I have begun!

‘Tomorrow I will begin’ – Ever so often, these words echo in my head as I close my eyes, ready to drift away after reflecting on my day – especially on what I did not manage to do. There are everyday important things that I do and that are crucial in running my house and caring for my family, but there are those ‘other’ things that seem a bit daunting, too time-consuming, not too important or even sometimes a bit more interesting or fun.

Beat the heat with “Lassi”

Philadelphia is in the grasp of a seemingly never ending heat wave. With a high of 97F which feels like 108F 🤯, the only options are to remain indoors or lounge in the pool! As I was walking the kids back from their school, the only thing that kept me moving were these glasses of…

Ode to my Nani (1935-2018)

I have not been feeling well these last few days. My grandmother, my mother’s mother, my amazing Nani – passed away this past Sunday. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi ra’ajion (We belong to God and to Him we shall return). Although she was old and her health was deteriorating, it still comes as a big…

Eid Sheer Khurma

“Aap sab ko meethi meethi savaiyyon wali Eid Mubarak” Translation: “Wishing you all an Eid that’s as sweet as sweet vermicelli” One of my earliest memories of Eid are of my mother writing the above greeting in Urdu on Eid cards to mail to family back in Pakistan. At that time I didn’t understand at…

Spicy Red Kidney Beans curry

It’s currently 1pm here in Horgen, Switzerland and I’m all cozy on my couch and staring out the window at the rain falling down on this beautiful place! The air is filled with a mix of delicious smells. The nostalgic smell of wet earth, the dreamy scent of wisteria and roses, & the appetizing whiff…

Beautiful Eid Cards

When our arms can’t reach people Close to our hearts, We always hug them with our prayers. -Unknown It’s almost time for Eid! It’s so strange but every year we witness how Allah helps make Ramadan so easy and wonderful when before the start of this month, we all wonder how are we going to…

The delicious Date fruit

Date fruit, one of the sweetest and oldest fruit around, is the product of the date palm tree and cultivated since approximately 6000 B.C. They have been a part of the staple diet in the Middle Eastern countries and hold a certain reverence for Muslims around the world. It was one of the favorite fruits…

Ramadan with kids!

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is very special to Muslims as a holy period dedicated to fasting, self- purification through reflection, and trying to gain spiritual attainment. It is also the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Growing up in a Muslim country (Saudi Arabia), Ramadan was…

Gift ideas for “Teacher Appreciation Day”

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and we are so thankful to all the amazing teachers who continue to inspire our children to be better everyday! Teachers are truly the real superheroes! Last year, inspired by Pinterest,…

Best Banana Bread Ever!

This is seriously the best Banana Bread ever created! Don’t believe me? You will after you read the story behind this claim of mine. My eight year old son dislikes bananas a lot! He never wants to eat bananas as snack or have them in any form at all until he tried this banana bread!…

Dreaming of Unicorns!

“Dreams are the playground of unicorns.” – Unknown The Unicorn trend might seem huge right now as you can see it in party themes, clothing, makeup, food and of course art & decor. But it is not a recent phenomenon at all. In fact unicorns are legendary creatures mentioned by the ancient Greeks and depicted…