the diy coffee table that saved me $$$

Even if I was a millionaire, there’s one thing I wouldn’t forego. And that’s DIY projects for the home. Yes, the luxury of pointing and paying is very tempting. But to see a piece in my home that I know I created with my own hands? It’s an exhilarating sensation. What’s more, once you’ve passed…

two easy to grow plants that survived winter

Of all the skills passed down from my mother to me, plant-care isn’t one of them. In fact, it has taken me years to come to terms with this truth. I do not have a green thumb. Needless to say, I hesitantly purchase plants. At the behest of my husband, until I was able to…

the costco find that’s a real chip-magnet

MSG. High-fructose corn syrup. Red color this. Orange color that. Half the ingredients listed on packaged foods nowadays are up for discussion. I can’t pick a loaf of bread without being spun into confusion by the jargon they call natural ingredients. Snack foods are on another level altogether. But not too long ago, as I…

KonMari your hijab

As promised! Today I’ve outlined a small tutorial on how to KonMari your hijab. You’ll also find a few tid-bits towards the end, on storage solutions. Solutions that will change your drawer-setting perspective forever! Okay so step #one: Get rid of those hijabs that you look at once in a blue-moon and then say, “I…

Chocolate Chip Transformation

It’s milk’s match made in heaven. Arrest me if you will. But that’s about the only way you could hold me back from a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. But as you may already know baked goods are rarely border-line healthy. But today,  I have a recipe that will markedly be excusable in the minds…

indoor bbq chicken challenge

In the midst of fireworks, water-works, and humidity-ready-to-kill-works all eyes are locked on none other than the smokin’, hot, grill. And all its juicy tenders that are charred to perfection. I, unfortunately lack the crackling skills needed to face the fired-up pit. But just like every other sane person, the smell alone of bbqed meat, makes…

Simple Crust Recipe

Okay, so I’m big on baking. And my family looooohhhuuuvess French Silk Pie. Since most store bought pie crusts use lard, which is a derivative of pork, and pretty much illegal in our faith, we go for homemade. But then we hit a road block because I am not big on baking pie crust. So I’ve (please don’t…

How the KonMari Method falls in-step with the ideal Muslim lifestyle.

Picture this. A spacious closet. Seeing your entire wardrobe in drawer in one glance. A clutter free corner in every corner. Having only what you want and need and nothing more. That’s the fantasy played by the infamous KonMari Method. If you’ve just joined in on the latest and greatest home organization hoo haa, this is what…

For the Love of Coffee

The sun does not rise in my neck-of-the-woods until my senses have been rallied by a good cup of joe. And so help me God, if I’m put into rushing through a swig of that warm-goodness… Okay I’ll just have another cup ;). But seriously, coffee or, in my house it’s nemesis, tea, is like…

mango! mango! read all about it!

Making ice cream couldn’t get easier than this. I mean really. And spooning a slice of summer in the midst of a depressing, snowed-in, February weekend. Only God could’ve allowed this miracle to occur. Mango kulfi is, by far one of the most requested desserts on my family’s suga-high list. I’m not much of a sucker for ice cold cream, but this treat…

latest and greatest costco find

Often times I find my pantry, anything but consolable. It heaves with pathetic angst about having been untamed and untouched for so long. Despite our daily incursion into this little closet of nibbles, most things in my pantry are left untouched. And thrown out soon thereafter. So what is the dilemma? What’s causing me to ignore all…

5 pants that give MOD-esty an edge

Loose. Relaxed. Censored. Flowing. Fabulous. In an era where “skinny” is meant for a latte and a pair pants, I beg to differ. One, I love whole milk. Two, and more importantly, I feel loose-fit clothing is not only hot, it’s the best way to give others around you a heads up. About the fact that a…