Food & Recipes

Fruity Alaska

I just love cooking and do enjoy creating new recipes.A couple of days ago I created a super easy recipe and everyone just loves it.Actually, I had some leftover and near to expired ingredients and I hate to waste anything especially food.Creating a new recipe is a risky fun but if Its a hit, I feel like Hit a Bingo!!

20171005_191343.jpg I sent pics and recipe to my younger sister, she named it “Fruity Alaska”…interesting name right? It’s very healthy and you can serve at any occasion.Birthday or potluck or any casual dinner even Its a hit at breakfast.Let’s Start!!

Ingredients:

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Cinnamon Bun Dough: 1 pkt

Eggs: 2-3r

Cream Cheese: 1 Pkt (8 oz)

Fresh Cream: 1 cup/can (Optional otherwise use Milk)

Condense milk / Sugar: according to Taste

Peaches: 3-4

Blue Berry: 1 hand full

Walnut: 1/2 cup

Method:

I used my hand blender and Blend Cream cheese and cream/milk at medium speed.Add eggs and condensed milk, I  used almost more than a can, blend everything on high speed. 20171005_180712.jpg

In a baking dish put pieces of cinnamon bun dough (You can Use any fruit bread instead), peach slices and blueberries. Carefully add the Cream cheese and egg mixture and settle it down for 10 mins.Add walnuts chunks.

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Bake at 375°F for 30-40 mins, check in between with toothpick as soon it comes clean take it out.Do not over bake it.

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I poured glaze that comes along with cinnamon bun dough.I served hot with ice cream and chocolate topping.  It’s very healthy and perfect for breakfast. Your kid will love it, I bet you…Enjoy!

 

Home Decor / DIY

Laundry Folder (DIY)

I always used to hate laundry when I  was back home.Here, we have automatic machines fortunately but still…I am lazy….. folding and ironing both are time taking tasks.A family with three active kids, My laundry basket is always full even a minute after I finished my last load.

I was looking for the laundry folder but couldn’t find in store anywhere affordable.I checked online and it’s almost $20 plus shipping. After watching some tutorials online, I made one…A simple and cheap…Let’s start!

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I got sink Mats from the dollar store and make one under 10 (Less).I bought 6 sink mats and duct tape.The size of the mat is approximately 9 inches x 12 inches.

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Place sink mats in order to 2×3, I attached the duct tape in order like the picture below.Make sure you tape individually so the mat can be foldable, follow the number and directions.

23905645_10155616280630791_4817123211244701827_nIt’s really easy to make, just use a strong tape and that’s it, your very own laundry folder is ready.

 

Place shirt in the middle of the mat, then fold right side first. Now flip the left side, and finally the 5th mat to complete the fold.Its so easy even your kids can do it.My 5-year-old Bilal love to help.

You can make with card boxes, you need 6 same sized cardboards.Cut the desired equal size and that’s it.

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See how easy to fold shirts in seconds, It took almost less than half time I normally spent without it.Make one and ask your kids to fold their own.20171121_133910.jpgI am sure you will love and have a huge relief after.Make one and Enjoy your most hated chores (Like me).

Home Decor / DIY

Tie & Dyed Tangerine Cushion

I admit It was one of my wish to have a “Tie and Dyed” custom piece in my home.I had so many Tie and Dyed dupattas even Saree in my Jehaz and I just love to have them.It was done by professional  Rungraz back home (sadly we don’t have such services here).I couldn’t wear plain Dupatay/ scarf, and no clue why I am like that!

I am so excited! I’ve made my very own Tie and Dyed cushion, and yes it is a great success!! Are you ready!!

20171118_130336.jpgI used powdered Dye in “Tangerine Orange”, it’s a small pack of 50 gm.Liquid dye is easy to use but it’s expensive so I thought let’s try this small packet first if it gets fail I will stop dreaming about it…make sense right!

let’s start!

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Fabric Dye (Liquid /powdered)

Fabric( cotton/canvas )

Stainless steel Bowl/Bucket

Rubber Bands

Gloves

Salt

Prepare your fabric first, I was making two 12×20 pillows so I cut the fabric accordingly.Fold the fabric and start tying it with a rubber band.Tie and until the end of the fabric.

20171116_112504.jpgwear your gloves and cover the surface.Boil water now pour the hottest water to any stainless(spare) steel bowl Since the dye is not food grade so you won’t be able to use it for food after. Mix hand full of salt, I would say about 3-4 Tbs and Dye powder to water mix well.

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Now Dip the tied fabric into the Dye and dip it with the help of a tong.Leave fabric about 40 mins, rotate fabric in meantime.

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Rinse fabric until the water clears out, now add salt to cold water and dip this fabric for 20 mins to fix the dye.Now untie the fabric and remove the rubber band.

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Let it air dry it, It was so cold outside that’s why I hang fabric in my laundry room overnight.I ironed it and made cushions similar to this one.Its simple and required basic sewing skills.

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This Tie and Dyed cushions are perfect for  Accent chairs I bought recently from Target USA for my living room.

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Isn’t look good? It’s so easy and so much fun DIY. Now I am more confident to try some new things/Projects… Stay tuned!!

Home Decor / DIY

DIY Pom-Pom Bracelet

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I have a crush on pom-pom and tussles nowadays, I made and used them around my house.I bought ready-made assorted sized pom-pom(You can also DIY them from yarn) from the craft store for Bilal for his JK activities.

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I am going share this cute DIY bracelet and It brings me back to my teenage life… I wish I did the video tutorial or go live.It’s really hard to explain but I captured everything so you will see how easy it is, so be ready for lots of pictures.

Let’s start!!

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You will need

Gold /Silver chain

Pom-Pom(I used small-sized)

Eye-Pins/Thread

Pillars

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I opened the chain and cut the desired size( almost 18 cm) out and add Jump/End ring .Now separate few segments from the chain.

 

Take a pom-pom and insert an Eye-pin and carefully lock it down from the sharp side with the help of pillars.

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Attach the Pom-pom with the help of chain segment to that(inserted) Eye-pin.Use any color or pattern.I used some funky colored pom-pom.You can always mix and match.

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It’s so much fun to wear it, I would definitely make more for my self and to give as a gift.If you don’t find Eye-pins, You can easily attach it to matching color thread.


 

 


I did one to explain to you how to with thread.All you need to stitch /attach the segment with help of thread to the pom-pom and then attach that segment to the chain.

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Isn’t simple and cute DIY that can be shared with your Best Friend.Make two identical and give one to your BFF/Sister etc (I made one for Aleeza as well ).It’s so much fun to DIY and I love wearing it, reminds me I am still young..brings back to me in my student’s life…lol

Food & Recipes

Weekend Special : Yakhni Pulao

I just realized its been ages I shared any recipe here with you guys, it doesn’t mean I am off to cook but usually, I cook and completely forget to take pictures, after all this is something me and you doing as a routine.So, it’s me back to my kitchen with a popular Pakistani recipe Pulao (Pilaf).

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Desi dawat is incomplete without Biryani or Pulao, personally, I love pulao.Less spice, easy(less mess) and kids friendly (kind of Favourite ).My mom used to make it almost every Friday, I miss that aroma and taste.Ammi!!Your pulao is the best.

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I am sharing authentic Yakhni Pulao recipe with you guys, let’s start!!

INGREDIENTS

Meat:1 kg (veal/Chicken /Mutton)

For Yakhni :

Onion:1 medium

Garlic:1 whole Bunch

Whole Red Pepper:6-7

Whole Garam Masala:1/2 tsp each

Cumin (Zeera) :1Tsp

coriander whole (sabut Dhaniya):1 Tbs

Saunf  (Aniseed)1 Tbs

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In a cooking pot boiled meat with all above ingredients with 4 cup of water till meat tender and water becomes half.Separate meat and save this yakhni (I used stainer).

For Pulao Rice:

Onion:1 medium sliced

Whole garam masala:1 Tbs

Ginger and garlic paste: 1 tbs

Oil: 1/4 cup

Rice:1 kg (Soaked in water at least 30 mins)

Yogurt:1 cup

Yogurt Masala:

Green Cardamom (Sabz Ilaichi): 1 Tsp

Cumin (Zeera): 1 Tbs

Nutmeg (Jaifal) & Mace (Javitri):1/2 tsp

whole spice ( Sabut Garam Masala)= 1/2 tsp each

Grind the above ingredients in a coffee grinder, mix it with 1 cup yogurt, set aside

Method:

Heat oil, fry onion add whole spice, saute for few mins. Add boiled meat, ginger garlic paste.Now add the yogurt mixture and fry the meat for few minutes.

 

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Add soaked rice, mix them together gently, now add prepared yakhni in it.Yakhni should be 1 inch above from the meat and rice. Continue reading “Weekend Special : Yakhni Pulao”

Home Decor / DIY

Coffee Vanilla Sugar Scrub

20171106_180827I have normal skin but it gets dry during winter.We have to turn our heating on over 6 months that means no fresh air and it makes the skin so dry.I need to moisturize every time I wash my hands and feet. I showed you guys the body butter, I got from Winner’s but I need to use a scrub to get rid dead skin especially during my bath.I made my own sugar scrub and I  highly recommended you to make one for your self.It exfoliates dead cells and you feel the difference after a single use.

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You Will Need!

White Cane Sugar:1/2 cup

Brown or Golden sugar:1/2 cup

Coconut oil: 5-6 Tbs

Grounded Coffee: 1/4 cup

Vanilla Essence:1 Tbs

Cinnamon: 1 Stick (Optional )

Glass Jars

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Mix white and golden sugar together, Add coconut oil gradually and check the consistency of the scrub.Coconut oil should be at room temperature, so it should be combined with sugar and give a rich buttery texture.Add coffee and Vanilla essence, Don’t  add too much coffee.Mix everything well, add cinnamon grated or powder.

 

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I didn’t melt coconut oil and Mix everything well and store in a glass jar.You can store up to 8 weeks at room temperature or up to three months if you keep in the fridge . If you scoop it up, you will feel the sugar grain.Rub the scrub on your skin even on your face, it will remove dead skin and give you a glow.(Azmaiyash shart hy ).

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I love using it during my shower and love the warm smell of coffee and Vanilla.Its very easy, A must try DIY that will not only exfoliate and but also moisturize your skin.

Mid Week Fave!

Mid-Week Fave!!

We already * fall back * an hour that means we have shorter days and longer nights…It just takes a day or so to get adjusted according to it like school (every business) has same hours etc…It happened last weekend and I am trying hard to adjust my body clock according to it.The only thing got to change is our prayer timings and Now I pray for an hour earlier than usual.20171108_140205

Weather is getting colder day by day, Fall is at its peak….changing colors and falling leaves make the scene so beautiful….and sooner we will get our very first snow of the year..huh…

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I ordered this sequins pillow from Wish for Aleeza, she loves it a lot.This changing reversible pillow is available everywhere but quite costly, I ordered online from wish and it came pretty fast, love the quality and pretty affordable.

20171109_075857These cute little Jhumkis I got from Harbour Front outdoor vendors couple of months ago and I am surprised to get them here, its kind of Traditional Pakistani stuff.I wear them even with my western wear.

20171103_104110These cute and little pair of slipper are actually table weights. I really love this pair of slippers and Daisy.I bought from Avon.ca.I am going to use them somewhere so soon.

I supposed to post this last week but was busy in a couple of things.Let me know whats happening your end.

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