August 30, 2008

Happy Ramadan


From our family to yours, wishing you a blessed Ramadan.

August 28, 2008

Kindness...



Earlier this summer I was floored by the awesomeness of a few of my online friends who were so thoughtful, kind and generous, they sent me wonderful surprise goodies from the US for the kids and I. Candy, toys, magazines and makeup! It was an amazing act of kindness. There are wonderful, kind, sweet people in this world. Thank you, you guys know who you are and you rock!

Chicken Panee

This recipe is pretty simple but it's a favorite around here.

Chicken Breasts
1 Large Onion
2 Eggs
Bread Crumbs
Oregano
Dill
Basil
Salt and Pepper.


Place marinated chicken (marinated in onions, salt and pepper) in a bowl with 2 whisked eggs.


Season bread crumbs with dill, basil and oregano. (You can just buy the seasoned breadcrumbs but we don't have that here)

Bread the chicken cutlets , covering each side well, pressing down to flatten them out a bit.


Fry at medium heat, if the chicken gets too dark too soon, lower the temp. It wont get a chance to cook through and that's just yuck.

Serve with a salad, Macaroni and cheese and garlic bread.

Shopping

Last night we went to pick up a few things. I am forever forgetting that I have a teapot on, sometimes till the water boils off completely! So I got this whistling teapot so that never happens again, InshaAllah.

We needed a new rug in the living room, the old one was worn out. We went last night and picked this one. I love that it's not the traditional flowery oval design and NO fringe. Carpet fringe is annoying and it always gets caught in the vacuum. Our new rug matches our furniture well. Not to mention those mangoes.


We also got a Ramadan lantern! The kids are enamored by this and just want to sit by it.

August 23, 2008

What I Did on my Summer Vacation



So, Alhamdullilah, my family including us, mom, sister and brother and their families all spent a few days at a beautiful resort near here this summer, and it was great. I mean really fantastic. All my favorite people, sun, the sea, laughs and a great buffet...what could be better? It was seriously the best time I've had in a long time. We went swimming each day and the water was beautiful. The only downside was a bit of unnecessary nekkidness. After the initial horror we just kept to our area and learned to look away. The kids frolicked in the pool with E and got very tan, despite sunscreen. (It annoyed me when friends thought it was "a shame" when we got back, you know the whole "white is right" thing)
The waiters in Egypt in general, they don't get the concept of ice in your drink. We'd ask for ice water or ice in our Bebsi, and they'd bring us one cup of us for us all to share. They had a ice maker so there wasn't a shortage but we decided ice cold drinks must be an American thing. The food was great and the rooms were nice. I even got a glorious women only spa afternoon. Le sigh.

The seashell souvenir Salwa found me.

But for those few days? Been stared at more than all my life combined, and I have been stared at, a lot. Because of the hijab and all. Serious, we were the only "locals" there and the rest of the guests were all Polish, German and Russian. They would unabashedly just follow you with thier eyes everywhere you go. All day. No lie. It started to be funny after a while. I'd smile and say "Hello!" which brought a look of bewilderment to most faces. She speaks! When we went swimming fully clothed where all were bikini clad or topless, we were like a tourist attraction. It was so constant, to the point where, while lying in bed before falling asleep, I'd feel eyes on me. You know? Like vertigo! Alhamdulillah, it was more interesting than annoying though. It was a wonderful few days. Hanging out with my sister, brother and sister in law, and the kids...good times. Looking forward to next year guys!

August 21, 2008

Stupidity PSA


Alright, after a couple of sunshine and rainbows posts, I gotta do this for the ying and the yang of it all. This is a public service announcement. We all make the occasional typos and that's ok, but some things are just common knowledge. I have been called a grammar nazi (as well as a volume nazi but that's another story), but I have no patience for stupidity.

Adults should know the difference between THERE, THEIR, and THEY'RE. People just use them interchangeably. I once IMed with a girl who kept writing ARE instead of OUR. It drove me mad. "They came over ARE house and blah blah blah ARE kids" YIKES! I kept finding ways to use OUR in a sentence to get her to figure it out but it was pointless. People like to use the fact that they're on the internet as an excuse. Like this isn't real life? It indicates you're ignorant when you write "OF COARSE"! One of the most irk worthy mispelled words is pregnate. It's pregnant! It also makes you look like a damn fool WhEn U tYp LyKe DiS. DaT aIn't rIgHt. You sound like a LOL Cat and it's moronic. Quit it. I also hate gratuitous use of "quotations". Everything reads "Sarcastic". I am talking about native speakers here, just to be clear. Do you have any spelling/grammar pet peeves?

August 18, 2008

Life's little pleasures

Second post today, WOOT!

Watching Amelie made me think of the little things in life that make me happy. Natural highs I like to call them.
  • When you fall asleep for a second, that sweet moment, when you're trying to stay awake.
  • The smell when it rains. (few and far between here, now)
  • Finding something you forgot you lost.
  • Remembering something funny in public and trying to keep from laughing.
  • Finding a perfect shell.
  • Waking for a second and realizing there's time to sleep and falling immediately back to sleep.
  • Driving through the dessert where there are no other cars and the stars are so many and bright.
  • Feeling the sun on my face and closing my eyes.
  • The smell of a match burning.
  • When the sky is pink before sunset.
  • Getting in to bed with fresh sheets.
  • Petting a cat or a dog.
  • The feeling of rinsing conditioner out of my hair.
  • The smell of books.
  • The cool side of the pillow.
  • Getting an email from a friend.
  • Chocolate that is just the right temperature, out of the fridge for a bit so it melts in your mouth.
  • When the smell of something brings back vivid memories.
  • Remembering your dreams.
  • The feeling of cool ceramic tile on your bare feet.

August 9, 2008

Will you look at this mug?


We spent a week in Alex and got to know Bolbola, one of the dogs we have there. The kid's were apprehensive at first, but warmed up to her right away and called her "Baby". She's actually really sweet, gentle and dare I say it, ♥adorable♥! Wonky tooth and all.




August 5, 2008

Beaming...


with pride. Safiyah finished her floor puzzle all by herself!