 months and up. A three year old also will love this book. 

Book  #2

The Salamander Room
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Now, this book wasn't always Ramlah's. It was mine. I'm not sure how exactly I got it, but what I can tell you is, it's one of the nicest books I'd ever had when I was small!
"And when he wakes up, where will he play?" Can you guess?
Age Group: I would recommend this 3+ because I guess they can really understand when you tell them the boy is imagining it.

Book #3

Hafsah!

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 The author is one of Ummi's friends. I don't really remember this book, but I think this is a bit more complicated. I would recommend this
Age Group: 4+

Book #4

Ahmad has to go Potty

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Same author. This was another favourite, and which is becoming Ramlah's rapidly!
Age Group: Depends. If the child is in potty training, you could read the book to her - suggestion. Maybe... 2+?

Book #5

First Encylopedia of Science
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I had this book for a long, long time. This would be good for ages

4+

Well, that's it for now because Blogger started acting up with the post and I guess if I stay to write somemore, what'll happen is that the whole post will be lost.

So, assalaamu alaikum and see you next post inshaa Allaah!!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easy Recipe: Traditional Pasta

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 السلام عليكم


 So, yeah. Today was a greatly busy day. I attended Ummi's class (1.5 hours), did an animated  PowerPoint for Abi (a long time) and to add to that - I cooked a whole dish of pasta, recipe handed down from my mother! Pictures below. Anyway - I forgot to keep the sausages out to defrost (they were frozen solid) and when I started it was already 9.30 PM so - yeah laaaaaate dinner! You can substitute it - just add any meats, ETC - chicken, chunks of pre-cooked beef, even pepperoni!

My best friend says she does NOT like pasta and noodles. When did I ask her which vegetables she put in (if I can remember rightly she said,) Do you really put veggies in pasta? I told her we put sausages and broccoli and she said broccoli was one of her favorites. It used to be NOT mine but since we eat it almost every pasta, which is made at least twice a month (even three times!!), I learned to like it.

So hopefully, she will make this! By the way, you might not find any left-overs if your family is BIG. I cooked a lot extra so we have JUST ENOUGH for the next day's dinner (which is today actually!)

I published it on Friday though!

Let's start the recipe:




The instructions won't be very accurate - nor will the pictures. I took it from my Canon IXUS.
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Without further delay - let's assemble the instructions -

INGREDIENTS:

Enough pasta to fill your baking dish (we use a glass dish as you can see in the picture at the beginning of the post)
3 different colors of Bell Pepper (capsicum)
5 baby corn pieces (substitute with 1/2 cup sweet corn)
4-5 medium-sized AmericanaⓇ sausages (substitute with meat pieces)
2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp of MD Sweet Chili Sauce (available in Sri Lanka and if you are in Qatar do go to Family Food Centre, they should have all MD items.)
 One grated carrot (NOT baby carrot, a large-sized should do)
1/2 cup brocolli
1 cup spinach (we added a bit more)
3 tbsp ghee/melted butter
 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Ground Coriander
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt, to taste
Puck Cream 6oz
Three cheddar cheese slices
200g mozzeralla cheese (grated)
RaguⓇ/ any other pasta sauce 12 oz Tomato pasta sauce
RaguⓇ/ any other pasta sauce 4-5 oz Classic Alfredo pasta sauce (no such bottle, but measure it from another bottle)

Let's start!

Boil your pasta according to package directions. After done, switch off heat but DO NOT DRAIN. Stir occasionally.

Grate the carrot and set aside.

Take out sausages/meat, cut into small pieces and set aside. Remember, we used pepperoni instead of sausages!
Chop the baby corn into quarters or smaller if you wish. If using sweet corn, just measure it and set it next to the meat. Chop the bell peppers too into tiny squares (I cut mine pretty badly so ignore that!). Cut the brocolli.

In a large wok, pour in the ghee, or put the butter in (preferably hardened butter). Let it heat up slightly, Gas Mark 5 or 4, alternating when it gets too hot.
Put in all the vegetables except spinach and carrot.
My pasta was halfway cooked when I started. By now your pasta should be almost done.
The meat needs to be quite roasted.. When it looks like this, reduce heat to Gas Mark 4-3 alternating again, even though some have not got roasted. Can you spot the roasted ones?
Put in the carrot but NOT the spinach. Give it a quick toss.
Now, before the carrot loses it's flavour (I put the carrot first once and that's what happened), add the sauces. Sorry for the quality again.... and I actually used a 24 oz for the tomato sauce, but it was half-finished so it's literally 12 oz.


Stir it.
Put in the salt.
Add the pepper, the cinnamon and coriander.


Add the Worcestershire Sauce.
Stir all, then drain the pasta and quickly add it to the mixture. Stir thoroughly
Wash the spinach (if you are getting it NOT in a box), then put it into the mixture. It kinda shrinks when you cook it, so make sure to add a lot of extras!

Stir, then switch off the heat. At this point you can serve OR, the better option, bake it. We almost ALWAYS bake it, just cause it tastes so good.

How to Bake Pasta

 No, you don't pour it all in a baking dish and bake it without anything. First, preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius which is 356 Fahrenheit.



Then, fill your dish halfway with pasta. Add 1 and a half slices of cheddar cheese on top. Pour half of the small tin of Puck Cream and spread. I didn't use the cream this time because we only had one and my mother wanted to make lasagne, which is basically thin strips of pasta, though prepared in a totally different way.

 Add half the mozzarella which is 100g.



Fill your dish. There might be a little remaining, that's what happened to us. We ate both baked and un-baked.

Spread the rest of the cream evenly, then evenly arrange the mozzarella.

At this moment you might want to add some pepperoni to make it a 'pizza-pasta', or just bake it.

Since it was 10.00 PM when I put it into the oven, you want to wait for about 15 minutes or until brown at the edges.



Out of the oven....
....and ready to eat!

Well, that's it for today, inshaa Allaah see you next time - next post might be a post on Board Book Recommendations - for little kids (toddlers preschoolers, etc). Ramlah is a pre-schooler now!



Maimoonah



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