Easy vermicelli snack 🍪

‎السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته 
Hello and welcome!

This time, as per a request, I am sharing with you a quick and easy snack recipe made using vermicelli. It’s something that you can prepare and store for some time without the fear of spoilage and could serve as a good snack at tea time. Plus, it’s something that you could count on to munch down anytime. 

All you need are four ingredients:

Vermicelli (I’ve used about 400 grams)

Sweetened condensed milk (about 1/4 cup)

Cashew nuts or pistachios (few)

Ghee or oil


Process:

1. Powder the cashews or pistachios. Pistachios are more preferable. But I have used cashew nuts. I have messed up this process by powdering it excessively😬 Let it remain in small chunks rather than fine powdery form.


2. Heat a deep pan. Pour in some ghee/oil. When it is heated, roast the cashews till golden colour.
3. Add the vermicelli and roast until it turns brown.


4. Remove the pan from the heat and add sweetened condensed milk little by little and keep mixing till mix gets sticky and sweet.


5. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, stuff them in bottle caps of any desired size and push them out as shown. This process has to be done before the vermicelli hardens.


I was able to prepare about 51 of them using 400g of vermicelli , NOT to mention the amount I ate while I moulded them:D So you decide how much to take!


Yummmm..! 😋Absolutely easy and simple! The best part being that you could keep it for many days. And you only need a handful of ingredients. Do try this if you’re interested and let me know by leaving a comment below!
Bye!👋🏻
I’ll see you in my next post!❤️

The Blue Sky Tag- My first ever tag!

Hey everyone! This is going to be my first tag that I am doing. It is now three months into my blog life and I have not yet done a tag. I had been nominated for two Award tags before and I didn’t know how to proceed with the tag then:D Now ,on the occasion of me hitting a 100 followers ,I have decided to do all three of them.✨
This is The Blue Sky Tag I’m doing first. I’ve been nominated by Lee from the Golden Pink Journal. Her blog is super amazing and very helpful if you are looking out for positivity . You should definitely head to her blog after reading this.

The rules for the tag are as follows:-

* Answer the 11 questions given to you

* Nominate and tag 11 people

* Give 11 questions for your nominee

Here are the answers to her questions:-

Can you see the sky from where you are sitting now? Describe the scene.

Nope… Right now, I’m under a strong, concrete roof.:P

Come up with a name for a hybrid fruit of strawberry and banana. What did you come up with?

Banberry😜

Have you posted anything today other than this tag?

Nope

What is your least favorite fruit?

Umm..I can’t think of any fruit..it depends on the weather and my mood most of the times.. but I would say bananas maybe😐

What are the first 3 things that come to mind when you think of Spring?

Beautiful weather, picturesque sight of the sun setting and the vibrant green leaves.🌵

Do you have any vacations planned for this summer?

Nope..being in med school, vacations are a long lost memory. Anyway, I am not the kind of person who plans vacations before hand. For me, all my life, we go on vacations in a decision dad takes all of a sudden.

Are you currently reading any books? Which books are you reading?

Yes, currently I am reading The Zahir by Paulo Coehlo. Ah! I love his books!

What is the initial of your middle name?

‘M’

Other than writing/blogging, what is something you think you’re good at?

I guess I am good at painting, making DIYs and calligraphy ( especially in Arabic) . Also I’m very good at procrastinating.😬

Can you name 3 singers who would definitely be on any of your playlists?

I don’t listen to music so count me out!

What is one thing your parents always told you to stay away from or not to do as a child?

To stay away from evil company! I used to be someone who could be easily influenced and i guess I’ve heard that a zillion times from my mum!

I nominate the following blogs for the tag:

Tabi Bee

Pink for Days

Everything Emmzeebee

Scottish Muslimah

Hollife

Shukrallah

MINA’S MEMOIR

Muslimahsablaze

Rhythm in Life

(You do not have to do the tag if you don’t want to. Also, let me know if you wish to be nominated. i would be happy to do that for you.🙂)

Here are my questions:

1. What is your favourite memory from childhood?

2. If you could choose your name, what would you chose?

3. Is there some word that use very often while talking? What is it?

4. What are you most passionate about?

5. Describe your feeling right now.

6. Tea or coffee-kind-of- person?

7. Your favourite time of the year? Why?

8. If you could change one thing about the world, what would that be?

9. Do you read other blogs everyday? If not, how often?

10. Which country are you currently from?

11. Tell me something you are proud of for yourself.

Outdoor decor DIYs🍃

‎السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته 
Hey!

Welcome back!

I am home for a few days and As you can see, I am impacted by my mum’s garden. She has a HUGE variety of herbs and flowers in there. All I could think of was how to fit in some DIY into the space:P If you are wondering why this post is here, let me tell you, it’s just ‘coz I blog about pretty much anything that’s happening in my life;D

So, I have two decor ideas to share with you this time, one of it is the Key Wind Chime and the other a Virtual Bird House!


Key Wind Chime 🗝

All you need is a bunch of old, unwanted keys ,some paint and brush and some yarn/thread.

1. Paint the keys with different colours of your choice. I used the pearl acrylic colours so that the keys glitter under the shining sun. 

2. Put them out to dry.

3. Once they are completely dry, attach them to some yarn and hang them around the same level on the branch of a tree or some kind of support .


Woo-hoo. My mum absolutely ❤️ ed it. I have attached a picture of how it looks from a distance. Now I am waiting for a breeze to blow to hear the jingle of the keys.✌🏻


Next, moving on to the Virtual Bird House. 🐣This is not made with the intention of attracting birds or as bird nest or whatever. This is only meant to liven up the space. In any case, We have two other bird nests in case some bird wishes to stay over:P

You will need some thermocole sheets, extractor knife, some yarn, paint and brush and glue.


1. You could cut 4 squares of 5*5 cm and 1 square of 6*6 cm and attach the 4 sides and make a base out the larger square. Then cut 2 rectangles of 2.5*5 cm to serve as the sloppy roofs. Or if you live in a place where there is no much rain and a weather that cardboards can withstand, you could definitely use any small boxes like gift boxes or empty perfume boxes to name a few. I could save a lot of trouble as I was fortunate to find myself a block of thermocole. I then, cut and attached a larger sheet for the base.

2. Paint the roof red and the rest yellow or brown. Or you could also paint the whole thing blue. Totally up to you! Also paint a black circle on both the sides for the bird house entry. Or you could cut them out

3. Tie a string to it for the purpose of hanging. Since I used a block ,there was no way I could make a firm hanging. So I had to use multiple threads for the same. 


Waah! A piece of DIY makes the rest of the space perfect! That’s all for this time. I am hoping to get back to you guys with a bunch of more outdoor DIYs in a few months or so. I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you think of it! 

Bye!💚

I’ll see you very soon!👋🏻

‘Free’ time?⏳

Hello!

And welcome back to my blog!

It feels like forever since I did my last post. I’m sorry, I just got stuck up in the little chaos of my life. Anyway, this is going to one of posts on adding some extra productivity to our lives.

In my life, I have come across quite a number of people who complain that they have lots of ‘free’ time and are looking out for something that can serve as a ‘time pass’. And then end up killing time. In fact, there is no such thing as ‘free’ time. Every moment of our lives come with a price tag. No amount of money can bring it back. Nobody can guarantee the time left in our lives. And in reality, every second ticking- you and me are answerable for it.

Each morning brings us 24 hours, regardless of who we are. And nobody but our own selves are capable of deciding whether to ‘make’ or ‘break’ time. It’s a wrong thing to say, ‘I don’t have time’. It is clearly not a matter of ‘having’, but instead ‘making”.

I’m not against leisure or relaxation. No. That itself is another essential component of our lives. We are neither robots nor angels. We need breaks to clear up the fog and allow us to see things with clarity. But I do pity those who are confused with what to do every day. To be honest, we DO NOT have the time to do all that we have really GOT to do.

The problem is with our perceptions, how we see things and how good we are at procrastinating. We lie to ourselves when we say, ‘there’s still time’.


With all this being said, should we still insist on taking the time to do utterly useless things? Couldn’t we just use that extra time to add a little more our existence? Should we still hold back to watching movie after movie after movie, or even watching the same shows for the hundredth time, or just letting time fly without bringing you any good? Or even doing things that serve no purpose but accumulate more sins upon ourselves?

It is not just right for us to wait for someone to come and wake us up from the slumber we are in. Do something beneficial for your own self and the rest of the world. You are never too young or never too old to help someone in need. Volunteer to stretch out a helping hand. Read something. The least you can gain is improve your vocabulary. Watch videos that can inspire you or teach you something that will prove useful in the long run. Figure what you are truly interested in and make a hobby out of it. You never know what or when your skills will come in handy. If you are a passionate writer, find a platform to do so. If you can paint, go splash the paints. Or even better, find an online course that suits your interest and build progress in life. Rekindle your long lost friendships or take the time to call your parents and tell them you love them. And a million other good things like that.

Engage yourself. It should only be that you are doing something or you just did something and you are about to begin the next thing at hand. The Prophet( May peace be upon him) said: ”Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.” (Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim & Musnad Imam Ahmad. Sahih). There’s not really any time to let go. James Altucher says in his book ‘Reinvent yourself’, “Life is a billion times smaller than the point of a needle. Don’t waste it doing things you were told to do. Do the things you love to do.”

Don’t lead lives without a purpose. Don’t just exist for no reason. Do things that will leave your legacy behind. Do things that’ll inspire the generations to come. Set gold standards.

And like Henry Rollins once said, ” No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time, All you got is life time, Go.”
Thanks for reading 💜

TRUST YOUR INTUITIONS 


Its about 9 pm. Everything had gone well today. Productive day, I should say. I picked up a novel by quite a famous author. Book cover seems pleasing. Nice title too. I should probably start reading this. I thought. I walked back to my bed with my eyes fixed on the first chapter. Its about an office-going girl somewhere in her twenties. Flips about two or three pages. Maybe I should read it before bedtime. I threw the book on my pillow and moved on. Few minutes later, I feel a bit uneasy. As though something was wrong. I rewind my thoughts. What could have happened? I was in my best moods today. The book. Maybe it’s that. I am lost in some random thoughts for a little while. SNAP! I decide not to read it further. At least not now.
I’m sure it’s not just me who struggles with odd thoughts like these in life. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t be at a place, I shouldn’t hang out with some people, do what someone is asking me to do and so on. I am by no means telling you not to listen to anybody, find excuses all the time or not to accept challenges in life. No! Don’t get me wrong. Let me get my point straight across. You don’t have to do anything just because somebody expects you to or give in to someone’s influence. If you don’t feel right about something or if you are able to foresee some kind of evil in store for you, don’t bother about the ‘what will ‘they’ think’. Over the years, I have learnt to trust my gut feelings and have no regrets later.
Listen. I was not always like this. I would easily give in. I wanted to ‘camouflage’ within my bunch of friends. Blame my age in those days. So I would not bother my intuitions. Until one day, that I can still clearly remember when my eighth grade teacher called me and said “Even I was someone like you. I did not know how to say NO. But it was too late by the time I realised I should have. The moment you feel something is not write, don’t get stuck. Put a full stop to it.” She was setting my thoughts right. Sometimes, it’s okay to agree to disagree.
On the flip side, we have put ourselves to believe in the power of thinking but we underplay our feelings. Neuroscience claims that intuitions form an essential part of our thinking. Intuitions are basically those nagging gut feelings you develop when you are doing something. Some say it is as though they are bits of informations stored in some dusty corner of our brain that we rarely tend to use. So when we get them , we should probably try attending to this quiet, wise voice in the head and quieten the loud voice of logic. 
One reason why going by your gut feeling is the best thing to do in most cases is because feelings don’t lie. Just because something looks right ,it doesn’t necessarily have to be what you are engaged in. Gut feelings are said to grow with experience. That means more experience,more accurate gut feelings. They give you warning signals most of the time-that ‘This doesn’t seem right’ kind of feeling. The one feeling when you say ‘ I’ve got butterflies in my stomach’. Scientists treat the gut to have a mind of its own- though the signals come from the brain. Living by gut feelings might not be the best things all the time,but definitely MOST of the time. People who lack intuitions are said to be cognitively paralysed. 
Intuitions are more than just feelings. They alter the decisions you make, acts like danger radar and informs you that your body or mind is ‘under stress’. Don’t do things with closed eyes and say ‘But the whole world is doing it’. That’s not an excuse good enough. You get gut feelings for a reason. Don’t ignore them. End the battle between your mind and gut ,listen to your gut and live a much more passionate life.
Thanks for reading💙
Bye.

DIY Canvas Art 🌴

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السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

Hello! & Welcome back!

After about two days of total lack of any motivation, I decided to make a comeback with a DIY room decor art. I felt I cannot just sit back and wait for inspiration to descend and felt the urge to do something creative. Plus, I had this palm leaf theme stuck in my head ever since I saw one of the wall stamped art  by Interior Designer Mr. Kate. So, I decided to go with it and create an art!

Anyway, this is how it worked 😛

Things I used-

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🗒 Canvas( I used a 12″*13″/ 30*40cm size)

🎨Paints [yellow, green and black]

🖌 Paint brushes

Process:-

  1. Paint the entire canvas yellow. Don’t even bother about the unevenness.
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2. With a fine tip brush ,paint the palm leaves from different angles. Use a shade of green that would be a clear contrast for your background colour. Mix some green with yellow, white and black separately to create  different shades to create some natural colours. Make sure to make the strokes from the stem outwards so that edges look more thin and natural. Here’s the step-by-step pictures:

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A few more leaves from here and there, some intersecting and some not and then….Done!

It turned out to be super cool and suited well with the summer theme. I would say, it looked much like a ‘happy’ kind of painting. I can tell you, if you are the type of person hunting for decor ideas for your bedroom or around the desk-area, then go for it! The best thing being that you do not have to be anywhere close to an artist to be doing this. All you need is some sheer passion and time.

Let me know what you think about it in the comments section below and yeah, Have an amazing day!

I’ll see you very soon!

Bye!💛

Feeling Uninspired?

I can relate to this so much. Beautifully written thoughts.❤️ Could not stop from reblogging.✌🏻

Currently, Lately

Do you ever have one of those days when you’ve got a million things you could be getting done, but have absolutely no inspiration? One of those days where even the simplest of tasks seems challenging and you can’t seem to get yourself to concentrate?

Currently, I’m having one of those days.

I’ve tried virtually everything to get myself to focus. I’ve gone for a run, drank coffee, and read a book, but nothing has seemed to put me in an attentive mood. It’s beyond frustrating, considering how much work I could be finishing up if I was in the right mentality.

Every now and then, I think it’s natural for us to feel uninspired. For me, creativity and motivation come in doses. One moment I feel like I can accomplish a thousand things at a time, the next I’m struggling to complete one.

And while I realize that inspiration…

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World’s Easiest Frappuccino Ever!🍺

‎السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته
Hello!
Last week, I was at home for 2 days and it was so much more hotter there. I do not know if I should say this, but I was literally sweating like a pig:D And then I decided to treat myself to a cold, cold frappuccino. Here’s how I made the worlds’ most easiest Frappuccino ever!☺️

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You will need:
◽️ice cubes
☕️coffee mixed with hot water
🍨vanilla ice cream -2 cups(or even milk)
🍚 sugar- 1-2 tablespoons
🍫 Hershey’s chocolate syrup- 2 tablespoons
Procedure:

1. Add some ice cubes to the blender.

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2. Pour some coffee.

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3. Add the ice cream.

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4. Add sugar.

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5. Add some chocolate syrup.

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6. Blend well!

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7. Add some whipped cream and chocolate syrup on top before serving.
Trust me, it was super easy to prepare at the same time sooo satisfying. Make yourself one and go out and have a drink under the sun.
Bye!

I’ll see you in my next post!👋🏻

Everything in moderation!✨

IMG_1399‎السّلام عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته

Hello and welcome back!

Few days ago, as I scrolled down my YouTube recommendations, I happened to watch a video featuring Erin on The Doctor’s show. If you haven’t heard of her, she is a women who suffers from an addiction to exercise. Yes, exercise! How many times have you and me been told ‘ Exercise! Exercise is the key to fitness’. But what if it was excess?
Erin from San Diego is consumed with exercise and she works out 8 hours a day. She just can’t stop herself from working out. She is now, in tears, seeking medical help to get out of the obsession.
Since then, I have been thinking about how important it is to draw balance in our lives. To know where to go an extra mile and where exactly to pull the brakes. Moderation is the call of anything successful.

People who sail through a smooth life are those who can attract balance to their lives. We need to sense things much before they take the shape of addiction. Once you lose control of anything, it can only bring in harm. Don’t just do things in oblivion. Remain mindful and monitor your actions wisely.
Workaholics! Shopaholics! Gluttons! Game-junkies! Spendthrifts! Slow down! Don’t forget to pull the reins and live a life with quality.
It would be incomplete if I do not mention how the greatest man to have walked on the Earth sought moderation. There could be no better example than Prophet Muhammed (S) who shined in all aspects of his life including worship, family, social, religious and political aspects. Let me substantiate with an incident from his life. Once three men came to his house to inquire about how much worship he performed. When the men were informed of it, they considered their worship to be insufficient and said ,”Where are we in comparison with the Prophet (S) while Allaah has forgiven his past sins and future sins.” One of them said: “As for me, I shall offer prayer all night long.” Another said: “I shall observe fasting continuously and shall not break it.” Another said: ‘I shall abstain from the woman and shall never marry.” The Prophet(S) came to them and said, “Are you the ones who said such things? By Allaah, I fear Allaah more then you do, and I am most obedient and dutiful among you to Him, but still I fast (some days) and I don’t fast (other days), I pray at night and I also sleep (meaning he does not pray all night), and I married, and whoever does not follow my Sunnah (way of life) does not belong to me.”
With regards to eating he said, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going, but if he must (fill his stomach), then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for air.” The saying goes ,’Too much of anything is good for nothing.’ Even devotion. Even food.
President Barack Obama was asked about his approach to balance in life. He says he might have been more successful if he spent more time around politicians, but he would not to chose to do that- because that’s not all that his life demands. He needs to be the dad to his daughters, husband to his wife just as he was being the President to his people. It has always been unusual for entrepreneurs to think this way though.

I want you to pause. Spare a moment to think of all the activities you are into. Are you overdoing any of it? Are your energies spent in the right direction? Or are you not giving something all that it deserves?
Balance. Let it rule your life. A little bit of everything that is good. Or more appropriately, required proportions of all good things. Do not let anything eat you up. Not even your thoughts, friends, food, family, sleep, work or even exercise:/
I’ve learned that it isn’t easy as I thought. I’m never going to see the balance scale of my life stay firm without tipping right or left. Its always going to be a struggle I should engage in. And hopefully, make life worth.

Thanks for reading💜