January 25, 2008

Weekly Groceries Around The World

My sister sent me this in an email forward. I'm not usually a fan of forwards but I found this simply fascinating. What do you eat in a week?

Hungry Planet: What The World Eats. Photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world, had dinner with 30 families in 24 countries, from Darfur to Japan to Germany. They discovered who eats what for how much. Below are some photos of some of the families surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries.

Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

I love the family from Ecuador, all smiles! I noticed the richer countries have more processed foods as opposed to fresh fruits and veg. We spend more than the Egypt family even though we are half that many people because we are accustomed to some convenience foods and we live in a touristy ($) city. What do you think?

January 22, 2008

Entenmann's Wannabe

I recently had a hankering for Entenmann's Crumb Cake, Sure enough, trusty Recipezarr had several copy cat recipes. This is the one I used. Recipezaar has my photo up for this recipe right now, cool huh? It was yummy and a lot easier than it looked, Alhamdullilah. I feel like a professional baker!


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I just realised, I started this blog 3 years ago this week. I had a couple long breaks in the middle, but man, does time fly! It's definately been fun and I've learned a bit about blogging along the way. I discovered some wonderful bloggers out here in the blogosphere. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy reading yours.

January 17, 2008

While I wouldn't trade it for the world....

Being a stay at home mom definitely has it's ups and downs.

On one hand, It is hard. It's a full time job, and then some. Spending your days without some adult conversation, trying to quiet a child's screams in the supermarket, cleaning bloody knees, refereeing fights, changing diapers, packing lunches, cleaning everything and preparing meals gets monotonous to say the least. It tries your patience on a regular basis.

It's a thankless job and some people see you as beneath them for being "just" a mom. You feel like a bit of a slob next to your working mom friends. Them in their smart suits and you with a lovely spit up stain on your shirt. Your roots are growing out and getting a manicure or even a haircut is a real extravagance.

It's really hard to get any "me time", Little ones will ask you for stuff when you're in what should be a private moment on the can. Sticking their little fingers under the door stops being cute after the first couple of times. It's a terrible feeling of guilt to want a break from your kids, but it's necessary for your mental health and to appreciate the time with them even more.

You are always on call. You're never done. Someone is sick all over their bed at 3 am? Guess who's cleaning that up? Oh, button needs sewing a minute before the bus comes? Yep, you again.

The house gets turned upside down on a daily basis, as opposed to everyone being at work/daycare most of the day. Someone once said "Cleaning the house while you children are growing is like shoveling the walk while it is still snowing." Sometimes you have to resign yourself to the fact that with children it will never be perfect. I found that on days that I get all my jobs out of the way first thing, things are a lot less hectic and its just visually more calm. This is easier when they get older but with a babies and toddlers who need more attention and supervision, you do a little at a time, in the room you are in at the time. Things always get done somehow (maybe just not the day you want it to.)

Now, on the other hand staying at home is a luxury some people cannot afford, such as single moms and those who truly need the double income.

You get to wear what you want, there's no dress code. Pj's? Sure! Messy bun in your hair? Why not?! Flip flops, Isotoners, Socks, bare feet. All acceptable footwear.

There's no commute, you don't have to bust your hump to and from work in traffic or inclimate weather. No dropping kids off at daycare or babysitters, or picking them up for that matter.

Flexibility. You're your own boss for the most part and while there are certain things that have to be done at specific times, over all, you can plan your day as you see fit. You can go to the playground or watch a movie in the middle of the day if you want.

As a SAHM you have the peace of mind from knowing what your kids are up to and get to witness all things they learn, all the firsts and see funny things they do and say, and they do and say funny things a lot.

There will be times when it will make you crazy, but I know this subtle pain of love, such endearing sacrifice, shall not go unnoticed.

That's enough of the positives. All these pluses might make you insane with jealousy, causing you to resent me and take me off your favorites! (I am on your favorites right?)

January 14, 2008

huffin' and a puffin'

So, I saw this picture on a T-shirt at threadless, and immediately thought, Oh it's about motivation. Then I thought, we're supposed to laugh at the pathetic rhino. Then upon further pontification, I now think it could be about fat acceptance.

I want to tell that rhino that she's just as cute as the unicorn. Even if she doesn't have a svelte figure, long legs and flowing hair. Maybe a rhino is a rhino and a unicorn is a unicorn. The rhinocerous, how ever long she runs on that treadmill, will never be a unicorn. Thoughts?

January 9, 2008

Win your own blog design

SandierPastures' blog is having a contest for a new, original blog design template! I know, keep changing the template on this here blog, call me fickle, but how awesome would it be to have a professional, custom template? Completely!

January 7, 2008

Pictures from Eid

Well, Eid came and went and I am just now getting around to posting pictures. Here's one of the kids from the party....I made it sparkly on rockyou.com

This is the "Pin the tail on the Kharoof" game I made. Yea, I know he looks pissed but you'd be pissed too if kids were messing about with your tail and such.


It was a fun day for the kids and their friends, alhamdulillah.

January 2, 2008

Something wonderful happened today...

It was so cool.

Three days ago, after coming to terms that our beloved kitty, Mishmish had to go, E went to take him to a friends'. Well, just as E was getting in the car, Mishmish bolted and hid under our neighbor's car. E tried and tried to lure him out but he wasn't budging. Finally he came out and then jumped out of E's arms and ran. We looked around for him and tried to call him, but to no avail.
Then this morning Dawood & Zayneb were waiting for their bus at 6 am for a midyear exam, who do we see? None other than our Mishmish coming from the mosque across the street towards them! The kids were elated, as was I. I had tears in my eyes and was grinning from ear to ear!
The bus was late, but no one cared. Mishmish played with them and they fed him, they were so happy to see him again. It was like a sign not to worry, that he was OK. It's awesome that he's been hanging around our neighborhood. We took him to his new owner's house and said good bye.