Dec 27, 2010

Update on new visa requirement for Canadian Visiting the UAE

Update on new visa requirement for Canadian passport holders visiting the United Arab Emirates  

Regular passport holders who intend to travel to the UAE before January 2011 do not require a visa. Upon arrival, Canadians will receive a 30-day entry permit which may be extended for a limited amount of time.

As of January 2, 2011 a visa will be required for tourism and business purposes. Regular passport holders can obtain a visitor or tourist visa through hotels or travel agencies in the UAE or through the offices of Emirates or Etihad Airlines    which also offer an online visa application.
Canadians travelling to UAE on business or visiting friends (not staying in hotels or travelling via Emirate or Etihad airlines) will require their sponsor (friend, family, or business contact) to apply for their visa from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once visa approval is obtained, the sponsor will be required to transmit a copy of the visa by email or fax to the Canadian traveler, who will pick up their original visa on arrival in the UAE.

Canadians transiting through the UAE will be able to obtain a transit visa at the airport upon presentation of travel documents indicating that they will leave the UAE within 96 hours to their onward destination.
All diplomatic and special passport holders, or persons travelling on blue passports for diplomatic business, must obtain their visa from the Embassy of the UAE before travelling to the United Arab Emirates.
Canadians (visitor, resident, etc) who travel without a visa and attempt to enter the UAE after January 1, 2011 will be denied entry to the UAE.  This is a decision of the UAE government and neither the Canadian Consulate General in Dubai nor the Embassy of Canada in Abu Dhabi will be able to provide any assistance to these travellers at the port of entry.

Visa requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller's responsibility to check with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates for up-to-date information. Canadian travellers are also invited to check the travel report.  



Dec 8, 2010

All grown up ...

My Daughter has been sick for the last 5 days now, and has not gone to school. She always has a way of making me smile. Anyway, on Saturday her father left the iPad here for her to use, and the next day, he took it to his office. So come Sunday morning, she was up bright and early, desperatly searching for the iPad. She checks all the regular spots that we usually leave it, and then realises that it is not here. She puts the pieces together, and storms over to me, and we have the following conversation;

Her- Mommy, where is my iPad?
Me- It's not your iPad hon, its daddy's iPad.
Her- Mommy, I want my iPad now!
Me- You can't have it, its not here.
Her- I want to call daddy!
Me- Why?
Her- I want daddy to bring my iPad home NOW!

So I called for her, and this was the conversation between her and her dad

Her- Daddy, where is my iPad?
Him- *Chuckles* It's not yours.
Her- Daddy, bring my iPad home NOW.
Me- LuLu, say please.. (lol)
Her- Daddy, PLEASE bring my iPad home NOW!
Him- *Laughs*, I'll bring it for you when I am done work.

So my 3 year old daughter already has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. I have yet to see him say NO to her.. lol

On another note, I was sitting there washing my face, and doing my usual routine. My daughter walks in, and looks at me and says. 'Mommy, you are Beautiful.'. My heart melted, it was such a sweet thing for her to say, I immediatly picked her up, hugged her, and told her she was the most beautiful person in the world.

She is growing up, and is continously putting smiles on my face. I love how she is really her own little person now, with her own opinions, and all. I pray that she grows into the beautiful person I know she will become enshallah. I love her to pieces


The loves of my life <3
XOXO


l
Dec 6, 2010

Alf Mabrook ya Q8!

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Last nights final match for the Gulf Cup was between Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Although my allegiance was with Saudi, I still have a soft spot for Kuwait. After all it was the country I spent my teenage years in, and grew to love like my own. So, I would like to send a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to the people of Kuwait. It was a win well deserved. I remember the last time Kuwait won back in 1996, I was living in Kuwait, and enjoyed partying with the rest of the country, young and old, male and female; it was beautiful, it was amazing to see these very different people flood the streets with joy and happiness for one team, one country :) . I still have the cassette they gave away in the streets featuring Abdullah Rowaished singing 'Oooh Ya Kuwait' (that may not be the official name of the track). It was a beautiful time, and the memories are great. So alf Mabroook yal Azrag, Mabroook to the people of Kuwait, oo a win for you, is a win for us all :)



Dec 5, 2010

Let US put an END to Legalized Pedophilia!

There are many wrongs made right in this society. There are too many issues that truly make my stomach turn, but this is one that is even worst then most of the awful things women are forced to accept and live with. The difference here is that it is NOT women who are being forced into this disgusting act, but mere children. A child as tender as 8 being forced to marry a man that could easily be her father/grandfather and in some cases a GREAT grandfather, all for financial, or emotional control. It is a sick act that must be stopped. The society has turned a blind eye to many wrongs, but this is our children that are in harms way, OUR children that are being raped under the guise of a legal union. We need to stand up and force the government to recognize this as a wrongful act that needs to be changed. It is time NOW to stop elderly men from taking children as trophy wife. A young girl is NOT physically, mentally or emotionally ready or capable to be forced into such a life. We need to allow our daughters to be children. I sit here and look at my 3 year old daughter, I could not imagine the heart of a parent who allows a child 5 years her senior or even 10 years her senior to be wed to a ancient man. rules need to be placed. I have no issue with a 16 year old marrying an 18 year old, but I do have an issue with a 16 year old marrying a 50 year old!

A friend and fellow blogger Eman Al Nafjan from Saudi Womans Weblog has started a campaign fighting this very issue. I would hope and urge that all of you would go right over and sign the petition to urge the Saudi Minister of Justice to put an end to this act.  Many people have argued that this is not happening that much, and that the few cases in the media are the minority, moreover saying that most Saudi's are against the act. But without a law forbidding it, it will go on. Even one child forced into a marriage with a grown man is wrong, please let us put a stop to it.



This is a radio interview with Eman Al-Nafjan on this topic. Saudi Arabia’s campaign against child brides

Older posts on this topic- No to Minor Marriage

In the news:

Furore continues over Saudi child marriage
Saudi Judge Refuses to annul 8 year old's marriage
Saudi official moves to regulate child marriages
Child marriage case showcases deep splits in Saudi society


Nov 24, 2010

Trust...

In a perfect world, one can trust anyone. They can trust their neighbour, their classmates, their family, their friends, and just about anyone, because in a perfect world, one human being would not want to willingly hurt another.

But we all know that we live in a place far from perfect, a place where some peoples happiness is solely based on another's grief. A place where one can not trust anyone anymore, because many people have their own twisted agenda to get what they want in life, not really caring about others. As a young girl, I learnt quickly that not all people can be trusted. I learnt that a friend of my uncles who I considered a friend to me, tried to rape me with the guise that only a bad girl would allow someone in their house. He was a family friend, I trusted that he would respect my family, and honour. But that did not happen, thank God nothing happened to me, I was strong enough to kick this fellow out of our house, and out of our lives. I just wish at times that the shame game didn't keep me quiet. I wish I exposed his evil ways, but I didn't want any part in the blame game. At an even younger age (think about 4), I was molested by a family member, that I was entrusted to, that was supposed to take care of, that was supposed to keep me safe, that as a woman you would think should have had the motherly instinct in her, but lest we forget, nobody is to be trusted. I don't know how my post took this direction, but I will allow it to stay that way. It was a nightmare to me for many years, but when I entered my teenage years, the memories came back rushing in. I was mortified, I remember what triggered this memory, but I would rather not mention it as it is of a delicate matter. I remember keeping to myself, but nobody noticed as I was the middle child, and was known to stick with my books and read on my own. When I did build up the courage, it was found out that I was not the only person who suffered in the hands of that person. But guess what? Nothing was done about it. I have longed to confront that person, just so that she would know that she did not get away scotch free. I was disgusted to know that this person was now in charge of caring for her own child. I have always wondered if that little boy, now in his teenage years suffered at the hands of such an evil mother. Again, my parents apologized to me and were saddened that such a thing could happen to me, but nobody confronted her, no one chose to be my advocate. I wonder now, how many people suffer in the hands of family, and its gently swept under the rug, so that outsiders will not know what is happening behind closed doors, and thus shame will not be brought to the family.

Now as a mother, I have the hardest time trusting anyone with my children, I fear that even those I love and cherish the most may take advantage of a child that can not fight or even properly talk back. I know I can not have my child around me 24/7. In the perfect world, I would never have to worry about such evil, but in a time that trust is no longer fully available, what does a parent do? I often wonder how I can teach my children that such things are not appropriate, and that if anyone ever touches them or vice versa it is wrong. My children as still young and innocent, and a part of me wants to keep them that way, to allow them to believe that this world is perfect, that evil does not exist. That all people genuinely care for one another.

I think I have gone too long here, and still can't understand why I even blogged about such a personal matter to me. But I will not hit the delete button I have a sudden urge to, but will allow this to be published.


Nov 21, 2010

A wake up call is needed....

Many have probably heard of the recent torture of maids in the kingdom. There have been two cases this week, both of Indonesian nationals who have rocked the nation. The brutal torture of a maid in Madinah (funnily known historically for having the kindest of people); 23-year-old Sumiati BT Salan Mustapa. She was beaten beyond recognition, and burnt with an iron, has had her lips cut off, and endless other types of torture my stomach cannot even handle.

Sumiati BT Salan Mustapa; Before and after




Source: http://musesephere.blogspot.com/


There is also the other sad incident of a slain Indonesian maid- Kikim Komalasari, 36- found dumped on the road side in Abha, her Sponsors; a Saudi husband and wife, have been arrested for this heinous crime.

The agressors in both cases are evil. I do not blame it on being a Saudi, as I have seen many Saudis that treat their maids with dignity and respect, and that have welcomed them into their homes with compassion. I blame this on sick human beings that have zero respect for others. Sick human beings that have been taught that they are above the law. Sick human beings that show zero regard for those less fortunate, and have sadly welcomed the maids into their homes as they would a new household appliance- sadly the appliance would get more respect in the household then some of these maids. I would like to understand what has pushed these people to commit such horrendous acts. Where did they leave their religion, and what our Prophet (PBUH) has taught us about the treatment of others? Have they just taken whatever suits them and left the rest to rot? It is sad that these sick people are tainting an entire nation and the many wonderful citizens they have. If one is unhappy with their maid, they can just send her home, and hope for a better one to come their way. Why must people resolve to cruel and unusual punishment? I truly believe that these people should be put on public display and should be severely punished. A life for a life should be put in order. Let them be examples of what this countries people, and judicial system will no longer tolerate. Let the fear of what goes around comes around be a reality. No one should be above the law, as no one should be below the law. At the end of the day, we are all humans, and should be justly dealt with, without even the slightest thought of race, nationality or colour. I do hope that for the sake of this great country, justice will be served, and no one gets away with murder or torture.

 
Nov 17, 2010

Excuse me.... Wee :)

Here is a short conversation I had with my daughter this morning;

Her: Mommy is Wee open?
Me: I am not sure dear
Her: Mommy it's closed!
Me: How do you know love?
Her: Daddy closed it!
Me: How do you know daddy closed it?
Her: He told Excuse me to close it!
Me: Do you want me to tell Excuse me to open it for you?
Her: Yes mom, I want to go to wee today.


Transalation of what my daughter REALLY means.. :) 

Wee: Malahi, al3ab,  play place they usually have at malls here. She started calling it this when she was a little over one, it was the first time she was on a slide, and whenever she went down, she would joyfully say, weeeee, and well from then on, anytime she is playing on anything, she calls them all wee, and I love it too much to correct her :D

Excuse me: Anyone who serves people, i.e, Waiters, store clerks, etc. As when I speak to them, I don't say the usual 'Mohammed' everyone here seems to name them, and I tend to say 'Excuse me', so my daughter has figured out that all their names are now.... Excuse me :D


I love the pure innocence of little children... sometimes I wish I could just freeze them at this age for a bit, as I am terribly dreading the teenage years (that for some reason now begins at 8 now!!!!)

ll
Nov 10, 2010

My emotional Roller Coaster

Well, I have found myself on an emotional roller coaster... one second I am happy, the next I hate the world.. lol.. but the truth is.. I really don't hate it... I don't like seeing things in black and white. I would rather add some colour. So to add to my last post, I would like to continue and say not everything in Saudi is negative for women. There are some things that I rather enjoy. It would be unfair of me to paint it all black when there are in fact hues of different colours shining through. Things are changing, King Abdullah has been a great leader, and is truly moving this country to a more positive light (may Allah bless him, and may he live a long and healthy life.. ameen). I have seen change in this country since I first arrived, as my mom has seen change from her youth to today. It may not all be done in a day, but as the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day. I would like to be present for positive change to come to Saudi, I would love to be here when we drive for instance. I would love to see this country move forward whilst holding on to its in many ways beautiful culture. Anyway, there is not much more to add. I just wanted to be fair, and not only focus on the negative aspects of Saudi society. There is good and bad, just as there is good and bad all over the world. I love this country, it is home. And I pray that one day we will be treated as equals as our great religions has made it.

With Peace, Love and Respect


ll
Nov 9, 2010

The March for Saudi Women...

The March for Saudi Women

Deep seeded frustration ...
Dreams of a brighter future in the distance..
Abhorrence for the life they have been forced into...
Unaware of what life is truly about...
Guarded like a foetus for eternity...
No room to truly blossom to your fullest...
Always reaching out into the mirage of what society has provided...
Listening to lies, and waiting silently...
Fear of speaking out ...
Bringing shame to the family name...
Frustration for what has not become...
How long will the women of Saudi remain silent?
When will the march for freedom begin?

When can I join the March of Freedom for the women of Saudi?
Should we wait to join? or shall we start the march alone.
Will women of this blessed country stand up and march for freedom?
Or will the shame game keep them oblivious, silent and seated?

March for Saudi women !


Driving Rant!

I am in a serious ranting mood today... So let me just say here.. if you don't feel like reading about some rants, you can just skip right on over to the next blissfully happy bloggers blog :)

OK.... so my rant will naturally begin with us women and driving in Saudi. Yes I know, this rant is universal - OK, National as this is the only country in the entire world that says someone can't drive MERELY because they were born with an inny not an outy! If you don't know what I mean... then think a bit, and it should hit you!



 As I sit silently in my husbands car watching as every car that drives by is driven by a man, it could be a husband, or a driver. The cars that have drivers, are usually tinted black so that other drivers can't see the woman folk inside. Don't get me wrong, dark windows have helped me breastfeed my babies without a care in the world.  But what I really can't get into my head, is how in the world it is deemed safer and more permissible in Islam for a women to sit with a NON- related male in her car alone at times (remember when  a man and a women are alone the third person there is the devil...). Yet a women is NOT allowed to drive herself around. Some men (and women) may argue that this is for the safety of the women folk, for surely a women can not take care of herself, and is seen as meat waiting to be devoured by every single man that sees her. I don't believe that is even close to the reason, I believe it is more about Control. Control. Control. Control.

A women can not step out of her house without some man taking her out, whether it is her husband/brother/father/driver/ some random taxi driver. In essence we are to bow down to any man in order to get anything done. It is extremely frustrating, when you see children driving because they were born with that oh so worshipped outy! And a women who has driven around the world is not seen as being fit to be behind the wheel. What bothers me even more is all the rumours that keep circulating claiming that women will be driving in a couple of months, by the end of the year at the very latest.


Saudi Arabia is to lift the ban on women drivers in an attempt to stem a rising suffragette-style movement in the kingdom.

Women in the only country in the world which still bans women from driving want to put their best foot forward – on the accelerator.


I see all this as nothing more then smoke, to keep us women from actually doing something about our position in this male worshipped society. I will clarify, that it has nothing to do with religion and EVERY BLOODY THING to do with men using TRADITION to keep women prisoners psychologically. I am talking from personal experience here, that ever since I have been here, I truly feel like I have lost a bit of myself  every single day. I once used to be a bubbly, fun, outgoing, full of adventure kinda gal. And now, I have a hard time doing anything alone (for the most part because in this lovely country, women are usually not allowed into many places for fear of arousing men by our mere presence). I am sick of people claiming that we are treated like princesses here, because that is not the case, what is the point of being treated like a princess, when you are being treated like a 3 year old one? Last night my daughter told me she wanted to drive, and I told her.. 7abeebti, you are too young, when you're older enshallah. Deep inside I pray that by the time she is of driving age, that she will not be subject to this sexist state we women are forced to live in, I pray that she will be of the new era, where they are allowed to dream, where they are allowed to want a better Saudi without fingers pointing at them and accusing them of hating the country I know we all love.

Here is an article on how the ban is also affecting the men in our family. I do agree with this as well, because due to this moronic ban, our husbands/sons/brothers/ etc must also become our drivers... I know my husband would love it, if I could go out and run a few of the errands without him. I know there is always a driver, but it is simply not the same. Being able to go where ever you want whenever you want is simply not possible even with a driver. The only way out of this rut is for the ban to end, once and for all. And I truly believe that maybe, just maybe the only way it will end is if we as the women of this country, stand up and let our voices be heard. (can you hear the music playing)


Many husbands, brothers and fathers will rejoice if the king lifts a ban on women driving
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — It’s 5 p.m. on a weekend and Faisal Auda is at the wheel of his 2005 bright green Chevy Optra. Two of his five sisters are in the back seat.
They’re on Riyadh’s Ring Road, headed for IKEA. The women’s shopping list includes mirrors, lamps, and bath mats, and since they’ve been aiming to get to the popular store for three months, Sabah, 22, and Nora, 20, are piling up the purchases.


Alright, I think I need to stop right there, I won't even bother to reread what I just wrote, and just have my fingers crossed that my fingers caught up with my brain and that I actually make some sort of sense here.


Take care!

Nov 6, 2010

The diaper change disaster...

I know its been quite a long time, but something happened yesterday that I HAD to blog about.

Do you remember this blog post 'Toilet Fun'.



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Well let's call this one diaper disaster! My daughter was invited to a birthday party yesterday, so I took her, and let my husband take care of our son for a few hours. It was kind of nice, to just be caring for Lujain, as she is older now, and it gave me time to socialize while just keeping a discreet eye on her from afar. She had a blast! Anyway, a couple of hours into the party, I get a frantic call from my husband, blabbering about something to do with the washroom. I was like slow down, whats wrong hon? He replied Mansour did number 2! And I calmly just said, well get to it, change his diaper, and he was like.. its not the hard one.. its kind of messy, and I was like, well go wash him, its a no brainer to me, rather simple. He gave up on me, and said, OK, let me go do something about it.

Anyway, after the party, my hubby and son came to pick me up, and my son looked rather good, and I was suprised my husband did a good job at getting him dressed and shoes back on in such a cool manner. He then admitted to me, that he called for his sister, and made her help him... he claims she only put on his socks and shoes . Later when I got home, his sister was laughing her head off, and telling me how my husband was screaming for her frantically as if something big happened. Only to see it was a simple diaper change issue.. my husband supposedly placed my son in the bath and spraid him down with the shower head . Now I am not sure what happened next, as my husband says he finished the diaper change, and only got his sister to put my sons socks and shoes on for him, but another little birdy told me differenttly.. lol






Nov 1, 2010

Banana Oat Muffins

I am a huge fan of banana cakes, muffins. I usually make this delicious banana cake in which 
I am pretty famous for in my circle of friends and family :) But I found this variation on it to 
be a perfect breakfast muffin. The texture is amazing, and it is filling in a not so guilty manner.
 
 
Banana oat muffins

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup quaker oats
1/3 sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup mashed banana
 
Topping
Cinnamon and powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
Combine flour, quaker, sugar , baking soda/powder, salt.
Beat eggs lightly. Stir in milk, oil, vanilla. 
Add mashed banana. Stir flour mix into banana mixture.
Line 12 muffin pans.
 
Bake 18-20 min
 
Allow to cool, and sprinkle with the powdered sugar 
and cinnamon.
 
Serve and Enjoy :) 
 
 
PS I got this recipe from allrecipes, but made some variations to it. 

Podge?

Well, I haven't gained, and I haven't lost either. After being soooooo bloody hopeful of losing this baby podge, who am I kidding? It's a whole lot more then mere podge. Anyway, I have gone and done it again, and my intense weight loss campaign will have to be on hold for a while longer. It's all good, I am blessed, but I fear what I will become :( Walking is still in the picture, the treadmill better come in the picture, or I will be an extremelty hormonal lady raging throughout this city I call home :)

Anyhoo, will keep y'all updated on what becomes of me in the next few months.

Take care :)
Oct 13, 2010

Rainbow Cupcakes







Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 375

Directions


Mix eggs with a mixer till fluffy, add the butter, then the sugar. Add the milk to the mix. Add the flour and baking soda and salt. Add Vanilla

Now to add the colour. Separate the mix into how many different colours you want. I used green, red, blue, orange and yellow. Once you separate, add the food colouring to the different batches.. I leave one as the white cake. You will spoon the different colours into each of the cupcakes you will be making (12 cupcake pan)... and you will continue to spoon in the different colours into each one till you finish all the cupcake mix you have.

Place into oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes...

Let it cool on a cooling rack, put the frosting on, decorate, and serve :)

Enjoy
Sep 29, 2010

Ooey Gooeyyy Chocolate Chip Cookies...

Thick, chewy, and Oh so delicious! Thats what comes to mind whenever I bake these cookies. Once again, they may be so good, you will need to toss them in the garbage.. Waste NOT waist right ;)


Ingredients

2 Cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chip cookies

Preheat oven @ 325 degrees f

Directions

Mix flour, salt, and baking soda- set aside
mix eggs brown sugar, and white sugar, butter
Add vanilla
Add the flour mix, until you get a nice cookie dough
Add chocolate chips

Put into balls set in baking tray, and put in freezer for about 5 minutes, put into preheated oven and allow to bake for 15-17 minutes.

This usually makes about 36 cookies, and I usually like to take half of it, and leave it in the freezer for another day :)

Enjoy




I have been baking these for a couple of years now... and they are always a winning combination, and people always ask for recipe, seconds, or both :)

Brownies so good, you need to throw them out!

Did I mention these are easy, delicious.. AND EASY! I am tellin gyou, i have made MANY brownies that had a lot of work involved.. these are easy.. and DELICIOUS! And yes, they are so bloody good you need to throw them out so you don't gain too much weight!

I found it on allrecipes.com ... and OH MY GOD I AM ON LOVE!!!

TIP- The trick here is NOT to over mix it.. mix it by hand! and I promise you, you can NOT fail! Yummilcious!


This pictures gives them no justice!

Brownies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder

Icing

3 tbs butter softened
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350 f (175c)

Melt butter in saucepan, remove from heat, stir in sugar, eggs, 1 tsp vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, baking powder. Spread into prepared baking pan. 25-30 min.

Icing

Combine all the ingredients and frost brownies while still warm.

Serve alone, with ice cream, or whipped cream.

Enjoy


PS- They taste even better the second day! Yummy!
Sep 22, 2010

No Title...

Hello there my fellow bloggers and blogerretes! How has life been treating you? How was the end of a long summer? How was your Ramadan? Eid celebrations? I hope all was well.

On this side this is a few things that have happened....

I traveled for a few days this Eid, and had a nice change of weather... Felt a bit of freedom; although very short lived.

My daughter has become a very talkative little one, and wants to talk to anyone that she see's , and loves to tell people things abut our personal life. hmmm.. now I need a way to train her NOT to.. lol.. but I must admit its kinda cute.. especially since a few months ago, i was going crazy wanting her to talk.. and worried that she was simply not talking enough :)

My son, is nearly 1, and I am trying to plan his Mickey Mouse club house themed party. I do have a few issues.. as I want to invite friends and family... husbands, wives and children.  But as many may be aware its not really easy to have mixed parties here as some people will not attend. And I am honestly not bothered to plan 2 separate parties.. we shall see how it works out.. the house is more then big enough to hold many groups of people, but what happens with the pictures of the birthday cake? which group gets to cut the cake? who gets to witness my daughter blow out her brothers candles (I already know she will be doing the blowing.. lol)

I have been on a cooking, and baking rampage... and am actually enjoying it.


My weight-loss has stopped, as I have stopped working out... but I will back up and at it again...:)

Anyway.. my question today is... Gas or Electric Stove top? I have only ever really cooked on Electric, but some of the die hard cooks out there swear that Gas stoves make food taste better... what do you think?

Last note.... am I the only one who feels like she is stuck in her teenage years? I swear I still feel like I am 19! And I remember thinking that being in your 30's was old and ancient before! Whats happening??? Am I in age denial?


Sep 18, 2010

Saleeg


Ingredients

2 cups Egyptian Rice
4 cups water
I usually tend to use chicken breast, and its about 2 full chicken breast into 4 pieces.
about 6-8 cardamon pods
1 cinnamon stick
1tsp salt
1tsp black or white pepper
1/2 tsp cardamon powder (yes I love cardamon)
3tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups fresh milk (i use either low fat or the vital milk)
mistaka (A few pieces ground)


Directions

Put Everything above (except the butter, milk, mistika, and rice) into a pot and boil. When chicken is cooked, remove from water.

Broil chicken till golden brown (put whatever spices you like on it)

Add the rice to the water mixture, let boil for about 45 minutes till soft tender and veryyy mushy.

When rice is done, add the butter, milk and mistaka. Leave on stove for about 15-40 (I tend to leave it on longer, as my husband loves it very soft) minutes till desired tenderness and texture.

Pour into service dish, place chicken on top. (try to remove the cardamon and cinnamon while ur at it)

Tip- If you have the rice Maggi, you can use it instead of the spices

The side hot sauce

2 tomatoes and 2 chili peppers, salt and pepper. Blend and voila, you can enjoy your saleeg with some hot sauce.

PS- In this pic, I didn't broil the chicken, and just cut it up into small pieces
Sep 16, 2010

Kusa Ma7shi

Kusa Ma7shi
 
8 zuchinni with inside removed
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 cup White rice
3 tsp minced garlic
1- 1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried mint
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups water
2 Maggi cubes
Parsley

In large bowl mix ground meat, rice, half the garlic amount, 
1 tbsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground pepper. 
 
In large pot add tomato paste, water, 
salt and Maggi cubes and bring to a simmer. 
 
Spoon in rice stuffing to the zuchinni 
Add remaining garlic and mint to sauce. 
 
Place the zuchinni in the  
the sauce. Cook for about 45minutes
Let sit in pot for about 30 min. 
 
Garnish with parsley.
 
Serve and Enjoy 

Pizza/hotdogs in a blanket/mini zaatar croissants

Fatayer  dough

2 cups flour
1 tbs yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp powdered milk
1/2- 1 cup Luke warm water
 
 
 
Add yeast to water, set aside for 5-10 minutes to disolve
Mix flour, salt, sugar, oil, and powdered milk.

Knead in the yeast mixture to the flour mixture till dough forms.
 
Place in a warm spot loosely covered for about an hour.


 
Pizza- Roll the dough, cut out small circles with a cup, spread with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese
Hot-dog- Roll dough, cut into triangle, place small hotdog's in the middle, and pinch dough towards the center
Mini Zaatar croissants- Roll dough, cut into triangles, put Zaatar in the middle of the cut dough, roll over in croissant shape, and sprinkle zaatar on top.

Bake for about 15 minutes...
 
 

Serve, Enjoy :)

Danderma's Muhalabiya

Danderma's Muhalabiya

3 Cups Milk
3 tbsp Corn Starch
1 tsp Ground Cardamon
Rose Water
5 tbsp Sugar
Pistachios
Saffron strands

Heat dash of rose water in microwave, add saffron
Hear 2.5 cups low fat vital milk
Add sugar to milk
In separate bowl mix corn starch to 1/2 cup milk. Whisk well.
Add the starch mix to milk when hot not boiling.
When mixture thickens add the saffron rose water and cardamon.
Mix well and leave on heat for 5 min.
Pour into serving bowls, garnish with pistachios. Put in fridge to set
for a few hours. Enjoy :)

9kg in 3 month

Yup... 9kg at 3 months is 3kg a month... I suck!

I have reached only half the weightloss I planned to. Ramadhan saw no workouts, but a 2 kg weight loss.. so that wasn't as bad as I thought (I was sure I would GAIN weight.. lol)..

So..... I still have a long way to go. I will continue the walk away the pounds, meal portions. I have yet to get the treadmill I sooo NEED, so when that finally arrives in my humble abode I will be one happy camper. My BIG behind needs some major work :)

I am out for now... and till the next post.. happy weight loss, and a more happy complete life to all <3
Aug 24, 2010

Bold if True

From Musesephere 

For some reason it won't let me bold some of them. so I Purple'd them instead :D

Bold if true:
I am a cuddler.
I am a morning person.
I am an only child.
I am currently in my pajamas.
I am currently pregnant.
I am currently single.
I am currently suffering from a broken heart.
I am left handed.
I am married.
I am addicted to my myspace.
I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
I am a little shy around the opposite gender at first.
I bite my nails.
I can be paranoid at times.
I don’t like anyone.
I enjoy country music.
I enjoy jazz music.
I enjoy smoothies.
I enjoy talking on the phone.
I have a car.
I have a cell phone.
I have/had a hard time paying attention at school.
I have a hidden talent
I have a lot to learn
I have a pet.
I have a tendency to fall for the “wrong” guy/girl
I have all my grandparents
I have at least one brother
I have been to another country 
I have been told that I am smart
I have been told that I have an unusual sense of humor

I have OR HAD broken a bone 
I have Caller I.D. on my phone. 

I have changed a diaper
I have changed a lot over the past year. 
I have done something illegal. 
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color 
I have had major/minor surgery.

I have killed another person
I have had my hair cut within the last week.
I have mood swings 
I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life
I have rejected someone before.
I have seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I have seen the television show The O.C.
I like Shakespeare.
I like the taste of blood.
I love to cook.
I like to sing.
I love Michael Jackson
I love sleeping.
I love to play computer games.
I love to shop. 
I miss someone right now.

I own 100 CDs or more
I own and use a library card 
I read books for pleasure in my spare time. 
I sleep a lot during the day.

I strongly dislike math
I watch soap operas on a regular basis.
I will try almost anything once.
I work at a job that I enjoy.
I would classify myself as ghetto.
I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
I am currently wearing socks. 
I am tired.

I love to paint/draw/sketch/sculpt.
I have had/have a broken heart
Graduated High School. 
Smoked cigarettes.
Rode every ride at an amusement park.
Collected something really stupid.
Gone to a rock concert. 
Helped someone.

Gone fishing.
Watched four movies in one night.
Gone long periods of time with out sleep.
Lied to someone.

Been dumped.
Failed a class.
Taken a college level course. 
Been in a car accident.
Been in a tornado.
Watched someone die.
Been to a funeral.
Burned yourself. (accidentally)
Ran a marathon.
Your parents got divorced.
Cried yourself to sleep. 
Spent over $200 in one day.
Flown on a plane.
 Cheated on someone.

Been cheated on.
Written a 10 page letter.
Gone skiing.
Been sailing.
Cut yourself.
Had a best friend
Lost someone you loved
Shoplifted something. 
Been to jail.

Had detention.
Skipped school.
Got in trouble for something you didn’t do. 
Stolen books from the library.
Gone to a different country.
Dropped out of school.
Been in a mental hospital.
Watched the “Harry Potter” movies. 
Had an online diary. 
Fired a gun.

Gambled in a casino.
Had a yard sale.
Been in a school play.

Been fired from a job.
Taken a lie detector test.
Swam with dolphins.
Gone to sea world.
Attempted suicide.
Voted for Pop Idol.(Arabic Super Star or Star Academy) 
Written poetry. 
  Read more than 20 books a year
  Gone to Europe.

Loved someone you couldn’t have.
Had surgery.

Had stitches.
Taken a taxi.
Seen the Washington Monument. 
Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once.
Had a drug or alcohol problem.
Been in a fist fight.
Suffered any form of abuse.
Had a hamster.
Petted a wild animal.
Used a credit card.
Gone surfing in California. 
Dyed your hair.

Got a tattoo.
Had something pierced.
Got straight A’s.
Your parents sent you to a shrink. 
Been handcuffed.
Known someone with HIV or AIDS.
Taken pictures with a webcam. 
Started a fire.
Had a party while your parents weren’t home.
Gotten caught having a party while they were gone.

Whomever happens upon this post can also go right on ahead and do it... Just bold whatever applies to you :)

ll
Aug 18, 2010

The people of Pakistan NEED our help!

Hello All,

 
I would like to pass on this message I received from a friend in hopes that you may also be able to help in this effort to do something for the people of Pakistan. If you are in Saudi, please read on. I pray that you will be able to help in this urgent relief effort by a wonderful lady here in Riyadh.

 
Thank you.

 

 
Picture Source: http://www.workplacegiving.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Save-the-Children-pakistan_floods-300x247.jpg
 
_________________________________________________________________

 

 
Dear Friends,

 

 
For the past several days, we have all been watching the shocking consequences of the recent floods in Pakistan that have impacted the lives of over 14 million people. Entire villages have been wiped out as a result of which two million people are now homeless, 1.7m acres of crops destroyed and livestock drowned. The United Nations estimates that up to 3.5 million children are at high risk from deadly water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery because they have no access to clean drinking water.

 
This disaster is much larger than the Asian Tsunami, the 2005 Earthquake and the Haiti quake combined. Every province in Pakistan has been affected in what is only the beginning of a long term emergency situation. There are 6 million Pakistani children alone in need of urgent help.

 
Whose suffering will you help stop today?

 
We request you to help whole-heartedly in any way that you can in order to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the flood and to help them cope with this overwhelming situation.

 
We are currently accepting donations in the form of food, shelter, clothing and medical relief supplies. A complete list of items needed for the relief effort is attached for your review.

 
I am collaborating with the Riyadh Chapter of the Pakistani Doctors Group for this Donation Drive. The Military section of the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh as well as the Pakistan International Airlines endorses this effort and will be providing logistical assistance in transporting and distributing these donations. You can drop your donations at the Nursery Section of the Pakistan Embassy School (In Nassiriyah) or call me for further options and other details at 0562490486.

 
Email:- floodsrelief2010@gmail.com

 
Please donate today. Help us save some lives this Ramadan.

 
Sincerely,

 
Uzma Adnan

 

 

 

 

 
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED FOR FLOOD RELIEF EFFORT:

 
1. Non-Perishable Food:
• Water
• Flour (Aata)
• Rice
• Sugar
• Cooking Oil
• Lentils
• Powdered Milk
• Canned Food (Beans, Peas, Corn, Fruit)
• Tea
• Baby Formula Milk
• Dates

 
(Please ensure canned food is not nearing expiry date and is good for up to a year)

 
2. Medical Supplies

 
• Oral-Rehydration Solutions
• Panadol (Tablets) + Panadol Extra
• Brufen 400 mg (Tablets)
• Flagyl 400 mg (Tablets)
• Anti-Malarial medication (Tablets)
• Anti-Venom medication (for snake bites)
• Medicines for Gastrointestinal diseases
• Anti-pyretic (Fever) medication for children
• Medicines for Respiratory diseases
• Diaper Rash Cream
• Gauze Bandages
• Disposable Gloves
• Anti-Bacterial Wipes
• Water-Purification Tablets
• Band-Aid
• Hand-sanitizing Gel
• Ciprofloxacin 500 mg
• Augmentin 375mg & 625 mg
• Amoxicillin 500 mg
• Azithromycin 500 mg
• Cefuroxime 500 mg
• Losec 40 mg
• Pantaprazole 40 mg
• Gaviscon syrup
• Immodium 2mg
• Buscopan 10 mg
• Cough syrup- Bronchicum
• Benedryl
• Exylin
• vermox 100 mg
 
(Please ensure that the expiry dates on the medicines you donate are at least 1 year away from present date)

 

 

 
3. Shelter-related items

 
• Tents and Tarpaulins

 • Flashlights

 
4. Clothing

 
• Shalwar Kameez for adults and older children

• Shoes for adults
• Any/all other clothes and shoes for children

• Blankets

• Quilts

• Bed sheets

• Towels

 
(Please make sure that whatever you donate is practical in addition to being new and undamaged/un-stained. Keep in mind that the relief effort targets those in rural areas and that winter is approaching soon. )

 
5. Other essential items for Hygiene

 
• Tooth paste

• Tooth brushes

• Soap (for bathing)

• Dettol

• Anti-bacterial hand-soap

• Diapers

 

 

 
Picture Source: http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/08/10/alg_pakistan.jpg

 

 
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