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Jumping On The Freezer Meal Bandwagon

Freezer Cooking Intro

If you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve heard about freezer cooking. It’s all the rage amongst busy mamas across the country. The pins make it look ridiculously easy and you can’t help but be captivated by the idea of only cooking one day but eating for two weeks! Now this certainly isn’t a new concept and people have been doing this for years. But all the pins and posts about it make it seem like the latest sanity saving phenomenon. Considering I’ve been nesting like a madwoman, expecting my 4th any day now, and can’t possibly see myself cooking every single day postpartum, I decided to dive into the freezer cooking world. Don’t get me wrong, I could totally go for … Continue reading

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Review and Giveaway: Salaam Designs

Eid Salt Dough Ornaments

A couple of years ago I made moon and star shaped rice crispy treats.   People went crazy over them, inquiring about where they can get the moon cookie cutter.  Stars were everywhere, but a crescent moon was hard to come by.  My sister had actually picked  it up for me from a local shop in Washington, but it was available on Amazon. Sometimes. It was usually sold out. So these star and moon rice crispy treats we’re taken really well. Like all over Pinterest, well.  It was the combination of the star and moon together that made it so perfect. And well the rice crispy treats had something to do do with it, because who doesn’t love rice crispy … Continue reading

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Weekend Breakfast: Apple Pie Waffles

Apple Pie Waffles

Here’s the thing; I love food.  I’m not going to lie, I can pack away a meal like 350 pound defensive back in the NFL.  Is that what they’re called? Defensive backs? Football isn’t my forte, food is. I digress.  I get cravings all the time.  You’d think I was pregnant all year.  Maybe it’s because I realized the power of a craving during pregnancy that I now hold on to that special power.  Just another mom super power: I crave, I eat, peace on Earth in our house is restored. One morning while making our newest favorite waffles, I wanted a new topping.  I’ve done toasted coconut and almonds, sliced bananas and walnuts, strawberries and chocolate chips.  I even … Continue reading

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Weekend Breakfast: Crepes

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To me, crepes are synonymous with my oldest sister.  When she was still living in California, she’d whip up her awesome crepe breakfasts.  Sisters, cousins, sisters-in-law, moms, we’d all gather around the table with a warm platter of crepes in the center of the table.  Steaming mugs of coffee, good conversations, lots of laughter, you know, moments so sentimental that when you type them out they sound corny. Whenever she’s back in town or I’m visiting her in Palestine, I request her crepe breakfasts.  We linger, overeat, and bask in each others company.  Aw, I miss my sis. Unlike her top secret, highly coveted carrot cake recipe, she gladly passed along the crepe recipe she uses. They’re a cinch to … Continue reading

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Apple Muffins

apple muffins

I kinda wish fall would last forever. Chilly weather (except here in Nor-Cal, it’s been in the 70s!), warm sweaters, multi-hued foliage, pumpkin anything, and apples. These muffins were a hit in our house. I pretty much can’t look at an apple anymore without imagining it in muffin form. They’re a cinch to pull together and the house smells a-mazing while they’re baking. Apple Muffins {Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything} Ingredients: 1 1 /2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 cup oil 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 apples, peeled and diced (I pulse the apples in a food processor a couple of times) Brown sugar for topping (around 1/2 cup) … Continue reading

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Weekend Breakfast: Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk Waffles

I have my go-to waffle recipe that I have pretty much memorized by now.  It’s quick and simple and I always have the items on hand.  My family are also big fans of  buttermilk pancakes.  They’re J’s favorite so I always have buttermilk in the fridge.  A person can only handle so many pancakes so I end up with extra buttermilk all the time.  Not wanting to waste it, I hit up Pinterest to see which buttermilk recipes were hot at the moment.  I took a test bite of the first waffle then pretty much ran into my room yelling at  my husband “hurry up and wake up! I made new waffles and they’re hella good.  Hurry!”  Seriously.  I’m kind … Continue reading

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Little Chefs: Homemade Cheddar Crackers

Star and Crescent Ramadan Edition

I am by no means a health nut. As much as I would love to be, I’m much too in love with refined white sugar to make the jump. I have no taste for store bought sweets and desserts, but I love a home baked concoction that won’t do anything for me except expand my waistline. On the other hand, my daughters love all store bought snacks. What child doesn’t? The problem is that my kids want all the snacks I won’t buy them. {There I go being all mean and boring again.} Prepackaged, loaded with salt, sugar, and God knows what else. Back in the day, I would purchase all those snacks in moderation. The girls mostly liked crackers … Continue reading

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Baklawa Cheesecake

bakalwa / baklava cheesecake

Let the record show, I hate working with fillo dough.  I’ve been itching to try this recipe for years.  Yes, years.  But my aversion to fillo dough has kept me away.  And what gives? Is it fillo or phyllo? Can we please stick with one spelling. It’s like rice crispy and rice krispie. Doughnut and donut.   Or when Arabs greet each other, one kiss on the cheek or two? Okay now I’m annoyed. Moving on. If I was going to make baklawa cheesecake, I needed a really good reason to face down my fillo dough nemesis.  Simply baking up an incredible dessert to eat all by my lonesome wasn’t going to cut it.  So, I decided I would make … Continue reading

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My Halal Kitchen: Ramadan Recipes App

Ramadan recipes app

Many of you know that I’m a big fan of MyHalalKitchen.com. Delicious and healthy recipes that are full of flavor with 100% halal and environmentally conscious ingredients. So I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when I found out that My Halal Kitchen now has an app! Yup, you heard that right, the lovely Yvonne Maffei has her very own app. Ramadan Recipes! The app is universally available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The format of the app is incredibly easy to navigate. Narrow down your search quickly by hitting the Suhoor or Iftar tab. Recipes are also categorized by ethnicity, making it fast and simple to search the super yummy Middle Eastern recipes listed. … Continue reading

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Nescafe Cake

nescafe cake

A few months back, a craving hit for tiramisu. I knew I had lady fingers in the pantry so I figured all was well in the world. I looked up recipes and kept falling short on key ingredients. So I began to Google substitutions. I then began to Google substitutions of substitutions. I should have stopped there, but it was too late to turn back. As you can predict, it was the mother of all fails. I assumed it would be, but I thought perhaps I would have stumbled upon a great discovery through my experimentations. Nope. Moving on. Recently a recipe has been floating around Facebook that seemed quite similar to tiramisu. A faux tiramisu, if you will. Oh, … Continue reading

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